On June 25, 2015, The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Included in the bill are provisions that would block some of the harmful provisions in a just adopted federal rule regulating the H-2B temporary guest worker program. That rule was opposed by the American Horse Council and other industries that rely on the H-2B program.
Dr. Jerry Black was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 15. The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.
The US Department of Agriculture's “Equine 2015 Study” that began in May will be delayed by the outbreak of HPAI, “bird flu,” which has been described as the largest animal-health emergency ever faced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) announced the launch of the 2015 study some time ago. Phase I of the two-part study will be completed.