Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Support of FY2021 Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA Funding Bill
Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) voted for the FY2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, which was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee by voice vote. The legislation funds agencies and programs within the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.
“I am proud this bill includes critical provisions to support our nation’s farmers, prioritizes research and extension work, and promotes more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices such as carbon capture and improving the health our nation’s soil.” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Additionally, this bill includes critical funding for SNAP, WIC, and other Children Nutrition Programs which are vital to ensuring access to food for the most vulnerable among us. Finally, the coronavirus crisis has magnified just how vulnerable we could be when we don’t have control over our supply chains. Nearly 80 percent of pharmaceuticals Americans depend on are manufactured abroad; it’s critical we advance these measures to safeguard our supply chain and ensure Americans will have more peace of mind that they will be able to access their medicines – no matter what.”
Congressman Ryan was successful in securing several additional elements in the bill to benefit Americans in the 13th Congressional District and across the country:
- Full funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN)
- Full Funding for School Kitchen Equipment Grants, Farm to School Grant Program, and increase to the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
- Language directing the FDA to conduct a report for how to address vulnerabilities of the U.S. medical supply chain.
- Increased funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and language directing them to conduct targeted regional studies on carbon capture related to nitrate and phosphorus to the soil components in restoring generative soils and their impact on nutrients in vegetables, fruits, and farm products, particularly in agricultural regions where human health has been placed at risk.
- Language directing NRCS in conjunction with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to study harmful algal blooms (HABS), specifically in the Great Lakes region, and provide a report on the comparison between soil health, water quality, and HABS presence in the Great Lakes.
- Report language to make recommendations for legislative or regulatory action to improve soil health, increase carbon sequestration, and improve community benefits of soil health programs on Federal lands.
Total discretionary funding in the legislation is $23.98 billion, an increase of $487 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. In total, the bill allows for $153 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, an increase of $331 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The legislation funds agencies and programs within the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.
“Our bill touches every American’s life, which is why we rejected the Administration’s proposed massive cuts that would be truly cruel during the pandemic,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Chairman Sanford Bishop, Jr. “We built on the four COVID-19 supplemental bills Congress passed this spring by providing funding increases for our rural communities, vulnerable populations, and essential workers—while continuing important investments in rural and farm production programs, agriculture and medical research initiatives, international aid, and nutrition. I am pleased the full Committee worked together in a bipartisan way to support Americans in this difficult time.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has made it abundantly clear that we must do more to address America’s food security crisis and to strengthen struggling communities that are reeling from the pandemic and ensuing recession,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “While the Trump administration’s budget would gut critical investments in vulnerable populations and rural communities at a time of great need and uncertainty, this fiscal year 2021 bill would reduce disparities made worse by the pandemic with strong funding and protections to help put nutritious food on people’s tables and to connect more Americans to work, school, health care and family with increased broadband access.”
A summary of the fiscal year 2021 Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA funding bill is here. The full text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.