What’s in It for Ag in the Spending Package — Politico Pro–Summary Courtesy of the AGree Advisory Committee

What’s in It for Ag in the Spending Package — Politico Pro
Source: Politico Pro
July 28, 2021
Ximena Bustillo

“The House on Tuesday breezed through amendments to the fiscal 2022 Agriculture-FDA spending bill (part of a broader appropriations package), adopting 19 largely uncontroversial changes by voice vote and several others by recorded vote, while rejecting several Republican amendments related to climate change and food assistance. The chamber approved an en bloc amendment including most of the ag-related provisions by voice vote. The amendment package included measures to increase funding for urban agriculture, school breakfasts, the emergency food assistance program, rural development staffing at USDA and animal food ingredient approval at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. The House rejected, 192-232, a separate en bloc amendment, including several Republican proposals to cut contingency funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and to prohibit any spending on the Civilian Climate Corps, a Biden administration proposal to employ young Americans to help combat climate change. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) noted that the Climate Corps has not been authorized by Congress and asserted that it would become a “massive federal slush fund” for Democrats to implement progressive climate policies. Conversely, the House voted 220-203 to approve an amendment from Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) adding $1 million to the Climate Corps funding, as part of another en bloc amendment package. The House today will continue debating the full appropriations package (which includes seven of the 12 annual spending bills). If passed, the legislation would head to the Senate, which has yet to draft any of its own appropriations measures for the new fiscal year that begins in October.”

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