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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress has left Washington for their annual five week August recess. During this time they will be back in their home states and districts meeting with constituents and holding town halls. The American Horse Council says this is an excellent time to connect with your Senators or Representative either at an event or one-on-one, without taking a trip to Washington.

    “It is important to remember decisions made by Congress have an impact, direct and indirect, on the horse community,” said an AHC release Aug. 11. “It is the responsibility of all members of the horse community to make sure their elected officials understand the importance of horse industry in their states and districts and let those officials know what issues are important to them.

    The AHC adds that August recess is a great time to remind Members of Congress that the horse community is a diverse and important part of national, state and local economies.

    There are several bills before Congress right now that are important to the horse industry including bills to eliminate the soring of Tennessee walking horses and make sure military families and wounded veterans are entitled to be reimbursed for therapies provided on a horse as well as major national issues like comprehensive immigration reform.

    The AHC supports these current bills:
    • The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744)
    • The PAST Act (H.R. 1518)
    • The Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 1705)

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting the AHC online at www.horsecouncil.org. To find and contact your Representatives and Senators visit http://www.house.gov/ or http://www.senate.gov/. The AHC suggests contacting the district office closest to where you live and asking about any events you can attend, or find out when your Member will be in your area and request a meeting.

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