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Supporters look to rescue embattled wildlife bill

By Garrett Downs | 06/11/2024 06:29 AM EDT

The bipartisan legislation may die this Congress unless negotiators come up with a new strategy.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Sen. Thom Tillis speaking with reporters at the Capitol in March. The North Carolina Republican is sponsoring wildlife legislation that's in conflict with a House GOP plan. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Senators upbeat about a bipartisan wildlife funding bill remain on a collision course with House Republicans, who insist on pushing their own plan.

The dynamic may spell the demise of legislation — at least this year — that was once seen as having enough support to become law.

Last Congress, the House and the Senate coalesced around versions of the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act,” which would pay state conservation agencies to preserve wildlife habitat.

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But the measure flamed out as lawmakers failed to settle on a way to pay for it. And now that Republicans control the House, they’re insisting on a different approach.

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