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December 15, 2019

Ag Appropriations; EPA Water Hearing; Trade Hearing; Ag Economy

Agricultural Appropriations- House Action

Yesterday, the House took up the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4800). Although a final vote on the measure has yet to take place, several amendments to the spending bill were considered on the floor yesterday.

A chronological recap of yesterday’s House activity is available here, while a list of amendments that lawmakers considered can be found here.

More specifically, Cristina Marcos reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The House on Wednesday adopted a proposal from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to boost funding for school breakfast equipment grants.

Approved by voice vote, Lee’s amendment to the 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill would increase funding for the school breakfast grant program by $8.1 million by offsetting the same amount from the Agriculture secretary’s administrative accounts. The amendment would bring total funding for school breakfast equipment grants to $35 million, which aligns with the Obama administration budget request.”

The Hill update noted that, “The House is considering the 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill under an open rule, which allows members to offer an unlimited number of amendments. Passage is not expected until Thursday.”

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