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House Record Digest - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The House resumed consideration of H.R. 1947, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. Consideration is expected to continue tomorrow, June 20th.


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
18 public bills, H.R. 2428-2445, were introduced.
Page H3927

Additional Cosponsors:
Page H3929

Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.

Recess: The House recessed at 10:55 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Pages H3766-67

Chaplain:
The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend James Rehder, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Washington.
Page H3767

Journal:
The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a recorded vote of 275 ayes to 139 noes with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 255.
Pages H3767, H3786-87

Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:
The House resumed consideration of H.R. 1947, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. Consideration is expected to continue tomorrow, June 20th.
Pages H3787-H3926
Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-14, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-117, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Agriculture and the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
Page H3850
Agreed by unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 1947 pursuant to H. Res. 271, amendment 55 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117 may be considered out of sequence.
Page H3787
Agreed to: Herrera Beutler amendment (No. 55 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that codifies the EPA's longstanding silviculture rule. It protects federal, state, county, tribal, and private forest roads from costly permit requirements or other point source regulation along with litigation expenses and citizen suit liability;
Pages H3856-57
Enyart amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that establishes a revenue neutral D604National Drought Council and a National Drought Policy Action Plan to streamline the federal response in times of drought;
Pages H3860-62

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Lujan amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that allows small-scale Hispanic irrigators to be eligible for EQIP funding;
Pages H3866-67
Gardner amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that specifies that the Secretary should give priority consideration for the use of Emergency Watershed Protection funding for those areas seeking assistance to protect public safety from flooding and repair damaged infrastructure caused by catastrophic wildfires;
Pages H3867-68
Foxx amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that caps spending on the Farm Risk Management Election program at 110% of CBO-predicted levels for the first five years in which payments are disbursed (FY 2016-2020) (by a recorded vote of 267 ayes to 156 noes, Roll No. 257);
Pages H3857-59, H3878-79
Kaptur amendment (No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that improves federal coordination in addressing the documented decline of managed and native pollinators and promotes the long-term viability of honey bees, wild bees, and other beneficial insects in agriculture (by a recorded vote of 273 ayes to 149 noes, Roll No. 261);
Pages H3870-72, H3881
Castor amendment (No. 19 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that ensures that Department of Agriculture certificates of origin are accepted by any country that has entered into a free trade agreement with the United States;
Page H3884
Grimm amendment (No. 21 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that amends Sec. 4016 by specifying that at least one such pilot program shall be conducted in a large urban area that administers its own SNAP program and otherwise complies with the pilot program requirements;
Pages H3884-85
Hudson amendment (No. 22 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that allows states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits;
Pages H3885-86
Chabot amendment (No. 27 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that shortens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit expunging statute and require a State agency to expunge benefits that have not been accessed by a household after a period of 60 days;
Page H3890
Black amendment (No. 28 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that terminates an agreement the U.S. Department of Agriculture has entered in with the Mexican government known as the ``Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Program'';
Pages H3890-91
Kaptur amendment (No. 29 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that requires that at least 50 percent of the funds made available for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program be reserved for seniors;
Page H3891
Lucas en bloc amendment that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117: Sinema amendment (No. 53) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide technical assistance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on identifying produce claiming to be made in the United States when in fact it is not; Kuster amendment (No. 59) that increases the cap for wildlife habitat funding within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program from 5 percent to 7.5 percent; Thompson (MS) amendment (No. 60) that allows the Healthy Forest Reserve Program to be a participating program of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program; Pearce amendment (No. 62) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on current USDA programs related to the Lesser Prairie Chicken to analyze the economic impact and effectiveness of these programs; Cramer amendment (No. 63) that caps mitigation for enhancement, restoration or creation of wetlands at a 1-for-1 a creage basis; Keating amendment (No. 64) that directs the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to