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Senate Committee Advances Agriculture Appropriations Bill

  

Posted on 07/21/2015 by Britt Aasmundstad





The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $20.5 billion agriculture appropriations bill last Thursday. The funding levels outlined by the Senate are $3.7 billion below the enacted FY2015 amounts.






Of note, the Senate would appropriate $876 million for APHIS--$5 million above FY2015 levels. The Senate language outlines $45 million for food safety activities—FSMA—compared to $40 million from the House. The FSMA language includes $8 million to support the integrated food safety system.




Furthermore, the Senate would provide $168 million for NASS; the House committee would appropriate approximately $161 million. The president requested $180 million for NASS in FY2016.




Compared to the House approved language, the Senate bill contains far fewer policy riders. The Senate bill would extend the ban on horse slaughter another year, require labeling of GE salmon, continue to waive whole-grains requirements for school meals, and delay the Argentine/Brazilian beef import rule. 




Committee passage of this bill means it can now be considered by the full Senate; however it is still unlikely to hit the floor.






The House Appropriations Committee reported out the agriculture appropriations measure earlier this month and the Senate Appropriations Committee did the same last week. Both bills are now able to hit the floor of their respective chambers, but those actions are increasingly unlikely.








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