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

Legislation to Delist Gray Wolves Introduced

By 2ton | March 4, 2020

On February 28, the “American Wild Game & Livestock Protection Act” was introduced in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Sponsored by Representatives Rob Bishop (R – UT), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. This legislation mirrors

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Senate Confirms MacGregor as Deputy Secretary of the Interior

By 2ton | February 25, 2020

Katharine MacGregor With strong bipartisan support, the United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of Katharine MacGregor as Deputy Secretary of the Interior.  Her nomination was re-approved by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on February 11th after a previous committee approval lapsed at the end of last year.

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By 2ton | February 14, 2020

Representative Raul Grijalva Rep. Raul Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, secured committee approval this week of a rule change granting himself sweeping, unchecked power to investigate private citizens and Federal agencies.  Committee rules had previously stated that the Chairman must coordinate in the preparation of subpoenas and

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SCI Urges Swift Senate Approval of Katharine MacGregor

By 2ton | February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020   The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today re-approved the nomination of Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior on a 15-5 vote.  A previous committee nod last November lapsed at the end of the

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Senate Committee Receives Updates on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

By 2ton | February 10, 2020

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee convened for a hearing on February 5 focused on “Oversight of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).” Rob Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Fish & Wildlife & Parks at the Department of the Interior provided testimony and answered questions from several Senators.

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Bureau Of Land Management Seeks Help Increasing Access To Public Lands

By 2ton | January 31, 2020

As part of its effort to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, the BLM will publish a priority list of land access issues and invite the public to review the list. The BLM is seeking public assistance in nominating lands managed by the agency on

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