White Coat Waste Project is proud to announce the recipients of our annual “Congressional Waste Warrior” awards for 2017. As reported in Roll Call, this award recognizes members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership to expose and stop $15 billion in wasteful and unnecessary taxpayer-funded animal experiments, an effort that a majority of Americans support. Below are our 2017 honorees, who will receive their awards during private presentations.
SENATE Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)
Leading Senate efforts to improve oversight of the federal program charged with promoting the use of superior, cost-efficient alternatives to wasteful animal tests
Co-sponsoring the BEST Practices Act to end wasteful military medical training drills that involve shooting, stabbing and blowing up animals and that the Pentagon reports are “outdated and cost-prohibitive.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Successfully secured a federal audit of spending transparency failures exposed by WCW at National Institutes of Health-funded animal laboratories
Introduced legislation, the BASIC Research Act, to appoint a taxpayer advocate to all review panels for federal research grants
Continued to release his influential Waste Reports documenting dozens of troubling examples of outrageous and bizarre federal spending
HOUSE Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)
Introduced the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to end painful and wasteful dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs
I’ve been working to end the VA’s practice of conducting painful & unnecessary tests on dogs. I’m grateful to be recognized by @WhiteCoatWaste as a “Waste Warrior,” but I know there is much more we can & must do to protect animals & end wasteful spending. This is just the start! pic.twitter.com/YUOa01cKn9