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House Appropriations Committee Advances USDA, FDA Spending Bill

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a 31-20 vote. The bill provides $145.1 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding — approximately $922 million below the FY 2018 enacted level. The bill includes a provision that directs the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate lab-cultured proteins by prescribing the type and frequency of inspection required for the manufacture and processing of such products, and to implement other requirements necessary to prevent adulteration and misbranding. The Meat Institute worked with the Appropriations Committee to craft this language.

Eight amendments were approved during the Appropriations Committee’s markup of the legislation, including a provision by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) that would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to work with other federal agencies to establish a comprehensive online system for agricultural employers to complete the H-2A application process. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on its version of the FY 2019 USDA-FDA spending bill today, May 22.

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