WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2012- Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of The Sportsmen’s Act, sponsored by Senator John Tester, D-Mont., Monday night based on grounds that it violated the Budget Control Act.
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 included 15 bills to benefit sport fishermen and recreational shooters and hunters by providing for increased access to federal land, habitat conservation and improved fish and wildlife management. The measure, S. 3525, failed a budget point of order brought by ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., with only 50 of the required 60 votes.
The bill had the support of the National Rifle Association as well as the White House, but S. 3525 would have required $14 million in new federal spending, which Sessions said violated the spending levels set in the Budget Control Act. Although he said he supports most of the provisions of the bill, he asked his colleagues not to support it based on budget violations.
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