It was a close vote, but horse meat will continue to be off limits for human consumption:
The House Appropriations Committee voted only 24 to 21 yesterday in favor of an amendment by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., “to continue de-funding inspections of horses to be sent for slaughter for human consumption, meaning commercial horse slaughter would remain illegal in the United States,” Agri-Pulse reports. “The amendment effectively keeps in place a shutdown of the practice begun six years ago when the full House passed language in a bipartisan 269-158 vote, Moran said.”
This is all news to me. I thought horse meat was eaten. Somewhere.