Conservation Bill Hits Senate Floor

How does $63 million for Texas wildlife conservation sound?

A new legislative effort offers the opportunity to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats in Texas and the entire nation.

On July 17, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), or Bill S. 3223, was introduced by Sen. James Risch (R-ID) with cosponsors Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Through this initiative, Texas would be eligible for $63 million to conserve over 1,300 fish and wildlife species designated as Species of Greatest Concern.

Many dedicated individuals and groups have been working to get RAWA passed. In fact, this is a companion bill to H.R. 4647, or legislation that covers the same initiative that has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

RAWA was previously introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) in December and was heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources in February. This bipartisan bill currently has 79 cosponsors, including seven Texans, Reps. Kay Granger, Pete Sessions, Gene Green, Beto O’ Rourke, Henry Cuellar, Filemon Vela, and Michael C. Burgess.

DSC has joined the Texas Alliance For America’s Fish and Wildlife as a coalition member to support efforts like this that promote active, sustainable conservation strategies for Texas fish and wildlife and their habitats. To learn more about RAWA and what you can do to help the initiative, check out the Texas Alliance website.

Source: Texas Alliance For America’s Fish and Wildlife

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