NAWG Asks for Grower Outreach as Budget Process Progresses

May 13, 2011 Bookmark and Share

More details emerged this week about the likely schedule for the FY2012 appropriations process.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) announced on Wednesday his Committee’s schedule for FY2012 work. He aims to have each of the 12 appropriations bills through the Committee before the August recess and finalized before the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Under Rogers’ aggressive timeline, the agriculture-related appropriations bill is scheduled to be marked up by the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on May 24, with full committee consideration scheduled for May 31.

Rogers also released 302(b) allocations, which are the funding limits that Appropriations subcommittees must abide by, based on a stringent budget resolution the chamber approved in April on a party-line vote.

Under the allocations, the agriculture-related subcommittee, which also allocates funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will be required to hold spending at $17.250 billion, $2.672 billion less than the current fiscal year – which itself saw a 14 percent cut to agriculture spending – and more than $5 billion under the Obama Administration request.

Across the Hill, word came late this week that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) could hold his Committee’s mark-up of a budget resolution proposal as early as next week, though that was unconfirmed at press time.

On Monday, NAWG sent out a call to action for state associations and grower-leaders, asking them to phone House offices and voice support for research appropriations and funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, both of which help U.S. Wheat Associates market U.S. wheat overseas. Many state executives responded to this request, which is highly appreciated, especially considering the short deadline.