H.Res. 688: Expressing support for the goals and ideals of the first annual National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day taking place on September 26, 2009

H.Res. 688

Expressing support for the goals and ideals of the first annual National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day taking place on September 26, 2009

Date
September 22, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 688 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) on July 28, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 688 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals of a National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Day to be held annually in coordination with the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture;
• "Recognizes that creating a successful adoption model for wild horses and burros is consistent with Public Law 92-195 (commonly known as the `Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act') (16 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) and beneficial to the long-term interests of the people of the United States in protecting wild horses and burros; and
• "Encourages citizens of the United States to adopt a wild horse or burro so as to own a living symbol of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West."

Background

On Friday, July 17, the House passed H.R. 1018 by a vote of 239-185, a bill to expand the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to vastly expand its wild horse and burro management programs and obtain new rangeland. According to CBO, the legislation could end up costing a total of $700 million.