NCBA Pleased Furloughs Averted
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is pleased with Congressional action that will avert furloughs for 6,300 of the nation’s meat inspectors. Thursday morning the House passed a continuing resolution which contained language to shift $55 million in USDA’s budget to pay FSIS inspectors through September 30. However, NCBA’s Vice President of Public Policy Colin Woodall says this is just a temporary fix.
Woodall says they’ll immediately shift their focus to USDA and applying pressure to get a longer term solution to fund inspections.
Woodall agrees the threat of inspector furloughs was just political, but says that may also make the future budget problems difficult to resolve.