International Conservation Stamp Reauthorization Passes House, Moves To President’s Desk For Signature

DCcapitolfirstforhunters012914Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International (SCI) congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for passing S. 231 the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization of 2013 yesterday with overwhelming bipartisan support.

SCI would like to thank Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY), as a champion of this key piece of legislation in the House of Representatives to continue funding conservation programs around the world. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) should also be commended as the original Senate sponsors who achieved passage in their chamber just before the 2014 August recess. Final passage could not have happened without their leadership. Their efforts should be encouraged by all sportsmen and women.

231 reauthorizes the U.S. Postal Service sell a semipostal (premium first-class) stamp that will generate public funding for the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MCSF). The funds realized from the sale of the stamp would not offset appropriations that already exist for the conservation funds. Instead, the stamps will supplement these important conservation programs at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayer. S. 231 now heads to the desk of the President for signature.

The MCSF benefits the African Elephant Conservation Fund, the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, the Great Ape Conservation Fund, the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund, and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund.

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