Rep. Cisneros Secures Agriculture Priorities in House-Passed Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) announced the House passage of the Agriculture Appropriations Act in H.R. 3055, the Second FY 2020 Appropriations Minibus. The bill provides a total of $24.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Agricultural Department (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other covered agencies, representing an increase of $1.0 billion more than FY 2019 and $5.1 billion more than requested by the administration.
Summaries of key provisions supported by Rep. Cisneros are below:
$245 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP) - Congressman Cisneros submitted a letter led by Rep. Andy Levin to the House Appropriations Committee urging $238.120 million to help support this critical nutrition program that delivers USDA Commodities to seniors, reaching many who qualify for no other program while providing delivery for those who are homebound. In Orange County, this funding helps support the Community Action Partnership of Orange County deliver resources to promote self sufficiency and prevent poverty.
Report language asking USDA to examine how effective its recruitment and outreach plans have been for increase AAPI farmers - As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressman Cisneros joined the Caucus in successfully urging the House Appropriations Committee to include this language. Specifically, the language included in the report accompanying the bill states,
“The Committee urges the Secretary to measure the effectiveness of USDA’s recruitment and outreach plans for the increasing number of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander farmers. The Committee directs the Department to make available required resources in additional Asian American and Pacific Islander languages to reduce any cultural or linguistic barriers for these farmers.”
$235 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program - Congressman Cisneros submitted a letter led by Rep. Mcgovern and Rep. Watkins to the House Appropriations Committee urging strong funding levels for international food assistance programs. McGovern Dole is the US signature global school feeding program, promoting education, child development and food security for some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable children.
Support for animal welfare programs and provisions - Congressman Cisneros submitted a comprehensive letter requesting support for animal welfare programs, as led by Rep. Blumenauer and Rep. Smith. Among other things, the letter successfully urged the Committee to provide funding and accompanying report language to provide emergency and transitional shelter options for domestic violence survivors with companion animals. Specifically, the report accompanying the bill states,
“The Committee provides $2,000,000 for the program. It also directs the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately begin consultations, and enter into any necessary agreements, to establish during fiscal year 2020 the requirements for grant application and grant awards, pursuant to section 12502 of the 2018 Farm Bill, to provide emergency and transitional shelter options for domestic violence survivors with companion animals.”