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Senate Ag Appropriations Bill Heads to Full Committee

The Senate’s FY 2016 agriculture appropriations bill has received subcommittee approval and will be considered by the full appropriations committee on Thursday.

The bill includes a $45-million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities. Although $3.5 million more than the House allocation, the increase is still less than half of the $109.5-million increase requested in the president’s budget.

fdabudgetx-406For the Department of Agriculture, the legislation allocates $1.014 billion for food safety and inspection programs. The enacted levels for 2015 were $1.016 billion, while the administration requested $1.012 billion for 2016.

The committee members stated that this level of funding will ensure safe food for consumers and go toward “promoting the safety and productivity of the nation’s $186 billion meat and poultry industry.”

The overall funding in the Senate agriculture appropriations bill is $24 billion below the president’s budget request and $3.7 billion below the FY 2015 enacted level.

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