The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved different versions of bills to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in fiscal year 2015. The two bills differ significantly in terms of total funding, with the House bill providing about $300 million more.

Funding for intramural research at the Agricultural Research Service varies between the bills. The Senate bill would provide $1.14 billion, $17 million more than the current level. The House bill would provide $1.12 billion, a slight reduction from the 2014 enacted level.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, USDA’s competitively awarded extramural research program, would receive $325 million in both bills. The proposed funding level is an increase of $8.5 million above fiscal year 2014.


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