The TRCP’s scouting report on sportsmen’s issues in Congress
The Senate will be in session this week. The House is not in session.
That feeling like your pack is filled with rocks, and today’s the easiest leg of the trip. The Senate finally looks poised to wrap-up consideration of a bill to address opioid abuse—here’s why this matters to sportsmen: The drawn out process surprised many in the upper chamber and could be a sign that even the least controversial issues will continue to get snared in a web of election year politics and Supreme Court transitions.
So, what’s the outlook for the sticky stuff? With the Senate calendar in flux, the bipartisan Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 continues to remain in the mix for potential floor time, and Senator Lisa Murkowski has set up a process whereby some provisions of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would get a vote as an amendment to the Energy Bill. However, several other key provisions of that same package would be left behind. Senator Vitter has placed a hold on the Energy Bill in order to address one of those orphaned provisions, which deals with red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico. Senator Lee has another hold on the package, citing objections to providing aid in Flint, Michigan. Until these issues are resolved, the Energy Bill, and the Flint aid package with it, have no clear path forward.
What We’re Tracking
More budget hearings related to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy budget requests for fiscal year 2017
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
State and federal land management, up for debate in an intriguing Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled, “Cooperative Federalism: State Perspectives on EPA Regulatory Actions and the Role of States as Co-Regulators”