This week, S. 954:
the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, was on the Senate floor. Hopes of quick
passage for the bill have faded as 196 amendments had already been filed by May
22, with the Senate only having worked through a handful. Passage by the full
Senate remains likely, but the number of amendments that will receive a vote
and the time required to work through these amendments is yet to be
determined. The Administration put out a
of Administration Policy on May 20 expressing support for S.954.
NACo supports S.954 because it
restores funding for NACo’s key priorities. The Senate bill includes $115
million in mandatory funding for the Rural Development Title. This includes $50
million for the Water and Wastewater
Backlog, $50 million for the Value Added Producer Grant Program and $15 million
for the Rural Microenterprise Assistance program. The bill also includes $800
million in mandatory funding for the Energy Title and $85 million for the
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
A detailed summary of the Senate bill is available here. The current list of proposed amendments is available here.
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