Warnock and Ossoff co-sponsor bipartisan wildlife bill

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July 2—COVINGTON — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., has joined Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., in co-sponsoring the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bipartisan bill that will spend $1.4 billion dollars a year to local management efforts to help wildlife species at risk.

“With the support of Sens. Warnock and Ossoff, we have the opportunity to get this bill signed into law this summer,” said Mike Worley, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Georgians can be proud that we are doing our part to avert a looming wildlife extinction crisis. This bold, bipartisan bill will tackle the problem on the scale needed, without raising taxes or creating new regulations.

The bill would provide $27.4 million to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to fully implement the state’s wildlife action plan. More than 640 Georgia species would benefit, from bobwhite quail and gopher tortoises to Georgia aster and Cherokee darters.

Jon Ambrose, head of the DNR’s wildlife conservation section, explained that the plan is a statewide strategy, supported by partners, to conserve native wildlife and natural habitats before these animals, plants and places no longer become rarer and more expensive to save or restore.

“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will provide critical funding to protect this heritage and help ensure that future Georgians can also experience the wildlife we ​​enjoy today,” Ambrose said.

The Senate bill currently has 36 co-sponsors, including 16 Republicans. The Senate bill has particularly strong support in the Southeast: Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arkansas all have at least one senator supporting the effort.

“Senator Ossoff and Senator Warnock’s Georgia stamp of approval will be one of the main reasons this bill lands on the president’s desk,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “There is no Republican whitetail deer or Democratic brook trout, and this bill shows that wildlife conservation can still bring Congress together, even in these divided times.”

A companion bill passed the House with bipartisan support on June 14.

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