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H.R. 693 (116th): U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019

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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. …

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
Jan 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 25, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


307 Cosponsors (225 Democrats, 81 Republicans, 1 Independent)


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 Anne McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Jul 26, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

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


Jan 22, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 693 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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