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Why The Sportsmen’s Act Died (And Why Hunters and Anglers Share The Blame)

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Why The Sportsmen’s Act Died (And Why Hunters and Anglers Share The Blame)

Congress is a reflection of the United States. We sent these people to Washington D.C. in order to fight the other side. We expect bloodshed in the political arena and these portly gladiators, these wobbly warriors think that the louder the applause, the better the job they’re doing.

After an 82-12 vote to move forward with the bill in early July, I thought the signals were there for an easy victory. How wrong I was.

The fringes on both sides had already decided it was better to make some hay on the bill and try to raise money by creating controversy where none existed. That’s the kind of political stupidity we all have come to expect.

But the real dagger through the heart though was when sponsors started saying “unless we get amendments, we’re pulling back.”

John Barasso, (R-Wyoming) wanted an amendment that would have disallowed the EPA from issuing a rule that would reduce carbon pollution. Senator Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) had an amendment relative to background checks that he wanted to add. Neither of these amendments were germane to the bill and while they weren’t the only ones, they are the most glaring ones to pick on. Those amendments, and a crush of others, were the tipping point that leadership simply couldn’t counter, even with the heavy hand of the Senate’s Majority and Minority Floor Leaders trying to guide their own members away from the iceberg everyone saw coming.

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