Amendment Text: S.Amdt.927 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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Amendment as Submitted (05/20/2013)

This Amendment appears on page S3619 in the following article from the Congressional Record.



[Pages S3617-S3629]
                           TEXT OF AMENDMENTS

  SA 919. Ms. CANTWELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title II, add the following:

     SEC. 25___. SOIL AND WATER RESOURCE CONSERVATION.

       (a) Congressional Policy and Declaration of Purpose.--
     Section 4 of the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 
     1977 (16 U.S.C. 2003) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b), by inserting ``and tribal'' after 
     ``State'' each place it appears; and
       (2) in subsection (c)(2), by inserting ``, tribal,'' after 
     ``State''.
       (b) Continuing Appraisal of Soil, Water, and Related 
     Resources.--Section 5 of the Soil and Water Resources 
     Conservation Act of 1977 (16 U.S.C. 2004) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)(4), by striking ``and State'' and 
     inserting ``, State, and tribal'';
       (2) in subsection (b), by inserting ``, tribal'' after 
     ``State'' each place it appears; and
       (3) in subsection (c)--
       (A) by striking ``State soil'' and inserting ``State and 
     tribal soil''; and
       (B) by striking ``local'' and inserting ``local, tribal,''.
       (c) Soil and Water Conservation Program.--Section 6(a) of 
     the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977 (16 
     U.S.C. 2005(a)) is amended--
       (1) by inserting ``, tribal'' after ``State'' each place it 
     appears; and
       (2) by inserting ``, tribal,'' after ``private''.
       (d) Utilization of Available Information and Data.--Section 
     9 of the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977 
     (16 U.S.C. 2008) is amended by inserting ``, tribal'' after 
     ``State''.
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  SA 920. Ms. CANTWELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Beginning on page 845, strike line 21 and all that follows 
     through page 846, line 4, and insert the following:
       (iv) by striking clause (iii) and inserting the following:
       ``(iii)(I) agree to complete buildout of the broadband 
     service described in the application by not later than 3 
     years after the initial date on which proceeds from the loan 
     made or guaranteed under this section is made available; or
       ``(II) for tribal utilities that serve tribal trust land, 
     trust allotted land, and non-Indian fee land within 
     reservation boundaries, agree to complete buildout of the 
     broadband service described in the application by not later 
     than 5 years after the initial date on which proceeds from 
     the loan made or guaranteed under this section is made 
     available.'';
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  SA 921. Mrs. FEINSTEIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 1096, between lines 15 and 16, insert the 
     following:

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     SEC. 110_. MARKET LOSS PILOT ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.

       Section 523 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
     1523) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(i) Market Loss Pilot Endorsement Program.--
       ``(1) In general.--To the extent practicable starting with 
     the 2014 reinsurance year, notwithstanding section 508(a)(1), 
     the Corporation shall establish and carry out a market loss 
     pilot endorsement program for producers of specialty crops 
     (as defined in section 3 of the Specialty Crops 
     Competitiveness Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note; Public Law 
     108-465)) that covers losses due to--
       ``(A) a quarantine imposed under Federal law, pursuant to 
     the terms of which the commodity is destroyed or otherwise 
     unable to be marketed or otherwise used for its intended 
     purpose (as determined by the Secretary); or
       ``(B) a naturally occurring, unintentional outbreak of a 
     pathogen of public health concern (as determined by the 
     Secretary) that results in inadequate market price.
       ``(2) Determination by board.--The Board shall approve a 
     policy or plan of insurance proposed under paragraph (1) if, 
     as determined by the Board, the policy or plan of insurance--
       ``(A) protects the interest of producers;
       ``(B) is actuarially sound; and
       ``(C) requires the payment of premiums and administrative 
     fees by a producer obtaining the insurance.''.
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  SA 922. Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Heller, 
and Mr. Johnson of South Dakota) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 83__. GOOD NEIGHBOR AGREEMENTS.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Eligible state.--The term ``eligible State'' means a 
     State that contains National Forest System land or Bureau of 
     Land Management land.
       (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means--
       (A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National 
     Forest System land; or
       (B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to Bureau 
     of Land Management land.
       (3) State forester.--The term ``State forester'' means the 
     head of a State agency with jurisdiction over State forestry 
     programs in an eligible State.
       (b) Cooperative Agreements and Contracts.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary may enter into a cooperative 
     agreement or contract (including a sole source contract) with 
     a State forester to authorize the State forester to provide 
     the forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and 
     protection services described in paragraph (2) on National 
     Forest System land or Bureau of Land Management land, as 
     applicable, in the eligible State.
       (2) Authorized services.--The forest, rangeland, and 
     watershed restoration and protection services referred to in 
     paragraph (1) include the conduct of--
       (A) activities to treat insect infected trees;
       (B) activities to reduce hazardous fuels; and
       (C) any other activities to restore or improve forest, 
     rangeland, and watershed health, including fish and wildlife 
     habitat.
       (3) State as agent.--Except as provided in paragraph (6), a 
     cooperative agreement or contract entered into under 
     paragraph (1) may authorize the State forester to serve as 
     the agent for the Secretary in providing the restoration and 
     protection services authorized under paragraph (1).
       (4) Subcontracts.--In accordance with applicable contract 
     procedures for the eligible State, a State forester may enter 
     into subcontracts to provide the restoration and protection 
     services authorized under a cooperative agreement or contract 
     entered into under paragraph (1).
       (5) Timber sales.--Subsections (d) and (g) of section 14 of 
     the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a) 
     shall not apply to services performed under a cooperative 
     agreement or contract entered into under paragraph (1).
       (6) Retention of nepa responsibilities.--Any decision 
     required to be made under the National Environmental Policy 
     Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to any 
     restoration and protection services to be provided under this 
     section by a State forester on National Forest System land or 
     Bureau of Land Management land, as applicable, shall not be 
     delegated to a State forester or any other officer or 
     employee of the eligible State.
       (7) Applicable law.--Any employee, contractor, or 
     subcontractor performing activities under a cooperative 
     agreement or contract entered into under paragraph (1) shall 
     be subject to the labor standards required under applicable 
     State or local law.
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  SA 923. Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mr. McCain) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 1101, between lines 5 and 6, insert the following:

     SEC. 11___. PROHIBITION ON PAYMENT OF PORTION OF PREMIUM BY 
                   CORPORATION FOR TOBACCO.

       Section 508(e) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
     1508(e)) (as amended by section 11030(b)(2)) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following:
       ``(9) Prohibition on payment of portion of premium by 
     corporation for tobacco.--
       ``(A) In general.--Effective beginning with the 2015 
     reinsurance year, notwithstanding any other provision of this 
     subtitle, the Corporation shall not pay any portion of the 
     premium for a policy or plan of insurance for tobacco under 
     this subtitle.
       ``(B) Deficit reduction.--Any savings realized as a result 
     of subparagraph (A) shall be deposited in the Treasury and 
     used for Federal budget deficit reduction.''.
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  SA 924. Mr. VITTER (for himself, Mr. Inhofe, and Mr. Coats) submitted 
an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. _____. PROHIBITION ON LIFELINE SUPPORT FOR COMMERCIAL 
                   MOBILE SERVICE.

       (a) In General.--A provider of commercial mobile service 
     may not receive universal service support under sections 
     214(e) and 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 
     214(e); 254) for the provision of such service through the 
     Lifeline program of the Federal Communications Commission.
       (b) Commercial Mobile Service Defined.--In this section, 
     the term ``commercial mobile service'' has the meaning given 
     such term in section 332(d)(1) of the Communications Act of 
     1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(d)(1)).
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  SA 925. Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Durbin, 
Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Alexander, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Corker, Mr. Lautenberg, 
Mr. Portman, Mr. Coats, Mr. McCain, Mr. Coons, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Warner, 
Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. Kaine, and Mr. Heller) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       In title I, strike subtitle C and insert the following:

                        Subtitle C--Sugar Reform

     SEC. 1301. SUGAR PROGRAM.

       (a) Sugarcane.--Section 156(a) of the Federal Agriculture 
     Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7272(a)) is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (4), by striking ``and'' after the 
     semicolon at the end;
       (2) in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(6) 18 cents per pound for raw cane sugar for each of the 
     2014 through 2018 crop years.''.
       (b) Sugar Beets.--Section 156(b)(2) of the Federal 
     Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 
     7272(b)(2)) is amended by striking ``2012'' and inserting 
     ``2018''.
       (c) Effective Period.--Section 156(i) of the Federal 
     Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 
     7272(i)) is amended by striking ``2012'' and inserting 
     ``2018''.

     SEC. 1302. FLEXIBLE MARKETING ALLOTMENTS FOR SUGAR.

       (a) In General.--Section 359b of the Agricultural 
     Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359bb) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)(1)--
       (A) in the matter before subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``2012'' and inserting ``2018''; and
       (B) in subparagraph (B), by inserting ``at reasonable 
     prices'' after ``stocks''; and
       (2) in subsection (b)(1)--
       (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``but'' after the 
     semicolon at the end and inserting ``and''; and
       (B) by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(B) appropriate to maintain adequate domestic supplies at 
     reasonable prices, taking into account all sources of 
     domestic supply, including imports.''.
       (b) Establishment of Flexible Marketing Allotments.--
     Section 359c of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 
     U.S.C. 1359cc) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``but'' after the 
     semicolon at the end and inserting ``and''; and
       (ii) by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(B) appropriate to maintain adequate supplies at 
     reasonable prices, taking into account all sources of 
     domestic supply, including imports.''; and
       (B) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting ``at reasonable 
     prices'' after ``market''; and
       (2) in subsection (g)(1)--
       (A) by striking ``Adjustments.--'' and all that follows 
     through ``Subject to subparagraph (B), the'' and inserting 
     ``Adjustments.--The''; and
       (B) by striking subparagraph (B).
       (c) Suspension or Modification of Provisions.--Section 359j 
     of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359jj) 
     is amended by adding at the end the following:

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       ``(c) Suspension or Modification of Provisions.--
     Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, the 
     Secretary may suspend or modify, in whole or in part, the 
     application of any provision of this part if the Secretary 
     determines that the action is appropriate, taking into 
     account--
       ``(1) the interests of consumers, workers in the food 
     industry, businesses (including small businesses), and 
     agricultural producers; and
       ``(2) the relative competitiveness of domestically produced 
     and imported foods containing sugar.''.
       (d) Administration of Tariff Rate Quotas.--Section 359k of 
     the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359kk) is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``SEC. 359K. ADMINISTRATION OF TARIFF RATE QUOTAS.

