On Tuesday, Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Overnight Regulation: Trump repeals 'blacklisting' rule Senators call for pay equity for US women's hockey team MORE (D-Vt.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump budget ‘must be defeated’ The Hill's 12:30 Report Sanders will 'absolutely' work with Trump to lower prescription drug costs MORE (I-Vt.) co-sponsored the Wildlife Disease Emergency Act, legislation that would provide a fund within the Interior Department to respond to epidemics that affect wildlife. At the top of their list? White-nose syndrome, which affects bats.
Leahy has long had an association with bats. He appeared in cameo roles in the 1997 film “Batman and Robin” and the 2008 hit “The Dark Knight.”
For those unfamiliar with bat diseases, white-nose syndrome is named for a fungus that grows on bats’ noses and fatally spreads to the rest of their bodies.