conduct an economic analysis of the existing market for U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish; Reed amendment (No. 65) that makes technical changes to Section 4015 regarding data exchange standardization for improved operability; Young (AK) amendment (No. 66) that grants the Secretary of Agriculture authority to permit the donation, preparation, and consumption of traditional Native food in public facilities primarily serving Alaska Natives and American Indians; Negrete McLeod amendment (No. 67) that authorizes a feasibility study to identify which federal food programs tribes have the capacity to administer on their own; Duckworth amendment (No. 68) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and report back to Congress on the impact of SNAP cuts on demand seen at charitable food providers; Crowley amendment (No. 69) that facilitates cost-neutral purchasing of Kosher and Halal food within the Emergency Food Assistance Program; Huizenga amendment (No. 70) that requires the USDA to conduct a study of sole-source contracts in Federal nutrition programs; Gardner amendment (No. 71) that gives Rural Utilities Services borrowers the ability to hire contractors to perform NEPA studies without going through the Federal Acquisition Regulation process; Ruiz amendment (No. 72) that amends the Distance D605Learning and Telemedicine Program to add designated Health Professional Shortage Areas as a priority in awarding funding; Michaud amendment (No. 73) that reauthorizes through fiscal year 2018 the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, and the Southwest Border Regional Commission; Turner amendment (No. 74) that adds a sense of the Congress in support of improving agricultural research and education through a USDA land grant program; Gabbard amendment (No. 75) that authorizes research, development, and a pest management plan to combat the coffee berry borer; Faleomavaega amendment (No. 76) that includes American Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia as provided for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Slaughter amendment (No. 77) that reauthorizes the Research and Education Grants for the Study of Antibiotic Research program through 2018; Gosar amendment (No. 78) that establishes parity among the fire-liability provisions in stewardship contracts by incorporating the liability provisions from timber contracts into integrated resource service contracts; Cotton amendment (No. 79) that amends Section 8304 Good Neighbor Authority in H.R.1947; Tipton amendment (No. 80) that establishes a program providing the U.S. Forest Service a large airtanker and aerial asset lease program; Griffith (VA) amendment (No. 81) that conveys a small parcel of National Forest System land in Pound, Virginia; Meadows amendment (No. 82) that waives NEPA requirements for timber cleanup projects on forest service land after a disaster; Loebsack amendment (No. 83) that reinstates feasibility studies under the Rural Energy for America Program in the Energy Title; Grimm amendment (No. 84) that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and no later than 180 days after enactment report back to the relevant committees an analysis of energy use in USDA facilities, a list of energy audits that have been conducted at USDA facilities, a list of energy efficiency projects that have been conducted at USDA facilities and a list of energy savings projects that could be achieved with additional mechanical insulation at USDA facilities; Cardenas amendment (No. 85) that expands food safety education initiatives to include training farm workers on how to identify sources of food contamination and how to decrease bacterial contamination of food; Austin Scott (GA) amendment (No. 86) that mandates the Secretary of Agriculture to consult with the Secretary of Labor to ensure that producers of perishable commodities are afforded a transparent and equitable process related to the labor disputes; Kaptur amendment (No. 87) that requires the Secretary to submit an annual report on invasive species in the U.S.; Foxx amendment (No. 88) that requires the government to disclose the names of certain persons and entities receiving federal crop insurance subsidies; Schock amendment (No. 89) that includes pennycress as a research and development priority at the Risk Management Agency; Barr amendment (No. 90) that requires that any changes to current crop insurance policies be published and open for public comment at least 60 days before June 30 and at least 60 days before November 30 of the year before the change would take effect; Takano amendment (No. 91) that directs the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on the economic implications for consumers, fishermen, and aquaculturists of fraud and mislabeling in wild and farmed seafood; Fudge amendment (No. 92) that requires USDA agencies that serve farmers and ranchers to provide a time and date stamped receipt for service to each farmer and rancher requesting information or service from USDA; Velazquez amendment (No. 93) that directs USDA to coordinate opportunities for urban agriculture; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 94) that establishes the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should increase business opportunities for small businesses, black farmers, women, and minority businesses; Ross amendment (No. 95) that expresses the sense of Congress that agricultural nutrients and chemicals play an important role in the production of American agriculture; Conaway amendment (No. 96) that requires the Secretary of State to submit a report on water sharing with Mexico; Flores amendment (No. 97) that requires USDA to conduct and submit a study detailing all activities engaged in and resources expended in furtherance of Executive Order 13547 relating to the Administration's continued attempts to establish the National Ocean Policy without Congressional authorization; and Reed amendment (No. 103) that ends eligibility for SNAP for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law;
