To recess or not to recess; to call or not to call

US Capitol Dome and Flag.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — August is typically a time when Congress adjourns for the month and lawmakers return to their constituencies — or in other words, go home.

This is not a typical Congress and August it seems will not be a typical month. Senators are probably the least likely to get out of town even though they seem hard to find except for Sen. Mitch McConnell who is probably afraid to go home.

It may not seem like a good to call. Anytime is a good time!

Offices continue to be staffed regardless of our lawmakers’ whereabouts, so please continue to call. If you cannot connect with anyone at your lawmakers’ D.C. offices, then please call them at their local office nearest you.

Look up your two U.S. Senators here »

Look up your U.S. Representatives here (need your zip +4 code) »

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In the meantime, D.C. appears to be melting down quicker than the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.  And not from the heat outside.

The Washington Post reports:

Talks between the White House and the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat broke up Tuesday with no progress on raising the country’s debt ceiling, an impasse that threatens a financial crisis if left unresolved.

The Senate and House have 12 joint working days before Sept. 29, when the Treasury Department says it would no longer be able to pay all of the government’s bills unless Congress acts. A default would likely set off a major disruption to the world financial system, with a stock market crash and surging interest rates that could send the economy into a recession.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has urged Congress for months to raise the debt limit, but the White House has lacked a unified message and run into resistance on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and Republicans are at odds on key tax and spending issues.

Diversionary Tactic?

This is possibly a diversionary tactic so we worry while certain among them go about their dirty work unnoticed.

Stay Focused

Do not let this allow you to take your eye off the ball. Keep the pressure on legislators. Don’t let them get away with a darn thing.

Calling all Americans to call their lawmakers in Washington to take a strong stand on behalf of American horses. Photographer unknown.
Calling all Americans to call their lawmakers in Washington to take a strong stand on behalf of American horses. Photographer unknown.

Online Contact

We are not unsympathetic and realize there are some of you who do not feel comfortable making phone calls.

This is a good time to use your lawmakers online contact form. Use the “Look up …” links above to find them. Tip: Write up what you want to say. Review it until you are comfortable. Copy and paste!

Our Legislative Wish List

Here are a few items on our Legislative Wish List for horses. We feel they are all reasonable and doable. What do you want? Add yours in comments.

  1. We want horse slaughter banned.
  2. We want the export of horses for slaughter banned.
  3. We want federally protected wild horses and burros left on public lands to live out their lives at liberty, unharassed by the federal government, as the original law intended.
  4. We want a humane plan developed and implemented to relocate wild horses and burros currently stockpiled  by the federal government and its contractors back to their original lands, or lands similar to the ones they were taken from.
  5. We want our wild horses and burros made safe from any form of human use or interference.
  6. We want the Horse Protection Act strengthened so there is not a single loophole wherein serial animal abusers can get away with the obnoxious and grossly cruel practice of horse soring.
  7. We want a federally appointed Commissioner of Horse Racing to govern what has become a massively abusive and murderous industry rife with drugging and cheating who is also empowered to work with federal authorities to send its culprits to jail for race fixing among other egregious crimes.

What would you like to see? Join us in comments.

Take Action in Your State

Action at the State level concerning slaughter and live export for slaughter is also critical in case we have any sort of failure at the Federal level.

Learn how here »

Thank you everyone. You are massively important to the success of these campaigns and we appreciate your efforts.

Help derail the Farm Bill and the King Amendment

Paint Horse. Photographer unknown.

Hello Followers of Tuesday’s Horse!

Last week the US House passed the Farm Bill. If it becomes law, this five-year piece of legislation can override critical State animal protection statutes including horse slaughter and other anti-cruelty statutes.

Not a single Democrat voted for this measure. In a highly partisan move, only 12 Republicans did not vote for it.

We are talking about the destructive King Amendment.

See how they voted here. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll353.xml

As of this writing, no similar language is in the Senate version of the Farm Bill.

The next step is a Senate and House conference on the Farm Bill and we are continually monitoring its announcement.

We must make sure that our voices are heard on behalf of all animals impacted by the King Amendment, but especially our horses who are also under threat of slaughter returning to US soil in the coming weeks.

Will you help us keep up the pressure on their behalf against these deadly actions?

Click to donate $24.00 and become a Member.
Click to donate $24.00 and become a Member.

Please become a member of the Int’l Fund for Horses to support lobbying at the State and Federal level. The annual donation for membership remains $24.00.

If you have already joined or donated for this cause, thank you so very much. We know the horses are also very, very grateful to you for every dollar you give, phone call you make, email you send, and editorial you write on their behalf.

Much appreciation and warm regards,

Vivian

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Note: If you have recently made a donation, and wish that to be applied to becoming a Member, please email me or use our contact form.

Wish to make another type of contribution for lobbying and legal fees?
Please donate here. Thank you!

 

Int’l Fund for Horses announces March for Wild Horses

March for Wild Horses. Image by Richard Wear / Fine Art America.
March for Wild Horses. Wild Horses Galloping Image by Richard Wear / Fine Art America.

Every year since 2009 the Int’l Fund for Horses has selected a horse protection issue, to zone in on and give critical focus to, for the entire month of March. March campaigns in the past have been March Against Horse Slaughter (twice), March for Mustangs, and last year’s March for PMU Horses.

This year we have chosen the wild horse and burro issue, and are putting together several never-done-before campaigns. They are both bold and innovative.

These campaigns will require intensive lobbying in Washington DC. Your contribution is critical to making March for Wild Horses successful. We are not only talking donations here, but also your calls, faxes, letters, networking on social media and protests. We cannot stress how important it is for you to be active.

Naturally, we cannot give you too many details, as that would give the game away, but it will involve BLM funding, investigations and public lands management friendly to all wildlife.

Our March for Wild Horses campaigns are designed to be bipartisan so that what we ask will be appealing to both Republicans and Democrats.

However, if we do not get the desired response in a timely fashion to our March for Wild Horses, we are preparing to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government regarding fraudulent spending of taxpayer dollars.

Are you ready? February is a short month so we are just weeks away. Ken Salazar will be glad he left.

You can start helping right now by donating to March for Wild Horses.

Thank you!

Ken Salazar. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pauses during a Senate Committee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WHAT DR SEUSS MIGHT SAY ABOUT AMERICA’S WILD HORSES AND BURROS

I do not like this, Uncle Ken,
I do not like this BLM.
I do not like these dirty crooks,…
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like their blatant lies,
I do not like their secret ties!
I do not like this round-up spree —
It’s not just killing horses, it’s killing me!

by Tom Gaile, printed with permission by author


Image of Wild Horses: Richard Wear / Fine Art America.