Do you know if your congressional representatives support legislation that would allow veterinarians to carry and use controlled substances beyond their brick-and-mortar clinics to treat their animal patients? Or, if they support initiatives that will strengthen the federal government’s ability to penalize people who sore horses or attend animal fights?
Well, look no further than the AVMA Governmental Relations Division’s (GRD) recently updated Legislative Scorecard for the 113th Congress! The Legislative Scorecard provides a snapshot of some of the top legislative issues that the GRD is advocating for on behalf of AVMA members in Washington, D.C. It shows whether each U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator supports or does not support these bills that are important to veterinary medicine and also lists the candidates that AVMA’s Political Action Committee helped elect to Congress.
The GRD encourages AVMA members to take a look at this document and see where your elected officials stand on these top priority issues. If your congressional representatives have not yet taken a position, or if they have taken an anti-AVMA position on a particular bill, the GRD encourages you to contact your elected officials and tell them why you support this legislation. AVMA members can get involved by: 1) clicking on the “take action here” links throughout the document, which will directly email the members’ congressional representatives on the selected topic, or 2) visiting the Legislative Action Center and searching for the bill, or 3) stopping by the AVMA Pavilion (Booth # 1034) during the 2013 Annual Convention in Chicago later this week.