On September 9, 2014, the House passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078), introduced by Representative Steve Southerland (R-FL). The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The bill is supported by the AHC and a broad coalition of Agricultural groups.
On Friday, August 1, President Obama signed into law an American Horse Council (AHC) supported bill, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, making it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.
Recently, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act (S.1406/H.R.1518) surpassed 300 co-sponsors in the House and has 57 co-sponsors in the Senate. It is supported by almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. It has also been approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is one of the most widely supported and bi-partisan bills in Congress.