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Barrasso wolf bill moves forward
by U.S. Senator John Barrasso press release
September 12, 2008

Senator John Barrasso is one step closer to securing compensation for Wyoming ranchers affected by the Washington-imposed gray wolf.

"The wolves should be under Wyoming’s control, not Washington’s. My legislation will help ensure that ranchers get the assistance they need," Barrasso said. "Washington put them here, Washington should pay."

"Washington’s decision to reintroduce the wolf has led to lost livestock, and is a direct threat to ranchers’ livelihoods. Washington forced the wolf on Wyoming— Washington has the responsibility to pay for the damage," Barrasso said. "This is a western bipartisan solution to fix a Washington-caused problem."

Barrasso’s Wolf Compensation Bill passed in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday. The bipartisan effort was co-authored by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

"We have cleared a significant hurdle. This long drawn-out fight with Washington is nearing a successful conclusion."

The bill will provide $5 million to ranchers during the five-year program.

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