Summary of FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations Act - Committee mark

July 11, 2017
Press Release

The Agriculture bill’s insufficient allocation results in consequential reductions for food aid, and underfunding CFTC’s enforcement of consumer financial protections. 


2017 enacted level:   $21.13 billion

2018 budget request:            $15.36 billion

2018 mark:                 $20.00 billion


The Chairman’s mark provides:

  • $1.4 billion for Food for Peace, which is $200 million less than the FY2017 enacted level.
  • $185 million for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, which is $16 million less than the FY2017 enacted level.
  • $248 million for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), $2 million less than the FY2017 level and $33.5 million less than the level requested by the acting Republican chairman of CFTC.           
  • $2.77 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), equal to the FY2017 enacted level.
  • $23 million for the summer EBT program, which is equal to the FY2017 enacted level. 
  • $6.15 billion in discretionary funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which is sufficient to meet expected need based on current estimates.
  • Child nutrition and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) mandatory appropriations are consistent with current estimates.


The Chairman’s mark includes the following provisions:

  • Exempting “premium cigars” from the Tobacco Control Act’s pre-market review requirement by exempting them from FDA’s “deeming” proposal
  • Exempting unregulated tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to stay on the market without pre-market review by FDA. 
  • Allowing the chairman of CFTC to reduce the compensation of CFTC employees in order to avoid furloughs, irrespective of an existing collective bargaining agreement.
  • Directing FDA and USDA to coordinate on consumer outreach “to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed,” and providing $1.5 million for this purpose, half the amount provided in FY2017.
  • Delaying a final rule on nutritional labeling on menus in restaurants by at least one year.
  • Continuing to allow waivers for school districts to comply with sodium and whole grains standards in school lunches and continuing to prevent any adjustment of sodium.
  • Prohibiting processed poultry from China from use in USDA meal programs.
  • Setting out preconditions for import into the United States any poultry slaughtered in China.
  • Prohibiting FDA from reviewing or approving a drug or biological “in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.”

The Chairman’s mark does not include:

  • A prohibition of funding to inspect facilities for the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
  • The “GIPSA rider” stopping implementation of a USDA rule protecting poultry farmers from strong-arm tactics of the processing industry.
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