Recovering America’s Wildlife Act passes House, goes to Senate

According to its supporters, RAWA could lead to more conservation successes like the American bald eagle.

Congress occasionally surprises by passing legislation that makes a few people outside Washington happy.

“It was a fantastic day,” Kendra Wecker, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, said in response to the House’s recent passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, aka RAWA.

The bill goes to the Senate next.

RAWA, which has widespread support among conservation groups and some outdoor trade associations, would significantly boost federal money available to states for projects aimed at stopping or reversing wildlife decline.

The bill, which Wecker calls “a tremendous opportunity to strengthen wildlife conservation in Ohio and across the country,” is on the Senate’s legislative calendar, meaning a vote should occur sooner than later.

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