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  • Temporary Extension of Agricultural Programs

    by Representative Frank D. Lucas

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    LUCAS. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3695) to provide a temporary extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and amendments made by that Act, as previously extended and amended and with certain additional modifications and exceptions, to suspend permanent price support authorities, and for other purposes, as amended.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3695 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS.

    (a) Extension.--Except as otherwise provided in this section and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authorities provided by each provision of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 1651) and each amendment made by that Act (and for mandatory programs at such funding levels), as in effect on September 30, 2013, pursuant to the extension and amendments made by section 701 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-240; 7 U.S.C. 8701 note), shall continue, and the Secretary of Agriculture shall carry out the authorities, until January 31, 2014, except as provided in subsection (b)(1) of such section 701.

    (b) Suspension of Permanent Price Support Authorities.--The provisions of law specified in subsections (a) through (c) of section 1602 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 8782) shall be suspended until January 31, 2014.

    (c) Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance.--Section 531 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1531), as amended by section 702 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-240), relating to the provision of supplemental agricultural disaster assistance, shall apply through January 31, 2014.

    (d) Exceptions.-- (1) Nutrition.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to mandatory funding provided by the program authorized by the provision of law amended by subsection (d)(2) of section 701 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-240; 7 U.S.C. 8701 note).

    (2) Conservation.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to the programs specified in paragraphs (3)(B), (4), (6), and (7) of section 1241(a) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3841(a)), relating to the conservation stewardship program, farmland protection program, environmental quality incentives program, and wildlife habitat incentives program, for which program authority was extended through fiscal year 2014 by section 716 of Public Law 112-55 (125 Stat. 582).

    (3) Trade.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to the following provisions of law: (A) Section 3206 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 1726c) relating to the use of Commodity Credit Corporation funds to support local and regional food aid procurement projects.

    (B) Section 3107(l)(1) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1736o-1(l)(1)) relating to the use of Commodity Credit Corporation funds to carry out the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

    (4) Survey of foods purchased by school food authorities.-- Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to section 4307 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 1893) relating to the use of Commodity Credit Corporation funds for a survey and report regarding foods purchased by school food authorities.

    (5) Rural development.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to the following provisions of law: (A) Section 379E(d)(1) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008s(d)(1)), relating to funding of the rural microentrepreneur assistance program.

    (B) Section 6029 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 1955) relating to funding of pending rural development loan and grant applications.

    (C) Section 231(b)(7)(A) of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (7 U.S.C. 1632a(b)(7)(A)), relating to funding of value-added agricultural market development program grants.

    (D) Section 375(e)(6)(B) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008j(e)(6)(B)) relating to the use of Commodity Credit Corporation funds for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

    (6) Market loss assistance for asparagus producers.-- Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to section 10404(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 2112).

    (7) Supplemental agricultural disaster assistance.-- Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to section 531 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1531) and title IX of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2497 et seq.) relating to the provision of supplemental agricultural disaster assistance.

    (8) Pigford claims.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to section 14012 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 2209) relating to determination on the merits of Pigford claims.

    (9) Heartland, habitat, harvest, and horticulture act of 2008.--Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to title XV of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246; 122 Stat. 2246), and amendments made by that title, relating to the provision of supplemental agricultural disaster assistance under title IX of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2497 et seq.), certain revenue and tax provisions, and certain trade benefits and other matters.

    (e) Effective Date.--This section takes effect as of September 30, 2013.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Oklahoma (Mr. Lucas) and the gentleman from California (Mr. Costa) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Oklahoma.

    General Leave Mr. LUCAS. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on the bill, H.R. 3695.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Oklahoma? [[Page H8047]] There was no objection.

    Mr. LUCAS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I might consume.

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3695, which provides a temporary extension of the 2008 farm bill.

    I believe this short-term extension provides certainty to everyone going into the new year, that permanent law will not be triggered while the conference committee continues its work on a new bill. We are making significant progress in our negotiations with the Senate, and I am confident we will be able to finish the conference report in January.

    In the meantime, the reality is that unless we act today, permanent law takes effect January 1. The press headlines already speak of doom, that we are on the brink of going off the dairy cliff.

    Time magazine says: ``People are freaking out about $8-a-gallon milk.'' And there is widespread speculation about what will happen and when exactly.

    It is not necessary to have that kind of panic throughout the country for producers and consumers, especially around the holidays. This bill makes clear what will happen on January 1, and passing it is the responsible action to take, given the legislative calendar.

    Furthermore, we are not breaking any new ground. The 2002 farm bill was extended six times before the 2008 farm bill was enacted.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge and encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this short-term extension of the farm bill.

    Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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