Horse-slaughter bill passes House; confusion reignsLegislation called ‘vague;' effects on Cavel unclear
WASHINGTON - The House approved a ban on horse slaughter Friday after a confusing amendment about meat inspection caused two Republicans who initially had been sponsors of the ban to vote against it.
Those sponsors, Reps. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., and Edward Whitfield, R-Ky., were among the lawmakers who voted against the spending bill that included the ban on horse slaughter. The spending measure passed 318-63.
Sweeney and Whitfield say the amendment worked out behind closed doors made last-minute changes about meat inspection that were too vague to understand.
“We had four different lawyers look at this language and we've come up with four different answers,” Whitfield said. Agriculture Department lawyers also said the provision was vagu