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Food and Agriculture Provisions in the FY1997 Supplemental Appropriations Bill

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An FY1997 supplemental appropriations bill (P.L.105-18, H.R. 1871) was signed into law on June 12, 1997. The conference agreement of an earlier version of the bill (H.R. 1469) was vetoed on June 9, because of provisions unrelated to the supplemental funding provided. Contained within the $8.6 billion measure is $354.3 million for food and agriculture programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The vast majority of the USDA funding was designated as emergency supplemental funding to help farmers recover from floods and other natural disasters. Most of the non-emergency USDA funding in P.L. 105-18 provides supplemental funding to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).