WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statements today on the Federal Texas District Court’s finding that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 is constitutional:

“The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was carefully and thoroughly drafted with an eye toward ensuring the Authority it created was constitutional in its structure and powers,” said Congressman Barr. “Throughout the process Senator McConnell and I consulted with lawyers and relevant precedent to ensure the statute would survive any constitutional challenge. The fact that the Northern District of Texas has upheld HISA reinforces that due diligence. I look forward to seeing the Authority begin its programming this summer and the further advancement of the sport.”

“Kentucky’s signature horseracing industry is a key part of our heritage and supports 24,000 workers across the Commonwealth. Working closely with sport leaders, horse advocates, and fans, Congressman Barr and I led the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 to passage to promote safety and fairness across Thoroughbred racing, ensuring the sport’s future viability. This legislation’s advocates knew from the beginning that it was fully constitutional, and I am pleased the court agreed with our arguments, which I supported through an amicus brief. I congratulate the Horse Integrity and Safety Authority for their recent positive momentum, moving us all closer to a safer, better-regulated American Thoroughbred racing industry,” said Senator McConnell.

BACKGROUND: Senator McConnell and Congressman Barr introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and led it to congressional passage in 2020. This bipartisan legislation earned broad support from trainers, breeders, jockeys, and other leaders of the Thoroughbred racing industry. Earlier this week, Senator McConnell met with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to discuss their organization’s work and the state of horseracing in Kentucky and across the country.