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    by Former Representative Rush Holt

    Posted on 2014-01-15

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    HOLT. I thank the gentleman from Kentucky, Chairman Rogers, for the time.

    Madam Speaker, I also wanted to personally thank the chairman for his work and the work of his staff because shepherding all 12 of these appropriations bills is no easy task, especially as it comes down to the issues that are the most difficult to discuss and to come to a conclusion on. So, again, I thank the chairman for his work and that of his staff, and how he conducts his staff in these negotiations.

    I would also like to echo something that the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Rogers) said in his opening comments about one of our subcommittee clerks, Martin Delgado. He is retiring from the subcommittee after 16 years. As was mentioned, he is someone who knows the subject matter of agriculture very well. He has gone beyond the call of duty in his job as clerk of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. So he is someone that is going to be missed from this body. We wish him the best and wish him well in his new endeavors.

    Of course I do want to rise in support of the FY14 Consolidated Appropriations Act. This agreement encompasses the work of, as I mentioned, all 12 appropriations subcommittees and is the culmination of work that began last spring when we first started hearings on the President's budget request.

    I also would like to assure my colleagues that, contrary to what they may have heard, the bill has not only been read but that every word and every number has been scrutinized, and there are no surprises in this bill.

    As it has been said, this legislation, while funding the Federal Government for the remaining part of the fiscal year, continues to reduce spending and the overall spending level in this agreement is lower than the FY09-enacted spending level. Most importantly, it is $191 million less than President Obama submitted in his FY14 budget request.

    The Agriculture division of this agreement, which I worked most closely with over the last year, has critical funding for the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration.

    Funding in this agreement will ensure that American producers can continue to produce the most abundant and safest food supply in the world. Agricultural research is funded at $2.6 billion, which will help keep America at the forefront of cutting-edge research and competitive around the globe.

    I would encourage my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this bill.

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