Biden Administration Reconsiders Funding for Hunting and Archery Programs
The Biden administration is considering reversing its decision to restrict funding for hunting and archery programs in schools.
Education Department to Collaborate with Congress to Restore Funding
The Department of Education will work with Congress to restore funding for enrichment activities like archery and hunter safety programs in schools.
Withdrawal of Funding Due to Safer Communities Act Interpretation
Funding was withdrawn from traditional school sportsmen activities due to the Biden administration’s interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Acknowledgment of Defunding and Categorization as Enrichment Opportunities
The Education Department confirmed that it stripped funding from hunting and archery programs, categorizing them as enrichment opportunities.
Education Department Offers Assistance to Address the Issue
The department spokesperson stated that they are willing to provide technical assistance to Congress to restore funding for valuable enrichment opportunities.
Role of Hunting and Archery Programs in Education Stressed
Advocates emphasized the importance of hunting and archery programs in teaching students about responsible gun ownership and archery skills.
Bipartisan Concerns Expressed over BSCA Interpretation
Lawmakers from both political parties expressed concern about the administration’s interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Democrat Senators Join in Objecting to the Defunding
Senators Brown, Manchin, Tester, and Sinema, all Democrats, voiced objections to the defunding of hunting and archery programs.
Republican Sponsors of BSCA Dissatisfied with Interpretation
Even Republican senators Cornyn and Tillis, the sponsors of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, expressed dissatisfaction with how the legislation was being interpreted.
House Republicans Condemn Defunding Decision
A group of 66 House Republicans, led by Representative Stefanik, condemned the decision to defund hunting and archery programs in schools.
Bill Introduced to Protect Hunting and Archery Classes
Reps. Green and Hudson introduced the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act to prevent the Education Department from withdrawing funding.
Reevaluation of Funding Aligns with Broader Education System Debate
The reconsideration of funding for hunting and archery programs reflects the ongoing debate about the interpretation and consequences of legislation in education..