       ``(a) Establishment.--Notwithstanding any other provision 
     of law, at the beginning of the quota year, the Secretary 
     shall establish the tariff-rate quotas for raw cane sugar and 
     refined sugar at no less than the minimum level necessary to 
     comply with obligations under international trade agreements 
     that have been approved by Congress.
       ``(b) Adjustment.--
       ``(1) In general.--Subject to subsection (a), the Secretary 
     shall adjust the tariff-rate quotas for raw cane sugar and 
     refined sugar to provide adequate supplies of sugar at 
     reasonable prices in the domestic market.
       ``(2) Ending stocks.--Subject to paragraphs (1) and (3), 
     the Secretary shall establish and adjust tariff-rate quotas 
     in such a manner that the ratio of sugar stocks to total 
     sugar use at the end of the quota year will be approximately 
     15.5 percent.
       ``(3) Maintenance of reasonable prices and avoidance of 
     forfeitures.--
       ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may establish a different 
     target for the ratio of ending stocks to total use if, in the 
     judgment of the Secretary, the different target is necessary 
     to prevent--
       ``(i) unreasonably high prices; or
       ``(ii) forfeitures of sugar pledged as collateral for a 
     loan under section 156 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement 
     and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7272).
       ``(B) Announcement.--The Secretary shall publicly announce 
     any establishment of a target under this paragraph.
       ``(4) Considerations.--In establishing tariff-rate quotas 
     under subsection (a) and making adjustments under this 
     subsection, the Secretary shall consider the impact of the 
     quotas on consumers, workers, businesses (including small 
     businesses), and agricultural producers.
       ``(c) Temporary Transfer of Quotas.--
       ``(1) In general.--To promote full use of the tariff-rate 
     quotas for raw cane sugar and refined sugar, notwithstanding 
     any other provision of law, the Secretary shall promulgate 
     regulations that provide that any country that has been 
     allocated a share of the quotas may temporarily transfer all 
     or part of the share to any other country that has also been 
     allocated a share of the quotas.
       ``(2) Transfers voluntary.--Any transfer under this 
     subsection shall be valid only on voluntary agreement between 
     the transferor and the transferee, consistent with procedures 
     established by the Secretary.
       ``(3) Transfers temporary.--
       ``(A) In general.--Any transfer under this subsection shall 
     be valid only for the duration of the quota year during which 
     the transfer is made.
       ``(B) Following quota year.--No transfer under this 
     subsection shall affect the share of the quota allocated to 
     the transferor or transferee for the following quota year.''.
       (e) Effective Period.--Section 359l(a) of the Agricultural 
     Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359ll(a)) is amended by 
     striking ``2012'' and inserting ``2018''.

       Strike section 9008 and insert the following:

     SEC. 9008. REPEAL OF FEEDSTOCK FLEXIBILITY PROGRAM FOR 
                   BIOENERGY PRODUCERS.

       (a) In General.--Section 9010 of the Farm Security and 
     Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8110) is repealed.
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--
       (1) Section 359a(3)(B) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act 
     of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359aa(3)(B)) is amended--
       (A) in clause (i), by inserting ``and'' after the semicolon 
     at the end;
       (B) in clause (ii), by striking ``; and'' at the end and 
     inserting a period; and
       (C) by striking clause (iii).
       (2) Section 359b(c)(2)(C) of the Agricultural Adjustment 
     Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1359bb(c)(2)(C)) is amended by striking 
     ``, except for'' and all that follows through `` of 2002''.
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  SA 926. Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself and Mr. Toomey) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       In section 1603, strike ``(d) Application.--The amendments 
     made by this'' and insert the following:
       (d) Limitation on Payment of Portion of Premium by 
     Corporation.--Section 508(e) of the Federal Crop Insurance 
     Act (7 U.S.C. 1508(e)) (as amended by section 11030(b)(2)) is 
     amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(9) Limitation.--
       ``(A) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     this title, the total amount of premium paid by the 
     Corporation on behalf of a person or legal entity, directly 
     or indirectly, with respect to all policies issued to the 
     person or legal entity under this title for a crop year shall 
     be limited to a maximum of $50,000.
       ``(B) Relationship to other law.--To the maximum extent 
     practicable, the Corporation shall carry out this paragraph 
     in accordance with sections 1001 through 1001F of the Food 
     Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308 et seq.).''.
       (e) Application.--The amendments made by this
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  SA 927. Mr. HELLER (for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Inhofe, and Mr. 
Vitter) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the 
bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XII, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 12213. PROHIBITION ON TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE 
                   REFORM IMPLEMENTATION BY IRS.

       (a) In General.--Title III of division F of the 
     Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 
     (Public Law 113-6) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new section:
       ``Sec. 1315.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this 
     Act, none of the amounts made available in the Patient 
     Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) or 
     the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 
     (Public Law 111-152) shall be appropriated to the Internal 
     Revenue Service for the purpose of carrying out any 
     provisions of, or amendments made by, such Acts. No amount 
     shall be appropriated to the Internal Revenue Service under 
     this Act for such purpose.''.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that--
       (1) none of the amounts made available in the Patient 
     Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) or 
     the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 
     (Public Law 111-152) should be appropriated to the Internal 
     Revenue Service for the purpose of carrying out any 
     provisions of, or amendments made by, such Acts in fiscal 
     year 2014 or thereafter; and
       (2) no amounts appropriated to the Internal Revenue 
     Service, from whatever source, for fiscal year 2014 or 
     thereafter should be used to implement, enforce, or carry out 
     the provisions of, or amendments made by, such Acts.
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  SA 928. Mr. LEAHY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Beginning on page 840, strike line 22 and all that follows 
     through page 849, line 18, and insert the following:
       ``(3) Rural area.--The term `rural area' means any area 
     described in section 3002 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural 
     Development Act.
       ``(4) Ultra-high speed service.--The term `ultra-high speed 
     service' means broadband service operating at a 1 gigabit per 
     second downstream transmission capacity.'';
       (3) in subsection (c)--
       (A) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Loans and'' 
     and inserting ``Grants, Loans, and'';
       (B) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``make grants and'' 
     after ``Secretary shall'';
       (C) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:
       ``(2) Priority.--
       ``(A) In general.--In making grants, loans, or loan 
     guarantees under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall--
       ``(i) establish not less than 2, and not more than 4, 
     evaluation periods for each fiscal year to compare grant, 
     loan, and loan guarantee applications and to prioritize 
     grants, loans, and loan guarantees to all or part of rural 
     communities that do not have residential broadband service 
     that meets the minimum acceptable level of broadband service 
     established under subsection (e);
       ``(ii) give the highest priority to applicants that offer 
     to provide broadband service to the greatest proportion of 
     unserved rural households or rural households that do not 
     have residential broadband service that meets the minimum 
     acceptable level of broadband service established under 
     subsection (e), as--

       ``(I) certified by the affected community, city, county, or 
     designee; or
       ``(II) demonstrated on--

       ``(aa) the broadband map of the affected State if the map 
     contains address-level data; or
       ``(bb) the National Broadband Map if address-level data is 
     unavailable; and
       ``(iii) provide equal consideration to all qualified 
     applicants, including those that have not previously received 
     grants, loans, or loan guarantees under paragraph (1).
       ``(B) Other.--After giving priority to the applicants 
     described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall then give 
     priority to projects that serve rural communities--
       ``(i) with a population of less than 20,000 permanent 
     residents;
       ``(ii) experiencing outmigration;
       ``(iii) with a high percentage of low-income residents; and
       ``(iv) that are isolated from other significant population 
     centers.''; and

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       (D) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(3) Grant amounts.--
       ``(A) Eligibility.--To be eligible for a grant under this 
     section, the project that is the subject of the grant shall 
     be carried out in a rural area.
       ``(B) Maximum.--Except as provided in subparagraph (D), the 
     amount of any grant made under this section shall not exceed 
     50 percent of the development costs of the project for which 
     the grant is provided.
       ``(C) Grant rate.--The Secretary shall establish the grant 
     rate for each project in accordance with regulations issued 
     by the Secretary that shall provide for a graduated scale of 
     grant rates that establish higher rates for projects in 
     communities that have--
       ``(i) remote locations;
       ``(ii) low community populations;
       ``(iii) low income levels;
       ``(iv) developed the applications of the communities with 
     the participation of combinations of stakeholders, 
     including--

       ``(I) State, local, and tribal governments;
       ``(II) nonprofit institutions;
       ``(III) institutions of higher education;
       ``(IV) private entities; and
       ``(V) philanthropic organizations; and

       ``(v) targeted funding to provide the minimum acceptable 
     level of broadband service established under subsection (e) 
     in all or part of an unserved community that is below that 
     minimum acceptable level of broadband service.
       ``(D) Secretarial authority to adjust.--The Secretary may 
     make grants of up to 75 percent of the development costs of 
     the project for which the grant is provided to an eligible 
     entity if the Secretary determines that the project serves a 
     remote or low income area that does not have access to 
     broadband service from any provider of broadband service 
     (including the applicant).'';
       (4) in subsection (d)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)(A)--
       (i) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``loan 
     or'' and inserting ``grant, loan, or'';
       (ii) by striking clause (i) and inserting the following:
       ``(i) demonstrate the ability--

       ``(I) to furnish, improve in order to meet the minimum 
     acceptable level of broadband service established under 
     subsection (e), or extend broadband service to all or part of 
     an unserved rural area or an area below the minimum 
     acceptable level of broadband service established under 
     subsection (e); or
       ``(II) to carry out a project under paragraph 
     (4)(B)(ii);'';

       (iii) in clause (ii), by striking ``a loan application'' 
     and inserting ``an application''; and
       (iv) in clause (iii)--

       (I) by striking ``the loan application'' and inserting 
     ``the application''; and
       (II) by striking ``proceeds from the loan made or 
     guaranteed under this section are'' and inserting 
     ``assistance under this section is'';

       (B) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A)--

       (I) in the matter preceding clause (i)--

       (aa) by striking ``the proceeds of a loan made or 
     guaranteed'' and inserting ``assistance''; and
       (bb) by striking ``for the loan or loan guarantee'' and 
     inserting ``of the eligible entity'';

       (II) in clause (i), by striking ``is offered broadband 
     service by not more than 1 incumbent service provider'' and 
     inserting ``are unserved or have service levels below the 
     minimum acceptable level of broadband service established 
     under subsection (e)''; and
       (III) in clause (ii), by striking ``3'' and inserting 
     ``2'';

       (ii) by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(B) Adjustments.--
       ``(i) Increase.--The Secretary may increase the household 
     percentage requirement under subparagraph (A)(i) if--

       ``(I) more than 25 percent of the costs of the project are 
     funded by grants made under this section; or
       ``(II) the proposed service territory includes 1 or more 
     communities with a population in excess of 20,000.

       ``(ii) Reduction.--The Secretary may reduce the household 
     percentage requirement under subparagraph (A)(i)--

       ``(I) to not less than 15 percent, if the proposed service 
     territory does not have a population in excess of 5,000 
     people; or
       ``(II) to not less than 18 percent, if the proposed service 
     territory does not have a population in excess of 7,500 
     people.''; and

       (iii) in subparagraph (C)--

       (I) in the subparagraph heading, by striking ``3'' and 
     inserting ``2'';
       (II) in clause (i), by inserting ``the minimum acceptable 
     level of broadband service established under subsection (e) 
     in'' after ``service to''; and
       (III) by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following:

       ``(ii) Exceptions.--Clause (i) shall not apply if--

       ``(I) the applicant is eligible for funding under another 
     title of this Act; or
       ``(II) the project is being carried out under paragraph 
     (4)(B)(ii), unless an incumbent service provider is providing 
     ultra-high speed service as of the date of an application for 
     assistance submitted to the Secretary under this section.'';

       (C) in paragraph (3)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``loan or'' and 
     inserting ``grant, loan, or''; and
       (ii) in subparagraph (B), by adding at the end the 
     following:
       ``(iii) Information.--Information submitted under this 
     subparagraph shall be--

       ``(I) certified by the affected community, city, county, or 
     designee; and
       ``(II) demonstrated on--

       ``(aa) the broadband map of the affected State if the map 
     contains address-level data; or
       ``(bb) the National Broadband Map if address-level data is 
     unavailable.'';
       (D) in paragraph (4)--
       (i) by striking ``Subject to paragraph (1),'' and inserting 
     the following:
       ``(A) In general.--Subject to paragraph (1) and 
     subparagraph (B),'';
       (ii) by striking ``loan or'' and inserting ``grant, loan, 
     or''; and
       (iii) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) Pilot programs.--The Secretary shall carry out pilot 
     programs under which the Secretary shall provide grants, 
     loans, or loan guarantees under this section to eligible 
     entities, including interested entities described in 
     subparagraph (A)--
       ``(i) to address areas that are unserved or have service 
     levels below the minimum acceptable level of broadband 
     service established under subsection (e); or
       ``(ii) for the purposes of providing a proposed service 
     territory with ultra-high speed service, subject to the 
     conditions that--

