Budget, Appropriations Issues Continue to Unfold- Agriculture, Farm Bill

This week, the House Budget Committee unveiled, and subsequently passed, a 2018 fiscal year budget resolution.  Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved its fiscal year 2018 agricultural appropriations measure.  Today's update provides additional details on these budgetary developments as the legislative process advances in anticipation of the next Farm Bill.
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Spending and Budgetary Issues- Agriculture, Farm Bill

Today's update looks at recent spending and budgetary issues impacting agriculture and the Farm Bill.  The House Appropriations Committee this week passed the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for USDA.  Meanwhile, recent reporting from Politico indicated that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) reached a "handshake agreement" with House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R., Tenn.) on potential cuts to ag and nutrition programs.  And, the Congressional Budget Office recently released its latest baseline for farm programs.
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House Ag Appropriations Bill Passes Subcommittee- Ag Spending in Broader Budget Context

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."
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At Senate Appropriations Hearing, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Discusses White House Budget- Crop Insurance, Research, and Dairy

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.
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Concerns Over Trump Ag Budget Proposal Persist– Crop Insurance, SNAP

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.
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At Appropriations Hearing, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Discusses White House Budget- Crop Insurance, SNAP

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.
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In Budget Proposal, White House Seeks Cuts To Agriculture

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."
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