Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2006

 State and Federal Legislation including
109th U.S. Congress (2005—2006)

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2006 USDA Letter sent to USDA dated Jan. 17th from members of Congress demanding enforcement of the Amendment of the Ag Budget Bill suspending funding of USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants. See “USDA skirts horse meat ban“. USDA ignores these demands and instead implements “fee-for-service” inspections commencing in March 2006.
January 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 9 co-sponsors. Total = 143
February 2006 United States District Court, District of Columbia Animal Rights groups & individuals sue the USDA and Sec’y of Agriculture Johanns re fee-for-service arrangement contrary to Congressional mandate. Unsuccessful. Fee-for-service to commence Mar. 10, 2006.
February 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 5 co-sponsors. Total = 148
March 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 8 co-sponsors. Total = 156
April 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 3 co-sponsors. Total = 159
May 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session Sweeney-Spratt Amendment vote held May 17th. SUCCESSFUL. Wins unanimously. Passes as is in Conf. Cmte. Suspends funding for sale of wild horses & burros FY 2007.
May 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 16 co-sponsors. Total = 175
June 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 22 co-sponsors. Total = 197
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 13, 2006. Rep. Whitfield requests unanimous consent to refer H.R. 503 to the Committee for Energy & Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture. Agreed to without objection.
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 25, 2006. Hearing of the Subcommittee of the U.S. Committee for Energy & Commerce held re H.R. 503. (Sidenote: U.S. House Agriculture Committee did not respond within deadline to mark up the Bill.) Discharged with no amendments, and a favorable report to the House, July 26, 2006.
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 27, 2006. Hearing of the House Committee for Agriculture held despite missed deadline to mark up the Bill. Opponents only allowed to testify; numerous poison-pen amendments introduced and passed, many unanimously. Discharged with an unfavorable report to the House. Referred to the Rules Committee for reconciliation.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 7, 2006. H.R. 503, debated and voted on in the House. Wins 263-146. Certified by the Clerk and reported to the Senate.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 8, 2006. H.R. 503 received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 11, 2006. H.R. 503 read the second time in the Senate. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 603.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 12, 2006. Wrong version of H.R. 503 discovered reported to the Senate (included amendment from the Ag Cmte Hearing) Clerical error reported to the Clerk.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 18, 2006. Previous actions regarding erroneous version of H.R. 503 vitiated by Unanimous Consent. (CR S9686). Returned to the House pursuant to the provisions of H.Res.1011 by Unanimous Consent.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 19, 2006. Message on Senate action sent to the House regarding erroneously reported version of H.R. 503. H.R. 503 papers returned to the House.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 20, 2006. Correct version of H.R. 503 received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 21, 2006. Correct version of H.R. 503 read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 631.
December 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session Despite intensive lobbying by advocates, Bill blocked and never reaches the Senate floor for a vote. Dies. UNSUCCESSFUL.
December 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session All Sessions concluded, the 109th Congress adjourns. All legislation left pending is dead, and no work carries forward. Bills must be re-introduced and started afresh.

Compiled by Vivian Grant Farrell

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Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2005

 State and Federal Legislation including
109th U.S. Congress (2005—2006)

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rep. Rahall (D-WV) introduces H.R. 297 with Rep. Whitfield (R-KY) to restore protective measures to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. See below.
January 2005 Arizona State Senator Mitchell introduces S.B.1288 prohibiting the slaughter of Horses. See below.
January 2005 Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban (R-43) introduces H.B.6395 banning the export of horses for slaughter. Unsuccessful.
January 2005 New Mexico State Senator Steve Komadina (R-9) introduces S.B.67, a bill that prohibits the slaughter of horses and the possession or importation of horse meat intended for human consumption. Unsuccessful.
February 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) introduces H.R. 503 on February 1, 2005, an amendment to The Horse Protection Act that would ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter.

The bill was referred to the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce with 15 originating co-sponsors (16 total).

See below.
February 2005 New York Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (D-66) and Senator Frank Padavan (R-11) introduce a bill on Feb. 2nd that prohibits the slaughter or sale of horses for human consumption. This bill also prohibits importing horse meat into the state for human consumption. Bill passed Senate; pending the Assembly.
February 2005 Illinois Representative Robert Molaro introduces H.B.1171 amending the Illinois Horse Meat Act on Feb. 8th providing that “. . . . it is unlawful for any person to slaughter a horse if that person knows or should know that any of the horse meat will be used for human consumption . . .”

Bill held in abeyance; must re-apply for hearing.

Unsuccessful.
February 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 28 co-sponsors. Total = 43
March 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 29 co-sponsors. Total = 72
March 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) introduces S. 576, a Senate companion bill to the H.R. 297, introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), which will reverse the Burns Amendment to the Wild Horses and Burros Act. See below.
April 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 18 co-sponsors. Total = 90
May 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 8 co-sponsors. Total = 98
May 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to U.S. House Interior Appropriations Bill vote held May 19th. Wins the House 269-158-6. Suspends funding for sale of wild horses & burros FY 2006. Passed Conf. Cmte. SUCCESSFUL.
June 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Sweeney-Spratt Amendment to U.S. House Agriculture Appropriations Bill vote held June 8th. Wins the House 269-158-25.

Suspends funding for fiscal year 2006 for inspections at horse slaughter plants.

Passed Conf. Cmte. SUCCESSFUL.
June 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 10 co-sponsors. Total = 108
July 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 113 co-sponsors. Total = 108
September 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 7 co-sponsors. Total = 120
October 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Senators Ensign and Landrieu introduce S. 1915, companion bill to H.R. 503, with 7 originating co-sponsors. Ends Session with 10 in total. See below.
October 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 4 co-sponsors. Total = 124
November 2005 USDA / FSIS Horse slaughter plants in Texas and Illinois quietly petition USDA and FSIS behind Congress’s back to pay for their own inspections. Successful, but later overturned by Federal Court ruling.
November 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 7 co-sponsors. Total = 131
December 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 3 co-sponsors. Total = 134
December 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session 1st Session of 109th Congress adjourns. Reconvenes in January 2006 for the 2nd Session. Pending legislation carries forward.

Compiled by Vivian Grant Farrell

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