Coats Notes: Taxpayer Money Spent on Rabbit Massages

Senator Dan Coats
2015-03-13 19:06:42
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Taxpayer Money Spent on Rabbit Massages <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15780.19218570.5610672.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu.be% 2fWvazXYOBqz0> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15780.19218570.5610672.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dizE50HNDh04> This week I spoke about the third installment of my new Waste of the Week initiative. Previously, I looked at duplication in federal programs and double dipping in our entitlement programs. For this installment, I turned to a group of rabbits who were, at one point, quite relaxed thanks to the American taxpayer. As part of a National Institutes of Health study to determine the effect of massage on recovery times following strenuous exercise, 18 New Zealand white rabbits received 30 minute Swedish massages four times a day, at taxpayer expense. At the same time, researchers acknowledged that there were already studies available supporting the use of massage to treat human muscle aches and pains. Thus, American taxpayers were paying $387,000 for researchers to learn something that we already knew to be true. For rabbits and taxpayers alike, this study did not have a happy ending, as ultimately all 18 white rabbits were euthanized. It is my hope that going forward, instead of killing rabbits, we can kill taxpayer-funded government waste like this project. To watch this week's Waste of the Week speech, click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15780.19218570.5610672.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dizE50HNDh04> or on the image above. _____ Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Cybersecurity threats to our infrastructure remain a chief national security concern. Recently we have seen cybersecurity attacks affect Indiana schools and businesses, showing that this threat is real and impacting Hoosiers. This is a problem that cannot be addressed solely by government or the private sector. We must have cooperation among all stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions that remove information-sharing barriers and protect critical infrastructure. During a Select Intelligence Committee meeting this week, I voted for the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. This bill would create incentives to share cybersecurity threat information among agencies and private partners while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would offer liability protection to the private sector. This legislation includes numerous privacy protections to prevent over-sharing or government misuse of shared information, including requiring the Attorney General to write procedures for the receipt, sharing and use of cyber information by the government. It also provides for increased, voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing for companies and the federal government and for the Director of National Intelligence to increase the sharing of classified and unclassified cyber threat information to the private sector. The bill passed through committee by a vote of 14-1, and I am hopeful that the full Senate will consider it soon. 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Taxpayer Money Spent on Rabbit Massages

 
 
This week I spoke about the third installment of my new Waste of the Week initiative. Previously, I looked at duplication in federal programs and double dipping in our entitlement programs. For this installment, I turned to a group of rabbits who were, at one point, quite relaxed thanks to the American taxpayer.
 
As part of a National Institutes of Health study to determine the effect of massage on recovery times following strenuous exercise, 18 New Zealand white rabbits received 30 minute Swedish massages four times a day, at taxpayer expense. At the same time, researchers acknowledged that there were already studies available supporting the use of massage to treat human muscle aches and pains. Thus, American taxpayers were paying $387,000 for researchers to learn something that we already knew to be true. 
 
For rabbits and taxpayers alike, this study did not have a happy ending, as ultimately all 18 white rabbits were euthanized. It is my hope that going forward, instead of killing rabbits, we can kill taxpayer-funded government waste like this project.

To watch this week's Waste of the Week speech, click here or on the image above.
 

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
 
Cybersecurity threats to our infrastructure remain a chief national security concern. Recently we have seen cybersecurity attacks affect Indiana schools and businesses, showing that this threat is real and impacting Hoosiers. This is a problem that cannot be addressed solely by government or the private sector. We must have cooperation among all stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions that remove information-sharing barriers and protect critical infrastructure.

During a Select Intelligence Committee meeting this week, I voted for the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. This bill would create incentives to share cybersecurity threat information among agencies and private partners while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would offer liability protection to the private sector.
 
This legislation includes numerous privacy protections to prevent over-sharing or government misuse of shared information, including requiring the Attorney General to write procedures for the receipt, sharing and use of cyber information by the government. It also provides for increased, voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing for companies and the federal government and for the Director of National Intelligence to increase the sharing of classified and unclassified cyber threat information to the private sector.
 
The bill passed through committee by a vote of 14-1, and I am hopeful that the full Senate will consider it soon.

Coats in the News

Dan Coats did not sign GOP’s open letter to Iran’s regime

Dan Coats climbs aboard effort to save Hoosier State line

ATF holds back ammunition proposal

Coats Reintroduces Bill to Help Hoosier Community banks, credit unions

GOP senator: Kill federal waste, not rabbits


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Coats with Hoosiers

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to tour Fair Oaks Farms.
 
It was a pleasure to meet seniors from Kankakee Valley High School.
 
I introduced Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
 

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