by The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE)
July 12, 2013
Updates include: 1. Farm Bill, 2. Senate Ag Hearings, 3. CJS Approps, 4/5.Census data
1. Farm Bill Update [July 11, 2013]: On July 11, 2013 the House of Representatives passed (216 – 208) a revised version of H.R. 2642 "To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes." The bill did not include the nutrition title.
- Text of the bill is located here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130708/BILLS-113hr-PIH-FAARM-Act.xml
- To read the statement from Chairman Lucas (R-OK-3) visit: http://agriculture.house.gov/press-release/lucas-house-passage-farm-bill-huge-step-forward
- To read a statement from Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson (D-MN-7) visit: http://democrats.agriculture.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1184.
- Congressman Peterson’s floor statement in opposition to HS 2642 can be viewed here: http://democrats.agriculture.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1184.
- To read a statement from House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) on the new version of the bill visit: http://rules.house.gov/press-release/sessions-statement-farm-bill.
According to CQ News Morning Headlines, July 12, “New Hurdles Await House Farm Bill in Conference With Senate.” The article states, “Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has vowed she’s prepared go to conference with any version of a farm bill passed by the House. She now will find out if it is possible to reconcile the five-year Senate bill with the much different agriculture-only version narrowly approved Thursday on a 216-208 vote.”
2. Senate Agriculture Committee Hosts Hearing with Smithfield CEO [July 10, 2013]: According to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry website (posted prior to hearing), the hearing “will examine the Smithfield purchase, the largest acquisition of an American company by a Chinese company in history. The hearing will also more broadly examine how the government review process of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies addresses American food safety, protection of American technologies and intellectual property, and the effects of increased foreign ownership of the U.S. food supply.”
- Senate Transcripts and Video: http://www.ag.senate.gov/hearings/smithfield-and-beyond_examining-foreign-purchases-of-american-food-companies
- Forbes coverage: http://www.forbes.com/sites/simonmontlake/2013/07/09/u-s-senate-hearing-on-smithfield-foods-poses-challenge-to-cifus/
- Bloomberg coverage: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-10/smithfield-ceo-says-company-won-t-change-after-china-deal.html
3. Commerce, Justice, Science Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 14) Appropriations Update [July 9, 2013]: The House Appropriations Committee released the FY 14 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. "The legislation contains $47.4 billion in total funding. This is $2.8 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $350 million below the level caused by automatic sequestration budget cuts."
- Within the Department of Commerce Budget, the Census Bureau is funded at $845 million in the bill, which is a cut of $44 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $7 billion, which is $259 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $631 million below the President’s request.
- For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2014-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf. The subcommittee mark up of the bill was July 10, 2013.
4. Census News – Census Project [July 10, 2013]: In other data and census news, a blog post written by Terri Ann Lowenthal of the Census Project states “House Appropriations Committee is taking another whack at the budget for Fiscal Year 2014; the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee allocated just $845 million in its Subcommittee mark (July 10), $44 million less than current year funding.” This cut would impact Census 2020 planning.
5. Census News - Reform Act of 2013 Update: H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC3] was introduced on April 18, 2013. According to the Library of Congress, Thomas CRS summary the bill, “Census Reform Act of 2013 - Repeals various census programs of the Department of Commerce, including: (1) the collection and publication of agricultural statistics; (2) the census of manufactures, mineral industries, and other businesses; (3) the mid-decade census, and (4) the census of governments. Repeals the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to conduct any surveys, sampling, or questionnaires other than those necessary to conduct the decennial census of population. Repeals the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997. Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from carrying out any activities required to be conducted in 2013 under such Act.” According to GovTrack.us, there is little chance that this bill will be enacted. See http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1638
This bill currently has fourteen co-sponsors:
1. Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] - 5/14/2013
2. Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] - 4/18/2013
3. Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] - 5/7/2013
4. Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] - 4/18/2013
5. Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 4/18/2013
6. Rep Labrador, Raul R. [ID-1] - 4/24/2013
7. Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 4/24/2013
8. Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] - 4/18/2013
9. Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] - 4/24/2013
10. Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] - 4/18/2013
11. Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] - 5/8/2013
12. Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] - 5/22/2013*
13. Rep Southerland, Steve II [FL-2] - 4/18/2013
14. Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] - 4/25/2013
*Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. See: http://agriculture.house.gov/subcommittees/nutrition-and-horticulture
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