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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Latest Title: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 6/3/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Related Bills: H.RES.300
Latest Major Action: 9/7/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 155.
House Reports: 112-101; Senate Reports: 112-73
SUMMARY AS OF:
6/16/2011--Passed House amended. (There are 2 other summaries)
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 - Title I: Agricultural Programs - Appropriates FY2012 funds for the following Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary); (2) Office of Tribal Relations; (3) Office of the Chief Economist; (4) National Appeals Division; (5) Office of Budget and Program Analysis; (6) Office of Homeland Security; (7) Office of Advocacy and Outreach; (8) Office of the Chief Information Officer; (9) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; (10) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; (11) Office of Civil Rights; (12) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration; (13) agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments; (14) hazardous materials management; (15) departmental administration; (16) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations; (17) Office of Communications; (18) Office of Inspector General; (19) Office of the General Counsel; (20) Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; (21) Economic Research Service; (22) National Agricultural Statistics Service; (23) Agricultural Research Service; (24) National Institute of Food and Agriculture; (25) Native American Institutions Endowment Fund; (26) extension and integrated activities; (27) Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; (28) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (29) Agricultural Marketing Service; (30) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; (31) Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety; (32) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (33) Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; (34) Farm Service Agency; (35) state mediation grants; (36) grass roots water protection; (37) dairy indemnity program; (38) Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund Program Account; (39) Risk Management Agency; (40) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; and (41) Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.
Title II: Conservation Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and (2) Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Title III: Rural Development - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development, (2) rural development salaries and expenses, (3) Rural Housing Service, (4) Rural Community Facilities Program Account, (5) Rural Business-Cooperative Service, (6) Rural Economic Development Loans Program Account, and (7) Rural Utilities Service.
Title IV: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and (2) Food and Nutrition Service.
Title V: Foreign Assistance and Related Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Foreign Agricultural Service, (2) Food for Peace Act (P.L. 480) program title I and title II grants, (3) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) export loans, and (4) McGovern-Dole international food for education and child nutrition program grants.
Title VI: Related Agencies and Food and Drug Administration - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (2) Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and (3) Farm Credit Administration.
Title VII: General Provisions - Specifies certain uses and limits on or prohibitions against the use of funds appropriated by this Act.
(Sec. 702) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer unobligated balances to the Working Capital Fund for plant and capital equipment acquisition.
(Sec. 703) Prohibits appropriations under this Act from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly provided for.
(Sec. 704) Limits negotiated indirect costs on cooperative agreements between USDA and nonprofit organizations to 10%.
(Sec. 705) Makes USDA appropriations for direct and guaranteed loans available for: (1) the Rural Development Loan Fund program account, (2) the Rural Electrification and Telecommunication Loans program account, and (3) the Rural Housing Insurance Fund program account.
(Sec. 706) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act for the Safe Meat and Poultry Inspection Panel.
(Sec. 708) Makes funds available in the current fiscal year for agricultural management assistance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act and for specified conservation programs under the Food Security Act of 1985 until expended for current fiscal year obligations.
(Sec. 709) Makes eligible for economic development and job creation assistance under the Rural Electrification Act in the same manner as a borrower under such Act any former Rural Utilities Service borrower that has repaid or prepaid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan under such Act, or any not-for-profit utility that is eligible to receive an insured or direct loan under such Act.
(Sec. 710) Prohibits, regarding the specialty crop research initiative, funds from being used to prohibit the provision of certain in-kind support from non federal sources.
(Sec. 711) Makes unobligated balances for salaries and expenses for the Farm Service Agency and the Rural Development mission area under this Act available for information technology expenses through September 30, 2013.
(Sec. 712) Authorizes the Secretary to permit a state agency to use funds provided in this Act to exceed a specified maximum amount of liquid infant formula when issuing liquid infant formula to participants.
(Sec. 713) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used for first-class travel by employees of agencies funded under this Act in contravention of the Federal Travel Regulation System.
(Sec. 714) States that with regard to certain programs established or amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to be carried out using CCC funds: (1) such funds shall be available for salaries and administrative expenses without regard to certain allotment and fund transfer limits, and (2) the use of such funds shall not be considered to be a fund transfer or allotment for purposes of applying such limits.
(Sec. 715) Permits lenders to issue loan guarantees under the Doug Bereuter single family housing program on behalf of the federal government.
(Sec. 716) Amends the Federal Crop Insurance Act to make $15 million of CCC funds available for each fiscal year through FY2014 for agricultural management assistance to producers in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
(Sec. 717) Makes certain FY2005-FY2007 appropriations for rural broadband telecommunication loans available until expended to disburse FY2005-FY2008 obligations.
(Sec. 718) Limits FY2012 funds for the following domestic food assistance categories under section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935: (1) child nutrition program entitlement commodities; (2) state option contracts; (3) removal of defective commodities; (4) disaster relief; (5) additional fruit, vegetable, and nut purchases; (6) the fresh fruit and vegetable program; (7) estimated future needs; and (8) administrative funds.
Limits funds for the fresh fruit and vegetable program until October 1, 2012.
Prohibits funds from being used: (1) to reestablish farmers' purchasing power by making payments in connection with the normal production of any agricultural commodity for domestic consumption, or (2) for any surplus removal activities or price support activities under the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act.
Rescinds specified unobligated balances available in FY2012 for domestic food assistance.
(Sec. 719) Limits funds available for USDA advisory committees, panels, commissions, and task forces.
(Sec. 720) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to pay indirect costs charged against competitive agricultural research, education, or extension grant awards issued by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service that exceed 30% of total federal funds provided under each award.
(Sec. 721) Prohibits funds from being used to prepare or publish a final or interim rule in furtherance of the proposed rule entitled "Implementation of Regulations Required Under Title XI of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; Conduct in Violation of the Act."
