Did you know H.R.6 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) provides for:
creating a Consensus Calendar, which provides an alternative path to a floor vote for measures with 290 or more cosponsors
If you saw our post “Died in Committee” back in May you see just how momentous for us the Consensus Calendar is.
All of our bills to end horse slaughter except for 1 in all of these years have died in committee. The Consensus Calendar states when a bill reaches 290 cosponsors the bill’s originator can make a Motion get a date to go straight to the House for debate and vote regardless of how many Committee assignments the bill has.
H.R.961 — The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 — has 155 cosponsors as of this writing. We have had 240 cosponsors on previous bills. 290 and more are achievable.
Not sure the Consensus Calendar is actually being used?
Take a look at another piece of horse related legislation — H.R.693, the anti-soring bill — which as of this writing has 307 cosponsors. A Motion to place it on the Consensus Calendar was filed and is awaiting its Hearing date.
If the horse soring bill can get 300+ cosponsors so can H.R.961.
A companion bill to H.R.961 was introduced on June 27, 2019, namely S.2006. It has 3 cosponsors as of this writing. The bill text has not been published on Congress.gov yet. For insight into that see our post here »
It’s summer time and the “living is easy”, but staff are present on The Hill virtually all year round. The House Calendar shows the House will be in session for 9 days in July, but they do not need to be in session for Representatives to cosponsor bills. Just in case you were wondering.
Please visit our action page for H.R.961 / S.2006 and contact your legislators to cosponsor The SAFE Act of 2019. You can do this quickly and easily online.
Many of you already have open communication with your legislators via email. Please make the most of this for our horses.
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We thank you. The horses thank you.