WASHINGTON, DC – Three Legislative Days now remain on the U. S. House legislative calendar, and no word from PAST ACT sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) or HSUS CEO animal welfare advocate Mr. Wayne Pacelle if the PAST ACT will get a Floor Vote, either in the U. S. House or the U. S. Senate.
PAST ACT SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD ( R-KY)
Sound Horse advocates all over the world did what no one thought was possible.
They delivered to the key persons, Congressman Whitfield and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, a filibuster-proof 60 U. S. Senators, and 118 House Republicans, a majority of the majority.
The legislative clock has run out this week, and starting next week, only THREE legislative days will remain:
Tuesday – Thursday, December 10 – 12
in the U. S. House , and then church is out.
Theoretically, the PAST ACT could get a House Floor vote next week, and the Bill could go to the Senate where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-VA) could use a Cloture Motion to overcome a Senate filibuster and pass it. This would have to take place the week of December 15 – 19, but NOTHING will happen if Senate Majority Leader Reid doesn’t make it happen.
Speaking of the PAST ACT, Mr. Pacelle has said, “This is our top legislative priority … We consider horse soring in the same category as cock fighting. What the industry is doing to horses is a form of torture, and just about the entire equine community sees it as that.”
ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATE HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE
In December 2013 when the PAST ACT only had 38 Senators endorsing it, Mr. Pacelle said:
“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.” Wayne Pacelle
So far, Mr. Pacelle has not been able to deliver on his words.
On Thursday, the U. S. House passed a $585 Billion Defense authorization Bill by 300 – 119 vote. The Bill will be taken up by the U. S. Senate next week and will be approved before the end of the lame duck session next Thursday, December 12.
If the PAST ACT was allowed a Floor Vote, veteran observers believe it would receive more than 330 “YEA” Votes.
So why can’t the PAST ACT get a Floor Vote?
Has the PAST ACT became too hot a potato for Congressman Ed Whitfield to handle?
Has HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle pulled back on going all out for the PAST ACT with U S. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the face of revealing documents made public by Office of Congressional Ethics that implicate the HSUS in the inner workings of the early efforts to #PASSTHEPASTACT?
If so, two possible reasons might be:
- The shadow of U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), now poised to become one of the most powerful men in the world as U. S. Senate Majority Leader on January 5, 2015, looms large. Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield campaigned hard for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Can Ed Whitfield simply not afford to get cross ways with Mitch McConnell over a mere animal cruelty law with McConnell having been paid in excess of $500,000.00 by sore Big Lick interests since 1988.
- The damage resulting from the sore Big Lick inspired Ethics Probe which resulted in inner view into the workings of the HSUS activity regarding the PAST ACT.
Yesterday, the sore Big Lick oriented The Walking Horse Report started to mine the gold mine of documents revealed in the ethics inquiry by the OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics).
Here is a WHR article excerpt:
“The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has voted unanimously to recommend the House Committee on Ethics further investigate Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY). Whitfield’s wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a lobbyist for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, an arm of the Humane Society of the United States. The ethics inquiry centers around her lobbying of Congressman Whitfield on HSUS bills and using his office to lobby other Members of Congress.”
Upon reviewing the OCE Report, the U. S. House Ethics Committee on November 10, 2014, elected to not open a formal Ethics Investigation into alleged possible improprieties by Congressman Ed Whitfield. In the days ahead, however, it will not stop the sore Big Lick interests from fabricating articles which will take out of context and misrepresent the facts of what actually happened which the House Ethics Committee did not feel rose to the threshold level of justifying a full blown Ethics Investigation.
- Is the PAST ACT, which has drawn such strong and widespread support from all over the world, now looked upon by Washington insiders as a nice little old “boutique animal cruelty bill” that no one is willing to risk what it will take to get it passed?
One thing is for sure, “The Horses” will not be protected if the PAST ACT does not become law.
Do any of the important people care enough to put it ALL on the line?
At this point, for whatever reason, It doesn’t appear so.