GOP defeats amendment on horse slaughter inspection defunding

We accidentally deleted yesterday’s post on this issue. Instead of trying to recreate it, we give you this which may be even better. So sorry we lost your comments too.

Cross-posted from The Hill

Republicans narrowly blocked an amendment to a spending bill Wednesday that would have defunded inspections of horse slaughter facilities.

The amendment from Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) would have prohibited funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities, which would effectively prevent them from operating.

GOP appropriators defeated the proposal in a 24-24 vote during a markup of a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.

For the last three years, Farr said the USDA has asked Congress to defund the practice in its budget requests.

“Supporting this amendment does not stop the slaughter of horses,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the bill.

Aderholt argued the practice would just be moved “off-shore” and “out of sight.”

Democrats, however, said the practice is not humane and Congress has previously stated it does not support the slaughter of horses.

In April, Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Frank Guinta, (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to ban the killing of horses for human consumption in the U.S.

The bill also would ban the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses, where the animals are killed and shipped overseas.

The U.S. already has a ban in place on the sale of horse meat for human consumption, but it must be reviewed by Congress each year.


Lawmakers voting yes on the amendment:

Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Chakah Fattah (D-PA), Michael Honda (D-CA), Steve Israel (D-NY), David Jolly (R-FL), David Joyce (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), David Price (D-NC), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

Lawmakers voting no on the amendment:

Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Ken Calvert (R-CA), John Carter (R-TX), Tom Cole (R-OK), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Kay Granger (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jaime Herrera Buetler (R-WA), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Chris Stewart (R-UT), David Valadao (R-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), David Young (R-IA).

Not voting:

John Culberson (R-TX); Tom Rooney (R-FL); Peter Visclosky (D-IN)

Link to full report »

4 thoughts on “GOP defeats amendment on horse slaughter inspection defunding”

  1. I don’t understand anything congress does. They sure don’t abide by what 80% of Americans want, I.e., NO horse slaughter. If you’d like to learn about what happens when slaughter comes to town, i suggest you visit
    I guess it’s all about political contributions and lobbying…..


  2. Be honest. Republicans advocate killing horses at slaughter because they voted down this amendment? Really? Why don’t you highlight the fact that the Democratic Party runs California and the CHRB and investigates all the horse deaths there, including the 7 Baffert horse sudden cardiac deaths; the state of New Jersey is run by Democratic legislature and all the horse issues there; the City and State of New York are predominantly Democratic Party and all the horse deaths in NY State? I could go on and on. This is not about political parties. It is about the horse racing culture and business, and the failure to put the horses’ health and safety ahead of making a buck especially in light of the fact that horses don’t decide their own fate. Neither political party has clean hands, blogger. And posting this as you did is dishonest, or maybe just bias? Better to serve the education of horse lovers to be less subjective.


    1. If you will take a closer look at the post, you will see it is a cross-post from, who reports the goings on in Washington. It is their headline not ours; it is their report that we are reporting.

      Because of the tie, the chairman cast the decider who just so happens to be a Kentucky Republican. Perhaps that is why the writer decided to title it the way she did.



  3. I still don’t understand how a tie equals a defeat, but I don’t understand a lot of what Congress does.


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