Letter from Dr. Ted Yoho
Dear Veterinarian Colleagues,
I am writing to invoke your help about some federal legislative initiatives that would benefit our patients and practices. For the past six years, I have had the privilege of serving in the U.S. Congress representing the 3rd District of Florida. Prior to serving in Congress, I practiced and owned several veterinary hospitals for over 28 years. There were several reasons I ran for office but paramount amongst those were these: government favoring certain businesses or professions over others, lack of enforcement of critical laws, overburdensome regulations and enforcement of impractical laws, and lack of clarity on rules or laws created without a need.
The first bill I was honored to have signed into law was the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, HR 1528 that Dr. Kurt Schrader and I introduced in 2013. Had this bill not passed, any scheduled drug could not leave the clinic without being in violation of the Nation’s drug laws. This proposed regulation would have made going to a client’s home to euthanize pets, livestock, etc. a violation of the law. It truly was a thoughtless law / regulation trying to find a home without a need. It was through the efforts of associations like PSI and the AVMA, along with 130 other organizations, that generated over 27,000 letters to their elected officials in support of the bill which helped its passage. Without your support, we would not have been able to pass this bill prohibiting this needless law.
Today, the pending legislations that we could use your help on are the following:
The PAST Act HR 1847 currently has over 280 co-sponsors. This bill pushes for the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and stops self-policing by the gaited horse industry. It will finally bring the soring techniques used by a few unscrupulous trainers creating over 200 soring violations to an end. Please review the Horse Nation article by Candace Wade, June 14, 2018 for an update.
HR 2651 Horse Racing Integrity Act With over 130 co-sponsors, this act would bring federal drug testing and an allowable drug usage protocol to the racing industry. It ends the confusion and arbitrariness to each state’s rules and variation in drug testing methodology and labs.
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act HR 5472 This is a federal government prescription mandate. It requires the veterinarian to always write a prescription even if the client does not request one or the medicine is only available from a veterinarian. The veterinarian would be required to write and to have it on file, and if not, they could be fined during an audit. This burdensome mandate would not improve care, it would only increase red tape and costs. The only benefit would be to retail pharmacies.
Your assistance and engagement is important! I encourage you to support your local, state and national political action committees. They assist in educating the members of Congress and reinforce the message that comes from three veterinarians in Congress. You can learn more about these pieces of legislation and how to help at Yoho.House.gov.