Senate appropriations advance ag budget before break

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously advanced the Fiscal Year 2024 ag budget before leaving Washington D.C. for a two-week recess.

Ag Appropriations Ranking Member John Hoeven tells Brownfield the near $26 billion budget invests in ag research and nutrition while saving money from President Biden’s initial proposal.

“In our top line, we were $2.6 billion below President Biden’s budget. We found ways to save.”

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $25 billion ag spending bill in mid-June. Hoeven says the primary difference between the House and Senate’s bills is that renewable energy grants from the Inflation Reduction Act are not included in the House’s version of the bill.

He says the cost difference between the two bills will have to be worked out in conference once the bills pass.

“The House used $8 billion in recissions to put their bill together. We’ll have to take a look at it and see what we can figure out.”

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin tells Brownfield she will be fighting to protect investments to grow rural economies, Wisconsin agriculture and ensure families have peace of mind as they put food on the table.

The ag appropriation bills in the House and the Senate are expected to come to the floor for consideration in July. Congress is in recess until the week of July 10.

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