Buffalo Grove High School: Your Bison Mascot Might Become Our National Mammal?

The National Bison Legacy Act aims to honor the historical and contemporary significance of the North American bison by making it the national mammal of the United States.

An Act to adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States may be cited as the “National Bison Legacy Act”.

According to the official website promoting the passing of the “National Bison Legacy Act (votebison.org) congress has the power to establish our country’s national mammal. The Senate voted in December 2015 to pass S.2032, the National Bison Legacy Act (NBLA), but the bill was slightly modified in the House and therefore must be reapproved, according to Steven Engelhardt, a Clay spokesman. Led by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and 11 bipartisan cosponsors, the earlier bill passed by unanimous consent. The next step, which occurred earlier this Tuesday evening, was passage of the NBLA in the House. H.R.2908, the companion to S.2032, is co-sponsored by Reps. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), José Serrano (D-NY), and Kristi Noem (R-SD). The Coalition is working closely with the bill’s sponsors to raise awareness of not only the bison’s historic importance, but also the economic, cultural, sociological and environmental benefits that bison provide to America in the 21st century.

National Bison Day on the first Saturday of November. Last fall, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.300, officially designating the Third Annual National Bison Day. The bill, led by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), earned support from 20 bipartisan cosponsors. National Bison Day 2015 was commemorated with promotional activities around the country and a Capitol Hill reception hosting 500, including Senators, Representatives and staff from about 120 Congressional offices. The day was covered in television and print news stories nationwide.




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