Agriculture Spending Bill Advanced to House Floor

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal year 2018 agriculture spending bill to the House floor by a voice vote this week. The bill provides $20 billion in discretionary spending programs at the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. This is an $876 million cut from 2017 but $4.64 billion more than President Trump requested. The combined total of both discretionary and mandatory spending is $144.9 billion. Mandatory spending programs include nutrition, crop insurance and farm subsidies.

Some provisions in the bill include providing $1.5 million to USDA and FDA to continue educating consumers on the safety of biotechnology, $1 million for providing access to healthy food in low-income areas, rejecting President Trump's proposal to close 17 agricultural facilities, and directing the USDA to work with the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department on rural broadband expansion.


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