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Hinchey-Bass Amendment

* Hinchey-Bass Buffalo Protection Amendment Fails by Narrow Vote
On June 17, 2004, U.S. Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D) and Charles Bass (R) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the 2005 Department of Interior Appropriations Bill to "prohibit the use of funds to kill bison, or assist in the killing of bison, in the Yellowstone National Park herd." Despite the hard work of buffalo protection advocates and hundreds of concerned citizens, the measure failed to pass by an incredibly close 202-215 margin. 

The National Park Service (NPS), whose insignia features a buffalo, has slaughtered 498 buffalo in the past 16 months. The Hinchey-Bass Amendment would have saved millions of tax dollars while forcing the National Park Service to uphold its mandate "to protect the resources unimpaired for present and future generations." . 

This was the second straight year that an amendment to prohibit the park from slaughtering buffalo was offered. Representative Nick Rahall (D) introduced a similar measure in 2003 that failed by a 199-220 margin. The very close votes and the fact that this year's effort garnered more support than last year's show that the buffalo have a significant level of support in Congress and that momentum is building for a Congressional solution to the unjust slaughter of the Yellowstone buffalo.

See News Article- 6/23/04- Cubin backs bison slaughter by Jim Stanford, jhZone

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View the Hinchey-Bass Amendment Final Vote Results- see if your Representative voted for or against the Amendment. Give them a call to voice your support or opinion.

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