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7.27.06-Slaughter bill headed for vote

Little late but, the hearing I spoke of here, in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has sent the horse slaughter legislation to a probable September Congressional vote.

The bill was discharged from that committee following a July 25 hearing (video is available here transcripts will be available in 60 to 90 days here.

Essentially with the Energy Committtee discharging the bill for a vote on the floor of the House, the bill is guaranteed to stay intact. As, it is likely that the Ag Committee would gut the legislation. That’s what Rep. John Sweeny‘s (R-NY) deputy chief of staff told the Thoroughbred Times.

“My boss is anticipating that the [Agriculture committee] will try and alter the bill drastically from its current form because they oppose the legislation,”

-Melissa Carlson

In fact, the Agriculture Committee will be meeting this morning at (9:30 a.m.) for a public hearing which is to be followed by two “business meetings.” This link will become active at the start of the event and you can access live audio. This hearing is before the full Agriculture Committee.

Sweeney’s press release and transcript of his hearing testimony can be found on his website, here.

Sweeney is H.R. 503‘s sponsor, which, incidentally and per this comment, also prohibits the transport of equines for slaughter for human consumption, which would include Mexico and Canada.

Added by H.R. 503 under Sec. 5, Prohibition, of the Horse Protection Act

“The shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of any horse or other equine to be slaughtered for human consumption.”

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), outspoken on the issue normally, didn’t post a release on his website but he did post releases notifying constituents that he voted both “to protect marriage” (whatever that is supposed to mean) and for the Pledge Protection Act.

So, at least he’s got his token distraction issues voted on for the month.

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