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                                                 Union Calendar No. 606

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                          REPORT ON ACTIVITIES

                       DURING THE 110TH CONGRESS

                               __________

                              R E P O R T

                                 of the

                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES







January 2, 2009.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed
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                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

                COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota, Chairman
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania             BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia, Ranking 
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina            Member
BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina        TERRY EVERETT, Alabama
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa             FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma
JOE BACA, California                 JERRY MORAN, Kansas
DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California        ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois
JIM MARSHALL, Georgia                SAM GRAVES, Missouri
STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN, South     MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
    Dakota                           STEVE KING, Iowa
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado
JIM COSTA, California                RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado            CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., 
BRAD ELLSWORTH, Indiana                  Louisiana
NANCY E. BOYDA, Kansas               JOHN R. ``RANDY'' KUHL, New York
ZACHARY T. SPACE, Ohio               VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
KIRSTEN E. GILLIBRAND, New York      JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
STEVE KAGEN, Wisconsin               JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
EARL POMEROY, North Dakota           ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 TIM WALBERG, Michigan
NICK LAMPSON, Texas                  BOB LATTA, Ohio
JOE DONNELLY, Indiana                ------ ------
TIM MAHONEY, Florida
TRAVIS W. CHILDERS, Mississippi

                           Professional Staff

                      Robert Larew, Chief of Staff
                   John Riley, Deputy Chief of Staff
                       Andy Baker, Chief Counsel
           William E. O'Conner, Jr., Minority Staff Director
                  Kevin Kramp, Minority Chief Counsel







                          LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

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                          House of Representatives,
                                  Committee on Agriculture,
                                   Washington, DC, January 2, 2009.
Hon. Lorraine C. Miller,
Clerk of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.

    Dear Ms. Miller: Pursuant to rule XI, clause 1(d), of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, I herewith submit to the 
House a report of the activities of the Committee on 
Agriculture during the 110th Congress.
    With best wishes, I am
            Sincerely,
                                        Collin C. Peterson,
                                                          Chairman.








                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page
I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of 
  the Committee on Agriculture...................................     1
        A. Organization..........................................     1
        B. Committee Jurisdiction................................     3
        C. Oversight Plan........................................     7
II. Committee Activities During the 110th Congress...............    14
        A. Main Legislative Activities...........................    14
        B. Statistical Summary of Activities.....................    19
        C. Digest of Bills Within the Jurisdiction of the 
          Committee on Agriculture on Which Some Action Has Been 
          Taken..................................................    20
        D. Oversight.............................................   103
        E. Printed Hearings......................................   116
        F. Hearings Not Printed..................................   119
        G. Committee Prints......................................   120
III. Appendix....................................................   120
        A. Executive Communications..............................   120
        B. Presidential Messages, Proclamations, and Other 
          Documents of Interest..................................   173
        C. Statutory Reports.....................................   174
        D Memorials..............................................   195
        E. Petitions.............................................   197







                                                 Union Calendar No. 606
110th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     110-933

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 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE 110TH 
                                CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

January 2, 2009.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

    Mr. Peterson, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

    In accordance with rule XI, clause 1(d), of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee on Agriculture 
reports herewith on its activities during the 110th Congress.

  I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of the 
                        Committee on Agriculture


                            A. ORGANIZATION

    The House of Representatives established the total 
authorized membership of the Committee on Agriculture for the 
110th Congress at 46, with a party division of 25 Democrats and 
21 Republicans. Among the committee members were 13 
Representatives who were serving their first terms (Ellsworth, 
Boyda, Space, Walz, Gillibrand, Kagen, Lampson, Donnelly, 
Mahoney, Childers, Smith of NE, Walberg, and Latta).
    The Committee organized on January 23, 2007, into six 
subcommittees. The six subcommittees were constituted as 
follows:

       Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research

TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania, Chairman

FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma, Ranking Minority MemberRSETH SANDLIN, South 
MIKE ROGERS, Alabama                 Dakota
STEVE KING, Iowa                     HENRY CUELLAR, Texas
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska           JIM COSTA, California
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio                   BRAD ELLSWORTH, Indiana
TIM WALBERG, Michigan                ZACHARY T. SPACE, Ohio
TERRY EVERETT, Alabama               TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  DAVID SCOTT, Georgia
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 NANCY E. BOYDA, Kansas
MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado        KIRSTEN E. GILLIBRAND, New York
                                     DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
                                     STEVE KAGEN, Wisconsin
                                     JOE DONNELLY, Indiana

                                 ------                                

    Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign 
                              Agriculture

  MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina, 
             Chairman

MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado, Ranking Minority Memberrgia
TERRY EVERETT, Alabama               HENRY CUELLAR, Texas
ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska               JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska           JOHN BARROW, Georgia
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          EARL POMEROY, North Dakota

                                 ------                                

      Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

  BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina, 
             Chairman

JERRY MORAN, Kansas, Ranking Minority MemberCOTT, Georgia
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         JIM MARSHALL, Georgia
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., Louisiana  NANCY E. BOYDA, Kansas
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas            STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN, South 
FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma             Dakota
RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas              BRAD ELLSWORTH, Indiana
ROBERT E. LATTA, Ohio                ZACHARY T. SPACE, Ohio
                                     TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
                                     EARL POMEROY, North Dakota

                                 ------                                

             Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry

LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa, Chairman

ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina, Ranking Minority MemberIBRAND, New York
MIKE ROGERS, Alabama                 STEVE KAGEN, Wisconsin
STEVE KING, Iowa                     TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        JOE BACA, California
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas            DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio                   NICK LAMPSON, Texas
ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska               JOE DONNELLY, Indiana
TIM WALBERG, Michigan                JIM COSTA, California
                                     TIM MAHONEY, Florida

                                 ------                                

   Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and 
                                Forestry

  JOE BACA, California, Chairman

CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., Louisiana, Ranking Minority Memberota
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  NICK LAMPSON, Texas
STEVE KING, Iowa                     STEVE KAGEN, Wisconsin
RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas              NANCY E. BOYDA, Kansas
                                     TRAVIS W. CHILDERS, Mississippi

                                 ------                                

          Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture

  DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California, 
             Chairman

RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas, Ranking Minority MemberGE, North Carolina
JOHN R. ``RANDY'' KUHL, New York     TIM MAHONEY, Florida
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        JOHN BARROW, Georgia
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas            KIRSTEN E. GILLIBRAND, New York
ROBERT E. LATTA, Ohio                TRAVIS W. CHILDERS, Mississippi

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
(Ratio includes ex officio members) (Collin C. Peterson, Chairman, and 
Bob Goodlatte, Ranking Minority Member, were ex officio members of all 
                            Subcommittees.)

                       B. COMMITTEE JURISDICTION

    Under Rules adopted by the House of Representatives for the 
110th Congress, the Committee on Agriculture's (hereinafter 
also referred to as Committee) jurisdiction (See rule X, clause 
1 of the Rules of the House of Representatives) extended to--
          (1) Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and 
        protection of birds and animals in forest reserves.
          (2) Agriculture generally.
          (3) Agricultural and industrial chemistry.
          (4) Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.
          (5) Agricultural economics and research.
          (6) Agricultural education extension services.
          (7) Agricultural production and marketing and 
        stabilization of prices of agricultural products, and 
        commodities (not including distribution outside of the 
        United States).
          (8) Animal industry and diseases of animals.
          (9) Commodity exchanges.
          (10) Crop insurance and soil conservation.
          (11) Dairy industry.
          (12) Entomology and plant quarantine.
          (13) Extension of farm credit and farm security.
          (14) Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, 
        and seafood and seafood products.
          (15) Forestry in general, and forest reserves other 
        than those created from the public domain.
          (16) Human nutrition and home economics.
          (17) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural 
        engineering.
          (18) Rural electrification.
          (19) Rural development.
          (20) Water conservation related to activities of the 
        Department of Agriculture.
    The revised edition of the Rules and Manual of the House of 
Representatives for the 107th Congress (House Document No. 106-
320) provides the following concerning the Committee on 
Agriculture:\1\
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    \1\ References are to the volume and section of Hinds' (volumes I-
V, e.g., IV, 500) and Cannon's (volumes VI-VIII, e.g., VI, 400) 
Precedents of the House of Representatives, and to the Congressional 
Record by date and page (e.g., January 3, 1953, p. 500).

          ``This Committee was established in 1820 (IV, 4149). 
        In 1880 the subject of forestry was added to its 
        jurisdiction, and the Committee was conferred authority 
        to receive estimates of and to report appropriations 
        (IV, 4149). However, on July 1, 1920, authority to 
        report appropriations for the U.S. Department of 
        Agriculture was transferred to the Committee on 
        Appropriations (VII, 1860).
          The basic form of the present jurisdictional 
        statement was made effective January 2, 1947, as a part 
        of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 
        812). Subparagraph (7) was altered by the 93d Congress, 
        effective January 3, 1975, to include jurisdiction over 
        agricultural commodities (including the Commodity 
        Credit Corporation) while transferring jurisdiction 
        over foreign distribution and nondomestic production of 
        commodities to the Committee on International Relations 
        (H. Res. 988, 93d Cong., Oct. 8, 1974, p. 34470). 
        Nevertheless, the Committee has retained a limited 
        jurisdiction over measures to release CCC stocks for 
        such foreign distribution (Sept. 14, 1989, p. 20428). 
        Previously unstated jurisdictions over commodities 
        exchanges and rural development were codified effective 
        January 3, 1975.
          The 104th Congress consolidated the Committee's 
        jurisdiction over inspection of livestock and meat 
        products to include inspection of poultry, seafood, and 
        seafood products, and added subparagraph (20) relating 
        to water conservation (sec. 202(a), H. Res. 6, Jan. 4, 
        1995, p. 464). Clerical and stylistic changes were 
        effected when the House recodified its rules in the 
        106th Congress (H. Res. 5. Jan. 6, 1999, p. 47).
          The Committee has had jurisdiction of bills for 
        establishing and regulating the Department of 
        Agriculture (IV, 4150), for inspection of livestock and 
        meat products, regulation of animal industry, diseases 
        of animals (IV, 4154; VII, 1862), adulteration of 
        seeds, insect pests, protection of birds and animals in 
        forest reserves (IV, 4157; VII, 1870), the improvement 
        of the breed of horses, even with the cavalry service 
        in view (IV, 4158; VII, 1865), and in addition to the 
        Committee on Energy and Commerce, amending Horse 
        Protection Act to prevent the shipping, transporting, 
        moving, delivering, or receiving of horses to be 
        slaughtered for human consumption (July 13, 2006, p.   
        ).
          The Committee, having charge of the general subject 
        of forestry, has reported bills relating to timber, and 
        forest reserves other than those created from the 
        public domain (IV, 4160). The Committee on Natural 
        Resources, and not this committee, has jurisdiction 
        over a bill to convey land that is part of a National 
        Forest created from the public domain (March 23, 2004, 
        p.   ). It has also exercised jurisdiction of bills 
        relating to agricultural colleges and experiment 
        stations (IV, 4152), incorporation of agricultural 
        societies (IV, 4159), and establishment of a highway 
        commission (IV, 4153), to discourage fictitious and 
        gambling transactions in farm products (IV, 4161; VII, 
        1861), to regulate the transportation, sale and 
        handling of dogs and cats intended for use in research 
        and the licensing of animal research facilities (July 
        29, 1965, p. 18691); and to designate an agricultural 
        research center (May 14, 1995, p. 11070). The Committee 
        shares with the Committee on the Judiciary jurisdiction 
        over a bill comprehensively amending the Immigration 
        and Nationality Act and including food stamp 
        eligibility requirements for aliens (Sept. 19, 1995, p. 
        25533).
          The House referred the President's message dealing 
        with the refinancing of farm-mortgage indebtedness to 
        the Committee, thus conferring jurisdiction (April 4, 
        1933, p. 1209).
          The Committee has jurisdiction over a bill relating 
        solely to executive level position in the Department of 
        Agriculture (Mar. 2, 1976, p. 4958) and has 
        jurisdiction over bills to develop land and water 
        conservation programs on private and non-Federal lands 
        (June 7, 1976, p. 16768).''

    Some of the specific areas in which the Committee on 
Agriculture exercises its jurisdiction or that have been 
created for the Committee by historical reference include:
          (1) Public Law 480, Eighty-third Congress, the 
        restoration, expansion, and development of foreign 
        markets for United States agricultural products; and 
        the effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and 
        Trade (and the North American Free Trade Agreement), 
        bilateral free trade agreements, the European 
        Community, and other regional economic agreements and 
        commodity marketing and pricing systems on United 
        States agriculture.
          (2) All matters relating to the establishment and 
        development of an effective Foreign Agricultural 
        Service.
          (3) Matters relating to rural development, including 
        rural telephone companies, farm credit banks, farm 
        rural housing loans, rural water supply, rural flood 
        control and water pollution control programs, and loans 
        for rural firehouses, community facilities, and 
        businesses.
          (4) Production and use of energy from agricultural 
        and forestry resources.
          (5) Matters relating to the development, use, and 
        administration of the National Forests, including, but 
        not limited to, development of a sound program for 
        general public use of the National Forests consistent 
        with watershed protection and sustained-yield timber 
        management, study of the forest fire prevention and 
        control policies and activities of the Forest Service 
        and their relation to coordinated activities of other 
        Federal, State, and private agencies; Forest Service 
        land exchanges; and wilderness and similar use 
        designations applied to National Forest land.
          (6) Price spreads of agricultural commodities between 
        producers and consumers.
          (7) The formulation and development of improved 
        programs for agricultural commodities; matters relating 
        to the inspection, grading, and marketing of such 
        commodities, including seafood; and food safety 
        generally.
          (8) Matters relating to trading in futures contracts 
        for all commodities and similar instruments, including 
        commodity options and commodity leverage contracts.
          (9) The administration and operation of agricultural 
        programs through State and county committees and the 
        administrative policies and procedures relating to the 
        selection, election, and operation of such committees.
          (10) The administration and development of small 
        watershed programs under Public Law 566, Eighty-third 
        Congress, as amended, and the development of resource 
        conservation and development programs for rural areas.
          (11) Programs of food assistance or distribution 
        supported in whole or in part by funds of the 
        Department of Agriculture, including but not limited to 
        the food stamp program and the commodity distribution 
        program.
          (12) Aquaculture programs of the Department of 
        Agriculture.
          (13) Sugar legislation, including import control 
        programs that stabilize domestic prices.
          (14) All matters relating to pesticides, the Federal 
        Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as 
        amended, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control 
        Act of 1972, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
        Rodenticide Act Amendments of 1988, and the Food 
        Quality Protection Act of 1996, including, but not 
        limited to, the registration, marketing, and safe use 
        of pesticides, groundwater contamination, and the 
        coordination of the pesticide program under FIFRA with 
        food safety programs.
          (15) Agricultural research programs, including, but 
        not limited to, the authorization of specific research 
        projects and agricultural biotechnology development 
        efforts.
          (16) All matters relating to the Commodity Credit 
        Corporation Charter Act.
          (17) Legislation relating to the control of the entry 
        into the United States of temporary, nonresident aliens 
        for employment in agricultural production.
          (18) Legislation relating to the general operations 
        and the Organic Act of the Department of Agriculture, 
        the Commodity Credit Corporation, Federal Crop 
        Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Farm 
        Credit System, Federal Agricultural Mortgage 
        Corporation, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
          (19) Producer-funded research, promotion, and 
        consumer and industry information programs for 
        agricultural commodities.
          (20) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects 
        where the pricing of water delivered by such projects 
        is affected by whether the water will be used in the 
        production of a crop for which an acreage reduction 
        program is in effect.
          (21) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects 
        for which the Secretary of Agriculture is required to 
        make a determination regarding commodity availability 
        prior to the determination of the price to be charged 
        for the delivery of such project water.
          (22) Legislation establishing the level of fees 
        charged by the Federal Government for the grazing of 
        livestock on Federal lands.
          (23) Legislation governing the Federal regulation of 
        transactions involving swaps contracts, hybrid 
        financial instruments, and derivative securities and 
        financial products.
          (24) Legislation regarding the Federal Reserve Board 
        with respect to its authority to regulate the 
        establishment of appropriate levels of margin on stock 
        index futures contracts.
          The Committee also reviews and studies, on a 
        continuing basis, the current and prospective 
        application, administration, execution, and 
        effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the 
        subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of 
        the Committee, and the organization and operation of 
        the Federal agencies and entities having 
        responsibilities in or for the administration and 
        execution thereof. In addition, the Committee, along 
        with other standing Committees of the House, has the 
        function of reviewing and studying on a continuing 
        basis the effect or probable effect of tax and other 
        fiscal and monetary policies affecting subjects within 
        their jurisdiction.

                           C. OVERSIGHT PLAN

    The Committee on Agriculture met on February 14, 2007, to 
fulfill the General Oversight Responsibility reporting 
requirements of Rule X 2(d)(1) of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    The following outline was prepared in consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member and approved by the Full Committee 
which was forwarded to the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform and the Committee on House Administration on 
February 15, 2007:

     OVERSIGHT PLAN, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, 110TH CONGRESS

    The Committee expects to exercise appropriate oversight 
activity with regard to the following issues:

           2002 FARM BILL AND CURRENT AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS

           Review the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 
        (USDA) implementation of the Farm Security and Rural 
        Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) and 2007 farm bill 
        proposals;
           Review the current state of health of the 
        U.S. farm economy;
           Review the need for a permanent agricultural 
        disaster assistance program;
           Review USDA's implementation of the Fair and 
        Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004;
           Review USDA's implementation of previous ad-
        hoc agricultural disaster assistance legislation;
           Review USDA's implementation of Improper 
        Payments Information Act of 2002;
           Review the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) 
        management controls for Finality Rule and equitable 
        relief decisions;
           Review the impact of weather conditions on 
        2005 through 2007 crop production;
           Review USDA's activities regarding 
        implementation of the U.S. Warehouse Act;
           Review of corn market situation, including 
        impact of crop reports and projections;
           Release of the three-entity and Section 1614 
        payment databases;
           Review of the honey bee industry;
           Review differences and similarities between 
        proposed farm safety nets based on income and current 
        price based safety net;
           Review USDA's implementation of the U.S. 
        Grain Standards Act; and
           Review the increase in agribusiness 
        consolidation.

                                 Energy

           Review USDA effort to promote the 
        utilization of on-farm generated electricity;
           Review of the activities funded by the 
        Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 (BRDA) and 
        input from the external BRDA Advisory Board;
           Review availability of agriculture and 
        forestry feedstocks for renewable energy production;
           Review current status of research on energy 
        crops and feedstocks;
           Review the availability of biofuel pumps and 
        approved fuels;
           Review implementation of the Section 9006 
        Program, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency 
        Loan and Grant Program, including the interaction of 
        the program with other incentives and tax provisions;
           Review current provisions in existing law 
        that support agriculture-based energy production and 
        use;
           Review implementation of the Biobased 
        Products Program; and
           Review of the roles of USDA and its agencies 
        in promoting the reliance on renewable energy sources.

                    Conservation and the Environment

           Review the impact of regulatory activities 
        carried out pursuant to the Endangered Species Act 
        (ESA), or any proposed legislative changes to such Act, 
        on agricultural producers;
           Conduct oversight of regulatory initiatives 
        undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency 
        (EPA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and 
        the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) concerning 
        Endangered Species Act consultations regarding 
        pesticide products regulated under the Federal 
        Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA);
           Review the impact of the Administration's 
        regulatory activity relative to methyl bromide on 
        production of agriculture in the U.S.;
           Review of the resource needs of the EPA as 
        they pertain to the collection of pesticide user fees;
           Review of the continuing international 
        negotiations concerning implementation of the Stockholm 
        Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the 
        Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the 
        Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, 
        and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed 
        Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and 
        Pesticides in International Trade;
           Review the International Treaty on Plant 
        Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture;
           Review budget and program activities of the 
        Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), including 
        staffing shortages;
           Review NRCS implementation of the technical 
        service provider assistance provisions of FSRIA;
           Review implementation of all of USDA's 
        conservation programs;
           Review of EPA's rule on permit trading under 
        the Clean Water Act (CWA) and its potential benefits to 
        U.S. agriculture;
           Review of potential impacts of EPA's Clean 
        Air Act (CAA) regulatory program on U.S. agriculture;
           Review potential consequences for production 
        agriculture in the U.S. of the mandates contained in 
        the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations' Framework 
        Convention on Climate Change;
           Review EPA's implementation of the Food 
        Quality Protection Act (FQPA), FIFRA and Pesticide 
        Registration Improvement Act (PRIA);
           Review the impact of litigation concerning 
        FIFRA, ESA, CAA, CWA, the Comprehensive Environmental 
        Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and 
        the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act 
        (EPCRA) and its impact on farm operations;
           Review the EPA's regulatory actions in 
        regard to pesticide evaluations;
           Review of EPA's regulation of Animal Feeding 
        Operations;
           Review of the non-emergency haying and 
        grazing provisions of the Conservation Reserve Program;
           Review of USDA's authority to allow early 
        withdrawal of acreage from CRP;
           Review of the operation of the Resource, 
        Conservation and Development Program, including the 
        study completed under Section 1534 of the FSA as 
        required by FSRIA;
           Review of easement programs and Department 
        of Transportation and Department of Justice 
        regulations; and
           Review of Total Maximum Daily Load 
        strategies and impacts on production agriculture.

