WASHINGTON, DC – U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will not win any Profile In Courage Awards in 2014.
Alexander has introduced an alternative to the PAST ACT which mirrors that of Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), except for two primary differences:
- Alexander’s Bill cuts out the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ
- Alexander’s Bill provides for some stiff penalties.
With the introduction of this bill, Lamar Alexander has now paid in full his political debt to Campaign Finance Chairman sore Big Licker Steve Smith.
Tennessee does, however, have a U. S. Senator who is his own man, unlike Lamar Alexander. His name is Bob Corker (R-TN), and barring an unexpected change, he is not going to co-sponsor Alexander’s Bill.
Look for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to co-sponsor Alexander’s Bill.
Representative Ed Whitfield (R-TN) commented, “While I have great respect for Senator Alexander, any Bill which does not:
- Eliminate the stacks and chains
- Strengthen the ability of the USDA to enforce the Horse Protection Act
is not the right approach.”
Whitfield said, “The PAST ACT is not going to cost the taxpayers a dime.”
Alexander’s Bill will not have the support of:
- AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Associaton,
- AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners,
- American Horse Council,
- Veterinary Medical Associations of all 50 states
- American Quarter Horse Association
- American Saddlebred Association
Essentially, Alexander’s Bill is designed to stall the PAST ACT and allow the sore Big Lick to complete one more Show Season.
Lamar Alexander will win his reelection campaign vs a tea party opponent, but sponsoring a Bill To Enable Soring will forever stain his considerable legacy.
And that is a crying shame.