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house Bill H.R. 4800

The Agriculture, Rural Development, and FDA Spending Bill for Fiscal Year 2015

Argument in favor

Keeps spending low in tight economic times. A big increase for overseas food aid. No significant cuts to agricultural research. Maintains spending levels on food safety and inspection.

Argument opposed

Makes cuts to: renewable energy, health and nutrition programs for children and pregnant women, loans to small businesses in rural areas, and conservation programs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 4th, 2014

Bill Activity

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    The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 113-468, by Mr. Aderholt.
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    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 347.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 616 Reported to House. Rule provides for one hour of general debate on the bills. H.R. 4800 shall be considred for amendment under a modified open rule. H.R. 4457 and H.R. 4453 shall be considred for amendment under a closed rule.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 616.
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    Rule provides for one hour of general debate on the bill. H.R. 4800 shall be considered for amendment under a modified open rule.
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    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 616 and Rule XVIII.
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    The Speaker designated the Honorable Doc Hastings to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4800.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (CA) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gallego amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hinojosa amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the first Broun (GA) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Broun (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the second Broun (GA) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Broun (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Royce amendment No. 7.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Royce amendment No. 7, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Aderholt demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    Mr. Aderholt moved that the committee rise.
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    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4800 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gardner amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Grayson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grayson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McNerney amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Garamendi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the third Broun (GA) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Broun (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Duncan (TN) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Duncan(TN) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Duncan(TN) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 616, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeLauro amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the DeLauro amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. DeLauro demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that, pursuant to clause 6 of Rule XVIII, the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
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    Mr. Aderholt moved to rise.
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    On motion to rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4800 as unfinished business.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 4th, 2014
    [THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! Folks, how do you like the idea of you and your family eating Monsanto's WEED KILLER?! Monsanto (which has been bought by BAYER) and our government must be held ACCOUNTABLE for allowing this to happen! This poses a serious threat to our HEALTH, since glyphosate is a known CARCINOGEN!] FDA Finds #Glyphosate in #Honey • Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many pesticides, it has declined to test for glyphosate residues for DECADES. It was only in February of this year that the agency said it would start some limited testing for glyphosate residues. That came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods two years ago, finding glyphosate in an array of products, including flour, cereal and oatmeal. • Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues at 107 parts per billion, well more than the 50 parts per billion set as a maximum allowed in the European Union, the documents state. • In addition to honey, the records show government residue experts discussing the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples and the belief that there could be a lot of "violation for glyphosate" residue levels in U.S. crops. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (#FDA) has found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey, according to documents obtained by the consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know through a Freedom of Information Act request. Some samples showed residue levels double the legally allowed limit in the European Union. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/fda-finds-monsantos-weed_b_12008680.html https://www.usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDA1.pdf https://usrtk.org/ There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the U.S., so any amount of detectable glyphosate in honey could technically be considered illegal. Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues at 107 parts per billion, well more than the 50 parts per billion set as a maximum allowed in the European Union, the documents state. https://www.usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDAblankhoney.pdf Records obtained from the FDA, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by U.S. Right to Know detail a range of revelations about the federal government's efforts to get a handle on rising concerns about glyphosate. In addition to honey, the records show government residue experts discussing the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples and the belief that there could be a lot of "violation for glyphosate" residue levels in U.S. crops. http://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-vaccines-1999343362.html Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide in the world and concerns about glyphosate residues in food increased after the World Health Organization in 2015 said its cancer experts determined glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. Other international scientists have raised concerns about how heavy use of glyphosate is impacting human health and the environment. http://www.ecowatch.com/bayer-buys-monsanto-2004657068.html https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf http://www.ecowatch.com/iarc-scientist-reaffirms-glyphosates-link-to-cancer-as-monsantos-reque-1906676980.html Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many #pesticides, it has declined to test for glyphosate residues for decades. It was only in February of this year that the agency said it would start some limited testing for glyphosate residues. That came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods two years ago, finding glyphosate in an array of products, including flour, cereal and oatmeal. http://www.ecowatch.com/fda-to-start-testing-monsantos-glyphosate-in-food-1882175426.html http://www.ecowatch.com/quaker-oats-accused-of-being-deceptive-and-misleading-after-glyphosate-1891128136.html http://www.ecowatch.com/fda-glyphosate-honey-2005556150.html
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