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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H0835 on Feb 28, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: PUPS: Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act
Source: HR835/S707
Congressional Summary:Amends the Animal Welfare Act to define a "high volume retail breeder" as a person who, in commerce, for compensation or profit: has an ownership interest in or custody of one or more breeding female dogs; and sells more than 50 of the offspring of such dogs for use as pets in any one-year period. Considers such a breeder of dogs to be a dealer.

Promulgates requirements for the exercise of dogs at facilities owned or operated by high volume retail breeders, including requiring daily access to exercise that allows the dogs to move sufficiently in a way that is not forced, repetitive, or restrictive; and is in an area that is spacious, cleaned at least once a day, free of infestation by pests or vermin, and designed to prevent the dogs from escaping.

Opponent's Comments (GSDCA, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America):In the past, legislation has excluded home/hobby breeders. This bill would, for the first time, require home/hobby breeders to follow the strict USDA requirements, such as engineering standards designed for large commercial kennels and not homes. Such regulations would exceedingly difficult to meet in a home/residential breeding environment. If passed, PUPS would disastrously reduce purposely-bred pups for the public.

There is nothing in this bill that changes the status of already known substandard kennel violators. There is no increase in funding for additional inspectors, nor is increased inspection evaluation education included.

Dogs purposely bred for showing, trialing or other events often are not bred for several years due to many different reasons. Some of these dogs may never be bred, yet are included in the count.

Working kennels maintain a large dog population while they are evaluating dogs; if the dogs do not work out for the purpose for which they were intended, they are often sold as pets. This could bring those working/training kennels under USDA regulations.

Also see the related Senate bill S0707.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored regulating all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored regulating all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-H0835

Gary Ackerman s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s2oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s2oOregon Democrat 
Robert Brady s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bruce Braley s2oIA Democratic Challenger 
Lois Capps s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s2oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Russ Carnahan s2oMissouri Democrat 
John Carney s2oDelaware Democrat 
Andre Carson s2oIndiana Democrat 
Kathy Castor s2oFlorida Democrat 
Judy Chu s2oCalifornia Democrat 
David Cicilline s2oRhode Island Democrat 
Hansen Clarke s2oMichigan Former Democrat (until 2012) 
William Lacy Clay s2oMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s2oMissouri Democrat 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
Gerry Connolly s2oVirginia Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Jerry Costello s2oIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Joe Courtney s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s2oNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s2oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s2oOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s2oColorado Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Ted Deutch s2oFlorida Democrat 
Norm Dicks s2oWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Lloyd Doggett s2oTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Donna Edwards s2oMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s2oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s2oIllinois Democrat 
Janice Hahn s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Colleen Hanabusa s2oHawaii Democrat 
Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
Martin Heinrich s2oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Brian Higgins s2oNew York Democrat 
Jim Himes s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Ruben Hinojosa s2oTexas Democrat 
Mazie Hirono s2oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Tim Holden s2oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Rush Holt s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Jay Inslee s2oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s2oNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s2oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s2oTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s2oTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Bill Keating s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Dale Kildee s2oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s2oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s2oRhode Island Democrat 
John Larson s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Barbara Lee s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Sander Levin s2oMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s2oIllinois Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s2oNew York Democrat 
Ben Ray Lujan s2oNew Mexico Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s2oMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Jerry McNerney s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s2oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Michael Michaud s2oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Brad Miller s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Moore s2oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s2oVirginia Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Frank Pallone s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s2oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Ed Perlmutter s2oColorado Democrat 
Gary Peters s2oMI Democratic Challenger 
Chellie Pingree s2oMaine Democrat 
Jared Polis s2oColorado Democrat 
David Eugene Price s2oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mike Quigley s2oIllinois Democrat 
Nick Rahall s2oWest Virginia Democrat 
Charles Rangel s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Silvestre Reyes s2oTexas Democrat 
Laura Richardson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Steven Rothman s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s2oMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush s2oIllinois Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes s2oMaryland Democrat 
Adam Schiff s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Kurt Schrader s2oOregon Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s2oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Albio Sires s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s2oNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s2oWashington Democrat 
Jackie Speier s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Betty Sutton s2oOhio Democrat 
Mike Thompson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Paul Tonko s2oNew York Democrat 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Niki Tsongas s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Chris Van Hollen s2oMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s2oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s2oFlorida Democrat 
Henry Waxman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s2oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Peter Welch s2oVermont Democrat 
Frederica Wilson s2oFlorida Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s2oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
John Yarmuth s2oKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-H0835

Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama Republican 
Spencer Bachus s2oAlabama Republican 
Lou Barletta s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Roscoe Bartlett s2oMaryland Republican 
Charlie Bass s2oNew Hampshire Republican (Retired 2012) 
Judy Biggert s2oIllinois Republican 
Mary Bono s2oCalifornia Republican 
Vern Buchanan s2oFlorida Republican 
Ken Calvert s2oCalifornia Republican 
John Campbell s2oCalifornia Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s2oWest Virginia Republican 
Mike Coffman s2oColorado Republican 
Rick Crawford s2oArkansas Republican 
Mark Critz s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Dold s2oIllinois Republican challenger 
Mike Fitzpatrick s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Elton Gallegly s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jim Gerlach s1pPennsylvania Republican 
Michael Grimm s2oNew York Republican 
Richard Hanna s2oNew York Republican 
Nan Hayworth s2oNew York Republican 
Bill Johnson s2oOhio Republican 
Timothy Johnson s2oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Leonard Lance s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Steven LaTourette s2oOhio Republican 
Frank LoBiondo s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Tom Marino s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick Meehan s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Gary Miller s2oCalifornia Republican 
Erik Paulsen s2oMinnesota Republican 
Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Dave Reichert s2oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Phil Roe s2oTennessee Republican 
Mike Rogers s2oMichigan Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s2oFlorida Republican 
Jon Runyan s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Scott Tipton s2oColorado Republican 
Bob Turner s2oNew York Former Republican 
Fred Upton s2oMichigan Republican 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Allen West s2oFlorida Republican 
Ed Whitfield s2oKentucky Republican 
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia Republican 
Bill Young s2oFlorida Republican 



Independents participating in 11-H0835



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 141
Republicans: 48
Independents: 0


















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