Mr. SCHWEIKERT. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.
The text of the amendment is as follows:
In subtitle C of title IV, strike section 4207.
The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 271, the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Schweikert) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Arizona.
Ms. TITUS. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.
Mr. Chairman, first I want to thank the leadership of the Rules and Agriculture Committees for making this amendment in order.
Right here in the United States, the richest country in the world, one in four children is at risk of going hungry. Last year, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 16.7 million children. In my home State of Nevada, one in six households struggles with food security, and 170,000 schoolchildren in southern Nevada go to school hungry, leaving them unprepared to learn.
So you can see, hunger is not some crisis that is just happening in remote, faraway lands. It's happening right here, all across our own country, and we must address it.
That's why I've offered this important amendment that would restore funding to USDA's Hunger-Free Communities Grant program. This program has received wide bipartisan support and is included, or was included, without dissent in the Senate farm bill.
The amendment is a commonsense proposal to ensure that children and their families have access to the nutritious food they need to survive and to thrive. It continues a grant program that includes assistance with food distribution, community outreach, and initiatives that improve access to food.
The Hunger-Free Communities Grant program has helped facilitate public-private partnerships across the country, from New York City to Ajo, Arizona. The grants enable local communities to root out the causes of hunger and build strategies to eliminate food insecurity.
With the proposed cuts of $20.5 billion to the SNAP benefits, which I oppose, this amendment becomes even more important.
It's morally unacceptable to allow children to go hungry in the wealthiest country in the world, so I would encourage my colleagues to support this amendment to ensure that our communities have the resources they need to tackle hunger at the local level and create healthy, hunger-free communities.
Again, I thank Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson for their consideration of this amendment.
Ms. TITUS. Mr. Chairman, I would just urge that my colleagues support this important amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
Mr. LUCAS. Mr. Chairman, pursuant to section 3 of House Resolution 271, I offer the following amendments en bloc which I have placed at the desk.
The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendments en bloc.
Amendments en bloc No. 1 consisting of amendment Nos. 53, 59, 60, 62 through 97, and 103, printed in House Report No. 113-117, offered by Mr. Lucas of Oklahoma:
AMENDMENT NO. 53 OFFERED BY MS. SINEMA OF ARIZONA
Page 629, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. 12317. PRODUCE REPRESENTED AS GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN IT IS NOT IN FACT GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES.
(a) Technical Assistance to CBP.--The Secretary of Agriculture shall make available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection technical assistance related to the identification of produce represented as grown in the United States when it is not in fact grown in the United States.
(b) Report to Congress.--The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report on produce represented as grown in the United States when it is not in fact grown in the United States.
AMENDMENT NO. 59 OFFERED BY MS. KUSTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Page 200, line 2, strike ``5 percent'' and insert ``7.5 percent''.
AMENDMENT NO. 60 OFFERED BY MR. THOMPSON OF MISSISSIPPI
Page 238, after line 13, insert the following:
``(D) The healthy forests reserve program established under section 501 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6571).
AMENDMENT NO. 62 OFFERED BY MR. PEARCE OF NEW MEXICO
At the end of subtitle G of title II, insert the following new section:
SEC. 2609. LESSER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN CONSERVATION REPORT.
(a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry a report containing the results of a review and analysis of each of the programs administered by the Secretary that pertain to the conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken, including the conservation reserve program, the environmental quality incentives program, the wildlife
habitat incentive program, and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative.
(b) Contents.--The Secretary shall include in the report required by this section, at a minimum--
(1) with respect to each program described in subsection (a) as it relates to the conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken, findings regarding--
(A) the cost of the program to the Federal Government, impacted State governments, and the private sector;
(B) the conservation effectiveness of the program; and
(C) the cost-effectiveness of the program; and
(2) a ranking of the programs described in subsection (a) based on their relative cost-effectiveness.
AMENDMENT NO. 63 OFFERED BY MR. CRAMER OF NORTH DAKOTA
Page 265, after line 22, insert the following:
SEC. 2609. WETLANDS MITIGATION.
Section 1222 of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3822) is amended--
(1) in subsection (f)--
(A) in paragraph (2)(D), by striking ``unless more acreage is needed to provide equivalent functions and values that will be lost as a result of the wetland conversion to be mitigated''; and
(B) in paragraph (2)(E)--
(i) by inserting ``not'' before ``greater than''; and
(ii) by striking ``if more acreage is needed to provide equivalent functions and values that will be lost as a result of the wetland conversion that is mitigated''; and
(2) by striking subsection (g).
AMENDMENT NO. 64 OFFERED BY MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS
Page 290, after line 9, insert the following new subsection:
(c) U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Study.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct an economic study on the existing market in the United States for U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish.
AMENDMENT NO. 65 OFFERED BY MR. REED OF NEW YORK
Strike section 4015 and insert the following:
SEC. 4015. DATA EXCHANGE STANDARDIZATION FOR IMPROVED INTEROPERABILITY.
