On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted its FY 2016 budget resolution on a vote of 228-199. The version of the budget resolution approved by the full House reflects the version passed by the House Budget Committee last week, but it includes an additional $2 billion for a particular Defense account.
During floor consideration, the House rejected a number of alternative budget proposals, including a proposal from the Republican Study Committee that would have called for the elimination of funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. The final version adopted by the House does include reconciliation instructions for the Agriculture Committee to find $1 billion in reductions over 10 years in mandatory programs.
The Senate is still considering its budget resolution with amendment votes anticipated to extend through Thursday night. There were a number of amendments introduced that could impact crop insurance and the farm programs, including amendments from Senator Flake (R-AZ) that would eliminate premium subsidies on policies utilizing the Harvest Price Option, limiting premium support for producers with an AGI above $750,000, and calling for disclosure of participants in the crop insurance program; an amendment from Senator Shaheen (D-NH) that would call for a premium support cap of $50,000 annually; and an amendment from Senator Booker (D-NJ) that would call for a reduction in the AGI cap for Title 1 farm programs.
The National Association of Wheat Growers is opposed to these amendments and asks that people contact their Senate offices today to oppose any amendment that would undermine crop insurance or that would reopen the Farm Bill.