               Federal Crop Insurance and Risk Management

           Review the role of federal crop insurance 
        premium subsidies on crop markets;
           Review USDA and the Risk Management Agency's 
        (RMA) administration and oversight of the Federal Crop 
        Insurance Program;
           Availability and effectiveness of crop 
        insurance as risk management tool;
           RMA implementation of Premium Reduction 
        Plans;
           USDA's activities designed to find and 
        reduce crop insurance program waste, fraud, and abuse;
           RMA's combination of revenue protection crop 
        insurance programs;
           Review the Commodity Futures Trading 
        Commission (CFTC);
           Growing consolidation and 
        internationalization of futures exchange trading;
           Exchange and Over-the-Counter (OTC) trading 
        of energy-based futures products; and
           Enforcement and oversight capabilities of 
        the CFTC both domestically and internationally.

              Agriculture Trade and International Food Aid

           Review ongoing multilateral, regional, and 
        bilateral trade negotiations (including WTO accession 
        agreements) to assess their potential impact on U.S. 
        agriculture;
           Review implementation of existing trade 
        agreements and commitments and proposed new trade 
        agreements and commitments to determine:
                  (1) whether they are consistent with current 
                U.S. law;
                  (2) whether they will promote economic 
                development in rural areas of the U.S.;
                  (3) their impact or potential impact on 
                current production of import sensitive 
                agricultural commodities, and on exports of 
                U.S. agricultural products; and
                  (4) their impact or potential impact on the 
                overall competitiveness of the U.S. 
                agricultural sector, including the production, 
                processing and distribution of agricultural 
                products.
           Monitor existing trade agreements to ensure 
        trading partners are meeting obligations and enforcing 
        trade commitments;
           Review farm export programs to determine how 
        well they are promoting the interests of U.S. 
        agriculture and examine proposals to improve, modify or 
        expand such programs;
           Assess U.S. food aid programs to determine 
        their impact or potential impact on the reduction of 
        world hunger. In particular, the Committee will examine 
        the potential impact of multilateral trade negotiations 
        on the effectiveness of U.S. food aid programs; and
           Address sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) 
        barriers and other technical barriers to U.S. 
        agricultural exports and examine USDA efforts to 
        eliminate such barriers.

                  Agricultural Research and Promotion

           Review implementation of biosecurity 
        protocols at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 
        laboratories;
           Assess USDA's implementation of research, 
        education and extension programs authorized in FSRIA;
           Review the administration of the ARS 
        research stations and worksites;
           Review USDA's continuing ability to conduct 
        foreign animal disease research, training and 
        diagnostic programs at the Plum Island Animal Disease 
        Center following the transfer of the center to the 
        Department of Homeland Security;
           Review USDA's response and tracking of the 
        presence of soybean rust in the U.S.;
           Assess federal efforts to facilitate 
        research and development of aquacultural enterprises, 
        specifically focusing on the activities of the Joint 
        Committee on Aquaculture;
           Review implementation of USDA's regulation 
        on organic standards;
           Review coordination between ARS, Economic 
        Research Service, Cooperative State Research, 
        Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and action 
        agencies in USDA such as NRCS and FSA in order to 
        prevent duplicative research;
           Review operation of the National 
        Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and 
        Economics Advisory Board;
           Review USDA's efforts to expand research and 
        development of pathogen reduction technologies;
           Evaluate the current mix of research funding 
        mechanisms to ensure maximum benefits from these 
        investments to producers, processors and consumers;
           Review administration of USDA's agricultural 
        marketing and promotion programs;
           Review of coordination between USDA and DOE 
        on energy research programs;
           Review of congressional appropriation 
        process and implications on research funding under ARS, 
        ERS, NASS and CSREES;
           Review of ARS, ERS, NASS and CSREES national 
        program priorities;
           Oversight of research grant process to 
        coordinate and prevent overlapping research; and
           Review the potential for research and 
        technology transfer to address the needs of both the 
        biofuels and livestock industries.

                             Biotechnology

           Review current regulations and research 
        regarding animal and plant biotechnology;
           Review the FDA's finding regarding the 
        safety of cloned animal products;
           Assess USDA efforts to develop and promote 
        benefits of biotechnology for increasing agricultural 
        productivity and combating hunger globally; and
           USDA's investigation and handling of the 
        discovery of regulated biotech rice.

                   U.S. Forest Service Administration

           Assess effectiveness of Forest Service's 
        programs, including forest products and grazing 
        management;
           Review Forest Service budget, with special 
        attention to land acquisition and easement programs;
           Continue oversight of Healthy Forests 
        Restoration Act;
           Continue oversight of Forest Service fire 
        management program to ensure cost efficiencies;
           Review the impact of fire expenses on other 
        USFS program delivery;
           Monitor Administration efforts to reform the 
        National Forest Planning process;
           Assess the use of research funds to inform 
        on long-term, sustainable forest practices; and
           Conduct oversight on the National 
        Grasslands.

                                 Dairy

           Review options to improve the efficiency and 
        effectiveness of dairy programs;
           Review efficiency of federal market order 
        system;
           Review implementation of the Milk Income 
        Loss Contract (MILC) Program; and
           Review implementation of the Milk Regulatory 
        Equity Act.

                       Outreach and Civil Rights

           Review of the implementation of the Pigford 
        v. Glickman settlement;
           Review of small and minority farmer/rancher 
        outreach in USDA, including implementation of the 
        Section 2501 Program;
           Review of the operations of the office of 
        the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights;
           Review of the delivery of USDA services and 
        outreach efforts on Indian reservations and tribal 
        lands;
           Review current status of Agricultural Census 
        and efforts to reach undercounted farmers and ranchers; 
        and
           Review participation of minority farmers in 
        FSA County/Local Committees as well as outreach to 
        increase participation in County Committee elections.

                      USDA General Administration

           Review confidentiality of information 
        provided to USDA by agricultural producers; and
           Review USDA's restructuring of FSA county 
        offices.

         Farm Credit, Rural Development, and the Rural Economy

           Review Farm Credit Administration's (FCA) 
        regulatory program and activities regarding the Farm 
        Credit System (FCS) to assure the FCS' safety and 
        soundness;
           Review of Farmer Mac activities and 
        programs;
           Review of Beginning Farmer education efforts 
        in FSA loan programs and graduation efforts;
           Review of FSA credit programs and 
        participation;
           Implementation of rural development policies 
        and authorities contained in FSRIA '02 and the 
        Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act;
                    Review the status of the Rural Telephone 
                Bank;
                    Oversight of the USDA's Rural Broadband 
                Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program;
                    Oversight of the implementation of the 
                USDA's Telecommunications Programs;
           Review of rural development staffing 
        shortages and office closings;
           Review of agriculture lending practices;
           Review of definition of ``rural'' under 
        rural development programs; and
           Review of rural development loan programs 
        and default rates.

                    USDA Food and Nutrition Programs

           Review food and nutrition programs including 
        the food stamp program, fruit and vegetable 
        initiatives, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and 
        other commodity distribution programs;
           Assess the level of success and 
        participation by states under provisions of the 2002 
        Farm Bill that provide greater flexibility and state 
        options;
           Review the Food Distribution Program on 
        Indian Reservations (FDPIR) with particular attention 
        to the quality of food packages, education and 
        outreach, and any limitations to the contents due to 
        the appropriated set-aside;
           Review buying patterns of food stamp 
        recipients and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) efforts 
        to promote healthy eating habits;
           Review efforts by state food stamp 
        administrators to modernize and streamline their 
        programs;
           Assess the progress of the USDA School Snack 
        Program; and
           Review the Community Food Project Program to 
        ensure cooperative grants are working.

                              Food Safety

           Review USDA's administration of meat and 
        poultry inspection laws and the FDA's food inspection 
        activities to ensure the development of scientifically 
        sound systems for food safety assurance;
           Review USDA's efforts to educate consumers 
        regarding safe food handling practices and streamline 
        the assessment and approval of food safety 
        technologies;
           Review implementation of new protocols for 
        meat, poultry, eggs, or seafood safety inspection, 
        including the implementation of Hazard Analysis 
        Critical Control Point (HACCP) pathogen reduction 
        regulation; and
           Review the FDA's proposed rule regarding 
        substances prohibited from use in food and animal feed.

                        Plant and Animal Health

           Review enforcement of the Animal Welfare 
        Act;
           Assess federal efforts to reduce threats to 
        human, animal, and plant health due to predatory and 
        invasive species;
           Conduct oversight of USDA's expanded Bovine 
        Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program;
           Assess the national animal identification 
        program system;
           Review federal BSE safeguards; and
           Review the implementation of USDA's final 
        rule recognizing Canada as a BSE Minimal Risk Country.

                          Livestock Marketing

           Assess the effectiveness of the Grain 
        Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration 
        (GIPSA) in determining market manipulation in the 
        livestock industry;
           Review structural changes in agribusiness 
        and the potential cost and benefits for agricultural 
        producers;
           Review the USDA's mandatory livestock price 
        reporting system.

                   Homeland and Agricultural Security

           Oversight of USDA's preparedness against 
        terrorist threats to agriculture production; and
           Review of agriculture inspection activities 
        under the Department of Homeland Security.

                             Miscellaneous

           Review adequacy of agricultural labor 
        available under the agricultural guest worker program, 
        H2A;
           Review implementation of the Specialty Crop 
        Competitiveness Act;
           Review of the impact of transportation 
        infrastructure issues on agriculture and forestry;
           Assess USDA's implementation of voluntary 
        Country Of Origin Labeling in preparation for mandatory 
        COOL; and
           Assess operation of the Fruit and Vegetable 
        (FAV) planting prohibition.

        Consultation With Other Committees To Reduce Duplication

           With Resources Committee on forestry issues 
        and other public land issues;
           With Science Committee on Research;
           With Ways and Means and Education and the 
        Workforce on nutrition programs;
           With Ways and Means on trade issues;
           With Homeland Security on importation of 
        animal and plant material;
           With Judiciary on immigrant agricultural 
        labor;
           With Energy and Commerce on food safety and 
        biomass energy programs both existing and new; and
           With any other committee as appropriate.

           II. Committee Activities During the 110th Congress


                     A. MAIN LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITES

    The Committee on Agriculture reported or otherwise 
considered a variety of bills in the 110th Congress covering 
many of the diverse areas within its jurisdictional interests.
    Some of the major activities of the committee during the 
110th Congress included the following:

An Ambitious Agenda for the House Agriculture Committee

     The Agriculture Committee approached its business 
in an open, transparent approach and maintained the strong 
bipartisan tradition of the Committee.
     The House Agriculture Committee successfully 
drafted and passed a bipartisan, forward-looking Farm Bill that 
makes historic new investments in food, farm, energy, and 
conservation programs.
     The process of writing the House version of the 
Farm Bill was done in public with input from all perspectives. 
Each of the Committee's six subcommittees held open, public 
hearings and markups on every title of the Farm Bill before the 
full Committee approved it with strong bipartisan support.
     The Agriculture Committee held 15 full committee 
hearings and 11 business meetings during the 110th Congress. 
Various subcommittees held 37 hearings and 6 business meetings 
during the 110th Congress.
     The Committee heard testimony from Administration 
officials on 56 occasions, including 32 testimonies from U.S. 
Department of Agriculture representatives, 6 from the 
Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and 4 from the U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration. Additional testimony heard by the 
Committee was offered by university researchers, non-profit 
organizations, trade groups, and farmers and ranchers from 
across the United States.

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008

     The Food, Conservation and Energy Act, also known 
as the Farm Bill, extends and modernizes the basic farm program 
safety net that protects farmers when crop prices are low. This 
safety net provides the security our farmers need to stay on 
the land, producing the safest, most abundant food supply in 
the world.
     The Farm Bill invests more than $188 billion over 
five years in nutrition programs to help more than 38 million 
Americans afford healthy meals and to update the Food Stamp 
program to reflect the economic reality working families face.
     The Farm Bill provides more than $24 billion in 
conservation program spending to protect and enhance water, 
air, and soil quality; to prevent erosion; and to conserve 
natural resources.
     The Farm Bill makes a substantial new investment 
of $1.3 billion for programs to promote the production and 
consumption of fruits and vegetables. This is the first farm 
bill that directs substantial resources particularly to address 
the needs of fruit and vegetable producers.
     The Farm Bill provides $1.1 billion for renewable 
energy programs, particularly programs related to the 
development of advanced biofuels, which use non-food sources to 
make ethanol.
     The Farm Bill included significant reforms, 
reducing payment limits for farm and conservation programs 
(including an 80% reduction for farm programs), closing 
business structure loopholes to prevent people from receiving 
multiple payments, and increasing transparency by requiring 
farm program payments to be linked directly to the person 
receiving them.
     The Farm Bill implements the long-delayed Country-
of-Origin labeling program that provides consumers with 
important information about the origin of the meat and produce 
they purchase.

Nutrition Programs

     The Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry held two hearings on the 
importance of federal nutrition program efforts during the 
110th Congress; one hearing to review the impact of the federal 
food stamp program on children's health and one to explore the 
short and long-term costs of hunger in America.
     The Farm Bill improves benefit rules for the Food 
Stamp Program to adequately cover food expenses and sustain 
families in need for the entire month and ensure that benefits 
will always keep up with inflation. It also expands funding for 
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides 
food and other resources to help stock food banks. The Farm 
Bill also expands to all 50 states the USDA Snack Program, 
which helps schools provide healthy snacks to students during 
after-school activities and expands the program.

Oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Commodities 
        Futures Trading Commission

     During the 110th Congress, the Agriculture 
Committee held 5 oversight hearings to review concerns related 
to commodity and energy markets and credit derivative trading. 
These hearings were held both before and after the recent 
credit and financial crisis that highlighted the role of credit 
derivatives.
     In addition to oversight hearings on commodity and 
energy markets, the Committee held three hearings on 
reauthorization of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission 
and the Commodities Exchange Act.
     In May 2007, the Committee investigated the USDA's 
use and release of Social Security numbers of more than 38,000 
USDA farm program participants.

Renewable Energy

     The Committee has made the transition to the next 
generation of ethanol and biofuels a top priority, holding 
hearings on the renewable energy financing, the transition to 
environmentally-beneficial cellulosic feedstocks, and about the 
continued research into the use of ethanol by-products in 
livestock feed.
     The Farm Bill provides $1.1 billion for renewable 
energy programs, particularly programs related to the 
development of cellulosic bio-fuels, which use non-food sources 
to make ethanol. It also reduces the tax credit for corn-based 
ethanol and increases the incentive for ethanol made from non-
food sources.
     The Committee passed H. Con. Res. 25, which 
expresses the sense of Congress that by the year 2025, 
America's agricultural, forestry, and working lands should 
provide at least 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the 
United States through renewable sources.
     In 2007 and 2008, the Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held hearings on the 
implementation and producer eligibility for the Renewable Fuels 
Standard and financing for renewable energy projects and 
companies.
     In December 2007, Congress passed a comprehensive 
energy bill, the Energy Independence and Security Act that 
included a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Conserving our Natural Resources

     The Farm Bill includes $24 billion over 5 years 
for conservation programs to protect and enhance water, air, 
and soil quality; to prevent erosion; and to conserve natural 
resources.
     The bill provides crucial funding for the 
rehabilitation of the Chesapeake Bay and other threatened 
resources, preservation of open space through the Farm and 
Ranchland Protection Program, and the Wetlands Reserve Program 
and other programs that improve water quality in targeted 
regions.

Preserving the Farm Safety Net

     The Farm Bill extends and modernizes the basic 
farm program safety net that protects farmers when crop prices 
are very low.
     The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held three hearings in 2007 on the Federal Crop 
Insurance Program to look at concerns with industry, some of 
which were addressed in the Farm Bill.
     The Farm Bill included a new safety net option, 
the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. Farmers who 
choose to participate in this new program instead of the 
traditional farm safety net programs will receive payments for 
eligible crops based on the average revenue received from a 
crop rather than the average price for that crop.

Organic Agriculture and Fruit and Vegetable Production

     At the beginning of the 110th Congress, Chairman 
Peterson created a new Subcommittee specifically designed to 
address the needs of horticulture and organic agriculture. 
Under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Cardoza, 
the Subcommittee held hearings and included Farm Bill 
provisions on issues of importance to this growing segment of 
the agriculture industry.
     The Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic 
Agriculture held the first Agriculture Committee hearing 
dedicated specifically to the needs, concerns and issues of 
importance to organic agriculture producers, processors and 
marketers. Organic agriculture is a $14 billion per year 
industry that is growing exponentially.
     The Subcommittee held the first Congressional 
hearings to focus exclusively on the honey bee industry and 
their vital role as pollinators to the nation's food supply. 
The two hearings focused on Colony Collapse Disorder, an 
epidemic that is killing honey bees at a rapid rate nationwide 
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts to address the 
situation.
     During two hearings in 2007 and 2008, the 
Subcommittee looked at food safety concerns and traceability in 
fresh produce. The Subcommittee also focused on the performance 
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
Customs and Border Protection to protect U.S. agriculture from 
foreign pests and diseases.
     The Farm Bill provides new annual funding for 
USDA's cost-share program, which defrays the costs that 
producers and handlers incur when seeking organic certification 
and new annual funding for organic marketing data collection 
and publication.

Helping Agriculture Recover From Weather-Related Disasters

     Congress provided disaster assistance needed by 
farmers who experienced serious losses due to weather related 
disasters in 2005-2007.
     The Farm Bill included a permanent disaster 
assistance program that farmers and ranchers can count on when 
weather-related disasters hurt damage their operations. The 
permanent disaster program is paid for in advance to avoid 
emergency spending for future agriculture disasters that would 
otherwise add billions to the deficit.
     In October 2007, the Committee held a hearing to 
review agriculture disaster conditions, including droughts, 
floods, fires and other conditions across the country and the 
impact on agriculture communities facing these conditions.

Meeting the Credit, Infrastructure and Resource Needs of Rural 
        Communities

     The Committee has made improving the economic 
health of rural America a top priority by holding hearings on 
access to health care and credit in rural America, the 
effectiveness of USDA Rural Development programs, improving 
access to broadband telecommunications services in underserved 
rural areas.
     The Farm Bill included programs and funding that 
make critical investments in the infrastructure, technology, 
water, emergency services, telecommunications and small 
business needs of rural communities nationwide.

Food Safety and Animal Health

     Two Subcommittees conducted hearings on food 
safety: the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a 
hearing on recalls in the meat industry; and the Subcommittee 
on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture held a hearing on the 
produce industry's response to recent foodborne illness 
outbreaks associated with fresh and fresh-cut produce.
     In September 2008, the Subcommittee on Livestock, 
Dairy and Poultry held a hearing to review advances in animal 
health, particularly the use of antimicrobials in the livestock 
industry.
     In February 2008, the Subcommittee on Livestock, 
Dairy and Poultry held a hearing to find out why the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture has not implemented the National 
Veterinary Medical Service Act. The Act was signed into law in 
order to establish a student loan repayment program for 
veterinary students who agree to work in areas with limited or 
no access to veterinary care.
     In May 2007, the Committee investigated the 
response of the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and 
Drug Administration to melamine-tainted imports from China that 
were used in pet food and animal feed.
     In May 2007, the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy 
and Poultry held the Committee's first hearing since 2000 that 
was dedicated to discussing various perspectives on animal 
welfare issues.

Livestock Industry

     In February 2008, the Subcommittee on Livestock, 
Dairy and Poultry held a hearing to review the Federal Milk 
Marketing Order rulemaking procedures. After hearing testimony 
about concerns with the current process, the Farm Bill revised 
the Federal Milk Marketing Order amendment procedures to 
increase efficiency and be more responsive to the market.
     In March and April 2007, the Subcommittee on 
Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held hearings on the market 
structure of the livestock industry and the impact of feed 
costs on the industry.
     The 2008 Farm Bill contains a new livestock title, 
which includes a program that allows selected establishments in 
State meat or poultry inspection programs to receive Federal 
inspection from State inspectors, and ship products in 
interstate commerce if they meet Federal inspection 
requirements.

