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House Proceeding 07-08-09 on Jul 8th, 2009 :: 0:00:35 to 0:07:55
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James P. McGovern

0:00:26 to 0:00:47( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: house will be in order. the gentleman from massachusetts will be recognized for one hour. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield 30 minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina, dr. fox. all time yielded during consideration of this rule is for debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and

James P. McGovern

0:00:35 to 0:07:55( Edit History Discussion )
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James P. McGovern

0:00:48 to 0:01:08( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: extend their remarks and to insert extraneous materials into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: house resolution 609 will allow this body to consider h.r. 2297 the fiscal year 2010 agturel, rural

James P. McGovern

0:01:09 to 0:01:31( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: development, food and drug administration and related agencies appropriations act. mr. speaker, this is a good bill that deserves the support of every single member in this body. chairwoman delauro and ranking member rings ton and their staffs worked to provide a bill that provides critical funding

James P. McGovern

0:01:32 to 0:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: for the needs of rural america, conservation programs and two areas that are very important to me, domestic and international food nutrition. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. house will be in order. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: this bill is not perfect. there are programs that i think

James P. McGovern

0:01:53 to 0:02:14( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: should be funded at higher levels and other programs that should be reduced. colleagues have different priorities. but i believe this bill is a solid, thoughtful, good compromise. the fy 2010 agricultural appropriations act makes three investments, it protts americans with increases in food safety and funding for the food

James P. McGovern

0:02:15 to 0:02:36( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: and drug administration it delivers critical funding and support for domestic and international food and nutrition programs and provides important assistance for rural america by providing funds for rural development, animal and plant health, broadband service and conservation programs. mr. speaker, this bill provides

James P. McGovern

0:02:37 to 0:02:57( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: $22.9 billion for these critical programs, less than president obama's budget request. with the economic crisis facing families across this nation, the funding for rural america is more important today than ever. the rural development programs will create real opportunities for economic growth and development in small communities throughout our country.

James P. McGovern

0:02:58 to 0:03:20( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: there is funding for rural housing, investments in rural businesses and support for new community facility infrastructure. the funding for the farm service agency and agriculture research is of vital importance as our farmers and ranchers continue to adapt their businesses into the 21st century economy.

James P. McGovern

0:03:21 to 0:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: i want to thank chairwoman delauro for funding eradication of the long horn beetle. this hasnfiltrated my district and surrounding towns. the only way to eradicate the insect is to eliminate the trees where they live.

James P. McGovern

0:03:43 to 0:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: if this infestation is not stopped, it could devastate the hardwood forests of new england. this is an expensive, but important endeavor and this bill provides significant funding for that effort. mr. speaker, as we have seen over the past few years, americao food supply is not as safe as it should be.

James P. McGovern

0:04:05 to 0:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: we have seen salmonella and e coal eye outbreaks and -- e coli outbreaks and importation means we have to have a dedicated effort to protect our food supply from contamination. this bill provides funding for the inspection of meat, powell

James P. McGovern

0:04:26 to 0:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: try and egg products. there is funding to improve the safety of imported food and medical products. these programs alone make this bill worth supporting and i commend chairwoman delauro for her support for this work. finally and of great importance, the programs that provide food

James P. McGovern

0:04:49 to 0:05:09( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: people here at home and around the world. this bill provides significant funding for food stamps, for aid, pl 480 and the child nutrition program.

James P. McGovern

0:05:10 to 0:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: i have long believed, mr. speaker, that hunger, here at home and around the world is a political condition. that we have the resources to end hunger, but we simply haven't mustered the political will to do so. this bill is a major step forward in that fight to end hunger. domestically, this bill fully

James P. McGovern

0:05:31 to 0:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: funds the women, infants and children program, or w.i.w. program. this provides healthy and nutritious food to pregnant and mothers. the bill will help 700,000 women aninfants. 10 million people will now be able to participate in this important program.

James P. McGovern

0:05:52 to 0:06:12( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: the bill provides funding for the commodity food supplemental program, something that the bush administration never saw fit to fund but provides nutritious food to over 500,000 low-income women, infants and children and elderly people who struggle with high food costs.

James P. McGovern

0:06:13 to 0:06:34( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: this bill also expands the participation into six states, arkansas, oklahoma, delaware, utah, new jersey and georgia. and the snap program authorized in the farm bill is funded through the fy 2010 agricultural appropriations bill. this is one of the most important safety programs in the country.

James P. McGovern

0:06:35 to 0:06:55( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: low and middle-income families who struggle to put food on their tables are able to turn to this program for help. there are over 36 million people in this country who go without food during the year. too often, families are forced to choose between rent, utilities and food. snap allows families to receive

James P. McGovern

0:06:56 to 0:07:17( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: funding so they could buy the food they normally wouldn't be able to afford. healthy and nutritious food is a right, not a privilege. the notion we should turn our backs on people who cannot afford it is unfathomable. millions of americans need this help even before the economic downturn.

James P. McGovern

0:07:18 to 0:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: the number of americans will be higher and without snap, millions of americans would go to bed hungry every day. i'm proud of the program and i congratulate the speaker of the house and chairwoman delauro for their support in this and other anti-hunger efforts. there is a significant investment in the international food aid provisions funded in

James P. McGovern

0:07:39 to 0:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: this bill. many of my colleagues may not know that international food aid is funded in the agricultural appropriations bill. this bill, thanks to the adership of chairwoman delauro increases funding by $464

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