More Than 200 Democrats Join GOP to Overturn Biden's Hunting and Archery Restrictions

 September 27, 2023

In a remarkable display of bipartisan unity, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to strike down the Biden administration's decision to block federal funding for school shooting sports courses. The Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), received 424 votes in favor, with 216 Republicans and 208 Democrats supporting the legislation. The lone dissenting vote came from Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas).

The Importance of the Vote

This vote is not just a win for the proponents of hunting and archery education in schools; it's a significant blow to the Biden administration's agenda. The overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle underscores the importance of preserving American traditions and freedoms. Rep. Green emphasized that hunting and fishing are effective ways to control wildlife populations and connect with nature. He also stated that such activities are "critical for our children."

The Backstory: Biden's Controversial Decision

The Biden administration had interpreted the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) to mean that hunting and archery programs in schools could no longer receive taxpayer funds. This decision led to widespread criticism and even resulted in some schools removing these programs from their curriculums. Critics argued that the administration was misconstruing the law to further its own agenda at the expense of valuable educational programs.

The Ripple Effect

The implications of this vote extend beyond the classroom. It serves as a reminder that when it comes to preserving American values and freedoms, party lines can be crossed. Democratic Senators like Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and others have spoken out against the Biden administration's interpretation of the BSCA, signaling a broader discontent within the Democratic ranks.

What's Next?

The Senate is now poised to consider companion legislation to Green's bill. The overwhelming support in the House sets a strong precedent, and there is a high likelihood that the Senate will follow suit. This could serve as a turning point, not just for hunting and archery programs but for the broader conversation about the role of government in shaping educational curricula.

A Moment to Celebrate, Yet Remain Vigilant

While this is a moment of triumph for those who value American traditions and freedoms, it's crucial to remain vigilant. The bipartisan nature of this vote shows that there is still room for unity in American politics, especially when it comes to defending the values that make this country great.

"This legislation would ensure these programs remain available in schools across the nation, and I urge the Senate to pass it as soon as possible,"

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
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