On Wednesday, President Obama signed a temporary budget bill that will fund federal operations until March 18 and avoid a government shutdown when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires today. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday.
The bill cuts $4 billion in spending by targeting programs the president has already marked for elimination.
Next Thursday, March 10, Undersecretary Avalos is scheduled to testify before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee about the President's FY2012 budget request. According to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the hearing is a key opportunity to point out the programs that are of vital importance to sheep producers, including Wildlife Services and Scrapie Eradication, both of which are under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
"The sheep industry is actively supporting funding for both programs, which are critical to protect livestock from predators and disease," stated Margaret Soulen Hinson, ASI president and Idaho sheep producer.