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H.R. 3355: SAFE Act of 2021

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In the words of Broadway’s Alexander Hamilton: “Congress writes, ‘George, attack the British forces’ / I shoot back, ‘We have resorted to eating our horses.’”


While horse meat has been considered culturally taboo throughout American history, dating back to the Pilgrims, it’s always remained legal. Indeed, horse meat has periodically risen in popularity in various eras, such as during the food shortages of World War I and World War II, and during the 1890s as the rise of automobiles ameliorated horses as a form of transportation.

The last U.S. slaughterhouse that produced horse meat for human consumption was closed in 2007, when Illinois enacted a law banning horse meat in the state, shutting down the country’s only such remaining slaughterhouse in the process. So in practice, horse …

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Janice “Jan” Schakowsky

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 19, 2021
Length: 4 pages
May 19, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 19, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 19, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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218 Cosponsors (191 Democrats, 27 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 19, 2021

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May 26, 2022
Considered by Consumer Protection and Commerce

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 23, 2022
Considered by Consumer Protection and Commerce

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

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H.R. 3355 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3355. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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