Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

May 16, 2018 4:46 PM

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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.

Babin (TX), Gohmert (TX), Crawford (AR), Gosar (AZ), King, Steve (IA), Higgins, Clay (LA), Marshall (KS), Biggs (AZ), Olson (TX)


LATE Limits scope of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to only native species.

Bacon (NE)


WITHDRAWN Establishes notice requirements for all Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and grant programs and to establish a fully searchable database on the RUS website containing relative information on the application or entity seeking assistance.

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)).

Barr (KY)


Creates a safe harbor for financial institutions that provide services to hemp legitimate businesses authorized under the pilot program in the 2014 Farm Bill and affiliated third parties.

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.

Biggs (AZ), Rooney, Francis (FL)


Repeals the bioenergy subsidy programs established in title IX of the 2002 farm bill.

Blumenauer (OR)


Strikes the changes to payment limits in Sections 1603 and 1604, strikes the separate payment limit for peanut subsidies that exists in current law, reduces the Adjusted Gross Income limit for commodity payments to $500,000 a year, and creates a payment limit of $125,000 a year for recipients of crop insurance premium subsidies

Blumenauer (OR)


Strengthens payment limits for commodity programs, reforms conservation programs, restores the conservation stewardship program, increases investments in HFFI, increases investments for beginning farmers and ranchers, expands funding for farmers markets, creates a payment limit for crop insurance, and creates a title focused on reducing food waste.

Blumenauer (OR)


REVISED Increases funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative and expands the program to include mid-tier value chain coordination and local and regional food supply networks.

Blumenauer (OR)


Adds a new title on Food Waste. The Title expresses the sense of Congress that the federal government should work to reduce food waste, establishes an Office of Food Waste at the USDA, creates a Food Loss and Waste Reduction Task Force, and directs USDA to develop methodology for standardizing, aggregating, and publishing food waste data.

Blumenauer (OR)


Restores permanent funding to the Farmers market and Local Food Promotion program and expands it to support region-wide assessment and collaborative planning projects

Blumenauer (OR)


Increases resources for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to $50,000,000 and provides baseline funding

Blumenauer (OR)


Reforms the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to increase access for farmers, eliminates payments to projects that do not show strong conservation benefits, and reauthorizes the Conservation Stewardship Program

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.

Burgess (TX), Blumenauer (OR)


REVISED Caps spending on Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs at 110% of CBO-predicted levels for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

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.

Comer (KY), Blumenauer (OR), Polis (CO), Barr (KY), Taylor (VA), Bonamici (OR)


Removes industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana under the Controlled Substances Act and places it under the jurisdiction of the USDA as an agricultural commodity.

Conaway (TX)


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 that USDA.

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.

Crawford (AR)


WITHDRAWN Requires USDA to create a Food Access Liaison position responsible for coordinating the department’s programs that address food access, provide outreach and technical assistance to outside entities engaged in projects aimed at increasing quality food access, and make recommendations to the Secretary.

Davidson (OH)


Establishes a commission which would propose reforms to federal means-tested programs to ensure that these programs increase employment, encourage healthy marriages, and further educational attainment. The commission's proposal would be introduced under expedited procedures.

Davidson (OH)


Requires USDA to conduct a study on how many people currently on means-tested programs covered in the nutrition title are on another federal or state means-tested program.

Davidson (OH)


Establishes a commission which would propose reforms to federal means-tested programs covered under the nutrition title. The proposed reforms would ensure that these programs increase employment, encourage healthy marriages, and further educational attainment. The commission's proposals would be introduced under expedited procedures.

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.

Denham (CA), Bost (IL)


Requires USDA to provide guidance and resources for individuals interested in using GI benefits for agricultural education programs.

DesJarlais (TN)


LATE Amends the Horse Protection Act to replace the Designated Qualified Persons program responsible for inspecting horses for soring with a new inspection system

Duncan (TN), Norman (SC)


Eliminates the Harvest Price Option (HPO) subsidy.

Estes, Ron (KS)


REVISED Clarifies substantial services in regard to program brochures, referral information, program guides and information or notices on applications in Broad Based Categorical Eligibility.

Estes, Ron (KS)


WITHDRAWN Makes the same transparency requirements that apply to the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program applicable to Telecommunications Infrastructure Program loans as well.

Faso (NY), LaMalfa (CA)


Prevents SNAP benefits from being used to purchase soda.

Faso (NY)


REVISED Expands USDA's ability to assess natural resource concerns through enhanced measurement, evaluation, and reporting on conservation program outcomes.

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.

Faso (NY), Hartzler (MO), Poliquin (ME), Marshall (KS)


LATE Provides states the flexibility to contract out administrative functions of SNAP

Fortenberry (NE)


REVISED 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.

