U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined his colleagues in introducing the “Allowing for Recreational Resources for Outdoor Wellness (ARROW) Act” to stop the Biden administration from blocking funding for Montana elementary and secondary schools with hunting and archery programs.
“As a fifth generation Montanan, I grew up hunting, and I’ve passed that tradition on to my children and grandchildren. Under President Biden, this part of our heritage is under attack. By stripping federal funding for school archery and hunter education courses across the country, President Biden is taking his war on the Second Amendment out on our children. This is just the latest threat from the Biden administration to our Montana way of life, and I won’t stand for it,” Daines said.
Co-sponsors of this bill include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Kennedy (R-La.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).
Full text of the legislation can be found HERE.
Senator Daines previously joined 18 Republican colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden urging the administration to withdraw any plans to block funding for schools with hunting and archery programs.
Every year, more than 500,000 students participate and are certified through hunter education courses. These programs have decreased hunting accidents by over 50 percent.
According to the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), 1.3 million students in over 8,000 schools across the country participate in archery programs each year. Nearly 40 percent of these students who participate have reported being more engaged in the classroom.