Forestry

     The Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1011, the 
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007, which would require USDA 
to develop management plans and ecological restoration 
requirements for designated areas of the forests. The bill 
passed the House in October 2007, but the Senate did not act on 
the bill.
     The Farm Bill sets new national private forest 
conservation priorities, directs states to conduct assessments 
of current forest resources, and requires states to develop a 
long-term strategy for forest resource management

                  B. STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

(1) Statistics on bills referred to the Committee on Agriculture

    Number of bills referred:

House bills.......................................................   262
Senate bills......................................................     2
House joint resolutions...........................................     3
House concurrent resolutions......................................     2
Senate joint resolutions..........................................     0
Senate concurrent resolutions.....................................     0
House resolutions.................................................     9
                                                                  ______
      Total.......................................................   278
(2) Disposition of Bills Containing Items Under the Jurisdiction of the 
        Committee on Agriculture
Bills enacted into law............................................    15
Bills acted on by the Committee included in other bills that 
    became law....................................................     0
Bills vetoed......................................................     3
Bills acted on by both Houses, but not enacted....................     0
Bills acted on by the House but not the Senate....................    11
Concurrent Resolutions approved...................................     0
Bills reported to the House but not considered....................     7
Bills ordered reported, but not reported..........................     1
Bills defeated in the House.......................................     2
(3) Statistics on hearings and markups:

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                                                                     Open
                                                                   business    Washington     Field       Total
                                                                   meetings     hearings     hearings
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Full Committee.................................................           11           15            0        26
Subcommittees:
    General Farm Commodities and Risk Management...............            1            9            1        12
    Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry..............................            1            7            0         8
    Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture.            1            5            0         6
    Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research......            1            6            0         7
    Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry..            1            2            0         3
    Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.......................            1            7            0         8
                                                                ------------------------------------------------
      Total....................................................           17           51            1        69
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1. Bills Enacted into Law
            Public Law 110-22 (S. 261, H.R. 137)
    To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen 
prohibitions against animal fighting, and for other purposes 
(approved May 3, 2007).
    This Act amends the federal criminal code to impose a fine 
and/or prison sentence of up to three years for violations of 
the Animal Welfare Act relating to any of the following: 
sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal fighting 
venture; buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training, 
transporting, or receiving any animal for participation in an 
animal fighting venture; using the mails or other 
instrumentality of interstate commerce to promote or further an 
animal fighting venture; or selling, buying, transporting or 
delivering a knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument to be 
attached to the leg of a bird for use in an animal fighting 
venture.
    Legislative History: H.R. 137 was introduced by 
Representative Elton Gallegly on January 4, 2007. The bill was 
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to 
the Committee on the Judiciary. On March 1, 2007 the bill was 
reported and amended by the Committee on Judiciary and 
discharged by the Committee on Agriculture. The bill passed 
under suspension of the rules by a voice vote in the House on 
March 26, 2007. The Senate received the bill on March 27, 2007 
and passed without amendment by unanimous consent on April 10, 
2007. On May 3, 2007 the bill was signed by the President into 
Public Law 110-22.
            Public Law 110-77 (H.R. 3006)
    To improve the use of a grant of a parcel of land to the 
State of Idaho for use as an agricultural college, and for 
other purposes (approved August 13, 2007).
    This Act authorizes Idaho to: invests earnings and proceeds 
in accordance with the standards applicable to a trustee under 
Idaho law; deduct trustee expenses from earnings and proceeds; 
and use earnings and proceeds from granted land without regard 
to the limitations that prohibit the state from exceeding 10% 
on the purchase of land and prohibit the state from purchasing, 
erecting, preserving, or repairing buildings.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3006 was introduced by 
Representative Michael Simpson on July 11, 2007. The bill was 
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to 
the Committee on Natural Resources. On July 30, 2007 the bill 
passed the House under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. 
The Senate received the bill on July 31, 2007. On August 8, 
2007 the bill passed in the Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent and was cleared for the White House. On 
August 13, 2007 it was signed by the President and became 
Public Law No: 110-77.
            Public Law 110-80 (S. 1716)
    To amend the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina 
Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, to 
strike a requirement relating to forage producers (approved 
August 13, 2007).
    This Act amends the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, 
Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 
2007, to eliminate the requirement that forage producers must 
participate in the insurance pilot program or the noninsured 
crop disaster assistance program in order to receive crop 
disaster and livestock assistance.
    Legislative History: S. 1716 was introduced by Senator John 
Thune on June 27, 2007. The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. On July 25, 2007 the 
bill was discharged and passed by the Senate by unanimous 
consent. On July 30, 2007 the bill passed the House under 
suspension of the rule by a voice vote, clearing the measure 
for the White House. The bill was presented to the President on 
August 3, 2007 and on August 13, 2007 it was signed and became 
Public Law No: 110-80.
            Public Law 110-94 (S. 1983)
    To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act to renew and amend the provisions for the 
enhanced review of covered pesticide products, to authorize 
fees for certain pesticide products, to extend and improve the 
collection of maintenance fees, and for other purposes 
(approved October 9, 2007).
    This Act ensures continued, stable EPA funding for 
pesticide registration programs, it provides predictable 
timelines for industry, and it supports the introduction of new 
and safer products for consumers that are better for the 
environment. This legislation allows the EPA to continue to 
have the resources to review each pesticide product using the 
best scientific practices in a more predictable timeframe.
    Legislative History: S. 1983 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on August 2, 2007. The bill was read and passed without 
amendment by unanimous consent. On August 3, 2007 the bill was 
received in the House and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture. On September 24, 2007, the bill passed the House 
under suspension of the rules by a voice vote, clearing the 
measure for the White House. It was presented to the President 
on September 27, 2007 and on October 9, 2007 it was signed and 
became Public Law No: 110-94.
            Public Law 110-193 (S. 2571)
    To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act to authorize the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt from, or waive 
a portion of, the registration service fee for an application 
for minor uses for a pesticide (approved March 6, 2008).
    This Act authorizes the Administrator to exempt an 
application from the registration service fee if the 
application is solely associated with a tolerance petition 
submitted in connection with the Inter-Regional Project Number 
4 and the exemption is in the public service. Subjects 
applications received before September 30, 2012 to specified 
decision time review periods.
    Legislative History: S. 2571 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on January 29, 2008. The bill passed the Senate without 
amendment by unanimous consent. On February 6, 2008 the House 
received the bill and it was held at the desk. On February 13, 
2008 the bill passed the House under suspension of the rules by 
a roll call vote of 400 yeas to 0 nays, clearing the measure 
for the President. It was presented to the President on 
February 28, 2008 and on March 6, 2008 it was signed and became 
Public Law No: 110-193.
            Public Law 110-196 (S. 2745)
    To extend agricultural programs beyond March 16, 2008, to 
suspend permanent price support authorities beyond that date, 
and for other purposes (approved March 14, 2008).
    The Act extends, with specified exceptions, agricultural 
programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 until April 18, 2008.
    Suspends permanent price support authorities through April 
18, 2008.
    Legislative History: S. 2745 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on March 12, 2008. On that same date, the bill passed 
the Senate by unanimous consent, received in the House, passed 
by the House under suspension of the rules by a voice vote, and 
cleared for the White House. The bill was presented to the 
President on March 13, 2008 and on March 14, 2008 it was signed 
and because Public Law 110-196.
            Public Law 110-200 (H.R. 5813)
    To amend Public Law 110-196 to provide for a temporary 
extension of programs authorized by the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 beyond April 18, 2008 (approved April 
18, 2008).
    The Act extends, with specified exceptions, agricultural 
programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 until April 25, 2008.
    Suspends permanent price support authorities through April 
25, 2008.
    Legislative History: H.R. 5813 was introduced by Chairman 
Collin Peterson on April 16, 2008 and referred to the Committee 
on Agriculture and in addition to the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs. On that same date the bill passed the House under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote and was received in the 
Senate. On April 17, 2008 the bill passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent and was presented to the White House. On 
April 18, 2008 the bill was signed by the President into Public 
Law 110-200.
            Public Law 110-205 (S. 2903)
    To amend Public Law 110-196 to provide for a temporary 
extension of programs authorized by the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 beyond April 25, 2008 (approved April 
25, 2008).
    The Act extends, with specified exceptions, agricultural 
programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 until May 2, 2008.
    Suspends permanent price support authorities through May 2, 
2008.
    Legislative History: S. 2903 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on April 24, 2008 and passed by the Senate without 
amendment by unanimous consent. On that same date the bill was 
received by the House, passed by unanimous consent, and 
presented to the President. On April 25, 2008 the bill was 
signed by the President into Public Law 110-205.
            Public Law 110-208 (S. 2954)
    To amend Public Law 110-196 to provide for a temporary 
extension of programs authorized by the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 beyond May 2, 2008 (approved May 2, 
2008).
    The Act extends, with specified exceptions, agricultural 
programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 until May 16, 2008.
    Suspends permanent price support authorities through May 
16, 2008.
    Legislative History: S. 2954 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on May 1, 2008. On that same date, the bill passed the 
Senate by unanimous consent, passed the House under suspension 
of the rules by a voice vote, and was presented to the 
President. On May 2, 2008 the bill was signed by the President 
into Public Law 110-208.
            Public Law 110-231 (H.R. 6051)
    To amend Public Law 110-196 to provide for a temporary 
extension of programs authorized by the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 beyond May 16, 2008 (approved May 18, 
2008).
    The Act extends, with specified exceptions, agricultural 
programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 until May 23, 2008, or the date of enactment of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.
    Suspends permanent price support authorities through May 
23, 2008, or the date of enactment of the Food, Conservation, 
and Energy Act of 2008.
    Legislative History: H.R. 6051 was introduced by Chairman 
Collin Peterson on May 14, 2008. On that same date the bill 
passed the House by unanimous consent and passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent. The measure was presented to the President 
on May 15, 2008 and signed on May 18, 2008 into Public Law 110-
231.
            Public Law 110-234 (S. 2302, H.R. 2419)
    To provide for the continuation of agricultural programs 
through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes (approved May 
22, 2008).
    The Act extends and revises agricultural and related 
programs respecting: (1) commodities; (2) sugar; (3) dairy; (4) 
conservation; (5) exports and trade assistance; (6) food stamps 
and nutrition; (7) agricultural credit; (8) rural development; 
(9) rural electrification; (10) agricultural research; (11) 
forestry; (12) energy; (13) specialty crops; and (14) 
livestock.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2419 was introduced by Chairman 
Collin Peterson on May 22, 2007 and referred to the Committee 
on Agriculture and in addition to the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs. On July 23, 2007 the bill was reported, amended, by 
the Committee on Agriculture, (H. Rept. 110-256 part I) with 
the Committee on Foreign Affairs being discharged. On July 27, 
2007, the measure passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 
231 yeas to 191 nays. The bill passed the Senate with amendment 
on December 14, 2007 by a vote of 79 yeas to 14 nays. A 
conference was held and the conference report (H. Rept. 110-
627) was filed on May 13, 2008. The conference report passed 
the House on May 14, 2008 by a vote of 318 yeas to 106 nays. On 
May 15, 2008 the conference report passed the Senate by a vote 
of 81 yeas to 15 nays, clearing the measure for the President. 
On May 20, 2008 the bill was presented to the President. On May 
21, 2008 the President vetoed the bill. On that same date the 
House passed the veto override with two-thirds of the Members 
present having voted in the affirmative the bill passed by a 
vote of 316 yeas to 108 nays. On May 22, 2008, the Senate voted 
to override the veto by a vote of 82 yeas to 13 nays. The bill 
became Public Law 110-234. However, only 14 of 15 titles were 
enacted into law. A new farm bill, H.R. 6124, enacted all 15 
farm bill titles, and was also passed by the House and Senate 
over a veto. (Note: See P.L. 110-246 for further discussion.)
            Public Law 110-246 (H.R. 6124)
    To provide for the continuation of agricultural and other 
programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal years 
2012, and for other purposes.
Title I--Commodity Programs:
     Maintains programs authorized in the 2002 Farm 
Bill with changes.
     Preserves the non-recourse marketing loan program, 
a fundamental piece of the farm safety net.
     Continues the price-based counter-cyclical 
program, which provides assistance when prices decline.
     Offers producers the option of enrolling in a new 
revenue-based counter-cyclical program.
     Creates the new Average Crop Revenue Election 
(ACRE) program beginning in crop year 2009. ACRE is a State-
based revenue guarantee for participants based on the 5-year 
State average yield and the 2-year national average price. ACRE 
provides producers with payments for a commodity when the 
actual State revenue for the commodity is less than the revenue 
guarantee.

Program Reforms:

     Reforms program eligibility criteria and 
strengthens payment limitations.
     Imposes a cap on average adjusted gross income 
(AGI) for eligibility to receive farm program payments: puts a 
hard cap on non-farm income at $500,000; and applies a cap on 
farm income at $750,000, after which a producer will no longer 
be eligible for direct payments.
     Establishes the total payment cap for direct and 
counter-cyclical payments for a single farmer to $40,000 and 
$65,000 respectively.
     Creates a total payment cap for ACRE participants 
of $32,000 for direct payments and $73,000 for counter-cyclical 
payments.
     Suspends payments for farms with an aggregate base 
of 10 acres or fewer (except for socially disadvantaged and 
limited resource producers).
     Rebalances farm programs to improve equity among 
commodities and reflect changes in the marketplace.
     Increases target prices for wheat, sorghum, 
barley, oats, and soybeans which increases producers' 
opportunity to receive counter-cyclical payments when prices 
are low, but makes no payments when prices are high.
     Rebalances loan rates on wheat, barley, oats, 
oilseeds, graded wool and honey, enhancing the basic safety net 
for these commodities.

Sugar:

     Modifies and extends the current sugar program, 
preserving American jobs.
     Raises the loan rate for sugar a quarter cent a 
year for three years (to 18.75 cents for cane sugar and 24 
cents for beet sugar) and changes overall allotment quota to be 
a minimum of 85% of domestic consumption.
     Continues the marketing allotment program, while 
ensuring that domestic sugar cane and beet producers provide 
most of the sugar demanded by U.S. consumers.

Dairy:

     Extends the Milk Income Loss Contract Program 
until 2012.
     Supports the price of cheddar cheese, butter, and 
nonfat dry milk by government purchase of such products.
     Reestablishes the Dairy Forward Pricing Program, 
which allows dairy farmers to voluntarily enter into forward 
contracts with milk handlers.
     Amends the Federal Milk Marketing Order System to 
increase efficiency and be more responsive to the market.
     Extends the Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP).

Title II--Conservation:

     Increases total spending on conservation programs 
by $7.9 billion.
     Extends the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP); 
authorizes 32 million acres to be enrolled in the program from 
2010-2012; includes a new provision to allow retired landowners 
participating in CRP to modify their contracts if the land is 
being transferred to a beginning, limited resource, or socially 
disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
     Expands the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP); 
provides funding to reestablish a baseline of $1.3 billion and 
extends the program through 2012; increases the maximum 
enrollment to 3,041,200 acres; and creates a Wetlands Reserve 
Enhancement Program.
     Increases funding for the Environmental Quality 
Incentives Program (EQIP) by $3.4 billion; makes EQIP 
conservation practices related to organic certification and 
transition eligible for payments; improves the evaluation 
process for applications; establishes the Agricultural Water 
Enhancement Program (AWEP) to help producers achieve water 
quality goals and address water quantity concerns.
     Prohibits USDA from entering into Conservation 
Security Program contracts after September 30, 2008, but 
requires that existing Conservation Security Program contracts 
as of that date continue to apply.
     Establishes the Conservation Stewardship Program 
(CSP) to encourage producers to address resource concerns on 
the land in a comprehensive manner; requires nearly 13 million 
acres to be enrolled annually; includes private forests as 
eligible lands; and emphasizes attainment of new conservation 
benefits.
     Provides $438 million in new funding to protect 
and restore the Chesapeake Bay Region, and helps farmers and 
ranchers meet regulatory requirements and better contribute to 
the success of the Bay restoration.
     Extends the Farm Protection Program and increases 
funding to $773 million; and establishes a more user-friendly 
certification process that will determine eligibility for 
program funds.
     Expands the Grassland Reserve Program by adding an 
additional 1.22 million acres to the program; allows for short 
term contracts and easements, and for cooperative agreements.
     Creates an Open Fields Program to provide 
incentives to State governments and Indian tribes to provide 
public access to private land for hunting and fishing. Provides 
$50 million in funding for 2009 through 2012.
     Reauthorizes the Wildlife Habitat Incentives 
Program (WHIP), and increases cost-share assistance on long-
term agreements.
     Reauthorizes the Small Watershed Rehabilitation 
Program through 2012, and provides $100 million in funding.
     Establishes payment limitations for conservation 
programs--limits EQIP payments to $300,000 over 6 years, but 
allows the Secretary to grant waivers to $450,000 in particular 
cases.
     Clarifies the pay-out rate for WRP contracts--
easements of less than $500,000 paid over 1 to 30 years; 
easements of greater than $500,000 paid over 5 to 30 years; and 
allows Secretary to grant a waiver and provide lump sum payment 
on easements over $500,000.

Title III--Trade:

     Increases oversight and monitoring of food aid 
programs to increase efficiency and ensure effectiveness.
     Establishes a $60 million pilot program for local 
or regional purchases of food aid. Provides the opportunity for 
local purchases of food aid commodities while ensuring that the 
purchases do not cause dramatic price increases or exacerbate 
shortages overseas.
     Provides $84 million in mandatory funding for the 
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child 
Nutrition Program.
     Maintains funding for the Market Access Program at 
$200 million per year.
     Extends the Foreign Market Development Program 
which works to expand U.S. export opportunities.
     Increases funding by $27 million over 5 years for 
the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program, which 
helps U.S. organizations address sanitary, phytosanitary and 
other technical barriers that keep them from exporting to 
certain other countries. Total funding for the program is $37 
million.
     Reforms the Export Credit Guarantee Programs.

Title IV--Nutrition:

     Addresses rising food prices by investing an 
additional $10.361 billion in nutrition programs.
     Increases funding for The Emergency Food 
Assistance Program (TEFAP) by $1.26 billion. This program 
provides commodities and other resources to states to help 
stock food banks.
     Reforms benefit rules to adequately cover food 
expenses and sustain participants in the Food Stamp Program for 
the entire month--raises and indexes the minimum standard 
deduction; increases the minimum benefit for food stamp 
recipients; indexes asset limits and excludes retirement and 
education accounts as assets; lifts dependent care cap, 
allowing participants to deduct the full cost of dependent 
care; and excludes special combat pay as income.
     Renames the Food Stamp Program the ``Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program''.
     Expands USDA's ability to eliminate fraud in the 
program.
     Ends the use of Food Stamp Coupons and requires 
the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).
     Ensures that Senior Citizens have ample access to 
food that is healthy and fresh. Extends the Commodity 
Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which helps many low-income 
elderly individuals in need of additional assistance.
     Expands the authority of the Senior Farmers Market 
Nutrition Program, which provides senior citizens with vouchers 
to buy fresh produce at markets and roadside stands, and 
provides the program with $20 million in new funding over 10 
years.
     Increases funding by $1.02 billion for the USDA 
Snack Program, which helps schools provide healthy snacks to 
students during after-school activities, and expands the 
program to all 50 States.
     Creates a demonstration project that will evaluate 
strategies to address obesity among low-income communities.
     Improves assistance through the Food Distribution 
Program on Indian Reservations; studies the Food Distribution 
Program on Indian Reservations to determine if the food 
packages meet changing dietary guidelines and needs; and 
authorizes $5 million per year for a fund to purchase native 
and locally grown food.
     Establishes the Healthy Urban Food Enterprise 
Development Center, and provides $3 million to help bring fresh 
foods into urban food deserts.
     Creates a pilot program to encourage the purchase 
of more fresh fruits and vegetables in food stamp households.

Title V--Credit:

     Increases the farm ownership loan limit and the 
operating loan limit to $300,000.
     Establishes a loan guarantee program to help 
farmers carry out conservation programs, and prioritizes 
beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers when 
making or guaranteeing loans for soil and water conservation 
and protection.
     Expands the Land Contract Pilot Program by 
extending the current 2-year limit on payment guarantees to 3 
years; provides land sellers the option of choosing either the 
3 year guarantee or a standard 90% guarantee; and makes 
socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers eligible for the 
program.
     Improves the Tribal Land Acquisition Loan Program; 
provides additional tools to help Native American producers 
keep tribal lands in agricultural production; and amends the 
current program to allow individual tribal members to utilize 
the program.
     Prioritizes Socially Disadvantaged and Beginning 
Farmers and Ranchers in Credit Programs; increases the amount 
of direct farm ownership loans, guaranteed farm ownership 
loans, direct farm ownership loans reserved for down payment 
and direct operating loans for beginning farmers and ranchers.
     Adjusts the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Down 
Payment Loan Program to better serve producers by: fixing the 
interest rate at 1.5%, or at 4% below the regular direct farm 
ownership loan interest rates, whichever is greater; increasing 
the maximum allowable sales price from $250,000 to $500,000; 
reducing the borrower down payment requirement to not less than 
5%; changing the term of the loan from 15 years to 20 years; 
and making socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers eligible 
for the program.