       ``(I) not more than 5 projects, and not more than 1 project 
     in any State, shall be carried out under this clause during 
     the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and 
     ending on September 30, 2018;
       ``(II) for each fiscal year, not more than 10 percent of 
     the funds made available under subsection (l) shall be used 
     to carry out this clause;
       ``(III) for each fiscal year, not more than 20 percent of 
     the funds made available under subclause (II) shall be used 
     for any 1 project; and
       ``(IV) paragraph (2)(A)(i) shall apply to the project, 
     unless--

       ``(aa) the Secretary determines that no other project in 
     the State is funded under this section; and
       ``(bb) no application for any other project that could be 
     funded under this section, other than under this clause, is 
     pending in the State.'';
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  SA 929. Mrs. GILLIBRAND submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       On page 172, between lines 11 and 12, insert the following:

     SEC. 16__. OVERSIGHT.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary shall--
       (1) recoup overpayments associated with fraud or abuse 
     under any program carried out by the Secretary; and
       (2) use any funds recouped under paragraph (1) to fund a 
     program for stricter oversight of all programs of the 
     Department of Agriculture.
       (b) Administration.--The Secretary shall--
       (1) initially carry out subsection (a) using existing funds 
     of the Department; and
       (2) continue carrying out subsection (a) using any funds 
     recouped under that subsection, which shall be available for 
     that purpose and the purpose described in subsection (a)(2) 
     without further appropriation.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 930. Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Cowan, Mr. 
Lautenberg, and Mr. Schumer) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       On page 1034, between lines 17 and 18, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 100__. FARMED SHELLFISH AS SPECIALTY CROPS.

       Section 3(1) of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 
     2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note; Public Law 108-465) is amended by 
     inserting ``farmed shellfish,'' after ``fruits,''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 931. Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Whitehouse, 
Mr. Cowan, Mr. Reed, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Casey, Mr. King, 
Mr. Schumer, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Sanders, Ms. 
Baldwin, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Menendez) submitted an amendment intended 
to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       Beginning on page 355, strike line 8 and all that follows 
     through page 357, line 15.

       On page 1065, after line 25, add the following:

     SEC. 11011. ANNUAL LIMITATION ON DELIVERY EXPENSES AND 
                   REDUCED RATE OF RETURN.

       (a) Annual Limitation on Delivery Expenses.--Section 
     508(k)(4) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
     1508(k)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(G) Annual limitation on delivery expenses.--Beginning 
     with the 2014 reinsurance year, the amount paid by the 
     Corporation to reimburse approved insurance providers and 
     agents for the administrative and

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     operating costs of the approved insurance providers and 
     agents shall not exceed $924,000,000 per year.''.
       (b) Reduced Rate of Return.--Section 508(k)(8) of the 
     Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1508(k)(8)) (as amended 
     by section 11011) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:
       ``(G) Reduced rate of return.--Beginning with the 2014 
     reinsurance year, the Standard Reinsurance Agreement shall be 
     adjusted to ensure a projected rate of return for the 
     approved insurance producers not to exceed 12 percent, as 
     determined by the Corporation.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 932. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING CHARITABLE 
                   CONTRIBUTIONS OF WILD GAME MEAT.

       It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should enact 
     legislation that--
       (1) allows fees incurred for the processing of wild game 
     meat to be taken into account in determining the amount 
     allowable as a tax deduction for any charitable contribution 
     of such wild game meat; and
       (2) exempts from income fees received by meat processors 
     from charitable organizations for the processing of wild game 
     meat donated to such charitable organizations.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 933. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. _. SEAFOOD MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT.

       (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the 
     ``National Seafood Marketing and Development Act of 2013''.
       (b) Findings and Purposes.--
       (1) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (A) The fishery resources of the United States are valuable 
     and renewable natural resources that provide a major source 
     of employment and contribute significantly to the food 
     supply, economy, and health of the United States.
       (B) Increased consumption of seafood would provide 
     significant nutritional and health benefits for many people 
     in the United States and help to reduce childhood obesity.
       (C) The fishery resources of the United States are not 
     fully developed and utilized because of underdeveloped 
     markets.
       (D) United States seafood companies have the potential to 
     expand their contribution to interstate and foreign commerce, 
     favorably affecting the balance of trade.
       (E) A national program for marketing seafood is needed to 
     realize the full potential of the fishery resources of the 
     United States and to assure that the people of the United 
     States benefit from the employment, food supply, and revenue 
     that could be generated by such realization.
       (2) Purposes.--The purposes of this section are--
       (A) to improve and expand markets for seafood and 
     strengthen the competitive position of the United States in 
     domestic and international markets;
       (B) to encourage the sustainable development and 
     utilization of the seafood resources of the United States 
     through enhancement of markets, promotion, and public 
     education;
       (C) to assist growers, harvesters, and processors in 
     improving the safety, traceability, quality, marketability, 
     and sustainability of United States seafood products;
       (D) to assist growers, harvesters, and processors of United 
     States seafood products in the development and promotion of 
     markets for seafood and improve coordination of their 
     marketing activities; and
       (E) to educate and inform consumers about the nutritional 
     and health benefits of seafood.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Board.--The term ``Board'' means a Regional Seafood 
     Marketing Board established under subsection (d).
       (2) Consumer education.--The term ``consumer education'' 
     means actions undertaken to inform consumers on matters 
     related to the consumption of seafood products.
       (3) Fund.--The term ``Fund'' means the National Seafood 
     Marketing and Development Fund established by subsection (e).
       (4) Grower.--The term ``grower'' means any person in the 
     business of growing or farming seafood.
       (5) Harvester.--The term ``harvester'' means any person in 
     the business of harvesting seafood from the wild.
       (6) Marketer.--The term ``marketer'' means any person in 
     the business of selling seafood in the wholesale, retail, or 
     restaurant trade, but whose primary business function is not 
     the processing or packaging of seafood in preparation for 
     sale.
       (7) Marketing and promotion.--The term ``marketing and 
     promotion'' means an activity aimed at encouraging the 
     consumption of seafood or expanding or maintaining commercial 
     markets for seafood.
       (8) Person.--The term ``person'' means any individual, 
     group of individuals, partnership, corporation, association, 
     cooperative, or any private entity organized or existing 
     under the laws of the United States or any State, 
     commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
       (9) Processor.--The term ``processor'' means any person in 
     the business of preparing or packaging seafood (including 
     seafood of the processor's own harvesting) for sale.
       (10) Research.--The term ``research'' means any study or 
     project designed to advance the image, desirability, usage, 
     marketability, production, or quality of seafood.
       (11) Seafood.--The term ``seafood'' means farm-raised and 
     wild-caught fish or shellfish harvested in the United States 
     or by a United States flagged vessel for human consumption.
       (12) Seafood industry.--The term ``seafood industry'' means 
     harvesters, marketers, growers, processors, and persons 
     providing them with goods and services.
       (13) Secretary.--Except as otherwise specifically provided, 
     the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Commerce.
       (14) United states.--The term ``United States'', when used 
     in the geographic sense, means the several States, the 
     District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, 
     American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other 
     territory, possession, or commonwealth of the United States.
       (d) Regional Seafood Marketing Boards.--
       (1) Establishment of regional seafood marketing boards.--
     Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary shall establish Regional Seafood 
     Marketing Boards as follows:
       (A) Northeast atlantic board.--The Northeast Atlantic Board 
     shall consist of the following members:
       (i) Twelve members from Maine, New Hampshire, 
     Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or Connecticut.
       (ii) One member from Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin, 
     Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, or Ohio.
       (B) Mid and south atlantic board.--The Mid and South 
     Atlantic Board shall consist of the following members:
       (i) Twelve members from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, 
     Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South 
     Carolina, or Georgia.
       (ii) One member from West Virginia, Kentucky, or Tennessee.
       (C) Gulf and caribbean board.--The Gulf and Caribbean Board 
     shall consist of the following members:
       (i) Twelve members from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, 
     Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico, or the territory of the Virgin 
     Islands.
       (ii) One member from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, 
     Nebraska, or Kansas.
       (D) Pacific board.--The Pacific Board shall consist of the 
     following members:
       (i) Twelve members from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, or 
     California.
       (ii) One member from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, 
     Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, or South Dakota.
       (E) West and north pacific board.--The West and North 
     Pacific Board shall consist of thirteen members from Alaska, 
     Hawaii, Guam, or American Samoa.
       (2) Appointment of members.--
       (A) Nomination.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall solicit 
     nominations for members of each Board from the public.
       (B) Consultation.--Prior to appointing an individual to the 
     Board, the Secretary shall consult with and seek the 
     recommendations of the Governors of the States in the 
     geographical area of the Board.
       (C) Appointment.--Not later than 270 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall appoint the 
     members of each Board from among the nominees received under 
     paragraph (1) and the recommendations received under 
     paragraph (2).
       (D) Member expertise.--The Secretary shall ensure that the 
     members of each Board fairly reflect the expertise and 
     interest of the seafood industry located in the geographical 
     area of the Board, and that the members of each Board include 
     the following:
       (i) Three individuals with experience in harvesting.
       (ii) Two individuals with experience in processing, 
     including one having experience with large processors and one 
     having experience with small processors.
       (iii) One individual with experience in transportation and 
     logistics.
       (iv) One individual with experience in mass market food 
     distribution.
       (v) One individual with experience in mass market food 
     retail or food service.
       (vi) One individual with experience in the marketing of 
     seafood.
       (vii) One individual recommended by a regional or State 
     seafood marketing organization.
       (viii) One individual with experience in growing seafood.
       (ix) Two individuals that represent the general public and 
     are familiar with the seafood industry as a whole.
       (E) Member terms.--
       (i) In general.--The term for a member of a Board shall be 
     3 years unless the Secretary designates a shorter term to 
     provide for staggered expirations of terms of office.
       (ii) Term limits.--No member of a Board may serve more than 
     3 consecutive terms, except that a member may continue to 
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     on a Board beyond that member's term until a successor is 
     appointed.
       (3) Vacancies.--
       (A) Removal.--A Board may remove a member from the Board 
     for failure to attend 3 consecutive Board meetings without 
     reasonable excuse, or for other cause by not less than a vote 
     of \2/3\ of the members of the Board.
       (B) Effect of vacancy.--A vacancy shall not affect the 
     ability of a Board to function.
       (C) Subsequent appointment.--A vacancy on a Board shall be 
     filled by the manner in which the original appointment was 
     made.
       (4) Per diem and expenses.--A member of a Board shall serve 
     without compensation, but shall be reimbursed in accordance 
     with section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for 
     reasonable travel costs and expenses incurred in performing 
     duties as a member of a Board.
       (5) Chairman.--Each Board shall elect a chairman by a 
     majority of those voting if a quorum is present.
       (6) Quorum.--A simple majority of members of a Board shall 
     constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold hearings.
       (7) Executive director, staff, administrative assistance.--
       (A) Executive director.--
       (i) In general.--A Board may employ and determine the 
     salary of an executive director, but such salary shall not 
     exceed level II of the Executive Schedule under section 5313 
     of title 5, United States Code.
       (ii) Selection criteria.--The individual selected as the 
     executive director shall have demonstrated expertise in the 
     marketing and promotion of food products.
       (B) Staff.--With the approval of the Board, the executive 
     director may select and employ additional staff as necessary 
     without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States 
     Code.
       (C) Administrative assistance.--The Secretary shall provide 
     each Board such administrative assistance as requested by the 
     Board for purposes of its initial organization and operation.
       (8) National coordinating committee.--
       (A) Establishment.--The chairman and 2 members of each 
     Board shall establish a National Coordinating Committee--
       (i) to exchange information and, if appropriate, coordinate 
     the activities of the Boards; and
       (ii) to conduct other business consistent with the policies 
     and purposes of this Act.
       (B) Meeting.--The National Coordinating Committee shall 
     meet at least once each year.
       (9) Voluntary payments.--Any person may make a voluntary 
     payment to the Secretary to assist a Board in carrying out 
     their marketing plans. Such payments shall be disbursed to 
     the appropriate Board from the Fund.
       (10) Annual marketing plan.--
       (A) Requirement for plan.--Each Board may prepare an annual 
     marketing plan that describes the consumer education, 
     research, and other marketing activities of the Board for the 
     following year, including the selection procedures and 
     criteria the Board plans to use for the solicitation and 
     awarding of grants and its plans to coordinate its activities 
     with those of the other Boards established under this Act. 
     Plans may include marketing activities that reference a 
     particular brand or trade name, and may include projects 
     designed to promote the consumption or purchase of a specific 
     seafood species or group of similar seafood.
       (B) Purpose.--The purpose of each annual marketing plan 
     shall be to--
       (i) increase consumer demand for seafood;
       (ii) encourage, expand, or improve the marketing and 
     utilization of seafood; and
       (iii) improve consumer education, research, and other 
     marketing activities regarding seafood.
       (11) Accounting.--
       (A) Records.--Each Board shall maintain accounting records 
     of the receipt and disbursement of all funds of the Board, 
     which shall be subject to the review of the Secretary.
       (B) Reports.--Each Board shall submit to the Secretary an 
     annual report that describes each expenditure of the Board.
       (C) Maintenance of funds.--Each Board shall keep the 
     amounts distributed to it from the Fund on deposit in 
     appropriate interest-bearing accounts that shall be 
     established by the Board or invested in obligations of, or 
     guaranteed by, the United States. Any revenue accruing from 
     such deposits and investments shall be available to the Board 
     for carrying out its marketing plans.
       (12) Limitations on deceptive or negative marketing.--
     Consumer education and other marketing and promotion 
     activities of a Board shall avoid use of deceptive or 
     negative acts or practices on behalf of seafood or with 
     respect to the quality, value, or use of any competing 
     seafood product or group of products.
       (13) Grants.--
       (A) Requirement to make.--Each Board shall make grants to 
     persons to carry out projects subject to such terms and 
     conditions as the Board may require, consistent with the 
     purposes of this Act and any marketing plan the Board has 
     adopted.
       (B) Cost-sharing.--A grant made by a Board under paragraph 
     (1) may not exceed 50 percent of the total estimated cost of 
     the project. The remaining 50 percent shall be provided by 
     the grantee, which may include the value of in-kind 
     contributions from the grantee.
       (C) Award.--Each Board shall award at least 10 percent of 
     the grant funds awarded by the Board under this paragraph 
     each year to minority-owned, veteran-owned, or small 
     businesses.
       (14) Conflict of interest.--The conflict of interest and 
     recusal provisions set forth in section 302(j) of the 
     Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 
     U.S.C. 1852(j)) shall apply to any decision by the Board and 
     to all members of the Board as if each member of the Board is 
     an affected individual within the meaning of such section 
     302(j), except that in addition to the disclosure 
     requirements of section 302(j)(2)(C) of such Act, (16 U.S.C. 
     1852(j)(2)(C)), each Board member shall disclose any 
     financial interest or relationship in an organization or with 
     an individual that is applying for funding from the Board 
     held by the Board member, including an interest as an 
     officer, director, trustee, partner, employee, contractor, 
     agent, or other representative.
       (e) National Seafood Marketing and Development Fund.--
       (1) Establishment.--There is established in the Treasury of 
     the United States a fund to be known as the National Seafood 
     Marketing and Development Fund.
       (2) Exclusive use of fund.--Notwithstanding any other 
     provision of law, all amounts in the Fund shall be used 
     exclusively by the Secretary for making grants to the Boards 
     under this Act and no such amount shall be transferred from 
     the Fund for any other purpose.
       (3) Distribution of amounts.--
       (A) In general.--The amount available in the Fund for each 
     fiscal year shall be disbursed by the Secretary for such 
     fiscal year to the Boards as follows:
       (i) Eighty percent of such amount in the Fund shall be 
     distributed equally among the Boards.
       (ii) Twenty percent shall be distributed to the Boards 
     based on a ratio of the total pounds of seafood harvested in 
     the geographical area of each Board to the total pounds of 
     seafood harvested in the United States.
       (B) Ratio calculation.--The ratio referred to in clause 
     (ii) shall be calculated by the Secretary every 3 years using 
     data collected by the Secretary and the Secretary of 
     Agriculture.
       (4) Funding under the saltonstall-kennedy act.--
       (A) In general.--Section 2(b)(1) of the Act of August 11, 
     1939 (15 U.S.C. 713c-3(b)(1)) is amended--
       (i) in subparagraph (A)(iv), by striking ``and'' at the 
     end;
       (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting a semicolon and ``and''; and
       (iii) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(C) the provision of moneys to the National Seafood 
     Marketing and Development Fund established under subsection 
     (e) of the National Seafood Marketing and Development Act of 
     2013.''.
       (B) Allocation of funds under the saltonstall-kennedy 
     act.--Section 2(e)(1) of the Act of August 11, 1939 (15 
     U.S.C. 713c-3(e)(1)) is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) 
     and (B) and inserting the following:
       ``(A) For each fiscal year prior to fiscal year 2014:
       ``(i) The Secretary shall use no less than 60 percent of 
     such moneys to make direct industry assistance grants to 
     develop the United States fisheries and to expand domestic 
     and foreign markets for United States fishery products 
     pursuant to subsection (c).
       ``(ii) The Secretary shall use the balance of the moneys in 
     the fund to finance those activities of the National Marine 
     Fisheries Service which are directly related to development 
     of the United States fisheries pursuant to subsection (d).
       ``(B) For fiscal year 2014 and each subsequent fiscal year:
       ``(i) The Secretary shall use no less than 60 percent of 
     such moneys that are available after the amount described in 
     clause (ii) is provided to make direct industry assistance 
     grants to develop the United States fisheries and to expand 
     domestic and foreign markets for United States fishery 
     products pursuant to subsection (c).
       ``(ii) For the National Seafood Marketing and Development 
     Fund established under subsection (e) of the National Seafood 
     Marketing and Development Act of 2013, $20,000,000 for each 
     fiscal year
       ``(iii) The Secretary shall use the balance of the moneys 
     in the fund after the amounts described in clauses (i) and 
     (ii) are made available to finance those activities of the 
     National Marine Fisheries Service which are directly related 
     to development of the United States fisheries pursuant to 
     subsection (d).''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 934. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title XII, add the following:

