Skip to content

House Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill



Reprinted from the American Horse Council

On July 8, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

FY 2016 House USDA Appropriations

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health

The bill would provide $871 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks. Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Rumiant health would be set at $19.5 million, this is the same amount that was appropriated in FY 2015.

Horse Slaughter

Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) offered an amendment to prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities that was defeated in a 24-24 vote. Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) spoke in opposition to the amendment.  Such a prohibition would have prevented horse slaughter facilities from operating in the U.S. had it been included in the bill.    

Currently, No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S and a prohibition on funding for inspectors at such facilities from last year’s FY 2015 USDA bill remains in effect until September 30, 2015. Once that prohibition expires, USDA will be required to provide inspectors and horse slaughter facilities if any were to open.

A similar defunding amendment could still be offered when the bill is debated by the full House or when the Senate begins work on their version of the USDA appropriations bill.

Horse Protection Act

The bill provides $697,000 for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. This is the same amount that was appropriated in FY 2015.

The bill must now be approved by the full House.

 

 

More Stories

  • Celebration to enforce dress code

    In keeping with the tradition and pageantry of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the Celebration would like to remind all exhibitors, trainers, owners and sponsors of the dress codes in center ring.  Read More
  • Celebration balances fan supply and demand for concessions

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is unique from most sporting venues in how concessions are handled during the event. At The Celebration, tradition has been that area civic clubs rented space on the show grounds from The Celebration and sold concessions as a fundraiser for their club and the causes they serve.   Read More
  • Latest Issue Aug 23 17

    Read More
  • Celebration Live Stream

    What A Horse will be providing the Live Stream for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and the TWHBEA National Futurity. Highlights will be posted the following day on ReporTV... Read More
  • Kentucky Celebration judges announced

    Judging the 2017 edition of the Kentucky Celebration will be Jamie Wiley, Kemp Martin and Randy Young. Read More
  • Meet the Celebration Judges

    The selection of judges for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is a process requiring layers of factors and careful planning by those behind the hiring. This year’s panel serves as a great example of what goes into that decision and why the panel is primed up with the potential to be a great one. Read More
  • USDA Rolls Out New APHIS Compliance Database and Search Tool

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is pleased to announce the rollout of the refined public search tool that provides access to Animal Welfare Act compliance records... Read More
  • Marsha Prock remembers the Celebration

    The following thoughts and memories about The Celebration were submitted to Walking Horse Report by horse show enthusiast Marsha Prock... Read More
  • Obituary - Doug Crawford

    Mr. Douglas Clifford “Doug” Crawford, age 71 of Carrollton, Georgia passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by family and friends, on Sunday evening, August 13, 2017... Read More
  • Obituary - Priscilla Cash

    Three-time world champion Priscilla Cash was humanely laid to rest on August 14, 2017 after a long battle and lasting complications from EHV-1... Read More