(a) Data Exchange Standardization.--Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(v) Data Exchange Standards for Improved Interoperability.--
``(1) Designation.--The Secretary shall, in consultation with an interagency work group established by the Office of Management and Budget, and considering State government perspectives, designate data exchange standards to govern, under this part--
``(A) necessary categories of information that State agencies operating such programs are required under applicable law to electronically exchange with another State agency; and
``(B) Federal reporting and data exchange required under applicable law.
``(2) Requirements.--The data exchange standards required by paragraph (1) shall, to the extent practicable--
``(A) incorporate a widely accepted, non-proprietary, searchable, computer-readable format, such as the eXtensible Markup Language;
``(B) contain interoperable standards developed and maintained by intergovernmental partnerships, such as the National Information Exchange Model;
``(C) incorporate interoperable standards developed and maintained by Federal entities with authority over contracting and financial assistance;
``(D) be consistent with and implement applicable accounting principles;
``(E) be implemented in a manner that is cost-effective and improves program efficiency and effectiveness; and
``(F) be capable of being continually upgraded as necessary.
``(3) RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.--Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require a change to existing data exchange standards for Federal reporting found to be effective and efficient.''.
(b) Effective Date.--The Secretary shall issue a proposed rule within 24 months after the date of the enactment of this Act. The rule shall identify federally-required data exchanges, include specification and timing of exchanges to be standardized, and address the factors used in determining whether and when to standardize data exchanges. It should also specify state implementation options and describe future milestones.
AMENDMENT NO. 66 OFFERED BY MR. YOUNG OF ALASKA
At the end of subtitle A of title IV, insert the following:
SEC. 4033. SERVICE OF TRADITIONAL FOODS IN PUBLIC FACILITIES.
(a) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM.--The term ``food service program'' includes--
(A) food service at a residential child care facility with a license from an appropriate State agency; [Page: H3915]
(B) a child nutrition program (as defined in section 25(b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1769f (b));
(C) food service at a hospital or clinic or long term care facility; and
(D) a senior meal program.
(2) INDIAN; INDIAN TRIBE; INDIAN TRIBAL ORGANIZATION.--The terms ``Indian''; ``Indian tribe''; and ``Indian Tribal Organization'' have the meanings given those terms in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b).
(3) TRADITIONAL FOOD.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--The term ``traditional food'' means food that has traditionally been prepared and consumed by an Indian tribe.
(B) INCLUSIONS.--The term ``traditional food'' includes--
(i) wild game meat;
(iv) marine mammals;
(iv) plants; and
(b) Program.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall allow the donation to and serving of traditional food through a food service program at a public facility, nonprofit facility, including facilities operated by an Indian tribe or tribal organization that primarily serves Indians if the operator of the food service program--
(1) ensures that the food is received whole, gutted, gilled, as quarters, or as a roast, without further processing;
(2) makes a reasonable determination that--
(A) the animal was not diseased;
(B) the food was butchered, dressed, transported, and stored to prevent contamination, undesirable microbial growth, or deterioration; and
(C) the food will not cause a significant health hazard or potential for human illness;
(3) carries out any further preparation or processing of the food at a different time or in a different space from the preparation or processing of other food for the applicable program to prevent cross-contamination;
(4) cleans and sanitizes food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils after processing the traditional food; and
(5) labels donated traditional food with the name of the food and stores the traditional food separately from other food for the applicable program, including through storage in a separate freezer or refrigerator or in a separate compartment or shelf in the freezer or refrigerator.
(c) Liability.--Liability for damages from donated traditional food and products to the participating food service program shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of donated food.
AMENDMENT NO. 67 OFFERED BY MRS. NEGRETE MCLEOD OF CALIFORNIA
At the end of subtitle A of title IV, insert the following:
SEC. 4033. FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR INDIAN TRIBES.
Section 4 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2013) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(d) Feasibility Study for Indian Tribes.--
``(1) STUDY.--The Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of a tribal demonstration project for tribes to administer all Federal food assistance programs, services, functions, and activities (or portions thereof) of the agency.
``(2) CONSIDERATIONS.--In conducting the study, the Secretary shall consider--
``(A) the probable effects on specific programs and program beneficiaries of such a demonstration project;
``(B) statutory, regulatory, or other impediments to implementation of such a demonstration project;
``(C) strategies for implementing such a demonstration project;
``(D) probable costs or savings associated with such a demonstration project;
``(E) methods to assure quality and accountability in such a demonstration project; and
``(F) such other issues that may be determined by the Secretary or developed through consultation with pursuant to paragraph (4).
