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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KOHL. Madam President, the first amendment we will be considering today is the Coburn amendment to reduce funding for the rural development mission area by $1 billion, or 41 percent, spread equally over the agency.

I am opposing this amendment. This is not the time to curtail essential programs that support jobs and incomes in our rural areas. So I will oppose this amendment, and I urge my colleagues to do so as well.

I would now like to yield to Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.


Mr. KOHL. Mr. President, upon passage of this bill, I want to take a moment to thank my ranking member, Senator Blunt, for his guidance and support throughout this process. He and his staff, Stacy McBride and Mary Koskinen, were extraordinarily helpful to me and my staff as we put this bill together. I also thank my staff--Galen Fountain, Jessica Frederick, Dianne Nellor, Bob Ross, and Chad Metzler--for their excellent work.

This is an austere bill. As I have stated before, almost every category of funding is lower than last year and much lower than the year before. We have had good debate on the floor about various provisions in the bill, and we have taken many votes. The process has been open and transparent. We have followed the regular order, and this bill was considered on the Senate floor. We can now conference this bill with the House and hopefully send it to the President shortly after that.

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