Jindal Funding Priorities Included in Agriculture Appropriations
Washington, Jun 7 - Congressman Bobby Jindal (LA-01) today applauded the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006" for including funding he had requested for a number of projects of importance to Louisiana.
"Louisiana has a strong agricultural tradition," Jindal said. "We need to maintain and enhance that tradition, which is why I am glad to see this funding directed to Louisiana. Whether it is for increased research, supporting our shrimp industry or growing USDA infrastructure in the state, this bill commits valuable resources to Louisiana. I was strongly supportive of these provisions during the appropriations process and will work for the bill's passage on the House floor."
Included in the bill are funding provisions that Congressman Jindal pushed for during the appropriation process, including $7 million for the Formosan Subterranean Termite Research Program at the Southern Regional Research Center at New Orleans; money to maintain the 1900 jobs at the USDA National Finance Center (NFC) operations located in New Orleans and to increase the capabilities of that facility; $1.1 billion for the Public Law 480 program that allows the USDA to purchase the commodities and supplies it needs, many of which either originate or are shipped through Louisiana; funding for food processing and sensory quality, diet nutrition and obesity research at the USDA Agricultural Research Center in New Orleans; and $3.6 million for construction of the Houma: ARS Sugarcane Research Laboratory in Schriever, LA.
Additionally, the bill contains further provisions supported by Congressman Jindal, such as $4.2 million for Shrimp Aquaculture research (Louisiana is one of seven states that will receive the money); $230,000 for Rural Development Centers in Louisiana and North Dakota; $563,000 for Wetland Plants in Louisiana; and additional dollars for antibiotic testing in shrimp imports.
"I was proud to join the Congressional Rural Caucus, which works to strengthen and revitalize rural communities throughout America, early in my first term," Jindal added. "The appropriations in this bill continue the theme and mission of that caucus, bringing money, research and increased visibility to regions of our country that are too often overlooked. Just in Louisiana we have more than 80,000 workers in the agricultural and wildlife fields, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Appropriation Committee and in the Senate to maintain and build upon Louisiana's agricultural projects."
The bill will come before the full House for debate on Wednesday, June 8, and a vote is expected on Thursday, June 9.