``(3) REPORT.--Not later than 18 months after the effective date of this subsection, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry of the Senate and the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives. The report shall contain--
``(A) the results of the study under this subsection;
``(B) a list of programs, services, functions, and activities (or portions thereof) within each agency with respect to which it would be feasible to include in a tribal demonstration project;
``(C) a list of programs, services, functions, and activities (or portions thereof) included in the list provided pursuant to subparagraph (B) that could be included in a tribal demonstration project without amending a statute, or waiving regulations that the Secretary may not waiver; and
``(D) a list of legislative actions required in order to include those programs, services, function, and activities (or portions thereof) included in the list provided pursuant to subparagraph (B) but not included in the list provided pursuant to subparagraph (C), in a tribal demonstration project.
``(4) CONSULTATION WITH INDIAN TRIBES.--The Secretary shall consult with Indian tribes to determine a protocol for consultation under paragraph (1) prior to consultation under such paragraph with the other entities described in such paragraph. The protocol shall require, at a minimum, that--
``(A) the government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes forms the basis for the consultation process;
``(B) the Indian tribes and the Secretary jointly conduct the consultations required by this subsection; and
``(C) the consultation process allows for separate and direct recommendations from the Indian tribes and other entities described in paragraph (1).
``(5) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this subsection. Such sums shall remain available until expended.''.
AMENDMENT NO. 68 OFFERED BY MS. DUCKWORTH OF ILLINOIS
Page 366, after line 20, insert the following:
SEC. 4208. STUDY ON FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY FEEDING ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) In General.--Subject to the availability of appropriations for such purpose, the Secretary shall conduct a study of the impact on emergency feeding organizations of cuts made to the supplemental nutrition assistance program pursuant to this Act and the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296).
(b) Matters to Be Assessed.--In carrying out the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall assess the following:
(1) In the month preceding the implementation of the cuts described in subsection (a)--
(A) a baseline of the number of clients served by emergency feeding organizations;
(B) a baseline of the frequency that clients visit an emergency feeding organization during the month; and
(C) a baseline of the amount of food distributed by emergency feeding organizations during the month.
(2) Two months and four months following the implementation of such cuts (or at such other times the Secretary determines appropriate to best measure the impact of such cuts)--
(A) the change in the number of clients seeking food assistance from emergency feeding organizations;
(B) the change in the frequency that clients seek food assistance from emergency feeding organizations;
(C) the adequacy of supply of donated food to emergency feeding organizations to meet demand for food assistance; and
(D) the total number of clients served and number of clients turned away or reductions in the amount of food distributed to clients by emergency feeding organizations because of the lack of resources to meet the need for food assistance.
(c) Report.--Not later than September 30, 2014, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report describing--
(1) the impact of cuts described in subsection (a) on demand at emergency feeding organizations; and
(2) the ability of emergency feeding organizations to meet changes in need resulting from such cuts.
(d) Emergency Feeding Organization Defined.--In this section, the term ``emergency feeding organization'' has the meaning given the term in section 201A of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7501).
AMENDMENT NO. 69 OFFERED BY MR. CROWLEY OF NEW YORK
At the end of subtitle C of title IV, add the following new section:
SEC. 4208. PURCHASE OF HALAL AND KOSHER FOOD FOR EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
Section 202 of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7502) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(h) Kosher and Halal Food.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall finalize and implement a plan--
``(1) to increase the purchase of Kosher and Halal food from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification to carry out the program established under this Act if the Kosher and Halal food purchased is cost neutral as compared to food that is not from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification; and
``(2) to modify the labeling of the commodities list used to carry out the program in a manner that enables Kosher and Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to obtain from local food banks.''.
AMENDMENT NO. 70 OFFERED BY MR. HUIZENGA OF MICHIGAN
At the end of subtitle C of title IV, insert the following:
SEC. 4208. REVIEW OF SOLE-SOURCE CONTRACTS IN FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS.
The Secretary shall conduct an evaluation of sole-source contracts in Federal nutrition programs, and the effect such contracts have on program participation, program goals, nonprogram consumers, retailers, and free market dynamics. Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall report the findings of this review to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate.
AMENDMENT NO. 71 OFFERED BY MR. GARDNER OF COLORDAO
Page 393, after line 22, insert the following: [Page: H3916]
SEC. __X. RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY.
Section 18(c) of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 918(c)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``Rural Electrification Administration'' each place it appears and inserting ``Rural Utilities Service''; and
(2) in paragraph (4)--
(A) in the paragraph heading, by insertiong ``COOPERATIVE'' before ``AGREEMENTS''; and
(B) by inserting after the 1st sentence the folllowing: ``A contract funded by a borrower that is to be paid for out of the general funds of the borrower is not a public contract within the meaning of title 41, United States Code''.
AMENDMENT NO. 72 OFFERED BY MR. RUIZ OF CALIFORNIA
Page 401, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. __XX. TELEMEDICINE AND DISTANCE LEARNING SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS.
Section 2333(d) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 950aaa-2(d)) is amended--
(1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (12); and
(2) by redesignating paragraph (13) as paragraph (14) and inserting after paragraph (12) the following:
``(13) whether the applicant for assistance is located in a designated health professional shortage area (within the meaning of section 332 of the Public Health Service Act)''.
