WASHINGTON D.C. --Along with the often mundane and repetitive letters Utah's congregational delegations receive, one interesting and unusual issue has surfaced. Residents of the First Congressional District have written Congressman Rob Bishop letters concerning the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 7.
The bill will prohibit killing horse for human consumption.
According to news reports on the bill, American slaughter houses do not slaughter horses for human consumption in the United States, but there are three slaughter houses which ship horse meat to Europe and Asia. Seventy percent of the house favored the bill to prohibit killing horses for human consumption.
Bishop has received a number of letters dealing with the Second Amendment right to bear arms, especially in light of the recent Utah Supreme Court ruling which struck down a ban on guns at the University of Utah, because it runs counter to state law.
Immigration reform continues to be something Utahns are concerned about, with most still wanting to stem the tide of incoming immigrants.
Both Bishop and Sen. Bob Bennett have received hundreds of letters on the issue.
Bennett said he understands the issue weighs heavily on the minds of Utahns.
Bennett said he supports the comprehensive immigration reform passed by the senate this past spring. "It is my hope that the house and senate can work out a sensible compromise this year; otherwise it must by addressed next year."
Bennett has also received numerous letters concerning national security and the war in Iraq.
He said, "I remain committed to staying the course in Iraq because doing so protests the lives and freedom of both Iraqis and Americans."
And as to issues of national security, Bennett would like to see two bills passed -- the terrorist surveillance act and the military commission act --which he said are critical to the intelligence community and the nation's security goals.