According to Bloomberg, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $19.8 billion in discretionary funding for agencies including the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the next fiscal year, a cut of 0.7% percent from current spending.
The bill, which funds programs including food safety and rural development, allots 16% more than the House of Representatives called for in June. The cost estimate for the measure doesn't include funding for programs required by law.
FDA spending for fiscal year 2012 was set at $2.497 billion, up 2% (around $50 million) from this year. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, responsible for monitoring the nation's meat supply, would receive $1.007 billion, unchanged from 2011.
Savings came partly from the Women, Infants, and Children Program, which was cut 2.3% to $6.582 billion because of lower projected participation rates, and from the National Resources Conservation Service, where spending would decline 4.9% to $828 million.