WA Senator’s Supported “Sportsmens’ Bill

Here’s the B.S. response to my input on the “sportsmen’s” bill I received from Senator Maria Cantwell…

Dear Mr. Robertson,

Thank you for contacting me about Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act (S. 2363) on May 20, 2014. If enacted, this legislation would enact a number of measures to facilitate the use of federal public lands and waters for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational shooting. This legislation would also expand the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to aid communities and protect our natural resources.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would also amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow the Department of Interior to issue permits to import polar bear trophies from Canada, if the following conditions are met: the polar bear trophy was taken by an individual during a sport hunt in Canada; the individual submits proof that the polar bear was legally harvested before February 18, 1997; and the permit was requested before March 15, 2008, when polar bears were added to the threatened species list. The legislation does not allow any more polar bears to be harvested. This legislation amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to exclude any firearm, bullet components, or sport fishing equipment from the definition of “chemical substance.” These provisions would effectively remove these articles from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. On February 6, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill, the Sportsman’s Heritage Act (H.R. 3590).

In Washington State, we are blessed to live near, work by, and play in some of America’s most iconic national parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Safe access to diverse recreational opportunities on federal public lands is vital to maintaining our natural heritage and quality of life. Our waterways, coastal regions, and open spaces are used by many people for many reasons. Our coasts and open spaces are areas where many priorities, including hunting and fishing, interact and can conflict with one another, especially where space is limited.

I believe these areas are precious resources and that protection of these areas is essential for the collective benefit of current and future generations. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to consider this legislation in the future.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

12 thoughts on “WA Senator’s Supported “Sportsmens’ Bill

    • Here’s the vote: http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/senate/2/220

      It’s time for some of our Senators to get phone calls and letters asking which part of lead in the environment benefits us; what percentage of the electorate has polar bear trophies and need representation, and, if polar bear trophies are allowed, will they vote to let citizens like Gary Ridgeway (Green River Killer) and Dennis Rader (BTK killer) bring their trophies ‘home’, too? After all, that’s the slippery slope that (what we now know are) “so-called” libruls are always taking us down. Gosh, shouldn’t we start trading in ivory again?

  1. I got the almost exact same canned response form my supposedly “progressive” senator from WI, Tammy Baldwin. I am so disgusted at these fake “Democrats” and how they pander to the gun nut/trophy killing crowd. Like a bad case of hemorrhoids this disgusting bill keeps coming back every time a “Democrat” is in fear of losing their seat. As revolting as I find the GOPers and Teahadists they at least stick to their flawed beliefs. The “Democrats” jump through hoops to pander to the lowest common denominator whenever they thing it may get them a couple of extra votes. They keep crapping on us environmentalists because they think we are safe in their “base.” They have another thing coming. Baldwin and those like her will never see a vote from me ever again. I don’t care if the GOPers take over Congress. Maybe if they did the fake “progressives” will wake up and realize that they were pandering to the wrong people.

  2. Reblogged this on Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife and commented:
    I received an almost exact canned response from my supposed “progressive” Senator, Tammy Baldwin. Way to spit in the face of those you pretend to represent. My response to Baldwin will be coming soon and will be posted here.

  3. It’s depressing that Cantwell has not given her position much personal thought. Like a canned hunt, her letter is a canned response. So, she wants bullets made of toxic lead removed from the Toxic Substances Control Act? If we are to blame anyone we need to look in the mirror. Few vegans and progressive enviros are at fish and wildlife commission hearings in all states where policies are firmly in control of the hunter-trapper-fisher 5.5%.

  4. I googled Kay Hagen and Maria Cartwell, Wikipedia. One, Kay, is from FL, and Maria is from IN. I saw nothing it either background to indicate a huntress background or even outdoor types. Sportsmen lately seem to be getting women out front, and even children, in front of trophy kills in newspapers, and supporting their involvement in blood killing sports. I suspect that this support of the unsportsmen bill has something to do with pure politics of some sort. Maybe they are looking for what they think would be good political support issues or they are tit for tat scratching political backs. Why would two non “sportsmen/sportswomen” support the barbaric blood sports which are primarily men and mostly redneck men looking to unfairly monopolize public land for shooting and trapping wildlife? They maybe misunderstand the issues? They believe in insuring this barbaric blood sports? Did I miss something about them?

  5. I don’t know where she’s coming from,but I just left a vm at the Spokane office describing my reaction to her support of such vile legislation. I suspect that she is quite removed from these issues and some stupid scheming staffer decided it was an easy way to cultivate favor with recreational killers and their powerful allies. However, maybe I’m giving her too much credit and she really is a killer at heart.

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