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Status of “PAWS” at the November Election Recess

No further legislative action on the “Pet Animal Welfare Statute” or “PAWS” [S. 1139/H.R. 2669] occurred prior to the Congressional mid-term election recess, which began on September 30. However, the bill’s sponsors have made substantial progress in fleshing out the provisions of the Discussion Draft of a revised bill that was released in March. At the time of the recess the bill's principal sponsors, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) had announced no decision on whether to introduce the revised Discussion Draft during the post election “lame duck” session of Congress in November or hold the bill over for introduction in the new Congress, which convenes in January. Speaking at the AKC's September “Lobby Day” workshop in Washington, D.C. Sen. Durbin's Operations Director Sally Shaklee-Brown assured participants that the sponsors' interest in the legislation remains strong, but that the sponsors want to resolve all remaining issues of concern among supporters of the legislation before trying to move it.

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–Status of “PAWS” at the November Election Recess–
No further legislative action on the…