Maybe there won’t be any meat inspector furloughs  after all.
Congress passed a continuing resolution bill last week that would fund the governmen t through the end of the current fiscal year. That resolution included an amendment from Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) that shifts $55 million from USDA accounts to pay Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors until Oct. 1. What it needs now is the signature of President Obama.
“Had inspection been halted , this would have resulted in a backlog of animals , shortened supply of beef to market, higher prices and harm to the futures markets,” says Scott George, a Wyoming cattle producer who serves as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “By the USDA Secretary’s own estimates, this would have equated to $10 billion in production losses and $400 million in lost wages, only compounding the issues faced by ranchers dealing with the worst drought  in 50 years.”
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