WASHINGTON, DC – Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) are the latest U. S. Representatives to co-sponsor HR 1587, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. This brings the number sponsoring the Bill to 264 or 61% of the United States House of Representatives.
The female members of the United States Congress, on both sides of the aisle, and in both the Senate and the House, are leading the charge for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act:
75% of the Female members of the United States Congress are sponsoring the PAST ACT.
U. S. Senators (female) 13 of 19 = 68%
U. S. Representatives (female) 63 of 82 = 76%
And according to a TWHBEA survey, 70% of Tennessee Walking Horses are owned by females.
Here are some members of Congress who are going to vote FOR passage of the PAST ACT.
U.S. SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH)
U.S. SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA)
U. S. SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME)
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY CAPITO (R-WV)
REPRESENTATIVE JACKIE WALORSKI (R-IN)
REPRESENTATIVE KATHERINE CLARK (D-MA)
REPRESENTATIVE RENEE ELMERS (R-NC)
Leading the Opposition to the Prevent All Soring Practices Act is a lone Tennessee Congressional delegation member, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)
Representative Marsha Blackburn was feted at the 2013 Celebration and received a $70,000.00 campaign contribution to obstruct the progress of the PAST ACT. At the November 13, 2013 Congressional Hearing on the HR 1518 Bill, Blackburn was hostile in her questioning of American Horse Council President Jay Hickey and attempted to compare the deaths in Thoroughbred racing with the institutionalized soring abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses.
Hickey reminded Blackburn that the subject matter of the Hearing was soring, and he eloquently explained how all the breeds of horses represented by the American Horse Council supported the PAST ACT which end the soring and animal cruelty associated with the Big Lick. In choosing to go after Hickey in the abrupt and tempestuous manner that she did, Blackburn aroused the ire of the Thoroughbred Industry and came across as “whiney” and “shrill”.
Representative Blackburn’s latest effort to aid the sore horse crowd is last week she put her name on an alternate bill which would do the bidding of David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick gang. It would create one “Independent” HIO (think Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO with ‘tainted and suspect’ former Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows in charge) that David L. Howard salivates over. Howard thought he had the skids greased with the USDA for IIS, LLC HIO and Doyle Meadows before the plot was exposed on www.billygoboy.com .
Blackburn’s Bill calls for some political hacks to be in charge of the HIO like the appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson. In his testimony, Johnson thought eliminating the sore Big Lick would eliminate the entire Tennessee Walking Horse breed. And keep young people from participating. The Commissioner who attended the University of Tennessee apparently has not been back to any Homecoming football games recently.
And the Bill also seeks the guidance of the soring Trainer Boyz – the soring perpetrators themselves – as to who would serve on the “Independent” HIO. These are the same folks that at least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
- W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
- Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
- David Landrum: 6 known citations
- Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
- Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
- Jeff Green: 28 known citations
- Link Webb: 39 known citations
- Ross Campbell: 1 known citation
It is interesting to note that the Leaders of the sore Big Lick crowd are largely known male chauvinist pig types who look upon womens’ roles as dutiful secretaries or assisting persons who wait on them. They certainly are not used to women making policy decisions which affect them.
Something tells me the sore Big Lick “Good Ole Boys” are about to learn something about how things work in 2014 Washington, DC.