Title VI--Rural Development:

     Renews successful programs that provide vital 
infrastructure needs to underserved areas; adds innovative 
projects to promote economic development in the technology-
driven 21st Century; and provides $120 million for critical 
water and wastewater projects in rural areas.
     Authorizes the Rural Firefighters and Emergency 
Medical Service Assistance Program to provide improved 
emergency medical services in rural areas; expands 9-1-1 access 
in rural areas by making telephone loans to public entities for 
facilities and equipment; and provides grants for weather radio 
transmitters to increase coverage of rural areas by the 
emergency weather broadcast system.
     Improves access to broadband telecommunications 
services in rural areas with a greater focus on the rural 
communities of greatest need.
     Provides $15 million for the Value-Added 
Agricultural Product Market Development Grant program, which 
offers planning and working capital for marketing value-added 
products; creates a 10% set-aside for beginning and socially 
disadvantaged farmers and ranchers; and creates a 10% set-aside 
for strategic marketing alliances between small to mid-sized 
farms and ranches and other supply chain partners.
     Provides information and resources related to 
sustainable and organic farming practices to farmers through a 
technology transfer program.
     Includes $15 million for a new Rural Entrepreneur 
and Microenterprise Assistance Program that will provide 
technical and financial assistance to micro-enterprises and 
small businesses in rural areas with fewer than 10 employees.
     Extends Rural Business Opportunity Grants for job 
training in rural areas; extends Rural Cooperative Development 
Grants, a competitive program that establishes and operates 
centers for rural cooperative development; extends the 
Agriculture Innovation Center Demonstration Program, which 
provides technical assistance, outreach, and business and 
marketing planning to increase the viability, growth, and 
sustainability of value-added agricultural businesses; and sets 
aside specific funds within the Business and Industry Program 
for loans and loan guarantees for rural food enterprise 
entrepreneurs that process and distribute food locally and 
regionally.
     Renews Water and Waste Disposal Grants and Rural 
Water and Wastewater Circuit Rider Programs to help reduce 
water and waste disposal operating costs for rural areas and 
towns; renews the Emergency and Imminent Community Water 
Assistance Grant Program to provide technical assistance to 
communities that have had a significant decline in quantity or 
quality of drinking water; and provides grants to qualified 
non-profit organizations for the construction of household 
water well systems in low-income areas.
     Extends the Delta Regional Authority, a federal-
state partnership that has funded 334 projects in its first 
five years and led to the investment of more than $750 million 
in the region.
     Extends and enhances the Northern Great Plains 
Regional Authority by enhancing flexibility for the Authority 
as well as including renewable energy projects among the target 
funding areas.
     Additional regional partnership authorities in the 
bill are included in Title XIV (Miscellaneous Title).

Title VII--Research:

     Streamlines agricultural research by establishing 
a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
     Reorganizes the USDA offices in charge of 
fundamental and applied research, extension and education 
programs, creating six program offices to formulate programs, 
develop planning and priorities, and coordinate and track 
activities related to agriculture research.
     Creates a premier research program called the 
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI); stimulates 
entrepreneurship, supports business development, expands access 
to capital, and builds entrepreneurial networks across rural 
America; and provides competitive grants to colleges and 
universities, agricultural experiment stations, and other 
organizations conducting research in priority areas.
     Creates the Energy Research Program to improve 
research on the production and sustainability of biofuels and 
their feedstocks; awards competitive grants for projects with a 
focus on supporting on-farm biomass crop research, 
disseminating results to enhance the production of energy 
crops, and integrating biomass and bioenergy production.
     Authorizes competitive grants for on-farm energy 
efficiency research and extension projects.
     Consolidates funding requests to better track the 
amount of federal investment in agricultural research by 
requiring the President to submit to Congress a single line 
item reflecting the total amount requested for agriculture 
research programs.
     Encourages prioritization of additional funding 
for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (the 1890 
institutions), Native American Colleges and Universities (the 
1994 institutions), and small land grant universities.
     Expands access to funding, authority and 
eligibility for research and extension dollars for Hispanic 
Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities; creates an 
endowment fund, institutional capacity building program to 
promote agriculture and sciences, and competitive grant 
proposal for Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and 
Universities; expands extension capabilities for Hispanic 
Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities; and amends 
existing authorities to ensure that Hispanic Serving 
Agricultural Colleges and Universities are eligible for such 
programs as the International Ag Research and Extension 
Program.
     Prioritizes initiatives for research related to 
specialty crop and organic production--dedicates $78 million 
for organic research priorities; and provides $230 million for 
Specialty Crop Research Initiative.

Title VIII--Forestry:

     Sets new national private forest conservation 
priorities.
     Directs states to conduct assessments of current 
forest resources.
     Requires states to develop a long-term strategy 
for forest resource management.
     Helps owners implement conservation initiatives 
and rebuild habitat on private forestlands in the conservation 
title.
     Explores the development of new energy feedstocks 
and other uses for forest biomass in the energy title.
     Improves cooperation between the government, 
private landowners and the conservation community in the newly 
renamed Forest Resource Coordinating Committee.
     Reauthorizes the Office of International Forestry, 
which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity 
conservation internationally.
     Preserves open space in developed areas by 
authorizing the Community Forest and Open Space Program.
     Provides $39 million over 10 years for the 
successful Healthy Forest Reserve Program; continues the 
Emergency Forestry Conservation Program; reauthorizes Rural 
Revitalization Technologies to address the use of forest 
biomass in energy production; establishes a grant program to 
recruit and train Hispanics and underserved groups for careers 
in forestry and related fields.

Title IX--Energy:

     Provides an overall $1 billion to fund programs in 
the energy title that will leverage renewable energy industry 
investments in new technologies and new feedstocks.
     Includes $320 million in loan guarantees for 
biorefineries producing advanced biofuels.
     Provides $35 million for a new program to help 
existing ethanol facilities reduce their fossil fuel use.
     Establishes the Rural Energy for America Program 
(REAP) to provide $250 million in grants and loan guarantees 
for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to 
purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency 
improvements; includes grant funds for organizations with 
energy expertise to assist agricultural producers and rural 
small businesses in performing energy audits; and assists 
agricultural producers and rural small businesses in planning 
and preparing feasibility studies for projects supported by 
REAP.
     Provides $120 million for the Biomass Research and 
Development Program.
     Funds the Bioenergy Program at $300 million to 
provide incentives for expanding production of advanced 
biofuels made from agricultural and forestry crops and 
associated waste materials, including animal manure and 
livestock/food processing waste.
     Creates a Biomass Crop Assistance Program to 
develop the next generation of feedstocks for renewable energy; 
encourages the production of feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol 
and other energy production and provides for multi-year 
contracts for crop and forest producers to grow dedicated 
energy crops; and provides incentives for producers to harvest, 
store, and transport biomass to bioenergy facilities.
     Establishes a sugar-to-ethanol program to provide 
sugar to biofuel producers at competitive prices; specifies 
that sugar would be provided for biofuel production only during 
times of excess sugar supply.
     Provides $9 million for the Biobased Markets 
Program authorizing eligible producers to label biobased 
products as a `USDA Certified Biobased Product'.
     Funds the Biodiesel Education Program with $5 
million to help educate government and private owners of 
vehicle fleets about the benefits and technical aspects of 
biodiesel.

Title X--Horticulture and Organic Agriculture:

     Expands activities covered under the Farmers' 
Market Promotion Program, including the expansion of EBT 
systems at farmers markets.
     Provides $33 million to expand opportunities for 
direct producer-to-consumer marketing, and establishes the 
Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center and provides 
$3 million to help bring fresh foods into urban food deserts.
     Provides new funding to support organic farmers: 
$22 million for USDA's cost-share program; $5 million for 
organic marketing data collection and publication.
     Provides $377 million over 10 years for pest and 
disease detection and control.
     Provides money and outlines a plan for new 
programs of joint action between Federal and State governments 
to provide for early detection and surveillance of plant pests 
and diseases; establishes proactive, cooperative, audit-based 
certification systems between USDA, States, and growers to 
address plant pest infestations.
     Continues support for beekeepers by extending the 
honey marketing loan, and prioritizes research on Colony 
Collapse Disorder. Creates a high-priority research area to 
continue research to identify causes and solutions to address 
Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees and authorizes $10 
million per year for research related to Colony Collapse 
Disorder and pollinator issues.
     Provides $466 million over 10 years to expand the 
specialty crop block grant program for States to support 
projects in research, marketing, education, pest and disease 
management, production, and food safety.
     Provides $20 million to establish and operate the 
National Clean Plant Network, which develops a national source 
for clean plant stocks for horticultural crops.

Title XI--Livestock:

     The 2008 Farm Bill includes a new livestock title.
     Requires country of origin labels for beef, lamb, 
pork, chicken and goat meat, fruits and vegetables, macadamia 
nuts and peanuts.
     Provides livestock producers and growers with the 
ability to decline arbitration before entering into contracts.
     Allows selected establishments in State meat or 
poultry inspection programs to receive Federal inspection from 
State inspectors, and ship products in interstate commerce. 
Such selected establishments would be subject to all Federal 
inspection requirements.
     Requires USDA to provide Congress with an annual 
compliance report detailing investigations of potential 
violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Title XII--Crop Insurance:

     Expands data mining for crop insurance records to 
reduce waste, fraud and abuse.
     Requires USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) to 
conduct a thorough risk analysis on differences between 
conventional and organic crops, and directs RMA to reduce 
premium surcharges on organic crops if the analysis 
demonstrates no significant difference in production risks 
between conventional and organic crops.
     Cuts Administrative and Operating expense 
reimbursement to crop insurance companies by 2.3 percent, but 
allows a 50 percent restoration in States with a loss ratio 
greater than 1.2.
     Authorizes renegotiation of the Standard 
Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) for the 2011 reinsurance year, and 
once every five years thereafter.
     Denies crop insurance coverage for the first five 
years of planting for crops grown on native sod in the Prairie 
Pothole National Priority Area that has never been tilled for 
the production of an annual crop, at the election of the 
Governor of the respective State.
     Increases USDA's focus on risk management 
education for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and 
ranchers.

Title XIII--Commodity Futures:

     Reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (CFTC), the agency responsible for federal 
regulation of commodity futures trading, through 2013.
     Strengthens CFTC authority over retail foreign 
currency (forex) transactions. Retail foreign exchange dealers 
must register with the CFTC and will be subject to CFTC rules 
and anti-fraud authority along with Futures Commission 
Merchants that engage in retail forex transactions.
     Strengthens qualifications and minimum capital 
requirements for Futures Commission Merchants and retail 
foreign exchange dealers.
     Extends the CFTC's principles-based oversight to 
exempt commercial markets (ECM) that trade significant price 
contracts.
     Sets forth criteria for the CFTC to determine 
whether a contract traded on an ECM qualifies as a significant 
price discovery contract, and requires position and 
accountability limits for significant price discovery 
contracts.
     Requires CFTC to monitor ECM trading of oil, 
natural gas, and other commodities for contracts that perform a 
significant price discovery function.
     Applies other core CFTC principles to ECMs with 
regard to significant price discovery contracts, including 
requirements to: publish trading information on a daily basis; 
enforce conflict of interest principles in its administration; 
monitor trading activity; monitor and enforce compliance with 
ECM rules; not list contracts susceptible to manipulation; 
enact emergency authority to address problems that may arise; 
and provide self-regulatory oversight.
     Increases some maximum monetary penalties tenfold 
for fraudulent practices; increases from a misdemeanor to a 
felony the criminal penalty for those who fail to comply with 
cease and desist orders in connection with fraud and 
manipulation.

Title XIV--Miscellaneous:

            Socially Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers; Beginning 
                    Farmers or Ranchers:
     Provides $75 million in mandatory funding for the 
Section 2501 Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers 
Outreach and Technical Assistance Program for fiscal years 
2009-2012. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide 
Congress with an annual report on the program's operation.
     Enhances the coordination of the outreach, 
technical assistance, and educational efforts authorized under 
USDA programs.
     Requires USDA to annually compile application and 
participation rate data for socially disadvantaged farmers or 
ranchers in USDA programs.
     Provides $75 million for the Beginning Farmer and 
Rancher Development Program.
     Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish 
permanently the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach (taking 
over the duties of the Office of Outreach and Diversity 
currently located in the Office of Civil Rights) to conduct 
outreach programs for small farms and ranches, beginning 
farmers or ranchers, and socially disadvantaged farmers or 
ranchers.
     Establishes a Farmworker Coordinator in the Office 
of Advocacy and Outreach to serve as a liaison to groups that 
represent low income migrant and seasonal farmworkers, 
coordinate with USDA and State and local governments to assure 
that farmworker needs are met during declared disasters and 
emergencies, and assure that farmworkers have access to 
services and support to enter agriculture as producers.
     Establishes the Minority Farmer and Rancher 
Advisory Committee at USDA to review the operation of the 
Section 2501 Outreach Program, maximize participation by 
minority farmers or ranchers in USDA programs, and review civil 
rights activities.
     Allows an individual who failed to submit a claim 
on a timely basis pursuant to the consent decree in the case of 
Pigford v. Glickman to obtain a determination of a claim on its 
merits, if the individual has not already obtained such a 
determination.
            Farm Program Reforms:
     Permanently bans anyone convicted of defrauding 
USDA from any subsequent participation in USDA programs (except 
for participation in food assistance programs).
            Office Closures:
     Prohibits the closure or relocation of Farm 
Service Agency county or field offices for two years.
            Agriculture Security:
     Establishes an Office of Homeland Security within 
USDA; integrates inter-agency emergency response plans.
     Builds biosecurity capacity, communications, 
planning, preparedness and response.
     Creates a bio-security communication center to 
prepare for potential animal disease emergencies, agro-
terrorism attacks and other threats to agricultural bio-
security.
     Creates a competitive grant program to develop and 
expand agriculture bio-security training programs for 
veterinarians and food science professionals.
     Provides grant and loan assistance for States to 
assess their agricultural disease response capabilities.
     Establishes programs to protect and respond to 
potential animal and plant disease emergencies.
     Creates a grant program to fund research and 
development of agricultural countermeasures that could be used 
in cases of animal and plant disease emergencies.
            Animal Welfare:
     Strengthens prohibitions on animal fighting 
ventures and increases criminal penalties for violations.
     Bans the importation of dogs under six months of 
age for resale.
     Strengthens penalties for violations of the Animal 
Welfare Act.
     Directs USDA to review findings of study related 
to use of dogs and cats in Federal research.
            Regional Infrastructure and Economic Development:
     Establishes three regional Commissions to 
encourage economic development: the Southeast Crescent Regional 
Commission; the Southwest Border Regional Commission; and the 
Northern Border Regional Commission.
     Authorizes $30 million annually for the 
Commissions to provide grants for basic infrastructure and 
business development in the region to improve economically 
distressed and underdeveloped areas.
    Legislative History: H.R. 6124 was introduced by Chairman 
Collin Peterson on May 22, 2008 and passed by the House under 
suspension of the rules by a vote of 306 yeas to 110 nays. On 
June 5, 2008, the bill passed the Senate without amendment by a 
vote of 77 yeas to 15 nays. The bill was presented to the 
President on June 16, 2008 and on June 18, 2008 it was vetoed. 
On the same date, June 18, 2008, the House passed the veto 
override with two-thirds of the Members present having voted in 
the affirmative the bill passed by a vote of 317 yeas to 109 
nays. The Senate voted to override the veto by a vote of 80 
yeas to 14 nays. The bill became Public Law 110-246.
            Public Law 110-289 (H.R. 3221)
    To provide needed housing reform and for other purposes 
(approved July 30, 2008).
    The Housing and Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 3221) was 
previously the New Direction for Energy Independence, National 
Security, and Consumer Protection Act. Omnibus energy 
legislation was enacted in H.R. 6, which became Public Law 110-
140 on December 19, 2007. (Note: See the discussion of H.R. 6 
under ``Other Laws, Legislative Matters.'')
            Public Law 110-380 (S. 3597)
    To provide that funds allocated for community food projects 
for fiscal year 2008 shall remain available until September 30, 
2009 (approved October 8, 2008).
    The Act amends section 4406(a)(7) of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act to provide that funds allocated 
for Community Food Projects for fiscal year 2008 are to remain 
available until September 30, 2009.
    The measure makes technical fixes to the Farm Bill, 
ensuring that Fiscal Year 2008 funding is available for 
Community Food Projects, a nutrition program that is designed 
to increase the access of fresh, nutritious food in low-income 
urban and rural areas.
    Legislative History: S. 3597 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin and passed by the Senate without amendment by unanimous 
consent on September 25, 2008. On September 27, 2008 the 
measure passed the House under suspension of the rules by a 
voice vote, clearing the measure for the White House. On 
September 30, 2008, the bill was presented to the President and 
signed on October 8, 2008 into Public Law 110-380.
            Public Law 110-398 (H.R. 6849)
    To amend the commodity provisions of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to permit producers to 
aggregate base acres and reconstitute farms to avoid the 
prohibition on receiving direct payments, counter-cyclical 
payments, or average crop revenue election payments when the 
sum of the base acres of a farm is 10 acres or less, and for 
other purposes (approved October 13, 2008).
    The Act amends the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 
2008 with respect to producers, including peanut producers, 
with 10 or less base acres to: (1) suspend a prohibition on 
direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, or average crop 
revenue election payments for crop years 2008-2009; and (2) 
extend the 2008 signup deadline for direct payments, counter-
cyclical payments, or average crop revenue election payments 
until the later of November 14, 2008, or the end of the 45-day 
period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act.
    The Act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to ensure that 
no penalty is assessed against producers for failure to submit 
reports or comply with other program requirements as a result 
of compliance with the extended signup deadline. Amends the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act to reduce FY2009-FY2011 amounts 
available for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation information 
management upgrades.
    Legislative History: H.R. 6849 was introduced by 
Representative Bob Etheridge on September 9, 2008 and referred 
to the Committee on Agriculture. On September 24, 2008 the bill 
was reported, amended, to the House, H. Rept. 110-881. On that 
same date, the bill was passed by the House under suspension of 
the rules, as amended, by a voice vote. On September 29, 2008, 
the bill passed the Senate, amended, by unanimous consent. On 
that same date the House agreed to the Senate amendment by 
unanimous consent, clearing the measure for the President. The 
bill was presented to the President on October 3, 2008 and 
signed on October 13, 2008 into Public Law 110-398.

Other Laws

    Several bills acted on by other authorizing committees, but 
not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture, were enacted with 
provisions relating to matters within the committee's 
jurisdiction. Following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions:

