Cats and Cranes To Get Their Hearing Thursday

For the last couple years, I’ve followed two bills that would a small amount of funding for a worthwhile cause: Efforts to conserve endangered species. The bills are the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act and the Crane Conservation Act. The legislation would provide for conservation programs for cranes, felids, and dog-like animals that are endangered or threatened.

endangered crane and catLast year, the House of Representatives passed these bills, but the Senate failed to act. So, the House had to pass them again this year, and now they are up for consideration in the Senate again.

This week, both bills will be among those examined in a hearing of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. The hearing will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Now is a good time to contact one of the members of this committee, especially if one of them is from your state, to urge that the committee support the passage of these bills. The Democrats on the committee are:

Barbara Boxer
Max Baucus
Tom Carper
Frank Lautenberg
Benjamin Cardin
Bernard Sanders
Amy Klobuchar
Sheldon Whitehouse
Tom Udall
Jeff Merkley
Kirsten Gillibrand
Arlen Specter

The Republicans on the Committee are:

James Inhofe
George V. Voinovich
David Vitter
John Barrasso
Mike Crapo
Christopher Bond
Lamar Alexander

The office of the Committee on the Environment and Public works can be reached by telephone at 202-224-8832.

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