The House Appropriations Subcommittee today passed the draft bill of the Department of the Interior budget bill for FY 2019.
Among comments from M.s McCollum, and M.s Lowey (who is not listed as a member of the subcommittee on the House Appropriations members list for this subcommittee) were comments opposing the $100 million cut to the EPA budget, gutting protections for the environment and the Endangered Species Act.
Also mentioned was the recent GAO report on Secretary Pruitt and questionable moral and financial issues that he has not yet answered to. Additionally, there is much concren over funding Int. Secretary Zinke’s reorganization of the Dept of Int. which M.s Lowey said lacked any consultation or explanation as to his justiication of how the reorganization plan was to be implemented.
Ms. McCullom mentioned again, as she has in previous years that all of these riders that are attached should be bills brought to the floor and that this habit of attaching them to appropriations bills lacks transparency.
The current language in this bill for wild horses is the same language that was included in the Omnibus Bill for FY 2018 and 2017.
” Appropriations herein made shall not be available for the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the care of the Bureau or its contractors or for the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products. “
This doesn’t mean the horses are safe, nor does it mean that we will not see the Stewart Amendment to kill or sterilize mares in this bill. Today’s meeting is only a draft, and this draft was passed to go to the full committee now, so the full committee will have the opportunity to do their mark-up, including introductions of amendments. So stay tuned as we watch this long process progress. And keep making those calls, tweets, Facebook comments and emails happen.
Watch the hearing here: