CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

THETA, TN – Late this afternoon,  Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued a somewhat  perplexing Press Release.

In it,  Whitfield says:  “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.”  

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

If those two words were not included,  one could infer that the PAST ACT is dead in the U. S.  House for this session of Congress.

The most logical reason is the  publicity resulting from an ethics probe of Congressman Whitfield during an election year became too much for the Republican leadership to tolerate, and Whitfield was “told” the Bill would not get a floor vote.

The PAST ACT  in the U. S. House is three Republican members short of meeting the “Hastert Rule”.   Whitfield’s Press Release does not address what happens if three more Republican co-sponsors are added.

Another factor regarding Speaker Boehner’s  (current)  refusal that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) opposes bringing the PAST ACT to the House Floor.

Cantor’s last day as Majority Leader is today, July 31, 2014.

A positive interpretation of “currently refuses” could be that when Cantor’s successor Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  becomes Majority Leader on August 1, and the House comes back to work on September 8,  2014,  Speaker Boehner may “no longer refuse”  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.

 

JOHN BOEHNER,  SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JOHN BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Thursday,   July 31, 2014
                                                                                        CONTACT:   Marty Irby
                                                    (202) 225-3115
 

 

Whitfield Issues Statement on PAST Act
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  ““ U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:
 
“I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses   to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.   His decision is inconsistent with leadership’s stated preference for adhering to regular order. Furthermore, it is too late in the year to resort to a discharge petition according to House rules.   I am sad that a bill which 70 percent of the House of Representatives support, including 115 Republicans, can’t be brought to a vote. I am   particularly frustrated because many horses will continue to be abused on a daily basis, unless the PAST Act becomes law. There have been thousands  of sound horse advocates as well as numerous groups such as the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of  Equine Practitioners, National Sheriffs Association, Association of Prosecuting   Attorneys, and the veterinary medical associations from 50 states that have   helped create vast support for this bill. I will not give up.   I remain dedicated to ending the rampant practice of soring and I encourage everyone to ramp up their efforts to do the same.”###

 

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Nephew Eugene says,  as with all things,  time will tell.

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