In a Feb 5 Press Release, Tom Reed writes that he “voted Wednesday in support of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a bipartisan package of eight bills designed to protect and promote America’s hunting and fishing traditions. Reed is a co-sponsor of the legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio to protect jobs and preserve the recreation industry.”
“Caring for our public lands and protecting rights of sportsmen and access for everyone is the right and fair thing to do,” Reed said. “Collectively, the bills remove government roadblocks so that everyone can enjoy the resources we have been blessed with. As an avid outdoorsman myself, I join the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes sportsmen communities to help ensure outdoor traditions are preserved and rights are protected not only for our benefit today, but for the benefit of our children and grandchildren in years to come.”
Tom is notorious for telling only half of the story. What’s the downside? The Obama Administration opposes the law because it undermines important environmental laws, including the Wilderness Act of 1964, as explained in the link below.
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) writes:
On Tuesday the House considered H.R. 3590, The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. This legislation is a combination of 8 bills. Some of them are controversial because of the negative impact that they have on conservation efforts while others have passed easily out of committee. H.R. 3590 gives hunting and fishing priority over all other federal land uses. It allows the use of motorized vehicles in wilderness areas when filming is involved. The legislation also loosens existing conservation laws if someone is hunting on federal lands.
Rep. Capuano voted NO; Tom and every other Republican voted AYE. Tom Reed poses as an outdoorsman. For one who claims to value our natural heritage, Tom is mighty careless about protecting the environment.
Tom is also mighty quick to mislabel any measure he supports as a “jobs bill.” Like other GOP jobs bills, H.R3590 has little to do with jobs and much to do with political posturing. Like other political bills, H.R. 3590 is unlikely to be considered by the Senate or be signed by the President. Strange that the House has time for such stuff with another debt ceiling crisis looming.
© William Hungerford – February 2014