Will An FSIS Furlough Hurt The Industry

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Feb. 8 that Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors could be furloughed for 15 days to achieve cost reductions required by sequestration unless lawmakers agree to spending cuts before March 1. This week’s online poll question is: “How concerned are you about the effects of an FSIS furlough?” Leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Feb 25, 2013

If the Republicans could compromise instead of inane stubborn-ness, Congress could move ahead. Politics is not about a weirdo conservative agenda being pushed; it's about realistic compromise which the Democrats suggest constantly.

on Feb 26, 2013

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Anonymous
on Feb 25, 2013

On weekends and after 5pm monday thru friday we function just fine without non-essential personnel. I wasnt aware Vilsack had all of his people on-call 24hr.s a day? Common sense should prevail if the right questions were asked.

Anonymous
on Feb 25, 2013

This seems to be awkwardly remeied by Vilasack suggesting food inspectors should be the ones directly affected and FSIS can not seperate itself because all non-essential personnel are needed. Well, lets see...what department within FSIS that is non-essential personnel works past 5pm mon-fri or on week ends or holidays. Sounds like we work just fine! Those people who are on-call at the district offices are essential and total less than three people!

on Feb 25, 2013

This administration intends to inflict as much hardship on citizens as is possible until they cry uncle and pressure congress into doing whatever the President wants.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

Oh boy, only four more years of this. Will he ever run out of tricks and gimmicks?

on Feb 22, 2013

The really scary thing is there's talk of changing the term limits so he gets the third and fourth term. The entitlement programs will definitely buy the votes. With 50% of the voters paying no federal taxes we are unbelievably close to a socialist regime.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

There are no cuts. Only cuts in the rate of increase

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

I am getting tired of Omaba with his do what I want attitude rather than trying to compromise with both parties. Blaming the Republicans for everything dang thing, Obama has forotten they gave him a tax increase at the beginning of the year in regards to payroll taxes. He is ruining the whole Country.

on Feb 22, 2013

Extremely disgusted is not a choice in the list

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

This secretary of Agriculture is absolutely the poorest excuse for a man I have seen in my life and I am getting old.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

No, the American people are the pawns. The people also have short memories and will forget all about this two weeks after it's over.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

`The whole US Government is a sham. We spend TRILLIONS in other countries telling them to help their people when we can't take care of our own. You gripe about food stamps but have no worry about all of the subsidies going to the Corporations and Corporate farms. Food stamps and MediCaid are a direct subsidy to the WalMarts etc.. since they pay minimum wage or a bit more, their employees make less than a livable wage. The new NC Gov even said that his cabinet secretaries could not live on 121K so he gave them an average of 8% increase. The rank and file state employees got a 1.2% increase after 4 years of 0%.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

Furlough is only a short term fix. Wage cuts are the solution that will bring government spending back in line.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

Pres. Obama initially proposes the Sequester..now is acting like he wants to stop it..and blaming it on the GOP..I am SICK of the garbage and destruction to this country coming out of Washington..both parties should be ashamed...Pres Obama is a complete shyster, and manipulator in Chief, and the GOP has no clue how to deal with him...Yes I am angry.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

I have my doubts that ALL inspectors would be pulled at once. 15 days is like a 2 week vacation...so, give a few of the folks a week off once in a while and have the rest of them keep on working...space it out...nobody gets hurt.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

I AM NOT TO CONCERNED ITS A JOKE LIKE EVERYTHING
ELSE THIS PRESIDENT DOES.WHEN THE UNITED STATES
STARTS GETTING HUNGRY AND THERES NOT ENOUGH FOOD THING WILL CHANGE.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

This sequestration is a joke insitgated by Obama. There are no "budget/spending cuts" involved in it at all. It amounts to cutting the "rate of budget growth" from 2012 to 2013. If you earned $100,000 dollars per year it would mean you would lose $0.25.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

Strings in Department of Agriculture being pulled by the White House. No backbone in the political appointees at USDA.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013

This Secretary of Agriculture is a political pawn.

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