Last week congressional Republicans, led by H Morgan Griffith, revived a procedural rule from 1876 – the Holman rule – which allows any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program. That means a federal employee’s salary could be cut to $1 and any program could be given a budget of $0. Griffith’s charge to enact the old rule came after he found out it costs $80 million to look after wild horses on federal land.
VICE News travels to the open rangeland of Nevada to document how the Bureau of Land Management deals with a large scale problem plaguing open land: wild horses. Overpopulation means that the wild horses destroy the land so Bureau of Land Management officials need to corral them into pens and care for them at a high cost to the US government. From there things get complicated – activists want to train the horses so they can be adopted; some conservationists have a more hard lined idea, suggesting the horses should be killed.
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