Senate Funding of ‘Path Forward’ in the News

Funding to carry out a sizeable chunk of the wild horse management plan, authorized last week by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has ranchers celebrating and advocates fuming, according to an AP story posted today by KTLA News of Los Angeles.

The glorious ‘Path Forward,’ as it is known, will protect the animals from killing or sale to slaughter, according to the report, except that most of them will be removed from their home range (so they can be replaced with privately owned cattle and sheep).

Put them in sanctuaries or contracted pastures so they can live out their lives in segregated herds.  No families, no foals, no legacy.

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Who Added ‘Path Forward’ to Senate Spending Bill?

The legislation was drafted by the Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations last week.  It still has to be put to a vote of the full Senate and be reconciled with the bill in the House.

The House authorized $6 million for a ‘Path Forward’ pilot program earlier this year.

The Senate authorized $35 million for the ‘Path Forward’ in FY 2020.

Almost all of the senators on the Subcommittee are liberals.  The two in the ‘minority’ are not paragons of conservatism (grades from Conservative Review).

  • Lisa Murkowski, Chair, R-AK, F
  • Tom Udall, Ranking Member, D-NM, F
  • Lamar Alexander, Member, R-TN, F
  • Roy Blunt, Member, R-MO, F
  • Mitch McConnell, Member, R-KY, F
  • Shelley Moore Capito, Member, R-WV, F
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith, Member, R-MS, F
  • Steve Daines, Member, R-MT, C
  • Marco Rubio, Member, R-FL, D
  • Dianne Feinstein, Member, D-CA, F
  • Patrick Leahy, Member, D-VT, F
  • Jack Reed, Member, D-RI, F
  • Jon Tester, Member, D-MT, F
  • Jeff Merkley, Member, D-OR, F
  • Chris Van Hollen, Member, D-MD, F

Look at the first page of the ‘Path Forward.’  There are no endorsements from oil companies, mining companies, timber companies.

So who on the Subcommittee is in bed with the public-lands ranchers?  Which senators would benefit from fewer wild horses in their state?

The BLM manages wild horses and burros in ten western states, while the Forest Service manages wild horses and burros in nine western states.

The demonic plan was not discussed in the Appropriations Committee meeting last week, even though the Bill for Interior contained a large expenditure for the new item.

You can listen to the audio here.  Remarks about the bill run from 30:37 to 43:30.

Apparently, the guilty parties don’t want to be identified.