Foxx (NC), Davis, Danny K. (IL), Shuster (PA), Blumenauer (OR), Chabot (OH), Speier (CA), Barletta (PA), Kind (WI), Perry (PA), Biggs (AZ)


REVISED Modernizes and reforms the sugar program by removing barriers to domestic production and implementing market reforms.

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.

Gibbs (OH)


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.

Gibbs (OH)


WITHDRAWN Maintains the strong federal standards set in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) for breeders to follow and ensure animals are bred under humane conditions and states could not conflict with consistent standards for humane domestic canine breeding.

González-Colón (PR)


REVISED 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.

González-Colón (PR)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide an extension of study on comparable access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico.

González-Colón (PR)


REVISED Authorizes appropriations to maintain current level of funding for the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program block grant in FY2020 and FY2021.

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.

Graves, Garret (LA), Banks (IN), Lamborn (CO), Higgins, Clay (LA), Duncan (SC)


REVISED Reduces numbers of individuals seeking state waivers and exemptions from work requirements; provides transition to work for adults with children ages 6-8.

Grothman (WI)


Amends Section 3(k) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to prohibit the purchase of carbonated beverages with SNAP benefits.

Grothman (WI)


To amend Section 6(d) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to increase the work requirement to a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Grothman (WI)


LATE REVISED Changes the definition of 'fruits' and 'vegetables' in "Sec. 31. Retailer-Funded Incentives Pilot" to ‘canned, dried, frozen, pureed or fresh'.

Herrera-Beutler (WA), Gosar (AZ), Cramer, Kevin (ND), Smith, Jason (MO), Mullin, Markwayne (OK), Luetkemeyer (MO), Banks (IN), Tipton (CO), Amodei (NV)


REVISED Repeals the 2015 WOTUS rule and provides a replacement definition for navigable waters consistent with Justice Scalia’s plurality opinion in Rapanos v. United States.

Herrera-Beutler (WA), Westerman (AR)


Directs the payment of a portion of stewardship project revenues to the county in which the stewardship project occurs.

Holding (NC), Reed (NY)


Ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law.

Hollingsworth (IN), Goodlatte (VA), Womack (AR), Palazzo (MS), Comer (KY), DesJarlais (TN), Luetkemeyer (MO), Stivers (OH), Crawford (AR), Rokita (IN)


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.

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.

Jones (NC)


REVISED Removes the first 1,500 individuals residing on military bases from calculation into population thresholds set for 'rural areas.'

Kind (WI), Sensenbrenner (WI)


Allows for public disclosures of crops insurance premium subsidies.

Kind (WI)


Makes cotton ineligible for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs under Title 1 and returns cotton to the Stacked Income Protection Program (Stax).

Kind (WI)


Reinstates the Conservation Stewardship Program “CSP” into the Farm Bill.

King, Steve (IA)


Allows Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to go into contracts with drainage districts to provide irrigation or water efficiency.

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.

LaMalfa (CA), Gosar (AZ), Smith, Jason (MO), Pearce (NM)


Streamlines the Forest Service application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal land.

Lance (NJ)


LATE WITHDRAWN Requires the USDA to consult with the NTIA and FCC before making a broadband loan or grant to ensure an efficient and effective deployment of broadband funds.

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.

MacArthur (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.

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.

Marino (PA), Thompson, Glenn (PA), Tenney (NY), Stefanik (NY), Duffy (WI), Katko (NY)


Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow unflavored whole milk to be sold during school lunches.

Marino (PA), Fitzpatrick (PA), Cohen (TN), Estes, Ron (KS)


Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to submit for publication the final rule RIN 0579-AE19, Horse Protection; Licensing of Designated Qualified Persons and Other Amendments, and directs the Office of the Federal Register to publish the rule.

Marshall (KS), Gosar (AZ), Pearce (NM), Estes, Ron (KS), Jenkins (KS), Mullin, Markwayne (OK)


LATE Provides for a delay in consideration of an Endangered Species Act listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken and to ensure USFWS considers voluntary conservation efforts in future listing decisions.

Massie (KY), Perry (PA)


REVISED Gives individual states the freedom to permit the intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to consumers, restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores.

Massie (KY), Rohrabacher (CA), Polis (CO)


REVISED 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.

Massie (KY), Polis (CO)


Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marijuana."

McClintock (CA)


LATE Phases out agricultural subsidies.

McClintock (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.

McClintock (CA)


LATE States that SNAP benefits can only be used to buy the healthy food allowed under the WIC program.

McSally (AZ), Gosar (AZ)


LATE Delays the implementation of the EPA’s “ozone rule,” including designations of areas of nonattainment and ensuing plans for nonattainment areas.

Meadows (NC)


REVISED Limits eligibility for federal commodity payments to only actively engaged farmers and one farm manager per farm.

Meeks (NY)


WITHDRAWN Directs the Agriculture Secretary to issue rules allowing SNAP recipients to authorize third party access to their benefits information-in a secure way- for aggregation purposes that could promote financial management and planning.

