Subcommittee Passes FY 2019 Ag Appropriations Bill

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held a meeting to mark up the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill provides funding for programs to support farmers, rural communities, nutrition and food and drug safety. In total, the bill allows for $145.09 billion in funding. The legislation supports funding for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to support programs that help control and eradicate harmful pests and diseases. The bill increases FY 2019 funding for APHIS by $16.5 million to $998.4 million.

The bill also includes $1.713 billion to support farmers and ranchers through farm programs, conservation and emergency loan programs. In addition to support for domestic agriculture, the bill contains $1.92 billion to support programs to promote U.S. agricultural exports and overseas food aid. These programs will help decrease chronic hunger by providing American-grown food throughout the world. The bill was approved by a voice vote without any amendments. Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt said he expects the full Appropriations committee to consider the bill in the next few days.

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