BILLY GO BOY ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY – HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT TO PASS THE PAST ACT(HR 1518/S.1406) – WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THE PAST ACT PASSING???

“Upon the plains of hesitation,
Lie the bones of countless millions,
Who, at the dawn of victory, rested,
And resting, died there”

WASHINGTON, DC -The PAST ACT is presently being blocked in the U. S. Senate by “tag team” Holds placed on the bill by “bought and paid for”  U. S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD) – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT
(LEFT)  SENATOR JOE TYDINGS - 1969  (RIGHT)  SENATOR JOY TYDINGS - 2014 NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS - THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

JOE TYDINGS – JUNE 18, 2014
 “It’s tragic that the amount of money that’s poured into the Congressional races from these “sorers”   – the owners and the trainers can influence one or two key members of the Congress to block this.    Question:    Do you think Senator McConnell is blocking the bill (PAST ACT)?      Answer:  If the Bill is not permitted to (a) vote with 56 Senators co-sponsoring it, it is because it has been blocked.”

PAST ACT  Senate sponsor Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is scared to “call out” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and senior Republican leader Lamar Alexander for what they are doing.  And the other Senate PAST ACT sponsor,  Mark Warner (D-VA),   is on the Bill,  more for ceremonial purposes than anything else, and it frankly does not appear that Warner has the necessary “fire in the belly” on the issue.

SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE(R-NH)

SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE(R-NH)

THE TAG TEAM BOYZ – MITCH & LAMAR

U.S. SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

U.S. SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

The PAST ACT is in deep trouble in the U. S. Senate because it apparently does not have a “Mamma” or a “Daddy” willing to fight for it there like Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has done in the U. S. House of Representatives.

There is no key heavy weight Democrat Senator close to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pressing for passage of the PAST ACT.  The Senate Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is not even co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

U. S. SENATOR JAY ROCKEFLLER (D-WV)

U. S. SENATOR JAY ROCKEFLLER (D-WV)

Animal cruelty issues are typically low priority regarding federal legislation.

And the unwritten rule in Washington is nothing controversial is voted upon in an election year following the August Congressional recess.

Occasionally, matters are taken up in the lame duck sessions of Congress which follow the November elections.

Congress has two branches – the House of Representatives (435 members) and the Senate (100 members).    The PAST ACT has been introduced in both the House (HR 1518)  and the Senate (HR 1406).

THE HOUSE – LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING:

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING - U.S. HOUSE - 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

THE SENATE – LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/resources/pdf/2014_calendar.pdf

U. S. SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

U. S. SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

U.S.SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

U.S.SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

THE HOUSE SITUATION:

  • Representative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)  was beaten in the June Virginia Republican primary.
  • Representative Cantor resigned as House Majority Leader effective July 31, 2014.
  • Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected Majority Leader and takes office on August 1, 2014.
  • The first legislative days that McCarthy will serve are September 8,9,10 and 11.

The PAST ACT could be voted upon by the House if HR 1518 makes it out of the SubCommittee, and if the House Majority Leader puts the bill on the House Calendar.

  • There are 115 Republicans (counting deceased Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) supporting the PAST ACT.  This is three shy of meeting the requirements of the “Hastert Rule” which provides no bill will be allowed to be voted upon in the U. S. House unless a majority of the House Republicans favor it.  It will take 118 Republicans to meet this requirement.
  • If the House is going to act, and things move quickly, it could be at the end of July, or September 8 – 11 when the House members return to Washington.

THE SENATE SITUATION

  • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have placed “tag team holds” on the PAST ACT.

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Wiki:

“In the  United States Senate, a  hold  is a  parliamentary procedure  permitted by the  Standing Rules of the United States Senatewhich allows one or more Senators to prevent a  motion  from reaching a vote on the Senate floor.

Since U.S. Senate rules require the entering of the senator’s name into the public record after two days, senators commonly circumvent the limit by using what is called a ‘tag-team’ on a hold. ‘Tag-Teaming’ a hold requires at least two senators that want to hold the legislation indefinitely. The first senator (anonymously) places a hold on the legislation, and then, before his or her name is entered into the record, releases his or her hold. The second senator then places an (anonymous/secret) hold on the legislation and repeats the action, releasing his or her hold before the 2 day window is up. The first senator then takes over the hold, and the process repeats itself indefinitely.[17]

Although a hold is placed anonymously, the identity of the senator placing the hold can quickly become common knowledge. Under traditional dictates of Senate courtesy, the identity of the holder is not made public.[18]  However, senators have become increasingly willing to identify colleagues who place holds, in all but name.[19]    If the Senator provides notice privately to his or her party leadership of their intent (and the party leadership agreed), then the hold is known as a  secret  or  anonymous hold. If the Senator actually objects on the Senate floor or the hold is publicly revealed, then the hold is more generally known as a  Senatorial hold.”

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Rookie Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is the lead Republican Senator sponsoring the PAST ACT in the Senate.  Ayotte is “SCARED” of Minority Leader Senator McConnell and party leader Senator Lamar Alexander.  Ayotte is not about to play hard ball with the “bought and paid for” Senators McConnell and Alexander and expose them as the Senators who are “tag teaming” the Senate HOLD preventing the PAST ACT from coming to a vote.

And Democrat sponsor Mark Warner (D-VA) apparently has NO fire in the belly on this issue and is a CEREMONIAL figure on the bill.

The PAST ACT Is in deep trouble in the Senate.

  • The only way the PAST ACT can be voted upon is for the “Holds” to be lifted,  or
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  places the PAST ACT on the Senate Calendar for a Floor Vote,  and then provide the time necessary for the Senate  to invoke the “CLOTURE” rule to  end the McConnell – Alexander “filibuster” attempts so the bill can be voted on by the entire Senate.

WHAT IS NECESSARY TO INVOKE THE “CLOTURE (Closure) RULE”

  • At least 16 Senators must sign a Cloture Petition.
  • 60 Senators must vote to invoke “Cloture” which limits the debate on the Bill.  It doesn’t matter if 85 Senators are present,  there must be 60 votes for “Cloture”.
  • It’s a two day process and takes up the Senate time for an animal cruelty issue when there are pressing items like foreign policy, immigration reform, the national debt, etc.
  • Presently there are only 57 Senate Co-Sponsors, and one of them, Senator Johnny Izakson (R-GA) is co-sponsoring both the PAST ACT and the Alexander/McConnell alternative bill.
  • Again,  presently,  the PAST ACT doesn’t have a Senate “Mamma” and “Daddy” willing to fight for it.

Informed observers believe that if the PAST ACT doesn’t pass this Congress, it will NEVER pass.    An example is the Equal Rights Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.  The ERA came close, but never made it.

The PAST ACT may meet a similar fate.

The sore Big Lick plan all along has been to hold on until the November elections and hope that the Republicans can take control of the U. S. Senate. If so, the forces of darkness will control the legislative process ending the PAST ACT and the funding for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

And “The Horses” will continue to suffer from the sore Big Lick folks like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Senator Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is also TWHBEA President:

THEHORSES

“Upon the plains of hesitation,
Lie the bones of countless millions,
Who, at the dawn of victory, rested,
And resting, died there.”

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One thought on “BILLY GO BOY ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY – HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT TO PASS THE PAST ACT(HR 1518/S.1406) – WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THE PAST ACT PASSING???

  1. Each time that the USDA is shown the highway by McConnell and company the horses suffer to even greater degrees. Feel helpless.

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