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Senate Agriculture FY 2013 Appropriations Bill Marked Up in Committee

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill by a vote of 28-1 on April 26. The following information about the Food and Drug Administration, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the WIC program was included in the summary of the bill:

Food and Drug Administration : The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $2.524 billion for the Food and Drug Administration. Included in this amount is an increase of $12.5 million for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This funding level takes into consideration the federal government's responsibilities to protect public health and safety, especially in the areas of food, drugs, medical devices, and biologics. The bill does not provide funds for several proposed user fees that have yet to be authorized.

Food Safety and Inspection Service: The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $1.001 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. This includes an increase above the budget request for federal inspection activities and the full funding requested in the budget for state and international inspection activities.

Domestic Nutrition: The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $7.041 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This level will fully fund participation in the program. This level also provides $60 million for breastfeeding peer counselors, $14 million for infrastructure, and $30 million for management information systems. For other domestic nutrition programs, the fiscal year 2013 bill provides $397 million. This includes $187 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which fully funds participation.

A full summary of the bill is provided here.

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