WASHINGTON – Why is freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) attempting to regulate how horses are hauled? The Baltimore Sun’s John Fritze reports that Harris has tucked a new regulation into a transportation bill which would outlaw the use double decked horse trailers.
Proponents of Harris’ proposal admit that the USDA is unable to adequately enforce regulations already in place. Why would Harris, an staunch conservative and advocate of federalism, propose a law which proponents admit will be difficult to enforce and which could (and should) be handled by the states?
Maryland already prohibits the use of such trailers. The owners of valuable livestock are unlikely to risk the lives or health of their animals to save in transportation costs.
The next time that Harris talks to constituents about curtailing the power of the federal government, perhaps someone should ask him to justify this proposal.