American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John Howe released the following statement in response to the continuing resolution passed by the U.S. House and Senate today, which maintains 2019 spending levels and temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Lawmakers now have until Dec. 20 to reach a final, long-term spending agreement.
"Today's spending agreement is welcome news for the more than 3,000 veterinarians employed by the federal government in food safety, disease prevention and more. We're thankful these individuals will continue to receive their paychecks as they work diligently to protect animal health and public health. Moving forward, we're eager to see Congress reach a final, bipartisan spending agreement necessary to provide long-term funding and stability to federal programs affecting veterinary medicine."