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Federal Affairs

SCI is the only pro-hunting organization with an office in Washington, D.C. that has full-time policy experts, in-house legal counsel and on-staff dedicated to protecting hunting everywhere.

SCI monitors, evaluates and lobbies on federal legislation impacting hunting, hunters and wildlife conservation. SCI ensures that hunting interests are at the forefront when important bills come up by building relationships with Congressional leaders as well as staying current on the issues.

Each year in May, SCI hosts Lobby Day where SCI members from all around the country come to Washington, D.C. for personal meetings with Senators, Representatives and their staffs.  During these important lobbying opportunities, SCI members share SCI’s positions on key pieces of legislation.  These visits also provide SCI members with an opportunity to highlight the organization, its achievements and assets.  SCI’s Washington, D.C. hunter advocacy staff provide federal legislators with information about SCI’s concerns and interests throughout the year.

On The Issues

Recent Federal Affairs Articles

Senate Committee Deliberates Returning Grizzly Bear Management Back to Where It Belongs – With State Agencies

By Brett Stayton | September 9, 2020

Earlier today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 614, the  Grizzly Bear State Management Act. Senator John Barrasso (R – WY), chairman of the Committee, called the meeting to order. Senator Barrasso is a frequent champion of conservation policies grounded in sound science

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History Made! – SCI in Attendance as President Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act into Law

By Brett Stayton | August 4, 2020

Today, Safari Club International was represented at the White House as President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoor Act (GAOA) into law, making history and ensuring a bright future for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation in our country. SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin received an invitation to attend the

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Federal Legislation Threatens Science-Based Wildlife Conservation

By Brett Stayton | July 24, 2020

The House today passed, on a 224 to 189 vote, a package of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills. The package consists of four bills that fund federal departments including State, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.  No Republicans voted in support of final

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SCI Celebrates Congressional Commitment to Historic Hunting and Conservation Legislation

By Brett Stayton | July 22, 2020

The United States House of Representatives has passed the Great American Outdoors Act, one of the most meaningful pieces of legislation in American history when it comes to protecting the nation’s wild places and wild things and providing the public with opportunities to explore and recreate in the great outdoors.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (And What You Can Do About Them All)

By Chip Hunnicutt | July 15, 2020

Its crunch time. As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. continue to consider legislation before their scheduled August recess, here are “the good, the bad, and the ugly” bills that will impact hunters and conservation that YOU can speak up on RIGHT NOW. The GoodThe Great American Outdoors Act After passing the

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Legal Victory For SCI And America’s Hunters

By Chip Hunnicutt | June 17, 2020

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed SCI and America’s hunters a hard-fought victory when the Court upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) new case-by-case permitting policy for the importation of endangered and threatened wildlife.  The decision represents the culmination of six years of

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