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House, Senate Pass 2012 Agriculture Spending Bill

Thursday, November 17, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The House and Senate today passed a 2012 federal spending ‘minibus’ bill that included the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The House approved the bill in a 298-121 vote while the Senate voted 70-30 in favor of the bill. 

The spending measure included the following items:

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.”

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