Kimberly Kindy is a government accountability reporter at The Washington Post.
The lawmakers, including Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.), support the proposed system.
USDA officials say they are proposing the new system to improve food safety and increase efficiency in plants.
The USDA says its plan shouldn’t affect humane handling, but inspectors say cruelty is tied to pace.
Spurred by 2012 meningitis outbreak, FDA inspects specialty pharmacies and finds independent tests lacking.