House appropriators OK cuts to agriculture for 2025

By Marc Heller | 06/12/2024 07:05 AM EDT

An Appropriations subcommittee approved the legislation without amendments.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.).

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), chair of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, during the panel's markup Tuesday of its fiscal 2025 bill. House Appropriations Committee/YouTube

House appropriators Tuesday approved ther annual agriculture spending bill for fiscal 2025 that would cut programs related to climate change and rural energy.

Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Andy Harris (R-Md.) said the $25.9 billion measure would rein in wasteful spending on Biden administration priorities while maintaining core programs across the Department of Agriculture.

“We’re not appropriating ‘Monopoly’ money,” Harris said at Tuesday’s markup, where the measure passed on a voice vote. There were no amendments, leaving that possibility for the full committee.


The bill “takes the same approach Americans take every day” toward cutting spending during stubborn inflation, Harris said, blaming that condition on the Biden administration.