Legislative Watch

H.R. 1947 — Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
House version of the 2013 Farm Bill. H.R. 1947 incorporates NCBA priorities; there is no livestock title, the conservation and disaster programs are maintained and the research title is sustained.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1947.

S. 258 and H.R. 657— Grazing Improvement Act
To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits, and for other purposes.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 258 and H.R. 657.
Key Sponsors: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho)

H.R. 1345 — Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013
To address the forest health, public safety and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1345.
Key Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

S. 1195 — Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act
Would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its entirety.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1195.
Key Sponsors: Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

S. 954 — Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013
Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill. S. 954 incorporates NCBA priorities; there is no livestock title, the conservation and disaster programs are maintained and the research title is sustained.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 954.

Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) Reauthorization — Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and authorizes FDA to collect fees for certain animal drug applications. ADUFA is up for reauthorization every five years.

S. 496 — Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act
Directs EPA to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to consider a producer's risk when it comes to maintaining costly oil storage facilities. The bill would allow EPA to create practical exemptions for small farmers and ranchers.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 496.
Key Sponsors: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

S. 895 — Antimicrobial Data Collection Act
Would require a pilot program to look into new data sources on antibiotics used on food producing animals. The legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect more data on antimicrobial drug use. NCBA urges a NO vote on and S. 895.
Key Sponsors: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)

H.R. 1607 — Livestock Disaster Protection Act
Extends the Livestock Indemnity Program, Livestock Forage Program and the Emergency Livestock Assistance for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
NCBA urges a YES vote on and H.R. 1607.
Key Sponsor: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)

H.R. 311 — Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act
Directs EPA to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to consider a producer's risk when it comes to maintaining costly oil storage facilities. The bill would allow EPA to create practical exemptions for small farmers and ranchers.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 311.
Key Sponsor: Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)

S. 19 and H.R. 1314 — Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform
To protect American citizens from the burdensome and costly regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between special interest groups and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Limits the use of taxpayer dollars to fund ESA lawsuits.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 19 and H.R. 1314.
Key Sponsors: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas)

H.R. 317 — Judgment Fund Transparency Act
To provide increased oversight and transparency of the Treasury Department Judgment Fund. H.R. 317 would require the Treasury to issue a public report describing funds allocated, a brief description of facts surrounding the agency request and an identification of the recipient of those funds.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 317.
Key Sponsor: Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)

S. 541 and H.R. 1094 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale or transport of horses and other members of the equine family or the importing or exporting of equines or their parts into or out of the United States. NCBA urges a NO vote on S. 541 and H.R. 1094.
Key Sponsors: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.)

 H.R. 612 — Safe and Efficient Transportation Act
To amend title 23, with respect to vehicle increasing weight limitations applicable to the interstate highway system, and improve transportation efficiency.
NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 612.
Key Sponsors: Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

S. 141 — Extension of Agriculture Disaster Relief Programs
To make supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 141.
Key Sponsor: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

S. 10 — Reauthorization of Agricultural Programs Through 2018
Placeholder bill for the Farm Bill. S. 10 incorporates NCBA priorities from the version of the 2012 Farm Bill passed by the Senate last year.
NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 10.
Key Sponsors: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

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