U.S. House Passes Sinema’s Bipartisan Bill Ensuring Administration Follows Law, Funds Archery & Hunting Safety Education

Sep 27, 2023

Senators’ bill ensures the Administration correctly follows her Bipartisan Safer Communities law

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act – bipartisan legislation ensuring the Administration correctly follows Sinema’s Bipartisan Safer Communities law by allowing students to continue educational enrichment programs and activities, such as archery and hunting safety education.

“School-based archery and hunting safety courses help Arizona students learn and grow while enjoying the outdoors. House-passage of our bill moves us one step closer to ensuring the Administration follows the law we wrote so Arizonans can continue to benefit from these educational courses,” said Sinema.

Sinema’s legislation comes after the U.S. Department of Education misinterpreted a provision of the Bipartisan Safer Communities law and created confusion whether federal funds can be used to support archery, hunting safety education, and other extracurricular activities. Sinema’s Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act makes clear that federal funds may be used to support these programs that help Arizona students learn and grow.

The bipartisan Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act was introduced with fellow authors of Sinema’s Bipartisan Safer Communities law, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

In September, joined by a bipartisan group of Senators, Sinema urged the Senate appropriators to direct the U.S. Department of Education to follow the law. Sinema, also joined by bipartisan colleagues, separately urged the U.S. Department of Education to change its guidance. With her Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act, Sinema is ensuring the Administration follows her law and clarifies any misinterpretation from the Administration.