Senate approves FDA budget.
The Senate Appropriations Committee's Agriculture Subcommittee approved a $74.6 billion fiscal year 2003 budget July 23 for the
Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and
other agriculture-related government programs. The budget is $750
million above fiscal year 2002 spending and $590 million above the
president's budget request. It includes $18 billion in
discretionary spending, which is $14.4 million above fiscal year 2002
spending and $9.5 million above the president's request.
Chairman Herbert Kohl (D-Wis.) highlighted increases in overall
research spending, food safety spending, and rural spending.
Agricultural research spending at $1.6 billion is $82 million over
fiscal year 2002 and $90 million over the president's request. Kohl
said rural spending was increased $60 million over fiscal year 2002. The
total amount of spending for rural programs and food safety were not
immediately available. "This bill covers many areas and each has
been dealt with in a fair and reasonable manner," Kohl said.
"It's within our budget allocations."