AVMA Advocate: GRD Update

By Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division

The 112th Congress is slowly winding down as the November elections are just around the corner. Looking at the House and Senate calendars, the number of legislative days are dwindling, and we do not expect much to get passed in the next few months. Congress is pushing many of the major decisions to the lame duck session after the election.

There is a possibility that the House and Senate will move the Farm Bill in the next few months. The Senate is planning on debating the Farm Bill in June, and the House Agriculture Committee will mark-up their bill after the Senate passes their bill. There are still major issues to be worked out, including funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and crop insurance. The GRD has been working with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on AVMA’s priorities for the Farm Bill. 

The appropriations bills are moving through the House and the Senate. Given the slow pace of movement, we can expect a continuing resolution to keep the government funded beyond October 1, 2012. The Agriculture Appropriations bill, which includes the majority of AVMA’s funding priorities, has been passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to mark-up their bill in early June. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division, mlutschaunig@avma.org.

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