WCW Announces 6th Annual Congressional Waste Warrior Awards!

Posted by Amanda Nieves
23 March 2022 | Blog


WASTE WARRIORS.
Striking fear into bureaucrats and white coats nationwide, Waste Warriors are White Coat Waste Project’s secret weapon in the War on Waste — a bipartisan coalition of Representatives and Senators who have helped us find, expose, and defund some of the government’s worst animal experiments.

They may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound — or can they? — but these lawmakers have other superpowers: protecting taxpayer money from sticky-fingered white coats, slashing red tape, and saving countless animals from wasteful, cruel, and unnecessary experiments.

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2021 honorees. These 26 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have done so much to help us in our mission to advocate for taxpayers and animals.

And with that, please meet WCW’s 2021 Congressional Waste Warriors!

Waste Warrior

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Led introduction of Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about NIAID-funded beagle experiments.

Waste Warrior

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

  • Introduced an amendment to the Innovation and Competition Act to defund the Wuhan Animal Lab, a measure that passed the Senate.
  • Led introduction of the FAUCI Act to ban federal funds from being spent on gain-of-function research in China and for other purposes.
  • Led introduction of the STOP Act cut payouts to any taxpayer-funded grantees, including animal experimenters that violate federal law or refuse to answer questions from Congress.
  • Led introduction of the COST Act to require that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters and other grantees disclose the cost of their projects to taxpayers or risk losing funding.
  • Signed a letter urging the NIH to keep its prohibition on taxpayer-funded human-animal hybrid experiments intact.

Waste Warrior

Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Waste Warrior

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

  • Helped introduce the COST Act to require that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters and other grantees disclose the cost of their projects to taxpayers or risk losing funding.
  • Introduced an amendment to the Innovation and Competition Act to prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding for any gain-of-function experiments in China, a measure that passed the Senate.
  • Led a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about NIAID-funded beagle experiments.
  • Released his 2021 Festivus Report highlighting millions in wasteful spending on animal experiments and other boondoggles.

Waste Warrior

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

  • Led introduction of Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.

Waste Warrior

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

  • Helped introduce the FAUCI Act to ban federal funds from being spent on gain-of-function research in China and for other purposes.
  • Signed a letter urging the NIH to keep its prohibition on taxpayer-funded hybrid animal experiments intact.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about NIAID-funded beagle experiments.
  • Cosponsored an amendment to the Innovation and Competition Act to defund the Wuhan Animal Lab, a measure that passed the Senate.


Waste Warrior

Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA)

  • Led introduction of Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Led introduction of the AARF Act to allow drug makers to use high-tech alternatives to painful and deadly testing on puppies and other animals.
  • Led a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Led a letter requesting that the FDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the FDA to issue a detailed report on its efforts to allow drug makers to avoid wasteful, slow and costly animal testing mandates in favor of superior alternatives and how FDA can better gauge the effectiveness of these initiatives, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.

Waste Warrior

Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Waste Warrior

Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS)

  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the FDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the FDA to issue a detailed report on its efforts to allow drug makers to avoid wasteful, slow and costly animal testing mandates in favor of superior alternatives and how FDA can better gauge the effectiveness of these initiatives, a measure that was signed into law.

Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

Waste Warrior

Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)

  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of cruel and wasteful experiments on beagles.

Waste Warrior

Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN)

  • Helped introduce the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.
  • Cosponsored the Defund EcoHealth Alliance Act to prohibit federal funding for the nonprofit that funneled American taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Animal Lab, which performed risky and cruel animal tests that may have caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Signed a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  • Signed a letter urging the NIH to keep its prohibition on taxpayer-funded hybrid animal experiments intact.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci expressing concerns over NIAID-funded experiments in which beagle puppies were infected with parasites and “vocalized in pain”.
  • Signed a letter to examine the NIH’s oversight of taxpayer-funded animal research at foreign institutions.

Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

  • Cosponsored the AARF Act to allow drug makers to use high-tech alternatives to painful and deadly testing on puppies and other animals.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.

