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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Reintroduced

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The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a landmark piece of legislation that would provide permanent, reliable funding to states and tribes to assist in their efforts to conserve, restore, and protect wildlife and habitat, has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. If passed into law, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act would provide permanent, dedicated funding to state and tribal agencies to proactively conserve at-risk species for the first time in U.S. history.

RAWA would amend the Pittman-Robertson Act and provide an additional $1.3 billion per year for states and territories and $97.5 million per year for tribes, allowing them to implement state and tribal wildlife action plans which designed to conserve over 12,000 species of the greatest conservation need.  Currently, Pittman-Robertson program collects about $1 billion a year from excise taxes on sporting goods and related products and distributes it to states. That funding mechanism would remain unchanged by RAWA.

RAWA, first introduced in 2016, was passed by the House of Representatives last year and has bipartisan support in the Senate as well, but lawmakers could not decide how to pay for the bill, preventing its passage.

Learn more about RAWA from The Wildlife Society or the National Wildlife Federation

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