On Tuesday, a news release from the House Appropriations Committee indicated that, "The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee [on Wednesday]...The bill totals $20 billion in discretionary funding, which is $876 million lower than the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.64 billion above the President’s budget request. The legislation prioritizes this funding in programs for rural communities, farmers, ranchers, food and drug safety, and nutrition for those in need."
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a hearing yesterday to discuss the President's FY2018 budget request and heard testimony from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Recall that late last month, Sec. Perdue discussed the executive branch agricultural budget outline before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. Recent news articles have documented concerns about the President's budget proposal, particularly when it comes to crop insurance and the SNAP program (food stamps). Today's update highlights three issues that Senators discussed at yesterday's meeting: Crop insurance, federal agricultural related research, and dairy issues with Canada.
Recent news articles have pointed to ongoing concerns with respect to President Trump's budget proposals, specifically when it comes to proposed cuts to crop insurance and the SNAP program (food stamps). Late last month, lawmakers on the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee discussed these issues with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and today's update provides additional perspective on these budget items.
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a hearing with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to discuss the Administration’s priorities for the Department of Agriculture and to review the President’s proposed 2018 budget. Today's update highlights two issues that lawmakers discussed at yesterday's meeting: Crop Insurance and the SNAP (food stamps) program.
Reuters writer P.J. Huffstutter reported earlier this week that, "The White House budget on Monday proposed $46.54 billion in cuts to federal government funding for the agriculture sector over the next 10 years. President Donald Trump's biggest cut would come in the form of a $38 billion bite out of farm supports, including new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and caps for commodity payments."
Yesterday, the Senate Ag Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. Issues associated with the Trump Administration's proposed USDA budget cuts, trade policy, and labor were among the topics discussed at yesterday's meeting.