Legislative Matters

            Public Law 110-42 (H.R. 1830)
    To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference 
Act until February 29, 2008 (approved June 30, 2007).
    This Act amends the Andean Trade Preference Act to extend 
through February 29, 2008, the duty-free treatment or other 
preferential treatment for beneficiary countries (Bolivia, 
Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru) under the Act. It also repeals 
certain provisions subjecting the extension of such treatment 
to such countries to certain conditions.
    The measure extends preferential treatment through FY2008 
to apparel articles assembled in one or more beneficiary 
countries from regional fabrics or regional components, and 
other type apparel (brassieres) that are both cut and sewn or 
otherwise assembled in the United States, or one or more 
beneficiary countries, or both, with certain limitations.
    The Act further amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1985 to extend certain customs fees for 
the processing of merchandise entered into the United States 
through October 14, 2014.
    The Act also amends the Tax Increase Prevention and 
Reconciliation Act of 2005 to increase the amount of any 
corporate estimated tax installment otherwise due by a 
corporation with assets of not less than $1 billion in July, 
August, or September of 2012 to 114.50% of such amount.
    Legislative History: H.R. 1830 was introduced by 
Representative Charles Rangel and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means on March 29, 2007. On June 27, 2007 the bill 
passed the House under suspension of the rules by a vote of 365 
yeas to 59 nays. On June 28, 2007 the bill passed the Senate 
without amendment by unanimous consent, clearing the measure 
for the President. The bill was presented to the President on 
June 29, 2007 and signed on June 30, 2007 into Public Law 110-
42.
            Public Law 110-138 (H.R. 3688)
    To implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion 
Agreement (approved December 14, 2007).
    Title I: Approval of, and General Provisions Relating to, 
the Agreement--Approves the United States-Peru Trade Promotion 
Agreement (the Agreement) entered into on April 12, 2006 (and 
amended on June 24 and June 25, 2007) with the government of 
Peru and the statement of administrative action proposed to 
implement the Agreement, both submitted to Congress on 
September 27, 2007. Provides for the Agreement's entry into 
force upon certain conditions being met on or after January 1, 
2008.
    Authorizes the President to proclaim actions, and other 
appropriate officers of the U.S. government to issue 
regulations, necessary to ensure appropriate implementation of 
any provision of this Act that takes effect on the date the 
Agreement enters into force. Declares that proclaimed actions 
that are not subject to consultation and layover requirements 
under this Act shall not take effect before the 15th day after 
the text of the proclamation is published in the Federal 
Register. Provides that presidential proclamations calling for 
action under this Act may be proclaimed only if: (1) the 
President has obtained advice regarding the proposed action 
from the appropriate advisory committees and the U.S. 
International Trade Commission (ITC); (2) the President has 
reported to specified congressional committees with respect to 
such action; (3) a period of 60 days has expired; and (4) the 
President has consulted with the appropriate congressional 
committees during such 60-day period.
    Authorizes the President to establish or designate within 
the Department of Commerce an office to provide administrative 
assistance to dispute settlement panels established under the 
Agreement. Authorizes appropriations.
    Authorizes the United States to resolve any claim against 
it covered by the Agreement, pursuant to the Investor-State 
Dispute Settlement procedures set forth in the Agreement.
    Title II: Customs Provisions--Authorizes the President to 
proclaim necessary or appropriate modifications or continuation 
of duty, continuation of duty-free or excise treatment, or 
additional duties to carry out the Agreement.
    Requires the President to terminate the designation of Peru 
as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the General 
System of Preferences program under the Trade Act of 1974 on 
the date the Agreement enters into force.
    Authorizes the President, subject to the consultation and 
layover requirements of this Act, to deem as necessary or 
appropriate to maintain the general level of reciprocal and 
mutually advantageous concessions provided for by the Agreement 
such: (1) modifications or continuation of any duty; (2) 
modifications as the United States may agree to with Peru 
regarding the staging of any duty treatment specified in the 
Agreement; (3) continuation of duty-free or excise treatment; 
or (4) additional duties.
    Provides for additional duties, under specified conditions, 
on certain agricultural safeguard goods.
    Prescribes certain rules of origin with respect to the 
reduction and elimination of duties imposed by the United 
States and Peru on certain goods wholly obtained or produced 
entirely in the territory of the other country. Specifies 
content requirements allowing certain textile and apparel goods 
to be considered originating goods. Prescribes a special rule 
for certain automotive goods.
    Amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 
of 1985 to prohibit the charge of a fee for certain customs 
services with respect to originating goods under the Agreement. 
Prohibits any service exempted from such fees from being funded 
with money from the Customs User Fee Account.
    Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to exempt: (1) an importer 
from penalties for making an incorrect claim that a good 
qualifies as an originating good under the Agreement if the 
importer voluntarily and promptly makes a corrected declaration 
and pays any duties owing; and (2) an exporter or producer from 
penalties for making false certifications of origin under the 
Agreement if such person, promptly after issuing such 
certification, has reason to believe that it contains or is 
based on incorrect information, and voluntarily provides a 
written notice to every recipient of it. Exempts persons from 
penalties if: (1) the information was correct at the time it 
was provided in a Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) 
certification of origin but was later rendered incorrect 
because of a change in circumstances; and (2) the person 
promptly and voluntarily provides written notice of the change 
in circumstances to all recipients of such certification.
    Provides that, if the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of 
Homeland Security finds indications of a pattern of conduct by 
an importer, exporter, or producer of false or unsupported 
representations that goods qualify under the rules of origin, 
the U.S. Customs and Border Protection may suspend preferential 
tariff treatment under the Agreement for entries of identical 
goods covered by subsequent representations by the individuals 
until it determines that the representations conform with such 
rules.
    Authorizes the Customs Service to reliquidate an entry and 
refund any excess duties (including merchandise processing 
fees) paid on a good qualifying under the rules of origin for 
which no claim for preferential treatment was made at the time 
of importation if the importer takes certain actions within one 
year after such importation.
    Requires a person who issues a PTPA certification of origin 
for a good exported from the United States to make, keep for at 
least five years after such certification is issued, and render 
for examination and inspection all records and supporting 
documents related to such certification.
    Authorizes the President to direct the Secretary of the 
Treasury, during the period of a verification procedure by the 
government of Peru, to determine: (1) that an exporter or 
producer in Peru is complying with applicable customs laws, 
regulations, and procedures regarding trade in textile or 
apparel goods; or (2) that a claim is accurate that such a good 
exported or produced by the exporter or producer qualifies as 
an originating good, or is a good of Peru.
    Requires the Secretary to: (1) suspend preferential tariff 
treatment under the Agreement of any textile or apparel good 
that a person subject to such verification has produced or 
exported if the Secretary believes there is insufficient 
information to sustain a claim for such treatment; (2) deny 
preferential treatment to such goods if the Secretary decides 
that a person has provided incorrect information to support a 
claim for such treatment; (3) detain such goods if the 
Secretary considers there is insufficient information to 
determine their country of origin; and (4) deny entry to such 
goods if the Secretary determines that a person has provided 
erroneous information of their origin.
    Authorizes: (1) the President to deny preferential 
treatment and entry into the United States to such textile and 
apparel goods, if the Secretary determines that the information 
obtained from verification is insufficient to make a 
determination; and (2) the Secretary to publish the name of any 
person engaged in circumvention of applicable laws, 
regulations, or procedures affecting trade in such goods, or 
who has failed to demonstrate that it produces or is capable of 
producing them.
    Title III: Relief From Imports--Subtitle A: Relief From 
Imports Benefiting From the Agreement--Authorizes an entity 
(including a trade association, firm, certified or recognized 
union, or group of workers) to petition the ITC for an 
adjustment to U.S. obligations under the Agreement. Requires 
the ITC, upon the filing of a petition, to investigate promptly 
whether, as a result of the reduction or elimination of a duty 
provided for under the Agreement, a Peruvian article is being 
imported into the United States in such increased quantities as 
to be a substantial cause or threat of serious injury to the 
domestic industry producing an article like, or directly 
competitive with, the imported article. Exempts from such an 
investigation any Peruvian articles receiving import relief 
under the Agreement.
    Requires the President, after receiving an affirmative 
injury determination from the ITC, to provide (including the 
extension) in the aggregate up to four-years of import relief 
to remedy or prevent such injury and to facilitate efforts of 
the domestic industry to make a positive adjustment to import 
competition. Includes among such relief measures: (1) 
suspension of any further reduction provided by the Agreement 
in the duty imposed on such article; and (2) an increase in the 
rate of duty imposed on such article to a level that does not 
exceed an amount determined according to a specified formula.
    Prohibits any import relief 10 years after the Agreement 
enters into force, except for articles whose period for tariff 
elimination exceeds 10 years.
    Applies to the four-year import relief provided by the 
President (see section 313, above) the compensation authority 
of the Trade Act of 1974 which authorizes the President to 
grant Peru new concessions as compensation for the imposition 
of import relief in a bilateral safeguard investigation in 
order to maintain the general level of reciprocal concessions 
under the Agreement.
    Amends the Trade Act of 1974 to apply to ITC investigations 
conducted under this Act the procedural requirements of the 
Tariff Act of 1930 concerning release of confidential business 
information.
    Subtitle B: Textile and Apparel Safeguard Measures--
Authorizes an interested party to request the President to 
adjust U.S. obligations under the Agreement. Requires the 
President, pursuant to such a request, to determine whether, as 
a result of the elimination of a duty under the Agreement, a 
Peruvian textile or apparel article is being imported into the 
United States in such increased quantities as to constitute a 
substantial cause or threat of serious damage to a domestic 
industry producing an article like, or directly competitive 
with, the imported article.
    Authorizes the President, if an affirmative serious damage 
determination is made, to provide certain import relief to 
remedy or prevent the damage and to facilitate adjustment by 
the domestic industry, including to increase the rate of duty 
imposed on the article to a level that does not exceed an 
amount determined according to a specified formula.
    Limits such relief (including the extension) in the 
aggregate to three years.
    Prohibits any import relief under this subtitle with 
respect to any article five years after the Agreement enters 
into force.
    Applies to any import relief provided by the President 
under this subtitle the compensation authority of the Trade Act 
of 1974, which authorizes the President to grant Peru new 
concessions as compensation for the imposition of import relief 
in a textile and apparel safeguard proceeding, in order to 
maintain the general level of reciprocal concessions under the 
Agreement.
    Prohibits the President from releasing confidential 
business information received in connection with an 
investigation or determination under this subtitle unless the 
submitting party had notice, at the time of submission, that 
such information would be released, or the party subsequently 
consents to such release. Requires any party submitting such 
confidential business information also to provide a 
nonconfidential version of the information, in which the 
confidential business information is summarized or, if 
necessary, deleted.
    Subtitle C: Cases Under Title II of the Trade Act of 1974--
Requires the ITC, whenever it makes an affirmative 
determination that an imported article constitutes a 
substantial cause or threat of serious injury to a domestic 
industry producing an article like or directly competitive with 
it, also to find (and report to the President) whether imports 
from Peru that qualify as originating goods are a substantial 
cause or threat of serious injury to such industry. Authorizes 
the President to exclude goods of Peru from any import relief 
action if they are not a substantial cause or threat of serious 
injury to the domestic industry.
    Title IV: Procurement--Amends the Trade Agreements Act of 
1979 to make eligible for U.S. government procurement products 
or services of a foreign country or instrumentality that is a 
party to the Agreement.
    Title V: Trade in Timber Products of Peru--Directs the 
President to establish an Interagency Committee to oversee and 
obtain verification whether the producer or exporter of 
Peruvian timber products to the United States has complied with 
applicable laws of Peru governing the harvest of, and trade in, 
such products. Authorizes the Committee to direct the U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection to take certain action including 
to detain or deny entry of shipments of Peruvian timber 
products pending verification.
    Requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to 
report to Congress on steps taken by the United States and Peru 
on carrying out the Agreement with respect to trade in timber 
products of Peru.
    Title VI: Offsets--Amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1985 to extend certain customs fees for 
the processing of merchandise entered into the United States 
through December 13, 2014.
    Amends the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act 
of 2005 to increase the amount of any corporate estimated tax 
installment otherwise due by a corporation with assets of not 
less than $1 billion in July, August, or September of 2012 to 
115.75% of such amount.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3688 was introduced by Majority 
Leader Steny Hoyer by request and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means on September 27, 2007. On November 5, 2007 the 
bill was reported to the House, H. Rept. 110-421. The bill 
passed the House by a vote of 285 yeas to 132 nays. On December 
4, 2008, the measure passed the Senate, without amendment, by a 
vote of 77 yeas to 18 nays, clearing the measure for the 
President. The bill was presented to the President on December 
11, 2007 and signed on December 14, 2007 into Public Law 110-
138.
            Public Law 110-140 (H.R. 6)
    To reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil by 
investing in clean, renewable, and alternative energy 
resources, promoting new emerging energy technologies, 
developing greater efficiency, and creating a Strategic Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Reserve to invest in alternative 
energy, and for other purposes (approved December 19, 2007)
    Title I: Energy Security Through Improved Vehicle Fuel 
Economy--Subtitle A: Increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy 
Standards--Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act--Amends federal 
transportation law to instruct the Secretary of Transportation 
(Secretary in this title) to prescribe separate average fuel 
economy standards for passenger and for non-passenger 
automobiles for model years 2011-2030. Repeals the current 
requirement that the average fuel economy standard for 
passenger automobiles manufactured after model year 1984 be 
27.5 miles per gallon. Incorporates 27.5 miles per gallon into 
a formula for determining the minimum standard for domestically 
manufactured passenger automobiles.
    Requires the combined fuel economy average for model year 
2020 to be at least 35 miles per gallon for the total fleet of 
passenger and non-passenger automobiles manufactured for sale 
in the United States for that model year. Requires the average 
fuel economy to be attained by each fleet of passenger and non-
passenger automobiles manufactured for sale in the United 
States for model years 2021-2030 to be the maximum feasible 
standard for each fleet.
    Directs the Secretary to study the fuel efficiency of work 
trucks and commercial medium-duty or heavy-duty on-highway 
vehicles to determine appropriate test procedures, 
methodologies, and metrics for measuring such efficiency.
    Authorizes the Secretary to establish a corporate average 
fuel economy (CAFE) credit trading program that allows 
manufacturers whose automobiles exceed prescribed average fuel 
economy standards to earn credits to: (1) be sold to 
manufacturers whose automobiles fail to achieve such standards; 
or (2) apply them within that manufacturer's fleet to a 
compliance category of automobiles that fails to achieve such 
standards.
    Instructs the Secretary to develop and implement a program 
to require manufacturers to: (1) label new automobiles sold in 
the United States with information and a rating system on an 
automobile's performance on the basis of criteria reflecting 
fuel economy and greenhouse gas and other emissions; and (2) 
include pertinent information in the owner's manual for 
vehicles capable of operating on alternative fuels.
    Directs the Secretary to develop a consumer education 
program regarding: (1) the benefits of alternative fuel in 
automobiles; and (2) fuel savings that would be recognized from 
the purchase of vehicles equipped with thermal management 
technologies.
    Directs the Secretary to require fuel tank labels for 
alternative fuel automobiles.
    Directs the Secretary to execute an agreement with the 
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to report to Congress an 
evaluation of: (1) vehicle fuel economy standards; and (2) 
medium-duty and heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards.
    Replaces current requirements for the maximum model year 
increase in a manufacturer's average fuel economy attributable 
to dual fueled automobiles with requirements for a maximum 
model year fuel economy increase for alternative fuel 
automobiles.
    Prescribes the maximum model year fuel economy increases 
for alternative fuel automobiles (extending the flexible fuel 
vehicle credit program) through model year 2019.
    Modifies the formula for the dual fueled vehicle credit 
program to accommodate B20 biodiesel.
    Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) every five years to reevaluate, and report to 
certain congressional committees on the accuracy of fuel 
economy labeling procedures.
    Directs the Secretary to promulgate rules establishing a 
national tire fuel efficiency consumer information program for 
replacement tires designed for use on motor vehicles.
    Sets forth a civil penalty for noncompliance with national 
tire fuel efficiency information program.
    Instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer to the 
Secretary of Transportation each fiscal year funds derived from 
civil penalties and other enforcement actions, half of which 
shall be used for administration and half of which shall be 
used to carry out a program to make grants to manufacturers for 
retooling, reequipping, or expanding existing manufacturing 
facilities in the United States to produce advanced technology 
vehicles and components.
    Repeals provisions governing a manufacturer's exemption 
from the requirement of separate calculations of average fuel 
economy.
    Subtitle B: Improved Vehicle Technology--Instructs the 
Secretary of Energy to establish a competitive grants program 
to: (1) encourage the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles or 
other emerging electric vehicle technologies by governmental 
and quasi-governmental entities and private or nonprofit 
entities; and (2) conduct qualified electric transportation 
projects.
    Authorizes appropriations for the plug-in program for 
FY2008-FY2012 and for the electric transportation projects for 
FY2008-FY2013.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to develop a nationwide 
electric drive transportation technology education program, 
including a Dr. Andrew Frank Plug-in (hybrid) Electric Vehicle 
Competition to create or support related degree programs at 
institutions of higher education. Authorizes appropriations.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the 
Secretary of Energy to establish a program to encourage 
domestic production and sales of efficient hybrid and advanced 
diesel vehicles and their components. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to direct the 
Secretary of Energy to allocate credits for acquisition of 
specified electric vehicles and for investment in emerging 
related technology. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-
FY2013.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide loan 
guarantees for fuel-efficient automobile parts manufacturers.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to 
provide guarantees of loans by private institutions for the 
construction of facilities for the manufacture of advanced 
vehicle batteries and battery systems developed and produced in 
the United States, including advanced lithium ion batteries and 
hybrid electrical system and component manufacturers and 
software designers. Authorizes appropriations.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to provide facility funding 
awards to automobile manufacturers and component suppliers to 
pay up to 30% of the cost of: (1) modifying or establishing 
manufacturing facilities to produce qualifying advanced 
technology vehicles or components; and (2) engineering 
integration performed in the United States of qualifying 
vehicles and qualifying components.
    Directs such Secretary to establish a program to provide up 
to $25 billion in loans for the costs of such activities. 
Requires loan applicants to provide written assurances that 
laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or 
subcontractors during construction, alteration, or repair 
financed by such loan shall be paid wages at rates not less 
than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality.
    Instructs the Secretary to use at least 10% of loan funds 
for awards to small automobile manufacturers and component 
suppliers.
    Subtitle C: Federal Vehicle Fleets--Amends the Energy 
Policy Act of 1992 to prohibit a federal agency from acquiring 
a light duty motor vehicle or medium duty passenger vehicle 
that is not a low greenhouse gas emitting vehicle, unless 
certain circumstances exist, including alternative, most cost-
effective agency measures to reduce petroleum consumption.
    Instructs the EPA Administrator to issue guidance annually 
identifying the makes and model numbers of low greenhouse gas 
emitting vehicles.
    Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to 
instruct the Secretary of Energy to issue regulations requiring 
certain federal agency fleets to reduce petroleum consumption 
and increase alternative fuel consumption so that by October 1, 
2015, and for each ensuing year, each federal agency achieves 
at least a 20% reduction in annual petroleum consumption and a 
10% increase in annual alternative fuel consumption.
    Title II: Energy Security Through Increased Production of 
Biofuels--Subtitle A: Renewable Fuel Standard--Amends the Clean 
Air Act to direct the EPA Administrator to revise regulations 
to ensure that domestic transportation fuel sold or introduced 
into commerce, on an annual average basis, contains a specified 
volume of renewable fuel, advanced biofuel, cellulosic biofuel, 
and biomass-based diesel, and, in the case of renewable fuel 
produced from new facilities that commence construction after 
enactment of this Act, achieves at least a 20% reduction in 
lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to certain baseline 
lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.
    Revises the applicable volumes of renewable fuel required 
for calendar years 2008 through 2012 gasoline sold or 
introduced into commerce in the United States (except in 
noncontiguous states or territories), on an annual average 
basis. Specifies such volumes for calendar years 2013 through 
2022. Applies such applicable volumes to advanced biofuel, 
cellulosic biofuel, and biomass-based diesel for certain of 
these years.
    Repeals the specification for the renewable fuel program 
that one gallon of cellulosic biomass ethanol or waste derived 
ethanol shall be considered to be the equivalent of 2.5 gallons 
of renewable fuel.
    Authorizes the EPA Administrator to adjust to a lower 
percentage the 20%, 50%, and 60% reductions in lifecycle 
greenhouse gas emissions with respect to renewable fuel, 
biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and cellulosic biofuel.
    Authorizes the EPA Administrator to issue regulations 
providing for the generation of an appropriate amount of 
credits by any person that refines, blends, or imports 
additional renewable fuels.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to enter into an 
arrangement with the NAS to assess the impact of renewable fuel 
program requirements on each industry regarding production of 
feed grains, livestock, food, forest products, and energy.
    Directs the EPA Administrator to assess and report to 
Congress on current and likely future impacts of such 
requirements on environmental issues, resource conservation 
issues, and the growth and use of cultivated invasive or 
noxious plants and their impacts on the environment and 
agriculture.
    Requires retail diesel fuel pumps to be labeled in a manner 
detailing the percent of biomass-based diesel or biodiesel 
contained in the respective blend offered for sale.
    Requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to promulgate 
certain biodiesel labeling requirements.
    Directs the EPA Administrator to study and report to 
Congress on the feasibility of issuing credits under the 
renewable fuel program to electric vehicles powered by 
electricity produced from renewable energy sources.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant 
program to encourage the production of advanced biofuels. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2015.
    Provides for integrated consideration of water quality in 
determinations on fuels and fuel additives.
    Directs the EPA Administrator to: (1) study whether certain 
mandatory renewable fuel volumes will adversely impact air 
quality as a result of changes in vehicle and engine emissions 
of regulated air pollutants; and (2) promulgate fuel 
regulations to implement measures to mitigate adverse impacts 
on air quality resulting from such mandatory renewable volumes.
    Subtitle B: Biofuels Research and Development--Requires the 
Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on research and 
development challenges inherent in increasing: (1) the 
proportion of diesel fuel sold in the United States that is 
biodiesel; and (2) transportation fuels sold in the United 
States with biogas or a blend of biogas and natural gas fuel.
    Requires the Director of the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology (NIST) to make publicly available the 
physical property data and characterization of biodiesel.
    Directs such Secretary to provide grants for research, 
development, demonstration, and commercial application (R&D) of 
biofuel production in states with low rates of ethanol 
production and of cellulosic biomass ethanol. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2010.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct such 
Secretary to establish R&D programs for: (1) increased 
biorefinery energy efficiency; and (2) retrofit technologies to 
enable biorefineries that exclusively use corn grain or corn 
starch as a feedstock to produce ethanol to accept a range of 
biomass, including lignocellulosic feedstocks.
    Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on: 
(1) whether optimizing flexible fueled vehicles to use E-85 
fuel would increase the fuel efficiency of flexible fueled 
vehicles; (2) engine durability and performance associated with 
the use of biodiesel; and (3) methods of increasing the fuel 
efficiency of vehicles using biogas by optimizing natural gas 
vehicle systems that can operate on biogas, (including 
advancement of vehicle fuel systems and the combination of 
hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid electric drive platforms 
with natural gas vehicle systems using biogas).
    Directs the Secretary to: (1) report to certain 
congressional committees on the progress of research and 
development on the use of algae as a feedstock for biofuels 
production; (2) establish a biofuels and biorefinery 
information center; and (3) make cellulosic ethanol and 
biofuels research and development grants to ten eligible 
entities selected by the Secretary through a peer-reviewed 
competitive process.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to increase the 
authorization of appropriations for renewable energy R&D.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to: (1) direct the 
Secretary to establish a research, development, and 
demonstration program in environmental science; and (2) include 
among the goals of the DOE systems biology program 
technological development based on the biological functions of 
genomes, microbes, and plants that develop cellulosic and other 
feedstocks that are less resource and land intensive and that 
promote sustainable use of resources, including soil, water, 
energy, forests, and land, and ensure protection of air, water, 
and soil quality.
    Amends the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 to 
encompass within the Biomass Research and Development 
Initiative: (1) improvement and development of analytical tools 
to facilitate the analysis of lifecycle energy and greenhouse 
gas emissions, including those related to direct and indirect 
land use changes, attributable to all potential biofuel 
feedstocks and production processes; (2) systematic evaluation 
of the impact of expanded biofuel production upon the 
environment, including forest lands, and upon the food supply 
for humans and animals; and (3) facilitation of small-scale 
production, local, and on-farm use of biofuels, including 
small-scale gasification technologies for biofuel production 
from cellulosic feedstocks.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the 
Secretary to establish at least seven bioenergy research 
centers to accelerate basic transformational research and 
development of biofuels, including biological processes.
    Directs the Secretary to establish a competitive grant 
program, in a geographically diverse manner, for projects to 
conduct research and development of renewable energy 
technologies proposed by institutions of higher education. 
Authorizes appropriations.
    Subtitle C: Biofuels Infrastructure--Amends the Petroleum 
Marketing Practices Act to prohibit franchise agreements that 
impose restrictions upon renewable fuel pump installations.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to study and report to 
Congress on: (1) market penetration for flexible-fuel vehicles 
in use within certain geographic regions; (2) the feasibility 
of requiring motor fuel retailers to install E-85 compatible 
dispensers and related systems at retail fuel facilities in 
regions where flexible-fuel vehicle market penetration has 
reached 15% of motor vehicles; and (3) the feasibility of 
constructing dedicated ethanol pipelines.
    Directs such Secretary to establish an infrastructure 
development grants program to assist motor fuel dealers with 
installation, replacement, or conversion of motor fuel storage 
and dispensing infrastructure used exclusively to store and 
dispense renewable fuel blends (containing between 11% and 85% 
renewable fuel, or diesel fuel with at least 10% renewable 
fuel).
    Directs such Secretary to contract with entities with 
demonstrated experience in assisting retail fueling stations in 
installing refueling systems and marketing renewable fuel 
blends nationally, for the provision of technical and marketing 
assistance to recipients.
    Directs the Secretary to establish a competitive grant 
pilot program to governmental entities, Indian tribal 
governments, and metropolitan transportation authorities to 
establish refueling infrastructure corridors for renewable fuel 
blends. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2014.
    Instructs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on 
the adequacy of railroad transportation of domestically 
produced renewable fuel.
    Requires each federal agency to install at least one 
renewable fuel pump at each federal fleet fueling center. 
Authorizes appropriations.
    Amends the Clean Air Act to require the EPA Administrator 
to initiate a rulemaking establishing a series of uniform per 
gallon fuel standards for categories of fuels that contain 
biodiesel, unless the American Society for Testing and 
Materials has adopted a standard for diesel fuel containing 20% 
biodiesel.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to implement a research, 
development, and demonstration program relating to existing 
transportation fuel distribution infrastructure and new 
alternative distribution infrastructure, with a focus upon 
physical and chemical properties of biofuels and efforts to 
prevent or mitigate against adverse impacts of those properties 
in designated areas.
    Subtitle D: Environmental Safeguards--Amends the Clean Air 
Act regarding waivers for fuel or fuel additives to instruct 
the EPA Administrator to take final action to grant or deny an 
application within 270 days of its receipt.
    Title III: Energy Savings Through Improved Standards for 
Appliance and Lighting--Subtitle A: Appliance Energy 
Efficiency--Amends EPCA to set forth amended efficiency 
standards and updated test procedures for class A external 
power supplies and appliances, including residential boilers.
    Revises requirements for the amendment of standards. 
Prescribes requirements for the analysis of potential energy 
savings for certain industrial equipment (including air 
conditioning, heating, and related equipment), and subsequent 
mandatory establishment of uniform national product standards.
    Sets forth requirements for regional and base national 
