Bills Funding Ag, Labor Departments Marked Up by US House Appropriations Committee



Lawmakers in the U.S. House are reviewing funding bills that could have a major impact on Michigan’s farmers and ag companies.

Members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee debated on Wednesday as they marked up several bills for fiscal year 2025 which would provide funding for the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Transportation, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development—as well as the Food and Drug Administration.

“The bill puts workers first by ensuring businesses can stay open. We protect farmers from a Labor Department determined to close small family-owned farms across the nation with regulation after regulation that are having a disastrous effect on our ranchers and our growers,” said Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) as he introduced the bill. “We protect workers from a rule that would eliminate freelance opportunities for sixty-four million American men, women, seniors and others.”

Some ag groups that are watching the process closely say the bill impacting funding for the Department of Labor could have benefits for farmers and ranchers.

Director of government affairs for the American Farm Bureau Federation, John Walt Boatright, says it includes a freeze on the Adverse Effect Wage Rate and fixes for recently announced Department of Labor rules.

“The provisions in this bill really seek to provide some stability in an area that we haven’t really had a lot of stability over the past couple of decades as it relates to our labor shortages and our labor costs in farm country,” he said. “This bill includes some provisions that would provide some of that short-term relief for farmers, that stability for farm workers.”

Farm Bureau previously sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the committee in support of the bill and encouraging approval of it.

“They have included some positive labor provisions that would provide some short-term relief and certainty for farmers and ranchers, so we, in that letter, recognized the work that the appropriators have done and urged the adoption of those provisions,” Boatright said. He said the bill will also make labor rules more consistent than they’ve been recently.

Click BELOW to watch the Full House Appropriations Committee Markup of Fiscal Year 2025 Spending Bills for USDA, FDA, U.S. Labor Department, and others:

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