In a challenging budget year, on April 26th the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill by a vote of 28-1.
The bill preserves funding for many AVMA priority programs which play critical roles in ensuring animal health and welfare; bolstering food and agricultural research; fostering education and training of veterinarians; and securing our nation’s food supply.
Here is how AVMA’s top priorities fared:
- Level funding of $4,790,000 for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program;
- Level funding of $1,000,000 for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank;
- Level funding of $816,534,000 for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;
- Level funding of $4,000,000 for the Animal Health an Disease Research/1433 Formula Funds;
- A slight increase from $1,094,647,000 to $1,101,853,000 for the Agricultural Research Service; and
- An increase from $265,900,000 to $297,956,000 for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
The next step in the legislative process is consideration by the full Senate. The Senate’s Agriculture Appropriations bill, once approved by the full Senate, will then have to be conferenced with the House spending bill. Right now, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee has yet to set a date to mark up its spending bill. The current fiscal year ends September 30, 2012.
For more information on the AVMA’s congressional activities, visit www.avma.org/advocacy.