Senate candidates support now defunct sportsmen’s bill

A bill that would’ve loosened restrictions on lead bullets and hunting on federal land is dead, the victim of partisanship in the U.S. Senate.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 had the support of both Republicans and Democrats, many from conservative states, and was advanced by a vote of 82-12 on Monday.

But wrangling over which amendments to bring to a vote ultimately sunk the bill on Thursday. The bill failed another procedural vote in the Senate, 41-56, after all Republicans withdrew their support.

Both candidates for Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s open West Virginia Senate seat said they supported the bill.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in a statement she will “continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of West Virginia sportsmen and our state’s traditions.”

Jennifer Donohue, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, D-W.Va., chastised the U.S. Senate for the inaction.

“[This] is just one more reason why we need leaders like Natalie Tennant in the Senate who can work across the aisle and get things done,” Donohue said in a statement.

Current West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Rockefeller, both Democrats, voted in favor of the bill.

— Staff reports

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