standards for furnaces (except boilers), central air 
conditioners, and heat pumps.
    Prescribes requirements for expedited rulemaking to 
establish an energy or water conservation standard.
    Prescribes requirements for final rules prescribing energy 
conservation standards for battery chargers, or a determination 
that no energy conservation standard is technically feasible 
and economically justified.
    Requires test procedures and standards for all covered 
consumer products (other than automobiles) to include standby 
mode and off mode energy consumption.
    Revises Energy Factors for home appliances, including 
dehumidifiers, residential clothes washers and dishwashers, and 
refrigerators and freezers.
    Establishes energy standards for walk-in coolers and 
freezers.
    Revises the definition of electric motor, dividing it into 
subtypes I and II, and prescribes new energy efficiency 
standards for such motors.
    Prescribes energy efficiency standards for single package 
vertical air conditioners and heat pumps.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to: (1) expand R&D 
programs to include technologies to improve the energy 
efficiency of appliances and mechanical systems for buildings 
in cold climates, including combined heat and power units and 
increased use of renewable resources, including fuel; and (2) 
make eligible for special allocations any state whose energy 
efficient appliance rebate program provides rebates to 
residential consumers for the purchase of products with 
improved energy efficiency in a cold climate.
    Subtitle B: Lighting Energy Efficiency--Amends EPCA to 
prescribe energy efficiency standards for general service 
incandescent lamps, rough service lamps, and other designated 
lamps.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) conduct and report 
to the FTC on an annual assessment of the market for general 
service lamps and compact fluorescent lamps; and (2) carry out 
a proactive national program of consumer awareness, 
information, and education about lamp labels and energy-
efficient lighting choices. Authorizes appropriations for 
FY2009-FY2012.
    Prohibits a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or private 
labeler from distributing in commerce specified adapters for 
incandescent lamps.
    Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a lighting technology 
research and development program. Authorizes appropriations for 
FY2008-FY2013.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on: 
(1) federal measures to reduce or prevent release of mercury 
during the manufacture, transportation, storage, or disposal of 
light bulbs; (2) whether specified rulemaking deadlines will be 
met; (3) an NAS review of advanced solid state lighting R&D and 
the impact upon the types of lighting available to consumers of 
an energy conservation standard requiring a minimum of 45 
lumens per watt for general service lighting; and (4) the time 
frame for commercialization of lighting to replace incandescent 
and halogen incandescent lamp technology.
    Sets forth minimum energy efficiency standards for 
incandescent reflector lamps.
    Amends federal law governing congressional approval of 
proposed public buildings projects to require the Administrator 
of General Services (GSA) to: (1) transmit to Congress an 
estimate of the future energy performance of the building or 
space and a specific description of the use of energy efficient 
and renewable energy systems, including photovoltaic systems; 
and (2) include, with respect to space to be leased, the 
minimum performance requirements for energy efficiency and 
renewable energy.
    Sets forth requirements for the use of energy efficient 
lighting fixtures and bulbs in public building construction, 
alteration, and acquisition.
    Amends EPCA to include within its regulatory oversight: (1) 
metal halide lamp fixtures; and (2) energy efficiency labeling 
for designated consumer electronic products.
    Title IV: Energy Savings in Buildings and Industry--
Subtitle A: Residential Building Efficiency--Amends the Energy 
Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) to: (1) reauthorize the 
weatherization assistance program through FY2012; and (2) 
authorize the Secretary of Energy to make funding available to 
local weatherization agencies for materials, benefits, and 
renewable and domestic energy technologies not covered by the 
weatherization assistance program for residential buildings.
    Instructs such Secretary to: (1) study and report to 
Congress on renewable energy rebate programs; and (2) establish 
standards for energy efficiency in manufactured housing.
    Subtitle B: High-Performance Commercial Buildings--Requires 
the Secretary of Energy to appoint a Director of Commercial 
High-Performance Green Buildings (Commercial Director) to: (1) 
establish and manage the Office of Commercial High-Performance 
Green Buildings; (2) coordinate activities with the Office of 
Federal High-Performance Green Buildings; (3) promote research 
and development of high-performance green buildings; (4) 
jointly establish with the Federal Director a national high-
performance green building clearinghouse to provide high-
performance green building information and disseminate research 
results; and (5) work with GSA and relevant federal agencies to 
ensure full coordination of high-performance green building 
information and activities.
    Requires the Commercial Director to: (1) formally recognize 
groups that qualify as a high-performance green building 
partnership consortium; and (2) report to Congress on the 
status of high-performance green building initiatives and 
development of such initiatives at the state and local level.
    Requires the Commercial Director to establish the Zero-Net-
Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative to: (1) reduce the 
quantity of energy consumed by commercial buildings and achieve 
zero net energy commercial buildings in the United States; and 
(2) competitively select a consortium to develop and implement 
the initiative.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2018.
    Requires the Commercial Director and the Federal Director, 
in coordination with the Consortium, to implement public 
outreach to tell individuals and entities about the information 
and services available governmentwide.
    Subtitle C: High-Performance Federal Buildings--Amends the 
National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA), regarding 
energy and water efficiency in federal buildings, to set forth: 
(1) energy reduction goals for federal buildings for FY2006-
FY2015; (2) require federal agencies to designate an energy 
manager to reduce facility energy use; (3) instruct the 
Secretary of Energy to develop criteria governing federal 
facilities with certain energy intensive operations; and (4) 
implementation procedures. Authorizes appropriations.
    Amends ECPA to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish 
specified federal building energy efficiency performance 
standards.
    Amends NECPA to require each federal agency to: (1) ensure 
that any large capital energy investment in an existing 
building that involves either replacement of installed 
equipment, or renovation, rehabilitation, expansion, or 
remodeling of existing space, employs the most energy efficient 
designs, systems, equipment, and controls that are lifecycle 
cost effective; and (2) report to the Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) on development of a compliance 
review process for large capital energy improvements.
    Directs OMB to evaluate and report to Congress on agency 
compliance.
    Requires federal agencies to provide for equivalent 
metering of natural gas and steam by October 1, 2016, in 
accordance with guidelines established by the Secretary of 
Energy.
    Prohibits a federal agency, three years after enactment of 
this Act, except in certain circumstances, from contracting to 
lease space in a building that has not earned the Energy Star 
label in the most recent year.
    Instructs the GSA to establish an Office of Federal High-
Performance Green Buildings and to appoint a Federal Director 
to: (1) establish and manage such Office; (2) coordinate 
activities with the Office of Commercial High-Performance Green 
Buildings, and with the Secretary of Energy; and (3) ensure 
full coordination of high-performance green building 
information and activities within GSA and relevant agencies.
    Requires the Federal Director to identify and provide to 
the Secretary a certification system most likely to encourage a 
comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to 
certification of green buildings.
    Directs the Comptroller General to audit the implementation 
of this Act.
    Requires the sponsor of any development or redevelopment 
project involving a federal facility with a footprint that 
exceeds 5,000 square feet to use site planning, design, 
construction, and maintenance strategies for the property to 
maintain or restore its predevelopment hydrology with regard to 
temperature, rate, volume, and duration of flow (storm water 
runoff).
    Directs the GSA Administrator to establish a cost-effective 
technology acceleration program at GSA facilities, including 
review of: (1) current use of cost-effective lighting 
technologies and geothermal heat pumps; and (2) the 
availability of cost-effective lighting technologies and 
geothermal heat pumps to such facilities managers.
    Requires the GSA Administrator to: (1) ensure designation 
for each GSA facility of a manager responsible for reducing 
facility energy use; and (2) submit to Congress a compliance 
plan that identifies the specific activities needed to achieve 
at least a 20% reduction in operational costs from 2003 levels 
at GSA facilities within five years after enactment of this 
Act. Authorizes appropriations.
    Authorizes appropriations to carry out this subtitle for 
FY2008-FY2012.
    Increases from 25 to 40 years the period, alternative to 
the expected life of a building's energy system, whose 
associated capital and operating expenses the Secretary of 
Energy is to use in establishing present value methods for 
estimating and comparing life cycle costs for federal 
buildings.
    Subtitle D: Industrial Energy Efficiency--Amends EPCA to 
establish an industrial energy efficiency program under which 
the EPA Administrator shall establish a recoverable waste 
energy inventory program that involves: (1) an ongoing survey 
of major domestic industrial and large commercial combustion 
sources and their locations; and (2) a review of the quantity 
and quality of waste energy produced at such sources.
    Requires the EPA Administrator to: (1) establish a Registry 
of Recoverable Waste Energy Sources, and sites on which the 
sources are located; and (2) publish a rule for establishing 
criteria for site inclusion.
    Instructs the EPA Administrator to: (1) calculate the total 
quantities of potentially recoverable waste energy from sources 
at the sites, nationally and by state; and (2) make such 
quantities public, including greenhouse gas emissions savings 
that might be achieved with recovery of the waste energy from 
all sources and sites listed on the Registry.
    Requires the EPA Administrator to notify owners or 
operators of recoverable waste energy sources and sites listed 
on the Registry before publishing the listing.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to establish a waste 
energy recovery incentive grant program to provide incentive 
grants to: (1) owners and operators of projects that 
successfully produce electricity or incremental useful thermal 
energy from waste energy recovery; (2) utilities purchasing or 
distributing the electricity; and (3) states that have achieved 
80% or more of recoverable waste heat recovery opportunities.
    Sets forth additional incentives for recovery, use, and 
prevention of industrial waste energy.
    Redesignates the Combined Heat and Power Application 
Centers of DOE as Clean Energy Application Centers.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) relocate 
administration of the Clean Energy Application Centers to the 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within DOE; 
and (2) award grants to universities, research centers, and 
other institutions to ensure continued operations and 
effectiveness of eight Regional Clean Energy Application 
Centers in specified regions.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to 
support, research, develop, and promote, in cooperation with 
energy-intensive industries and national industry trade 
associations representing the energy-intensive industries, the 
use of new materials processes, technologies, and techniques to 
optimize energy efficiency and the economic competitiveness of 
domestic industrial and commercial sectors.
    Requires the Secretary to establish energy efficiency 
partnerships with eligible entities to improve the energy 
efficiency of equipment and processes used by energy-intensive 
industries.
    Authorizes competitive grants to universities, individual 
inventors, and small companies for innovative technology 
research, development, and demonstrations.
    Instructs such Secretary to fund institutions of higher 
education-based industrial research and assessment centers.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012 and ensuing 
fiscal years.
    Directs the Secretary and the EPA Administrator to: (1) 
initiate a voluntary national information program for widely 
used data centers and data center equipment and facilities for 
which there is a potential for significant data center energy 
savings; and (2) designate jointly an information technology 
industry (data center efficiency) organization to consult with 
and coordinate the program.
    Subtitle E: Healthy High-Performance Schools--Amends the 
Toxic Substances Control Act to authorize a grants award 
program to states for: (1) technical assistance for EPA 
programs for schools to address environmental issues (including 
the Tools for Schools Program and the Healthy School 
Environmental Assessment Tool); and (2) development and 
implementation of state school environmental health programs.
    Instructs the EPA Administrator to: (1) issue voluntary 
school site selection guidelines; and (2) issue voluntary 
guidelines for use by states in developing and implementing 
environmental health program for schools. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2009-FY2013.
    Requires the EPA Administrator to arrange with the 
Secretaries of Education and of Energy to study how sustainable 
building features such as energy efficiency affect multiple 
perceived indoor environmental quality stressors on students in 
K-12 schools. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2013.
    Subtitle F: Institutional Entities--Amends EPCA to instruct 
the Secretary of Energy to implement an information 
dissemination and technical assistance grants program to assist 
institutional entities in identifying, evaluating, designing, 
and implementing infrastructure projects in energy 
sustainability.
    Directs the Secretary to award grants to institutional 
entities to: (1) improve energy efficiency on their grounds and 
facilities; and (2) engage in innovative energy sustainability 
projects.
    Sets forth mandatory allocations to institutions of higher 
education with small endowments.
    Instructs the Secretary to: (1) provide loans to 
institutional entities to implementing energy efficiency 
improvements and sustainable energy infrastructure; and (2) 
establish procedures for solicitation and evaluation of 
potential projects for grant and loan funding and 
administration of the grant and loan programs. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2009-FY2013.
    Subtitle G: Public and Assisted Housing--Amends the 
Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to substitute 
the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code for specified 
energy building codes, including the Council of American 
Building Officials Model Energy Code, 1992, as the measure for 
energy efficiency standards developed by the Secretary of 
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Secretary of 
Agriculture for public and assisted housing.
    Requires construction and rehabilitation of specified 
affordable housing to meet certain revised energy conservation 
requirements if the HUD and Agriculture Secretaries fail to 
amend their standards after such revision, as long as specified 
criteria are also met.
    Subtitle H: General Provisions--Instructs the Federal 
Director and the Commercial Director to: (1) establish 
guidelines to implement a demonstration project to contribute 
to the research goals of the Office of Commercial High-
Performance Green Buildings and the Office of Federal High-
Performance Green Buildings; and (2) carry out demonstration 
projects related to green features of federal buildings and 
other facilities and supportive of research initiatives 
regarding high-performance green buildings generally. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Requires the Federal Director to develop and implement a 
comprehensive indoor air quality program for federal facilities 
to ensure the safety of federal workers and facility occupants.
    Amends the Clear Air Act to direct the EPA Administrator to 
establish a competitive grants program to assist local 
governments, with respect to local government buildings, to: 
(1) deploy cost-effective technologies and practices; and (2) 
achieve operational cost savings, through application of cost-
effective technologies and practices. Authorizes appropriations 
for FY2007-FY2012.
    Instructs the Federal Director, in coordination with the 
Commercial Director, to establish a Green Building Advisory 
Committee.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish an Advisory 
Committee on Energy Efficiency Finance to provide advice and 
recommendations on energy efficiency finance and investment 
issues, and to assist the energy community in identifying 
practical ways of lowering costs and increasing investments in 
energy efficiency technologies. Authorizes appropriations.
    Title V: Energy Savings in Government and Public 
Institutions--Subtitle A: United States Capitol Complex -
Authorizes the Architect of the Capitol (Architect) to: (1) 
conduct feasibility studies regarding construction of 
photovoltaic roofs for the Rayburn House Office Building and 
the Hart Senate Office Building; and (2) construct a fuel tank 
and pumping system for E-85 fuel at or within close proximity 
to the Capitol Grounds Fuel Station. Authorizes appropriations.
    Directs the Architect to: (1) include energy efficiency and 
conservation measures, greenhouse gas emission reduction 
measures, and other appropriate environmental measures in the 
Capitol Complex Master Plan; (2) operate steam boilers and the 
chiller plant at the Capitol Power Plant in the most energy 
efficient manner possible to minimize carbon emissions and 
operating costs; and (3) evaluate and correct the accuracy of 
the meters at the Plant.
    Directs the Architect to conduct a feasibility study 
evaluating the available methods to capture, store, and use 
carbon dioxide emitted from the Capitol Power Plant as a result 
of burning fossil fuels.
    Authorizes the Architect to conduct demonstration projects 
to capture and store or use carbon dioxide emitted from the 
Capitol Power Plant as a result of burning fossil fuels, if the 
feasibility study determines that such a project is 
technologically feasible and economically justified. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Subtitle B: Energy Savings Performance Contracting--Amends 
NECPA with respect to the authority of federal agencies to 
enter into energy savings performance contracts to repeal the 
requirement that, 30 days before the award of any such contract 
containing a clause setting forth a cancellation ceiling in 
excess of $10 million, the agency head notify the appropriate 
authorizing and appropriating committees of Congress.
    Authorizes a federal agency, in carrying out such a 
contract, to use any combination of appropriated funds and 
private financing under an energy savings performance contract.
    Prohibits a federal agency in connection with promotion of 
long-term energy savings performance contracts from: (1) 
establishing an agency policy that limits the maximum multiyear 
contract to a period shorter than 25 years; or (2) limiting the 
total amount of obligations under such contracts or other 
private financing of energy savings measures.
    Sets forth measurement and verification requirements for 
private financing.
    Requires each federal agency to modify indefinite delivery 
and quantity energy savings performance contracts to conform to 
certain amendments made by this Act (including other indefinite 
delivery and indefinite quantity contracts using private 
financing).
    Repeals the termination date for authority to enter into 
new energy savings performance contracts (thus making such 
authority permanent).
    Modifies the federal agency utility incentive program to 
repeal the requirement that 50% of water and energy cost 
savings realized by an agency shall remain available for 
expenditure for additional energy efficiency measures.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to create and administer 
in the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMA) a training 
program for federal contract negotiation and contract 
management personnel to: (1) negotiate energy savings 
performance contracts; (2) conclude effective and timely 
contracts for energy efficiency services; and (3) review 
federal contracts for potential energy efficiency opportunities 
and contract implications.
    Instructs the Secretaries of Energy and of Defense to 
jointly study and report to Congress and the President on the 
potential for energy savings performance contracts to reduce 
energy consumption and provide energy and cost savings in 
nonbuilding applications.
    Subtitle C: Energy Efficiency in Federal Agencies--
Instructs the GSA Administrator to install a photovoltaic 
system, as set forth in the Sun Wall Design Project, for the 
headquarters building of the DOE headquarters building (the 
Forrestal Building) in Washington, DC.
    Proscribes, as of January 1, 2009, purchases or installment 
of general service incandescent lamps in a Coast Guard 
facility, except in specified circumstances.
    Amends ECPA to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish 
revised federal building energy efficiency performance 
standards that require, if lifecycle cost-effective, at least 
30% of the hot water demand for each new federal building or 
federal building undergoing a major renovation to be met 
through the installation and use of solar hot water heaters.
    Amends NECPA to require that purchases of federally 
procured appliances with standby power comply with specified 
power wattage.
    Prohibits a federal agency from entering into a contract 
for procurement of an alternative or synthetic fuel, including 
a fuel produced from nonconventional petroleum sources, for any 
mobility-related use (other than for research or testing), 
unless the contract specifies that the lifecycle greenhouse gas 
emissions associated with the production and combustion of the 
fuel supplied under the contract must, on an ongoing basis, be 
less than or equal to such emissions from the equivalent 
conventional fuel produced from conventional petroleum sources.
    Requires a federal agency subject to this Act to submit 
annually to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) a government efficiency status report on: (1) its 
compliance with this Act; (2) implementation of initiatives to 
improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and greenhouse 
gas emissions; and (3) taxpayer savings resulting from 
improvements required by this Act.
    Requires OMB to submit an annual government efficiency 
report to certain congressional committees containing: (1) a 
summary of the government efficiency information reported by 
federal agencies; and (2) an evaluation and recommendations on 
the overall progress of the federal government toward 
compliance with this Act.
    Directs OMB to describe individual agency compliance with 
this Act in any annual energy scorecard.
    Directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to: 
(1) conduct a National Assessment of Electricity Sector Demand 
Response; and (2) develop a National Action Plan on Demand 
Response. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2010.
    Subtitle D: Energy Efficiency of Public Institutions -
Amends EPCA to authorize appropriations for state energy 
programs for FY2009-FY2012.
    Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 
(PURPA) to require each electric utility to: (1) integrate 
energy efficiency resources into utility, state, and regional 
plans; (2) adopt policies establishing cost-effective energy 
efficiency as a priority resource; and (3) implement rate 
design modifications to promote energy efficiency investments.
    Requires a natural gas utility to: (1) integrate energy 
efficiency resources into its plans and planning processes; (2) 
adopt policies that establish energy efficiency as a priority 
resource in such plans and processes; and (3) implement rate 
design modifications to promote energy efficiency investments.
    Subtitle E: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block 
Grants--Instructs the Secretary of Energy to establish the 
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to 
assist eligible entities in implementing strategies that: (1) 
reduce their fossil fuel emissions and total energy use; and 
(2) improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, 
and other appropriate sectors.
    Sets forth: (1) fund allocation and use requirements with 
respect to local governmental units, states, Indian tribes and 
competitive grants; and (2) grant recipient requirements. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Title VI: Accelerated Research and Development--Subtitle A: 
Solar Energy--Solar Energy Research and Advancement Act of 
2007--Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a research 
and development program to provide lower cost and more viable 
thermal energy storage technologies to enable the shifting of 
electric power loads on demand and extend the operating time of 
concentrating solar power electric generating plants. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Requires the Secretary to study and report to Congress on 
methods to: (1) integrate concentrating solar power and 
utility-scale photovoltaic systems into regional electricity 
transmission systems; (2) identify new transmission or 
transmission upgrades needed to bring electricity from high 
concentrating solar power resource areas to growing electric 
power load centers; and (3) reduce the amount of water consumed 
by concentrating solar power systems.
    Directs the Secretary to establish: (1) in the Office of 
Solar Energy Technologies a competitive grant program to create 
and strengthen solar industry workforce training and internship 
programs in installation, operation, and maintenance of solar 
energy products; (2) a research and development program to 
assist in demonstration and commercial application of direct 
solar renewable energy sources to provide alternatives to 
traditional power generation for lighting and illumination, 
including light pipe technology; (3) a research, development, 
and demonstration program to promote less costly and more 
reliable decentralized distributed solar-powered air 
conditioning for individuals and businesses; and (4) a grant 
program for states to demonstrate advanced photovoltaic 
technology. Authorizes appropriations for all these programs 
for FY2008-FY2012.
    Subtitle B: Geothermal Energy--Advanced Geothermal Energy 
Research and Development Act of 2007--Instructs the Secretary 
of Energy with grants to support research, development, 
demonstration, and commercial application programs to expand 
geothermal energy production from hydrothermal systems, 
including programs for: (1) development of advanced 
hydrothermal resource tools; (2) field demonstration of 
industry coupled exploratory drilling; (3) components and 
systems capable of withstanding extreme geothermal environments 
to develop geothermal reservoirs and geothermal energy; (4) 
geothermal reservoir performance modeling; (5) mitigation of 
potential adverse environmental impacts of geothermal energy 
development; (6) enhanced geothermal systems technologies; (7) 
enhanced geothermal systems reservoir stimulation; and (8) 
geothermal energy production from oil and gas fields and 
production and recovery of energy from geopressured resources.
    Instructs the Secretary to award to an institution of 
higher education (or consortium) a grant to establish a Center 
for Geothermal Technology Transfer (Center) to serve as 
information clearinghouse for the geothermal industry on best 
practices to develop and utilize geothermal resources.
    Directs the Secretary to expand DOE's GeoPowering the West 
program, renamed ``GeoPowering America,'' to extend its 
geothermal technology transfer activities throughout the United 
States. Continues to base the program in the DOE office in 
Golden, Colorado.
    Directs the Secretary to seek to award grant funding, on a 
competitive basis, to an institution of higher education for a 
geothermal-powered energy generation facility on the 
institution's campus to provide electricity and space heating.
    Directs the Secretary to study and report to specified 
congressional committees on advanced concepts and technologies 
to maximize geothermal resources.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012 for all these 
programs, including for the Intermountain West Geothermal 
Consortium.
    Directs the Secretary, in coordination with other federal 
and multilateral agencies (including the U.S. Agency for 
International Development (USAID)) to support international 
collaborative efforts to promote the research, development, and 
deployment of geothermal technologies used to develop 
hydrothermal and enhanced geothermal system resources, in 
partnership with the African Rift Geothermal Development 
Facility, Australia, China, France, the Republic of Iceland, 
India, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Authorizes appropriations 
for FY2008-FY2012.
    Directs the Secretary to make grants to governmental and 
private-sector entities for specified geothermal energy 
projects in high-cost regions. Authorizes appropriations.
    Subtitle C: Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy 
Technologies--Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Research 
and Development Act--Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a 
research, development, demonstration, and commercial 
application program to expand marine and hydrokinetic renewable 
energy; and (2) award grants to institutions of higher 
education to establish National Marine Renewable Energy 
Research, Development, and Demonstration Centers. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Subtitle D: Energy Storage for Transportation and Electric 
Power--United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 
2007--Instructs the Secretary to: (1) implement a research, 
development, and demonstration program for energy storage 
systems for electric drive vehicles, stationary applications, 
and electricity transmission and distribution; and (2) 
establish an Energy Storage Advisory Council.
    Requires the Council, in conjunction with the Secretary, to 
develop a five-year plan for integrating basic and applied 
research so that the United States retains a globally 
competitive domestic energy storage industry.
    Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct basic and applied 
research programs for such systems; and (2) establish up to 
four Energy Storage Research Centers to translate basic 
research into applied technologies to advance U.S. global 
competitiveness in such energy storage systems.
    Directs the Secretary to implement programs of: (1) new 
demonstrations of advanced energy storage systems; (2) electric 
drive vehicle energy storage technology demonstrations; and (3) 
research, development, and demonstration of secondary 
applications of energy storage devices following service in 
electric drive vehicles, and technologies and processes for 
final recycling and disposal of such devices.
    Instructs the Secretary to offer to arrange with the NAS to 
assess DOE performance in implementing such directives.
    Subtitle E: Miscellaneous Provisions--Directs the Secretary 
to establish a lightweight material research, development, and 
demonstration program to determine ways to reduce motor vehicle 
weight to improve fuel efficiency without compromising 
passenger safety. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Requires the Secretary to: (1) evaluate for Congress the 
state of technological advancement of advanced insulation, and 
the projected amount of cost savings generated by implementing 
advanced insulation into covered refrigeration units; and (2) 
establish an advanced insulation demonstration program if that 
would generate an economically justifiable amount of cost 
savings. Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-FY2014.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify technical 
criteria for the Clean Coal Power Initiative with respect to 
milestones for coal gasification projects for the year 2020.
    Directs the Secretary to implement a program to award cash 
prizes (H-Prizes) competitively to advance research, 
development, demonstration, and commercial application in 
technologies for the production, storage, distribution, and 
utilization of hydrogen energy. Authorizes appropriations for 
FY2008-FY2017.
    Instructs the Secretary to establish and award Bright 
Tomorrow Lighting Prizes for solid state lighting, including a 
60-Watt Incandescent Replacement Lamp Prize ($10 million), a 
Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) Type 38 Halogen 
Replacement Lamp Prize ($5 million), and a Twenty-First Century 
Lamp Prize ($5 million).
    Requires federal procurement of solid-state-light packages 
as soon as practicable after successful awards of the first two 
prizes in order to replace the use of 60-watt incandescent 
lamps and PAR 38 halogen lamps in federal government buildings.
    Establishes in the Treasury a Bright Tomorrow Lighting 
permanent fund to award prizes without fiscal year limitation. 
Authorizes appropriations.
    Directs the Secretary to implement the Renewable Energy 
Innovation Manufacturing Partnership Program to make assistance 
awards to carry out research, development, and demonstration 
relating to the manufacturing of renewable energy technologies.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary should 
ensure that small businesses engaged in renewable manufacturing 
are given priority consideration for such assistance awards. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2013.
    Title VII: Carbon Capture and Sequestration--Subtitle A: 
Carbon Capture and Sequestration Research, Development, and 
Demonstration--Department of Energy Carbon Capture and 
Sequestration Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 
2007--Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to: (1) rename the 
ten-year carbon capture research and development program the 
carbon capture and sequestration research, development, and 
demonstration program; and (2) add to program objectives the 
expediting and carrying out of large-scale testing of carbon 
sequestration systems in a range of geologic formations that 
will provide information on the cost and feasibility of 
deployment of sequestration technologies.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to carry out fundamental 
science and engineering research to develop and document the 
performance of new approaches to capture and sequester or use 
carbon dioxide to lead to an overall reduction of carbon 
dioxide emissions.
    Requires the Secretary to promote regional carbon 
