Thursday, June 2, 2011

Just in from Washington

Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Bill

WASHINGTON– The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which will fund the various programs within the Department of Agriculture and related agencies. In total, the legislation includes $125.5 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, a reduction of more than $7 billion from the President’s request. The bill reduces discretionary spending by $2.7 billion from last year’s level – a cut of more than $5 billion from the President’s request.

“As in all our Appropriations bills this year, this legislation reflects hard decisions to cut lower priority programs, reduce spending in programs that can be scaled back, and target funds where they are needed most so that our nation can continue on the path to fiscal recovery,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “While these cuts are significant, this bill also provides the funding needed to encourage the economic development of our rural communities, sustain the food and nutrition programs that assist our low-income families, and keep our nation’s food supply safe.”

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