Ag Appropriations Update

Late Saturday, the Senate, by vote of 56 to 40,   http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00354    approved a nearly $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) that funds most of the federal government, including agriculture, for the remainder of FY 15 (through Sept. 30).  The only department not included in the package is Homeland Security, which will operate under a continuing resolution (CR) until March 1.  On the vote, 21 Democrats, 18 Republicans, and 1 Independent voted against the legislation.

 

Passage by the Senate, followed earlier approval last week by the House, which voted 219 to 206,    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll563.xml    in favor of the legislation.  On that vote, 67 Republicans voted against the bill and 57 Democrats voted for it.  H.R. 83 now goes to President Obama to be signed into law.  Under the legislation, both MAP and FMD will receive full authorized funding of $200 million and $34.5 million respectively for FY 15.

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Yesterday, Representative David Scott (D-GA), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), the sole cotton state Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry wrote a letter to Secretary […]

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