House, Senate Pass 2012 Agriculture Spending BillThursday, November 17, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
The House and Senate today passed
The spending measure included the following items:
- Language to prohibit USDA from continuing or finalizing work on certain provisions of the proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing and procurement that was proposed by the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in June 2010.
- $1.004 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which does not include new user fees for meat, poultry and egg inspection.
- $2.497 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Full funding for both the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) at $200 million and $34.5 million, respectfully
The bill now moves to the President for his signature.
“AMI is pleased by the agriculture appropriations bill and commends the Congress for maintaining funding for federal meat and poultry inspection and agriculture export promotion, including the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council,” AMI President J. Patrick Boyle said. “We also commend lawmakers’ action to prevent GIPSA from proceeding with the most disruptive and costly provisions contained in its 2010 proposed rule.”share on facebook share on twitter