Tracking horti priorities on the eve of budget deadline
Added on 29 November 2022
But before Congress swears in a new class on Jan. 3, 2023, it must check off a lengthy to-do list, atop which sits a Fiscal Year 2023 budget agreement. Before leaving town for election day, Congress self-imposed a deadline of Dec. 16, 2022, to either extend government funding or enact a new full year spending bill. Between the House and Senate version of the spending bill introduced earlier in 2022, several horticulture priorities remain in play.
In spring, AmericanHort advocated to increase funding for the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative, our sector’s dedicated research program. The House proposed a 20% increase, while the Senate proposed a 28% increase. The House and Senate also proposed different funding levels for the IR-4 Project, another industry priority line-item which funds data development to support registration of crop protection tools for our growers. Also in play is H-2B cap relief, with both the House and Senate proposals enabling the release of supplemental visas, though the House bill includes streamlining language to make additional visas available earlier in the season. Favorable reconciliation of these proposals is a focus of advocacy efforts over the next several weeks.
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