sequestration partnerships to conduct geologic sequestration 
tests involving carbon dioxide injection and monitoring, 
mitigation, and verification operations in a variety of 
candidate geologic settings.
    Instructs the Secretary to: (1) conduct at least seven 
initial large-scale sequestration tests for geologic 
containment of carbon dioxide to collect and validate 
information on the cost and feasibility of commercial 
deployment of technologies for geologic containment of carbon 
dioxide; (2) give preference to proposals from partnerships 
among industrial, academic, and government entities in making 
certain competitive awards; and (3) require recipients to 
provide assurances that all laborers and mechanics employed by 
contractors and subcontractors in the construction, repair, or 
alteration of new or existing facilities performed in order to 
carry out a demonstration or commercial application activity 
authorized under this subsection shall be paid wages at rates 
not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the 
locality. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Directs the Secretary to demonstrate technologies for the 
large-scale capture of carbon dioxide from industrial sources 
of carbon dioxide. Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-FY2013.
    Instructs the Secretary to arrange for an NAS review and 
oversight of the carbon capture and sequestration research, 
development, and demonstration program under this subtitle.
    Requires the Secretary to arrange with NAS for a study to 
develop an interdisciplinary program in geology, engineering, 
hydrology, environmental science, and related disciplines that 
will support the nation's capability to capture and sequester 
carbon dioxide from anthropogenic sources. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008.
    Directs the Secretary to establish a program of competitive 
grants to colleges and universities for: (1) newly designated 
faculty positions in integrated geologic carbon sequestration 
science programs: and (2) internships for graduate students in 
geologic sequestration science.
    Subjects the injection and geologic sequestration of carbon 
dioxide under this Act to the requirements of the Safe Drinking 
Water Act, including those relating to protection of 
underground sources of drinking water.
    Requires the EPA Administrator to conduct a research 
program to address public health, safety, and environmental 
impacts that may be associated with capture, injection, and 
sequestration of greenhouse gases in geologic reservoirs.
    Instructs the Secretary to: (1) establish a university 
based research and development program to study carbon capture 
and sequestration using the various types of coal; and (2) give 
special consideration to rural or agricultural based 
institutions in areas that have regional sources of coal and 
that offer interdisciplinary programs in environmental science 
to study carbon capture and sequestration. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Subtitle B: Carbon Capture and Sequestration Assessment and 
Framework--Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) 
develop a methodology for conducting a national assessment of 
capacity for carbon dioxide; (2) conduct such assessment; and 
(3) implement a drilling program to supplement the geological 
data relevant to determining sequestration capacity of carbon 
dioxide in geological sequestration formations. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Directs the Secretary of the Interior to complete a 
national assessment of: (1) the quantity of carbon stored in 
and released from terrestrial ecosystems, including from man-
caused and natural fires; and (2) the annual flux of covered 
greenhouse gases in and out of terrestrial ecosystems.
    Prescribes methodology development and implementation 
procedures. Requires development of adaptation or mitigation 
strategies to enhance carbon sequestration in each terrestrial 
ecosystem, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt to 
climate change. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to instruct the 
Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land 
Management, to maintain records and an inventory regarding the 
quantity of carbon dioxide stored within federal mineral 
leaseholds.
    Directs such Secretary to report to certain congressional 
committees on a recommended framework for managing geological 
carbon sequestration activities on public land.
    Title VIII: Improved Management of Energy Policy--Subtitle 
A: Management Improvements--Directs the Secretary of Energy, 
acting through the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 
and Renewable Energy, to conduct a national media campaign to: 
(1) increase energy efficiency throughout the domestic economy 
over ten years; (2) promote the national security benefits 
associated with increased energy efficiency; and (3) decrease 
domestic oil consumption in the United States. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Amends the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act to authorize the 
Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation 
Projects to make certain personnel appointments and perform 
other administrative functions pertaining to temporary 
services, fees, charges, commissions, and the use of funds.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to use specified authorized 
funds to make grants to implement renewable energy construction 
grants involving Alaska small hydroelectric power. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Directs the Administrator of the Energy Information 
Administration (Administrator) on an ongoing basis to: (1) 
review, analyze, and report biannually to the Secretary on 
refinery outages to determine whether the scheduling of a 
refinery outage may nationally or regionally substantially 
affect the price or supply of any refined petroleum product; 
and (2) specifically alert the Secretary regarding any refinery 
outage that may substantially affect such price or supply.
    Requires the Secretary, based upon such alert, to inform 
refinery operators regarding planned refinery outages in order 
to reduce the quantity of refinery capacity that is out of 
service.
    Instructs such Administrator to establish, and submit to 
Congress along with an assessment of state-level data needs, a 
five-year plan to enhance the quality and scope of the data 
collection necessary to ensure the scope, accuracy, and 
timeliness of the information needed for efficient functioning 
of energy markets and related financial operations. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2012 and subsequent fiscal years.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that it is the goal of the 
United States that, by January 1, 2025, the agricultural, 
forestry, and working land of the United States should: (1) 
provide from renewable resources at least 25% of the total 
energy consumed in the United States; and (2) continue to 
produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.
    Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to complete, report 
to certain congressional committees on, and update every 10 
years a comprehensive nationwide geothermal resource assessment 
that examines the full range of domestic geothermal resources. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2022.
    Subtitle B: Prohibitions on Market Manipulation and False 
Information--Prohibits contravention of Federal Trade 
Commission (FTC) rules with respect to: (1) market manipulation 
in connection with the purchase or sale at wholesale of crude 
oil gasoline or petroleum distillates; and (2) the knowing and 
intentional reporting false information to a federal department 
or agency regarding the wholesale price of such distillates. 
Grants the FTC enforcement authority, including imposition of 
civil penalties.
    Title IX: International Energy Programs--Subtitle A: 
Assistance to Promote Clean and Efficient Energy Technologies 
in Foreign Countries--Directs the Administrator of USAID to 
support policies and programs in developing countries that 
promote clean and efficient energy technologies. Authorizes 
appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Instructs the Secretary of Commerce to: (1) direct the 
United States and Foreign Commercial Service to expand or 
create a corps of the Foreign Commercial Service officers to 
promote U.S. exports in clean and efficient energy technologies 
and to build the capacity of government officials in India, 
China, and other countries to become more familiar with 
available technologies; and (2) direct the International Trade 
Administration to expand or create trade missions to encourage 
private sector trade and investment in clean and efficient 
energy technologies. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-
FY2012.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the Overseas Private 
Investment Corporation (OPIC) should promote greater investment 
in clean and efficient energy technologies by: (1) proactively 
reaching out to U.S. companies interested in investing in clean 
and efficient energy technologies in countries that are 
significant contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions; 
(2) giving preferential treatment to the evaluation and 
awarding of projects that involve the investment or utilization 
of clean and efficient energy technologies; and (3) providing 
greater flexibility in supporting projects that involve the 
investment or utilization of clean and efficient energy 
technologies, including financing, insurance, and other 
assistance.
    Instructs the Director of the Trade and Development Agency 
to establish and promote policies that: (1) seek opportunities 
to fund projects that involve clean and efficient energy 
technologies, including in trade capacity building and capital 
investment projects; (2) advance utilization of such 
technologies, particularly to countries that have the potential 
for significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; and (3) 
recruit individuals with expertise or experience in such energy 
technologies to identify and evaluate opportunities for 
projects that involve such technologies.
    Directs the President to establish a Task Force on 
International Cooperation for Clean and Efficient Energy 
Technologies.
    Requires the Task Force to: (1) establish an Interagency 
Working Group on the Export of Clean and Efficient Energy 
Technologies (Working Group); and (2) develop and report to the 
President and certain congressional committees on a strategy to 
promote clean and efficient energy technologies in developing 
countries.
    Requires the Working Group to establish an Interagency 
Center on the Export of Clean and Efficient Energy 
Technologies. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2020.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy, in implementing the 
``Agreement between the Department of Energy of the United 
States of America and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure 
of Israel Concerning Energy Cooperation'' ( February 1, 1996), 
to establish: (1) a grant program to support research, 
development, and commercialization of renewable energy or 
energy efficiency; and (2) an advisory board to monitor the 
grants program and provide periodic performance reviews.
    Directs the Secretary to use certain authorized 
appropriations to carry out this section.
    Subtitle B: International Clean Energy Foundation--
Establishes in the executive branch the International Clean 
Energy Foundation, as a government corporation, to serve long-
term foreign policy and energy security goals of reducing 
global greenhouse gas emissions.
    Requires the Foundation to: (1) make grants to promote 
projects outside of the United States that serve as models of 
how to reduce significantly the emissions of global greenhouse 
gases through clean and efficient energy technologies, 
processes, and services; (2) seek contributions from foreign 
governments and private organizations to supplement 
appropriations; (3) harness global expertise through 
collaborative partnerships with foreign governments and 
domestic and foreign private actors; (4) create a repository of 
information on best practices and lessons learned on the 
utilization and implementation of clean and efficient energy 
technologies and processes; and (5) promote the use of 
American-made clean and efficient energy technologies, 
processes, and services. Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-
FY2013.
    Subtitle C: Miscellaneous Provisions--Urges the Secretary 
of State to ensure that energy security is integrated into the 
core mission of the Department of State.
    Establishes a Coordinator for International Energy Affairs 
within the Office of the Secretary of State. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Instructs the Secretary of State to report to certain 
congressional committees on the following: (1) Department of 
State personnel who are dedicated to energy matters and are 
stationed at embassies and consulates in countries that are 
major energy producers or consumers; (2) the need for federal 
energy specialist personnel in U.S. diplomatic missions; and 
(3) recommendations for increasing energy expertise within U.S. 
embassies among foreign service officers, and options for 
assigning to such embassies energy attaches from the National 
Laboratories or other agencies within DOE.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to arrange with the 
Secretary of State to assign personnel from DOE or its National 
Laboratories to serve as dedicated advisors on energy matters 
in United States diplomatic missions.
    Amends the National Security Act of 1947 to add the 
Secretary of Energy to the National Security Council.
    Requires the President to report annually to Congress on 
national energy security strategy in both classified and 
unclassified form.
    Provides for allocation of the contingent costs associated 
with participation by the United States in the international 
nuclear liability compensation system established by the 
Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, 
done at Vienna on September 12, 1997, with respect to: (1) a 
covered Price-Anderson incident at a nuclear energy project in 
the United States; and (2) a covered incident outside the 
United States that is not a Price-Anderson incident.
    Requires the use of specified funds available under the 
Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (Price-Anderson Act) to cover 
contingent costs resulting from any Price-Anderson incident 
covered under such Act.
    Requires each nuclear supplier to participate in a 
retrospective risk pooling program to cover contingent costs 
resulting from certain covered incidents outside the United 
States that are not Price-Anderson incidents.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to make available to 
nuclear suppliers and their insurers information to support 
voluntary establishment and maintenance of private insurance 
against any risk for which nuclear suppliers may be required to 
pay deferred payments under this Act.
    States it is U.S. policy to: (1) increase energy security 
by promoting anti-corruption initiatives in oil and natural gas 
rich countries; and (2) promote global energy security through 
promotion of programs such as the Extractive Industries 
Transparency Initiative (EITI) that seek to instill 
transparency and accountability into extractive industries 
resource payments.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States 
should further global energy security and promote democratic 
development in resource-rich foreign countries by: (1) 
encouraging further participation in the EITI by eligible 
countries and companies; and (2) promoting the efficacy of the 
EITI program by ensuring a robust and candid review mechanism. 
Authorizes appropriations for U.S. contributions to the EITI 
Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
    Title X: Green Jobs--Green Jobs Act of 2007--Amends the 
Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to direct the Secretary of 
Labor (Secretary in this title) to establish an energy 
efficiency and renewable energy worker training program.
    Requires the Secretary, acting through the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, to collect and analyze labor market data to track 
workforce trends resulting from energy-related initiatives 
under this title.
    Directs the Secretary to award competitive National Energy 
Training Partnerships Grants to enable certain entities to 
implement training that leads to economic self-sufficiency 
(Pathways Out of Poverty Demonstration Program) and develop an 
energy efficiency and renewable energy industries workforce.
    Requires the Secretary to award competitive grants to 
enable states to administer: (1) state labor market research, 
information, and labor exchange research programs; and (2) 
certain renewable energy and energy efficiency workforce 
development programs. Authorizes appropriations.
    Title XI: Energy Transportation and Infrastructure--
Subtitle A: Department of Transportation--Amends federal 
transportation law to establish the Office of Climate Change 
and Environment (Office) within the Department of 
Transportation (DOT).
    Requires such Office to: (1) plan, coordinate, and 
implement department-wide research, strategies, and actions 
under DOT authority to reduce transportation-related energy use 
and mitigate the effects of climate change; (2) establish a 
clearinghouse of solutions, including cost-effective congestion 
reduction approaches, to achieve such reduction and mitigation; 
and (3) coordinate its activities with the U.S. Global Change 
Research Program.
    Requires the Office to: (1) examine the impact of the 
nation's transportation system upon climate change and the fuel 
efficiency savings and clean air impacts of major 
transportation projects; (2) identify solutions to reduce air 
pollution and transportation-related energy use and mitigate 
the effects of climate change; and (3) examine potential fuel 
savings resulting from changes in the current transportation 
system and the use of intelligent transportation systems that 
help businesses and consumers to plan their travel and avoid 
delays (including Web-based real-time transit information 
systems, congestion information systems, carpool information 
systems, parking information systems, freight route management 
systems, and traffic management systems).
    Instructs the Secretary of Transportation to report to 
certain congressional committees on the results of such 
examination. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2011.
    Subtitle B: Railroads Instructs the Secretary of 
Transportation to implement a competitive grant program for 
railroad carriers and state and local governments to: (1) 
assist purchases of hybrid or other energy-efficient 
locomotives, including hybrid switch and generator-set 
locomotives; and (2) demonstrate the extent to which such 
locomotives increase fuel economy, reduce emissions, and lower 
costs of operation. Sets the federal share of such program at a 
maximum 80%.
    Amends federal transportation law to instruct the Secretary 
of Transportation to establish capital grants for class II and 
class III railroads to implement track capital projects. 
Requires a report to certain congressional committees on 
whether the program: (1) helps promote a reduction in fuel use 
associated with freight transportation; and (2) demonstrates 
innovative technologies for increased fuel economy, reduced 
greenhouse gas emissions, and lowered operation costs. 
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2011.
    Subtitle C: Marine Transportation--Amends federal maritime 
transportation law to direct the Secretary of Transportation 
to: (1) establish a short sea transportation program and 
designate short sea transportation projects to mitigate 
landside congestion; (2) designate short sea transportation 
routes as extensions of the surface transportation system to 
focus public and private efforts to use the waterways to 
relieve landside congestion along coastal corridors; (3) 
develop strategies to encourage the use of short sea 
transportation for passengers and cargo; (4) enter into 
memorandums of understanding with the heads of other federal 
entities to transport federally owned or generated cargo using 
designated short sea transportation projects; and (5) establish 
a board to identify and seek solutions to impediments hindering 
effective use of short sea transportation.
    Subtitle D: Highways--Sets the federal share for federal 
highway congestion mitigation and air quality (CMAQ) 
improvement projects or programs at a minimum of 80% but, at 
state discretion, up to 100% of project costs.
    Sets forth a formula for the distribution of FY2008 or 
FY2009 rescissions of certain unobligated balances appropriated 
from the Highway Trust Fund.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that, in constructing new 
roadways or rehabilitating existing facilities, state and local 
governments should consider policies designed to accommodate 
all users, including motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, transit 
riders, and people of all ages and abilities.
    Title XII: Small Business Energy Programs--Amends the Small 
Business Act to direct the Administrator of the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) to: (1) make an Express Loan for 
purchasing a renewable energy system or carrying out an energy 
efficiency project for a small business concern; and (2) 
establish a pilot program reducing fees for specified energy 
efficiency loans.
    Directs the SBA Administrator to: (1) promulgate final 
rules establishing the government-wide consumer education 
program authorized by EPCA to encourage the conservation of 
energy in the use of consumer products; (2) develop and 
coordinate establishment of another government-wide small 
business energy efficiency program, building on the Energy Star 
for Small Business Program; and (3) develop a strategy to 
educate, encourage, and assist small business concerns in 
adopting energy efficient building fixtures and equipment.
    Requires the SBA Administrator to establish a Small 
Business Energy Efficiency Program (Small Business 
Sustainability Initiative) to provide energy efficiency 
assistance to small business concerns through small business 
development centers. Authorizes appropriations.
    Instructs the SBA Administrator to conduct a pilot program 
to provide information regarding telecommuting to small 
business concerns and to encourage them to offer telecommuting 
options to employees. Authorizes appropriations.
    Amends the Small Business Act to instruct the SBA 
Administrator to ensure that certain federal departments and 
agencies give high priority to small business concerns that 
participate in or conduct energy efficiency or renewable energy 
system research and development projects.
    Amends the Small Business Act of 1958 to include among 
eligibility criteria for SBA loans to state and local 
development companies: (1) reduction of energy consumption by 
at least 10%; (2) increased use of sustainable design, 
including designs that reduce the use of greenhouse gas 
emitting fossil fuels, or low-impact design to produce 
buildings that reduce the use of nonrenewable resources and 
minimize environmental impact; or (3) plant, equipment and 
process upgrades of renewable energy sources such as the small-
scale production of energy for individual buildings or 
communities consumption (commonly known as micropower, or 
renewable fuels producers including biodiesel and ethanol 
producers).
    Allows a loan of up to $4 million for plant acquisition, 
construction, conversion, and expansion for each project that: 
(1) reduces the borrower's energy consumption by at least 10%; 
or (2) generates renewable energy or renewable fuels.
    Permits certain small business investment companies to 
issue Energy Saving debentures.
    Prescribes formulae for calculating the maximum amount of 
outstanding leverage, as well as the maximum aggregate amount 
of such leverage, authorized for a licensed small business 
investment company.
    Excludes the amount of the cost basis of any Energy Saving 
qualified investment in a smaller enterprise (up to 33% of the 
company's private capital) after enactment of this Act.
    Limits the Energy Saving qualified investment in any one 
entity to a maximum of 20% of the company's private capital.
    Instructs the SBA Administrator to establish and administer 
a Renewable Fuel Capital Investment Program (RFCI) to: (1) 
promote the research, development, manufacture, production, and 
bringing to market of goods, products, or services that 
generate or support the production of renewable energy by 
encouraging venture capital investments in smaller enterprises 
primarily engaged in such activities; and (2) establish a 
venture capital program to address unmet equity investment 
needs of smaller enterprises engaged in such activities.
    Authorizes the SBA Administrator to: (1) guarantee timely 
payment of principal and interest on debentures issued by any 
RFCI company; (2) charge fees to reduce the cost of SBA 
purchases and guarantees of such debentures; (3) issue and 
guarantee trust certificates representing ownership of all or 
part of such debentures; and (4) make grants and supplemental 
grants to RFCI companies to provide operational assistance to 
smaller enterprises financed, or expected to be financed, by 
such companies or other entities. Permits bank investment in an 
RFCI company. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2009.
    Title XIII: Smart Grid--Declares it is the policy of the 
United States to support modernization of the nation's 
electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a 
reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet 
future demand growth and to achieve specified characteristics 
of a Smart Grid.
    Instructs the Secretary of Energy to: (1) report 
periodically to Congress on smart grid deployments nationwide 
and any regulatory or government barriers to continued 
deployment; and (2) establish a Smart Grid Advisory Committee.
    Directs the Assistant Secretary of the Office of 
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability to establish a 
Smart Grid Task Force to insure awareness, coordination and 
integration of the diverse activities of the Office and 
elsewhere in the federal government related to smart-grid 
technologies and practices.
    Directs the Secretary of Energy to implement a program that 
includes: (1) developing advanced techniques for measuring peak 
load reductions and energy-efficiency savings from smart 
metering, demand response, distributed generation, and 
electricity storage systems; (2) investigating means for demand 
response, distributed generation, and storage to provide 
ancillary services; and (3) conducting research to advance the 
use of wide-area measurement and control networks, including 
data mining, visualization, advanced computing, and secure and 
dependable communications in a highly-distributed environment.
    Directs such Secretary to: (1) establish a smart grid 
regional demonstration initiative composed of demonstration 
projects specifically focused on advanced technologies for use 
in power grid sensing, communications, analysis, and power flow 
control; and (2) implement smart grid demonstration projects in 
up to five electricity control areas, including at least one 
rural area in which the majority of generation and transmission 
assets are controlled by a tax-exempt entity.
    Confers upon the Director of the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology (NIST) primary responsibility to 
coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols 
and model standards for information management to achieve 
interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.
    Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish a Smart Grid 
Investment Matching Grant Program to provide reimbursement of 
20% of qualifying Smart Grid investments; and (2) establish and 
publish in the Federal Register procedures by which applicants 
who have made qualifying Smart Grid investments can seek and 
obtain reimbursement of one-fifth of their documented 
expenditures.
    Amends PURPA to require: (1) each state to consider 
requiring that, before undertaking investments in nonadvanced 
grid technologies, an electric utility of the state demonstrate 
that it has considered an investment in a qualified smart grid 
system based on specified factors; and (2) all electricity 
purchasers to be provided direct access to information from 
their electricity provider.
    Instructs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on: 
(1) laws and regulations affecting the siting of privately 
owned electric distribution wires on and across public rights-
of-way; and (2) a quantitative assessment and determination of 
the existing and potential impacts of the deployment of Smart 
Grid systems on improving the security of the nation's 
electricity infrastructure and operating capability.
    Title XIV: Pool and Spa Safety--Virginia Graeme Baker Pool 
and Spa Safety Act treats the requirements of this Act as a 
consumer product safety rule issued by the Consumer Product 
Safety Commission (Commission) under the Consumer Product 
Safety Act.
    Requires each swimming pool or spa drain cover 
manufactured, distributed, or entered into commerce in the 
United States to conform to specified entrapment protection 
standards, or any successor standard regulating such swimming 
pool or drain cover.
    Directs the Commission to establish a state swimming pool 
safety grant program. Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-
FY2010.
    Sets forth minimum state law requirements a state must meet 
to be eligible for a grant.
    Directs the Commission to implement a public education 
program on methods to prevent drowning and entrapment in 
swimming pools and spas. Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-
FY2012.
    Title XV: Revenue Provisions--Amends the Internal Revenue 
Code to extend: (1) through calendar year 2008 the 0.2% Federal 
Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) surtax payable by employers; and 
(2) from five to seven years the amortization period for 
geological and geophysical expenditures by certain major 
integrated oil companies. Title XVI: Effective Date--Makes the 
effective date of this Act one day after its enactment.
    Legislative History: H.R. 6 was introduced on January 12, 
2007 by Representative Nick Rahall, II, and referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means and in addition to the Committees 
on Natural Resources, Budget, and Rules. On January 18, 2007 
the bill was considered under H. Res. 66 (Rule) which granted 
the Committee on Agriculture thirty minutes to control during 
consideration. On that same date the bill passed the House, 
amended, by a vote of 264 yeas to 163 nays. On June 21, 2007, 
the bill passed the Senate, with amendment by a vote of 65 yeas 
to 27 nays. On December 6, 2007 the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment with amendment by a vote of 235 yeas to 181 nays. On 
December 13, 2007 the Senate concurred in the House amendment 
to the Senate amendment with an amendment by a vote of 86 yeas 
to 8 nays. On December 18, 2008 the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment to the House amendments to the Senate amendments by a 
vote of 314 yeas to 100 nays. On that same date the bill was 
presented to the President and signed on December 19, 2007 into 
Public Law 110-140.
            Public Law 110-191 (H.R. 5264)
    To extend certain trade preference programs, and for other 
purposes.
    This Act amends the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as 
amended and expanded by Andean Trade Promotion and Drug 
Eradication Act (ATPDEA), to extend, through December 31, 2008, 
the ATPA program providing for the duty-free treatment of 
certain imported apparel articles assembled in one or more 
ATPDEA beneficiary countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and 
Peru).
    Amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 
of 1985 to extend certain customs fees for the processing of 
merchandise entered into the United States through December 27, 
2014.
    Amends the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act 
of 2005 to increase the amount in effect on the date of 
enactment of this Act of any corporate estimated tax 
installment otherwise due by a corporation with assets of not 
less than $1 billion in July, August, or September 2013 by 
0.25% of such amount.
    Legislative History: H.R. 5264 was introduced by 
Representative Charles Rangel on February 7, 2008 and referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. On February 25, 2008 the 
bill was reported, amended, H. Rept. 110-529. On February 27, 
2008 the measure passed the House, as amended, under suspension 
of the rules by a voice vote. On February 28, 2008 the bill 
passed the Senate without amendment by unanimous consent. On 
that same date the bill was presented to the President and 
signed on February 29, 2008 into Public Law 110-191.
            Public Law 110-343 (H.R. 1424)
    To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase 
and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of 
providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy 
and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy 
production and conservation, to extend certain expiring 
provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for 
other purposes.
    Section 601 of the Act revises the provisions of the Secure 
Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The 
section provides for: (1) calculating payments to eligible 
states, counties, and territories for Fiscal Years (FY) 2008 
through 2011 and; (2) the making of transition payments for FYs 
2008 through 2010 to California, Louisiana, Oregon, 
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and 
Washington. The section sets forth distribution, election, and 
expenditure rules. This section permits eligible electing 
counties to expend a portion of funds received for the 
protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife 
habitat, and other consistent resource objectives upon project 
approval. The section also sets forth requirements for a 
merchantable timber contracting pilot program. This section 
revises provisions concerning resource advisory committees and 
the use and availability of project funds for projects 
submitted by such committees. The authority to initiate 
projects terminates on September 30, 2011.
    The section: revises provisions for the use of county funds 
for certain projects, and requires certification by 
participating counties that county funds have been expended 
only for authorized uses. The authority to initiate such 
projects terminates on September 30, 2011.
    The section authorizes appropriations for FYs 2008 through 
FY2011 to carry out the Secure Rural Schools and Community 
Self-Determination Act of 2000.
    Legislative History: H.R. 1424 was introduced by 
Representative Patrick Kennedy on March 9, 2007 and referred to 
the Committee on Energy and Commerce and in addition to the 
Committees on Education and Labor and Ways and Means. On 
October 15, 2007 the bill was reported both by the Committee on 
Education and Labor, H. Rept. 110-374 part I, and the Committee 
on Ways and Means, H. Rept. 110-374 part II. On March 3, 2008, 
the bill was reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 
part III. The measure then passed the House on March 5, 2008 by 
a vote of 268 yeas to 148 nays. On October 1, 2008 the bill 
passed the Senate with amendment by a vote of 74 yeas to 25 
nays. On October 3, 2008 the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment by a vote of 263 yeas to 171 nays, clearing the 
measure for the President. On that same date the bill was 
presented and signed by the President into Public Law 110-343.

