House Passes the Restoring America's Wildlife Act

July 2, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA, H.R. 3742) as part of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The House passage of RAWA builds on the conservation momentum established by the recent Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA).

Introduced and led by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), RAWA garnered 182 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill provides nearly $1.4 billion in annual funding to state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies to proactively manage and conserve at-risk wildlife species. The bill also provides $3.36 billion of economic output by creating up to 33,500 new jobs annually, providing for outdoor recreation infrastructure improvements, and allowing for proactive, on-the-ground management of at-risk species and habitats by state and tribal fish and wildlife managers.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented biodiversity crisis. RAWA is strong commitment to using innovative, state-based management to safeguard our nation’s environmental heritage for current and future generations,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “Enhancing and investing in our nation’s conservation efforts ensure the long-term health of fish and wildlife throughout the country.”

"The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the single most exciting public policy development in the conservation space in decades,” said Congressman Fortenberry. “Thank you to my colleagues Debbie Dingell and Jamie Raskin for joining me in this historic and important effort to protect ecosystems, enhance community, and support recreation. It’s a winner!"

The National Deer Alliance (NDA) outlines wild deer conservation, sportsmen access and state and federal land management as top priority areas. "The House passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is an awesome follow-up to the Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act," said Torin Miller, NDA's policy and outreach coordinator. “While we’re celebrating the passage of these historic bills and the conservation wins they represent, we’re dedicated to ensuring that both bills ultimately reach the President’s desk and get signed into law.”

NDA will continue to eagerly monitor the Restoring America’s Wildlife Act; be on the lookout for more Action Alerts as progress is made in the Senate. Finally, don’t forget to thank the Representatives who voted in favor of the bill!