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 AVMA 112th Congressional Letters and Testimony

AVMA testimony at congressional and other government-related hearings; AVMA correspondence to and from Congress and the Executive Branch.

Animal welfare/Human animal bond issues

May 10, 2012 - AVMA sent a letter to the 47 Highway bill conferees urging them to include language banning the interstate transportation of horses in vehicles containing two or more levels.
February 1, 2012 – AVMA submitted a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure supporting adding language to the Surface Transportation Extension Act banning the interstate transport of horses in double-decker vehicles.
Dec. 12, 2011 – AVMA submitted a letter urging the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to move S. 1950 through the committee with language banning the interstate transport of horses in double-decker vehicles. 
Nov. 2, 2011 – AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily on the issue of Unwanted Horses.

Appropriations



May 15, 2012AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily supporting funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Feb. 27, 2012 – AVMA joined the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition urging Congress to support the $325 million for the AFRI in the President's Fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.
Nov. 3, 2011 – AVMA submitted a letter to House and Senate conferees urging them to adopt the agriculture funding levels in the Senate version of H.R. 2112.
Nov. 2, 2011 – AVMA joined 131 other associations and businesses encouraging members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to include a provision in their recommendations that would close a loophole that prohibits states from requiring remote sellers to collect sales and use taxes owed on purchases from out-of-state vendors.
Oct. 13, 2011 – AVMA encouraged members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to protect the nation's food safety and security and the nation's public health by sparing key agencies from deep budget cuts.
Oct. 5, 2011 – AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily on the issue of U.S. Department of Agriculture research and food safety funding.
Aug. 2, 2011 – AVMA signed on to an Animal Agriculture Coalition letter to the U.S. House and Senate leadership urging members to reject the House-passed provision in the Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture spending bill that would disrupt the Food and Drug Administration's approval process of human and animal drugs, devices, and vaccines.
June 13, 2011 – In a letter to to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, AVMA joined 127 organizations urging the committee to support funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services program.
May 31, 2011 – AVMA submitted a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations urging lawmakers to restore funding for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

Budget/School loan issues

August 2, 2011 – AVMA issued a statement to the media expressing concern over the consequences of eliminating the in-school interest subsidy on graduate and professional student loans.
Aug. 1, 2011 – AVMA submitted an opinion piece to The Hill newspaper on the severe consequences of eliminating the in-school interest subsidy on graduate and professional student loans.
June 22, 2011 – AVMA signed on to a letter encouraging Congress to maintain the in-school interest subsidy on Federal Stafford loans for graduate and professional students.

Farm Bill Reauthorization

February 10, 2012 – AVMA signed on to a letter encouraging the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to reject the idea of a one-year extension of the farm bill and act aggressively to write a new Farm Bill in 2012.

Food Safety 

July 30, 2012 AVMA signed onto to a letter encouraging the leadership of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to oppose any legislative effort that seeks to upend the U.S. government’s science-based regulatory process.
April 24, 2012 AVMA signed onto a letter asking the leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to oppose any legislation that would undermine the FDA's responsibilityto review products and applications independent of political and market considerations.

Pharmaceutical issues

October 12, 2012   A Congressional letter went to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) asking for technical drafting assistance on how best to resolve this situation to the satisfaction of both sides.  Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5th) spearheaded the effort which garnered bipartisan support from 16 members, including House Agriculture Committee leadership and members from the Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Judiciary Committees.
April 30, 2012 – AVMA sent a letter to the Chief of the Liaison and Policy Section of the Office of Diversion Control at the DEA, requesting that until the Controlled Substances Act is amended, the DEA exercise enforcement discretion when investigating ambulatory veterinary practitioners who are licensed by the state and hold a valid DEA registration.
April 24, 2012 – AVMA released a video on the issue of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act illustrating redundant nature of the legislation.
April 24, 2012 – AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily on the issue of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act encouraging Congress to Oppose unnecessary mandates on small business owners.
Jan. 26, 2012 – AVMA, joined by national and state organizations, submitted a letter encouraging Congress to not support H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act.
Oct. 11, 2011 – AVMA joined other organizations in submitting a letter to congressional members clarifying the issue of antibiotic use in food animals.

Public Health

Nov. 13, 2013- In a letter to House and Senate leaders the AVMA and 43 other organizations urged Congress to finalize and pass the Pandemic and All-HazardsPreparedness Reauthorization Act (S. 1855/H.R. 2405).  

Veterinary school/educational issues

April 13, 2011 – AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily on urging Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act.

Veterinary workforce issues

June 16, 2011 – AVMA and AAVMC send a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting inclusion of "veterinary public health" as an eligible entity for the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program and the Public Health Workforce Grants Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration.


AVMA-GRD Contact Information

Dr. Mark T. Lutschaunig, Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3205
Gina G. Luke, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3204
Dr. Ashley Shelton Morgan, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3210
Dr. Whitney L. Miller, Assistant Director, 800-321-1473, ext. 3211
Stephanie Fisher, Grassroots Coordinator, 800-321-1473, ext. 3208