Budget and Appropriations


Secretary Vilsack Releases Recovery Act Report

March 9, 2011

On Wednesday March 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the released of the Investments report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The report, entitled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Working for Rural Communities, shows that the investments are renewing the Nation’s rural areas and providing benefits to the rural […]

Senate Dems Counter H.R. 1 with Their Own Half-Year Continuing Resolution

March 4, 2011

On Friday, March 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee released draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations legislation to fund all federal government functions for the last half of the current fiscal year.  The bill is the Senate’s counter offer to H.R. 1, the House CR that passed on February 19 and included roughly $60 billion in […]

House Holds Two Hearings on Agriculture Appropriations

March 2, 2011

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held two hearings with top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Chief Economist Joe Glauber, and USDA Budget […]

154 Grassroots Groups Call Budget Cuts Reckless and Unjust

March 1, 2011

154 grassroots organizations sent a letter to the United States Senate on Monday in opposition to a government funding bill that would slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) circulated the letter, and the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural circulated it […]

House Passes Two-Week Budget Extension with $4 Billion in Cuts

March 1, 2011

Earlier this afternoon, the House passed 335-91 a two-week extension of the existing short-term “continuing resolution” (CR) that is keeping the government running at fiscal year 2010 levels.  The House extension includes $4 billion in immediate budget cuts, intended to be a down payment on the much deeper cuts contained in H.R. 1, the House […]

Over 185 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 1 Cuts to Sustainable Agriculture

March 1, 2011

On Tuesday, March 1, NSAC delivered two letters to Senate offices in opposition to the sustainable agriculture cuts contained in H.R. 1, the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR).  The first letter was signed by 154 grassroots organizations from throughout the country, while the second letter was signed by 35 national conservation organizations. The common thread, running […]

New Movement on Government Funding Negotiations

February 25, 2011

There were several important new developments on Thursday in the continuing saga of arriving at a government funding bill for the rest of fiscal year 2011. House Republican leaders are getting ready to file a short-term extension of the existing short-term “continuing resolution” (CR) that is keeping the government running at fiscal year 2010 levels.  […]

Take Action: Oppose Reckless Spending Cuts

February 22, 2011

 Call Your Senators       In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved a government funding bill that would slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill (H.R. 1) unfairly targets programs that serve sustainable and organic farmers.  It makes steep […]

House Approves $60 Billion in Budget Cuts

February 21, 2011

In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved on a near party-line 235-189 vote the government funding bill for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill, H.R. 1, would slash roughly $60 billion from the federal budget relative to fiscal year 2010 spending.  Three Republicans voted against the […]

Obama USDA Budget Proposal a Mixed Bag

February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  For sustainable agriculture interests, the budget proposal is a mixed bag, with big cuts to farm bill conservation programs, though mostly good news on discretionary spending accounts. Mandatory Farm Bill Spending President Obama’s proposed budget calls for deep, […]

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