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Vilsack Touts Targeted And Efficient USDA Spending During Budget Hearing
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FEATURE – Vilsack Touts Targeted and Efficient USDA Spending During Budget Hearing
INTRO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced tough questions from the U-S Senate Appropriations Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee on USDA’s Fiscal Year Twenty Thirteen proposed budget. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:34)
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK ASKED LAWMAKERS FOR UNDERSTANDING AND FLEXIBILITY DURING TIGHT BUDGET TIMES AT A HEARING ON U-S-D-A’S PROPOSED TWENTY-THIRTEEN BUDGET.
Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary: While the budget that we propose does increase over last year, I would like to point out that it is several billion dollars less than it was in Two Thousand and Ten, and that has resulted in us at USDA taking a look very carefully at the ways in which we expend taxpayer resources.
SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KOHL ASKED IF PROPOSED FUNDING FOR THE WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN, OR WIC, NUTRITION PROGRAM WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.
Vilsack: Mr. Chairman we do believe that it is adequate. We do believe that it is based on accurate estimates. We don’t expect to see quite the high level of food price increase that we experienced last year.
KOHL ALSO ASKED ABOUT A PROPOSED POULTRY INSPECTION SYSTEM. VILSACK SAID THE NEW INSPECTION SYSTEM SHOULD MAKE FOOD SAFER.
Vilsack: And the reason for this is based on the fact that we have had a number of pilot facilities around the country for a number of years use this new system that we’re proposing and from that the data suggests that we can save fifty two hundred food borne illness incidences as a result of this new system.
QUESTIONED ABOUT CUTS TO COUNTY OFFICES AND RESEARCH FUNDING, VILSACK SAID THESE WERE TOUGH DECISIONS.
Vilsack: When Congress is basically telling us, as we have heard repeatedly, that we’re going to have less money, when we’re talking about a trillion, a trillion and a half dollar cut that’s forthcoming, these are hard decisions.
FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I’M BOB ELLISON.
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