AVMA Advocate: Legislative Chart

112th Congress AVMA Legislative Chart

April 2012

Issue Description AVMA Position Status
 FY13 Agriculture Appropriations Funding for an array of USDA/FDA priority programs including VMLRP; NAHLN; AFRI; FARAD; MUADP; 1433 Formula Funds, Animal Disease Traceability Active Pursuit of Passage Senate Appropriations Committee passed Agriculture spending bill (S. 2375, S.Rept. 112-163 on 4/26/12House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee scheduled markup of Agriculture spending bill on 6/6/12

 

VMLRP Enhancement Act, S. 518 Authorizes federal tax exemption for federal and state veterinary medicine loan repayment programs Active Pursuit of Passage Introduced 3/9/11Lead sponsor: Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Lead cosponsor: Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Cosponsors:  14

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Finance

Veterinary Services Investment Act, S.1053 Establishes a grant program to meet veterinary workforce or food protection needs; relieves veterinarian shortage situations; supports private practices engaged in veterinary public health activities; supports veterinarians who are participating in or have completed VMLRP service requirement Active Pursuit of Passage VSIA has been incorporated as a provision of the Senate Farm Bill (S. 3240)Introduced 5/24/11

Lead sponsor: Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Lead cosponsor: Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Cosponsors:  15

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

The Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act, H.R. 525 To make veterinary public health one of the eligible groups for loan repayment and workforce grants. Active Pursuit of Passage Introduced 3/8/11 Lead sponsor: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Passed by the Committee on Energy & Commerce  3/8/11

 

Status: Passed by the House on 3/9/11 in a vote of 280-138

 

H.R. 525 was received in the Senate and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Cosponsors:  3

Veterinary Corps Officer Accession from Lieutenant to Captain Currently, all active duty veterinarians entering the Army Would commission Army Reserve Veterinary Corps Officers at the rank of Captain. Active Pursuit of Passage  
Horse Transportation Safety Act, S. 1281 Would amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.  Sets forth civil penalties for persons who knowingly violate such prohibition.  Active Pursuit of Passage Introduced 6/27/11Lead sponsor: Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Cosponsors: 8

 

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

2012 Farm Bill The Farm Bill is set for reauthorization in 2012. It includes agriculture programs and food policy. Active Pursuit of Passage Senate Agriculture Committee marked up its version of the Farm Bill, S. 3240, Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 on 4/26/12
Fairness to Pet Owners Act, H.R. 1406 Seeks to mandate that veterinarians provide pet owners with a copy of veterinary prescriptions Active Pursuit of Defeat Introduced 4/6/11Lead sponsor: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) 

 

Cosponsors: 5 Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and James Moran (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC)

Committee Referral: House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health 

 

Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 965 and S. 1211 Phases out use of certain antibiotics for nontherapeutic purposes in food-producing animals. Active Pursuit of Defeat H.R. 965 Introduced 3/9/11 Lead sponsor: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

Cosponsors:81

Committee Referral: House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health

 

S. 1211 introduced 6/15/11

Lead sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Cosponsors: 7 

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 2966 and S.1176 Would amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption; gives the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to detain for examination, testing, or taking of evidence, any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale that the Secretary has probably cause to believe is sore, or believed to be in violation of previous provision; and,  raises the authorization of appropriations for the HPA from $500,000 to $5,000,000.  Active Pursuit of Defeat H.R. 2966 Introduced 9/19/11Lead sponsor: Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)

Cosponsors: 164

 

Committee Referral:  House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee Livestock, Dairy and Poultry

S. 1176 Introduced 6/9/11

Lead sponsor: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Cosponsors: 26

 

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011, H.R. 2492 and S. 1947 Would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit knowing attendance at an animal fight or causing a minor to attend an animal fight.  Imposes criminal and civil penalties for violation. Active Pursuit of Passage H.R. 2492 Introduced 7/11/11 Lead sponsor:  Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA)

Cosponsors: 198

Committee Referral: House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee Livestock, Dairy and Poultry; House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

S. 1947 introduced 12/6/11

Lead sponsor: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Cosponsors: 8

Committee Referral: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

 

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