Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) uses his influence to not only interfere with the success of pending horse protection legislation, but also existing laws and government agencies in charge of making sure horse welfare regulations are enforced.
Two cruelty issues stand out that McConnell has perpetuated: horse slaughter and horse soring. McConnell has routinely been active in blocking legislation to end both, directly and in Committee.
In the case of horse slaughter, McConnell has blocked bills that would ban it on US soil and would close the loophole on the export of horses to slaughter. In the case of horse soring he has worked against bills that would tighten the Horse Protection Act and worked for bills that would weaken it.
Let’s take a look at what Committees Sen. McConnell is on.
You will see that McConnell sits on Committees and important Subcommittees that have a direct impact on the lives of horses such as Agriculture and Livestock. These are not likely to change much.
GovTrackUS lists the information below on its website.
Mitch McConnell sits on the following committees:
The 115th Congress began at noon on January 3, 2017. Committee assignments for the new Congress have not yet been made. The committee membership information below is as of the end of the 114thCongress, on January 3, 2017.
- Ex Officio, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
- Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing and Agriculture Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, and Agricultural Research
- Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Why are Committees and Subcommittees so important?
For the bulk of failed legislation, Committees and Subcommittees are where bills go to die. Bills that do not make it out of Committees and Subcommittees do not make it to the House and Senate floors for a vote.