AMENDMENT NO. 73 OFFERED BY MR. MICHAUD OF MAINE
Page 401, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. __XX. REGIONAL ECONOMIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT.
Section 15751 of title 40, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (a), by striking ``2012'' and inserting ``2018''; and
(2) in subsection (b)--
(A) by striking ``Not more than'' and inserting the following:
``(1) IN GENERAL.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), not more than''; and
(B) by adding at the end the following:
``(2) LIMITED FUNDING.--In a case in which less than $10,000,000 is made available to a Commission for a fiscal year under this section, paragraph (1) shall not apply.''.
AMENDMENT NO. 74 OFFERED BY MR. TURNER OF OHIO
At the end of subtitle A of title VII (page 430, after line 18), add the following:
SEC. 7129. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING EXPANSION OF THE LAND GRANT PROGRAM TO INCLUDE ENHANCED FUNDING AND ADDITIONAL INSTITUTIONS.
It is the sense of the Congress that--
(1) institutions of higher education designated under the Act of August 30, 1890 (commonly known, and referred to in this section, as the ``Second Morrill Act''; 7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.) have played an integral role in the education and advancement of agriculture and mechanic arts for over a century;
(2) in addition to those institutions, a number of colleges and universities have fulfilled similar and parallel missions in successfully training and graduating generations of students who have gone on to be leaders in their field;
(3) the colleges and universities, both with and without designation under the Second Morrill Act, fulfill a vital role to the future of industry, opportunities for increased job creation, and the strength of American agriculture;
(4) Congress must ensure that the United States' higher education framework and policies meet the needs of young Americans, and that students from across the country are able to choose from a variety of institutions and programs that will equip them with the skills and training necessary to achieve their individual goals; and
(5) as Congress and the agricultural community generally consider policies and approaches to improve research, extension, and education in the agricultural sciences, expansion of the land grant program under the Second Morrill Act to include enhanced funding and additional institutions should be considered.
AMENDMENT NO. 75 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII
Page 433, line 17, strike `` `subsections (e) and (f)' '' and insert `` `subsections (e), (f), and (g)' ''.
Page 433, line 20, strike `` `subsections (e) and (f)' '' and insert `` `subsections (e), (f), and (g)' ''.
Page 433, line 23, strike ``subsections (e), (f), and (g)'' and insert ``subsections (e), (f), and (h)''.
Page 434, line 10, strike ``and'' at the end.
Page 434, after line 10, insert the following new paragraph:
(6) by inserting after subsection (f) (as redesignated by paragraph (4)) the following new subsection:
``(g) Coffee Plant Health Initiative.--
``(1) ESTABLISHMENT.--The Secretary shall establish a coffee plant health initiative to address the critical needs of the coffee industry by--
``(A) developing and disseminating science-based tools and treatments to combat the coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei); and
``(B) establishing an area-wide integrated pest management program in areas affected by or areas at risk of being affected by the coffee berry borer.
``(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES.--The Secretary may carry out the coffee plant health initiative through--
``(A) Federal agencies, including the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture;
``(B) National Laboratories;
``(C) institutions of higher education;
``(D) research institutions or organizations;
``(E) private organizations or corporations;
``(F) State agricultural experiment stations;
``(G) individuals; or
``(H) groups consisting of 2 or more entities or individuals described in subparagraphs (A) through (G).
``(3) PROJECT GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS.--In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall--
``(A) enter into cooperative agreements with eligible entities, as appropriate; and
``(B) award grants on a competitive basis.
``(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $2,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.''; and
Page 434, line 11, strike ``(6) in subsection (g)'' and insert ``(7) in subsection (h)''.
AMENDMENT NO. 76 OFFERED BY MR. FALEOMAVAEGA OF AMERICAN SAMOA
Page 460, line 1, insert ``
AMERICAN SAMOAM FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, AND'' before ``
Page 460, line 7, insert ``american samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia,'' before ``and the Commonwealth''.
AMENDMENT NO. 77 OFFERED BY MS. SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK
Strike section 7514 and insert the following new section:
SEC. 7514. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION GRANTS FOR THE STUDY OF ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA.
Section 7521(c) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 3202(c)) is amended by striking ``2012'' and inserting ``2018''.
AMENDMENT NO. 78 OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA
Page 481, line 17, strike the closing quotation marks and the second period.
Page 481, after line 17, insert the following:
``(7) FIRE LIABILITY PROVISIONS.--Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Chief and the Director shall issue for use in all contracts and agreements under this section fire liability provisions that are in substantially the same form as the fire liability provisions contained in--
``(A) integrated resource timber contracts, as described in the Forest Service contract numbered 2400-13, part H, section H.4; and
``(B) timber sale contracts conducted pursuant to section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a).''.
