Calendar rule moves bills with 290 cosponsors past Comittee

Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.
Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.

THE HOUSE

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.

THE SENATE

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 »

SUMMER TIME

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.

TAKE ACTION

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat

THANK YOU.

We thank you. The horses thank you.

H.R. 961 — Take Action Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big hello and welcome to the horse loving citizens of Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the States of Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES FROM IOWA, KANSAS AND KENTUCKY

IOWA (IA)

District 1: Abby Finkenauer [D]
District 2: Dave Loebsack [D]
District 3: Cindy Axne [D] — YES!
District 4: Steve King [R]

KANSAS (KS)

District 1: Roger Marshall [R]
District 2: Steve Watkins [R]
District 3: Sharice Davids (D) — YES!
District 4: Ron Estes [R]

KENTUCKY (KY)

District 1: James Comer [R]
District 2: Brett Guthrie ([R]
District 3: John Yarmuth [D] — YES!
District 4: Thomas Massie ([R]
District 5: Hal Rogers ([R]
District 6: Andy Barr [R] — YES!

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them now and ask them to please cosponsor this important bill that protects people from being exposed to toxic horse meat and horses from slaughter.

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse. Should take about 10 minutes. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

Sidenote: When we did March Against Horse Slaughter, Kentuckians told us in their 100s that horse slaughter is a big issue with them and will impact their vote when re-election time comes. They want horse slaughter stopped.

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. We gained 4 in one week. Well done!

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just about eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and outside the U.S.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:

“(fff)

“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »

Twitter

Share this on Twitter. Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat

Last updated 6/19/19 7:56 a.m. EST


Resources

Find your U.S. Representative at House.gov (enter zip code and click ‘Look Up’, top right hand corner of landing page) »
Directory of Representatives at House.gov »
Tips for Taking Action on H.R. 961, Tuesday’s Horse »
How a Bill Becomes Law, Tuesday’s Horse »

Constituency Services

Create an account with one of the constituency services below with a username and password. Take action on pending legislation important to you — such as H.R. 961  — and contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators with the guarantee that your message will be delivered to them. You can also follow Bills, see who supports them, and what others are saying, plus a lot more.

We highly recommend getting involved in this way.

POPVOX.com »  |  Congress.org »

H.R. 961 — Take Action Indiana

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big shout out to all you great horse loving Hoosiers!

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the State of Indiana. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES. As of this writing, you will see there is not a single, solitary YES.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES FROM INDIANA

District 1: Pete Visclosky [D]
District 2: Jackie Walorski [R]
District 3: Jim Banks [R]
District 4: Jim Baird [R]
District 5: Susan Brooks [R]
District 6: Greg Pence [R]
District 7: André Carson [D]
District 8: Larry Bucshon [R]
District 9: Trey Hollingsworth [R]

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Citizens of Indiana, if you have already contacted your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 961 please contact them again! Remind them that this is not only about protecting America’s horses from slaughter but also people from exposure to horse meat full of toxins dangerous to human health. More below.

HEY BEGINNERS. IT’S EASY!

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it. Should take about 10 minutes. If you already know who represents you, it will be even quicker.

Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. We gained 4 in one week. Well done!

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just about eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and transporting them outside the U.S. for the purposes of slaughter.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:

“(fff)

“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »

Twitter

Share this on Twitter. Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat

Last updated 6/19/19 7:56 a.m. EST


Resources

Find your U.S. Representative at House.gov (enter zip code and click ‘Look Up’, top right hand corner of landing page) »
Directory of Representatives at House.gov »
Tips for Taking Action on H.R. 961, Tuesday’s Horse »
How a Bill Becomes Law, Tuesday’s Horse »

Constituency Services

Create an account with one of the constituency services below with a username and password. Take action on pending legislation important to you — such as H.R. 961  — and contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators with the guarantee that your message will be delivered to them and counted. You can also follow Bills, see who supports them, and more.

We highly recommend getting involved in this way.

POPVOX.com »  |  Congress.org »

Premarin Horses and China

The last PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) facility operating in N. America — in Canada — is reportedly closing down. This has been a long time coming.

However, while that sounds like good news, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) drugs made from pregnant mare’s urine is on the rise in China where millions of women are already taking forms of it.

China is also where most of the world’s pregnant mare’s urine farms are.

PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

Pregnant mares are repeatedly impregnated and milked for their urine in revolting conditions. The foals are immediately disposed of, often sent to local restaurants to be turned into “fresh off the hoof” dishes. Or, like the mares who can no longer get pregnant, are sent straight to a slaughterhouse. There are no rescues we know of for these horses anywhere in China.

Will you help with a donation?

We must educate the women of China about these drugs and where they come from. Sensitivity to animal cruelty is on the rise and trending big in all but the most remote areas of China.

We are excited to announce that we now have a strong set of enthusiastic volunteers in China to get the word out. And television has begun reporting what we are doing. We feel it is critical that we continue to build on what we have achieved.

Please make a donation today to help pay for ads, subway signs, billboards and other marketing materials, plus translations for the media.  Support this vital work in China, and help continue our outreach to women across America too.

Thank you so much!

THE HORSE FUND
and TUESDAY’S HORSE