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Congress Passes Bill to Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

The House on Thursday passed a continuing resolution that will head off furloughs for U.S. meat inspectors that would have taken place this summer as a result of the sequester. The measure, introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), passed the House by a vote of 318 to 109 today after breezing through… Continue Reading

All Federal Meat Inspectors To Be Furloughed on 11 Scheduled Days

The nation’s meat inspectors  will be forced to take the same days off, possibility shutting down the U.S. meat industry on those dates, the House Agriculture Subcommittee learned Wednesday. In an exchange with USDA Under Secretary For Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen, the committee heard details of the administration’s plan for 11 furlough days that might… Continue Reading

Washington Asks Whether Sequester Impact Was Overstated

Sen. Coburn To USDA: Less Wine Tasting, More Meat Inspection

Five days after across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, officially kicked in at most federal agencies, some lawmakers and newspaper fact-checkers are beginning to seriously question whether the doomsday scenario painted by the White House was accurate. “The sequester hit — and (almost) no one noticed,” wrote Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza in a post… Continue Reading