House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bi-Partisan PAST Act, Tell Your Representative to Join the Growing List of Co-Sponsors!

House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bi-Partisan PAST Act, Tell Your Representative to Join the Growing List of Co-Sponsors!

To kick off 2019, Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY)  have led a bipartisan charge to re-introduce the “Sen. Joseph Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act” (H.R. 693).  While the legislation includes provisions identical to last year’s bill, lawmakers have amended the title by honoring the late Sen. Joseph Tydings of Maryland.  Sen. Tydings was a renowned horseman who served in one of the army’s horse platoons as an enlisted soldier and introduced the Horse Protection Act while serving in Congress during the 1970s.

The “Joseph Tydings Memorial PAST Act” will strengthen the Horse Protection Act and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. New procedures in the House of Representatives which favor bringing widely-supported bills to the floor for a vote increase the chances for passage in the House this year.  The American Horse Council, along with most major national horse show organizations and state and local organizations, supports the PAST Act.  To copy, paste, and send a letter to your representative urging him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor, please click on the following link: https://app.muster.com/take-action/bcudTde2tH/. For more information related to H.R. 693 and how to move it forward, please contact AHC’s Bryan Brendle at 202-296-4031.    

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