LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Republican congressman from Kentucky says his wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint against him.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield spoke to reporters Monday on a conference call. Whitfield says he planned to file the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act regardless of his wife's role with the Humane Society.
The U.S. House Ethics Committee notified Whitfield on June 10 that it received a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.
Tennessee Walking Horses are shown throughout the United States. Soring -- using an irritant to cause burning or blistering of the horses' legs in order to accentuate their gaits -- occurs only in a few areas like Tennessee and Kentucky.
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