H. Res. 609: H.R. 2997 - Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday,  July 7, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 238 – 186 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 239 – 183 on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

MANAGERS: McGovern/Foxx

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 609

[Report No. 111-191]

 

H.R. 2997, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI.
  1. Makes in order the following amendments: (1) the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution; (2) the amendments printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules; (3) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part C of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Campbell of California or his designee; (4) not to exceed three of the amendments printed in part D of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Flake of Arizona or his designee; and (5) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part E of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Hensarling of Texas or his designee. 
  1. Provides that each such amendment shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  1. All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. 
  1. Provides that the amendments printed in part B through E of the report of the Committee on Rules may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading. 
  1. Provides that for those amendments reported from the Committee of the Whole, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without demand for division of the question. 
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  1. Provides that after consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate, which shall be controlled by the proponent. 
  1. Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee.
  1. Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII). 
  1. Provides that during consideration of H.R. 2997, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

RESOLUTION

            Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2997) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. Points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, except as provided in section 2, no amendment shall be in order except: (1) the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution; (2) the amendments printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules; (3) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part C of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Campbell of California or his designee; (4) not to exceed three of the amendments printed in part D of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Flake of Arizona or his designee; and (5) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part E of the report of the Committee on Rules if offered by Representative Hensarling of Texas or his designee.  Each such amendment may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI and except that an amendment printed in part B through E of the report of the Committee on Rules may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. In the case of sundry amendments reported from the Committee, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without division of the question. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

 Sec. 2. After consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate, which shall be controlled by the proponent.

 Sec. 3. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

 Sec. 4. During consideration of H.R. 2997, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART A PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. DeLauro (CT)

#66

Would increase funding for the Agricultural Research Service salaries and expenses account by $2 million to go toward Colony Collapse Disorder and pollinator decline research, offset by a $1 million reduction in the Office of the Chief Information Officer and a $1 million reduction in Departmental Administration. Would increase funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture competitive grants by $3,000,000 to be used for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and pollinator decline research, and offsets the increase by a reduction in funding for the Departmental Administration. Would increase funding for the Office of Inspector General at USDA by $500,000 to determine whether the USDA Organic certification program ensures that the most rigorous standards for certification are honored, and to investigate whether non-organic substances inappropriately remain allowed in small amounts in USDA certified products after organic alternatives have been discovered.  The increase is offset by a decrease of the same amount in funding for the Agriculture Buildings and Facilities, General Services Administration account. Would increase the appropriation for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program by $519,000 to a total of $1.5 million. The amount would be offset by decreasing appropriations for “administrative expenses necessary to carry out direct and guaranteed loan programs” within the Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund Program Account. Appropriates tobacco product user fees authorized under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Public Law 111-31). Would fund the Methamphetamine Inhibitor Grant Program created in the 2008 Farm Bill at $2,000,000. Offsets the increase in spending by reducing spending on Rural Development Salaries and Expenses. Would prohibit the use of funds for first class travel for employees of agencies funded by the bill, in contravention of Federal regulations.

(10 minutes)

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Blackburn (TN)

#7

Would make an across-the-board cut of 5 percent to all discretionary funding accounts in the bill.

(10 minutes)

2. Brady, Kevin (TX)

#85

Would transfer $50,000 from the Chief Economist to the Economic Research Service.

(10 minutes)

3. Broun (GA)

#77

Would reduce FDA funding by $373 million to equal the FY09 level.

(10 minutes)

4. Capito (WV)

#18

Would transfer $10,038,000 in the bill from the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to the Rural Utilities Service Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program (restoring the latter to FY09 appropriation levels).

(10 minutes)

5. Fortenberry (NE)

#57

Would increase funding for Rural Energy for by $2 million, offset by a $2 million reduction for the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

(10 minutes)

6. Garrett (NJ)

#88

Would increase funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Operation Account by $5,000,000 and offset the increase by decreasing funding for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Salaries and Expenses by the same amount.

(10 minutes)

7. Kingston (GA)

#33

REVISED Would prohibit funds from being used to administer or pay the salary of personnel who administer any broadband loans or loan guarantees on or before September 15, 2010.

