“We all agree that the nation has to get its fiscal house in order, and the budget deal is a first step,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. “Programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund and state wildlife grants must have adequate funding, so we urge Congress to recognize the outdoor economy as the major economic driver it is. Where else can you invest $30 billion and get a $646 billion return on that investment?”
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Following a recent announcement by House and Senate leaders of a successfully negotiated budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, sportsmen are uniting to advocate for strong funding for conservation initiatives as the details of the budget agreement are resolved.
If approved by Congress, the bicameral budget sets a top-line funding level of $1.012 trillion for federal agencies through the fall of 2014 and a top-line funding level of $1.014 trillion through fall of 2015. It also would represent a significant step toward avoiding another federal shutdown and would curb steep, sequestration-based cuts currently in place.
“Progress has been made by Congress in resolving the budget crisis, and sportsmen applaud news of this successful agreement,” said Mike Nussman, president/CEO of the American Sportfishing Association.