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Benishek amendment (No. 51 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that requires a scientific and economic analysis of the FDA's Food Safety and Modernization Act prior to final regulations being enforced;
Pages H3920-22
Bachus amendment (No. 52 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that ensures that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will consider regulations in accordance with provisions in the Regulatory Flexibility Act, so that small business impacts are considered in actions and alternatives that the USDA considers;
Page H3922
Wittman amendment (No. 54 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that provides performance D606based measures, including crosscut budgeting, adaptive management and an Independent Evaluator, to assure federal dollars currently spent on Bay restoration activities produce results;
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Crawford amendment (No. 56 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that modifies the exemption levels of EPA's SPCC rules for small farmers and ranchers, which require producers to construct a containment facility around above-ground oil tanks;
Page H2924
Crawford amendment (No. 57 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that prohibits the EPA from procuring or disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers; and
Pages H3924-25
Foxx amendment (No. 58 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sunsets all discretionary programs in the bill upon the expiration of the 5-year authorization period.
Pages H3925-26
Rejected: Ellison amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on the climate impacts of the Price Loss Coverage program;
Page H3859
Titus amendment (No. 17 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to continue USDA's Hunger-Free Communities grant program, which has been included in the Senate Farm Bill. The program was created to foster collaborative public-private partnership efforts at the community level to root out and address the causes of hunger and help increase community access to nutritious foods;
Pages H3876-77
McGovern amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to restore the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 256);
Pages H3850-55, H3877-78
Broun (GA) amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to repeal permanent law from the Agriculture Act of 1949 that pertains to dairy support. Sought to prevent the currently suspended law from becoming reactivated should Congress not reauthorize programs under the Department of Agriculture (by a recorded vote of 112 ayes to 309 noes, Roll No. 258);
Pages H3859-60, H3879
Blumenauer amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to require that twenty percent of the acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program be set aside for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, which allows states to target high priority and environmentally sensitive land, and to continuously re-enroll that land in CRP (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 259);
Pages H3863-64, H3879-80
Blumenauer amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to reform the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to increase access for farmers, and eliminate payments to projects that do not show strong conservation benefits (by a recorded vote of 157 ayes to 266 noes, Roll No. 260);
Pages H3864-66, S3880-81
Royce amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to reform U.S. international food aid to allow for not more than 45 percent of authorized funds to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities, yielding $215 million in annual efficiency savings, enabling the U.S. to reach an additional 4 million disaster victims (by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 262);
Pages H3872-75, H3881-82
Chabot amendment (No. 16 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to repeal Section 3102, which reauthorizes the Market Access Program (MAP) until 2018 (by a recorded vote of 98 ayes to 322 noes, Roll No. 263); and
Pages H3875-76, H3882-83
Gingrey amendment (No. 34 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that sought to strike section 6105 from the bill which provides the authorization for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
Pages H3894-96
Withdrawn: Gibbs amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have set the target price for all crops at 55 percent of the five year rolling Olympic average. The amendment also changes the acreage available for target price support to 85 percent of the farmer's base acres;
Pages H3855-56
Graves (GA) amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have ensured that corn growers who sell their crop for ethanol production may not receive farm payments. Prohibits a producer on a farm that sells corn, directly or through a third party, to an ethanol production facility from receiving any farm bill payments or benefits;
Pages H3862-63
Fortenberry amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required a conservation compliance plan be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and followed for all crops in wetlands and all annually tilled crops on highly erodible lands in order to qualify for crop insurance premium subsidy assistance;
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Costa amendment (No. 33 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have created a pilot program that would use funds from the Rural Utility Service to address nitrate contamination of rural drinking water in communities with less than 10,000 residents;
Page H3894
Palazzo amendment (No. 37 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have authorized $500,000 in funding for the Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership program that is already set up through USDA; and
Pages H3896-97
