WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. The ACE Act language served as a substitute amendment to H.R. 925.
Barrasso serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).
“The Senate has taken important bipartisan action to protect our wildlife,” said Barrasso. “The ACE Act will help states and tribes partner with Washington on conservation efforts. Our bipartisan legislation will establish a special task force to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease. The bill will keep America’s wildlife healthy, while allowing rural communities to thrive. I am thankful to Ranking Member Carper for his partnership. The United States Senate is hard at work passing legislation for the American people. Now, the House of Representatives must pass the bill so we can better conserve and manage America’s wildlife.”
The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat. It addresses the threats of emerging wildlife diseases like Chronic Wasting Disease, protects livestock from predators, and combats invasive species. The ACE Act includes several key provisions for Wyoming. The legislation has received broad support from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, and many others.
On December 17, 2019, the EPW Committee unanimously passed the ACE Act at a business meeting.
On December 13, 2019, Barrasso and Carper introduced the ACE Act. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and John Boozman (R-AR) are cosponsors of the bill.