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Senate Votes to End Government Shutdown

Monday, January 22, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate earlier today voted 81-18 to move forward on a bill to fund the government through February 8, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agreed to continue to negotiate on immigration and spending matters. The funding measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass this afternoon. Congress will have to consider passing either a short-term spending bill ahead of the February 8 deadline, or legislation to fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2018, to avert another shutdown.

Last week, in anticipation of a potential government shutdown, the Meat Institute sent a letter to USDA requesting that Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors be deemed essential personnel and not subject to furlough during the government shutdown. USDA immediately responded to this request, confirming that inspection services would continue during the shutdown. A second letter requested that the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Livestock Mandatory Reporting program continue to operate during the shutdown, which AMS subsequently confirmed would continue. In a departure from previous federal government shutdowns, the Market News services provided by AMS remains in operation.

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