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-- sequester a pair Elliott isn't foolproof.
But used sarcastically guessed that right.
Well yes -- a spokesman across the board government spending cuts no questions asked well we just got hacked into Los sort of packed into.
Lobbyists mentioned this week the opened their clients so they are dodging the sequester.
And they have the house's sent an even the president sign off -- so who got a sweet deal and how the Washington Post Dana Barron told giants -- to see David.
They -- OK so that cuts for -- across the board but not everybody got a ruling who managed to certain.
Dodged a bullet.
Well it's people you would not think of is the most powerful interest in Washington the meat inspectors people that go to meet plants and watch carcasses go by mission nothing's wrong with them.
Those folks were scheduled for furloughs and they managed to get out of it.
And so we looked in the sort of how that happened out of this group get what everybody else in Washington wanted.
And this is destroyed and it begins with the Agriculture Department that it involves a lot of lobbyists and a lot of a lot of work over the last couple months.
So what do they actually demanded they they've they've.
They get the money cut from the but then they found some money right.
They have been the one group that has managed to get congress to give the money back think of it is kind of like sequester proofing they had to get extra -- -- the quest sequester could take that away and then at the -- they would have the same amount of money as they had before how they able to be so effective and -- -- -- the meat inspectors is you know an -- hugely strong -- -- -- I think the pharmaceutical company maybe if there are some mail bags and no government agency that does that we.
I -- why the meat inspectors.
Well it started with a with a campaign by that secretary of agriculture when everybody else back in February before the -- hit whenever we're saying well maybe won't hit it won't won't get rid of it.
The USDA secretary Tom Vilsack was out early he said not only.
That he thought it was gonna affect these furloughs because -- how many days -- furloughs for me inspectors how many how much money would be lost.
And he is a unique pressure point there because if he takes the throw the meat inspectors off the job.
Get nobody can make me you can't import it you can't export and you can't produce it so he's talking about shutting basically an entire industry down it's one of the few parts of the federal government when you remove that piece.
A whole industry.
Stops -- -- mention because in reading your piece is that it was great start after the senate bipartisan.
Senator Pryor and senator -- Republican and Democrat both they've -- start with the amendment may get the house to agree in the present signed off on but right.
It did prior to get wind of it by the way.
Well we're just we're looking back it either if you look at these at the senate when the senate considered this -- they were a hundred something amendments all these other groups trying to get their little piece of the -- taken away there were.
People talking about got a border guards -- people talking about air traffic control towers getting those exempted.
Civilian employee to the Defense Department all those things fail that only this one little thing got through we thought.
What's the story there how did that happen.
-- it sort of all the stars had to align Vilsack.
Was sort of sounding the alarm early.
And then you've got gag industry which is uniquely powerful in the senate how many senators don't have some kind of agricultural interest from meat -- interest in their district.
Once they got into it then you saw this considered very powerful interest -- its -- I saw on the on the list of organizations National Cattlemen's Beef Association and national chicken -- -- The national Turkey foundation and the American meat institute that's right.
All those folks and more.
Because they either -- -- stop big bill sexson for eleven days this summer your all your plants will shut down and you think of all the problems they've had animals backing up that could develop this.
Would that it happened.
And then we have to determine that well so there's the what they say is gonna happen and what does have.
Only Vilsack really knows for sure there were a lot of people who did not believe nothing to watch.
And for one thing the law requires inspectors to -- -- you're slaughtering animals the US TA is supposed to be there and so people thought well.
If you pull -- -- meat Packers are just suing for violating the law.
The other was.
Did you really have to furlough all of them couldn't -- hat headquarters staff could you for a -- one part of the time for -- these folks are Martin Luther King Day on federal holidays.
Those the clerical.
The staff stays home and -- into the -- inspectors still show up.
And so clearly they can work without this the clerical staff in Washington to people kept pressing Vilsack.
We'll continue to different ways and have to be eleven days is -- to be the whole country and he stuck by that story and even people that didn't really believe him with a meat inspectors union and it meat lobby.
They're too worried to call his bluff they don't want it call as -- -- you know.
-- -- now and then it turns out that he's telling the truth so even though they didn't believe that first base of the joined in to his cause and help them get what he wanted.
Well I guess of being intent to have investments in -- very powerful lobby -- for it than that but it's extraordinary how the meat inspection had no idea that they were so strong.
There's -- -- I can't say for much --
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