WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted against cloture today on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S.2363) after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Senators from filing amendments. The cloture vote was 41 – 56, with 11 democrats joining republicans in a vote against cloture.
“Majority Leader Reid once again shut down the Senate floor and blocked Senators from providing bipartisan input by voting on amendments to the Sportsmen’s Act,” said Inhofe. “It is our duty as Senators to debate, amend and improve legislation that comes to the floor, but since July of last year, Reid has only allowed us to vote on 18 amendments total. In an effort to give a Democrat in election year an easy boost with a vote on this bill, Reid’s political game to block amendments backfired when 11 Democrats joined Republicans in a vote against cloture. It’s time for these games to end.”
Sen. Inhofe introduced amendment no. 3483, the Federal Lands Freedom Act, that would return power to the states to control hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation and energy production on most federal lands.
Inhofe also cosponsored the following amendments to S. 2363:
- Amendment no. 3451 would protect the right of individuals to bear arms by allowing firearms on land controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Amendment no. 3453 would protect sportsmen’s ability to engage in recreational activities by preventing a rule under the Clean Water Act from being implemented and restricting access and activities on creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes.
- Amendment no. 3457 would allow interstate firearms sales by permitting out-of-state dealers to sell in a state if they comply with all state laws in which they are selling. This amendment would also allow military members to buy a firearm in state of residence or where stationed.
- Amendment no. 3458 would allow interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition in vehicles under certain conditions and would preempt any state laws to the contrary.
- Amendment no. 3467 would begin using proceeds from federal land sales for deficit reduction purposes by transferring $1 million each year through 2024 from the Federal Land Disposal Account to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Each year thereafter, 10 percent of all proceeds of federal land sales would be returned to the Treasury for deficit reduction.
- Amendment no. 3478, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2014, would protect the Second Amendment rights of citizens in the District of Columbia.
- Amendment no. 3487 would prohibit any land use changes as a result of a listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Inhofe has long been working with stakeholders and the Fish & Wildlife Service to prevent a LPC listing from harming agriculture and energy production in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.
- Amendment no. 3502 would express the sense of the Senate that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty must be ratified by the Senate and that any changes to current gun laws pursuant to the Treaty must be enacted by Congress before they occur.
- Amendment no. 3527 would provide for the expedited removal of unaccompanied alien children who are not victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and who do not have a fear of returning to their country of nationality or last habitual residence.