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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)

Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the requisite number of words in favor of the amendment.

This is a very good amendment. I am surprised anybody would come to the floor and be against this amendment. This is an amendment that provides the money to take care of the farmers and ranchers and people that do the hard work. This is the amendment that people have been clamoring for for a long time, more money on the ground for the up-front office workers that do the work, that work with the farmers, that provide the service to people, that help them fill out
their forms and do the work that needs to be done.

We hear year in and year out from our farmers that we do not have enough staff, there are not enough people there,
there are long lines, the forms cannot get filled out, we do not have enough people to advise us. I cannot think of any
reason to be against this amendment.

These are the service workers that help our farmers and ranchers to do the work required by us and required by the USDA to fill all the forms that need to be filled out, to make sure all the reports are done. We require a lot of
paperwork, USDA requires a lot of paperwork; and our farmers and ranchers deserve to have the kind of professional
staff that this amendment provides for.

So I say to those people who represent farmers and ranchers all around the country, if you want your farmers and
ranchers to have the expert professional people to help them do the things, to do the work, to fill out the forms that need
to be done, you ought to be supporting this amendment.
Every year our farmers come to us and say, there just is not enough staffing. We need more people. In some instances,

we have allowed for part-time people to come in. We have allowed for temporary people to come in. This, though, is the kind of opportunity that provides the money.

I compliment the chairman, and I would surely hope that the ranking member would reconsider her position on this,
given the fact that reallocating of money to help the people that are out there doing the hard work of growing the fruits
and vegetables, and doing the hard work providing the food and fiber for our country are going to have the professional
staff.
So I compliment the chairman for doing this, and I say to all Members who may be listening to this debate on this
amendment, this is leadership on the part of the chairman of this subcommittee to say to our farmers and ranchers, the
money is going to be there for the professional staff to do all the things that need to be done that we require in Congress
and USDA requires, and that we hear year in and year out from our farmers, particularly from the producers out in the
area, certainly in Illinois and the 20 counties I represent, I hear from them every year that we do not have enough staff
in our offices to do the things you are requiring us to do.

So great leadership on the part of the chairman here to reallocate the money that needs to be used so that we can hire
the people and they can help our farmers and ranchers. I ask all Members who hear from their farmers and ranchers
each year to support this amendment. It is a good amendment, and I appreciate the leadership of the chairman.
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Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, will the gentlewoman yield?

Ms. KAPTUR. I yield to the gentleman from Illinois.

Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, as the ranking member, the gentlewoman knows our farmers and ranchers and the
producers come to us every year with the common complaint, we don't have enough people in these local offices to
help us. We have to set priorities.

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Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

I am going to yield to the gentleman from Virginia, but I would like to know why the gentlewoman from Ohio would

object. Let him make his point; then if they have the votes, knock it out. He was on the floor. The gentleman was on the
floor. He could not get to the microphone because he thought there was going to be a vote on the gentleman from
Texas's (Mr. Bonilla) amendment. That is the point here. If she does not like what he is going to say, stand up, but give
him the right to say it, not to object to it. That is a lousy way to treat a Member.

If somebody were doing that to you, you would have motions to adjourn and motions to do this and that. The
gentleman was on the floor. He wants to make a point of order. Let him make his point. What is the problem with doing
that?

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentlewoman from Ohio.

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, because he is proceeding out of order. We have dozens of amendments, as the
gentleman well knows.

Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, he was on the floor.

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, if the gentleman would continue to yield, he missed his opportunity as the bill was being
read.

Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, reclaiming my time, I am going to say this: I think the gentleman does have a right. He
was on the floor. He could not get to the microphone because he thought a vote would be called for on the gentleman
from Texas's (Mr. Bonilla) amendment.
Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentleman from Virginia to make his point.

Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, I think it is interesting, as we heard from the other side last week about
tactics on this side that were overbearing and the like, to see that given the opportunity in this case to reciprocate and show some openness that they have declined to do so. Nothing is surprising. But all I can say is that I will object to
their unanimous consent request and sit here.
Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, reclaiming my time, I wonder if the gentlewoman from Ohio would reconsider her
objection.

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentlewoman from Ohio.
Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, not at this time.

Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, I could not understand the gentlewoman's response. I wonder if the gentlewoman would
consider giving the opportunity to the gentleman from Virginia to speak on the part of the bill that he wants to speak
on.

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentlewoman from Ohio.

Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Chairman, the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. LaHood) knows the rules of the House very well. The
gentleman missed his opportunity as the bill was being read.

Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentleman from Virginia.

Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, let me ask the distinguished chairman, will he, in light of what has transpired here, and I know that he was not up to this previously, work with me to amend this provision and make it
appropriate in the conference or to "X" it out altogether?

Mr. BONILLA. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. LaHOOD. I yield to the gentleman from Texas.

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Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, I move that the Committee do now rise.

The motion was agreed to.
Accordingly, the Committee rose; and the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Miller of Florida) having assumed the chair, Mr.
Bass, Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, reported that that Committee, having
had under consideration the bill (H.R. 4766) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes, had
come to no resolution thereon.

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