AMENDMENT NO. 79 OFFERED BY MR. COTTON OF ARKANSAS
Page 486, lines 15 and 19, insert ``, management,'' after ``restoration''.
Page 486, line 22, strike ``trees'' and insert ``forests''.
Page 486, line 24, strike ``and'' and insert the following:vegetative treatments; or
Page 487, line 1, strike ``(C)'' and insert ``(D)''.
Page 487, lines 8, 13, and 24 insert ``, management,'' after ``restoration''.
Page 488, line 4, insert ``, management,'' after ``restoration''.
AMENDMENT NO. 80 OFFERED BY MR. TIPTON OF COLORADO
At the end of subtitle E of title VIII, add the following:
SEC. 8408. FOREST SERVICE LARGE AIRTANKER AND AERIAL ASSET FIREFIGHTING RECAPITALIZATION PILOT PROGRAM.
(a) In General.--Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, may establish a large airtanker and aerial asset lease program in accordance with this section.
(b) Aircraft Requirements.--In carrying out the program described in subsection (a), the Secretary may enter into a multiyear lease contract for up to five aircraft that meet the criteria--
(1) described in the Forest Service document entitled ``Large Airtanker Modernization Strategy'' and dated February 10, 2012, for large airtankers; and
(2) determined by the Secretary, for other aerial assets.
(c) Lease Terms.--The term of any individual lease agreement into which the Secretary enters under this section shall be--
(1) up to five years, inclusive of any options to renew or extend the initial lease term; and
(2) in accordance with section 3903 of title 41, United States Code.
(d) Prohibition.--No lease entered into under this section shall provide for the purchase of the aircraft by, or the transfer of ownership to, the Forest Service.
AMENDMENT NO. 81 OFFERED BY MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA
At the end of title VIII, add the following new section:
SEC. 8408. LAND CONVEYANCE, JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST IN WISE COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
(a) Conveyance Required.--Upon payment by the Association of the consideration under subsection (b) and the costs under subsection (d), the Secretary shall, subject to [Page: H3917]
valid existing rights, convey to the Association all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of National Forest System land in the Jefferson National Forest in Wise County, Virginia, consisting of approximately 0.70 acres and containing the Mullins
and Sturgill Cemetery and an easement to provide access to the parcel, as generally depicted on the map.
(1) FAIR MARKET VALUE.--As consideration for the land conveyed under subsection (a), the Association shall pay to the Secretary cash in an amount equal to the market value of the land, as determined by an appraisal approved by the Secretary and conducted in conformity with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions and section 206 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1716).
(2) DEPOSIT.--The consideration received by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be deposited into the general fund of the Treasury of the United States for the purposes of deficit reduction.
(c) Description of Property.--The exact acreage and legal description of the land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary.
(d) Costs.--The Association shall pay to the Secretary at closing the reasonable costs of the survey, the appraisal, and any administrative and environmental analyses required by law.
(e) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) ASSOCIATION.--The term ``Association'' means the Mullins and Sturgill Cemetery Association of Pound, Virginia.
(2) MAP.--The term ``map'' means the map titled ``Mullins and Sturgill Cemetery'' dated March 1, 2013.
(3) SECRETARY.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Agriculture.
(f) Additional Terms and Conditions.-- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
AMENDMENT NO. 82 OFFERED BY MR. MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA
At the end of title VIII, add the following new section:
SEC. 8408. CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION FOR FOREST PROJECTS IN RESPOSE TO EMERGENCIES.
In the case of National Forest System land damaged by a natural disaster regarding which the President declares a disaster or emergency pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.), any forest project carried out to clean up or restore the damaged National Forest System land during the two-year period beginning on the date of the declaration shall be categorically excluded from the requirements relating to environmental assessments
or environmental impact statements under section 1508.4 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.
AMENDMENT NO. 83 OFFERED BY MR. LOEBSACK OF IOWA
Page 502, strike lines 20 through 24.
Page 503, line 1, redesignate paragraph (2) as subsection (a) and conform the margins accordingly.
Page 503, line 5, redesignate subparagraph (A) as paragraph (1) and conform the margins accordingly.
Page 503, beginning on line 5, strike ``paragraph (2) as paragraph (3)'' and insert ``paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively''.
Page 503, line 7, redesignate subparagraph (B) as paragraph (2) and conform the margins accordingly.
AMENDMENT NO. 84 OFFERED BY MR. GRIMM OF NEW YORK
At the end of title IX, add the following new section:
SEC. __. ENERGY EFFICIENCY REPORT FOR USDA FACILITIES.
(a) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report on energy use and energy efficiency projects at Department of Agriculture facilities.
(b) Contents.--The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following:
(1) An analysis of energy use by Department of Agriculture facilities.
(2) A list of energy audits that have been conducted at such facilities.
(3) A list of energy efficiency projects that have been conducted at such facilities.
