The Senate approved an amendment on Wednesday that could help avoid meat inspector furloughs that were expected to occur as a result of the budgetary sequester.

Introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the measure would redirect $55 million from other areas of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, essentially reinstating the funds cut under sequestration. The amendment cleared the upper chamber easily by voice vote during consideration of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded past March 27.

According toFood Safety News, sources say the Senate is expected to clear the spending package in a matter of days. The bill will then most likely be considered as-is by the House.

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