The AVMA Advocate - Bill & Hearing Watch - April 2012

Congress continues to work on key AVMA legislative issues. GRD wants to remind AVMA members that your voice is important. Let your congressional representatives know where you stand!

H.R. 1406 – Fairness to Pet Owners Act – Legislation would require veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a product for a companion animal, regardless of whether or not a client wishes to have their veterinarian dispense the product. AVMA urges Representatives to consider the burdensome nature of this legislation on veterinary clinics and oppose this bill.

Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations – Legislation would fund critical U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) programs that increase access to veterinary services; advance animal research; foster training and education of veterinarians working on the front lines to protect public and animal health; provide protection against agro-terrorism; and help secure the nation's food supply. AVMA urges Members of Congress to support and fully fund USDA programs to protect animal and public health and the nation's food supply.

For a full listing of the legislation the AVMA GRD is monitoring, click here.

Congressional Meetings and Hearings of Interest:

  • Thursday, April 26, 2:30 p.m. Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee (Chairman Akaka, D-Hawaii) of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled "Financial Literacy: Empowering Americans to Prevent the Next Financial Crisis."

Note to readers: Most committee meetings are available as live and/or streaming on the Internet through the committee websites. Click on the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to see the different committees.