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house Bill H.R. 2521

Should South Carolina be Represented on the Peanut Standards Board?

Argument in favor

South Carolina is among the largest peanut producing states in the union and should be represented on the Dept. of Agriculture’s Peanut Standards Board instead of excluded from the board altogether. It makes sense to be included in the board’s Virginia / Carolina region.

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10/29/2017
They have a right to protect their nuts
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Denise's Opinion
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10/29/2017
Wtf just vote and get this done and solve some real damn problems already. I’m beginning to think we have toddlers in congress also!!!
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amymichellea's Opinion
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10/29/2017
If they make peanuts, why not be represented on the board? There is no need to rely on neighboring states when they could speak up for themselves
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Argument opposed

There’s really no need for South Carolina to be represented on the Peanut Standards Board, its peanut farmers’ interests will be represented by their neighbors in North Carolina and Georgia who have seats on the board.

Russell's Opinion
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10/29/2017
Seriously they can’t figure out health care or North Korea but THIS is an issue. Another waste of our tax dollars going to waste.
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DEGUp's Opinion
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10/29/2017
Peanut standards board?! Is this a joke? Surely we can just get rid of this stupidity. My bet is that this is just a means for political patronage that benefits the established producers over the little guys. Add nothing: Get rid of it instead.
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Kathie's Opinion
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10/29/2017
I am frustrated by seeing yet another bill which has the "fox guarding the hen house". As long as there are representatives of the peanut industry represented on the board that is all that should be necessary. Having industries self regulate or police themselves has not been and is not a good idea.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • The house Passed October 31st, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 394 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
    IntroducedMay 18th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2521?

This bill — known as the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 — would add South Carolina to the Virginia / Carolina peanut producing region for the purpose of appointing members of the Peanut Standards Board. Under current law South Carolina isn’t represented on the board, as the region includes Virginia and North Carolina. The Peanut Standards Board advises the Dept. of Agriculture on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts, and is divided into three regions: southwest (Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico), southeast (Alabama, Florida & Georgia), and Virginia / North Carolina.

Impact

South Carolina peanut farmers; the Peanut Standards Board; and the Dept. of Agriculture.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2521

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Joe WIlson (R-SC) introduced this bill to give South Carolina representation on the Dept. of Agriculture’s Peanut Standards Board:

“Since the Peanut Standards Board was created in 2002, South Carolina’s peanut farmers have been without a voice in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, despite being the nation’s fourth largest peanut-producing state. This legislation would rectify an imbalance on the Peanut Standards Board and support South Carolina peanut farmers. Peanuts are so appreciated in South Carolina that the state legislature designated the boiled peanut as the state’s official snack.”

This legislation passed the House Agriculture Committee on a voice vote and is cosponsored by six bipartisan cosponsors, all of whom represent districts in South Carolina.

According to the National Peanut Board, South Carolina is the fifth largest peanut producer in the country, responsible for about eight percent of the national crop. That places it behind Georgia (over 46%), Florida (nearly 13%), Alabama (nearly 11%), and Texas (nearly 9%) and ahead of North Carolina (about 7%).


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for purposes of appointment to the Peanut Standards Board.

    They have a right to protect their nuts
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    Seriously they can’t figure out health care or North Korea but THIS is an issue. Another waste of our tax dollars going to waste.
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    Wtf just vote and get this done and solve some real damn problems already. I’m beginning to think we have toddlers in congress also!!!
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    If only there was some kind of organization which automatically represented the interests of the various states. Maybe we could have it exist in two halves: one where each state is represented by population and one where each state has equal representation. We could call it ... I don’t know ... a “congress”?
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    Peanut standards board?! Is this a joke? Surely we can just get rid of this stupidity. My bet is that this is just a means for political patronage that benefits the established producers over the little guys. Add nothing: Get rid of it instead.
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    I am frustrated by seeing yet another bill which has the "fox guarding the hen house". As long as there are representatives of the peanut industry represented on the board that is all that should be necessary. Having industries self regulate or police themselves has not been and is not a good idea.
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    If they make peanuts, why not be represented on the board? There is no need to rely on neighboring states when they could speak up for themselves
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    For the love of all that is Holy, stop this crap legislation and impeach Trump and Pence! Peanuts. Shame on you all!
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    Vote on this stupid stuff quickly so you can actually do something of importance.
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    Why don't they already?
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    Seriously? THIS is what Congress is focusing on while Trump and the spineless, brainless Republican Party are giving away billions in tax cuts to the 1% while simultaneously destroying healthcare, education, LGBT and civil rights, the environment, Social Security and low and middle class Americans?
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    I appreciate Azreal's comment. They have a right to support their nuts.
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    Who cares?
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    Who cares
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    That's why choosy mothers choose Jif !
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    I seriously can’t believe this has to be voted on. If our public officials want to know why the American public is turning on them, they certainly don’t have to go looking very hard. Over complicating, and wasting time on common sense issues.
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    But why do we have a peanut standards board? Where is that in the constitution
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    Sure, they want representation to protect their nuts, just give it to them! It’s just peanuts, so I really am just indifferent to this stuff.
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    Sure! Why not pass a “nothing” law? Keeps the concentration away from that Gosh-awful budget!!
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    On one hand, equal representation is needed everywhere in the US. On the other hand, the US needs to put forth legislation directly in line with what the President ran on... I’m talking about the BIG issues. Peanut farming had nothing to with that, along with most other legislation I’ve seen being generated lately. I like this bill, but let’s focus on what matters most, please.
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