(4) A list of energy savings projects that could be achieved with enacting a consistent, timely, and proper mechanical insulation maintenance program and upgrading mechanical insulation at such facilities.
AMENDMENT NO. 85 OFFERED BY MR. CaRDENAS OF CALIFORNIA
Page 527, strike lines 20 through 23 and insert the following:
SEC. 10006. FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION INITIATIVES.
Section 10105 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 7655) is amended--
(1) in subsection (a)--
(A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting ``, including farm workers'' after ``industry'';
(B) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and
(C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
``(3) practices that prevent bacterial contamination of food, how to identify sources of food contamination, and other means of decreasing food contamination.''; and
(2) in subsection (c), by striking ``2012'' and inserting ``2018''.
AMENDMENT NO. 86 OFFERED BY MR. AUSTIN SCOTT OF GEORGIA
After section 10007, insert the following new section (and redesignate succeeding sections and conform the table of contents accordingly):
SEC. 10008. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CONSULTATION REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF CERTAIN LABOR LAW PROVISIONS.
Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall consult with the Secretary of Labor regarding the restraining of shipments of agricultural commodities, or the confiscation of such commodities, by the Department of Labor for actual or suspected labor law violations in order to consider--
(1) the perishable nature of such commodities;
(2) the impact of such restraining or confiscation on the economic viability of farming operations; and
(3) the competitiveness of specialty crops through grants awarded to States under section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note).
AMENDMENT NO. 87 OFFERED BY MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO
Page 545, after line 9, insert the following:
SEC. 10018. ANNUAL REPORT ON INVASIVE SPECIES.
(a) Initial Report.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on invasive species.
(2) MATTERS INCLUDED.--The report under paragraph (1) shall include the following:
(A) A list of each invasive species that is in the United States as of the date of the report.
(B) For each invasive species listed under subparagraph (A)--
(i) the country that the species originated;
(ii) the means in which the species entered the United States;
(iii) the year in which the species entered the United States;
(iv) the rate by which the entry of the species is increasing or decreasing;
(v) cost estimates, covering both the date of the report and future periods, of the cost of such species to the public and private sectors;
(vi) if cost estimates cannot be conducted under clause (iv), a detailed explanation of why;
(vii) environmental impact estimates, covering both the date of the report and future periods, of the environmental impact of the species;
(viii) if environmental impact estimates cannot be conducted under clause (iv), a detailed explanation of why;
(ix) recommendations as to what steps are needed to combat the species;
(x) a description of the ongoing research occurring to combat the species; and
(xi) a description of any legal recourse available to people affected by the species.
(C) Any other matter the Secretary determines appropriate.
(3) PERIOD COVERED.--The report under paragraph (1) shall cover the period beginning in 1980 and ending on the date on which the report is submitted.
(b) Annual Updated Reports.--Not later than October 1 of each fiscal year beginning after the date on which the report under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) is submitted, the Secretary shall submit annually to Congress an updated report, including an update to each of the matters described in paragraph (2) of such subsection.
(c) Public Availability.--The Secretary shall make each report under this section available to the public.
AMENDMENT NO. 88 OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA
In section 11001, insert ``(a) In General.--'' before ``Section 502(c)'' and add at the end the following new subsection:
(b) Disclosure of Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies Made on Behalf of Members of Congress and Certain Other Individuals and Entities.--Section 502(c)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1502(c)(2)) is amended--
(1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as subparagraphs (D) and (E) respectively; and
(2) by inserting before subparagraph (C) (as so redesignated) the following:
``(A) DISCLOSURE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1) or any other provision of law, except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall on an annual basis make available to the public--
``(i)(I) the name of each individual or entity specified in subparagraph (C) who obtained a federally subsidized crop insurance, livestock, or forage policy or plan of insurance during the previous fiscal year;
``(II) the amount of premium subsidy received by that individual or entity from the Corporation; and
``(III) the amount of any Federal portion of indemnities paid in the event of a loss during that fiscal year for each policy associated with that individual or entity; and
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``(I) the underwriting gains earned through participation in the federally subsidized crop insurance program; and
``(II) the amount paid under this subtitle for--
``(aa) administrative and operating expenses;
``(bb) any Federal portion of indemnities and reinsurance; and
``(cc) any other purpose.
``(B) LIMITATION.--The Secretary shall not disclose information pertaining to individuals and entities covered by a catastrophic risk protection plan offered under section 508(b).
``(C) COVERED INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES.--Subparagraph (A) applies with respect to the following:
``(i) Members of Congress and their immediate families.
``(ii) Cabinet Secretaries and their immediate families.
``(iii) Entities of which any individual described in clause (i) or (ii), or combination of such individuals, is a majority shareholder.''.
AMENDMENT NO. 89 OFFERED BY MR. SCHOCK OF ILLINOIS
Page 578, line 20, insert ``pennycress,'' after ``alfalfa,''.