Newhouse (WA)


Authorizes discretionary funding for USDA market development programs to maintain access for U.S. agricultural products and commodities in foreign markets.

Newhouse (WA), McMorris Rodgers (WA), Tipton (CO)


Delists the gray wolf range-wide.

Noem (SD)


REVISED Creates a new initiative to allow the United States Department of Agriculture to match funds invested in educational programs or services for Indians.

Noem (SD)


REVISED Allows access to report information on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) transactions by individual retail food stores and individual retail food store chains to increase transparency of SNAP.

Norman (SC)


REVISED Reduces crop insurance premium subsidies for insurance policies by 15 percent for producers with an Adjusted Gross Income over $50,000, except for catastrophic level of coverage.

Pearce (NM)


REVISED Allows the Village of Santa Clara to purchase land from the United States Forest Service that was formerly part of Fort Bayard Military Reservation.

Pearce (NM)


Establishes a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding national forests and watersheds.

Pearce (NM)


Reauthorizes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for another 10 years.

Posey (FL)


Provides that the Secretary may not use the funds, facilities, or authorities of the Commodity Credit Corporation for a renewable energy system that includes a mechanism (i.e., blender pump) for dispensing energy at retail.

Posey (FL)


Strikes language that allows Qualified Pass Thru Entities (QPTE) to partnerships and joint ventures and strikes language to exclude Marketing Assistance Loan Benefits and QPTE from the Adjusted Gross Income limit. Additionally, it strikes language to allow first cousins, nieces and nephews to receive Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage payments.

Rogers (AL)


LATE Amends the Nutrition title to allow SNAP users to purchase a multivitamin with their SNAP benefits.

Rogers (AL)


LATE Amends the Conservation Title to cap the number of CRP acres at 24 million a year.

Roskam (IL), Blumenauer (OR), Faso (NY), Knight (CA)


Strengthens prohibitions against animal fighting by ensuring the law applies to all US territories.

Rothfus (PA), Kind (WI), Sensenbrenner (WI)


Limit crop insurance subsidies to only those producers that have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $500,000 or less.

Rothfus (PA), Kind (WI)


Limits commodity and conservation assistance to only those producers that have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $500,000 or less.

Rouzer (NC)


Changes the requirement for inspection of animal research facilities from every year to every three years.

Russell (OK)


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.

Russell (OK)


Amends the federal crop Insurance act to prohibit the Department of Agriculture from subsidizing crop insurance premiums for tobacco. Any saving that occur as a result of this bill must be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction.

Sanford (SC), Kind (WI)


Lowers the Profit Margin that Crop Insurance Companies are guaranteed referred to as the “Target Rate” of return from 14.5% to 12%

Smith, Lamar (TX)


Transfers jurisdiction of the Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch to the Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at USDA from the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR).

Stefanik (NY)


Adds invasive vegetation to Section 602 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

Stefanik (NY)


REVISED Prioritizes grants for forest restoration under the Competitive Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Grants Program.

Stefanik (NY)


WITHDRAWN Provides for prioritized loans and grants for rural broadband.

Thompson, Glenn (PA)


WITHDRAWN REVISED Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to review the regulation on “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” and the final regulations on “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs", while finalizing new regulations, including any requirements for milk.

Thompson, Glenn (PA)


Adds Chronic Wasting Disease to Sec.7208, High-Priority Research and Extension Initiatives.

Thornberry (TX)


REVISED Establishes Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers to limit subjectivity and increase the accuracy of grading cattle across the country.

Tipton (CO), Gosar (AZ)


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.

Turner (OH)


REVISED REVISION: Ensures that newly designated 1890 Institution’s base funding is calculated by using the same formula as already established 1890 Institutions.

Valadao (CA), Simpson (ID), Newhouse (WA), Duffy (WI)


Raises the catastrophic coverage level in the Milk Margin Protection program from $4 to $5 in both Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Wenstrup (OH), Loudermilk (GA)


Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to submit a report to Congress on compliance with OMB memorandum M-17-22. Requires that this report is to include recommendations on how Congress may assist the Secretary to increase compliance with the memorandum.

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.

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.

Yoho (FL)


Adds applicability of Endangered Species Act of 1973 to Aquatic Species Subject to National Aquaculture Development Plan

Young, Don (AK)


REVISED Exempts all National Forests in Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule

Young, Don (AK)


REVISED Rescinds the Tongass National Forest young growth transition plan.

Young, Don (AK)


LATE Expands access to traditional foods for native populations first created in Sec. 4033 of PL 113-79.

Zeldin (NY), Lance (NJ), MacArthur (NJ), Katko (NY), Faso (NY), Smith, Christopher (NJ), Stefanik (NY), Reichert (WA), Fitzpatrick (PA), Tenney (NY), LoBiondo (NJ), Donovan (NY), Costello (PA)


REVISED Reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).