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House Committee Approves Agriculture Spending Bill

On June 13, the House Appropriations Committee approved, by voice vote, the FY2002 agriculture spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). The House is expected to consider the measure next week.

Overall, the measure would provide $15.669 billion for the Department of Agriculture and related agencies, a slight increase over the $15.077 billion appropriated in FY2001. The President requested $15.409 billion for FY2002. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children would receive $4.137 billion, a $94 million increase over last year and the same amount requested by the President. Additionally, child nutrition programs would receive $10.089 billion, a $554 million increase and the same amount requested by the President.

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