Extending Funds For Community Food Projects
Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the Senate bill (S. 3597) to provide that funds allocated for community food projects for fiscal year 2008 shall remain available until September 30, 2009.
he Clerk read the title of the Senate bill.
The text of the Senate bill is as follows: S. 3597
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS.
(a) Technical Correction.--Section 4406(a)(7) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-234; 122 Stat. 1902) is amended by striking ``Food and Nutrition Act of 2008'' and inserting ``Food Stamp Act of 1977''.
(b) Allocation of Funds.--Funds allocated under section 25(b) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2034(b)) for fiscal year 2008 shall remain available until September 30, 2009, to fund proposals solicited in fiscal year 2008.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from California (Mr. Baca) and the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Goodlatte) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California.
Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on S. 3597.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from California?
There was no objection.
Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 3597. I thank my colleagues in the Senate. I thank my colleague Mr. Goodlatte, as well as Mr. Harkin, for introducing this legislation. I introduced its House counterpart, H.R. 6981.
This bill is, quite simply, a technical fix of the 2008 farm bill.
I want to thank all of my colleagues for their cooperation in bringing this technical fix to the floor. With its passage, we will ensure the fiscal year 2008 funding for a very nutritional program, the Community Food Projects.
Due to an unintended error in title IV of the farm bill, we mistakenly limited USDA's authority to award grants under this program in this fiscal year. This same fix was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, and CBO has scored this bill at zero.
Community Food Projects is a forward-thinking grant program that encourages innovative local efforts to expand the availability of affordable and healthful foods. This program is critical to those who live in both urban and rural areas who may not have regular access to nutritional foods needed to raise a healthy family.
I urge my colleagues to voice their support for healthy families and vote ``yes'' on S. 3597.
Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I thank my colleague, the subcommittee chairman, as well as Chairman Peterson, for their work, along with others on this side of the aisle, and join them in supporting S. 3597.
This bill makes a technical correction to the Nutrition title of the 2008 farm bill. This measure will ensure funds allocated for Community Food Projects in fiscal year 2008 remain available through fiscal year 2009. Without this correction, valuable grant funding will be lost.
S. 3597 will allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry this funding forward to provide grants that help communities respond to local nutrition issues.
Because of the importance of this funding and the value that communities find in utilizing these funds to help people in need, providing food for them, I urge my colleagues to support S. 3597.
I yield back the balance of my time.
Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, again, I want to encourage support for the Community Food Projects. This is a valuable grant. This is a technical error that was done. I thank the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Goodlatte) for his support in this bipartisan effort. This is a correction of a technical error.
I yield back the balance of my time.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from California (Mr. Baca) that the House suspend the rules and pass the Senate bill, S. 3597.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the Senate bill was passed.
A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.