Waste Warrior

Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC)

  • Led introduction of the PAAW Act to prohibit Fauci’s NIAID from funding painful experiments on dogs.
  • Led introduction of Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Helped introduce the COST Act to require that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters and other grantees disclose the cost of their projects to taxpayers or risk losing funding.
  • Cosponsored the AFAR Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Led a letter to the Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of poisoning and de-barking beagle experiments.
  • Led a letter to the Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of a secretive island where thousands of monkeys are bred to be abused deadly experiments.
  • Led a letter to the Committee on Oversight and Reform requesting a hearing on taxpayer-funded animal experiments.
  • Signed a letter to examine the NIH’s oversight of taxpayer-funded animal research at foreign institutions.
  • Signed a letter to the NIH demanding answers about its funding of wasteful animal testing overseas.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Representative Brian Mast (R-FL)

  • Led a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Cosponsored the PAAW Act to prohibit Fauci’s NIAID from funding painful experiments on dogs. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.
  • Helped introduce the AFAR Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Helped introduce the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.

Waste Warrior

Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA)

  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Cosponsored the AARF Act to allow drug makers to use high-tech alternatives to painful and deadly testing on puppies and other animals.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.

Representative Lisa McClain (R-MI)

  • Led introduction of the AFAR Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Cosponsored the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.
  • Helped introduce the COST Act to require that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters and other grantees disclose the cost of their projects to taxpayers or risk losing funding.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of cruel and wasteful experiments on beagles.

Waste Warrior

Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law. 

Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC)

  • Led introduction of the COST Act to require that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters and other grantees disclose the cost of their projects to taxpayers or risk losing funding.
  • Helped introduce the AFAR Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Cosponsored the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.
  • Signed a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  • Signed a letter to the NIH demanding answers about its funding of wasteful animal testing overseas.
  • Signed a letter to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, requesting a hearing on taxpayer-funded animal experiments.
  • Signed a letter to examine the NIH’s oversight of taxpayer-funded animal research at foreign institutions.

Waste Warrior

Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)

  • Led introduction of the Defund EcoHealth Alliance Act to prohibit federal funding for the nonprofit that funneled American taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Animal Lab, which performed risky and cruel animal tests that may have caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Led the effort to prohibit the Department of Defense from funneling tax dollars to EcoHealth Alliance.
  • Cosponsored the AFAR Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Helped introduce the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.
  • Cosponsored the Foreign Gain-of-Function Research Prevention Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding dangerous gain-of-function animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Signed a letter to examine the NIH’s oversight of taxpayer-funded animal research at foreign institutions.
  • Signed a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Representative Maria Salazar (R-FL)

  • Helped introduce the PAAW Act to prohibit Fauci’s NIAID from funding painful experiments on dogs.
  • Cosponsored the AARF Act to allow drug makers to use high-tech alternatives to painful and deadly testing on puppies and other animals.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of cruel and wasteful experiments on beagles.
  • Signed a letter to examine the NIH’s oversight of taxpayer-funded animal research at foreign institutions.

Waste Warrior

Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL)

  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci demanding information about his NIH division’s funding of cruel and wasteful experiments on beagles.

Representative Greg Steube (R-FL)

  • Helped introduce the Defund Wuhan Institute of Virology Act to ensure US tax dollars never again fund cruel and dangerous animal experiments at the Wuhan Animal Lab.
  • Cosponsored the Defund EcoHealth Alliance Act to prohibit federal funding for the nonprofit that funneled American taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Animal Lab, which performed risky and cruel animal tests that may have caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cosponsored the Foreign Gain-of-Function Research Prevention Act to prohibit tax dollars from funding dangerous gain-of-function animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government.
  • Signed a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  • Signed a letter urging the NIH to keep its prohibition on taxpayer-funded hybrid animal experiments intact.
  • Signed a letter to the NIH demanding answers about its funding of wasteful animal testing overseas.
  • Signed a letter to Dr. Fauci expressing concerns over NIAID-funded experiments in which beagle puppies were infected with parasites and “vocalized in pain”.

Waste Warrior

Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI)

  • Cosponsored the AARF Act to allow drug makers to use high-tech alternatives to painful and deadly testing on puppies and other animals.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the USDA’s 2022 funding bill include language to direct the USDA to establish a plan to allow the retirement of healthy animals no longer needed in experiments, a measure that was signed into law.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

  • Helped introduce the PAAW Act to prohibit NIAID from funding painful experiments on dogs.
  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.

Waste Warrior

Representative Dina Titus (D-NV)

  • Led a letter requesting that the VA’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the VA’s dog and cat experiments, a measure that passed the House of Representatives.
  • Signed a letter requesting that the DOJ’s 2022 funding bill include language to defund the DOJ’s use of “live tissue training” in which live animals are shot, burned and stabbed for outdated medical training drills.
  • Cosponsored Violet’s Law (aka, the AFTER Act) to allow healthy animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.

 

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