Past Research Issues

Issue Summaries for the 112th Congress

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H.R. 403/H.R. 1417, Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act 
This legislation amends Title 10 USC to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces. H.R. 403 would apply to training for the treatment of severe combat and chemical and biological injuries. H.R. 1417 would apply only to training for the treatment of severe combat injuries.

Status: H.R. 403 introduced 1/24/11, referred to Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel. H.R. 1417 introduced 4/7/11, referred to Committee on Armed Services.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller 


Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow a tax deduction for a charitable contribution to an agricultural research organization directly engaged in the continuous active conduct of agricultural research, and (2) make prohibitions against expenditures to influence legislation applicable to such organizations.
Status: H.R. 2959 introduced 9/15/11 and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. S. 1561 introduced 9/15/11 and referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
AVMA Position: Support 
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to: advance USDA's research mission by supporting agricultural research focused on addressing key problems of national and international significance; and foster collaboration with agricultural researchers from the federal government, institutions of higher education, industry, and nonprofit organizations.
Status: S. 2274 was introduced on 3/29/2012 by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.  S. 2274 has been incorporated into the Senate’s 2012 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 3240) which passed in that chamber by a vote of 64-35 on June 21, 2012.  S. 2274 was incorporated as a provision in S. 3240, Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act.
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Gina Luke
H.R. 2359, Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011
This bill would amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safe use of cosmetics.  Relevant sections would require non-animal alternative testing methods to be used where practicable and “equivalent or superior in scientific quality to the animal testing method.” Additionally, this legislation would require the FDA to publish a listing of alternative testing methods one year after the passage of the Act and to update the list every three years.
Status: H.R. 2359 was introduced 6/24/11 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller
S.847, Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed.  Relevant sections instruct the Administrator of the EPA to take action to minimize the use of animals in testing chemical substances or mixtures.  Encourages funding research and validation studies to reduce, refine, and replace the use of animal tests.   
Status: S. 847 was introduced 4/14/11 and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Legislative hearing held 11/17/11.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller