The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a $24 billion agriculture bill, setting the stage for a floor vote later this month.
In a 29-21 vote, the committee passed the bill, which rejects President Trump’s request to cut the budget by 15%. While mandatory spending is included, the bill covers a broader $155.3 billion in spending, though the mandatory spending would happen regardless of its inclusion in the bill. That amount is $3.2 billion higher than current levels.
“The bill would reduce hunger at home and abroad, support rural development and our farmers, and ensure the FDA is properly funded to meet the growing needs of regulating our food, medicines, and more,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), referring to the Food and Drug Administration.