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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here is where The Horse Fund stands on horse legislation pending right now in the nation’s capital. We invite you to please join us.

THE 115th CONGRESS (2017-2018)

H.R. 113 — ENDORSE

THE SAFE ACT — Outlawing the slaughter of U.S. horses at home and abroad.

Committees: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce » Subcommittee on Health; Referred to House Agriculture Committee »  Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (or essentially “four committeed”.

Co-sponsors: 86 (as of this writing).

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H.R. 1338 — OPPOSE

HORSE PROTECTION AMENDMENTS ACT

Introduced in the House on March 2, 2017 by:

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-4-TN)
2301 Rayburn House Office Building
(202) 225-6831
https://desjarlais.house.gov/

No Summary. See https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1338/text »

Committee(s): House Energy and Commerce » Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

Co-Sponsors: 10 (*Originating Co-Sponsors)

Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Comer, James [R-KY-1]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. “Chuck” [R-TN-3]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 03/17/2017

OPPOSE H.R. 1338. The intention of this piece of legislation is to weaken the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act by putting inspections in the hands of the abusers in the gaited horse community. The co-sponsors are all proponents of Big Lick competitions and therefore the egregious cruelty that goes hand in hand with it.

See Roy Exum: “Our Horses vs. DesJarlais“; The Chattanoogan; July 27, 2016.  See alsoAHC Opposes Horse Protection Act bill introduced by DesJarlais” on their website.

— Alternatively SUPPORT H.R. 1847 (see below or go here).

H.R. 1804 — Under Review

RACE HORSE COST RECOVERY ACT OF 2017

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to modify the accelerated depreciation allowance for race horses to allow a three-year recovery period for any race horse. (Current law limits the three-year recovery period to race horses placed in service before January 1, 2017, and race horses placed in service after December 31, 2016, that are more than two years old when placed in service by the purchaser.)

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

• H.R. 1805 — Under Review

EQUINE TAX PARITY ACT OF 2017

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the preferential tax treatment of gains and losses from the sale of depreciable property used in a trade or business, to eliminate “horses” from the definition of “livestock” (thus making the 24-month holding period requirement for livestock inapplicable to horses and allowing horses to be treated as capital assets subject to the existing 1-year holding period requirement).

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

Comment: Isn’t it rich? While Kentucky State lawmakers rush a bill through reducing the status of Kentucky horses from that of a domestic animal to a livestock animal,  you have a U.S. Representative from Kentucky sponsoring a federal law that would “eliminate ‘horses’ from the definition of ‘livestock’ ” in the Internal Revenue Code. Which is it boys and girls?

Why can’t these brainiacs get together and give horses their own, unique and significant classification and build from there, not only elevating and protecting horses but also building in financial incentives for those who do so. Takers, anyone? —Editor.

• H.R. 1806 — Under Review

TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ALLOW THE EXPENSING OF RACE HORSES

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

No written summary. Go here to read the Bill’s full text »

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

H.R. 1847 — ENDORSE

THE PAST ACT — Closes the loopholes in the Horse Protection Act that will eliminate Big Lick animal cruelty.

Committee(s): Referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Co-Sponsors: 2o8 Originating Co-Sponsors; 220 Co-Sponsors as of this writing.

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• H.R. 2032 — Under Review

COROLLA WILD HORSES PROTECTION ACT

Introduced April 6, 2017 by Rep. Walter C. Jones (R-NC-3). Co-Sponsors: 0. Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Interior to enter into an agreement within 180 days with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Currituck County, North Carolina, and the state of North Carolina to provide for the management of free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.

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Farm Bill front burner issue again for animal advocates

FARM BILL CONFERENCE BEGINS AGAIN

URGENT. TAKE ACTION

2013 Farm Bill process chart from farmersmarketcoalition.org.

After many months without any formal “conferences”, two high profile committees will begin public meetings this week on the Farm Bill and the Budget.

Farm Bill talks are likely to focus on the level of cuts to the food stamp program. The Senate has passed a Farm Bill with $4 billion in cuts, while the House supports a $39 billion cut.

Important to animal advocates in this Farm bill is the deadly King Amendment.

We need to act fast.

If the King Amendment is left in, it can be used to overturn critical State animal protection laws across the country including horse abuse and bans on slaughter.

What is a Conference Committee?

  • Conference committees are set up when the House and Senate have passed two different versions of a bill. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution requires that both chambers pass the exact same language before a bill can be presented for the President’s signature and become law.
  • Majority and minority leaders in both houses appoint “conferees” to negotiate a new, combined version of the bills, which goes for a vote in both chambers. While conference reports are subject to filibuster rules in the Senate, they are not subject to amendments, so each will get an “up or down vote.” In order for a conference committee to release its report, however, a majority of conferees must sign off.

TAKE ACTION

Please call the following four committee leaders asking them to remove the King Amendment:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich – (202) 224-4822
  • Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss – (202) 224-5054
  • Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla – (202) 225-5565
  • Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn – (202) 225-2165

Keep your calls to the point and respectful. Say something like:

“Hello, I am calling to ask you to please oppose and remove the King amendment from the final Farm Bill. The King amendment threatens States’ rights concerning many issues important to me. Please see that the King amendment is taken out of the Farm Bill.”

Time is of the essence. That is why only calls will do. Thank you for making your calls today.

RELATED READING

Ask your Rep to sign Dear Colleague letter on removing King Amendment; Tuesday’s Horse; July 30, 2013.