     Subtitle D--Prohibition on Sale of Genetically Altered Salmon

     SEC. 12301. PROHIBITION ON SALE OF GENETICALLY ALTERED 
                   SALMON.

       (a) Prohibition.--It shall be unlawful for a person--
       (1) to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase a 
     covered fish, or a product containing covered fish, in 
     interstate or foreign commerce;

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       (2) to have custody, control, or possession of, with the 
     intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase 
     a covered fish, or a product containing covered fish, in 
     interstate or foreign commerce;
       (3) to release a covered fish into a natural environment; 
     or
       (4) to have custody, control, or possession of a covered 
     fish with the intent to release it into a natural 
     environment.
       (b) Exception.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to a fish, 
     fish part, or product--
       (1) under confined use, or intended for confined use, for 
     scientific research;
       (2) collected for the purpose of enforcing this subtitle; 
     or
       (3) if the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and 
     Atmosphere, in consultation with the Director of the U.S. 
     Fish and Wildlife Service and any other Federal, State, or 
     tribal entity the Under Secretary considers appropriate, 
     reviews any application requesting an action by a department 
     or agency of the Federal government to permit an act 
     prohibited under subsection (a), including any environmental 
     assessment prepared as part of that application, and--
       (A) prepares a finding of no significant impact in 
     accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
     (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); or
       (B) finds the application to be consistent with an 
     environmental impact statement prepared by the Under 
     Secretary in accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the 
     National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) 
     that includes--
       (i) an environmental risk analysis that assesses the 
     potential direct and indirect impacts from escapement of 
     covered fish on wild and cultured fish stocks and 
     environments that may be exposed to such covered fish;
       (ii) a failure mode and effects analysis that 
     quantitatively assesses the best- and worst-case 
     probabilities of failure of each applicable confinement 
     technique;
       (iii) an assessment of the costs of control or eradication 
     of escaped covered fish; and
       (iv) an assessment of the potential economic damage in 
     terms of loss of production or sales to relevant wild and 
     cultured fish stocks and environments from the escapement of 
     covered fish.
       (c) Environmental Impact Considerations.--
       (1) Notice.--Each agency, department, or other unit of the 
     Federal government shall promptly notify the Under Secretary 
     of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere when an action 
     involving covered fish, or a product containing covered fish 
     is first identified.
       (2) Ensuring compliance.--The Under Secretary of Commerce 
     for Oceans and Atmosphere, in cooperation with each Federal, 
     State, or tribal entity that the Under Secretary considers 
     appropriate, may monitor any mitigation measures proposed 
     under subsection (b)(3) to ensure implementation and 
     compliance therewith.
       (3) Provisions as complementary.--The provisions of this 
     subtitle are in addition to, and shall not affect the 
     operation of, other Federal, State, or local laws regulating 
     a covered fish, or a product containing covered fish.
       (d) Rules and Regulations.--The Secretary shall prescribe 
     such rules and regulations as the Secretary considers 
     necessary to carry out the provisions of this subtitle.

     SEC. 12302. ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES.

       (a) Enforcement.--The Secretary of Commerce may enforce 
     section 12301 in the same manner, by the same means, and with 
     the same jurisdiction, powers, and duties provided under 
     sections 308, 309, 310, and 311 of the Magnuson-Stevens 
     Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1858, 
     1859, 1860, and 1861).
       (b) Penalties.--A person who violates section 12301 shall 
     be subject to the penalties, and entitled to the privileges 
     and immunities, under sections 308, 309, 310, and 311 of the 
     Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 
     U.S.C. 1858, 1859, 1860, and 1861).

     SEC. 12303. REPORT ON RISKS TO WILD FISH STOCKS.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this 
     Act, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and 
     Atmosphere shall transmit to the Committee on Commerce, 
     Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee 
     on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives the 
     report under section 1007 of the Food and Drug Administration 
     Amendments Act of 2007 (21 U.S.C. 2106).

     SEC. 12304. DEFINITIONS.

       In this subtitle:
       (1) Confined use.--The term ``confined use'' means any 
     operation, undertaken within a secured, land-based facility, 
     that involves a covered fish controlled by specific measures 
     that effectively prevent the covered fish from having contact 
     with and impact on the external environment, including 
     biological and physical confinement measures.
       (2) Covered fish.--The term ``covered fish'' means a salmon 
     or other anadromous or marine fish, live or dead, including 
     the gametes, fertilized eggs, offspring, and descendants 
     thereof, that is modified or produced through the application 
     of recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) technologies, 
     using DNA from an organism's own genome or that of another 
     species, which overcome natural physiological reproductive 
     barriers and which are not techniques used in traditional 
     breeding and selection.
       (3) Finding of no significant impact.--The term ``finding 
     of no significant impact'' has the meaning given the term in 
     section 1508.13 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.
       (4) Product.--The term ``product'' means an item 
     manufactured or produced for sale or use as food.
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  SA 935. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 11, strike lines 1 through 3, and insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 2. DEFINITION.

