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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005

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AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - July 13, 2004)

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Mr. VITTER. Mr. Chairman, today I rise in strong support of H.R. 4766, the Agriculture Appropriations Act for FY2005.

Agriculture is vital to not only the local economy in my home State of Louisiana but also to the culture and to way of life of many communities. Ag industries give Louisiana billions of dollars in economic impact and provide for hundreds of thousands of jobs. This bill funds many of the important programs and research that will help keep Louisiana's and our Nation's Ag sector profitable and vibrant.

This bill will fund a number of specific items of benefit to Louisiana. I am pleased that these important items were
included by the Appropriations Committee, and, as a member of the committee, I will continue to push for these important items to be included as we go to conference with the Senate.

Some of these items include provisions to help solve specific needs in Louisiana, such as dairy waste remediation and
an unexplained disease in rice crops. To help the sugar industry, there is funding to upgrade a sugar research station in southeast Louisiana.

The bill also provides for a number of research initiatives, such as ongoing work to solve the Formosan termite infestation in Louisiana and important research funding that will benefit many of the different industries-from aquaculture to forestry, and many others-across the State.

Also, this bill funds many different rural development programs and includes provisions to provide for needs in a number of communities across Louisiana that can use rural development assistance to solve waste water problems, make improvements on drinking water systems, deal with storm runoff, and other needs.

Finally, there are provisions that direct the FDA to continue efforts to benefit Louisiana's seafood industry. Particularly, funding continues for the FDA to educate Americans on oyster consumption. And, to help deal with shrimp imports that contain chemicals harmful to humans, language has been included directing the FDA to test more shrimp to catch these chemicals so that . . .

These are just a few examples of how this bill will benefit Louisiana and our Nation. I thank Chairman BONILLA for crafting such a good bill, and I urge all members to support it.

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Mr. VITTER. Mr. Speaker, I ask that the Record reflect that, had I been present, I would have voted "yea" on rollcall 370, on passage of H.R. 4766, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005.

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