In an AP story published today, 30 members of the House ask BLM to change it’s ways.
It is usually not our style to simply republish articles but time is short today.
30 in House want to Reign in BLM’s Budget, by Scott Sonner
Thirty U.S. representatives urged new U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday to make a priority out of reforming the government’s wild horse management program and its spiraling budget that they say has created an “untenable situation” for both the mustangs and taxpayers.
Arizona U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands and environmental regulation, wrote the letter appealing to Jewell “as a conservationist and outdoor enthusiast” to help bring “long overdue” changes at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management charged with protecting the horses.
“Given the importance of wild horses to the American people and considering the ever-tightening budget situation, we believe that this is a problem that demands your urgent attention,” he wrote.
Florida U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, was the lone Republican to sign the letter.
The majority of the co-signers were from states in the East and South, but several joined from states that are home to some of the estimated 37,000 free-roaming wild horses and burros on federal land in the West, including U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas; U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; five representatives from California; and three from Oregon.
Grijalva said they’re asking for renewed attention to the program after an independent scientific review of horse roundups. The review, which was released last month, recommended that the government invest in widespread fertility control of the mustangs and let nature cull any excess herds instead of spending millions to house them in overflowing holding pens.
READ about the NAS HERE the report that Grijalva mentions in the article above
USA TODAY, FARM BILL DEFEATED
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House failed to pass a sweeping five-year farm bill with sharp cuts to food stamps, a surprising development that sets the stage for an uphill fight in Congress to craft a new law.
The Republican-led House soundly rejected a $500 billion measure by a vote of 195-234, failing to muster enough support from conservative Republicans concerned about costs and Democrats concerned about deep cuts to the country’s popular food stamp program.
Top leaders on both sides of the aisle quickly fell to finger-pointing: Republicans claimed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi failed to deliver the Democratic votes she promised, while Democrats pinned the blame on the GOP for its inability to bring enough support from the more than 60 members within their own party who opposed the bill.
“We clearly have a profound disagreement. Don’t blame Democrats for the loss today,” said House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. “The reason the bill lost today is because 62 of your members rejected” a call to support the legislation. READ HERE
An amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) threatens to undermine the progress that California and other states have made in ensuring farm animals are treated humanely. It should be defeated. Animal welfare is no longer a niche market. It is one of the top three most important issues for restaurant patrons– outranking organics and buying local by wide margins. Approximately 70 percent of people are more confident in food sold from grocery stores that support and promote ethical farming practices, and sixty percent of shoppers say they are willing to pay more for food that is healthier, safer and produced using higher ethical standards.
Increasingly, states are introducing ballot initiatives and passing regulations that require higher animal welfare in food production. Some states have also passed laws requiring all producers selling in the state to meet the same requirements. King’s amendment, packaged as the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), would protect out-of-state producers from having to meet the regulations of the state in which they are selling their product
OH! Please remember DO NOT FEED WILD HORSES in Nevada anymore.
SB264 is now law. If you are caught feeding wild horses it is no longer a warning but a misdemeanor and a fine.