Budget and Appropriations


Agriculture Targeted for 14 Percent Cut By House GOP

February 3, 2011

On Thursday, February 3, House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that next week he will set a budget ceiling for all discretionary federal government spending for the current fiscal year (FY 11) of $1.055 trillion, a figure $32 billion lower than the current short-term “continuing resolution” (CR) the government is operating on.  The […]

More Committee Assignments

January 27, 2011

Senate Agriculture Committee The new roster for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee was announced January 27.  As expected, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) takes over the reins as Chair, and Pat Roberts (R-KS) replaces Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) as the Ranking Member. New to the Committee are two GOP first term GOP Senators — John […]

Democrats Named to House Ag Subcommittees

January 25, 2011

On Tuesday, January 25, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced the Democratic members and leadership for the Ag Committee’s newly reorganized Subcommittees. Also, the House Appropriations Committee announced its Democratic subcommittee assignments last week; the four Democratic members of the Subcommittee on Agriculture are listed below. House Agriculture Committee: Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, […]

Whither Budget and Appropriations for Current Fiscal Year and Beyond?

January 21, 2011

Very little is clear yet about how House Republican leadership will proceed on government-wide appropriations for the fiscal year that started last October and is currently under a stop-gap continuing resolution.  Coming out of the elections, the new majority declared its support for returning immediately to discretionary funding levels that existing in 2008, the last […]

NSAC Announces Strategic Initiative Grant Award Winners

January 4, 2011

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is very excited to announce a new round of Strategic Initiative Grant (SIG) awards that will build our coalition’s grassroots strength for the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations and Farm Bill Campaigns. NSAC thinks the best way to achieve long-term food and farm policy change is to build the capacity of its […]

Congress Extends FY2010 Budget through March 4, 2011

December 22, 2010

Late on Tuesday, December 21, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) scheduled to expire on March 4, 2011, which will fund most federal government agencies at the level provided in their FY2010 Appropriations Bills.  The Senate voted 79-16 on Sunday, December 19 to amend the House-passed CR (H.R. 3082).  The amended CR then went to […]

Lame Duck Appears Headed for End with No Appropriations or Food Safety Bills

December 17, 2010

In the early evening on December 16, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled the pending omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2011 when it became clear that no Republicans would vote for it.  Earlier in the week, at least five and possibly as many as nine Republicans were indicating privately they would support the […]

Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Released

December 14, 2010

(Updated Version — 12/15/10 — of Original Post) The Senate Appropriations Committee released the long-awaited omnibus, government-wide appropriations bill the afternoon of December 14.  The $1.1 trillion bill is a less than two percent increase over FY 2010, $26 billion less than what the Obama Administration requested in February, $18 billion more than the long-term […]

House Passes Senate Food Safety Bill with FY 11 Appropriations

December 9, 2010

On Wednesday evening, December 8, the House passed a combined Continuing Resolution-Food Safety bill by a vote of 212-206.  All Republicans and 35 Democrats voted no. The Continuing Resolution would fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, 2011.  The current short-term Continuing Resolution expires on […]

Deficit Commission Releases Final Report

December 1, 2010

On Wednesday, December 1, the White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final report detailing a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit.  The report, entitled “The Moment of Truth,” calls for significant reductions in agricultural spending. The Commission recommends $15 billion in gross reductions in mandatory agriculture programs from 2012 through […]

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