Recently their have been posts claiming a victory. We would like to clarify that this seems to be good news, but is far from being a Senate Approved Bill.
From the pdf document we linked you to last time, and from the ONLY document posted online from the Senate, pertaining to the FY 2018 Department of Interior Budget Bill specifically says
“NOTICE: This bill is a draft for use of the Committee and
its Staff only, in preparation for markup. ”
It has not yet been given a Senate Bill number which is why all you see in that spot is S. 0000. So this has not had Senate Mark-up, no Senate appropriation committee votes. It still has another step before it goes into the process of reconciliation between the House and Senate.
This is a non-bill, a chair recommendation only, which as yet, is not in the Congressional record and does not even have committee votes. Transfer language is there but slaughter and Euthanasia are not allowed. However, once a horse is sold, and they have LOST their wild horse status, who is going to STOP it? WHY are we celebrating? Seems like we need to be calling the Chair and Vice Chair ASAP before this goes to the secret conference committee. The chairs and vice chairs determine the outcome behind closed doors in that event. NEXT STEP Call Sen Lisa Murkowski and Sen Tom Udall urgently.
We have to keep the pressure on! The budget runs out on Dec 8th so we are going to see action very soon on this.
Senator Tom Udall Washington/Capitol Hill
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
CALL THE Appropriations committee no. 202-224 7257