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Lawmakers continue old ways in adding 'goodies'
to 'stimulus' package
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Senate Democrats are trying to push a a
new $100.3 billion Fiscal Year 2009 supplemental appropriations measure
that is not expected to pass due to opposition from Senate Republicans
and White House officials. But let's take a look at some of the proposed
"goodies" that Senators have included in the massive spending
Catfish aid and downer cattle restrictions: The proposed
package includes $50 million in feed assistance for catfish farmers,
and language regarding nonambulatory (downer) cattle that current USDA
officials describe as “very restrictive.”
The Senate downer cattle language follows:
Sec. 1101. (a) Hereafter, in this section, the term ``nonambulatory
disabled cattle'' means cattle, other than cattle that are less than
5 months old or weigh less than 500 pounds, subject to inspection under
section 3(b) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603(b)) that
cannot rise from a recumbent position or walk, including cattle with
a broken appendage, severed tendon or ligament, nerve paralysis, fractured
vertebral column, or a metabolic condition.
(b) Hereafter, none of the funds made available under this or any other
Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of any personnel of
the Food Safety and Inspection Service to pass through inspection any
nonambulatory disabled cattle for use as human food, regardless of the
reason for the nonambulatory status of the cattle or the time at which
the cattle became nonambulatory.
(c) Hereafter, in addition to any penalties available under the Federal
Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Secretary shall impose
penalties consistent with sections 10414 and 10415 of the Animal Health
Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8313, 8314) on any establishment that slaughters
nonambulatory disabled cattle or prepares a carcass, part of a carcass,
or meat or meat food product, from any nonambulatory disabled cattle,
for use as human food.
Some items in the proposed bill include:
$792 million for Rural Utilities & Community Facilities loans
$445 million for Special WIC Supplemental funding
$8.2 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program
$171 million for the Farm Service Agency’s IT system
Ban on the slaughter of non-ambulatory cattle
Disaster Assistance for sugar in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas
$50 million for Catfish Feed Assistance Grants
$13 million to implement CFTC authorities enacted in the 2008 Farm Bill
catfish farmers need $50 million in feed assistance, why not aid for cattle,
hog, poultry, dairy... you get the picture. Old ways die hard in Washington
-- even after a "mandate for change:" election....
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