       In this Act:
       (1) Indian tribe.--The term ``Indian tribe'' has the 
     meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-
     Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b).
       (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of Agriculture.
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  SA 936. Mr. BEGICH (for himself and Mr. Flake) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize 
agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the 
table; as follows:

       On page 1101, between lines 5 and 6, insert the following:

     SECTION 110__. DISCLOSURE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

       Section 502(c)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 
     U.S.C. 1502(c)(2)) is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as 
     subparagraphs (C) and (D) respectively; and
       (2) by inserting before subparagraph (C) (as so 
     redesignated) the following:
       ``(A) Disclosure in the public interest.--Notwithstanding 
     paragraph (1) or any other provision of law, except as 
     provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall on an 
     annual basis make available to the public--
       ``(i)(I) the name of each individual or entity who obtained 
     a federally subsidized crop insurance, livestock, or forage 
     policy or plan of insurance during the previous fiscal year;
       ``(II) the amount of premium subsidy received by the 
     individual or entity from the Corporation; and
       ``(III) the amount of any Federal portion of indemnities 
     paid in the event of a loss during that fiscal year for each 
     policy associated with that individual or entity; and
       ``(ii) for each private insurance provider, by name--

       ``(I) the underwriting gains earned through participation 
     in the federally subsidized crop insurance program; and
       ``(II) the amount paid under this subtitle for--

       ``(aa) administrative and operating expenses;
       ``(bb) any Federal portion of indemnities and reinsurance; 
     and
       ``(cc) any other purpose.
       ``(B) Limitation.--The Secretary shall not disclose 
     information pertaining to individuals and entities covered by 
     a catastrophic risk protection plan offered under section 
     508(b).''.
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  SA 937. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 634, between lines 6 and 7, insert the following:

     ``SEC. 3504. HOUSING FOR EDUCATORS, PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS, 
                   AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS.

       ``(a) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Educator.--The term `educator' means an individual 
     who--
       ``(A) is employed full-time as a teacher, principal, or 
     administrator by--
       ``(i) a public elementary school or secondary school that 
     provides direct services to students in grades 
     prekindergarten through grade 12, or a Head Start program; 
     and
       ``(ii) meets the appropriate teaching certification or 
     licensure requirements of the State for the position in which 
     the individual is employed; or
       ``(B) is employed full-time as a librarian, a career 
     guidance or counseling provider, an education aide, or in 
     another instructional or administrative position for a public 
     elementary school or secondary school.
       ``(2) Medical provider.--The term `medical provider' 
     means--
       ``(A) a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy;
       ``(B) an American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian 
     recognized as a traditional healing practitioner;
       ``(C) a health care provider that--
       ``(i) is licensed or certified under Federal or State law, 
     as applicable; and
       ``(ii) is providing services that are eligible for coverage 
     under a plan under the Federal Employees Health Benefits 
     Program under chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code;
       ``(D) a provider authorized under section 119 of the Indian 
     Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1616l); or
       ``(E) any other individual that the Secretary determines is 
     capable of providing health care services.
       ``(3) Public safety officer.--The term `public safety 
     officer' means an individual who is employed full-time--

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       ``(A) as a law enforcement officer by a law enforcement 
     agency of the Federal Government, a State, a unit of general 
     local government, or an Indian tribe; or
       ``(B) as a firefighter by a fire department of the Federal 
     Government, a State, a unit of general local government, or 
     an Indian tribe.
       ``(4) Qualified community.--The term `qualified community' 
     means any open country, or any place, town, village, or 
     city--
       ``(A) that is not part of or associated with an urban area; 
     and
       ``(B) that--
       ``(i) has a population of not more than 2,500; or
       ``(ii)(I) has a population of not more than 10,000; and
       ``(II) is not accessible by a motor vehicle, as defined in 
     section 30102 of title 49, United States Code.
       ``(5) Qualified housing.--The term `qualified housing' 
     means housing for educators, public safety officers, or 
     medical providers that is located in a qualified community.
       ``(6) Qualified project.--The term `qualified project' 
     means--
       ``(A) the construction, modernization, renovation, or 
     repair of qualified housing;
       ``(B) the payment of interest on bonds or other financing 
     instruments (excluding instruments used for refinancing) that 
     are issued for the construction, modernization, renovation, 
     or repair of qualified housing;
       ``(C) the repayment of a loan used--
       ``(i) for the construction, modernization, renovation, or 
     repair of qualified housing; or
       ``(ii) to purchase real property on which qualified housing 
     will be constructed;
       ``(D) purchasing or leasing real property on which 
     qualified housing will be constructed, renovated, modernized, 
     or repaired; or
       ``(E) any other activity normally associated with the 
     construction, modernization, renovation, or repair of 
     qualified housing, as determined by the Secretary.
       ``(7) Educational service agency, elementary school, local 
     educational agency, secondary school, state educational 
     agency.--The terms `educational service agency', `elementary 
     school', `local educational agency', `secondary school', and 
     `State educational agency' have the meanings given those 
     terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary 
     Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
       ``(b) Grants.--The Secretary may make a grant to an 
     applicant to carry out a qualified project.
       ``(c) Loan Guarantees.--The Secretary may guarantee a loan 
     made to an applicant for the construction, modernization, 
     renovation, or repair of qualified housing.
       ``(d) Financing Mechanisms.--The Secretary may make 
     payments of interest on bonds, loans, or other financial 
     instruments (other than financial instruments used for 
     refinancing) that are issued to an applicant for a qualified 
     project.
       ``(e) Application.--An applicant that desires a grant, loan 
     guarantee, or payment of interest under this section shall 
     submit to the Secretary an application that--
       ``(1) indicates whether the qualified housing for which the 
     grant, loan guarantee, or payment of interest is sought is 
     located in a qualified community;
       ``(2) identifies the applicant;
       ``(3) indicates whether the applicant prefers to receive a 
     grant, loan guarantee, or payment of interest under this 
     section;
       ``(4) describes how the applicant would ensure the adequate 
     maintenance of qualified housing assisted under this section;
       ``(5) demonstrates a need for qualified housing in a 
     qualified community, which may include a deficiency of 
     affordable housing, a deficiency of habitable housing, or the 
     need to modernize, renovate, or repair housing;
       ``(6) describes the expected impact of the grant, loan 
     guarantee, or payment of interest on--
       ``(A) educators, public safety officers, and medical 
     providers in a qualified community, including the impact on 
     recruitment and retention of educators, public safety 
     officers, and medical providers; and
       ``(B) the economy of a qualified community, including--
       ``(i) any plans to use small business concerns for the 
     construction, modernization, renovation, or repair of 
     qualified housing; and
       ``(ii) the short- and long-term impact on the rate of 
     employment in the qualified community; and
       ``(7) describes how the applicant would ensure that 
     qualified housing assisted under this section is used for 
     educators, public safety officers, and medical providers.
       ``(f) Input From State Director of Rural Development.--The 
     State Director of Rural Development for a State may submit to 
     the Secretary an evaluation of any application for a 
     qualified project in the State for which an application for 
     assistance under this section is submitted and the Secretary 
     shall take into consideration the evaluation in determining 
     whether to provide assistance.
       ``(g) Priority.--In awarding grants and making loan 
     guarantees and payments of interest under this section, the 
     Secretary shall give priority to an applicant that is--
       ``(1) a State educational agency or local educational 
     agency;
       ``(2) an educational service agency;
       ``(3) a State or local housing authority;
       ``(4) an Indian tribe or tribal organization;
       ``(5) a tribally designated housing entity;
       ``(6) a local government; or
       ``(7) a consortium of any of the entities described in 
     paragraphs (1) through (6).
       ``(h) Limitation.--The Secretary may provide assistance to 
     the same applicant under only 1 of subsections (b), (c), and 
     (d).
       ``(i) Requirement.--As a condition of eligibility for a 
     grant, loan guarantee, or payment of interest under this 
     section, at least 1 named applicant shall be required to 
     maintain ownership of the qualified housing that is the 
     subject of the grant, loan guarantee, or payment of interest 
     during the greater of--
       ``(1) 15 years; or
       ``(2) the period of the loan for which a loan guarantee or 
     payment of interest is made under this section.
       ``(j) Reporting.--
       ``(1) By applicants.--Not later than 2 years after the date 
     on which an applicant receives a grant, loan guarantee, or 
     payment of interest under this section, the applicant shall 
     submit to the Secretary a report that--
       ``(A) describes how the grant, loan guarantee, or payment 
     of interest was used; and
       ``(B) contains an estimate of the number of jobs created or 
     maintained by use of the grant, loan guarantee, or payment of 
     interest.
       ``(2) By gao.--Not later than 2 years after the date of 
     enactment of this section, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall submit to Congress a report evaluating 
     the program under this section.
       ``(k) Authorization of Appropriations.--
       ``(1) In general.--There is authorized to be appropriated 
     to the Secretary to carry out this section $50,000,0000 for 
     fiscal year 2014, and each fiscal year thereafter.
       ``(2) Availability.--Any amounts appropriated to carry out 
     this section shall remain available for obligation by the 
     Secretary during the 3-year period beginning on the date of 
     the appropriation.
       ``(3) Use of funds.--Of any amounts appropriated for a 
     fiscal year to carry out this section, the Secretary shall 
     use--
       ``(A) not less than 50 percent to make grants under this 
     section;
       ``(B) not more than 5 percent to carry out national 
     activities under this section, including providing technical 
     assistance and conducting outreach to qualified communities; 
     and
       ``(C) any amounts not expended in accordance with 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B) to make loan guarantees and 
     payments of interest under this section.
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  SA 938. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 1150, after line 15, add the following:

     SEC. 12213. DENALI COMMISSION REAUTHORIZATION.

