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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

SCI-PAC Endorses “First for Hunters” Federal Candidates

By Brett Stayton | October 1, 2020

Today, Safari Club International’s Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) announced its official endorsement of thirty-three candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The candidates listed below have all established themselves as unwavering advocates for America’s sportsmen and sportswomen. The group of candidates that SCI-PAC endorsed today is made

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SCI Voices Support for Modernizing the Endangered Species Act as Senate Holds Hearing

By Brett Stayton | September 28, 2020

Safari Club International recently submitted a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in support of legislation intended to revamp the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to meet modern challenges and address misguided application associated with the ESA. Senate Bill 4589, the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020,

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America’s Conservation Enhancement Act Passes Senate

By Brett Stayton | September 18, 2020

The U.S. Senate has unanimously voted to pass the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, a significant piece of legislation for reauthorizing several existing wildlife conservation programs that also establishes a new federal task force to combat the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R – WY)

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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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