Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for Division B of H.R. 3354 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

September 5, 2017 5:25 PM

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Bera (CA)


LATE Increases funding for Watershed Flood Prevention Operations by $2 million, with the increase intended to support the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

Biggs (AZ)


Prevents funding for the biofuel subsidies programs and related initiatives in title IX of the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Bishop, Sanford (GA)


Strikes a provision related to collective bargaining.

Blumenauer (OR)


Prevents the Department of Agriculture from providing for commodity or conservation payments to a person or legal entity with an average adjusted gross income exceeding $500,000.

Blumenauer (OR)


Preventd the Department of Agriculture from providing commodity, conservation, and crop insurance payments to a person or legal entity in excess of $125,000.

Bost (IL)


WITHDRAWN Cuts and restores funding for a Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperative Development Grant program in order to highlight the importance of veterans in the agriculture industry.

Brownley (CA), Valadao (CA)


Restricts appropriated funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the Department of Agriculture’s rule titled “Importation of Lemons from Northwest Argentina.”

Buchanan (FL), Roybal-Allard (CA), Royce (CA), Blumenauer (OR)


REVISED Prohibits the use of federal funding for inspections at horse slaughter plants in the United States.

Carter, Buddy (GA)


LATE REVISED Prohibits funds from being used by the Food and Drug Administration to finalize, implement, or enforce the draft standard memorandum of understanding made available for public comment on February 19, 2015, entitled “Draft Memorandum of Understanding Addressing Certain Distributions of Compounded Human Drug Products Between the State of [Insert State] and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”.

Cicilline (RI), Beyer (VA), Langevin (RI), Bonamici (OR), Keating (MA), Lieu (CA)


Strikes language that restricts funding for Executive Order 13547, National Ocean Policy.

Cohen (TN)


Restricts appropriated funds in Division B from being made available to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump hotels or resorts (as listed in the amendment text)

Cohen (TN)


Restricts appropriated funds in Division B from being made available to enter into any new contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with any Trump-owned business listed in Donald John Trump’s financial disclosure form (entities listed in amendment text).

Comer (KY)


WITHDRAWN Prohibits funds from being used to finalize, implement, administer or enforce FDA’s rule regarding levels of N-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in smokeless tobacco.

Curbelo (FL)


REVISED Appropriates $1.5 million for Oriental Fruit Fly research. The offset will be Departmental Administration under the Office of the Secretary account.

Davis, Rodney (IL)


REVISED Prohibits the use of funds provided by the Act to be used to revoke exceptions made pursuant to the rule entitled "Exceptions to Geographic Areas for Official Agencies Under the USGSA" on a date before April 14, 2017.

DeFazio (OR)


Prohibits funding for USDA Wildlife Services to purchase or deploy certain poisons for use in a lethal predator control device.

DeFazio (OR)


Requires persons who undertake federally funded research and development of drugs to enter into reasonable pricing agreements with the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

DeFazio (OR)


LATE Prohibits funding for the manufacture, purchase or deployment of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide in a predator control device and includes the definition of "predator control device."

DeSaulnier (CA)


Adds funding to allow schools and child care centers to test their drinking water for lead to allow them to be in compliance with current regulations.

Gaetz (FL)


REVISED Prevents funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce any project labor agreement.

Goodlatte (VA), Perry (PA)


WITHDRAWN Prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from using any funds to take retaliatory, or EPA described “backstop” actions, against any of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in the event that a state does not meet the goals mandated by the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load.

Graves, Garret (LA)


REVISED Reduces the Department of Agriculture expense account by $400,000, and increases the Animal and Plant Inspection Services accounts by $400,000 to control the outbreaks of insect and plant diseases.

Graves, Garret (LA)


Allows the Secretary of Agriculture to provide funds and technical assistance for the removal of debris and animal carcasses on non-federal land that result from a flood.

Hartzler (MO)


Prohibits USDA from using funds to implement the Paid Lunch Equity provision in the National School Lunch Act.

Higgins, Clay (LA)


WITHDRAWN Restricts funds from being made available by this Act to be used to carry out any program or activity that is not authorized by law to be carried out during fiscal year 2018.

Huffman (CA), Panetta (CA), Curbelo (FL), Carbajal (CA), Scott, Bobby (VA)


REVISED Maintains existing requirements that federal infrastructure projects account for the impacts of sea-level rise and other extreme weather events.

Hurd (TX), O'Rourke (TX)


Temporarily waive the population limitation on eligibility for community facility direct and guaranteed loans and grants for federally recognized tribal lands along the Southern border.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Prohibits use of funds by the National Park Service in contravention of section 320101 of title 54, United States Code which provides that it is a national policy to preserve for public use historic sites, buildings, and objects of national significance for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the United States, especially as it relates to National Heritage Areas (NHAs).

