Lummis Wolf Rider Stripped Out of Budget Bill…Stay Tuned!


We read through the detailed bill summary on the House Appropriations Committee website.

It looks like the wolf rider has been pulled from the bill!! Will update you further if any wolf riders are detected before the final vote.

Summary: Fiscal Year 2012 Final Consolidated Appropriations Bill

These bad policies remain:

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

•Wolf monitoring and livestock loss programs are continued.

Give-aways-to-rancher barons

 •A provision to reduce litigation on grazing issues
 •A provision to renew and streamline grazing permits
•A provision to exempt livestock producers from overly burdensome greenhouse gas


Rogers: Final Appropriations Package Will Move Forward 

Washington, Dec 15-

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers has announced that the final fiscal year 2012 Appropriations legislation will move forward with the approval of House and Senate conferees.

“The House and Senate have reached a final agreement to move forward on the final fiscal year 2012 Appropriations legislation. I am hopeful that the House and Senate can pass this bill tomorrow to prevent a government shutdown, fund critical programs and services for the American people, and cut spending to help put the nation’s finances on a more sustainable path. In spite of many unnecessary obstacles, it is good to see that responsible leadership and good governance can triumph,” Chairman Rogers said.

The conference report is expected to be filed in the House later this evening.

UPDATE: 4:12 pm

This bill is not final until the Senate agrees to it. The House is negotiating with the Senate to come to an agreement tonight so they can bring the bill to a vote tomorrow.  Even though I don’t believe the wolf rider will be slipped back in, we cannot fully rest until the bill is agreed to by both houses of Congress and voted on.  Stay tuned!!


You can breath a sigh of relief, for now.  The Lummis wolf delisting rider, which would have delisted wolves in Wyoming, The Great Lakes Region and 29 Eastern states has been removed from the Omnibus budget bill.

“When the House Appropriations Committee posted the full text of the year-end spending bill that had been laboriously negotiated with Senate Democrats early Thursday morning, the wolf language was nowhere to be found.”

This is very good news a victory for wolves and wolf advocates but I’m still uneasy that someone might try to slip it in at the last-minute because they are still negotiating.

But for now we can savor this victory. We have not heard the last of wolf riders and wolf delistings but at least for today wolves in  Wyoming,  Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are safe.


Kline and Cravaack angry over dropped wolf provision

Posted at 4:05 PM on December 15, 2011 by Brett Neely


Read the bill

H.R. 3671

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012



Top Photo: Ann S., Lawyer Mohawk, Ambassador Wolf (Wolf People)

Bottom photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Cynthia Lummis wolf delisting rider, Omnibus budget bill, Wyoming wolves, Great Lakes Region wolves, rider stripped from House Bill

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9 CommentsLeave a comment

    Hard at wolf work. No time to stop now.
    But thankyou
    The wolves thankyou


  2. Do we know who’s responsible for getting it out (to send thank yous), or was the negotiation all closed-door business?


    • Still closed door captain sakonna. This past July there was an attempt to remove it.

      “Lummis’ budget rider was unsuccessfully challenged by an amendment from U.S. Rep. Norman Dicks, D-Wash., as 24 Democrats joined 226 Republicans in voting to keep the language in the bill.

      Read more:

      We need to find out who those 26 Democrats were that helped the Republicans keep the Lummis rider in the budget bill.

      I suspect the reason it was stripped out is because of the “no judicial review”. The Democrats were the ones who pushed the Northern Rockies rider through last Spring and they are taking major heat for it. The lawsuit is ongoing, the wolf hunts are becoming more brutal. I think they looked at 2012 and thought we better not go there again. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, I’m just glad it’s out but the USFWS is still pushing ahead to delist wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes by the beginning of the year…hence the comment period that ends on January 13, 2012.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  3. I would be cautious until it is signed.I never truely trust anything or anyone that hides and deals behind the closed doors when it comes to our welfare and our wild wildlife .


    • Though I’m so ready to be happy, I am, there’s truth in what you’re saying.
      Let it be a win


      • There’ always a caveat to everything it seems. The only time we were allowed to be truly happy since the wolf delisting nightmare began in 2009, is when Judge Molloy relisted wolves back in August of 2010. As I remember the wolf haters were crying and whining all the way through the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring of 2010/2011 until they got their way and Congress delisted wolves. Shame on the Obama admin. Such a huge, huge disappointment. Yes we can has turned into more of the same.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,


    • You’re very right Rita but once the language of the bill is published and agreed to by both houses, the only thing left is to vote on it. But with Congress you can never be sure of anything. I know one thing, someone has to put a stop to governing by rider.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  4. It’s like we have just experienced a true miracle. All we have to do is pray that they don’t slip it in at the very end. They are not to be trusted. If it goes forward without it attached anywhere in the bill, well, I don’t know what to say. Hard typing through tears and sobs. God bless all those for working so hard to save the grandfather of our family dogs. Thor answered.


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