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senate Bill S. Res. 166

Do Domestically Grown Flowers Need More Love From the White House?

Argument in favor

It’s a simple gesture, but showcasing flowers grown in the U.S. at the White House will make American flower breeders, farmers, processors, and distributors more competitive.

CPMonroe's Opinion
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02/14/2016
While, yes, we should showcase flora that grow within the United States, I cannot believe that political capital & Congressional resources have been spent to further this legislation. This is yet another example of lobbyists flexing their monetary muscle & (dark) money to influence & our subvert politics. This was introduced, voted on & passed how quickly? What if police & political reform, poverty, renewable energy, education, healthcare, infrastructure & other, critical issues were afforded equal importance, time & expediency? Let your representatives know that we will no longer stand for this & demand cooperation on the critical issues of our time.
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Dustin's Opinion
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02/14/2016
The President should decorate the people's house with the beautiful results of the peoples labor. If there is an option for American government to use American products they should and in this case they can.
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Moni's Opinion
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05/08/2016
Not only are you displaying pride in local flora, it is more friendly to the environment since it already grows there. They should try out having local to the region plants grow in the White House area along with buying flowers from domestic shops.
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Argument opposed

This resolution would do nothing other than gently encourage the White House to showcase American flowers. If they don’t want to, they won’t, making this bill useless.

Daniel's Opinion
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02/14/2016
flowers?! seriously? this bill is literally a waste of time. it does nothing for nobody.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/13/2016
While using locally grown flowers in the White House or any other business in the US would be admirable, this is a course in Capitalism.
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John's Opinion
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02/14/2016
This is the type of the trash I'm talking about put some real bills on the table. Why waste time on this
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What is Senate Bill S. Res. 166?

This resolution expresses the sense of the Senate that purchasing flowers grown in the U.S. supports farmers, small businesses, jobs, and the U.S. economy. It also notes that domestically grown flowers enhance the ability of Americans to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, and that more than $2 billion is spent on flowers in the U.S. on each of those holidays.

This resolution also encourages the White House to strive to showcase flowers grown in the U.S. at its gardens to support the flower breeders, farmers, processors, and distributors of America.

Impact

Flower breeders, farmers, processors, and distributors in the U.S.; Congress; and the White House.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 166

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced this legislation in the hope that showcasing flowers produced in America at the White House would lead to increased demand for domestic flowers:

“We know that Americans want to support local businesses and increasing consumers’ awareness about the flower industry will encourage them to look for that ‘Certified American Grown’ label.”

The ‘Certified American Grown’ label is given to flowers and foliage grown in the U.S., and mixed bouquets must be composed entirely of flowers grown and processed domestically.


Of Note: The American flower industry has struggled to compete with foreign competition in recent years, with some estimating that flowers grown in Colombia now account for three-fourths of cut flower sales in the U.S. Across the industry, there is about $25 billion spent on floral products each year.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user McD22)

Official Title

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that domestically grown flowers support the farmers, small businesses, jobs, and economy of the United States, enhance the ability of the people of the United States to honor their mothers on Mother's Day, and that the White House should strive to showcase domestically grown flowers.

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  • The senate Passed May 4th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
    IntroducedMay 4th, 2015

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    While, yes, we should showcase flora that grow within the United States, I cannot believe that political capital & Congressional resources have been spent to further this legislation. This is yet another example of lobbyists flexing their monetary muscle & (dark) money to influence & our subvert politics. This was introduced, voted on & passed how quickly? What if police & political reform, poverty, renewable energy, education, healthcare, infrastructure & other, critical issues were afforded equal importance, time & expediency? Let your representatives know that we will no longer stand for this & demand cooperation on the critical issues of our time.
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    flowers?! seriously? this bill is literally a waste of time. it does nothing for nobody.
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    While using locally grown flowers in the White House or any other business in the US would be admirable, this is a course in Capitalism.
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    This is the type of the trash I'm talking about put some real bills on the table. Why waste time on this
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    It's a big waste of time.
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    The President should decorate the people's house with the beautiful results of the peoples labor. If there is an option for American government to use American products they should and in this case they can.
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    A waste of time
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    Stop already! Enough unnecessary spending. Please!!!!!
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    Here we go again. Who notices. Who cares. You look. Oh how pretty. That's it. No need to do anything more SAVE OUR MONEY. Just my opinion
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    Wtf Obama show them some love
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    I don't think it really matters.
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    This is a monumental waste of time and money. Don't we have other problems to worry about?
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    Utter waste of time. Instead of getting a CBO estimate of the cost of passed, I'd like to start getting an estimate of the cost in producing this proposal, Congress reading, considering, and voting on it, and the President reading and signing it. Even if nobody bothers even looks at it (let alone tweak) they have to be told what it is and how to vote. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there over of hundreds of legislators and staffers adds up. That's a lot of expensive billable hours spent making an empty statement about flowers.
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    I'm for anything that helps American workers! And keeps the jobs her!!!
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    Domestic industry at all levels is better for the nation than the alternative.
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    So this is one if the critical issues that our tax dollars are going to work on, what kind of flowers are planted at the White House. Doesn't seem like an issue that we should have our already lackluster political system spending time and money thinking about
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    With the need to reinstate the Voting Rights Act, address immigration, improve education, and invest in our infrastructure, I'd rather Congress not focus on flowers at the White House.
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    This is laughable.
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    As great as America is, it isn't feasible to grow every type of flower here, and it makes no sense limiting the market (with mixed bouquets that have to be certified) or the White House in what they can showcase. If the US growers can't compete, they need to innovate.
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    Lead by example. If showcasing flowers will help American farmers and the people in power are educated about it, then do it. No law needed.
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