Congressional Scorecard and Legislative List for the 117th Congress (2021 – 2023) – Pro-Horse Industry Bills for Inclusion as a Factor in the Legislative Score
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.
- 1) “Original” co-sponsor, aka “champion,” of priority bills
- 2) Co-sponsorship of priority bills
- 3) Membership in the Congressional Horse Caucus
- 4) Chairmanship role in the Congressional Horse Caucus
- 5) “Visibility” of the lawmaker, or participation in AHC events
- 6) Demonstrates a general “open door” policy for the horse industry
- One point per event
While the scorecard will not formally assign points for representation of the “Top Ten” states by equine population, AHC will track delegations from the “top ten.” This includes Texas, California, Florida, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Colorado.
|SHORT TITLE||BILL #||STATUS||CHAMPION(S)*|
|“Main Street Tax Certainty Act”||S. 480||Introduced||Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)|
|“Death Tax Repeal Act”||S. 617||Introduced||Sen. John Thune (R-SD)|
|“Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act of 2021”||S. 723||Signed into law||Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Ben Cardin (D-MD)|
|“HAULS Act”||S. 792||Introduced||Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)|
|“Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act”||S. 1229||Introduced||Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-CO) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV)|
|“Recreation Not Red-Tape Act”||S. 1874||Introduced||Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)|
|“Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act”||S. 2295||Introduced||Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID)|
|“Main Street Tax Certainty Act”||H.R. 1381||Introduced||Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)|
|“Death Tax Repeal Act”||H.R. 1712||Introduced||Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)|
|“Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act of 2021”||H.R. 1799||Signed into law||Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA)|
|Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety Act of 2021||H.R. 2486||Introduced||Rep. John Rose (R-TN)|
|“Recreation Not Red-Tape Act”||H.R. 3527||Introduced||Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT)|
|“Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act”||H.R. 3670||Introduced||Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)|
|“H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act”||H.R. 3897||Introduced||Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)|
|INVEST Act – Amendment to Motor Carrier Safety Act to Exempt Livestock from ELD Regs||Amendment||Withdrawn||Rep. Kat Kammack (R-FL)|
|Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Appropriation||Amendment||Offered||Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)|
|FY 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriation – Amendment for H-2B Guest Worker Visa Flexibility||Amendment||Offered||Reps. Amy Pingree (D-ME), Andy Harris (R-MD)|
|FY 2022 Department of Agriculture Appropriation – Horse Protection Act Funding||H.R. 3456||Introduced||Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)|
*The “champions” identified may not be an all-inclusive list of “original co-sponsors.” Those lawmakers identified in the above graph are for illustrative purposes only and represent the one or two elected officials most involved in the drafting and introduction of legislation supported by the industry.