Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just in from Capitol Hill

Budget Battle Continues on Capitol Hill

Washington--The budget battle continues in the nation’s capital with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) saying it’s up to the White House and Democrats who control the Senate to agree to at least some of the Republican-backed cuts in the House-passed continuing resolution to fund the government for the next seven months.

The House passed H.R. 1 just before dawn on Saturday. The $1.2 trillion measure includes more than $60 billion in spending reductions. Not a single Democrat voted for the measure and President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.

The agriculture appropriations portion of the continuing resolution provides funding for a wide array of federal agricultural programs, mostly within the Agriculture Department. These programs include: agricultural research; education and Extension activities; natural resources conservation programs; food safety, marketing and inspection activities; rural economic and community development activities; telecommunications and electrification assistance; and various export and international activities of USDA.

In addition, the bill as introduced contains a number of Farm Bureau-supported environmental provisions, including limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to prohibit or restrict emissions of carbon dioxide or methane from any stationary source for the rest of the fiscal year.

New York Times article

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