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In the joint statement, the congressmen said the act would be sure all athletes are “(1) served with written specific charges, (2) given a reasonable time to prepare their defense, and (3) afforded a full and fair hearing. It also creates new reporting requirements. USADA must provide Congress with an annual report summarizing its enforcement activities and must provide Congress with written notice when it amends its rules.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in response: “We of course look forward to communication with Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Conyers and first encourage them to read the recent federal court ruling against Lance Armstrong … The current process is a result of over a decade of collaboration between the athletes, the national sport federations and the U.S. Olympic Committee, all of which have approved the rules handed to USADA to operate.”

Tygart’s statement continues: “For every celebrity athlete who complains about the process when their cheating with performance-enhancing drugs is about to be or has been revealed, we have thousands of clean athletes who are enthusiastic supporters of USADA, its mission and its process, which already provides most of what this bill calls for. I hope that Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Conyers will keep the nation’s clean athletes in mind when they consider policy changes in this area.”

The bill has two main parts, including a due-process section that draws on long-standing language in the Labor Management Relations Act to guarantee fundamental protections like specificity in charging, and a fair trial. The other part deals with transparency and oversight: USADA would have to be more open about its activities, including an annual report to Congress that would include outside-counsel expenditures.

I cannot believe my tax dollars are being spent on this.

I laughed really hard. :)

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