Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing - Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund

Event Details

Date: Oct 03

Time: 8:00am to 9:00am

Location:

Address: , Washington, DC 20003 View in Google Maps

Event Description

CSF hosts several Breakfast Briefings each year on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, which covers topical federal policies advancing in Congress.

Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2017 (H.R. 2591/S.1613) was introduced in the House by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Austin Scott (GA) and in the Senate by CSC Co-Chair Senator Jim Risch (ID) to update the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. The Pittman-Robertson Act (P-R) directs excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, and archery
equipment to be used specifi cally for wildlife conservation related purposes. Th is unique “user-pays, public benefits” approach for wildlife conservation funding is the foundation of what is known as the American System of Conservation Funding. Since the inception of P-R, hunters and recreational shooters have contributed upwards of $11 billion to wildlife conservation.

Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2017 would clarify that one of the purposes of P-R is to extend financial and technical assistance to the states for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting. Specifi cally, this legislation would increase flexibility for state wildlife agencies and their use of P-R funds for the recruitment of hunters and recreational shooters to continue P-R funding into the future. Additionally, this legislation would place a cap on the amount of funds that can be spent on hunter and recreational shooter recruitment to ensure that wildlife conservation remains the primary focus of P-R.

For more information, please contact PJ Carleton, Senior Director of Events and Donor Relations, at pj@sportsmenslink.org or 202-543-6850 x22.

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