       (a) Short Title .--This section may be cited as the 
     ``Denali Commission Reauthorization Act of 2013''
       (b) Establishment of Commission.--Section 303 of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) is amended--
       (1) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following:
       ``(b) Membership.--
       ``(1) Composition.--The Commission shall be composed of 7 
     members with a Statewide perspective and knowledge regarding 
     rural Alaska matters (including transportation, health, 
     education and training, energy, economic development, 
     community and regional planning, design, construction, and 
     maintenance of rural infrastructure, workforce development, 
     and communication infrastructure and systems), of whom--
       ``(A) 5 shall be appointed by the Secretary of Commerce 
     (referred to in this title as the `Secretary'), of whom--
       ``(i) 1 shall represent the views and perspectives of an 
     organized labor or vocational training group within the State 
     of Alaska;
       ``(ii) 1 shall represent the views and perspectives of 
     Native Corporations (as defined in section 3 of the Alaska 
     Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602));
       ``(iii) 1 shall have experience relating to project 
     management and construction in rural Alaska;
       ``(iv) 1 shall represent the views and perspectives of 
     rural local government interests in the State of Alaska; and
       ``(v) 1 shall represent the views and perspectives of rural 
     tribal interests in the State of Alaska;
       ``(B) 1 shall be the Governor of the State of Alaska or an 
     individual selected by the Secretary from nominations 
     submitted by the Governor; and
       ``(C) 1 shall be the Federal Cochairperson of the 
     Commission, to be appointed by the Secretary in accordance 
     with paragraph (3).
       ``(2) Date of appointments.--The appointments of the 
     members of the Commission under subparagraphs (A) and (B) of 
     paragraph (1) shall be made not later than 90 days after the 
     date of enactment of the Denali Commission Reauthorization 
     Act of 2013.
       ``(3) Federal cochairperson.--
       ``(A) Recommendations.--Not later than 30 days after the 
     date of appointment of the members of the Commission 
     described in paragraph (2), those members shall submit to the 
     Secretary recommendations for an individual to serve as 
     Federal Cochairperson of the Commission under paragraph 
     (1)(C).
       ``(B) Selection.--

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       ``(i) In general.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
     receipt of the recommendations under subparagraph (A), the 
     Secretary shall appoint an individual to serve as Federal 
     Cochairperson of the Commission.
       ``(ii) Consideration.--In appointing the Federal 
     Cochairperson under clause (i), the Secretary may take into 
     consideration, but shall not be required to select, any 
     individual recommended under subparagraph (A).
       ``(C) Treatment.--The Federal Cochairperson shall be a 
     nonvoting member of the Commission.
       ``(D) Vacancy.--
       ``(i) In general.--Any vacancy in the position of Federal 
     Cochairperson shall be filled in the same manner as the 
     original appointment.
       ``(ii) Interim federal cochairperson.--Before vacating the 
     position of Federal Cochairperson, the Federal Cochairperson 
     shall appoint to serve as Interim Federal Cochairperson, for 
     the period beginning on the date on which the vacancy in the 
     position of Federal Cochairperson occurs and ending on the 
     date on which a new Federal Cochairperson is appointed under 
     clause (i), the staff member of the Commission with the most 
     seniority.
       ``(4) Status.--No member of the Commission (other than the 
     Federal Cochairperson) shall be considered to be an employee 
     of the Federal Government for any purpose.''; and
       (2) in subsection (c)--
       (A) in the first sentence, by striking ``The Federal 
     Cochairperson'' and inserting the following:
       ``(1) Federal cochairperson.--The Federal Cochairperson''; 
     and
       (B) by striking the second and third sentences and 
     inserting the following:
       ``(2) Members.--
       ``(A) Terms.--A member of the Commission shall be appointed 
     for a term of 4 years, except that, of the members first 
     appointed--
       ``(i) the members appointed under clauses (ii) and (iv) of 
     subsection (b)(1)(A) shall be appointed for terms of 3 years; 
     and
       ``(ii) the members appointed under clauses (i) and (iii) of 
     subsection (b)(1)(A) shall be appointed for terms of 2 years.
       ``(B) Vacancies.--
       ``(i) In general.--A vacancy on the Commission--

       ``(I) shall not affect the powers of the Commission;
       ``(II) shall be filled in the manner in which the original 
     appointment was made; and
       ``(III) shall be subject to any conditions that applied 
     with respect to the original appointment.

       ``(ii) Filling unexpired term.--An individual selected to 
     fill a vacancy shall be appointed for the unexpired term of 
     the member replaced.
       ``(C) Expiration.--The term of any member shall not expire 
     before the date on which the successor of the member takes 
     office.''.
       (c) Funding Requirements; Duties.--Section 304 of the 
     Denali Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public 
     Law 105-277) is amended to read as follows:

     ``SEC. 304. FUNDING REQUIREMENTS; DUTIES.

       ``(a) Cost Share.--
       ``(1) In general.--In carrying out any construction project 
     or activity under this Act, the Commission shall require a 
     cost share of--
       ``(A) up to 50 percent of the total cost of the 
     construction project or activity; or
       ``(B) for a construction project or activity carried out in 
     a distressed community (as determined by the department of 
     labor and workforce development of the State of Alaska or by 
     the Commission), up to 20 percent of the total cost of the 
     construction project or activity.
       ``(2) Preconstruction procedures.--The cost-share 
     requirements under paragraph (1) shall not apply with respect 
     to preconstruction procedures.
       ``(b) Public Comments.--The Commission members and the 
     Federal Cochairperson shall seek comments from rural Alaska 
     communities and other stakeholder groups regarding rural 
     development needs.
       ``(c) Duties.--The members of the Commission shall--
       ``(1) advise the Commission regarding coordinated 
     infrastructure planning (including annual and multiyear 
     strategies) among and for--
       ``(A) rural Alaska communities;
       ``(B) the State of Alaska;
       ``(C) Federal agencies; and
       ``(D) other governmental and nongovernmental entities;
       ``(2) establish a list of priorities of the Commission for 
     rural Alaska communities on an annual basis, including 
     funding recommendations and the means by which the 
     recommendations--
       ``(A) address multiyear strategies; and
       ``(B) are coordinated with--
       ``(i) rural Alaska communities;
       ``(ii) the State of Alaska;
       ``(iii) Federal agencies; and
       ``(iv) other government and nongovernmental entities;
       ``(3) review ongoing and completed Commission-funded 
     projects and programs for compliance with stated objectives 
     and outcomes; and
       ``(4) examine Commission-funded projects and programs--
       ``(A) for consistency and standardization; and
       ``(B) to determine a means of improving the management and 
     success of future Commission-funded projects and programs.
       ``(d) Operational Matters.--The Federal Cochairperson (and 
     not the members of the Commission) shall be responsible for 
     Commission operational matters, including budgetary 
     matters.''.
       (d) Powers of Commission.--Section 305 of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) is amended by striking subsection (d) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(d) Detail of Federal Employees; Agreements, Grants, and 
     Payments.--
       ``(1) Detail of federal employees.--Any employee of the 
     Federal Government may be detailed to the Commission--
       ``(A) without reimbursement; and
       ``(B) without interruption or loss of civil service status 
     or privilege.
       ``(2) Agreements, grants, and payments.--The Commission, 
     acting through the Federal Cochairperson, may enter into 
     contracts and cooperative agreements, award grants, and make 
     payments necessary to carry out the purposes of the 
     Commission.''.
       (e) Commission Personnel Matters.--
       (1) Compensation of members.--Section 306 of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) is amended by striking subsection (a) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(a) Compensation of Members.--
       ``(1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the members of 
     the Commission shall serve without compensation.
       ``(2) Federal cochairperson.--The Federal Cochairperson 
     shall be compensated at the annual rate prescribed for level 
     IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, 
     United States Code.''.
       (2) Travel expenses.--Section 306(b) of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) is amended--
       (A) by striking ``The members'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the members''; 
     and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) Waiver.--A member of the Commission may waive all or 
     any portion of the travel expenses provided to the member 
     under paragraph (1).''.
       (3) Inspector general.--Section 306 of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) is amended by striking subsection (h) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(h) Inspector General.--The Commission shall use the 
     services of the Inspector General of the Department of 
     Commerce.''.
       (f) Reauthorization.--The first section 310 of the Denali 
     Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-
     277) (relating to authorization of appropriations) is amended 
     by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following:
       ``(a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated 
     to the Commission such sums as are necessary to carry out 
     this title, in accordance with the purposes of this title, 
     for fiscal year 2014 and each fiscal year thereafter.''.
       (g) Repeals.--
       (1) In general.--
       (A) Exemption from federal advisory committee act.--Section 
     308 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 
     note; Public Law 105-277) is repealed.
       (B) Economic development committee.--The second section 310 
     of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; 
     Public Law 105-277) (relating to the Economic Development 
     Committee) is repealed.
       (h) Budget Committee.--The Denali Commission Act of 1998 
     (42 U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-277) (as amended by 
     subsection (g)(1)) is amended by inserting after section 307 
     the following:

     ``SEC. 308. BUDGET COMMITTEE.

       ``(a) Establishment.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of enactment of the Denali Commission Reauthorization 
     Act of 2013, the Federal Cochairperson shall establish a 
     Budget Committee to serve the Commission.
       ``(b) Membership.--The Budget Committee shall be composed 
     of 3 members, of whom--
       ``(1) 1 shall be the Governor of the State of Alaska or a 
     member of the Commission selected in accordance with section 
     303(b)(1)(B);
       ``(2) 1 shall be a Federal employee or detailee with 
     expertise in the Federal budget process, to be selected by 
     the Federal Cochairperson; and
       ``(3) 1 shall be a member of the Commission, to be selected 
     by the members of the Commission.
       ``(c) Duties.--The Budget Committee shall--
       ``(1) review the operating budget of the Commission; and
       ``(2) make appropriate recommendations to the Federal 
     Cochairperson.
       ``(d) Compensation of Members.--
       ``(1) In general.--The members of the Budget Committee 
     shall serve without compensation.
       ``(2) Travel expenses.--The members of the Budget Committee 
     shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu 
     of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies 
     under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States 
     Code, while away from their homes or regular places of 
     business in the performance of services for the Budget 
     Committee.''.
       (i) Conforming Amendments.--
       (1) Section 307 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (42 
     U.S.C. 3121 note; Public Law 105-277) is amended by striking 
     subsection (c) and inserting the following:
       ``(c) Demonstration Health Projects.--

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       ``(1) In general.--To demonstrate the value of adequate 
     health facilities and services to the economic development of 
     the region, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may 
     make interagency transfers to the Commission to plan, 
     construct, and equip demonstration health, nutrition, and 
     child care projects, including hospitals, health care 
     clinics, and mental health facilities (including drug and 
     alcohol treatment centers).
       ``(2) Authorization of appropriations.--There are 
     authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to 
     carry out this subsection.''.
       (2) Section 8G(a)(2) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 
     (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended by striking ``the Denali 
     Commission,''.
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  SA 939. Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself and Mr. Cowan) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 421, between lines 3 and 4, insert the following:

     SEC. 42___. PURCHASE OF HALAL AND KOSHER FOOD FOR EMERGENCY 
                   FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

       Section 202 of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 
     U.S.C. 7502) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(h) Kosher and Halal Food.--As soon as practicable after 
     the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall 
     finalize and implement a plan--
       ``(1) to increase the purchase of Kosher and Halal food 
     from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification 
     to carry out the program established under this Act if the 
     Kosher and Halal food purchased is cost neutral as compared 
     to food that is not from food manufacturers with a Kosher or 
     Halal certification; and
       ``(2) to modify the labeling of the commodities list used 
     to carry out the program in a manner that enables Kosher and 
     Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to 
     obtain from local food banks.''.
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  SA 940. Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself and Mrs. Feinstein) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 121__. ANTIMICROBIAL DRUG USE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION 
                   GRANTS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary shall make available 
     competitive research and education grants for the purpose of 
     improving the knowledge and study of antimicrobial drug use 
     in agriculture and antimicrobial resistance, including--
       (1) antimicrobial use practices in major food animal 
     species and the correlation of the practices to antimicrobial 
     resistance trends;
       (2) roles and associations that disease incidence and 
     infection control have in antimicrobial use practices and 
     trends;
       (3) development of better veterinary diagnostics, infection 
     control, preventative practices, housing, or husbandry, or 
     other techniques to reduce the need for antimicrobial drug 
     use; and
       (4) identification of effective and scalable techniques 
     that improve animal health and reduce antimicrobial drug use, 
     including, at a minimum, genetics, diet, husbandry, and 
     hygiene.
       (b) Administration.--Paragraphs (4), (7), (8), and (11)(B) 
     of subsection (b) of the Competitive, Special, and Facilities 
     Research Grant Act (7 U.S.C. 450i) shall apply with respect 
     to the making of grants under this section.
       (c) Funding.--Of amounts made available to the Secretary in 
     appropriations Acts for programs and purposes relating to the 
     purposes of this section, the Secretary shall use to carry 
     out this section such sums as the Secretary determines to be 
     appropriate for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.
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  SA 941. Mrs. GILLIBRAND submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title IV, add the following:

     SEC. 42___. INTERIM PROGRAM TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY.

