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Extending Funds for Community Food Projects

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

EXTENDING FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS -- (House of Representatives - September 27, 2008)


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. 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.

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