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Senate Passes Budget Resolution, Proposed User Fees not Included

Wednesday, 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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