Senate advances Sportsmen's bill, aims to finish before Thanksgiving break

On their first vote since returning from the election, S. 3525 advanced on a 92-5 vote. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBlack Caucus demands Flint funding from GOP Report: Intelligence officials probing Trump adviser's ties to Russia White House preps agencies for possible shutdown MORE (D-Nev.) filled the amendment tree and then said the next things the Senate will address are cybersecurity and the defense authorization bill.

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The sportsmen package combines bill from both the House and Senate and Republicans and Democrats, including Sen. David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE's (R-La.) Billfish Conservation Act and Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase GOP to Obama: Sanction Chinese entities to get to North Korea Senate GOP pressures Dems for deal on internet fight MORE’s (R-Miss.) duck stamp legislation.

The Sportsmen’s Act increases hunters' and fishermen’s access to federal lands. To get more Democrats on board, the bill includes conservation measures, such as establishing a National Fish Habitat Board and extending the sale of stamps, the proceeds from which go to conservation funds that help elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles.

Before the vote, Tester said the bill is the largest package of sportsmen bills and that is was important to pass because, “hunting and fishing is not just recreation, it’s a critical part of our economy.”

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The Obama administration said Tuesday that it supports the legislation and what it would do for the outdoor economy and community-based conservation efforts.

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