(Sec. 722) Rescinds specified unobligated balances available for: (1) the Natural Resources Conservation Service, forestry incentives program (Treasury Appropriation Fund Symbol 12X3336); and (2) the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Great Plains conservation program (Treasury Appropriation Fund Symbol 12X2268).
(Sec. 723) Rescinds certain unobligated amounts for employment and training programs under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).
(Sec. 724) Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to extend the conservation stewardship program through FY2014.
(Sec. 725) Extends the environmental quality incentives program through FY2014.
(Sec. 726) Extends, through FY 2014, the following programs carried out under the CCC: (1) the conservation stewardship program, (2) the farmland protection program, (3) the environmental quality incentives program, and (4) the wildlife habitat incentives program.
(Sec. 728) Limits FY2012 acreage enrollment for: (1) the grassland reserve program, and (2) the wetlands reserve program.Prohibits funds from being used for: (1) the watershed rehabilitation program, (2) the voluntary public access and habitat incentives program, (3) the biomass crop assistance program, (4) the rural energy for America program, and (5) a performance-based premium discount in the crop insurance program.
Limits funds for: (1) the conservation stewardship program, (2) the environmental quality incentives program, (3) the farmland protection program, (4) the wildlife habitat incentives program, (5) the rural micro entrepreneur assistance program, (6) the bioenergy program for advanced biofuels, and (7) the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(Sec. 729) Rescinds specified funds for trade adjustments for farmers.
(Sec. 730) Prohibits funds from being made available for the emergency food assistance program if such funds exceed a specified amount.
(Sec. 731) Authorizes the Secretary to close up to 10 Agricultural Research Service facilities and transfer such real property to: (1) land-grant colleges and universities, (2) 1994 land grant institutions, and (3) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.
(Sec. 732) Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to authorize each school and local educational agency participating in the school lunch program to donate excess food to eligible local food banks or charitable organizations.
(Sec. 733) Rescinds specified funds from the unobligated balances available to USDA from prior appropriations, with the exception of rural development and domestic food programs. Prohibits from being rescinded amounts designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended.
(Sec. 734) Prohibits USDA or FDA funds from being used to transmit to any non-USDA or non-Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) employee questions or responses to questions that are a result of information requested for the appropriations hearing process.
(Sec. 735) Prohibits, without specified congressional notice, the reprogramming of certain funds in order to: (1) create or eliminate programs, (2) increase funds or personnel for any project for which funds have been denied or restricted, (3) relocate an office or employee, (4) reorganize offices or programs, or (5) contract out any functions or activities performed by federal employees.
Prohibits, without specified congressional notice, the reprogramming of funds for programs, projects, or activities in excess of $500,000 or 10%, whichever is less, that: (1) augments existing programs, projects, or activities; (2) reduces by 10% funding for any existing program, project, or activity, or numbers of personnel by 10%; or (3) results from a personnel reduction which would result in a change in existing programs, activities, or projects.
(Sec. 736) Prohibits the use of funds for user fee proposals that fail to provide sufficient budget impact information.
(Sec. 737) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act by any executive branch entity to produce a prepackaged news story for U.S. broadcast or distribution unless it contains audio or text notice that it was produced or funded by such executive entity.
(Sec. 738) Requires that USDA agencies reimburse each other for employees detailed for longer than 30 days.
(Sec. 739) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to inspect horses for slaughter purposes.
(Sec. 740) Prohibits funds from being made available to enter into a contract, memorandum of understanding, or cooperative agreement with, make a grant to, or provide a loan to, any corporation that was convicted, or had an officer or agent convicted, of a felony criminal violation under any federal or state law within the preceding 24 months.
(Sec. 741) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to enter into a contract or cooperative agreement with, or make a grant or loan to any corporation that has an unpaid federal tax liability for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted and which is not being paid to the taxing authority.
(Sec. 742) States that the amount by which the applicable allocation of new budget authority made by the House Committee on Appropriations under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 exceeds the amount of proposed new budget authority is $0.
(Sec. 743) Reduces amounts made available by titles I through VI of this Act (other than an amount required to be made available by a provision of law) by 0.78%.
(Sec. 744) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used for FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon.
(Sec. 745) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to provide emergency and private assistance assistance under title II of the Food for Peace Act to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
(Sec. 746) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used for nonrecourse marketing assistance loans for mohair.
(Sec. 747) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles for any executive fleet or for an agency's fleet inventory except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum-Federal Fleet Performance (May 24, 2011).
(Sec. 748) Increases the amount provided by this Act for integrated activities, and decreases by a similar amount the funds provided by this Act for National Institute of Food and Agriculture-research and education activities.
(Sec. 749) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to prohibit federal agencies from entering into contracts for the procurement of an alternative fuel unless its life cycle greenhouse gas emissions are less than or equal to emissions from an equivalent conventional fuel produced from conventional petroleum sources.
(Sec. 750) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to support any USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.
(Sec. 751) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to provide payments to the Brazil Cotton Institute.
(Sec. 752) Appropriates funds for broadband loans and reduces by a similar amount funds available for the agricultural buildings and facilities and rental payments account.
(Sec. 753) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used for mifepristone (RU-486).
(Sec. 754) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used by the CFTC to promulgate any final rules under the Commodity Exchange Act, as added by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, until 12 months after the promulgation of final swap transaction reporting rules under such Act.
(Sec. 755) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to implement the USDA regulation entitled "Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation."
(Sec. 756) Appropriates funds for preventative measures under the the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act and the Soil Conservation and the Domestic Allotment Act, and reduces by a similar amount funds provided by this Act for agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments.
(Sec. 757) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to construct an ethanol blender pump or an ethanol storage facility.
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