Senate Passes Budget Resolution, Proposed User Fees not IncludedWednesday, June 4, 2008
(American Meat Institute)
On June 4, the Senate passed the FY2009 budget resolution conference report by a vote of 48 to 45. Approved last month by the House-Senate conference committee, the measure surpasses $1 trillion in discretionary spending for the first time in history. The bill provides $1.013 trillion in discretionary spending for FY2009, which is $21 billion above the $991.6 billion proposed by President Bush.
The bill does not include the administration’s proposed $96 million in new user fees for meat, poultry, and egg products inspection programs. As in years past, AMI led a User Fee Coalition effort to meet with Congressional leaders and voice opposition to the new fees.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure later this week.
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