The American Horse Council regularly identifies legislation that supports the U.S. equine industry, evaluating bills that draw consensus among the diverse membership. Issue areas which unite the industry include but are not limited to federal resources for Equine Assisted Services (EAS), animal welfare issues arising under the Horse Protection Act (HPA), labor flexibility, tax flexibility, electronic logging device (ELD) flexibility, trails access, USDA resources to promote equine programs, and others that may emerge as the legislative process moves forward.
While reviewing the legislative record for the 117th Congress – which will run through January 2023 – AHC is analyzing pro-industry bills, also referred to as “priority legislation,” and identifying their congressional champions. From this broad list of champions, AHC is assigning points based on a lawmaker’s degree of support for priority bills, and other factors listed below. From this point system, a smaller pool of “industry champions” will emerge to inform members of the horse industry which incumbents should be recognized and acknowledged for their support.