With the election behind us and the Breeders’ Cup Championships now within the report books, it’s time to show our focus to the lame duck session of the US Senate. Repeatedly over the previous few weeks, Senate workplaces report that they’re listening to from their constituents in help of the Horseracing Integrity and Security Act (HISA). Constituents depend. Your advocacy makes the distinction.
Vital progress has been made in shifting the House-passed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) by way of the Senate earlier than the top of the yr. Over the previous month, the invoice’s sponsor, Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY), was in a position to get the three Republican Senators who had objections to the invoice to comply with drop their “maintain”.
Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) helps the hassle to maneuver the invoice earlier than the top of the yr. Due to the time constraints, he and Chief McConnell plan to move the Home invoice as written, which won’t permit for amendments. There are on-going conversations with Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) who’s pushing for amendments to the invoice. Ought to he proceed, these amendments threaten the invoice’s capacity to move this yr earlier than Congress adjourns.
So, our work shouldn’t be accomplished. Let your Senators know that HISA should move THIS yr. The USTA and the HBPA proceed to have a presence on The Hill. They’re nonetheless canvassing the Senate encouraging Senators to object to the invoice. Whereas the Coalition (CHRI) has offered Senate workplaces with rebuttals to every of their arguments, it’s vital that WHOA members proceed to achieve out to Senate workplaces and encourage help for HISA, Senate Invoice #4547.
Please proceed to foyer your representatives within the Senate. Their help will probably be essential in guaranteeing optimistic votes as soon as the invoice reaches the ground, which might come as early as subsequent week.