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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2013 Agriculture Spending Bill

Friday, April 27, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved the Agriculture spending bill for Fiscal Year 2013, which provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The bill provides $20.785 billion in overall discretionary spending.

Specifically, the bill provides $1.001 billion for Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), but does not include new user fees for inspection of meat, poultry or eggs, which were a part of the President’s FY2013 budget request.  The measure also provided $2.524 billion for the FDA, which includes an increase of $12.5 million for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The bill maintained the FY2012 funding levels for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD)  at $200 million and $34.5 million, respectively.

The bill will now next go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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