Fox News -- Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses.
These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors.
But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a "partnership" with the Mexican government to "raise awareness" about food stamps among immigrants from that country. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week -- in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution -- Democrats on the Budget Committee shot it down.
It's hard to put a firm price on the cost of the partnership, which was launched under the George W. Bush administration. But an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has railed against the partnership for months, said it could easily be in the millions. Since 2004, the program has blossomed to include dozens of meetings and conferences and health fairs with Mexican officials -- all of which cost money, not to mention the cost to the food stamp program of new enrollees brought in as a result of this partnership.
Sessions, in a statement to FoxNews.com, said he believes the public will eventually demand an end to the program, though the Senate Budget Committee allowed it to continue in the vote last week.[...]
Meanwhile, the USDA continues to press forward with plans to furlough meat inspectors, describing it as a necessity of the sequester.
Blog author's comments - Because of the Sequester Obama released thousands of illegal immigrant prisoners who were in detention awaiting deportation. We can't afford to incarcerate the criminal illegals, but apparently we can afford to feed a huge number of Mexican immigrants. We may as well just forget about the border and put up a big 'Welcome Amigos' sign in Spanish with instructions on how to get their free stuff. The funds for this program should be cut off and I would hope the American people would support the cut by a huge majority. The House should refuse to fund this and make sure the public knows why.
The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America.