The House is currently in session. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and running for two hours are speeches from Representatives. At noon, legislative business will begin.
According to www.thehill.com, the House will start work today on H.R. 2112, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (Ag Appropriations Bill). The website reports that members will start by debating the rule that the House Rules Committee approved on Monday night.
CLICK HERE to read a summary of the 2012 Ag Appropriations Bill. Along with defunding the USDA inspection of U.S. horse processing facilities, the bill also prohibits funding for any further spending on proposed GIPSA market competition rule.
If you would like to monitor the House session, CLICK HERE for live video.
According to the Obama Administration, this Ag Appropriations measure provides insufficient funding for a number of programs in a way that undermines core government functions and investments key to economic growth and job creation. In a statement released Monday, the administration notes that the Food and Nutrition Service, food safety, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, research, the Food and Drug Administration, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and international food aid will all be adversely affected by the bill.
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