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Update: December 21, 2022 at 9:45 am
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has jointly filed an amendment with Senator Manchin (D-WV) that would remove references to the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) from the bill. The 4,000-page spending is reviewed this week in Congress, according to a Wednesday morning press release from HBPA Iowa.
Third, it was revealed that the draft language was inserted into a full-year aggregate spending bill designed to fix what the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals called a constitutional problem with the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), found in November that the written law did not afford the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sufficient authority in the rule-making process.
The FTC may now “repeal, add to, and amend Agency rules enacted under this Act as the Commission deems necessary or appropriate to ensure the Fair administration of the Agency, to comply with the Agency’s rules with the requirements of this act. The Act and the applicable rules have been approved by the Commission or are otherwise intended to carry out the purposes of this Act,” the new language states.
When that language was included in the existing synthesis bill Monday night, Senator Grassley responded on Tuesday with his amendment, which Senator Manchin signed as a patron.
Jon Moss, executive director of the Iowa Riders Protection & Mercy Association, praised Grassley.
“This ‘quick fix’ doesn’t solve many of the problems that have been and continue to be raised by riders across the country,” said Moss. bringing all the riders together to try and come up with what would work for our industry.This ‘quick fix’ doesn’t even get there in a fair, transparent or global way. face.
“HBPA Iowa is grateful that Senator Grassley has continued to engage with this critically important issue that affects our industry in the state and, of course, throughout the county. Without a doubt, Senator Grassley was a champion of the cavalry cause in Iowa and the rest of the United States. Now is the time to urge your Senators to support the Grassley Amendment to remove HISA’s ‘quick fix’ language.”
“I want to commend Senator Grassley for his bold action to protect riders in Iowa and across the United States,” said Eric Hamelback, Executive Director of the National HBPA. “An amendment to HISA should not have been written in the dark and has no place in a spending bill that is more than 4,000 pages long. You cannot fix a constitutionally flawed law with one sentence. The Grassley Amendment will ensure that the horsemen who are actually working are heard about how to correct the law governing their industry. The Grassley Amendment is evaporating, and I urge all riders to call and email their Senators immediately to vote ‘Yes’ on the Grassley Amendment.”