H.R. 503 - To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday September 6, 2006.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 351-40 on Thursday September 7, 2006.

MANAGERS: DIAZ-BALART, LINCOLN/MATSUI

109th Congress
2nd Session

H.RES. 981

[Report No. 109-642]

 

 

H.R. 503 To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour and 20 minutes of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their designees.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill and provides that the bill shall be considered as read.

4. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

5. Provides that the amendments printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION 

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 503) to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour and twenty minutes equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their designees. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Goodlatte (VA) #3: 
Provides that H.R. 503 will take effect with respect to any State where it is in violation of the laws thereof to ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell, or donate any horse or other equine to be slaughtered for human consumption. (10 minutes) 

2. Goodlatte (VA) #5: 
Provides that the prohibitions in H.R. 503 will not apply with respect to slaughter in existing horse plants. (10 minutes)

3. Goodlatte (VA) #9:
Provides that the Secretary of Agriculture must certify that sufficient horse sanctuaries exist to care for unwanted horses before the law will take effect. (10 minutes)

4. King, Steve (IA) #1:
Provides that equines may be shipped, transported, moved, delivered, received, posessed, purchased, sold, or donated for slaughter for human consumption by Native Americans or people from other cultures that eat equine meat. (10 minutes)

5. Goodlatte (VA) #6:
(REVISED) Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to make a determination, based on empirical evidence, that the prohibition on shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption is supported by a majority of horse owners before the prohibition can go into effect. (10 minutes)

6. Goodlatte (VA) #7:
Replaces "horse or other equine" in H.R. 503 with "registered thoroughbred horse". (10 minutes) 

7. Goodlatte (VA) #8: 
Provides that the Federal government will reimburse State and local governments for the costs incurred in caring for abandoned or unwanted horses. (10 minutes)

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Goodlatte (VA) #3: 

2. Goodlatte (VA) #5: 

3. Goodlatte (VA) #9:

4. King, Steve (IA) #1:

5. Goodlatte (VA) #6:

6. Goodlatte (VA) #7: 

7. Goodlatte (VA) #8: