Vol. 11, No. 4 Ė June 5, 2013
House Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill ó Restores NIFA Cuts
House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met today and
approved its FY 2014 spending bill for USDA agencies, including the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We are pleased to report that the
land-grant systemís hard work over the last few months to restore the cuts
made to the systemís core capacity lines have borne fruit on the House side
of Capitol Hill. As shown below, all of the systemís seven core priorities
would be funded at or above their FY 2012 levels.
Land-Grant NIFA Priorities in House Mark ($Millions)
* FY 2013 numbers (post
sequestration) are not yet final. These are our best estimates.
The NIFA topline level is $1.209 billion under the House bill, an increase of ≈$65 million compared to the FY 2013 post sequestration level and ≈$6 million more than FY 2012. These funding levels are a direct result of Chairman Aderholtís (R-AL) leadership.
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the Agriculture Appropriations bill during the week of June 10. The bill may be considered on the House floor later in the month, although timing may depend upon disposition of the Farm Bill, which is tentatively scheduled to be on the House floor during the week of June 17. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to markup its version of the Agriculture spending bill sometime in June or July.
As always, we will continue to keep you informed as further developments occur.
THE CORNERSTONE TEAM