The House on Wednesday voted to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that funds food safety and agriculture programs and also includes provisions for the Animal Welfare Act.
The bill also provides funding to beef producers and livestock breeders, which would help address a major beef shortage in the U.S. The measure also includes a provision to require the USDA to report to Congress on how its beef inspection program is performing.
The legislation also includes funds to help farmers protect livestock against parasites and diseases, improve animal health by making veterinary care available to farmers and ranchers, and protect endangered species and wild animals.
It also includes money to provide incentives to states to expand the availability of food stamp benefits, as well as funds to support research into new and innovative approaches to food safety.
“This bipartisan bill sends a powerful message to all Americans that the U and SS. governments are committed to ensuring the safety of food and livestock,” House Agriculture Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said in a statement.
The Animal Welfare and Livestock Inspection Act of 2017 is named after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who led the agency’s meat inspection mission in 2016.
The omnibus bill would also expand the agency to include beef, pork, poultry, eggs, dairy, and egg products.
“The Animal Welfare act is a key piece of President Trump’s national security strategy, which will help keep Americans safe from the threat of terrorism and diseases like avian influenza and the pandemic,” Upton said in the statement.
“We look forward to signing it into law.” “
I am pleased that the Congress and Administration are now in agreement on this important legislation,” Upton continued.
“We look forward to signing it into law.”
In a statement, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson praised the bill for “the continued vigilance of our inspectors and the continuing commitment of the United Kingdom to protecting the animals, people and habitats of the world.”
The Animal welfare act will be a valuable contribution to the United States food security system, the food security agenda and to the fight against animal cruelty,” Johnson said.