Is Wolf/Delisting Rider In Or Out??? Start Calling!!

Are there budget /wolf riders in this document??

UPDATE DECEMBER 15, 2011

The clown show in DC is still dithering and no vote has been scheduled on the budget. If they don’t pass the Omnibus Bill or a Continuing Resolution by tomorrow, Friday, December 16, 2011 the government will shut down. Still no word if the Lummis wolf delisting rider is in or out of the spending bill. KEEP CALLING!!!!

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Congress is back at it again. Remember the wolf delisting rider that Cynthia Lummis R-WY stuffed into the budget bill this past summer?

“U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., successfully inserted a no-litigation rider into a 2012 congressional appropriations bill, as well as a clause that would immediately put Wyoming wolves under state control.”

Well it’s rearing its ugly head again. The House and Senate are still in  negotiations to pass a budget bill before Friday, December 16, 2011 or face a government shutdown.  It’s call the Omnibus bill and in that bill lurks the wolf delisting rider, Sec.119.

The rider reads:

“Sec. 119. Hereafter, any final rule published by the Department of the Interior that provides that the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the State of Wyoming or in any of the States within the range of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the gray wolf (as defined in the rule published on May 5, 2011 (76. Fed. Reg. 26086 et seq.)) is not an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), including any rule to remove such species in such a State from the list of endangered species or threatened species published under that Act, shall not be subject to judicial review if such State has entered into an agreement with the Secretary of the Interior that authorizes the State to manage gray wolves in that State.”

Although there was word yesterday that the rider may have been stripped from the bill, it’s just a rumor.  The House and Senate Appropriations Committees  are still wheeling and dealing on the budget, so anything can happen. I won’t believe the rider is out of the bill until I see the language published on thomas.gov

If you remember this is exactly the scenario we faced last  Spring, when the battle over the budget included a wolf delisting rider that targeted wolves in the Northern Rockies.  81 Senators voted to delist wolves via budget/wolf rider and now we have two brutal wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana, with horror stories everyday about dead wolves or proposals to kill wolves. Aerial gunning, traps, snares, arrows, it goes on and on. Just today I read hunters are encouraging Montana FWP to institute trapping in the West Fork , to help kill more wolves. The entire situation is leaving conservationists horrified at the frenzy surrounding wolf killings. It’s as if there is nothing more important to these states then dead wolves. People are losing their jobs and homes yet the focus is on wiping out wolves.  It’s something I’ve never witnessed in my lifetime. Such reckless hate directed toward an animal. This is the result of  a wolf delisting rider that handed wolves over to hostile state management, proving wolves cannot recover in the lower forty-eight without federal protection.

It seems more likely now that Congress  will pass a Continuing Resolution or CR to keep the government running and prevent a government shutdown. That would be the best possible news for wolves because it means the wolf rider, probably hiding in the Omnibus budget bill, would be put on hold until Congress returns from holiday vacation. Still we can’t count on a CR being passed and have to assume the wolf rider/budget bill could  still  pass by Friday’s deadline.

Please start calling members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, who are negotiating the budget bill. I’ve listed the names for both the Senate and House.  Even if the budget bill doesn’t pass on Friday and Congress adopts a Continuing Resolution to keep the government-funded, we’ll have delivered our message. When they come back from vacation and take this matter up again,  they’ll know we are ready to stand and defend wolves once again.

TELL THEM NO WOLF RIDERS, NO BAD ENVIRONMENTAL RIDERS.

If they want to pass legislation they need to do it the right way and stop sneaking bad policy into spending bills that would never stand on their own. It’s  underhanded and thwarts the will of the people. We’ve had enough of their backroom politics.

We’re losing wolves daily in the Northern Rockies because of the bad wolf delisting rider passed last Spring. This can’t happen again. The Lummis  rider would delist Wyoming, Great Lakes Region wolves and possibly wolves in 29 Eastern states. It goes further preventing any judicial review.  Again, it’s Groundhog Day. The same ugly, “politics by rider” that’s caused so much suffering and cruelty against wolves in the Northern Rockies is threatening to wreak havoc again.

Call the Capital Switchboard number and ask the operator to speak to the Representatives or Senators listed below. Tell them NO to the wolf delisting/budget rider and all policy riders.  Please also call your own Representatives and Senators  to deliver the same message.

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House of Representatives

http://www.house.gov/

US Senate

http://www.senate.gov/

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Capital Switchboard Numbers

1-866-220-0044
1-202-224-3121 

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US House of Representatives

Appropriation Committee Members

Republicans

Chairman Hal Rogers

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Chairman Emeritus

Rep. Jerry Lewis, Chairman Emeritus

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson

Rep. Kay Granger

Rep. Mike Simpson

Rep. John Culberson

Rep. Ander Crenshaw

Rep. John R. Carter

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Democrats

Ranking Member Norm Dicks

Rep. Peter Visclosky

Rep. Nita Lowey

Rep. Jose Serrano

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Rep. James Moran

Rep. David Price

Rep. Sanford Bishop

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US Senate

Appropriations Committee Members

Democrats

DANIEL K. INOUYE
Hawaii, Chairman

PATRICK J. LEAHY
Vermont

TOM HARKIN
Iowa

BARBARA A. MIKULSKI
Maryland

HERB KOHL
Wisconsin

PATTY MURRAY
Washington

DIANNE FEINSTEIN
California

RICHARD J. DURBIN
Illinois

TIM JOHNSON
South Dakota

MARY L. LANDRIEU
Louisiana

JACK REED
Rhode Island

FRANK R. LAUTENBERG
New Jersey

BEN NELSON
Nebraska

MARK PRYOR
Arkansas

SHERROD BROWN
Ohio

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Republicans

THAD COCHRAN
Mississippi, Vice Chairman

MITCH MCCONNELL
Kentucky

RICHARD C. SHELBY
Alabama

KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
Texas

LAMAR ALEXANDER
Tennessee

SUSAN COLLINS
Maine

LINDSEY GRAHAM
South Carolina

MARK KIRK
Illinois

DAN COATS
Indiana

ROY BLUNT
Missouri

JERRY MORAN
Kansas

JOHN HOEVEN
North Dakota

RON JOHNSON
Wisconsin

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Approps Deal May Mean Bad Holiday Season for Wolves

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/epepper/the_holiday_season_is_supposed.html

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Lummis wolf clause still up in the air

 http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/capitol/lummis-wolf-clause-still-up-in-the-air/article_452e05fa-25cf-11e1-a62d-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1gUh2SQ9s

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Short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown more likely than omnibus

By Erik Wasson – 12/13/11 08:50 PM ET

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/199239-short-term-spending-bill-stop-government-shutdown-more-likely

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Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf

Tags: budget bill shenanigans,  Wyoming wolves, delisting rider, Cynthia Lummis, Great Lakes Region wolves, bad budget riders

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