HR 1518, “PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS” ACT CLOSES IN ON 150 CO-SPONSORS – WITH STRONG BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT, CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS SHOULD BE EXTREMELY INTERESTING

WASHINGTON, DC  – In a city where hardly anyone agrees on anything,  147  Congressmen now co-sponsor  HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, to amend the Horse Protection Act. The Bill is sponsored by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)was introduced on April 11, 2013. It was referred to  House Energy and Commerce Committee, sub committee Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade chaired by Lee Terry (R-NE). A companion bill,  S. 1406, was introduced in the U. S. Senate on July 31, 2013.

The  support  for HR 1518/S.1406 is from  all over  the country. The members from the following state have endorsed the Bill since the end of the Celebration.


Kansas
Colorado
Maryland
Arizona
Texas
Washington
Ohio.

Today, Representative  Donald Joyce (R-OH14), joined the swelling group.

Six of the last 11 co-sponsors are Republicans.which shows the momentum flow.

To take the Bill to the House Floor,it will take  218  Co-Sponsors. With HR 1518 having this much support, it is a certainly that  Congressional Hearings  will take place in which both sides present their positions supporting and opposing the legislation.

The Lickers think they have  “bought and paid for”  Representative Marsha Blackburn, Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to derail the Act to stop soring.   Harlinsdale Farm scion Clay Harlin  appealed  to Congressman Blackburn to not be part of the continuing the  soring. In his letter to Congressman Whitfield,   Harlin said “…  I still love horses and especially Tennessee Walking Horses. Your bill has given me a fresh hope that this horrible nightmare will eventually come to an end and the industry will be reborn.” Harlin sent a copy of his letter to his Congressperson Marsha Blackburn.

Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)  was recently feted at a “Big Licker” reception for her on the Celebration grounds.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN

CONGRESSWOMAN MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) -FROM GERMANTOWN TO BRENTWOOD.
CONGRESSWOMAN MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) -FROM GERMANTOWN TO BRENTWOOD.

Another event was held for  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  during March at the Trainers Show. McConnell faces a tough re-election campaign in 2014, and despite taking the Licker money, McConnell is sensitive to highly publicized charges in his home state that he is hooked up with soring horses.  The Lexington Leader-Herald newspaper has aggressively pursued the story.

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)
SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

This ongoing process should be  extremely interesting.

Here is a complete list of the 147 Co-Sponsors:

