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H.R. 693: U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019

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Context

In the practice of “soring” horses, the animals’ steps are rendered painful to force higher steps, which is often rewarded during equine shows and competitions, such as dressage contests.

The Horse Protection Act of 1970 made the practice illegal. Yet some argue that the current penalties are too lenient — and that loopholes make it easier to evade detection.

Namely, rubbing inflaming chemicals like mustard oil or kerosene into the horses’ hooves to force the higher steps, then also applying ointments or other masking chemicals on top. Those help the horses pass inspection, but wear off by the time of actual competition.

What the legislation does

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would crack down on the practice of “soring” horses.

While the ...

Sponsor and status

Kurt Schrader

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Length: 13 pages
Introduced
Jan 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 25, 2019

This bill passed in the House on July 25, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Schraders Bipartisan Bill to Stop Horse Soring Passes the House
    — Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5] (Sponsor) on Jul 25, 2019

Congresswoman Schakowsky's Statement on the Passage of the PAST Act
    — Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 26, 2019

My Votes – Week of July 22
    — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Jul 26, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 693 will add $8 million in new spending through 2029.

History

Jan 22, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 25, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

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Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 693 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 693. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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