WASHINGTON – This week, by order of Congress, the Pentagon must present lawmakers with a written plan to phase out live tissue training, military speak for slaying animals to teach combat medics how to treat severed limbs and gunshot wounds.
The demand, tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, marks the first time Congress has ordered the Pentagon to provide a detailed plan to start relying less on animals and more on simulators.
The military must also specify whether removing animals from training sessions could lead to a reduction in the competency of combat medical personnel, according to the bill.
The military’s use of animals for medical training dates back to the Vietnam war.
Dispute holds up background checks
A dispute over whether to require record keeping for private gun sales is holding up a compromise between Republican and Democratic senators over expanding background checks for firearms transactions, people familiar with the private talks said Sunday.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a conservative who has taken a leading role in the talks, has opposed requiring record keeping for private transactions because of a concern it could lead to a national registry of gun owners, which is vehemently opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.
Committee to vote on treasury chief
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Sunday the panel will vote Tuesday on the nomination of former White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary.
Tabasco company’s chief executive dies
Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Co. that makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot pepper sauces sold the world over, has died.
He was 68.
The company, based on south Louisiana’s Avery Island, said in a statement that McIlhenny died Saturday.
The statement credited McIlhenny’s leadership with greatly expanding their global reach.
McIlhenny was a member of a storied clan whose 145-year-old company has been producing the original world-famous Tabasco sauce since shortly after the Civil War.