Cohen, Steve [D-TN9]
LoBiondo, Frank [R-NJ2]
Moran, James “Jim” [D-VA8]
Pitts, Joseph [R-PA16]
Schakowsky, Janice “Jan” [D-IL9]
Bordallo, Madeleine [D-GU0]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Brownley, Julia [D-CA26]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Buchanan, Vern [R-FL16]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Hanna, Richard [R-NY22]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Huffman, Jared [D-CA2]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL16]
(joined Apr 23, 2013)
Campbell, John [R-CA45]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
DeFazio, Peter [D-OR4]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
King, Peter “Pete” [R-NY2]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
Noem, Kristi [R-SD0]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
Payne, Donald [D-NJ10]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
Schwartz, Allyson [D-PA13]
(joined Apr 24, 2013)
Andrews, Robert “Rob” [D-NJ1]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Cummings, Elijah [D-MD7]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Fitzpatrick, Michael [R-PA8]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Welch, Peter [D-VT0]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Yoho, Ted [R-FL3]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Young, W. Bill [R-FL13]
(joined May 06, 2013)
Coble, Howard [R-NC6]
(joined May 07, 2013)
Jones, Walter [R-NC3]
(joined May 07, 2013)
Quigley, Mike [D-IL5]
(joined May 07, 2013)
Slaughter, Louise [D-NY25]
(joined May 07, 2013)
Beatty, Joyce [D-OH3]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Cartwright, Matthew [D-PA17]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Farr, Sam [D-CA20]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Grimm, Michael [R-NY11]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Kline, John [R-MN2]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL3]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Napolitano, Grace [D-CA32]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Norton, Eleanor [D-DC0]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH1]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Tierney, John [D-MA6]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Titus, Dina [D-NV1]
(joined May 09, 2013)
Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR3]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Brady, Robert [D-PA1]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Braley, Bruce [D-IA1]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Capps, Lois [D-CA24]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Capuano, Michael [D-MA7]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Chu, Judy [D-CA27]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Cicilline, David [D-RI1]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Conyers, John [D-MI13]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Deutch, Theodore [D-FL21]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Doyle, Michael “Mike” [D-PA14]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Ellison, Keith [D-MN5]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Eshoo, Anna [D-CA18]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Esty, Elizabeth [D-CT5]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Hahn, Janice [D-CA44]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Himes, James [D-CT4]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Holt, Rush [D-NJ12]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Honda, Michael “Mike” [D-CA17]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Keating, William [D-MA9]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Langevin, James “Jim” [D-RI2]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Lee, Barbara [D-CA13]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA19]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Markey, Edward “Ed” [D-MA5]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Matsui, Doris [D-CA6]
(joined May 14, 2013)
McGovern, James “Jim” [D-MA2]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Meng, Grace [D-NY6]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Murphy, Patrick [D-FL18]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY10]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Peters, Scott [D-CA52]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Polis, Jared [D-CO2]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Rangel, Charles [D-NY13]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA40]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Ruiz, Raul [D-CA36]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Runyan, Jon [R-NJ3]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Sarbanes, John [D-MD3]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Schneider, Bradley [D-IL10]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Schock, Aaron [R-IL18]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Schrader, Kurt [D-OR5]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Smith, Adam [D-WA9]
(joined May 14, 2013)
Connolly, Gerald [D-VA11]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Davis, Susan [D-CA53]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Grijalva, Raúl [D-AZ3]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Kuster, Ann [D-NH2]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Miller, George [D-CA11]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Peters, Gary [D-MI14]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Price, David [D-NC4]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Tipton, Scott [R-CO3]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Walberg, Tim [R-MI7]
(joined May 15, 2013)
Courtney, Joe [D-CT2]
(joined May 16, 2013)
Hastings, Alcee [D-FL20]
(joined May 16, 2013)
McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY4]
(joined May 16, 2013)
Southerland, Steve [R-FL2]
(joined May 16, 2013)
DeLauro, Rosa [D-CT3]
(joined May 20, 2013)
Forbes, Randy [R-VA4]
(joined May 20, 2013)
Pascrell, Bill [D-NJ9]
(joined May 20, 2013)
Sanchez, Loretta [D-CA46]
(joined May 20, 2013)
Bishop, Timothy [D-NY1]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Cárdenas, Tony [D-CA29]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Clarke, Yvette [D-NY9]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Frankel, Lois [D-FL22]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Maloney, Carolyn [D-NY12]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
McCollum, Betty [D-MN4]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Miller, Gary [R-CA31]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Shuster, Bill [R-PA9]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Smith, Christopher “Chris” [R-NJ4]
(joined Jun 03, 2013)
Castor, Kathy [D-FL14]
(joined Jun 05, 2013)
Larson, John [D-CT1]
(joined Jun 05, 2013)
Lynch, Stephen [D-MA8]
(joined Jun 10, 2013)
McNerney, Jerry [D-CA9]
(joined Jun 10, 2013)
Foster, Bill [D-IL11]
(joined Jun 12, 2013)
Israel, Steve [D-NY3]
(joined Jun 12, 2013)
Yarmuth, John [D-KY3]
(joined Jun 13, 2013)
Levin, Sander [D-MI9]
(joined Jun 17, 2013)
Gibson, Christopher [R-NY19]
(joined Jun 26, 2013)
Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX18]
(joined Jun 26, 2013)
Johnson, Eddie [D-TX30]
(joined Jun 26, 2013)
Larsen, Rick [D-WA2]
(joined Jun 26, 2013)
Tonko, Paul [D-NY20]
(joined Jun 27, 2013)
Weber, Randy [R-TX14]
(joined Jun 27, 2013)
Wilson, Frederica [D-FL24]
(joined Jun 27, 2013)
Engel, Eliot [D-NY16]
(joined Jun 28, 2013)
Horsford, Steven [D-NV4]
(joined Jun 28, 2013)
Posey, Bill [R-FL8]
(joined Jun 28, 2013)
Tsongas, Niki [D-MA3]
(joined Jun 28, 2013)
Delaney, John [D-MD6]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
Enyart, William [D-IL12]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
Maloney, Sean [D-NY18]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
Stivers, Steve [R-OH15]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
Veasey, Marc [D-TX33]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
Waxman, Henry [D-CA33]
(joined Jul 08, 2013)
DelBene, Suzan [D-WA1]
(joined Jul 11, 2013)
Pocan, Mark [D-WI2]
(joined Jul 16, 2013)
Takano, Mark [D-CA41]
(joined Jul 16, 2013)
Lowenthal, Alan [D-CA47]
(joined Jul 18, 2013)
Denham, Jeff [R-CA10]
(joined Jul 22, 2013)
Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM1]
(joined Jul 22, 2013)
Bustos, Cheri [D-IL17]
(joined Jul 30, 2013)
Clay, Lacy [D-MO1]
(joined Jul 30, 2013)
Serrano, José [D-NY15]
(joined Jul 30, 2013)
Smith, Lamar [R-TX21]
(joined Jul 30, 2013)
Paulsen, Erik [R-MN3]
(joined Jul 31, 2013)
Turner, Michael [R-OH10]
(joined Jul 31, 2013)
Pingree, Chellie [D-ME1]
(joined Aug 01, 2013)
Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS2]
(joined Sep 11, 2013)
Coffman, Mike [R-CO6]
(joined Sep 16, 2013)
Ruppersberger, A. Dutch [D-MD2]
(joined Sep 16, 2013)
Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ9]
(joined Sep 16, 2013)
Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX35]
(joined Sep 17, 2013)
Kilmer, Derek [D-WA6]
(joined Sep 17, 2013)
Joyce, David [R-OH14]
(joined Sep 18, 2013)

Stay tuned.

BGBHEADSHOT

One thought on “HR 1518, “PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS” ACT CLOSES IN ON 150 CO-SPONSORS – WITH STRONG BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT, CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS SHOULD BE EXTREMELY INTERESTING

  1. I was so disappointed to not see any representatives from Indiana supporting this bill, so I have just e-mailed once again pleading to support. Hope they do….

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