August 2015 issue of The AVMA Advocate

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Veterinary prescription mandate resurfaces with gusto
The alleged "Fairness to Pet Owners Act" reared its head again on July 24 when Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) reintroduced the bill in the U.S. House. Though it has been introduced and failed in Congress twice in the past, this time it may have legs.



Congress recommits to protecting America's walking horses
Thanks to the continued support from our member veterinarians, the AVMA has once again been able to advocate for America's walking horses on Capitol Hill and urge Congress to stop the cruel practice of soring.




A familiar face joins AVMA's GRD
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elise Ackley has joined AVMA's Governmental Relations Division as an assistant director covering the animal welfare legislative portfolio.




New House bill will help rural communities receive veterinary services
The severe outbreak of avian flu demonstrates the critical need that veterinarians play in agricultural communities. But unfortunately, some communities still are without access to veterinary care. Thanks to a new bill, maybe soon that could change.

Senate Finance Committee approves tax extenders bill
The AVMA sought to include a provision exempting Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program awards from a steep withholding tax in a tax extenders bill that the Senate Finance Committee passed July 21.

Fiscal 2016 agriculture spending bills stalled in Congress
In July, the Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed their own versions of the fiscal 2016 agriculture spending bill. However, neither chamber has voted on their respective bill, punting work on appropriations issues to the fall, after the August recess.

Obama administration seeks science priorities for fiscal 2017
While President Obama's next budget won't be unveiled until Feb. 2016, the administration is already working on a plan to better allocate resources.

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