1. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
How the pet industry beat the sequester
Turns out, sequestration can be beat. And while air traffic controllers learned that today in a high-profile vote on Capitol Hill that reversed furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, or PIJAC, has known that fact for well over a month. During the group's annual conference this week, some PIJAC leaders took time out to discuss how a targeted lobbying campaign, which didn't make many headlines, helped overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to suspend overtime and weekend inspections of commercial wildlife imports and exports.