U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Two weeks ago in one of our many election updates, Crosshairs noted that hunters should be keeping an eye on the House-Senate energy conference as it contains several provisions important to sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. These would include wolf delisting, polar bear importation, firearm transport, and various public land access provisions.
Not much has transpired publicly in the last two weeks and, in fact, there have been published reports of disagreements between House members and Senators over various energy provisions. However, hope springs eternal. Behind the scenes talks and negotiations are still going on. And as we know from so many previous House-Senate conferences, legislators can work miracles once they see the clock winding down to zero.
In the case of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s package, the ticking clock is the end of the upcoming “lame duck” session in the first few weeks of December. While technically the current 114th Congress ends on January 3, 2017, any real progress on outstanding legislative items must be resolved during this period before proceeding to President Obama’s desk. If any legislative items lapse into 2017, they will need to be reconsidered and re-passed by the new 115th Congress—a process that could take many months.
While there may be some public indications of trouble with the energy conference, you should take heart that the House and Senate will be in session, passing spending bills, and other items to send to the President for his approval. The energy conference is not the only conference currently being negotiated and it does have a ready-made bipartisan coalition to gain the necessary votes. Also, you can bet many Members will want to conclude the energy conference given the grudging progress so far on both energy reform and sportsmen’s issues.
Stay tuned in to your inbox and be ready to contact your Member of Congress to get the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s package across the finish line.
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