WCW Announces 2019 Congressional “Waste Warrior” Awards

Posted by Daniel Lopez
15 January 2020 | Newsworthy, Transparency


For the fourth consecutive year, White Coat Waste Project is proud to announce the recipients of its Laurie and Carlee McGrath Congressional Waste Warrior Awards. The award recognizes Members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership to expose and stop $20 billion in wasteful and unnecessary taxpayer-funded animal experiments, an effort supported by a majority of Americans. Below are our 2019 honorees, who will receive their awards during private presentations.

U.S. SENATE

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Introduced the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • As a member of the Senate subcommittee that funds the USDA, Sen. Collins helped pass legislation urging the USDA to end its deadly kitten experiments and adopt the survivors, which the agency did soon after.

 

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

 

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

 

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

  • Helped introduce the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Secured a federal audit that found agencies are not transparent about their efforts to end animal testing and advised agencies to implement reforms to better report on their progress.

 

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

  • Helped introduce the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Helped secure historic language in the 2020 Veterans Affairs spending bill directing the VA to phase out dog, cat and primate testing by 2025.

 

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

  • As Ranking Member of the VA’s funding panel, led efforts to include historic language in the 2020 VA spending bill directing the agency to phase out dog, cat and primate testing by 2025.


U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)

 

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

 

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

  • As Chairman of the FDA’s funding panel, secured historic language in the agency’s 2020 spending bill directing it to create a timeline and plan for the reduction of primate tests, and retirement of primates to sanctuaries.
  • Helped introduce the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Cosponsored the PUPPERS Act to end painful dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which led to the end of many experiments and other historic reforms.

 

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

 

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

  • Cosponsored the PUPPERS Act to end painful dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which led to the end of many experiments and other historic reforms.
  • Sent a letter to the Department of Justice criticizing its use of wasteful and outdated “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed to allegedly teach medical skills.
  • Cosponsored the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Cosponsored the FACT Act to improve government agencies’ reporting on progress to end animal tests.

 

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA)

 

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)

 

Rep. Pete Stauber (R- MN)

 

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

  • Helped introduce the PUPPERS Act to end painful dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which led to the end of many experiments and other historic reforms.
  • Helped introduce the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Cosponsored the FACT Act, to improve government agencies’ reporting on progress to end animal tests.

 

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)

 

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)

 

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)

  • Cosponsored the AFTER Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped pass historic legislation directing government agencies to phase out testing on dogs, cats and primates.
  • Signed a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services criticizing gruesome taxpayer-funded animal experiments using human fetal tissue.

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