Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the markup of the subcommittee’s fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill.
“This bipartisan legislation is the product of Democrats and Republicans working together to support a stronger and more resilient agriculture economy that works for our farmers, ranchers and families in rural communities,” said Senator Baldwin. “Developed with input from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, this bipartisan legislation will drive economic opportunities to farmers and invest in the long-term health of our working lands. It will also invest in broadband and ensure that people facing challenging times have tools to move towards nutrition, health and housing security. I am also very proud that our work together will make investments that support the Dairy Business Innovation Program, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, and research priorities for our dairy, specialty crop, and organic farmers. The full product of the subcommittee will help ensure that rural Americans have the tools to thrive in our global economy and build back better.”
The fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill provides discretionary funding of $25.855 billion, which is an increase of $2.5 billion above fiscal year 2021 enacted levels. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the legislation on Wednesday.