Amendment Debate on H.R. 1 Continues in House

After three days of debate on H.R. 1, the continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, the House has considered more than 80 of 583 amendments, either by voting on them, declaring them out of order or having them withdrawn.

A unanimous consent agreement has been reached that limits the number of amendments that are in order. Voting on the amendments continues today. Farm Bureau has a position on three of the amendments that are still being considered.

  • Farm Bureau opposes an amendment filed by Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.) to prohibit funds from being spent for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. NBAF is a vitally important biocontainment facility that will enhance our nation’s capacity to assess natural and deliberate infectious disease threats to livestock, wildlife and humans; and develop and test diagnostics, vaccines and all forms of medical countermeasures against these threats.
  • Farm Bureau supports an amendment filed by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to mandate federal Total Maximum Daily Load requirements on states. Farm Bureau believes that TMDL decisions are the responsibility of states and that to impose flawed federal requirements will be detrimental to agriculture.
  • Farm Bureau opposes an amendment filed by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) to immediately stop payments to the Brazilian Research Institute. The payments were established as part of a negotiated agreement between Brazil and the United States as a result of the WTO cotton case and if stopped at this time, would breach the agreement and likely lead to tariffs being placed on a wide range of U.S. products.

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