Congressman James Comer is to co-sponsor the Horseracing Integrity Act, HR 1754, while adding his commitment to Animal Wellness Action (AWA), one of the leading animal welfare groups in the United States.
Currently, the act, which would put an end to bribery in American horseracing, has 244 cosponsors in the US House, and 25 in the US Senate.
Discussing the funding of Comer a statement released by AWA reads: “We’re thrilled to see Rep Comer’s support for the Horseracing Integrity Act and applaud him for stepping up to protect the horses, the sport, and the Commonwealth’s best interests.
“Comer’s support is a significant milestone that shows the tide has turned against doping in Kentucky, and the Horseracing Integrity Act has more momentum than ever.”
Continuing: “We anticipate the bill will receive a vote on the US House floor before the end of May, and call on US Reps Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Senator Rand Paul, and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to join Reps. Barr, Comer, and 267 other members of Congress in supporting the Horseracing Integrity Act.”
The bill was first introduced at the 114th Congress by U.S. Rep Andy Barr who was seeking to discuss drug reform. Nevertheless, no other member of the current Congressional delegation from Kentucky had joined him in his efforts at the time.
With momentum now gained, the AWA predicts that the bill will receive a vote on the floor of the US House before the end of May.