House Rules Committee poised to consider FY 2014 USDA appropriations

By Derrick Cain

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WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 - The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet tonight to consider a rule for the FY 2014 appropriations bill for the USDA, FDA, and related agencies (H.R. 2410).

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The committee will consider an open rule, which would allow for several amendments.

Usually, when the committee sets a rule, a bill would move to the floor within a day or two. In this case, it is not clear when the bill will be taken up on the floor.

Congressional aides have been tight-lipped about when the bill may come to the floor. A House Rules Committee spokesperson told Agri-Pulse Monday that she had no information about the bill's schedule.

Speculation is that lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be waiting for the dust to clear from the fall-out of the failure of the farm bill. Further, the House schedule is tight this week and lawmakers will be eager to leave for the July 4 recess.

The legislation would provide $19.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $1.3 billion below the FY 2013 enacted level and about equal to the current level. The funding would be $516 million below the president's request.

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