STEWART SEMANTICS

THE STEWART AMENDMENT TO THE INTERIOR FY 2018 BUDGET

What it means for wild horses of the West.

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This is what is posted on the House Appropriations page…..doesn’t make much clear does it? Let’s take a look at what the bill said originally and what the change is, and the final, adopted version (by the House Full Committee)…..

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So what does the wording change mean —

The statement – in the original (the first paragraph in the above photo), funds are not available for the destruction of healthy or unadopted horses OR sale resulting in processing or commercial products

The definition – destruction of healthy or unadopted – Euthanasia

sale resulting in processing or commercial products – Slaughter

The statement – in the final version (the last paragraph in the above photo), funds are not available for the sale of…resulting in destruction for processing into products or meat

The definition – sale resulting in destruction for products or meat – Slaughter

 

So where are we right now?

The House Full committee has voted in the Stewart Amendment leaving us with the last version, which does not allow funds for ‘slaughter’ but has taken out language restricting ‘euthanasia’.

The Bill however, must still be approved by the Full House, and it still has to be heard and approved by the Senate Subcommittee, Full Committee and Full Senate.

Each of these bills goes through a sub and full committee of each the House and Senate, and also must be passed by the “Floor” in each the Full House, and Full Senate. Another way to look at this:

How does a Bill to get to completion?

House (sub)committee A + House (larger) (full) Committee B + House Full Membership (all the Representatives) (sometimes called the Floor) C = Full House Adoption (passing of the Bill by the House of Reps.) D

Senate (sub)committee E + Senate (larger) (full) Committee F + Senate Full Membership (all the Senators) (sometimes called the Floor)G = Full Senate Adoption (passing of the Bill by the Senate) H

D + H = FY 2018 Budget Appropriations Act  (The done deal)

What can we do at this stage?

  1. Call your Representative:  Find My Rep. and let them know you do not want them to pass this bill with the Stewart Amendment which allows funding to be used to euthanize horses (No Slaughter OR Euthanizing healthy or unadoptable horses)
  2. Call the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (we recommend just making the time to contact the entire committee because they are fast-tracking these bills!)

 

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