Agriculture and Related Agencies: FY2015 Appropriations [October 22, 2014]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Agriculture appropriations bill funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), except for the Forest Service. It includes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and--in the House and in even-numbered enacted fiscal years--the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). FY2015 began under a 10-week continuing resolution (P.L. 113-164) that lasts until December 11, 2014. Accounts are funded at 99.9446% of their FY2014 amounts, and any conditions in the FY2014 appropriation continue to apply. The CR [Continuing Resolution] increases the Commodity Supplemental Food Program by $6 million, and allows the FDA to implement a newly authorized user fee. The CR provides a total of $20.789 billion for discretionary Agriculture appropriations, which is within 0.5% of the totals proposed by the House and Senate-reported bills. For FY2015, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees reported their Agriculture appropriations bills (H.R. 4800 and S. 2389) in May 2014--the earliest joint action in years. The House considered H.R. 4800 on the floor on June 11, procedurally read through most of the bill, and adopted several amendments. The bill was left unfinished when floor action was suspended due to House Whip leadership changes. The Senate considered a minibus appropriations bill on June 19 that included the Agriculture bill. But Senate consideration quickly stopped over a disagreement about procedures for amendments. Thus both bills remain unfinished at the chamber level, although each was considered for a time on the respective chamber floor."

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