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House Proceeding 07-17-09 on Jul 17th, 2009 :: 0:38:50 to 0:43:00
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Ed Whitfield

0:38:46 to 0:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: be talking about how to make life better for americans with more jobs and a better lifestyle. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: i yield three minutes to one of the co-sponsors of the legislation, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. whitefield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. whitefield: obviously this

Ed Whitfield

0:38:50 to 0:43:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield

0:39:09 to 0:39:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: is a very important -- mr. whitfield: is a very important issue, and opponents of the legislation, at least some of them argue that under these difficult economic times, democrats are spending million os protect wild horses. in my view it is a much more complicated issue than that.

Ed Whitfield

0:39:30 to 0:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: this is a classic case of competing terests. on one side, we have corporations, partnerships, individuals, who have leased almost 250 million acres of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.

Ed Whitfield

0:39:52 to 0:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: on the other side, we have wild horses. now, there's been some question about whether or not these wild mustangs were native or not. i'm not an expert in that field and i certainly respect the gentlelady from wyoming on her comments.

Ed Whitfield

0:40:13 to 0:40:35( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: but it was emailed to me that dr. kay kirk patic, one of the leaders and one of the respected experts in this field has said these wild horses were rereleased native wildlife, they were native, they were captured and rereleased. now because these leaseholders

Ed Whitfield

0:40:36 to 0:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: do not want wild mustangs grazing on their land, they have been successful through lobbyists of changing federal law to require that there only be so many wild mustangs for a certain area of land. and because of that, b.l.m. flies helicopters around, they count the wild mustangs if they

Ed Whitfield

0:40:58 to 0:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: exceed that number, they move them in these holding areas. and it is without dispute that these holding areas are the most expensive way to deal with these animals. that's why millions of dollars are being spent right now. i think the reason that the

Ed Whitfield

0:41:19 to 0:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: rahall legislation is -- can help solve this problem is this. number one, it reduces the number of horses in the holding areas. number two, it expands the area for grazing, but most important , it directs immune noah contraception to

Ed Whitfield

0:41:43 to 0:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: reduce -- immunocontraception to reduce the size of herds. when i looked at the conference report on the interior appropriations bill a couple of years ago we found out that these leaseholders of these taxpayer land were paying the federal government about nine cents per acre per year. i can tell you, the farmers of

Ed Whitfield

0:42:05 to 0:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: kentucky and in the east cannot get access to land for nine ce so we have this interest. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional two minutes. mr. whitfield: we have competing interests, we have the commercial interest, we

Ed Whitfield

0:42:26 to 0:42:46( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: admire and respect, we think they should be able to use the land for grazing, we think leaseholders should be able to use it for grazing,fish dude rancs, whatever they might want. at the the same time, we have wild mustang this is a deserve some protection, particularly when the leaseholders are paying about nine cents per acre per year to the federal

Ed Whitfield

0:42:47 to 0:43:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: government. i would urge support of the rahall legislation because it expands the grazing area, it's going to reduce the number of wild mustangs and it's also going to reduce the number held in holding areas which is the most expensive way to take care

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