CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3175 on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3175 was introduced on July 10, 2009, by Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, which held a mark-up and reported the bill July 29.
H.R. 3175 would require the Secretary of Agriculture to sell two acres of land that is currently occupied by the Agricultural Research Service's Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The bill would require Miami-Dade County to pay full market value for the property. In addition, Miami-Dade County would be responsible for any administrative costs associated with the conveyance.
According to Committee Report 111-252, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Research Service's Subtropical Horticulture Research Station has been located on 160 acres in Miami-Dade County since 1923. The federally-owned site performs research on tropical and sub-tropical crops. Miami-Dade County wants to purchase two acres of land from the property to build a new fire station for communities in Palmetto Bay and South Coral Gables.
According to CBO, H.R. 3175 would "have no net impact on the federal budget."