Will Amtrak Bend to Bow Wow Lobbying?

Rep. Michael G. Grimm has introduced what may be this legislative season's most unobjectionable, and adorable, bill: the Pets on Trains Act of 2013.

"[Rep. Michael G. Grimm] and [his Yorkie] Sebastian headlined the news conference outside Union Station designed to pressure Amtrak to allow dogs and cats on pet-approved train cars," reports The Washington Post's Reliable Source blog. "The event, heavy on canine cuteness and human speeches, featured bill sponsors Grimm, Rep. Jeff Denham (who brought his French bulldog, Lily) and Rep. Steve Cohen. A dozen other small dogs were there to amp up the cuteness factor, including Monkey, a King Charles spaniel, and Winston, a fairly dignified, Union Jack-sweater-wearing English bulldog."

“In our modern society, dogs and cats are frequently the subject of laws that remove them from the picture,” the Hallmark Channel’s Laura Nativo told the crowd. “But is that really in our best interest?”

Full Story: Congressmen use adorable dogs to persuade Amtrak to allow pets on trains

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