Budget and Appropriations


It’s a Wrap – This Congress is Over – Final Bills and Letters

December 17, 2014

Both the House and Senate have now finished, bringing this Congress to a close.  A new Congress — the 114th — begins in January. This post summarizes some end of session activity. Legislation Government Spending Bill — The Senate approved the so-called “cromnibus” appropriations bill on Saturday, December 13 and the bill was signed into […]

Massive Appropriations Bill Nears the Finish Line

December 12, 2014

The House of Representatives approved the government spending bill for 2015 last night by the relatively close final tally of 219-206 after a day of high drama over the deal negotiated by House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and the White House. Earlier in the day, the rule to proceed to the bill initially appeared to be […]

Final Budget Bill Guts Conservation Funding and Farmer Protections

December 11, 2014

Despite some good news, Congress’ final appropriations bill paints a bleak picture for sustainable agriculture.

Election Results Will Influence Farm Policy Leadership in Congress

November 7, 2014

This week’s Republican wave election, combined with congressional retirements and term limits, will shake up the leadership of key congressional committees for food and agriculture.  Here is the brief rundown. Senate Agriculture: With the Republican takeover of the Senate, it is highly likely that Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the current Ranking Member of the Senate […]

New Guide Available on Matched Savings Accounts for Beginning Farmers

October 28, 2014

When Congress returns next month, they will debate whether to provide first time funding for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account program

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program Awards Announced

September 25, 2014

On Wednesday, September 24, USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien announced $19.8 million in grant and loan funding under the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) to 44 organizations, enabling them to provide microloans and training and technical assistance to rural microentrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow small businesses and create jobs. These awardee organizations, […]

NSAC Joins Twenty-Eight Groups in Supporting Funding for AFRI

September 23, 2014

On Monday September 22, twenty-eight members of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees thanking them for the increase in funding for AFRI included in each of their Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bills. The letter also requests their continued support […]

Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels through December 11

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.”  The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]

4 Important Policy Decisions that Will Impact Farmers, Food, and the Environment in 2015

September 5, 2014

Taking a look at Congress’ work over the next few months, here are four appropriations decisions that will have a major impact on farmers, food, and the environment.

House Subcommittee Votes to Curtail Environmental Protections

July 9, 2014

On Wednesday, July 9, the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and related agencies in fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014.  The bill cuts EPA funding by $717 million, or 9 percent, relative to […]

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