Budget and Appropriations


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 […]

Appropriations Likely Headed for Continuing Resolution

November 19, 2010

Despite weeks of work by congressional appropriators to put together an omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2011, it appears increasingly likely that the appropriations measure, already a month and a half overdue, will not have the votes to pass.  Democratic appropriators have written a bill to the reduced total spending level advocated by their […]

Deficit Commission Proposes $3 Billion in Cuts to Farm Subsidies, CSP

November 11, 2010

Yesterday, the two co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, an 18-member bipartisan panel commissioned by President Obama in February 2010, released a draft plan to slow the growth of the federal budget deficit. As expected, the “trial balloon” report offers a contradictory set of recommendations; the commission’s chairs for instance propose […]

2010 Midterm Elections: Results from Ag Perspective

November 3, 2010

Below is a quick take on 2010 election results for the Agriculture Committees and the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate.  Should anything change as a result of late tabulations or recounts, we will issue a revised story. House Ag On the House side, where Republicans have apparently gained a 239-185 majority (as […]

Congress Extends FY2010 Spending Levels through December 3

September 30, 2010

Just before midnight this morning, Congress passed a continuing resolution to extend this year’s federal spending levels into fiscal year 2011.  The Senate approved the continuing resolution yesterday evening before sending it to the House for a final vote.  The House sent the bill to the President early this morning. The continuing resolution will fund […]

Congress Set to Pass Continuing Resolution on Final Day of FY2010

September 24, 2010

Congress is likely to wait until the last day of the fiscal year to pass a continuing resolution extending this year’s federal spending levels into Fiscal Year 2011.  The current 2010 fiscal year ends on Thursday, September 30.  The House will not be in voting session again until Wednesday so will not be in a […]

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