Polis amendment (No. 39 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have helped the U.S. Forest Service streamline forest management decisions to treat insect infestations on public lands so that USFS can better protect our natural resources and critical infrastructure while reducing the fuel loads that contribute to wildfires.
Pages H3900-01
Proceedings Postponed: Brooks (AL) amendment (No. 18 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to terminate funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) after September 30, 2013;
Pages H3883-84
Conaway amendment (No. 23 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to require a 10% reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not authorized;
Pages H3886-87
Butterfield amendment (No. 25 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to add a section at the end of subtitle A of title IV to include items for personal hygiene for household use in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
Pages H3887-88
Marino amendment (No. 26 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to direct the Comptroller General to establish a pilot program within nine States using the data required to be reported for SNAP under the Food and Nutrition Act. After the pilot program ends, the Comptroller General shall determine whether item specific data purchased with SNAP benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements, and how to improve current SNAP reporting;
Pages H3888-90
Schweikert amendment (No. 30 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to strike the Health Food Financing Initiative;
Pages H3891-93
Tierney amendment (No. 32 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to allow commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program;
Pages H3893-94
Polis amendment (No. 37 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to allow institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The amendment only applies to States that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under State law;
Pages H3897-98
Garamendi amendment (No. 38 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to modify the Forest Legacy program to allow qualified third party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue;
Pages H3898-S3900
Marino amendment (No. 41 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to repeal the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels, instead of fossil fuels;
Pages H3901-02
McClintock amendment (No. 43 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to strike Sec. 10003, which is the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program;
Pages H3902-03
Gibson amendment (No. 44 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to strike the olive oil import restriction contained in section 10010 of the bill;
Pages H3903-05
Walorski amendment (No. 45 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to continue the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax;
Pages H3905-06
Courtney amendment (No. 46 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to add farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops listed in section 3 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004, which would allow these products to be eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance;
Pages H3906-07
Kind amendment (No. 47 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to limit premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers' reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%;
Pages H3907-11
Carney amendment (No. 48 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to strike section 11012 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act;
Page H3911
Radel amendment (No. 49 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to repeal the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center; and
Pages H3911-13
Walberg amendment (No. 50 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-117) that seeks to strike the addition of ``natural stone'' to the list of commodity products D608that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order.
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H. Res. 271, providing for further consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 254, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 253.
Pages H3770-86
A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 271 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.
Pages H3770-74

Meeting Hour:
Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Page H3926

Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and nine recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3785-86, H3786, H3786-87, H3877-78, H3878-79, H3879, H3880, H3880-81, H3881-82, and H3882-83. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:53 p.m.


Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue.

Barletta, Lou, Pa., E921

Boehner, John A., Ohio, E913

Campbell, John, Calif., E917

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E917

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E922

Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E919

Costa, Jim, Calif., E916

Edwards, Donna F., Md., E922

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E921

Foster, Bill, Ill., E916, E920

Green, Gene, Tex., E918

Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E916, E920

Kilmer, Derek, Wash., E919

Lummis, Cynthia M., Wyo., E921

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E918

McDermott, Jim, Wash., E919

Nolan, Richard M., Minn., E918

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E916

Nunes, Devin, Calif., E919

Rogers, Harold, Ky., E914

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E918

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E920

Walden, Greg, Ore., E917

Wolf, Frank R., Va., E914, E920

Yarmuth, John A., Ky., E916

Young, C.W. Bill, Fla., E913, E921




Next Meeting:
9 a.m., Thursday, June 20

Program for Thursday:
Continue consideration of H.R. 1947--Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.

Source: Daily Digest; Full House Record

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