Granger Statement on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Bill

May 18, 2023

The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill works to lower costs and grow our economy by supporting America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
During the last Congress, many agencies and programs received significant increases, which is why I asked this Subcommittee to take a hard look at the spending it oversees. 
I thank Chairman Harris for coming up with ways to gather some of the funds we already have on hand and redirect them toward priorities in this bill. Specifically, this bill prioritizes spending on agricultural research, internet coverage for rural areas, and plant and animal health programs.
This bill also provides a responsible level of funding for the FDA. and ensures that our food, drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective. The FDA has a track record that shows us more funding does not always fix problems. The agency needs strong leadership.

I want to thank the Subcommittee Members and staff – both Majority and Minority – for their hard work on this bill.