Eyes on Washington week ending 04.07.17

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A full Senate debate and vote for the confirmation of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue was scheduled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The debate will take place on Monday, April 24th with the vote proceeding at 5:30 p.m.

The move by McConnell put to rest any speculation a vote may have been held prior to the Senate’s two-week recess.

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March for Science

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The March for Science is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on “Earth Day,” Saturday April 22, 2017.

Jonathan Berman, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio and lead organizer of the March said, “Yes this is a protest but it’s not a political protest. The people making decisions are in Washington and they are the people we are trying to reach with the message: You should listen to the evidence.”

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society will be participating in the March for Science. If you would like to join our pride on April 22nd, please visit our On the Prowl or Lionesses for Wildness pages for meet up location and times.

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A new iteration of a federal bill the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1818) was introduced in Congress on March 30th. If enacted the bill, among other requirements, will prohibit the possession and breading of big cats by private individuals and other unqualified entities.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources for consideration.

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