Congressmen Reach Across the Aisle to Protect Wildlife
Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives are putting aside partisanship to protect wildlife across the nation. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Congressmen Don Young (R-AK), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Todd Platts (R-PA), and Ron Kind (D-WI) are urging their colleagues to protect State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWGs). These grants help keep animals off of the endangered species list in every American state, territory, in tribal lands, and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, SWGs were drastically cut in the House of Representative’s budget. In response, wildlife champions are reaching across the aisle through Dear Colleague letters to members of the House and Senate, calling for increased funding for the popular program.
“For many years, my family and I have personally enjoyed camping and hiking in many of our state and national parks and other outdoor areas,” said Rep. Todd Platts. “Protecting these beautiful natural resources helps to ensure that our nation’s rich heritage is preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.”
As avid hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen, these legislators are fighting to protect wildlife for future generations. Several of the lawmakers also serve on committees and in caucuses, like the Sportsmen’s Caucus, related to wildlife and conservation issues. Sen. Cardin is the chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. All of these congressmen are working with the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition to make sure SWGs continue to be an effective and cost-saving measure to protect our natural resources.