House committee OKs ag spending bill with climate cuts

By Marc Heller | 07/11/2024 07:02 AM EDT

The $25.9 billion measure for fiscal 2025 passed on a party-line vote.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.).

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who chairs the House Agriculture-Rural Development Subcommittee, said agencies "have to do more with less under the Biden economy." Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Appropriators Wednesday passed a $25.9 billion annual spending measure that would trim agriculture programs in fiscal 2025 while steering them away from addressing climate change.

The Republican-written bill, passed on a partisan vote of 29 to 26, would cut agriculture and food safety funding by 1.35 percent, or $355 million, although individual programs would see much bigger swings — many negative but some with increases.

Appropriations Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said the bill would roll back “ill-advised” priorities of the Biden administration, and Agriculture Subcommittee Chair Andy Harris (R-Md.) called the proposed reductions a response to high inflation demanding belt-tightening by government and families alike.


“They have to do more with less under the Biden economy,” Harris said.