NEW ANALYSIS FINDS NO COST SAVINGS IN GREAT APE PROTECTION ACT Created by on 11/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
On November 12th, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis on the projected cost to implement S 810, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA). According to the report, GAPCSA will cost the government $56 million between 2013 and 2017. This is in contrast to the bill title stating that the legislation will save money. CBO based their estimate on expenditures needed to expand the existing sanctuary system to accommodate retired chimpanzees ($30 million) and costs for the care of the chimpanzees in sanctuary ($26 million). If new sanctuaries were established instead of expanding the existing facilities, the construction costs could be substantially higher. CBO has also indicated that pay-as-you-go procedures apply, meaning that any direct increase in spending must include equivalent amounts of spending cuts or revenues. Even though GAPCSA includes a provision for the collection of fines due to violations of the legislation, CBO estimates that any effect on revenues would be insignificant. A summary and a link to CBO’s full report are here. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology continues to oppose GAPCSA.