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House Rules Committee Finalizes List of Amendments Allowed in Floor Debate of 2018 Farm Bill, Sugar, Ag Subsidies and Checkoff Programs Among Topics Allowed

Thu, 17 May 2018 06:18:06 CDT

House Rules Committee Finalizes List of Amendments Allowed in Floor Debate of 2018 Farm Bill, Sugar, Ag Subsidies and Checkoff Programs Among Topics Allowed The general debate of H.R. 2- the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018- concluded on Wednesday afternoon- with debate to begin on a total of 50 amendments midday on Thursday. The House Rules Committee has "made in order" 50 of the 118 amendments that were submitted by members of the House.

About half of them are considered to have little controversy attached to them- but the rest will spark vigorous debate as Thursday wears on- and debate is expected to spill over into Friday. It is noteworthy that none of the hostile amendments regarding Crop Insurance were made in order- the so called "poison pill" amendement on Sugar is in order and only one direct attack on commodity subsidies was allowed- a proposal to phase out commodity subsdies was made in order by Congressman McClintock of California.

Following are the amendments that have been made in order by the Rules Committee:

An Amendment by Tipton of Colorado and Gosar of Arizona:
Authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to convey 3.61 acres of Forest Service Land to Dolores County, Colorado for the strict purpose of building a fire station. Made In Order

An Amendment by Gibbs of Ohio:
Expresses a sense of congress encouraging partnerships at the watershed level between nonpoint sources and regulated point sources to advance the goals of the Water Pollution Control Act. Made In Order

An Amendment by Walter Jones of North Carolina:
Removes the first 1,500 individuals residing on military bases from calculation into population thresholds set for 'rural areas.' Made In Order

An Amendment by Gosar (AZ), Gianforte (MT), Stewart (UT), Tipton (CO), Pearce (NM)
Authorizes counties to be included in Good Neighbor Authority cooperative agreements and contracts in order to improve forest health and bolster watershed restoration. Made In Order

An Amendment by Pearce of New Mexico:
Allows the Village of Santa Clara to purchase land from the United States Forest Service that was formerly part of Fort Bayard Military Reservation. Made In Order

An Amendment by Pearce of New Mexico:
Establishes a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding national forests and watersheds. Made In Order

An Amendment by Pearce of New Mexico:
Reauthorizes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for another 10 years. Made In Order

An Amendment by Biggs (AZ), Rooney, Francis (FL)
Repeals the bioenergy subsidy programs established in title IX of the 2002 farm bill. Made In Order

An Amendment by LaHood, Darin (IL)
Streamlines the sign up process for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) by directing the Secretary of Agriculture to change the regulatory requirements from an annual sign up to a “one and done” process for ARC and PLC only. Made In Order

An Amendment by Roskam (IL), Blumenauer (OR), Faso (NY), Knight (CA)
Strengthens prohibitions against animal fighting by ensuring the law applies to all US territories. Made In Order

An Amendment by Banks (IN), Gosar (AZ), Pearce (NM), Smith, Jason (MO), Cramer, Kevin (ND), Rokita (IN), Walorski (IN), Hollingsworth (IN), Walker (NC), Duncan (SC), Mullin, Markwayne (OK), Rohrabacher (CA), Estes, Ron (KS), Tipton (CO), Herrera-Beutler (WA), Hunter (CA), Amodei (NV)
Repeals the final rule issued by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of the Army entitled ‘‘Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’’’ (80 Fed. Reg. 37053 (June 29, 2015)). Made In Order

An Amendment by Stefanik of New York:
Adds invasive vegetation to Section 602 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Made In Order

An Amendment by Stefanik of New York:
Prioritizes grants for forest restoration under the Competitive Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Grants Program. Made In Order

An Amendment by González-Colón (PR)
Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a feasibility study on developing a Thrifty Food Plan to calculate the amount of the Nutritional Assistance Program for Puerto Rico. Made In Order

An Amendment by González-Colón (PR)
Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide an extension of study on comparable access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico. Made In Order

