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House Committee on AgricultureDepartment Operations, Oversight, and NutritionHouse Committee on Education and the WorkforceIntroducedJuly 25th, 2013
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To create competition in the Department of Agriculture's canned tuna purchasing program to strengthen the Department's buying power, increase the availability of canned tuna to school lunch, child nutrition, and other Federal nutrition programs, and create jobs in the domestic canning industry.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to revise the Agricultural Marketing Service Master Solicitation and Supplement specifications for the purchase of canned tuna to require that: (1) all such tuna be landed by U.S.-flagged fishing vessels; (2) not less than 75% of the value of such tuna be produced in the United States; and (3) all such tuna be canned in the United States, including Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, or U.S. territories or possessions.