(10 minutes)

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART C

(one of which is proposed to be made in order)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Campbell (CA)

#10

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Center for One Medicine in Illinois and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Center for One Medicine.

(10 minutes)

2. Campbell (CA)

#11

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Specialty Crops in Indiana and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Specialty Crops in Indiana .

(10 minutes)

3. Campbell (CA)

#12

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Air Quality in Kansas and Texas and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Air Quality in Kansas and Texas .

(10 minutes)

4. Campbell (CA)

#13

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Biodesign and Processing Research Center in Virginia and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Biodesign and Processing Research Center in Virginia .

(10 minutes)

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART D

(three of which are proposed to be made in order)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#40

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Dairy Farm Profitability in Pennsylvania and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Dairy Farm Profitability in Pennsylvania .

(10 minutes)

2. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#41

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Wood Utilization in AK, ID, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, OR, TN, and WV and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Wood Utilization in those states.

(10 minutes)

3. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#42

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Certified Environmental Management Systems for Agriculture project of the Iowa Soybean Association in Iowa and reduces funds under the heading "Natural Resources Conservation Service--Conservation Operations" by the amount that was to have been spent on Certified Environmental Management Systems for Agriculture project of the Iowa Soybean Association in Iowa.

(10 minutes)

4. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#43

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Agriculture Energy Innovation Center in and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Agriculture Energy Innovation Center in .

(10 minutes)

5. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#44

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Dairy Education Project in Iowa and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture—Extension Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Dairy Education Project in Iowa .

(10 minutes)

6. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#45

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Asparagus Production Technologies in Washington and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Asparagus Production Technologies in Washington .

(10 minutes)

7. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#58

Would bar funds for the Wild Rice project in St. Paul, Minnesota , and reduce the amount appropriated by $303,000.

(10 minutes)

8. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#59

Would bar funds for Hydroponic Production in Ohio and reduce the amount appropriated under the heading by $124,000.

(10 minutes)

9. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#60

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Foundry Sand By-Products Utilization project in Beltsville, MD and reduces funds under the heading "Agricultural Research Service—Salaries and Expenses" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Foundry Sand By-Products Utilization project in Beltsville, MD.

(10 minutes)

10. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#61

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Center for North American Studies in Texas and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Center for North American Studies in Texas.

(10 minutes)

11. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#62

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the Urban Horticulture and Marketing Project in IL and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture—Extension Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on the Urban Horticulture and Marketing Project in IL.

(10 minutes)

12. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

#63

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Potato Research in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Potato Research in Idaho, Oregon and Washington .

(10 minutes)

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART E

(one of which is proposed to be made in order)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Hensarling (TX)

#47

Would provide that no funds under National Institute of Food and Agriculture - Extension Activities are available for an income enhancement demonstration in Ohio . It also would reduce funding for Extension Activities and amounts for necessary expenses by $864,000 each.

(10 minutes)

2. Hensarling (TX)

#50

Would bar funding for greenhouse research in Ohio and reduce the overall appropriation in the bill by $1.38 million.

(10 minutes)

3. Hensarling (TX)

#51

Would prohibit funding for a study of best practices in agricultural waste management in California and reduce the overall appropriation of the bill by $300,000.

(10 minutes)

4. Hensarling (TX)

#52

Would bar funding for agricultural diversification research in Hawaii and reduce the appropriation in the bill by $153,000.

(10 minutes)

5. Hensarling (TX)

#53

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for Cranberry/Blueberry disease and breeding research in New Jersey and reduces funds under the heading "National Institute of Food and Agriculture--Research and Education Activities" by the amount that was to have been spent on Cranberry/Blueberry disease and breeding research in New Jersey.

(10 minutes)

6. Hensarling (TX)

#86

Would prohibit certain funds in the bill from being used for the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project, Kiski Basin, PA and reduces funds under the heading "Agricultural Research Service—Salaries and Expenses" by the amount that was to have been spent on the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project, Kiski Basin, PA.

(10 minutes)