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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Deadly 'zombie' deer disease threat prompts Louisiana lawmaker to act: It's 'critical' to find a cure

February 16, 2019
In The News

Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham isn't going to wait for the deadly, so-called “zombie” deer disease to spread to his home state of Louisiana before taking action.

Abraham, who represents the state’s 5th congressional district, recently introduced a bipartisan bill that aims to stop — and hopefully find a cure — for the illness known as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

The proposed bill, which Abraham, 64, said he expects to have “complete bipartisan support,"  is “important to the nation because we’re not sure how it [CWD] is transmitted,” the representative told Fox News on Friday.

Formally known as HR 837, the bill calls for both the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture “to partner with the National Academies of Science to study and identify the ways CWD is transmitted between wild, captive and farmed cervids (deer, caribou, elk and moose),” according to a statement from Abraham’s office. Its original co-sponsors include Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Tex., and Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., among others.

“These agencies have the scientists for this already, they just need the funding,” he said, explaining monetary resources for the initiative will likely come from the agencies themselves.

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