Congress to Vilsack: We'll Give You What You Want But Won't Ask For

March 20, 2013 10:31 AM
 
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Senate adjusts funding in USDA budget to thwart furloughs of meat inspectors

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The Senate today accomplished what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack would not or could not do – adjust USDA's FSIS budget to thwart furloughs of meat inspectors relative to sequestration, across-the-board budget cuts. The House is expected to go along with the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2013 continuing resolution.

Comments: Vilsack never officially asked Congress for flexibility on this matter, but did blame lawmakers for the development, even though it was his boss, President Obama, who first suggested the across-the-board budget cuts in budget deliberations with congressional leaders. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), a former USDA Secretary under the George W. Bush administration, recently wrote Vilsack asking him why he did not seek flexibility on this matter. Instead, Vilsack talked about the negative implications of the furloughs. The sequester hype and how it was dealt or not dealt with will eventually be a blemish on the Obama administration – and on Vilsack's tenure.



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