WASHINGTON, DC – Throughout the land, “The Horses” are rejoicing today.
On a beautiful Spring day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the beginning of the end came for the sore Big Lick crowd of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Lamar Alexander Campaign Chairman Steve Smith, when the United States Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved the PAST ACT.
It took place at approximately 2:50 P.M. EDST in Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building before a jam-packed room with thousands of persons watching via webcast.
In as slick a piece of parliamentary maneuvering as you will most likely never see or actually realize was happening, the PAST ACT, S. 1406, zoomed right through the Senate Commerce Committee in plain sight.
Many eye-witness observers didn’t realize the feat had been accomplished.
But it was accomplished.
No Amendments – No Comments – No Nothing.
The PAST ACT passed – Voice Vote.
Quick as a hiccup – Just like that.
The Committee Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and ranking Republican John Thune (R-SD) operated like Ferrante and Teicher at the keyboards.
Working hand in glove, the PAST ACT sailed through with obvious strong bi-partisan support.
Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said at the beginning, “We’ll take up Senator Ayotte’s Bill, the PAST ACT, which cracks down on the cruel practice of intentionally soring Tennessee Walking Horses”.
Vice Chairman John Thune (R-SD), a PAST ACT co-sponsor, did the honors with many observers not realizing it was being done.
The PAST ACT was not called up by its Agenda number 3, rather it was included in a bundle of other matters, and it was approved and passed out of committee by unanimous voice vote.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) handled it adroitly.
The day that Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and his Aide Marty Irby persuaded Senator John Thune to agree to co-sponsor the PAST ACT may have historically been where the battle to eliminate soring by removing the pads and chains from Tennessee Walking Horses was won.
Following its passage, the PAST ACT Senate Sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who obviously had the support and respect of her Senate Committee colleagues, expressed her appreciation to them by saying she was “very glad” that the Committee approved the PAST ACT”.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a PAST ACT co-sponsor, expressed his satisfaction that the Senate Committee had acted to “ban the pads and chains which has led the heinous and cruel treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses.”
It is noteworthy to consider that on the Senate Commerce Committee sit two likely Republican candidates for President of the United States:
- Senator John Thune (R-SD)
- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Both are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
Another rising U. S. President possibility, U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) wants no part of the foolishness that Senator Alexander has put forth on behalf of Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick gang with his Trojan Horse Bill To Enable Soring.
That should tell the sore Big Lick supporters like David L. Howard, Steve Smith, Walt Chism, John T. Bobo and Pat Marsh everything they need to know where the United States of America is on this animal cruelty issue.
The TWHBEA members told these gentlemen the same thing last October by a landslide 63% vote.
The sore Big Lick crowd should have listened to the breed registry members from all across the United States and the World.
A huge hurdle for making the PAST ACT the Law of the Land was taken in full stride today.
Now the stage is set for the PAST ACT‘s passage by the United States Senate, and then on to the U.S. House of Representatives where 62% of the members are already co-sponsoring it. The Bill has the support of 97 House Republicans.
House Speaker John Boehner(R-OH) knows better than anybody that the Republicans do not need to stand in the way of a much needed law which will prevent the cruelty to the beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses that the sore Big Lick crowd of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith so strongly support.
Nephew Eugene hasn’t been this happy since the hogs ate his little brother.