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H.R. 3355 (117th): SAFE Act of 2021

About the bill

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 …

Sponsor and status

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 19, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


225 Cosponsors (196 Democrats, 29 Republicans)



May 19, 2021

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May 26, 2022
Considered by Innovation, Data, and Commerce

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

Jun 23, 2022
Considered by Innovation, Data, and Commerce

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

H.R. 3355 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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