House Republicans to release Agriculture spending bill

By Marc Heller, Manuel Quiñones | 06/10/2024 07:02 AM EDT

Appropriators will also prepare a flurry of fiscal 2025 legislation for floor debate.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.).

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), chair of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, will release his fiscal 2025 bill Monday. Al Drago/Getty Images

House appropriators on Monday will release their plans to fund the Agriculture Department — legislation that ran into bipartisan trouble last year because of deep cuts to popular programs.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), chair of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, has signaled a desire to scale back Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s authority to spend funds from the Commodity Credit Corp. for administration priorities.

Such sentiments are part of a Republican backlash for Vilsack’s $3.5 billion climate-smart agriculture grant program paid for with CCC money. Harris has accused the secretary of treating the CCC as a “slush fund.”


Harris has also continued to advocate for reining in aspects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including restrictions on high-sugar foods covered — an issue he raised with Vilsack at a budget hearing earlier this year.