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House Approps Passes Ag Bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved by voice vote the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill covering the Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Farm Credit Administration.
The committee, which met in the Ways and Means hearing room and practiced social distancing, approved the bill by voice vote. Some “No” votes could be heard, but no one asked for a roll call vote.
House Appropriations Committee ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, said some provisions stopping the Trump administration from making “reforms” could be “poison pills,” and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., also noted his dissatisfaction with some provisions and the bill’s financing.
A manager’s amendment sponsored by House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., orders the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to complete within one year an analysis of the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a focus on the methodology used, and comparing it to recommendations the National Academies recommended in 2017.
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