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Senate Approves Bill to Avert USDA Meat-Inspector Furloughs

A provision in a spending bill passed by the Senate would avoid furloughs of U.S. meat inspectors as part of budget cuts, lowering the risk of disrupting plants run by companies including Tyson Foods Co.

The spending bill was approved 73-26 today and now goes to the House. Earlier, in a voice vote, senators amended the measure to let the U.S. Department of Agriculture shift funds among programs to avoid pulling inspectors from meatpacking plants that require federal oversight to operate.