Action on House Ag Appropriations Bill Delayed

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill on Wednesday - according to the Hagstrom Report. One item they did not deal with was the controversial issue on whether to strike a provision for USDA to grant waivers from healthy school meal rules to schools documenting financial losses on their meal programs for six months. Only one amendment was passed - and that is to provide 10-million dollars for the Local and Regional Purchase program that allows the U.S. government to buy food closer to areas of crisis. The amendment brought forward by Connecticut's Rosa DeLauro - which would have allowed the Commodity Futures Trading Commissions to spend more money on regulatory efforts and less on information technology - was rejected. House Republican Leadership has delayed further action on the bill until at least the week of June 23rd - due to the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his primary earlier this week. House Republicans have set Thursday - June 19th - as the election date for a new House Majority Leader - as Cantor resigned effective July 31st.

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