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Bill for meat inspectors to take furloughs goes to the President's desk

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A spending bill to keep the federal government from shutting down now heads to the President's desk.

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday, and it sailed through the House Thursday.

One measure in this bill, sponsored by US Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska, will avoid furloughs for meat inspectors.

He says the process to make this happen, was easy.

"Basically we identified some funds at the USDA that had been plused up.  We were able to transfer this into the account that pays for the meat inspectors.  It was very simple and straight forward," U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, (R) Nebraska said.

If this spending bill is passed by the President, which Johanns is confident it will, meat inspectors will be paid for through the end of the fiscal year in September.

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