Horse on the Hill: Voting for Horses 2008: US House

All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are being contested. Fund for Horses have a few to endorse, and a few we recommend you kick out with both feet. We are highlighting the ones who may be in tight races, and we either want them to win, because we can always count on them. Or we want them to lose because they clearly see horses as a commodity, or out-and-out horse haters. How do we know they are horse haters? Because of the things they have said and they way they have treated us when we have either visited or spoken with their offices.

Here we go :-

Alaska – At Large
REP. DON YOUNG (R-AK) – AGAINST
The Fund for Horses say throw this bum into a snow machine and send him home.
He has voted against or failed to support legislation to ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter, even though we hand-delivered numerous petitions and dozens upon dozens of handwritten letters from Alaskans for banning it forever. Even though hunting and trapping is central to Alaskan life, Alaskans by a vast majority oppose horse slaughter for any reason.

Young is also the subject of a federal investigation concerning bribes and failure to report gifts. He did manage to beat back a primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, though.

Now he has to defeat the Democratic opponent, Ethan Berkowitz (D), former minority leader in the Alaska House.

Arizona – District 8
GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (D-AZ) – FOR
Gabrielle Giffords is a first-term congresswoman who won an open seat in 2006 against a Republican so far to the right that much of his party abandoned him as hopeless. This time she has a much stronger opponent, the President of the Arizona state Senate, Tim Bee. She is the incumbent in what is likely to be another Democratic year. Nevertheless, this will be a closely watched race.

Horse hater Tim Bee is the one we can thank for derailing legislation to ban horse tripping in Arizona. The bill was highly successful, and on its way to passing with ease until he stepped in and killed it. Why would he even care? Because he was heavily “lobbied?” Tell Tim to buzz off.

Fund for Horses says: Vote Giffords, because she will do an all round good job for her state AND she will do right by the horses.

Giffords is enthusiastically endorsed by all of the horse rescues and sanctuaries we contacted.

Connecticut – District 2
JOE COURTNEY (D) – FOR
Rep. Joe Courtney is a friend to the horses and can be counted on to vote their way. Co-sponsored legislation to ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter.

Connecticut – District 4
CHRIS SHAYS (R) – FOR
Rep. Shays is a friend to animals, the environment and can be counted on to vote YES for any and all horse friendly legislation.

Illinois – District 11
DEBBIE HALVORSON (D) – AGAINST
Here is a great opportunity to defeat a horse hater — one who thinks horse slaughter is just great. Her name is Debbie Halvorson, and she is trying to make the move up from State Senator (where she majority leader of the Illinois state Senate) all the way to Washington DC.

This is what she said when she voted “present” (which is a non vote and adds coward to her list of sins on this issue):

“I just don’t understand why we want to take away another option for getting rid of horses,” said state Sen. Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete.

Her opponent is Marty Ozinga (R), who owns one of the largest ready-mix concrete businesses in the country. This is a classic battle between an experienced Democratic politician who has come up through the ranks vs. a rich Republican businessman who can self fund the race.

A vote for Debbie Halvorson is a vote for horse slaughter.

Nevada – District 3
DINA TITUS (D) – FOR
A Vote for Dina Titus for the U.S. House is a vote for wild horses, particularly beneficial to have her on the side of horses, because she gets it, and says so:

Sen. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, who is proposing a bill changing the penalty for killing a wild horse or burro from a misdemeanor to a felony, says science indicates otherwise.

“All the biologists and range managers say that horses do less damage than livestock,” Titus said. “The problem is both the (Assembly and Senate) natural resources committees are dominated by rural ranchers who don’t care about the wild horses, they only care about cows.”

A vote for Dina Titus is a vote for wild horses.

New York – District 19
JOHN HALL (D) – FOR
Rep. Hall can be counted on to co-sponsor and vote yes on horse friendly issues, including legislation to ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter. He has a very good chance of being re-elected. Let’s help him. Vote for John Hall.

New York – District 20
KIRSTEN GILLENBRAND (D) – FOR
Kirsten Gillibrand pulled off a surprise win in this slightly Republican part of the upper Hudson Valley. Her win was partly due to her opponent, John Sweeney, beating his wife and having her call 911. She won’t be able to count on such good luck this time, but has the advantage of being the incumbent. Gillenbrand gets an A+ on horse friendly legislation.

Texas – District 22
NICK LAMPSON (D) – FOR
Fund for Horses LOVE Nick Lampson. He has always been among the only 4 or 5 Congresspersons to co-sponsor bills banning horse slaughter, all the way back to HR 857.

Guess who’s running against him? Cornyn’s chief of staff, Pete Olson (R). Blech.

This is Tom DeLay’s district, and heavily Republican. We don’t care.

ELECT NICK LAMPSON, for horses and for Texas.
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If you don’t see your District and State here, AND if your candidate is already a member of Congress, check the following links to see if your candidate co-sponsored federal legislation to ban horse slaughter, and export for slaughter, for human consumption. They are all heroes for horses.

American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
H. R. 503

Equine Protection Act
H. R. 6598

If your candidate is a member of your state legislature, check their voting record on www.votesmart.org.

What if they are a self-made millionaire type business person of some sort, or related to some other politician? Call their campaign office to ask where they stand on animal welfare, the environment — and of course any other issue important to you and your state.

Know something we do not (highly likely) about candidates up for election or re-election to do with horses. Let us know and we will add it here.

Thanks everyone. Be sure to VOTE!