       (a) Purposes.--The purposes of this section are--
       (1) to ensure the effective use of resources, and program 
     fidelity, to support food safety, interstate commerce, and 
     the integrity of the United States meat supply for export 
     markets; and
       (2) to remedy repeated program failures described in 
     documents, including--
       (A) the audit report of the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Agriculture numbered 24601-0001-41;
       (B) the management challenges report of the Office of the 
     Inspector General of the Department dated 2011; and
       (C) the reports of the Government Accountability Office 
     numbered--
       (i) 10-203;
       (ii) 04-247; and
       (iii) 02-902.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Affected supervisor.--The term ``affected supervisor'' 
     means an individual serving as, or in any similar capacity 
     as, an inspector-in-charge or an administrator of a food 
     safety program of the Department--
       (A) onsite at a facility of the Department; or
       (B) at the circuit or regional level.
       (2) Department.--The term ``Department'' means the 
     Department of Agriculture.
       (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of Agriculture, acting through the Assistant Secretary for 
     Administration.
       (c) Establishment.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an 
     interim program to improve food safety, under which the 
     Secretary shall appoint a public health examiner to ensure 
     the integrity of the food safety programs of the Department.
       (d) Duties of Public Health Examiner.--
       (1) In general.--In carrying out the program under this 
     section, the public health examiner shall--
       (A) evaluate, and modify as necessary, the process in 
     effect on the date of enactment of this Act for evaluating 
     the performance of affected supervisors;
       (B) employ--
       (i) objective, independent individuals with expertise in 
     public health to serve as evaluators of affected supervisors; 
     and
       (ii) such additional staff as the public health examiner 
     determines to be necessary to carry out the program;
       (C) ensure the use by affected supervisors of objective, 
     data-driven implementation metrics, as applicable, 
     including--
       (i) proper, complete, and valid documentation;
       (ii) proper enforcement in response to serious and repeat 
     offenses; and
       (iii) the provision of proper correlation, supervision, and 
     mission support for onsite personnel;
       (D) provide appropriate professional development, 
     reassignment, or other disposition of affected supervisors 
     with a pattern of failing to implement program policies to 
     ensure proper response to significant noncompliance issues;
       (E) improve applicable management controls within the 
     Department, including in the Public Health Information 
     System;
       (F) to the maximum extent practicable, reduce subjectivity 
     in program implementation; and
       (G) terminate the provision of payment awards under the 
     public health human resources system of the Department for 
     affected supervisors against whom the public health examiner 
     or an evaluator employed under subparagraph (B) has 
     identified any serious program implementation failure, 
     until--
       (i) each such failure is completely resolved;
       (ii) effective corrective actions have been implemented 
     with respect to each such failure; and
       (iii) the public health examiner submits to the Committees 
     on Appropriations, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and 
     the Committees on Appropriations, Agriculture, and Homeland 
     Security of the House of Representatives, a report describing 
     the corrective actions.
       (2) Use of savings.--Any amounts saved by the Federal 
     Government as a result of the termination of payment awards 
     under paragraph (1)(G) shall be transferred to the Secretary 
     for use in carrying out the program under this section.
       (e) Sunset.--
       (1) In general.--The program under this section shall 
     terminate on the date that is 4 years after the date of 
     establishment of the program.
       (2) Final report.--Not later than 54 months after the date 
     of establishment of the program under this section, the 
     Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to 
     Congress a final report describing the results of the 
     program.
       (f) Funding.--The Secretary shall use to carry out this 
     section for each applicable fiscal year--
       (1) not less than $2,500,000 of the amounts made available 
     to the Secretary in appropriations Acts for programs and 
     purposes relating to the Food Safety Inspection Service and 
     the Office of Food Safety; and
       (2) the amounts transferred to the Secretary under 
     subsection (d)(2).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 942. Mrs. GILLIBRAND submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       On page 1150, after line 15, add the following:

     SEC. 12___. AUDIT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCES 
                   SYSTEM.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall commence an audit of the pay-for-performance 
     project of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Public 
     Health Human Resources System, to determine--
       (1) if the program was properly and consistently 
     implemented;
       (2) if the program was effective; and
       (3) to what extent there was waste, fraud, abuse, or 
     mismanagement of funds in the program.
       (b) Report.--On completion of the audit required by 
     subsection (a), the Comptroller

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     General of the United States shall submit to Congress a 
     report containing the results of the audit.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 943. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 877, after line 18, insert the following:

     SEC. 6208. GAO REPORT ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE REFORMS.

       (a) Purpose.--The purpose of the report required under 
     subsection (b) is to aid Congress in monitoring and measuring 
     the effects of a series of reforms by the Federal 
     Communications Commission (in this section referred to as the 
     ``FCC'') intended to promote the availability and 
     affordability of broadband service throughout the United 
     States.
       (b) Report.--The Comptroller General of the United States 
     shall prepare a report providing detailed measurements, 
     statistics, and metrics with respect to--
       (1) the progress of implementation of the reforms adopted 
     in the FCC's Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
     Rulemaking adopted on October 27, 2011 (FCC 11-161) (in this 
     section referred to as the ``Order'');
       (2) the effects, if any, of such reforms on retail end user 
     rates during the applicable calendar year for--
       (A) local voice telephony services (including any 
     subscriber line charges and access recovery charges assessed 
     by carriers upon purchasers of such services);
       (B) interconnected VoIP services;
       (C) long distance voice services;
       (D) mobile wireless voice services;
       (E) bundles of voice telephony or VoIP services (such as 
     local and long distance voice packages);
       (F) fixed broadband Internet access services; and
       (G) mobile broadband Internet access services;
       (3) any disparities or trends detectable during the 
     applicable calendar year with respect to the relative average 
     (such as per-consumer) retail rates charged for each of the 
     services listed in paragraph (2) to consumers (including both 
     residential and business users) located in rural areas and 
     urban areas;
       (4) any disparities or trends detectable during the 
     applicable calendar year with respect to the relative average 
     (such as per-consumer) retail rates charged for each of the 
     services listed in paragraph (2) as between incumbent local 
     exchange carriers subject to price cap regulation and those 
     subject to rate-of-return regulation;
       (5) the effects, if any, of those reforms adopted in the 
     Order on average fixed and mobile broadband Internet access 
     speeds, respectively, available to residential and business 
     consumers, respectively, during the applicable calendar year;
       (6) any disparities or trends detectable during the 
     applicable calendar year with respect to the relative average 
     fixed and mobile broadband Internet access speeds, 
     respectively, available to residential and business 
     consumers, respectively, in rural areas and urban areas;
       (7) the effects, if any, of those reforms adopted in the 
     Order on the magnitude and pace of investments in broadband-
     capable networks in rural areas, including such investments 
     financed by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities 
     Service under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 
     901 et seq.);
       (8) any disparities or trends detectable during the 
     applicable calendar year with respect to the relative 
     magnitude and pace of investments in broadband-capable 
     networks in rural areas and urban areas;
       (9) any disparities or trends detectable during the 
     applicable calendar year with respect to the magnitude and 
     pace of investments in broadband-capable networks in areas 
     served by carriers subject to price cap regulation and areas 
     served by carriers subject to rate-of-return regulation;
       (10) the effects, if any, of those reforms adopted in the 
     Order on adoption of broadband Internet access services by 
     end users; and
       (11) the effects, if any, of such reforms on State 
     universal service funds or other State universal service 
     initiatives, including carrier-of-last-resort requirements 
     that may be enforced by any State.
       (c) Timing.--On or before December 31, 2013, and annually 
     thereafter for the following 5 calendar years, the 
     Comptroller General shall submit the report required under 
     subsection (b) to the following:
       (1) The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 
     of the Senate.
       (2) The Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 
     of the Senate.
       (3) The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (4) The Committee on Agriculture of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (d) Data Inclusion.--The report required under subsection 
     (b) shall include all data that the Comptroller General deems 
     relevant to and supportive of any conclusions drawn with 
     respect to the effects of the FCC's reforms and any 
     disparities or trends detected in the items subject to the 
     report.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 944. Mrs. GILLIBRAND submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural 
programs through 2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       On page 1064, after line 21, add the following:

     SEC. 11___. AUTOMATIC REVIEWS OF LARGE CLAIMS.

       Section 508(j) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
     1508(j)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(6) Reviews.--For the purpose of automatic reviews of 
     large claims under this section, the Corporation shall 
     establish the loss threshold at $50,000.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 945. Mr. SESSIONS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 269, between lines 3 and 4, insert the following:
       ``(c) Selection Criteria.--Notwithstanding any other 
     provision of this subtitle, for an eligible activity 
     identified in subparagraph (B) or (E) of section 1271A(2), 
     the Secretary shall not consider prior irrigation history 
     when--
       ``(1) selecting eligible partners under section 1271B; or
       ``(2) entering into contracts with producers under section 
     1271C.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 946. Mr. SESSIONS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 1150, after line 15, add the following:

     SEC. 12213. TERMINATION OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR NUTRITION 
                   ASSISTANCE INITIATIVE.

       Effective on the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
     memorandum of understanding entered into on July 22, 2004, by 
     the Secretary and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the 
     Republic of Mexico and known as the ``Partnership for 
     Nutrition Assistance Initiative'' is terminated and shall 
     have no force or effect of law.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 947. Mr. SESSIONS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2018; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       After section 4002, insert the following:

     SEC. 4003. SYSTEMATIC ALIEN VERIFICATION FOR ENTITLEMENTS.

       Section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 
     2014) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(o) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements.--
       ``(1) Definition of satisfactory immigration status.--In 
     this subsection, the term `satisfactory immigration status' 
     means an immigration status under which an individual is 
     eligible for benefits under the supplemental nutrition 
     assistance program, if the individual otherwise meets the 
     requirements of this Act.
       ``(2) Declaration.--
       ``(A) In general.--As a condition of eligibility for the 
     supplemental nutrition assistance program, the Secretary 
     shall require each head of a household seeking to participate 
     in the program to submit to the applicable State agency a 
     written declaration in accordance with subparagraph (B), 
     which the head of household shall sign under penalty of 
     perjury.
       ``(B) Contents.--The head of household shall certify in the 
     written declaration under subparagraph (A) that each member 
     of the household is--
       ``(i) national of the United States (as that term is 
     defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality 
     Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)); or
       ``(ii) in a satisfactory immigration status.
       ``(3) Documentation.--
       ``(A) Nationals of the united states.--Subject to 
     subparagraph (B), for each member of a household for which a 
     certification is made under clause (i) of paragraph (2)(B), 
     the head of household shall submit to the State agency 
     administering the supplemental nutrition assistance program 
     documentation demonstrating that each such member is a 
     national of the United States that is--
       ``(i) a document showing birth in the United States;
       ``(ii) a United States consular report of birth;
       ``(iii) a United States passport;
       ``(iv) a Certificate of Naturalization; or
       ``(v) a Certificate of Citizenship.
       ``(B) Satisfactory immigration status.--Subject to 
     subparagraph (B), for each member of a household for which a 
     certification is made under clause (ii) of paragraph (2)(B), 
     the head of household shall submit to the State agency 
     administering the supplemental nutrition assistance program--
       ``(i) alien registration documentation or other proof of 
     immigration registration issued by the Secretary of Homeland 
     Security that contains--

