URGENT -- Faxed letters and calls needed in support of Plant Research
Reauthorization bill (S. 1150). The Conference Report for S. 1150
includes the the reauthorization of the National Research Initiative,
authorization of a new, 5-year, $600-million competitive grants program
called the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems, and
reauthorization of the Fund for Rural America.
>BACKGROUND: A House floor vote on the Conference Report for the Research
>Reauthorization bill (S.1150) may occur as early as 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. tonight
>(Thursday, May 21) depending on progress made on other legislation before
>the House. If the vote is not taken tonight, it may come up tomorrow
>(Friday, May 22). Your support is needed to help win a yes vote from
your >Congressman in this, the final vote facing this provision before
hoped-for >enactment. The Senate passed the report earlier.
>>MESSAGE: Your Congressman or Congresswoman needs to hear your support for:
>a "yes" vote in favor of adopting the Conference Report for S. 1150.
>>Letters should be faxed (or telephone calls made) as soon as possible and be
>addressed to him or her at:
>>The Honorable (name of Congressman or Congresswoman)
>U.S. House of Representatives
>Washington, D.C. 20515
>>Calls can be placed through the Capitol Operator at 202-224-3121 who can
>connect you to your Congressman's office and your Congressman's legislative
>staff responsible for agricultural research.
>>The Conference Report for S. 1150 includes the the reauthorization of the
>National Research Initiative, authorization of a new, 5-year, $600-million
>competitive grants program called the Initiative for Future Agriculture and
>Food Systems, reauthorization of the Fund for Rural America, and other
>important research, education and extension provisions. The Conference
>Report needs to move quickly toward passage to prevent loss of some of the
>funds claimed in S. 1150 for research programs. Some observers predict that
>there may be a significant number of members of Congress in opposition to
>the Conference Report because of a provision it contains which restores food
>stamp benefits to many legal immigrants. If the Conference Report for S.
>1150 is passed by the House in the upcoming floor vote, the President is
>expected to sign it into law. If the Conference Report is defeated,
>reauthorization of the NRI is in jeopardy and a new $120-million-a- year
>competitive grants program for agricultural research would be lost.
For more information, contact:
>Public Affairs Director
>American Society of Plant Physiologists
>15501 Monona Drive
>Rockville, MD 20855
>phone -- 301-251-0560
>fax -- 301-309-9196
>e-mail -- bhyps at aspp.org>ASPP home page -- http://aspp.org