An Amendment by Thornberry of Texas:
Establishes Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers to limit subjectivity and increase the accuracy of grading cattle across the country. Made In Order

An Amendment by Massie (KY), Rohrabacher (CA), Polis (CO)
Prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products between States that allow the distribution of unpasteurized milk or milk products for direct human consumption. Made In Order

An Amendment by LaMalfa (CA), Gosar (AZ), Smith, Jason (MO), Pearce (NM)
Streamlines the Forest Service application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal land. Made In Order

An Amendment by Foxx (NC), Davis, Danny K. (IL), Shuster (PA), Blumenauer (OR), Chabot (OH), Speier (CA), Barletta (PA), Kind (WI), Perry (PA), Biggs (AZ)
Modernizes and reforms the sugar program by removing barriers to domestic production and implementing market reforms. Made In Order

An Amendment by Faso of New York:
Expands USDA's ability to assess natural resource concerns through enhanced measurement, evaluation, and reporting on conservation program outcomes. Made In Order

An Amendment by Herrera-Beutler (WA), Westerman (AR)
Directs the payment of a portion of stewardship project revenues to the county in which the stewardship project occurs. Made In Order

An Amendment by Latta (OH), Loebsack (IA)
Requires the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture, to establish a task force for reviewing the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States. Made In Order

An Amendment by Costello (PA), Emmer (MN)
Directs the Secretary to designate, among existing USDA staff, a Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Coordinator in each state, without associated cost. Made In Order

An Amendment by Bergman (MI)
Directs GAO to study the agricultural credit needs of farms, ranches, and related agricultural businesses that are owned or operated by Indian tribes on tribal lands or enrolled members of Indian tribes on Indian allotments. If needs are not being met, report shall include legislative and other recommendations that would result in a system under which the needs are met in an equitable and effective manner. Made In Order

An Amendment by Russell of Oklahoma:
Amends the Agricultural Risk Protection act of 2000 to prohibit the Department of Agriculture (USDA) from awarding value-added agricultural product market development grants to support the marketing of beer, wine, distilled spirits, hard cider, or other alcohol products. The amendment also rescinds $8 million of the unobligated funds that were previously provided to USDA for grants. Made In Order

An Amendment by Steve King of Iowa:
Allows Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to go into contracts with drainage districts to provide irrigation or water efficiency. Made In Order

An Amendment by Gianforte (MT)
Authorizes expedited salvage operations for areas burned by wildfire to salvage dead trees and reforest to prevent re-burn, provide for the utilization of burned trees, or to provide a funding source for reforestation. Requires a two month environmental assessment for reforestation activities and at least 75% of the burned area be reforested. Made In Order

An Amendment by Turner of Ohio:
Ensures that newly designated 1890 Institution’s base funding is calculated by using the same formula as already established 1890 Institutions. Made In Order

An Amendment by Noem of South Dakota:
Creates a new initiative to allow the United States Department of Agriculture to match funds invested in educational programs or services for Indians. Made In Order

An Amendment by Don Young of Alaska:
Exempts all National Forests in Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule Made In Order

An Amendment by Brat (VA), Blumenauer (OR), Titus (NV)
Establishes transparency and accountability requirements for checkoff programs. It requires that a checkoff board or its employees or agents acting in their official capacity may not engage in any act that may involve a conflict of interest, anti-competitive activity, unfair or deceptive act or practice, or act that may be disparaging to, or in any way negatively portray, another agricultural commodity or product. Made In Order

An Amendment by Marino (PA), Burgess (TX)
Requires the Government Accountability Office(GAO) to establish a pilot program in 9 states to determine whether specific items being purchased with supplemental nutrition assistance program(SNAP) benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements and whether such reporting requirements can be improved. Made In Order

An Amendment by Holding (NC), Reed (NY)
Ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law. Made In Order

An Amendment by Westerman (AR), Bishop, Rob (UT), Gosar (AZ)
Requires the Forest Service to consider long-term health of our nation's forests when developing collaborative management plans, and shields agency decision making from certain injunctions on sustainable forest management. Made In Order

