H.R. 2997 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 2997 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

H.R. 2997

Amendments to H.R. 2997 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Sponsor
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro

Date
July 9, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 2997 is being considered under a structured rule (H.Res. 609).  Each amendment is debatable for ten minutes.  The Rule also allows the chair to reduce vote lengths to two minutes and prohibits demands for a division of the question.  Under the Rule, only the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee may make a motion to rise and motions to strike the last word are prohibited.

Following the Democrat's decision to shut down the amendment process, the Rules Committee made in order a maximum of 13.  Nine general amendments are made in order under the Rule.   Up to five additional earmark amendments (from a pool of 22) may be offered by Rep. Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Campbell (R-CA), and Rep. Hensarling (R-TX) or their designees.  In short, the Democrats are allowing only up to 13 amendments to be offered, denying many amendments which were designed to limit spending.

 

Bill Summary

Amendments Made in Order

Part A:  Manager's Amendment.

1) Rep. DeLauro (D-CT):  The Manager's Amendment would increase funding for the FDA by $235 million, derived from tobacco product user fees that were authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (P.L. 111-31).  In addition, the amendment stipulates that no funds may be used for first class travel by any agency employees and appropriates $2 million for the Methamphetamine Inhibitor Grant Program.

The amendment also adjusts the funding level for a number of programs.

•  Reduces funding for the USDA's Office of the Chief Information Office by $1 million, from $61.5 million to $60.5 million.

•  Reduces funding for rent payments to the General Services Administration (GSA) by $500,000, from $224.4 million to $223.9 million.

•  Reduces funding for Departmental Administration by $4 million, from $41 million to $37 million.

•  Increases funding for the Office of the Inspector General by $500,000, from $88.7 million to $89.2.  According to the manager's description of the amendment, the additional funds would be used to evaluate the USDA's organic certification program.

•  Increases funding for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) salaries and expenses by $2 million, from $1.155 billion to $1.157 billion.  According to the manager's description of the amendment, the additional funds would be used to study colony collapse disorder.

•  Increases funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) education and research activities by $3.5 million, from $708 million to $711 million.  According to the manager's description of the amendment, the additional funds would also be used to study colony collapse disorder.

•  Reduces funding for the agricultural loan program's administrative expenses by $500,000, from $326 million to $325.5 million.

Part B:  The following seven amendments are made in order under the Rule and must be offered at the appropriate point in the reading of the bill.

1) Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) Reduces overall discretionary spending in the bill by 5 percent.

2) Rep. Brady (R-TX) Reduces funding for the USDA's Office of the Chief Economist by $50,000 and increases funding from the Economic Research Service by the same amount.  According to the sponsor's office, the goal of the amendment is for economists at USDA study the potential benefits pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea could hold for American farmers and ranchers.

3) Rep. Broun (R-GA)Reduces spending in the bill for the Food and Drug Administration by $373 million, returning the spending level to the FY 2009 appropriated level.

4) Rep. Capito (R-WV)Reduces funding for the USDA's Office of the Chief Information Officer by $10 million and increases funding from the Rural Utilities Service Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program by the same amount.  The transfer would restore funding for the Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program to its FY 2009 levels.

5) Rep. Fortenberry (R-NE)Reduces funding for the USDA's Office of the Chief Information Officer by $2 million and increases funding from the R Rural Energy for America Program by the same amount. 

6) Rep. Garrett  (R-NJ)Reduces funding for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Salaries and Expenses by $5 million and increases funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Operation Account by the same amount.

7) Rep. Kingston (R-GA)Prohibits funds from being used to administer or pay the salary of personnel to administer broadband loans and loan guarantee programs under this legislation before September 15, 2010.

Part C: 
One of the following four amendments may be offered by Rep. Campbell or his designee.  

1) Rep. Campbell (R-CA)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for the Center for One Medicine in Illinois and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $235,000.

2) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Specialty Crops in Indiana and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $235,000.

3) Rep. Campbell (R-CA  Prohibits from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Air Quality in Kansas and Texas and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1,090,000.

4) Rep. Campbell (R-CA  Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Biodesign and Processing Research Center in Virginia and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $868,000.

Part D:  Up to three of the following 10 amendments may be offered by Rep. Flake or his designee.

1) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Dairy Farm Profitability in Pennsylvania and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $349,000.

2) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Wood Utilization in AK, ID, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, OR, TN, and WV and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $4,545,000.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the Natural Resources Conservation Service from being used for an earmark for the Certified Environmental Management Systems for Agriculture project of the Iowa Soybean Association and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $288,000.

4) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Agriculture Energy Innovation Center in Georgia and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1 million.

5) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Extension activities from being used for an earmark for Dairy Education Project in Iowa and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $159,000.

6) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Asparagus Production Technologies in Washington and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $173,000.

7) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the ARS from being used for an earmark for the Wild Rice project in St. Paul, Minnesota and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $303,000.

8) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Hydroponic Production in Ohio and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $124,000.

9) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the ARS from being used for an earmark for the Foundry Sand By-Products Utilization project in Beltsville, Maryland and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $638,000.

10) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for the Center for North American Studies in Texas and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $693,000.

11) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Extension activities from being used for an earmark for the Urban Horticulture and Marketing Project in Illinois and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $104,000.

12) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Potato Research in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1,037,000.

Part E:  One of the following six amendments may be offered by Rep. Hensarling or his designee.

1) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Extension activities from being used for an earmark for an income enhancement demonstration in Ohio and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $864,000.

2) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for greenhouse research in Ohio and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1.38 million.

3) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for a study of best practices in agricultural waste management in California and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $300,000.

4) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for agricultural diversification research in Hawaii and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $153,000.

5) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the NIFA's Research and Education activities from being used for an earmark for Cranberry/Blueberry disease and breeding research in New Jersey and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $451,000.

6) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from being used for an earmark for the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project, Kiski Basin, Pennsylvania and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $200,000.