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Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act Of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BOOZMAN. Mr. President, the farms, ranches, and forests of the United States are impacted by a complex and rapidly evolving web of international, Federal, State, and local laws.

The vast agricultural community of the United States--including farmers, ranchers, foresters, attorneys, policymakers and extension personnel--needs access to agricultural and food law research and information provided by an objective, scholarly, and neutral source. This amendment encourages the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the National Agricultural Library, to get the information out by entering into partnerships with institutions of higher education that have expertise in this area.

The amendment does not authorize a new program or increase the authorization for the National Agricultural Library. Again, CBO says it has no cost.

I urge a voice vote in the affirmative.

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Mr. BOOZMAN. My amendment redirects funding currently going to the States for the administration of SNAP. It puts that money in TEFAP, which provides funding to the Secretary of Agriculture to make commodity purchases given to food banks.

I am sure my colleagues are aware of the difficult situation in our food banks right now. They are under immense pressure in these very difficult economic times.

The importance of TEFAP is it provides food banks with commodities. This amendment takes money currently used to encourage the States to do something that they ought to be doing anyway and reinvests in a program that actually provides food to Americans who need it the most.

I urge a ``yes'' vote and yield back my time.

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