Continuing resolution approved

Created: 3/21/13 (Thu) | Topic: Issues

The Senate on Wednesday passed a continuing resolution to keep the government open beyond March 27, when the current continuing resolution expires. The newest CR would fund the government through Sept. 30, 2013, the end of fiscal 2013. 

The bill allows Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to move funds around and avoid furloughing federal meat inspectors in order to meet sequestration requirements, which took effect March 1. Without that flexibility, 11 days of furloughs for meat inspectors would need to be put in place between July and September. About $55 million from USDA’s buildings maintenance and school equipment grants will be transferred to the Food Safety and Inspection Service to pay for meat inspectors.

The bill will now be sent to the House Budget Committee for consideration. Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently said changes to the Senate bill would be unlikely. “As long as they hit the numbers, we’re good to go,” Ryan said. “I have every reason to believe that that’s the case.”

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