What: All Issues : Environment : H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Prohibit Use of Funds in Bill for the Sale or Slaughter of Wild Horses and Burros. (2005 house Roll Call 196)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Prohibit Use of Funds in Bill for the Sale or Slaughter of Wild Horses and Burros.
house Roll Call 196     May 19, 2005
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In this vote, the House passed an amendment offered by Nick Rahall (D-WV) to prohibit the use of funds appropriated in H.R. 2361 for the sale or slaughter of wild, free-roaming horses and burros. H.R. 2361 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Taking the Progressive position, Rahall noted that a little-noticed provision in a massive appropriations bill the previous year had "trashed 33 years of national policy and lifted the prohibition on the commercial sale of America's wild horses." He argued that these animals were an important part of America's national heritage, and expressed outrage that even though the U.S. prohibits the domestic sale of horsemeat for human consumption, exportation of the very same thing was ongoing. Most Republicans felt differently, countering that the present law permitted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell "older or unadoptable" animals from short-term holding facilities, thus saving U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars. (Charles Taylor (R-NC).) They also argued that the BLM had already begun to implement new rules to ensure that horsemeat was not exported for human consumption, and that current law permitted the necessary sales of horses from overpopulated herds to individuals and farms where the horses could live out their lives. Further, they maintained that the BLM had to be able to manage this wildlife. The House passed this amendment by a vote of 249 to 159, with 78 Republicans joining Democrats, including Progressives, to vote "yes," while 19 Democrats crossed party lines to vote "no" with the Republicans. Thus, a reinstatement of a former prohibition on the commercial sale of America's wild horses was included in the bill.

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