Like the House news release, the December 20 announcement by the Senate appropriations committee included links to the full bill, division summaries and explanatory statements.
However, the Division G summary puts a different spin on the authorization for the wild horse and burro program.
“The wild horse and burro program is provided $148 million to accelerate removals from degraded and drought-plagued areas, to house horses off-range, and to jumpstart a fertility control program to reduce the future horse population.”
The emphasis is on removals, off-range holding and on-range management (as the advocates like to describe it).
Research was not mentioned.
The new roundup schedule does not reflect these priorities.
Not yet, anyway.