An Amendment by Westerman (AR)
Instructs the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior to provide Congress a yearly report tabulating the metrics surrounding wildfire prevention, including the number of acres treated and agency response time. Made In Order

An Amendment by Fortenberry (NE)
Provides sequencing and prioritization for volunteer visits and improves communication and coordination between USDA, USAID and implementing partners. The amendment also establishes a geographically defined crop yield metrics system and an Internet-based resource for data and knowledge sharing among the participants, stakeholders and the public. Made In Order

An Amendment by Glenn Thompson (PA)
Adds Chronic Wasting Disease to Sec.7208, High-Priority Research and Extension Initiatives. Made In Order

An Amendment by Don Young (Alaska)
Late Expands access to traditional foods for native populations first created in Sec. 4033 of PL 113-79. Made In Order

An Amendment by McClintock (Ca)
Late Phases out agricultural subsidies. Made In Order

An Amendment by Johnson, Mike (LA), Gosar (AZ)
Late Requires the Secretary to consider the totality of conservation measures already in place, or proposed, to mitigate species or habitat loss when determining whether Federal action is likely to jeopardize either. Made In Order

An Amendment by Davidson (OH)
Late Instructs USDA to distribute employment and training funds based on actual usage of the program rather than eligibility. Any unused funds would be sent back to the treasury. Made In Order

An Amendment by Faso (NY):
Late Revised Improves cooperation with the Forest Service to intercept tree and wood pests and would require a report on the interception of forest pests. Made In Order

An Amendment by Arrington (TX)
Late Revised Modifies the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Guarantee Loan Program and the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program to permit rural hospitals to refinance existing debt. Made In Order

An Amendment by Rogers (AL)
Late Amends the Nutrition title to allow SNAP users to purchase a multivitamin with their SNAP benefits. Made In Order

An Amendment by Rogers (AL)
Late Amends the Conservation Title to cap the number of CRP acres at 24 million a year. Made In Order

An Amendment byMcClintock (CA), Grothman (WI), Gohmert (TX)
Late Revised Amends SNAP work requirements to repeal geographic area waivers to allow states to exempt only 5% of SNAP recipients, set the same hour per week work requirement for married parents as for single parents, exempt parents of children under 3 instead of children under 6, require participants in training programs to go through E-Verify. Made In Order

An Amendment by Cheney (WY), Newhouse (WA)
Late Directs the USFS and DOI to make vacant allotments available to grazing permit or lease holders in the even of a natural disaster, conflict with wildlife, or court-issued injunction. To prevent a court injunction in the event that the federal agency is unable to make a vacant allotment available. Made In Order

An Amendment by McArthur (NJ):
Late Ensures that if an individual becomes ineligible to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program as a household member due to failure to meet the requirements under subparagraph (B), the remaining household members (including children), shall not become ineligible to apply to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program due to such individual’s ineligibility. Made In Order

An Amendment by Faso (NY), Hartzler (MO), Poliquin (ME), Marshall (KS)
Late Provides states the flexibility to contract out administrative functions of SNAP Made In Order

An Amendment by Hollingsworth (IN), Goodlatte (VA), Womack (AR), Palazzo (MS), Comer (KY), DesJarlais (TN), Luetkemeyer (MO), Stivers (OH), Crawford (AR), Rokita
Late Allows the Secretary of the Interior, in conjunction with the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to issue depredation permits to livestock farmers authorizing the taking of black vultures otherwise prohibited by law to prevent damage to livestock during calving season. Made In Order

And Finally- A Manager's Amendment by Chairman Mike Conaway:
MANAGER’S AMENDMENT Late Makes technical and conforming changes, in addition to making amendments to titles IV, VI and XI of H.R. 2. These amendments consist of changes to nutrition programs, requiring consultation between USDA and NTIA on broadband loan and grant programs and establishing a food access liaison at USDA.

To review the amendments that were not made in order and to review the actions of the Rules Committee- click or tap here.



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