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house Bill H.R. 265

$23.2 Billion in Funding For the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Conservation Programs

Argument in favor

This bill would fully fund the Dept. of Agriculture, which is currently affected by the shutdown, through September so that it can carry out its programs for agricultural research, food safety, rural development, and nutrition.

burrkitty's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Yep! Disconnect the DHS argument from the unrelated departments. Get the government open and stop holding nearly a million civil service personnel and their families hostage!
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Michelle's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Forget the stupid wall!! Get the government up and running!
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Hans's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Immigration is a separate issue. Deal with it without hostages.
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Argument opposed

While this bill may be bipartisan, it has no chance of becoming law unless a deal is struck on border security. Congress should focus on reaching an overarching funding compromise.

TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Stop all subsidies. If I want to give my money to a business or corporation or industry, I'll do it myself in a voluntary transaction. Government exists to force people to fund things they wouldn't deem valuable (or to prevent you funding things you would).
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Tom's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Lets stop funding this stuff! Let’s balance the budget and pay off the debt. Let’s return to the gold standard. Let’s have money that’s really worth something. Let’s stop foreign aid. Let’s take care of our citizens. Let’s stop giving money to countries that don’t like us. Let’s stop giving money to anyone that is not a citizen. Let’s not pay the Congress if they can’t pass an annual balanced budget. Let’s secure our borders. Let’s move toward term limits. Let’s pray for one another! Let’s respect our elected officials. We can be better as a country if we just take care of our own business and stay out of others business. The government that governs least, governs best! Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country!
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Marc's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Stop playing games Democrats. Fund a secure southern border
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed January 10th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 243 Yea / 183 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 265?

This section of the bill would provide a total of $23.235 billion in discretionary funding to support the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, rural development, and conservation programs for fiscal year 2019 — an increase of $225 million from the prior year. It’d also authorize $121.8 billion for mandatory nutrition programs, which is $710 million below the prior year due in part due to fewer individuals seeking nutrition assistance. A breakdown of the bill’s various provisions can be found below.

Food and Nutrition Programs: This section would provide discretionary and mandatory funding for USDA’s food and nutrition programs, including:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): $73.219 billion in required mandatory funding would be provided, which is $794 million below the prior year.

  • Child Nutrition Programs: $23.184 billion in mandatory funding, which would provide meals for an estimated 30.7 million participants.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): $6.15 billion in discretionary funding, a decrease of $25 million — which is based on USDA enrollment estimates and won’t prevent eligible participants from getting benefits.

Rural Development: This section would provide $3.8 billion in FY19 funding, of which $825 million would be dedicated for infrastructure investments. It’d provide for the development of rural broadband, and finance $1.25 billion in loans for water & electric infrastructure, $24 billion in rural housing & rental assistance, and $1 billion in loans for rural businesses.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): This section would provide $2.97 billion in discretionary FY19 funding for the FDA, an increase of $159 million (the FDA gets another $2.5 billion in funding from user fees). It’d provide:

  • $88.5 million of medical product initiatives, including full funding for the Oncology Center of Excellence;

  • $70 million as authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act;

  • $66 million for opioid prevention efforts; and

  • $15 million for food safety initiatives.

Agricultural Research: This section would provide $2.73 billion to support research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Formulas used to determine research funding for land grant universities would be maintained at the prior year’s levels.

International Programs:

  • $1.716 billion would be made available for Food for Peace grants, which support the delivery of American-grown food to foreign countries experiencing chronic hunger crises.

  • The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program would be funded with $210 million, including $15 million for the Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement at the Foreign Agriculture Service.

Impact

Food, agriculture, and nutrition programs; and the USDA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 265

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey released the following statement on the introduction of this bill funding the Dept. of Agriculture and related programs through September:

“This legislation is virtually identical to the FY19 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 31-0 vote and was adopted by the full Senate on a 92-6 vote. It provides $23.235 billion in discretionary funding, $225 million above the FY2018 enacted level. In addition, it provides the latest estimates for mandatory programs required by law. The legislation will end the Trump Shutdown and support agriculture, rural development, conservation programs, and food and drug safety, as well providing essential nutrition assistance for children, families, and seniors at home, as well as food assistance overseas through September 30.”

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have said that no funding bills will become law unless the $5.7 billion border security funding request is included.