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE REVISED Increases by $10 million funding to the Nutrition Service Child Nutrition Program for School Lunches to provide for internally displaced persons who are children and facing food insecurity due to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE REVISED Increases by $10 million in funding to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Research and Education Activities to provide for internally displaced persons who are pregnant women, infants and vulnerable young children. The funds will support the purchase of baby formula, milk, juice, cheese, cereals, breads and other staples to insure this vulnerable population of those internally displaced persons impacted by Hurricane Harvey and flooding continue to have access to essential components of a healthy diet.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE REVISED Increases by $10 million in funding to the Commodity Assistance Program to provide for nutrition needs due to food deserts that were created by Hurricane Harvey and to ensure that internally displaced persons in impacted areas have access to affordable and accessible fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jackson Lee (TX)


LATE Increases by $10 million in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to provide additional funding for internally displaced persons who are allowed under program emergency determinations to purchase ready to eat foods from approved retailers such as grocery stores.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Late Increases funding for the USDA agency that provides grant research funding for “1890s Land Grant Universities,” which are 28 Historically Black Colleges and Universities by $500,000, offset by a reduction of $994,000 from the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer.

King, Steve (IA), Perry (PA), Gaetz (FL)


Ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.

King, Steve (IA)


LATE REVISED Ensures that no funds may be used on new hires who have not been verified through the E-Verify program, except for an employee compensated under a local compensation plan established under section 408 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980.

Lieu (CA)


Prohibits the use of funds in this Act for the reimbursement of costs incurred by the Federal Government in relation to commercial properties in which the President of the United States has a financial stake or that bear the Trump name.

Maloney, Sean (NY)


Prohibits funds from being used to contravene the President’s Executive Order pertaining to equal employment in Federal government contracting.

Mast (FL)


Increases the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point program by $1.5 million to continue research on human impact of contaminated seafood.

Mast (FL)


Increases Natural Resources Conservation Service by $5.6 million to FY17 appropriated level to support several programs for environmentally sustainable agriculture and toxic runoff mitigation.

Mast (FL)


Restores the Watershed conservation programs under the Natural Resources Conservation Service to FY17 appropriated levels and continue mitigation of floods and toxic agricultural runoff into waterways.

Mast (FL)


REVISED Increase National Institute of Food and Agriculture by $2 million to support the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s plan to expand postdoctoral research, prevention and monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms with 16 of the additional 305 fellowships requested in FY18.

McKinley (WV)


Directs Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations to provide sufficient funding to rural areas to support their unique challenges regarding dredging and storm cleanup & debris removal.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Prohibits funds from school food authorities that fail to comply with existing guidance from the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Education regarding meal policies that shame pupils with insufficient money to pay for meals or outstanding meal debt.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


REVISED Prohibits funds from being provided to entities that contravene 42 usc 1758 (b) (10) or 7 cfr 245.8, barring recipients of federal aid from having policies that overtly identify or stigmatize certain potential recipients of school meal subsidies.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


REVISED Bars the used of funds to revnew contracts in the SNAP employment program with any entity that USDA or the state has found to have violated Federal rules and laws that protect recipients including the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Federal civil rights statutes.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


REVISED Increases WIC breastfeeding peer counseling program by $1,000,000.

Nolan (MN)


LATE Increases the USDA’s Rural Broadband Program Loan Subsidy funding by $479,000, offset with a reduction to general Rural Development administrative expenses.

Pearce (NM)


LATE WITHDRAWN Allows for a Forest Restoration pilot project in a in a heavily forested U.S. county.

Pocan (WI)


Increases funding for key rural broadband programs within the US Department of Agriculture, including the Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program and the telecommunications infrastructure program.

Pocan (WI), Doggett (TX), Grijalva (AZ)


Prohibits any funds in bill from being used to prevent individuals from importing prescription drugs for personal use.

Rooney, Francis (FL)


LATE Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502.

Soto (FL)


REVISED Increases the funding of the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program by $500,000.

Soto (FL)


REVISED Increases funding for Specialty Crop Pest Program by $1,000,000 for the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination efforts.

Titus (NV), Kelly, Robin (IL), Cohen (TN)


REVISED Increases funding for the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program by $3 million. It is offset by reducing the Office of Communications by $3 million.

Young, David (IA), Blum (IA), Walz (MN), Bustos (IL), Stefanik (NY), Bacon (NE), Peterson (MN)


Strikes language that would prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using Commodity Credit Corporation funds to purchase, produce, or defray the costs of alternative fuels under its memorandum of understanding with the Department of Defense.