May 26, 2006 -- The U.S. House of Representatives, on Tuesday, passed H.R. 5384, the fiscal year 2007 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The legislation provides more than $18 billion in total discretionary spending, a decline of $96 million from this fiscal year. The bill passed by a vote of 378 to 46.
A couple funding topics the sheep industry followed during this week?s debate on the House floor include the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and the Market Access Program (MAP). Amendments to limit or eliminate funding of NAIS and the MAP were defeated.
The U.S. Senate will be working on their version of agriculture appropriations in subcommittee, likely in June.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33