H.R. 3171 (103rd): Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994

Introduced:
Sep 29, 1993 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
Sponsor
Eligio “Kika” de la Garza
Representative for Texas's 15th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Aug 23, 1994
Length
53 pages
Related Bills
S. 1970 (Related)
Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994

Enrolled Bill
Last Action: Sep 28, 1994

H.Res. 544 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Sep 28, 1994

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 28, 1994 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Sep 29, 1993
Referred to Committee Sep 29, 1993
Reported by Committee Jun 16, 1994
Passed House Sep 28, 1994
 
Full Title

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to reorganize the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.

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Votes
Sep 28, 1994 3:43 p.m.
Failed 177/247

 
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9/28/1994--Passed House amended.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - General Reorganization Authorities Title II: Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Title III: Rural Economic and Community Development Title IV: Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Title V: Natural Resources and Environment Title VI: Research, Education, and Economics Title VII: Food Safety Title VIII: National Appeals Division Title IX: Miscellaneous Provisions Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994
Title I - General Reorganization Authorities
Transfers to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) all functions of the Department of Agriculture (Department) not already vested in the Secretary, with specified exceptions. Grants the Secretary general delegation authority, with specified exceptions.
Section 102 -
Directs the Secretary to: (1) reduce the number of Department employees by at least 7,500 by September 30, 1999; and (2) combine field offices where practicable.
Section 105 -
Establishes in the Department the positions of: (1) Director of External Affairs of the Department of Agriculture to assume the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations and the Director of Public Affairs; and (2) Director for Administration of the Department of Agriculture to assume the functions and duties of the Assistant for Administration.
Title II - Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Establishes in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs.
Section 202 -
Directs the Secretary to establish an Agricultural Service Agency which shall carry out programs of price and income support, crop insurance, and conservation.
Section 203 -
Amends the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act to revise State, county, and area committee provisions.
Title III - Rural Economic and Community Development
Establishes in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Economic and Community Development to succeed the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Small Community and Rural Development.
Title IV - Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
Establishes in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services to succeed the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services.
Title V - Natural Resources and Environment
Establishes in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment to succeed the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment.
Title VI - Research, Education, and Economics
Establishes in the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics. Directs the Secretary to establish within the Department a Cooperative State Research and Education Service.
Title VII - Food Safety
Establishes within the Department the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety.
Title VIII - National Appeals Division
Directs the Secretary to establish in the Department an independent National Appeals Division. Transfers to the Division all functions and pending appeals relating to: (1) the National Appeals Division established by the Agricultural Act of 1949; (2) the National Appeals Division established by the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act; (3) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation appeals; and (4) Soil Conservation Service appeals.
Section 812 -
Amends the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to expand issues covered by State mediation programs.
Title IX - Miscellaneous Provisions
Sets forth bargaining unit voluntary agreement successorship provisions.
Section 902 -
Directs the Secretary to establish in the Department an Office of Environmental Risk Assessment.
Section 903 -
Directs the Secretary to make necessary adjustments to ensure equitable treatment of socially disadvantaged farmers with respect to: (1) acreage bases and program payment yields; and (2) application of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Section 907 -
Expresses the sense of the Congress in favor of the purchase of American-made equipment and products in connection with this Act.
Section 908 -
Prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from implementing a specified final rule to alter the permitted amount of selenium in animal diets without specified prior findings.

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