The U.S. Senate and House budget negotiators announced an agreement Sunday night on a funding package to keep the government running through September 30th. The fiscal year 2017 omnibus provides for a total spending of $1.070 trillion in base discretionary authority.
To refresh, NASDA sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriators on March 10, 2016 to request funding on a number of key items.
Several NASDA funding priorities are proposed to be enacted at higher-than-requested amounts:
- Food Safety Modernization Act Integrated Food Safety System: $100mil requested, $105mil proposed
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service program areas: $901mil requested, $946mil proposed
- National Animal Health Laboratory Network: $15mil requested, $16.3 proposed
- Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program: $5mil requested, $6.5mil proposed
- Office of Water, Clean Water Sec. 319: $164.9mil requested, $170.9 proposed
While the majority of the remaining funding priorities fell short of requested levels, nearly all were funded at or above 2016 enacted amounts.
- National Agricultural Statistics Service: $176.6mil requested, $171.2mil proposed, increase of $2.796mil over 2016
- Office of Pesticide Programs, various: given President Trump’s focus on shrinking the EPA specifically, it is surprising that program levels continued at FY 16 amounts.