AMENDMENT NO. 90 OFFERED BY MR. BARR OF KENTUCKY
Page 590, after line 15, insert the following:
SEC. 11025. ADVANCE PUBLIC NOTICE OF CROP INSURANCE POLICY AND PLAN CHANGES.
Section 505(e) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1505(e)) is amended--
(1) by redesignating paragraphs (5) and (6) as paragraphs (6) and (7); respectively; and
(2) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph (5):
``(5) ADVANCE NOTICE OF MODIFICATION BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION.--
``(A) IN GENERAL.--Any modification to be made in the terms or conditions of any policy or plan of insurance offered under this subtitle shall not take effect for a crop year unless the Secretary publishes the modification in the Federal Register and on the website of the Corporation and provides for a subsequent period of public comment--
``(i) with respect to fall-planted crops, not later than 60 days before June 30 during the preceding crop year; and
``(ii) with respect to spring-planted crops, not later than 60 days before November 30 during the preceding crop year.
``(B) WAIVER.--The Secretary may waive the application of subparagraph (A) in an emergency situation declared by the Secretary upon notice to Congress of the nature of the emergency and the need for immediate implementation of the policy or plan modification referred to in such subparagraph.''.
AMENDMENT NO. 91 OFFERED BY MR. TAKANO OF CALIFORNIA
At the end of subtitle A of title XII, add the following new section:
SEC. __. ECONOMIC FRAUD IN WILD AND FARM-RAISED SEAFOOD.
(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Office of the Chief Economist, shall submit to Congress a report on the economic implications for consumers, fishermen, and aquaculturists of fraud and mislabeling in wild and farmed seafood.
(b) Contents.--The report required under subsection (a) shall include, with respect to fraud and mislabeling in wild and farm-raised seafood, an analysis of the impact on consumers and producers in the Unites States of--
(1) sales of imported seafood that is misrepresented as domestic product;
(2) country of origin labeling that allows seafood harvested outside the United States to be labeled as a product of the United States;
(3) the lack of seafood product traceability through the supply chain; and
(4) the inadequate use of DNA testing and other technology to address seafood safety and fraud, including traceability.
AMENDMENT NO. 92 OFFERED BY MS. FUDGE OF OHIO
Page 601, after line 18, insert the following new section:
SEC. 12204. RECEIPT FOR SERVICE OR DENIAL OF SERVICE FROM CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCIES.
Section 2501A(e) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 2279-1(e)) is amended by striking ``and, at the time of the request, also requests a receipt''.
AMENDMENT NO. 93 OFFERED BY MS. VELaZQUEZ OF NEW YORK
Page 629, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. __XX. URBAN AGRICULTURE COORDINATION.
The Secretary of Agriculture shall coordinate opportunities for urban agriculture, by--
(1) compiling a list of all programs administered by the Secretary or by the head of any other department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States to which urban farmers can apply for assistance or participation;
(2) examining and implementing opportunities to adjust the regulations governing the programs to enable urban farmers to participate in more of the programs;
(3) developing a process for streamlining the process by which urban farmers may apply for assistance from, or for participation in, the programs, including through the use of a single, harmonized application for multiple programs; and
(4) such other methods as the Secretary deems appropriate.
AMENDMENT NO. 94 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS
Page 629, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. 12317. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON INCREASED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BLACK FARMERS, WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND SMALL BUSINESSES.
It is the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should increase the number of contracts the Federal Government awards to Black farmers, businesses owned and controlled by women, businesses owned and controlled by minorities, and small business concerns.
AMENDMENT NO. 95 OFFERED BY MR. ROSS OF FLORIDA
Page 629, after line 4, insert the following:
SEC. 12317. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING AGRICULTURE SECURITY PROGRAMS.
It is the sense of Congress that--
(1) agricultural nutrients and other agricultural chemicals are essential to ensuring the most efficient production of food, fuel, and fiber;
(2) these products must be properly stored, handled, transported, and used to ensure that they are not misused or cause harm either accidentally or intentionally;
(3) the Department of Agriculture is the Federal agency with the staffing and technical expertise to understand the important role these products play in agriculture;
(4) other Federal departments and agencies have been given lead responsibility to develop and implement security programs affecting the availability, storage, transportation, and use of a variety of chemicals and products used in agriculture;
(5) it is critical that the Department of Agriculture participate fully in the development of any such security programs to ensure that they do not unnecessarily restrict the availability of the most efficient and beneficial products needed to sustain American agriculture;
(6) the Secretary of Agriculture should review staffing at the Department to ensure that the agency has senior employees within the Department at the Senior Executive Service level or higher, who have responsibility for coordinating with other Federal, State, and international agencies in the development of regulations, guidance, and procedures for the secure handling of agricultural chemicals; and
(7) that such employees shall--
(A) work with manufacturers, retailers, and the general farm community to review existing and proposed Federal, State, and international agricultural chemical security regulations;
(B) coordinate with manufacturers, retailers, transporters, and farmers to evaluate how existing and proposed security regulations, including systems to track the sale, transportation, delivery, and use of agricultural products, can be designed to minimize any adverse impact on agricultural productivity;
(C) evaluate how existing and proposed security regulations will affect the ability of agricultural producers to have timely access to nutrients, chemicals, and other products that are affordable and best suited to the producers' operations;
(D) develop recommendations on best practices, policies, and regulatory mechanisms relating to existing and proposed security programs to ensure that there is minimal adverse impact on agricultural productivity; and
(E) engage with Federal agencies with responsibility for establishing security programs to ensure that they have the information needed to develop procedures for effective security administration and enforcement that minimize any adverse impact on domestic or international agricultural productivity.
