Bill to prevent meat inspector furloughs clears Senate

03/21/2013 |

The Senate approved an amendment that would redirect $55 million from other parts of the USDA's budget to the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The measure, introduced by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., would basically reinstate the funding that was cut under the sequester in order to prevent meat inspector furloughs. The furloughs will likely be avoided, as the bill is predicted to be considered as-is by the House once it clears the Senate.

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