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Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Advances

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate Committee on Appropriations last Thursday advanced a $20.5 billion agricultural spending bill for fiscal year 2016, representing a $65 million decline from current funding levels. The bill, which passed by a 28-2 vote, included language that would extend the ban on horse slaughter and delay the end of a ban on beef from Brazil and Argentina, among other provisions. The Senate bill, unlike the House version, does not withhold funding for USDA's Agricultural Research Service in the wake of reports of abuse at the Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The legislation would prohibit environmental considerations when writing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, and requires the recommendations to be solely nutritional and dietary in nature. The House legislation goes further, baring recommendations that are not supported by evidence rated as "strong" under USDA scientific guidelines.

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