As a constituent from your district, and I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R. 1754, led by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY), who represent two of the top horse racing districts in the U.S.
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The bill has more than 250 cosponsors, and we are working to reach the 290-cosponsor mark that will trigger the House Consensus Calendar Rule and move the legislation to the floor for a vote.
Nearly 40 federal indictments related to doping of racehorses were made recently, which indicates racehorse doping is a national crisis. Performance-enhancing drugs affect a horse's health, but when therapeutic drugs are misused to mask pain, horses running with pre-existing injuries can be severely injured and even die.
The horse racing industry is unable to address this problem because it operates under an outdated, balkanized patchwork of more than 30 racing jurisdictions with different drug and medication rules, which creates confusion and risk for owners and trainers.
H.R. 1754 would crack down on doping by implementing a national anti-doping authority that would establish uniform medication rules, testing, lab accreditation, and enforcement procedures. The authority would be developed with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the organization that runs the anti-doping program for the U.S. Olympic team and others. This legislation will level the playing field for everyone invested in horse racing – the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, and fans alike.
The bill is supported by animal welfare groups including Animal Wellness Action, the ASPCA, and every major animal group in the U.S. It also enjoys broad support from the horse industry through the many members of the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity. Even the legendary Thoroughbred trainer, Bob Baffert, who trained the last two Triple Crown winners, has endorsed the legislation.
I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 1754 this week.