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Senate Passes Agricultural Appropriations Bill

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate last week voted 92-6 in favor of a $154.2 billion spending package that combines four appropriations bills for federal programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The package includes funding for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Senate's USDA-FDA appropriations bill would provide nearly $122 billion in mandatory spending, which is $6.1 billion above President Donald Trump's budget request. The bill also would authorize more than $23 billion in discretionary spending - $225 million above fiscal 2018 enacted levels. Of note, the legislation would fully fund food safety and inspection programs by supporting more than 8,000 frontline inspection personnel for meat, poultry and egg products at more than 6,400 facilities in the U.S. The House Appropriations Committee in May passed their version of the legislation.

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