House Democrats passed a version of this bill as part of a $271 billion “minibus” funding package that funded all agencies impacted by the government shutdown (except for Homeland Security) on the first day of the 116th Congress.

A similar version of this legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 31-0 vote as a standalone bill during the last Congress. It was then added to a broader “minibus” funding package that passed the Senate as a whole on a 92-6 vote.

Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / PeopleImages)

AKA

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

Official Title

Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

    Yep! Disconnect the DHS argument from the unrelated departments. Get the government open and stop holding nearly a million civil service personnel and their families hostage!
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    Stop all subsidies. If I want to give my money to a business or corporation or industry, I'll do it myself in a voluntary transaction. Government exists to force people to fund things they wouldn't deem valuable (or to prevent you funding things you would).
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    Forget the stupid wall!! Get the government up and running!
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    Immigration is a separate issue. Deal with it without hostages.
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    USDA funding includes money for SNAP (formerly food stamps), which is a critical tool for lifting people out of poverty and helping struggling families put food on the table. This is a basic function of government and shouldn't be put on hold to bicker over Trump's immoral wall.
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    Pass this bill to fund the USDA Reopen the government. No wall.
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    Lets stop funding this stuff! Let’s balance the budget and pay off the debt. Let’s return to the gold standard. Let’s have money that’s really worth something. Let’s stop foreign aid. Let’s take care of our citizens. Let’s stop giving money to countries that don’t like us. Let’s stop giving money to anyone that is not a citizen. Let’s not pay the Congress if they can’t pass an annual balanced budget. Let’s secure our borders. Let’s move toward term limits. Let’s pray for one another! Let’s respect our elected officials. We can be better as a country if we just take care of our own business and stay out of others business. The government that governs least, governs best! Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country!
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    Open the government. Pay the workers. No wall!
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    Fund everything but the wall - then sit down and discuss details over border security. Right now Trumps shutdown has made Americans less safe than ever
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    Please reopen the government! There are better, more up-to-date solutions to border security than a physical wall.
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    This is ridiculous, funding the government piecemeal. Our elected officials need to do their jobs. Trump is so concerned about border security that our military is not getting paid. The Coast Guard who is responsible for our other borders, is not getting paid. This is a political stunt. Grow some balls and stand up to this idiot. All you people who are so concerned with the Constitution, need to read it. The Executive is one branch of the government. You have stood by and willingly watched him dismantle our government. You have colluded in this destruction. Shane on you. Start doing your jobs.
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    NO WALL!! Let the hundreds of thousands federal employee hostages free so that they can go back to work!
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    Balance the budget and build the wall.
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    Stop playing games Democrats. Fund a secure southern border
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    👍🏻👍🏻 HOUSE BILL H.R. 265 THE 2019 FUNDING OF THE USDA 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in agreement with and support the passage of the bill which would provide a total of $23.235 billion in discretionary funding to support the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, rural development, and conservation programs for fiscal year 2019 — an increase of $225 million from the prior year. It’d also authorize $121.8 billion for mandatory nutrition programs, which is $710 million below the prior year due in part due to fewer individuals seeking nutrition assistance. This House bill H.R. 265 FUNDING OF THE USDA 2019 which would fully fund the Dept. of Agriculture, which is currently affected by the shutdown, through September so that it can carry out its programs for agricultural research, food safety, rural development, and nutrition. I’m still, opposed to the Pelosi’s Democratic House “Kicking The Can Down The Road” as did the Democratic Obama’s administrations did repeatedly by not passing finalized FULL budgets but instead using the “Continuing Resolutions” procedure to keep the government functioning. “THE BALL IS IN, SPEAKER PELOSI’S COURT, FOLKS” SneakyPete......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 1*10*19..........
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    To quote trump in 2004. When you see a wall in front of you, go over it, around it or through it... no reason for a wall!
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    This bill includes vital programs such as SNAP, WIC, and over $20B in mandatory child nutrition programs. Do it for the kids, people.
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    The shutdown is stupid. Period. It’s a win for Putin, who’s puppet is in the Oval Office.
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    WALLS are a waste of money. GET THE GOVERNMENT OPEN! NOW!
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    These are not necessary departments, certainly not on a federal level. Probably unconstitutional at that. Refund these tax dollars or pay down the debt.
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