The latest power grab bill, s.2363
A Senate bill died this morning that included an NRA-backed provision to block the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting people and wildlife from lead poisoning. Thank you to all who answered our urgent plea earlier this week to fight this disastrous measure.
The so-called “Sportsmen’s Bill of 2014” would have been a serious blow to a years-long effort to finally get the EPA to get lead out of hunting ammunition. Although lead has long been known to be an extremely toxic substance — so dangerous that we no longer allow it in paint, toys or gasoline — incredibly, thousands of tons of it still enter the food chain every year from lead ammo.
Millions of birds like loons, cranes, eagles and condors — and even bears, panthers and wolves — are dying painful deaths from lead poisoning.
We’re happy to see the bill defeated, though the NRA will no doubt try again.