House committee narrowly votes for horse slaughter

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Wild horses captured at the Salt Wells Creek HMA in Wyoming during September 2017. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


The House Appropriations committee voted 27-25 on Wednesday to reject the Roybal-Allard/Dent horse slaughter defund amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

Because there is no permanent federal ban on horse slaughter, advocates push annually for an amendment barring the U.S. Department of Agriculture from hiring horse meat plans inspectors to effectively keep a ban in place.

Advocates may have another chance to turn back slaughter when the Ag Appropriations Bill goes to the full House for approval in the weeks ahead.

How committee members voted:

“Aye” on the amendment (against slaughter)

Pete Aguilar, California

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia

Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania

Katherine M. Clark, Massachusetts

Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut

Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania

David P. Joyce, Ohio

Marcy Kaptur, Ohio

Derek Kilmer, Washington

Barbara Lee, California

Nita M. Lowey, New York

Grace Meng, New York

Betty McCollum, Minnesota

Chellie Pingree, Maine

Mark Pocan, Wisconsin

David E. Price, North Carolina

Mike Quigley, Illinois

Thomas J. Rooney, Florida

Lucille Roybal-Allard, California

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland

Tim Ryan, Ohio

José E. Serrano, New York

Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida

Kevin Yoder, Kansas

“No” (in favor of slaughter)

Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama

Mark E. Amodei, Nevada

Ken Calvert, California

John R. Carter, Texas

Tom Cole, Oklahoma

Henry Cuellar, Texas

John Abney Culberson, Texas

Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida

Charles J. Fleischmann, Tennessee

Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey

Kay Granger, Texas

Tom Graves, Georgia

Andy Harris, Maryland

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington

Evan H. Jenkins, West Virginia

John R. Moolenaar, Michigan

Dan Newhouse, Washington

Steven Palazzo, Mississippi

Martha Roby, Alabama

Harold Rogers, Kentucky

Michael K. Simpson, Idaho

Chris Stewart, Utah

Scott Taylor, Virginia

David G. Valadao, California

Steve Womack, Arkansas

David Young, Iowa


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