Thanks to each and every one of you for your many phone calls. The good news is that House and Senate members met in a formal conference committee meeting yesterday to negotiate the final version of Fiscal Year 2019 spending bills, including the Department of the Interior. This funding bill supports the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program.
The Committee agreed on Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to fund ten federal agencies – including the Interior Department – through December 7. The CRs carry forward Fiscal Year 2018.
So, the current law protecting America’s wild horses and burros from mass “euthanasia” (killing) and sterilization remains in place through Dec. 7. Hopefully, this will increase the chances of a year-long CR so that this remains in place for FY19.
The House and Senate version of the bill are very different. The House bill, in directing the BLM on the management of wild horses & burros on public lands, includes an amendment by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) (who’s up for re-election this November) that authorizes the BLM to manage wild horse & burro herds as “non-reproducing or single sex,” using sterilization on already minimally viable or non-viable herds. This is both cruel and a quick road to extinction.
The Senate bill doesn’t contain this amendment.
Please express your thanks to the Senate, Chairmen Shelby and Murkowski and Vice-Chairman Leahy and Chairman Udall for fighting hard to protect America’s wild horses and burros.
Thanks for your efforts and keep the faith.