WASHINGTON, DC ““ It’s five minutes to Midnight for the PAST ACT, and today, on December 10, 2014, Mr. Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society Of The United States, issued a Press Release (see below) finally breaking his “Deafening Silence”.
“WALK ON WASHINGTON” ““ JUNE 18, 2014
In his Press Release today, Mr. Pacelled attempted to blame the PAST ACT not getting a Senate Floor Vote on an “Unidentified Republican” hold.]
That appears to be world-class hooey.
Former U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) told the world on June 18 2014, with Wayne Pacelle standing there at “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, that the PAST ACT was being blocked by “holds” in Congress.
It has been known for months that there was a Senate Republican hold on the PAST ACT, and for it to pass, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would have to be willing to invoke the Cloture Procedure.
The Cloture Procedure takes up time, and the leadership prefers not to have to use it.
In the case of the PAST ACT, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was not going to give PAST ACT a Floor Vote until 60 Senators backed it. That hurdle was cleared on November 19, 2014, when Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) co-sponsored.
And that is where Mr. Pacelle was supposed to come in.
Mr. Pacelle knew a year ago, on December 16, 2013, when he wrote:
“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 vote ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”
Mr. Pacelle knew on November 19, 2014, that the Cloture Procedure would be necessary for the PAST ACT to get a Senate Floor Vote.]
So why didn’t Mr. Pacelle go to the wall on behalf of the PAST ACT on NOVEMBER 19, 2014, instead of merely “Writing A Letter” to House Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last Friday, December 5, 2014, asking” for a Floor Vote.=’
It simply doesn’t pass the laugh test.
You don’t get anything done in Washington, DC by “Writing A Letter”.
You get something done by using the “INs” you have, and the powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accommodating you.
Where the PAST ACT is concerned, it appears that Mr. Pacelle just didn’t get it done with Mr. Reid, and the question is “WHY”?‘
In his Press Release today, Mr. Pacelle mentions a “HOTLINE” procedure was doing this past Monday, December 8, 2014. All the “Hotline” procedure is where Senate Majority Leader Reid checks with the Democrat and Republican Leaders to see if there is opposition to a matter before it can be voted upon.
Majority Leader Reid did this, and guess what, there is a Republican who opposes it.
EXPLANATION OF ‘HOTLINE’ PROCEDURE
“The negotiation process may also be facilitated by use of the clearance process [or “hotline”], an informal communication mechanism by which each party’s leadership gauges the preferences of its conference members.”
It has been known for months the Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Mitch McConnell oppose the PAST ACT, and Cloture Procedure would be necessary to overcome them.
THE CLOTURE PROCEDURE
It takes at least THREE DAYS to do Cloture.
- 16 Senators must petition for it.
- The bill must be read.
- Then it must sit for one day with no action.
- Then it can be brought up and if Senators speak against it trying to “filibuster” it, then a Cloture (Closure) vote must be called for and it must pass with 60 Senators voting for it, no matter how many Senators are actually present, i. e., say there are only 85 Senators present, then you must get 60 of them to got to end the debate.
- THEN the PAST ACT would be voted upon, and majority vote would pass it.
- Why would Mr Pacelle wait until Friday, December 5, 2014, to “Write A Letter”asking the Senate and House leadership to bring the PAST ACT to a vote.
- Why did Mr. Pacelle wait until it was too late for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to do the required Cloture to give the PAST ACT a Floor Vote?
The questions are not going to go away for just one reason.
“The Horses” are not being protected.
And they darn sure deserve to be.
THE TIMELINE FOR THE PAST ACT
HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE WED., DECEMBER 10, 2014 PRESS RELEASE
December 10, 2014
Unidentified Senate Republican Hold Blocks Bill to Protect Horses
Legislation to stop the cruel and illegal practice of “soring
“ ““ one of the most broadly supported bills in Congress with 60 Senate cosponsors and 308 House cosponsors ““ has been blocked by at least one Republican Senator, preventing movement on the legislation until the “hold” is lifted. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, S. 1406, was hotlined Monday afternoon in an effort to pass the bill by unanimous consent in the final days of the 113th
Congress. The bill was cleared by the Senate Democrats, but the Republican side has at least one objection, thereby blocking the bill from moving forward. The Humane Society of the United States urges any Republican who has a hold on the PAST Act to lift his or her objection and allow the bill to clear the Senate.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “It’s very disturbing that any lawmaker would block a bill to stop the intentional torture of horses solely to win ribbons at horse shows. I don’t think there’s any substantive policy bill in the Congress with this level of broad, bipartisan support, and one or two lawmakers should not be able to thwart the will of so many Americans to crack down on this appalling cruelty.”
The PAST Act has well more than a two-thirds majority in the House, with a majority of Republicans and nearly every Democrat in the House co-sponsoring the legislation. In the Senate, the bill obtained Committee approval in April, and there are now enough cosponsors to overcome a filibuster. It is also endorsed by an unusually broad and diverse coalition
. Earlier, The HSUS wrote to Congressional leaders
in both chambers urging them to bring the PAST Act to a vote. The protection of Tennessee walking horses from soring is a top priority of The HSUS and the organization is committed to ending this abusive practice without further delay.”
HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE FRIDAY., DECEMBER 5, 2014 PRESS RELEASE
December 5, 2014
Congressional Leaders Urged to Act on Legislation to Stop Horse Abuse
In the waning days of the 113th
Congress, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, has continued to gain a level of bipartisan support few federal bills ever acquire, now with 308 House cosponsors and 60 Senate cosponsors
. Seventy percent of the House is cosponsoring, including a majority of the majority in both chambers. In the Senate, the bill obtained Committee approval in April, and there are now enough cosponsors to overcome a filibuster. The Humane Society of the United States wrote to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the Majority Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to bring the PAST Act to a vote before Congress adjourns this month.
The PAST Act amends an existing federal law ““ the Horse Protection Act of 1970 ““ to better rein in the cruel and illegal practice of “soring,” in which unscrupulous trainers deliberately inflict pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds to exaggerate their high-stepping gait and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows. This legislation is endorsed by an unusually broad and diverse coalition
, including the American Horse Council and 64 other national and state horse groups, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, state veterinary groups in all 50 states, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. The bills were introduced by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va., and cosponsored by lawmakers from all ends of the political spectrum, including both veterinarians serving in Congress.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “This rare demonstration of broad, bipartisan political support to halt the torture of walking horses should be sending leaders into a scramble to get the job done before the year is out. The American people are counting on them to move these bills to stop this extreme and bizarre form of animal abuse, and we stand ready to help them with the task.”’
THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING ““ NO WORD FROM CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD’S OFFICE OR MR. WAYNE PACELLE’S EXECUTIVE SUITE ““ HAS THE “FIX” BEEN PUT IN DOOMING THE PAST ACT?
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)
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.
U.S.SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
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.