The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA, H.R. 2773, S. 2372) has faced a long stretch in the legislative system. RAWA passed the House of Representatives this summer, has passed through the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and is awaiting a full vote in the Senate. The bill would immediately address the biodiversity crisis by helping to recover and conserve species at risk by investing $1.3 billion annually for states and territories and $97.5 million for tribal nations for on-the-ground conservation projects through State Wildlife Action Plans.
The National Deer Association (NDA) has been working to pass RAWA since the 116th Congress, and we’ll continue to provide support until it’s passed. However, we need your help to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a final vote. CLICK HERE to ask your federal lawmakers to support the bill and to encourage a full floor vote in the Senate.
RAWA is incredibly bipartisan, boasting 42 bipartisan Senate cosponsors and 194 bipartisan House cosponsors. Further, recent public polling showed the bill is supported across a range of outdoor recreation groups, including 80% of wildlife viewers, 78% of anglers, 77% of birdwatchers and 70% of hunters. Even more, upwards of 70% of Americans support the bill and less than 5% oppose.
The NDA is dedicated to ensuring the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. The continuance of the resource, the quality of our hunting experiences and the perpetuity of places to hunt, recreate and relax all rely on intact, healthy habitats and ecosystems. RAWA investments in on-the-ground conservation work will ensure sufficient, sustainable funding for the continued management of our much-loved wildlife resources and their habitats, including the accelerated recovery of more than 12,000 at-risk species and 500 species already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The legislation also seeks to prevent, manage, and control diseases and invasive species negatively impacting our native flora and fauna.