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House Committee Approves 2012 Ag Spending Bill
USAgNet - 07/13/2020

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $24 billion Agriculture appropriations spending bill for fiscal year 2021. The measure, which funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, provides for a $487 million increase above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level.

Among details, the bill includes: $1.07 billion--$27 million above the 2020 enacted level--for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and $3.3 billion--$90 million above the 2020 enacted level--for the Agriculture Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. An amendment was approved that requires the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to complete within one year an analysis of the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with a focus on the methodology used, and comparing it to what the National Academies recommended in 2017.

The guidelines are expected to be issued by the end of the year. The spending bill now heads to the House floor. In related news, the fiscal year 2021 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which was approved this week by the House Appropriations Subcommittee, includes $30 million for 200 agriculture inspectors as part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agriculture inspectors at our land, air and seaports are our first line of defense to ensure African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases don't enter the United States.

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