FRAC's Agriculture Appropriations Chart:
Federal Nutrition Program Funding - Fiscal 2008-Present (pdf)
The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on July 8th. The bill totaled $20.65 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) funding, which is $175 million lower (one percent) than FY 2015 and $1.1 billion below the President’s budget request, including his request for a contingency fund for WIC and an expansion of USDA’s Summer EBT pilot program. In a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), OMB Director Shaun Donovan warned, “[W]e have a number of serious concerns about this legislation, which would underfund these important investments and includes highly problematic ideological riders.” Follow these links to a copy of the OMB letter (pdf) and for Committee postings about the bill.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on July 16th. The bill provides $20.5 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) funding, which is $65 million lower than FY 2015–but $110 million more than the House Bill approved last week. Both the House and Senate Bills in total propose $1.1 billion less than the President’s budget request. An amendment to continue the hardship waiver related to whole grain and sodium requirements in school meals was introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and passed in Senate Committee by voice vote. The same hardship waiver provision was included in the final FY 2015 appropriations bill last year. For Committee postings about the Senate FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, click here.