Congress has less than two months to agree on a federal highway funding bill. Otherwise, come June 30, funding stops. Neither party wants to be tarred with having been responsible for the resulting job losses. A conference committee will get started May 8.
Susan Irving — Director of Federal Budget Analysis Issues, Government Accountability Office
A new law gives the Patent and Trademark Office more control over the fees it charges users. Supporters hope it will raise enough money for the agency to reduce its backlog of applications. But government auditors warn the new law comes with trade-offs.
Stan Painter — Chairman, National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals
Everyone debates government regulation in the abstract. But we’re going to make it real. Our topic: Poultry inspection by the Agriculture Department. Specifically, the Food Safety and Inspection Service. A proposed rule change would let more chickens undergo inspection faster. The proposal has touched off a debate about food safety. For one side of the story, Federal News Radio reporter Ruben Gomez talked to Painter, who had some graphic descriptions of poultry.
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