Six members of Congress have announced their support for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, according to the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.
The coalition Oct. 13 said the six members of the United States House of Representatives are Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Republican Susan Brooks of Indiana, Democrat Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Republican David Joyce Ohio, Democrat Jerold Nadler of New York, and Republican Joe Wilson of South Carolina.
“The growing number of co-sponsors supporting this bill is an illustration of its wide appeal, across party lines and state lines,” Staci Hancock, co-founder of the Water Hay Oats Alliance, one of the member organizations of the coalition, said in a release. “The racing community continues to advocate for uniform standards and a level playing field for interstate horse racing through independent oversight by USADA.
“We are proud that this bill continues to gather support, and value the leadership each of our co-sponsors demonstrates in backing this critical legislation.”
Co-sponsors of the bill are Reps. Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican: Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat; Richard Hanna, a New York Republican; David Jolly, a Florida Republican; Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat; Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican; Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat; and Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican.
The legislation would place the United States Anti-Doping Agency in charge of equine medication, drug testing, and enforcement.