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Horseracing Integrity Act Of 2017 Draws Support Of 100 House Representatives

H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives.  In addition to Congressmen Barr and Tonko who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus, the bill has been co-sponsored by 98 other members representing both […]

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House Approves $5 Million Increase To Equine Therapy For Veterans

On Wednesday evening the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2018. The funding will enable an expansion of services that use equine-assisted therapy to […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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AAEP Expresses Opposition To Updated Horseracing Integrity Act Legislation

The Horse Racing Integrity Act (HRI) was recently reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Andy Barr and Paul Tonko, with the hopes that the legislation will make more progress during the current session than it did previously. In addition to covering Thoroughbred racing, the new proposal also includes both Quarter Horse and Standardbred racing. The HRI […]

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U.S. Trotting Association: ‘No Official Position’ On Horse Racing Integrity Act

The Horse Racing Integrity Act (HRI) was recently reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Andy Barr and Paul Tonko, with the hopes that the legislation will make more progress during the current session than it did previously. In addition to covering Thoroughbred racing, the new proposal also includes both Quarter Horse and Standardbred racing. The HRI […]

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Rep. Andy Barr, Professor Richard McLaren To Address Pan Am Conference

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), the co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus, and Professor Richard McLaren, an internationally recognized expert in sports law and arbitration, have been added to the list of speakers for the second Pan American Conference, to be held May 17 – 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The Jockey Club, the breed […]

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‘A Great Step Forward’: Stronach Throws His Support Behind Horseracing Integrity Act

On Tuesday, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) announced the support of Frank Stronach for the Horseracing Integrity Act. Congressman Barr plans to reintroduce the legislation, to create uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States. “Today, horseracing in America took a great step forward,” said Congressman Barr. “Frank Stronach, Founder and […]

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Congressmen Urge Treasury Dept. To Enact Proposed Pari-Mutuel Tax, Withholding Regulations

Twelve members of Congress from a number of key racing states have signed a letter delivered to the Department of Treasury requesting that recently proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations relating to the way pari-mutuel winnings are calculated for tax withholding and reporting purposes be finalized as soon as possible. The letter was in response […]

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Barr Introduces Three Proposals To Reform Tax Code, Would Benefit Horse Industry

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06), the Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced three bills that would make simple reforms to the tax code to encourage greater investment and participation in Kentucky’s signature horse industry. These reforms are needed to reflect the realities faced by participants in the horse industry and to provide a level […]

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Fravel: Barr-Tonko Bill ‘Creates A System That Makes Sense’

Prominent figures from the horse racing industry appeared on Thursday before members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084).  The industry representatives were invited to participate in the panel by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairs Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), who introduced the […]

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