Horse meat for dinner? U.S. Rep. DeLauro says 'no'

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes Shelton, is sharply criticizing the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 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 congressional appropriations bills. The plant is in New Mexico.

DeLauro has long opposed allowing the federal inspection of horse meat in the United States so it can be sold for human consumption.

‘Congress should act promptly’

“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,” DeLauro said in a statement on June 28.

“I will continue my work to prevent horse slaughter in the pending agriculture appropriations bill,” the New Haven Democrat said.

Previously chaired oversight committee

DeLauro, former chair of the U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding the USDA, had worked to ensure federal funds could not be used to inspect such facilities in the United States during her tenure overseeing the subcommittee.

After taking over the House majority in 2011, Republicans failed to continue that practice, according to a release from DeLauro’s office.

The Obama administration’s proposed budget asks Congress to reinstate that provision, which would result in the practice once again being banned, DeLauro’s office said.

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 U.S. Senate’s counterpart bill.

Two congressional districts in Shelton

Shelton is divided between two congressional districts. DeLauro is in her 12th term representing the Third District.

Congressman Jim Himes, also a Democrat, represents the Fourth District that covers other parts of Shelton.