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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

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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 political parties and districts across the country.

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act.  The legislation, an updated version of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, establishes an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry.

Today, 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.

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 playing field between equine investments and other forms of investments.

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, hosted a hearing with fellow Caucus members and leaders from the horseracing industry to discuss a path forward for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act. 

Barr and Tonko introduced the legislation in July, 2015 in order to advance reforms aimed at promoting uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States.  In doing so, the American thoroughbred industry would benefit from increased safety and integrity.

Congressman Andy (R-KY) issued the following statement after the Keeneland Association issued a public endorsement of H.R. 3084, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act (THIA).  The bill was introduced by Congressman Barr along with Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY).

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) reintroduced two bills to provide relief and prevent a looming tax increase on Kentucky’s signature horse industry.  H.R. 3671, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, would make permanent the three-year depreciation schedule for all race horses which is subject to expire at the end of this year.  H.R. 3672, the Equine Tax Parity Act, would eliminate a 45-year-old tax provision that discourages investment in the equine industry and discriminates against equine assets compared to other assets. 

When a Bluegrass Republican teams up with a Democrat who represents Saratoga Springs, it's a good bet they are speaking for those who care most about the future of Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced the bipartisan Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.  Under existing law, the American thoroughbred horseracing industry labors under a diverse patchwork of conflicting and inconsistent rules governing medication policies and practices across 38 different racing jurisdictions. This lack of uniformity in the rules of horseracing has impaired interstate commerce and undermined public confidence in the sport. 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which establishes strict guidelines, congressional oversight, and public transparency requirements as the Obama Administration negotiates new trade agreements.  The legislation gives Congress the final say on any new trade agreement, but only after any proposed agreement is available to the public for at least 60 days before a vote.

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