The House Committee on Agriculture has passed its Budget Views and Estimates, which reflects the committee’s recommendations for the agencies under its jurisdiction for Fiscal Year 2010. It has been sent to the House Budget Committee. Among the priorities outlined by the committee were USDA implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill, modernization of the Farm Service Agency computer system, enactment of derivatives market legislation, and oversight hearings on waste, fraud, and abuse on programs under its jurisdiction.
"Our proposed views and estimates letter outlines the Committee's legislative agenda and budget considerations for the coming fiscal year. The restructuring of farm and nutrition policies in of the 2008 Farm Bill was done in a fiscally responsible manner. Efficient implementation requires a period of stability," said Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn. "The current economic crisis is having broad impact on our nation and the benefits provided by that broadly supported legislation are essential to the well-being of millions of Americans. We urge the Budget Committee to take these points into consideration while crafting a responsible budget resolution for the coming fiscal year."
Ranking Member Frank Lucas, R-Okla., encouraged the Budget Committee to honor the commitments made to producers in the 2008 Farm Bill.
"At a time when our country is facing an economic crisis and commodity prices are plunging, it is important that we do the best we can to provide our farmers and ranchers with the safety net they need," Lucas said.
A copy of the budget and estimates letter is available on the committee Web site at http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/publications.html.