Landrieu made the comments after the USDA approved an application for inspections at a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico. She said USDA is expected to shortly grant similar requests at facilities in Iowa and Missouri.

“By granting these applications, we are going in the wrong direction as far as protecting consumer health, responsibly managing taxpayer funds and protecting our domestic meat industry,” Landrieu said. “[The] announcement makes swift congressional action even more crucial.”

Landrieu said the Senate Agriculture Appropriation bill for fiscal 2014 includes a temporary ban on horse meat inspections. She has also introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care Paul backs Pompeo, clearing path for confirmation MORE (R-S.C.).

The SAFE Act, S. 541, would permanently prohibit horse slaughter operations within the United States and end the export of more than 150,000 American horses abroad each year that would be slaughtered.

“I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this ban as quickly as possible to close the doors on domestic horse slaughter plants for good,” Landrieu said.

Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced a similar bill, H.R. 1094, in the House.