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PAST Act to get Floor Vote



The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act will be brought to the House floor for a vote next week according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's weekly leader. The vote is scheduled to take place sometime between Wednesday July 24th and Friday July 26th. Congress breaks for their recess after the 26th.

The PAST Act garnered over 290 cosponsors which placed the bill on the Consensus Calendar, a new rule passed by this Congress that has any bill with at least 290 cosponsors brought to the floor for a vote.  Although the PAST Act has bipartisan support nationally, it has very little support from the states most affected by the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.  Almost 95% of the cosponsors of the PAST Act are from states with little to no Tennessee Walking Horse influence.

The PAST Act will ban all action devices and pads as well as do away with the current Horse Industry Organization enforcement scheme and make it virtually impossible to conduct Tennessee Walking Horse shows.  No industry group or show organization has supported the PAST Act and all of those groups share in the criticism of the burdens the PAST Act places on show management.

Although the expectation is the PAST Act will pass the House of Representatives, the bill would still have to go to the Senate for a vote and signature of President Trump before becoming law.  There is no expectation at this point that the PAST Act will get before the Senate for a vote.  It is urgent that industry participants contact their Senators and make them aware of the facts and devastating impacts of this HSUS sponsored legislation.

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