The full House Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, and ordered it be reported to the full House. The full House is expected to take up the bill on June 15.
The legislation provides $125.5 billion in both mandatory and discretionary funding. The mandatory funding in the bill is approximately $108.25 billion, more than $70 billion of which goes for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP, previously Food Stamps) Program. The discretionary spending in this bill totals $17.25 billion, which is a decrease of $2.7 billion below the amount included in the fiscal year 2011 Continuing Resolution and a decrease of approximately $5 billion below the budget request. Overall, the bill results in a 13.4% reduction in spending from fiscal year 2011. With this reduction, spending will be reduced below fiscal year 2008 levels.