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The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus is at work. After anti-hunting groups based their call for a ban on traditional, lead-core ammunition on the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, Sens. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, and John Thune, South Dakota Republican, are aiming back with bipartisan legislation to “clarify” the long-standing exemption of ammunition and ammunition components under federal regulations. The act also calls for lead fishing tackle, similarly under attack from anti-hunting groups, to be exempt.

“Hunting, shooting and fishing are more than just pastimes in Montana — they’re part of our outdoor heritage. They’re Montana values that we pass on to our kids and grandkids. And I’ll fight for those values whenever D.C.’s rules get in the way of common sense,” declares Mr. Tester.

“Outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing, not only provide recreational opportunities, but also greatly contribute to South Dakota’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching regulations in other areas are already negatively affecting jobs and businesses across the country, and I am committed to ensuring that ammunition and tackle do not become subject to arbitrary regulation,” warns Mr. Thune.

POLL DU JOUR

• 64 percent of U.S. voters support increasing taxes on people with incomes over $250,000 to reduce the federal deficit.

• 43 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of conservatives and 45 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 83 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of liberals also agree.

• 44 percent of voters overall would support cutting military spending to reduce the deficit.

• 34 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of conservatives and 32 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 53 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of liberals also agree.

• 18 percent overall support cutting Medicare or Medicaid to lower the deficit.

• 25 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of conservatives and 28 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 9 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of liberals also agree.

Source: A McClatchy-Marist Poll of 1,084 registered voters conducted April 10-14.

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