June 28, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC--Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s decision to begin federal inspections of a horse slaughter facility. The decision means that one plant in the United States may now engage in horse slaughter, something previously prohibited by annual appropriations bills.
“Congress should promptly reinstate the provision that prohibited spending federal dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities and I am encouraged my colleagues have taken steps to do so. I will continue my work to prevent horse slaughter in the pending agriculture appropriations bill.”
DeLauro, former chair of the subcommittee responsible for funding the USDA, ensured federal funds could not be used to inspect such facilities in the United States during her tenure as subcommittee chair. After taking over the House majority in 2011, Republicans failed to continue that practice. The Obama Administration’s proposed budget asks Congress to reinstate
that provision, which would result in the practice once again being banned.
During the Appropriation Committee’s consideration of the agriculture appropriations bill earlier this month, DeLauro spoke in support of an amendment to reinstate the ban. That amendment was accepted, as was a similar amendment in the Senate’s counterpart bill.
Source: Sheton HeraldCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she is opposed to allowing the federal inspection of horse meat in the United States so it can be sold for human consumption.
“Congress needs to reinstate the provision I authored that would prohibit inspection of horse slaughter facilities in the United States,” said DeLauro, a longtime Democrat from the Third District, which includes a part of Shelton.
In recent days there have been reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will have to approve the federal inspection of a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico.
DeLauro, former chairman of the subcommittee responsible for funding the USDA, previously authored a provision passed into law that prohibited federal funds for the inspection of such facilities in the United States. Upon becoming the majority party in the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans ended that prohibition, according to DeLauro’s office.
“Beginning today, food inspection services by the USDA will suffer the same indiscriminate budget cuts as the rest of the federal government,” DeLauro, a New Haven resident, said in a statement on Friday. “The [Obama] administration has said they will have to furlough inspectors.
“The last thing we should be doing,” she continued, “is adding additional inspection responsibilities. I looking forward to questioning USDA officials about this when they testify before the Appropriations Committee.”