Ag Spending Bill Approved by House Subcommittee

The House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee has approved the fiscal year 2014 ag spending bill today. The measure was approved on a voice vote. It appeared all Democratic members of the committee voted against the measure. While the Democrats praised Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt for his management of the bill and performance as chairman - they said the allocation was too small.

Sam Farr of California pointed to the 20-percent cut in international food aid. Connecticut's Rosa De Lauro expressed disappointment in cuts to the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the small increase in the Food and Drug Administration budget and cuts to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. According to an Appropriations Committee spokesperson - the bill contains enough money to cover all expected WIC beneficiaries.

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