On 19 June 2012, the House Appropriations Committee adopted a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture and related agencies in fiscal year (FY) 2013. HR 5973 would provide $19.4 billion in discretionary funding, $365 million less than the current level.

Agriculture research spending in the bill totals $2.5 billion, $34.5 million less than FY 2012. The Agricultural Research Service—the department’s intramural research program—would receive $1.1 billion, $21 million less than the current funding level and on par with the FY 2002 enacted spending level. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture would receive $1.2 billion, a $27 million reduction. Included is $276.5 million (+$12 million) for the Agricultural Food and Research Initiative.

The White House has threatened to veto the bill, as it does not adhere to the budget allocation Congress agreed to under last summer’s debt limit deal and enacted in the 2011 Budget Control Act.


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