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Senate to Begin Debate on Three FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

Senate to begin debate on three FY 2015 appropriations bills. The bills, which would jointly divide up about $126 billion in federal discretionary spending next year, cover the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation and Commerce and several other agencies. The Senate plans to consider them as a "minibus" package with amendments expected from both sides. Debate on HR 4800, the House appropriations bill for USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, began last week but House leaders pulled it off the floor late Wednesday and turned to other legislation. The bill would provide for $20.9 billion in discretionary funding. The Senate Appropriations Committee sent its version of the bill, S 2389, to the floor late last month. It would provide $20.6 billion in discretionary funding, slightly less than the House bill. The Senate legislation includes a measure from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would require the labeling of genetically modified salmon by FDA.

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