"In Congress, the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill has been reported in both chambers, but has not gone to the floor in either chamber. The '302(b)' allocation for discretionary spending by the House Agriculture appropriations subcommittee is $20.650 billion (H.Rept. 114-97), which is $175 million less than (-0.8%) the comparable amount for FY2015 ($20.825 billion). The House subcommittee approved a draft bill on June 18, 2015. The full House Appropriations Committee reported the bill on July 8, 2015, by voice vote (H.R. 3049, H.Rept. 114-205). The subcommittee allocation in the Senate is $20.510 billion (S.Rept. 114-55). Since the Senate allocation does not need to cover the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which is in the jurisdiction of the Financial Services appropriations subcommittee, it effectively is $110 million more than a comparative allocation in the House if CFTC were held constant. The Senate Agriculture subcommittee approved a draft bill on July 14. The full Senate Appropriations Committee reported the bill on July 16, 2015, by a vote of 28-2 (S. 1800, S.Rept. 114-82). Mandatory spending carried in each of the bills is roughly $123.3 million, making the total of the bills about $144 billion. Both bills also contain policy-related provisions. The White House released its FY2016 budget request on February 2, 2015. The same day, USDA released its budget summary 4 and budget explanatory notes with more programmatic details."
CRS Report for Congress, R43938