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House Passes FY2021 Ag Spending Bill
USAgNet - 07/27/2020

On Friday, the U.S. House passed a four-bill, $259.5 billion fiscal year 2021 spending package (H.R. 7608) that includes $24 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

Among details, the agriculture bill includes: $1.07 billion--$27 million above the 2020 enacted level--for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and $3.3 billion--$92 million above the 2020 enacted level--for the Agriculture Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The House adopted a package of amendments on Thursday, including one that would prevent USDA from carrying out the Defense Production Act to keep meatpacking plants online during a pandemic.

The overall spending bill also includes funding for Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA and State-Foreign Operations.

It's unclear when the Senate plans to address the spending measures.

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