House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves USDA Funding Bill

By  •  June 26, 2015 at 12:18 am

June 18, 2015—The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture on June 18 advanced the Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill for USDA.  The Subcommittee allotted $20.7 billion in discretionary spending, a decrease of $175 million from 2015. Of interest to SNA Members, the bill contains language that:

  • Continues allowing states to offer waivers to school food authorities that demonstrate financial hardship to return to the 2012 50% whole grain requirement and delays further sodium reductions until science establishes it is beneficial for children.
  • Provides $20 million in equipment grants, which is $5 million less than 2015.
  • Continues the ban on poultry items from China for use in school meals.
  • Contains a provision requiring the Dietary Guidelines be focused on nutrition and that all recommendations have strong science behind them.

The next step is for the bill to be voted on by the full House Appropriations Committee before moving to a floor vote. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet marked up their version of the funding bill for USDA.  SNA will continue to provide updates as these critical funding bills move through Congress.