       ``(I) the alien admission number of the individual; and
       ``(II) the alien file number of the individual; or

       ``(ii) any other document that the State agency determines 
     constitutes reasonable

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     evidence of a satisfactory immigration status.
       ``(C) Adult household members.--An individual who is 18 
     years of age or older and who is a member of a household for 
     which a certification is made under clause (i) or (ii) of 
     paragraph (2)(B) shall submit to the State agency the 
     documentation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) on such 
     individual's own behalf.
       ``(4) Systematic alien verification for entitlements 
     program.--For documentation described in paragraph (3)(B), 
     the State agency to which the documentation is submitted 
     shall use the alien admission number or alien file number of 
     the individual to verify the immigration status of the 
     individual using the Systematic Alien Verification for 
     Entitlements Program of the United States Citizenship and 
     Immigration Services.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 948. Mr. ROBERTS (for himself, Mr. Thune, and Mr. Johanns) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 
954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 355, between lines 7 and 8, insert the following:

     SEC. 40__. RESTORING PROGRAM INTEGRITY TO CATEGORICAL 
                   ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION 
                   ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

       (a) In General.--The second sentence of section 5(a) of the 
     Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(a)) is amended 
     by striking ``receives benefits under a State program'' and 
     inserting ``receives assistance (as defined in section 260.31 
     of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on 
     January 1, 2013) under a State program''.
       (b) Resources.--Section 5(j) of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(j)) is amended by striking ``receives 
     benefits under a State program'' and inserting ``receives 
     assistance (as defined in section 260.31 of title 45, Code of 
     Federal Regulations, as in effect on January 1, 2013) under a 
     State program''.
       Beginning on page 355, strike line 8 and all that follows 
     through page 357, line 15, and insert the following:

     SEC. 4002. ELIMINATING THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE 
                   LOOPHOLE.

       (a) In General.--Section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 
     2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d)(11)(A), by striking ``(other than'' 
     and all that follows through ``et seq.))'' and inserting 
     ``(other than payments or allowances made under part A of 
     title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
     or any payments under any other State program funded with 
     qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 
     409(a)(7)(B)(i) of that Act (42 U.S.C. 609(a)(7)(B)(1))))'';
       (2) in subsection (e)(6)(C), by striking clause (iv); and
       (3) in subsection (k)--
       (A) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) by striking subparagraph (C);
       (ii) by redesignating subparagraphs (D) through (G) as 
     subparagraphs (C) through (F), respectively; and
       (iii) by striking paragraph (4).
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 2605(f) of the Low-
     Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8624(f)) 
     is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``(1)''; and
       (2) by striking paragraph (2).
       Beginning on page 379, strike line 15 and all that follows 
     through page 380, line 15, and insert the following:

     SEC. 4011. ELIMINATING STATE BONUSES.

       (a) In General.--Section 16 of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025) is amended by striking subsection 
     (d).
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 16 of the Food and 
     Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (c)--
       (A) in the first sentence of paragraph (4), by striking 
     ``payment error rate'' and all that follows through 
     ``subsection (d)'' and inserting ``liability amount or new 
     investment amount under paragraph (1) or payment error 
     rate''; and
       (B) in the first sentence of paragraph (5), by striking 
     ``payment error rate'' and all that follows through 
     ``subsection (d)'' and inserting ``liability amount or new 
     investment amount under paragraph (1) or payment error 
     rate''; and
       (2) in subsection (i)(1), by striking ``subsection (d)(1)'' 
     and inserting ``subsection (c)(2)''.

     SEC. 4012. ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING.

       (a) Funding of Employment and Training Programs.--Section 
     16 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025) is 
     amended by striking subsection (h).
       (b) Administrative Cost-sharing.--
       (1) In general.--Section 16(a) of the Food and Nutrition 
     Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025(a)) is amended in the first 
     sentence, in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting 
     ``(other than a program carried out under section 6(d)(4))'' 
     after ``supplemental nutrition assistance program''.
       (2) Conforming amendments.--
       (A) Section 17(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(hh) of the Food and 
     Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2026(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(hh)) 
     is amended by striking ``(g), (h)(2), or (h)(3)'' and 
     inserting ``or (g)''.
       (B) Section 22(d)(1)(B)(ii) of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2031(d)(1)(B)(ii)) is amended is amended by 
     striking ``, (g), (h)(2), and (h)(3)'' and inserting ``and 
     (g)''.
       (c) Workfare.--
       (1) In general.--Section 20 of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2029) is amended by striking subsection 
     (g).
       (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 17(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(jj) 
     of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 
     2026(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(jj)) is amended by striking ``or 
     (g)(1)''.
       On page 385, strike lines 19 through 22 and insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 4016. ELIMINATING THE NUTRITION EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM.

       Section 28 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 
     2036a) is repealed.
       On page 390, between lines 17 and 18, insert the following:

     SEC. 4019. TERMINATING AN INCREASE IN BENEFITS.

       Section 101(a) of division A of the American Recovery and 
     Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5; 123 Stat. 120; 
     124 Stat. 2394; 124 Stat. 3265) is amended by striking 
     paragraph (2) and inserting the following:
       ``(2) Termination.--The authority provided by this 
     subsection shall terminate after September 1, 2013.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 949. Mr. ROBERTS (for himself, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Thune, and Mr. 
Johanns) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the 
bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Strike section 4002 and insert the following:

     SEC. 4002. ELIMINATING THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE 
                   LOOPHOLE.

       (a) In General.--Section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 
     2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d)(11)(A), by striking ``(other than'' 
     and all that follows through ``et seq.))'' and inserting 
     ``(other than payments or allowances made under part A of 
     title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
     or any payments under any other State program funded with 
     qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 
     409(a)(7)(B)(i) of that Act (42 U.S.C. 609(a)(7)(B)(1))))'';
       (2) in subsection (e)(6)(C), by striking clause (iv); and
       (3) in subsection (k)--
       (A) in paragraph (2)--
       (i) by striking subparagraph (C);
       (ii) by redesignating subparagraphs (D) through (G) as 
     subparagraphs (C) through (F), respectively; and
       (iii) by striking paragraph (4).
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 2605(f) of the Low-
     Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8624(f)) 
     is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``(1)''; and
       (2) by striking paragraph (2).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 950. Mr. ROBERTS (for himself, Mr. Thune, and Mr. Johanns) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 
954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Strike section 4012 and insert the following:

     SEC. 4012. ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING.

       (a) Funding of Employment and Training Programs.--Section 
     16 of Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025) is 
     amended by striking subsection (h).
       (b) Administrative Cost-sharing.--
       (1) In general.--Section 16(a) of the Food and Nutrition 
     Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025(a)) is amended in the first 
     sentence, in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting 
     ``(other than a program carried out under section 6(d)(4))'' 
     after ``supplemental nutrition assistance program''.
       (2) Conforming amendments.--
       (A) Section 17(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(hh) of the Food and 
     Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2026(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(hh)) 
     is amended by striking ``(g), (h)(2), or (h)(3)'' and 
     inserting ``or (g)''.
       (B) Section 22(d)(1)(B)(ii) of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2031(d)(1)(B)(ii)) is amended is amended by 
     striking ``, (g), (h)(2), and (h)(3)'' and inserting ``and 
     (g)''.
       (c) Workfare.--
       (1) In general.--Section 20 of the Food and Nutrition Act 
     of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2029) is amended by striking subsection 
     (g).
       (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 17(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(jj) 
     of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 
     2026(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(jj)) is amended by striking ``or 
     (g)(1)''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 951. Mrs. BOXER (for Mr. Harkin) proposed an amendment to the bill 
S. 309, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members 
of the Civil Air Patrol; as follows:

       On page 15, line 5, strike ``dyes'' and insert ``dies''.
       On page 15, line 6, insert before the period the following: 
     ``, and amounts received from the sale of such duplicates 
     shall be deposited in the United States Mint Public 
     Enterprise Fund''.

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       On page 15, strike line 10 and all that follows through 
     line 20.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 952. Mr. WYDEN (for himself, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Paul, and Mr. 
Merkley) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the 
bill S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title XII, insert the following:

               Subtitle ___--Industrial Hemp Farming Act

     SECTION 12___. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``Industrial Hemp Farming 
     Act of 2013''.

     SEC. 12___. EXCLUSION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP FROM DEFINITION OF 
                   MARIHUANA.

       Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 
     802) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (16)--
       (A) by striking ``(16) The'' and inserting ``(16)(A) The''; 
     and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) The term `marihuana' does not include industrial 
     hemp.''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(57) The term `industrial hemp' means the plant Cannabis 
     sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, 
     with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more 
     than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.''.

     SEC. 12___. INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION BY STATES.

       Section 201 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 
     811) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(i) Industrial Hemp Determination.--If a person grows or 
     processes Cannabis sativa L. for purposes of making 
     industrial hemp in accordance with State law, the Cannabis 
     sativa L. shall be deemed to meet the concentration 
     limitation under section 102(57), unless the Attorney General 
     determines that the State law is not reasonably calculated to 
     comply with section 102(57).''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 953. Mr. DURBIN (for himself and Mr. Coburn) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; which was ordered to 
lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 1101, between lines 5 and 6, insert the following:

     SEC. 11___. LIMITATION ON PREMIUM SUBSIDY BASED ON AVERAGE 
                   ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME.

       Section 508(e) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
     1508(e)) (as amended by section 11030(b)) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following:
       ``(9) Limitation on premium subsidy based on average 
     adjusted gross income.--
       ``(A) Definition of average adjusted gross income.--In this 
     paragraph, the term `average adjusted gross income' has the 
     meaning given the term in section 1001D(a) of the Food 
     Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308-3a(a)).
       ``(B) Limitation.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     this subtitle and beginning with the 2014 reinsurance year, 
     in the case of any producer that is a person or legal entity 
     that has an average adjusted gross income in excess of 
     $750,000 based on the most recent data available from the 
     Farm Service Agency as of the beginning of the reinsurance 
     year, the total amount of premium subsidy provided with 
     respect to additional coverage under subsection (c), section 
     508B, or section 508C issued on behalf of the producer for a 
     reinsurance year shall be 15 percentage points less than the 
     premium subsidy provided in accordance with this subsection 
     that would otherwise be available for the applicable policy, 
     plan of insurance, and coverage level selected by the 
     producer.
       ``(C) Application.--
       ``(i) Study.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with 
     the Government Accountability Office, shall carry out a study 
     to determine the effects of the limitation described in 
     subparagraph (B) on--

       ``(I) the overall operations of the Federal crop insurance 
     program;
       ``(II) the number of producers participating in the Federal 
     crop insurance program;
       ``(III) the level of coverage purchased by participating 
     producers;
       ``(IV) the amount of premiums paid by participating 
     producers and the Federal Government;
       ``(V) any potential liability for participating producers, 
     approved insurance providers, and the Federal Government;
       ``(VI) different crops or growing regions;
       ``(VII) program rating structures;
       ``(VIII) creation of schemes or devices to evade the impact 
     of the limitation; and
       ``(IX) administrative and operating expenses paid to 
     approved insurance providers and underwriting gains and loss 
     for the Federal government and approved insurance providers.

       ``(ii) Effectiveness.--The limitation described in 
     subparagraph (B) shall not take effect unless the Secretary 
     determines, through the study described in clause (i), that 
     the limitation would not--

       ``(I) significantly increase the premium amount paid by 
     producers with an average adjusted gross income of less than 
     $750,000;
       ``(II) result in a decline in the crop insurance coverage 
     available to producers; and
       ``(III) increase the total cost of the Federal crop 
     insurance program.''.

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