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30 US reps want to reign in BLM's horse budget

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RENO, NV (AP) -

Thirty U.S. House members are urging new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reform the government's wild horse management program and its spiraling budget that they say has created an "untenable situation" for both the mustangs and U.S. taxpayers.

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on public lands, wrote the letter Thursday appealing to Jewell as a "conservationist and outdoor enthusiast" to help bring long overdue changes at the Bureau of Land Management charged with protecting 37,000 wild horses and burros on federal lands in the West.

Florida Rep. C.W. Young, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, was the lone Republican co-signer. Western Democrats on the list include Nevada Rep. Dina Titus and Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, as well as several from California and Oregon.

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