The new Farm Bill, which includes critical conservation programs supported by sportsmen's groups, sailed through the full House today by a vote of 251 to 166, clearing what is thought to be its last major hurdle.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces little opposition, then on to President Obama for signing.
The nearly $1 trillion measure includes about $60 billion in conservation programs that benefit fish and wildlife, some of which have been in limbo since the previous Farm Bill expired more than a year ago.
Dave Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, echoed praise that was being showered on House members by sportsmen's groups. "This is a big win for conservation, and for working farmers and ranchers," said Hall in a press release.
Stay tuned for more updates on the bill's progress.