AMENDMENT NO. 96 OFFERED BY MR. CONAWAY OF TEXAS
At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the following:
SEC. 12317. REPORT ON WATER SHARING.
Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary of State shall submit to Congress a report on--
(1) efforts by Mexico to meet its treaty deliveries of water to the Rio Grande in accordance with the Treaty between the United States and Mexico Respecting Utilization of waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande (done at Washington, February 3, 1944); and
(2) the benefits to the United States of the Interim International Cooperative Measures in the Colorado River Basin through 2017 and Extension of Minute 318 Cooperative Measures to Address the Continued Effects of the April 2010 Earthquake in the Mexicali Valley, Baja, California (done at Coronado, California, November 20, 2012; commonly referred to as ``Minute No. 319'').
AMENDMENT NO. 97 OFFERED BY MR. FLORES OF TEXAS
At the end of title XII, add the following new section:
SEC. __. REPORT ON NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) Executive Order 13547, issued on July 19, 2010, established the national policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes and requires--
(A) Federal implementation of ``ecosystem-based management'' to achieve a [Page: H3919]
``fundamental shift'' in how the United States manages ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources; and
(B) the establishment of nine new governmental ``Regional Planning Bodies'' and ``Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans'' in every region of the United States.
(2) Executive Order 13547 created a 54-member National Ocean Council led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Science and Technology Policy that includes 54 principal and deputy-level representatives from Federal entities, including the Department of Agriculture.
(3) Executive Order 13547 requires National Ocean Council members, including the Department of Agriculture, to take action to implement the Policy and participate in coastal and marine spatial planning to the maximum extent possible.
(4) The Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force that were adopted by Executive Order 13547 state that ``effective'' implementation of the National Ocean Policy will ``require clear and easily understood requirements and regulations, where appropriate, that include enforcement as a critical component''.
(5) Despite repeated Congressional requests, the National Ocean Council, which is charged with overseeing implementation of the policy, has still not provided a complete accounting of Federal activities under the policy and resources expended and allocated in furtherance of implementation of the policy.
(6) The continued economic and budgetary challenges of the United States underscore the necessity for sound, transparent, and practical Federal policies.
(b) Report.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report detailing--
(1) all activities engaged in and resources expended in furtherance of Executive Order 13547 since July 19, 2010; and
(2) any budget requests for fiscal year 2014 for support of implementation of Executive Order 13547.
AMENDMENT NO. 103 OFFERED BY MR. REED OF NEW YORK
At the end of subtitle A of title IV, insert the following:
SEC. 4033. ELIGIBILITY DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN CONVICTED FELONS.
(a) Amendment.--Section 6 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2015), as amended by section 4009, is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(s) Disqualification for Certain Convicted Felons.--
``(1) IN GENERAL.--An individual shall not be eligible for benefits under this Act if the individual is convicted of--
``(A) aggravated sexual abuse under section 2241 of title 18, United States Code;
``(B) murder under section 1111 of title 18, United States Code;
``(C) an offense under chapter 110 of title 18, United States Code;
``(D) a Federal or State offense involving sexual assault, as defined in 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 13925(a)); or
``(E) an offense under State law determined by the Attorney General to be substantially similar to an offense described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
``(2) EFFECTS ON ASSISTANCE AND BENEFITS FOR OTHERS.--The amount of benefits otherwise required to be provided to an eligible household under this Act shall be determined by considering the individual to whom paragraph (1) applies not to be a member of such household, except that the income and resources of the individual shall be considered to be income and resources of the household.
``(3) ENFORCEMENT.--Each State shall require each individual applying for benefits under this Act, during the application process, to state, in writing, whether the individual, or any member of the household of the individual, has been convicted of a crime described in paragraph (1).''.
(b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 5(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(a)), as amended by section 4009, is amended in the 2d sentence by striking ``and (r)'' and inserting ``, (r), and (s)''.
(c) Inapplicability to Convictions Occurring on or Before Enactment.--The amendments made by this section shall not apply to a conviction if the conviction is for conduct occurring on or before the date of the enactment of this Act.
The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 271, the gentleman from Oklahoma (Mr. Lucas) and the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Peterson) each will control 10 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Oklahoma.