AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (AVMA-GRD) closely monitors federal legislation that could bear an impact on animal and human health and the veterinary medical profession. So far this year, the first session of the 113th Congress has convened for roughly 100 days in each chamber, but in this short period of time, they have introduced many key bills that will promote animal welfare, boost funding for agricultural research and food safety programs, address pharmaceutical issues, create opportunities for students and small business owners, and address a myriad of other issues.
The AVMA-GRD has created our, “113th Congress Legislative Agenda,” which lists key federal legislation by issue area:
- Animal Welfare/Human Animal Bond Issues
- Environmental/Conservation Issues
- Farm Bill Reauthorization from 2013-2017
- Food Safety
- Pharmaceutical Issues
- Public Health Issues
- Research Issues
- Small Business Agenda
- Veterinary Workforce Issues
- Veterinary School/Educational Issues.
You will notice that not all pieces of legislation are treated equally by the AVMA-GRD staff. Near the beginning of the document, you will find “AVMA’s Legislative Scoring System,” which outlines how the AVMA-GRD prioritizes bills or regulations when they are posed in Congress.
The Legislative Agenda complements the recently updated “Legislative Scorecard for the 113th Congress,” which provides a snapshot of each congressional representative’s support for or against bills that are import to veterinary medicine.
For more information on what is happening in Congress, see the Congressional Activities section of AVMA’s website and be sure to sign up for the AVMA-GRD’s monthly e-newsletter The Advocate. Click here to download the 113th Congress Legislative Agenda.