Money for CWD

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Money to help with the battle against chronic wasting disease is weaving through the congressional pipeline in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. House later this year will consider budgets that contain $19 million to fight the disease; a dramatic jump in spending that includes more money to research the fatal brain disease.

So says Representative Dave Obey, a key Democrat on the House budget committee.

The money is for spending that begins Oct. 1.

Obey says a year ago, Congress appropriated only $750,000 in direct federal funding for the disease.

Obey says the House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that gives the U.S. Agriculture Department $16 million to fight the disease.

A separate measure budgets nearly $3 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to study the disease's impact on free-ranging wildlife.

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