GRD updates legislative priorities for the second session of the 113th Congress

AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) has updated its list of legislative priorities for the 113th Congress to reflect AVMA’s position on new bills that have been introduced on Capitol Hill. The revised legislative agenda also includes status updates on many bills that are important to veterinary medicine.

Of note, AVMA has added four “active pursuit” bills for the GRD, meaning that a high priority application of AVMA resources will be expended to either pass or defeat them. AVMA actively supports passage of the following three newly added bills.

  • S. 1459, the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013, which would amend Title 49 of the United States Code to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in motor vehicles (except vehicles operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another;
  • S. 1552, the Next Generation Research Act, which would establish the Next Generation of Research Initiative within the National Institutes of Health to coordinate the agency’s policies and programs aimed at promoting and providing opportunities for new researchers; and
  • H.R. 2671/S. 1280, the Charitable Agriculture Research Act (CARA), which would recognize qualified agricultural research organizations as eligible for non-profit status [501(c)(3)] within the Internal Revenue Code to promote additional philanthropic funding for agricultural research.

The association is actively pursuing defeat of: S. 1256, the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) of 2013, which would amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to purportedly preserve the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials used in the treatment of human and animal diseases.

AVMA took a “support” position on the following two bills:

  • H.R. 2285, the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act of 2013; and
  • H.R. 2847, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013;

and a “nonsupport” position on the following six bills:

  • H.R. 1998/S. 1381, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act;
  • H.R. 2158, the Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act;
  • H.R. 2224, the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013;
  • H.R. 2856/S. 1463, the Captive Primate Safety Act;
  • H.R. 2891, the Medical Waste Management Act of 2013; and
  • S. 895, the Antimicrobial Data Collection Act.

In addition, AVMA reviewed the following two bills and decided not to take a position: H.R. 2935/S. 1005, the Conservation Reform Act of 2013, and H.Res. 208, Expressing Opposition to Gas Chambers.

The legislative agenda includes summaries for the nearly 50 issues that the GRD is advocating either for or against, or monitoring, in Washington, D.C. For more information on a specific piece of legislation, contact the issue manager included with the bill summaries.

The GRD also updated its legislative scorecard, which is a document that gives a snapshot of each Member of Congress’s support for AVMA’s key legislative initiatives. It shows the issues that are gaining and losing traction on Capitol Hill and also provides an overview of the candidates that AVMA’s Political Action Committee has supported.

Members can get involved on any of these bills by visiting the AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network and writing their members of Congress.

Visit and bookmark the GRD’s legislative agenda to learn more about these issues and others.

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