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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Appropriations Committee Passing FY 2020 Agriculture-Rural Development-Food and Drug Administration Funding Bill

June 4, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture-Rural Development-Food and Drug Administration, today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the subcommittee’s FY 2020 funding bill. The bill provides $24.31 billion to invest in rural community infrastructure, food programs for those in need at home and abroad, medical product innovation and food and drug safety activities, programs that serve farmers and ranchers, agriculture research, and more.

The bill includes provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people:

  • Personal Care Product Protections – The bill includes report language that increases funding for cosmetics safety oversight and encourages the FDA to continue working with Congress and stakeholders to modernize the regulatory framework for cosmetics.
  • Food Assistance – The bill provides for $71.1 billion in required mandatory spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help families put food on the table. The bill report also funds a Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, including $3 million for a new program authorized in the Farm Bill that allows tribal organizations to enter into self-determination contracts, promoting tribal sovereignty and meeting specific tribal and cultural needs.
  • Agricultural Research – The bill provides $3.257 billion – $387 million above the budget request – for agriculture research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This funding will support research at all ARS facilities to help mitigate and stop devastating crop diseases, improve food safety and water quality, increase production, and combat antimicrobial resistance.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service – The legislation includes $1.05 billion for food safety and inspection programs. These mandatory inspection activities help ensure the safety and productivity of the country’s meat and poultry industry, and keep safe, healthy food on American tables. 
  • Conservation Programs – The bill provides $996.6 million to help farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners conserve and protect their land. 
  • Chronic Wasting Disease – The bill reaffirms the federal government’s commitment to working with appropriate state wildlife agencies to help survey, manage, and develop new tools to combat Chronic Wasting Disease.

“This Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA funding bill makes important investments in programs that affect Americans’ day-to-day lives,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “This bill is critical to the economic development of our rural communities, ensuring the safety of our food, drug, and cosmetic products, protecting the environment from the effects of climate change, and preserving natural habitats in fragile ecosystems.

“The bill contains language I authored that will give a much-needed update to protections for personal care products, because Americans deserve to know that the products they use every day are safe. Overall, this funding bill prioritizes public health by investing in nutrition assistance, food safety, conservation programs, agricultural research, and I’m glad to see it move to the full House floor for consideration.”   

A summary of the Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA bill is here. The text of the bill is here. The bill report is here.

 

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