Appropriations

            Public Law 110-28 (H.R. 2206)
    Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes 
(approved May 25, 2007).
    Section 6102 of the Act prohibits USDA from using funds 
appropriated for fiscal year 2007 from being used to implement 
the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) proposed risk-
based inspection program in the 30 prototype locations until 
the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports to FSIS and the 
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on the data used 
by FSIS in developing the risk-based inspection program and 
FSIS has resolved issues identified by OIG.
    Section 9001 appropriates such sums as necessary for the 
Secretary of Agriculture to provide emergency financial 
assistance to producers that incurred qualifying quantity or 
quality losses for one of the 2005, 2006, or 2007 crops due to 
weather-related conditions. Directs the Secretary to make 
assistance available in the same manner as provided under 
section 815 of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2001, except that the payment rate is 42 percent of the 
established price, rather than 65 percent.
    Section 9002 under subsection (a), Congress appropriates 
such sums as necessary for the Secretary of Agriculture to 
carry out the livestock compensation program established under 
7 C.F.R. 1416, to provide compensation for disaster-related 
livestock losses between January 1, 2005 and February 28, 2007. 
The compensation payment rate under the Act is 61 percent of 
the payment rate otherwise applicable under the program.
    Under subsection (b), Congress appropriates such sums as 
necessary for the Secretary of Agriculture to make livestock 
indemnity payments to producers on farms that have incurred 
disaster-related livestock losses between January 1, 2005 and 
February 28, 2007. The Act establishes the payment rate as not 
less than 26 percent of the market value of the applicable 
livestock on the day before the death of the livestock.
    Section 9003 appropriates $16 million to provide assistance 
under the Emergency Conservation Program for the cleanup and 
restoration of farm and agricultural production lands.
    Section 9004 reduces the amount of any payment made under 
sections 9001-9003 of the Act by the amount received by the 
producer for the same or similar loss under: (1) the Department 
of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address 
Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act 
(P.L. 109-148); (2) an agricultural disaster assistance 
provision in the Secretary of Agriculture's announcement on 
either January 26, 2006 or August 29, 2006; and (3) the 
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the 
Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery (P.L. 109-234). 
The Act provides that adjusted gross income limitations 
contained in the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308-3a) 
apply with respect to payments made under sections 9001-9003.
    Section 9005 authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to 
promulgate regulations to implement sections 9001 and 9002 of 
the Act, without regard to notice and comment requirements in 5 
U.S.C. 553, the Statement of Policy of the Secretary of 
Agriculture effective July 24, 1971, and the Paperwork 
Reduction Act.
    Section 9006 extends the Milk Income Loss Contract Program 
until September 30, 2007, at 34 percent.
    Section 9007 appropriates $16 million to make payments to 
dairy producers for disaster-related dairy production losses, 
as defined in section 9002 of the Act.
    Section 9008 provides the Secretary of Agriculture the 
discretion to permit the use of one claims adjustor for 
carrying out the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance program in 
States with a shortage of claims adjustors.
    Section 9009 appropriates $16 million to provide emergency 
grants to assist low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers, 
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 5177a.
    Section 9010 provides that section 741 of title VII of the 
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, need not 
reoccur. Section 741 had limited the funds to carry out the 
Conservation Security Program.
    Section 9011 appropriates $22 million for salaries and 
expenses at the Farm Service Agency, to be available until 
September 30, 2008.
    Section 9012 requires that, in carrying out the crop 
disaster and livestock assistance programs in the Act, forage 
producers have participated in a crop insurance pilot program 
or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program during the 
year for which compensation is received.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2206 was introduced by 
Representative David Obey on May 8, 2007 and referred to the 
Committee on Appropriations and in addition to the Committee on 
the Budget. On May 10, 2007 the bill passed the House by a vote 
of 221 yeas to 205 nays. On May 17, 2007 the bill passed the 
Senate with an amendment by a voice vote. On May 24, 2007, the 
House and the Senate resolved its differences with passage in 
the House by a vote of 280 yeas to 142 nays, and passage in the 
Senate by a vote of 80 yeas to 14 nays. On May 25, 2007 the 
bill was presented to the President and signed into Public Law 
110-28. (Note: See also the discussion of H.R. 1591 under ``3. 
Bills Vetoed.'')
            Public Law 110-92 (H.J. Res. 52)
    Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2008, 
and for other purposes (approved September 29, 2007).
    This Act appropriates amounts for continuing operations, 
projects, or activities which were conducted in FY2007 and for 
which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made 
available in: (1) the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 
2007 (division A of Public Law 109-289); (2) the Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (Public Law 109-
295); and (3) the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007 
(division B of Public Law 109-289, as amended by Public Law 
110-5).
    Prohibits the use of appropriations, funds, or authority 
granted under this joint resolution for the Department of 
Defense (DOD) for: (1) new production of items not funded for 
production in FY2007 or prior years; (2) the increase in 
production rates above those sustained with FY2007 funds; or 
(3) the initiation, resumption, or continuation of any project, 
activity, operation, or organization for which appropriations, 
funds, or other authority were not available during FY2007.
    Bars the use of DOD appropriations, funds, or authority 
granted under this joint resolution to initiate multi-year 
procurements utilizing advance procurement funding for economic 
order quantity procurement unless specifically appropriated 
later.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Defense, however, following 
notification of the congressional defense committees, to 
initiate projects or activities required to be undertaken for 
force protection purposes using funds made available from the 
Iraq Freedom Fund.
    Provides funding under this joint resolution until the 
earliest of: (1) enactment of an appropriation for any project 
or activity provided for in this joint resolution; (2) 
enactment of the applicable appropriations Act for FY2008 
without any provision for such project or activity; or (3) 
November 16, 2007.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, certain activities for 
entitlements and other mandatory payments whose budget 
authority was provided in appropriations Acts for FY2007, and 
for activities under the Food Stamp Act of 1977. Declares that, 
notwithstanding such date, funds shall be available and 
obligations for mandatory payments due on or about the first 
day of any month after October 2007 but within 30 days after 
November 16, 2007.
    Authorizes amounts made available under this joint 
resolution for civilian personnel compensation and benefits in 
each department and agency to be apportioned up to the rate for 
operations necessary to avoid furloughs within such entity, 
consistent with the applicable appropriations Act for FY2007. 
Prohibits the use of such authority until after the department 
or agency has taken all necessary actions to reduce or defer 
non-personnel-related administrative expenses.
    Authorizes the obligation and expenditure of funds 
appropriated by this joint resolution, notwithstanding: (1) 
federal limitation on foreign assistance appropriations; (2) 
the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956; (3) the 
Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 
1995; and (4) the National Security Act of 1947.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture for one year to 
enter into or renew contracts under the Housing Act of 1949 to 
provide loans for rental and cooperative housing for persons 
and families of low-income in multifamily housing projects.
    Extends the Secretary's authority through November 16, 
2007, to make cotton classification services available to 
cotton producers.
    Extends the Secretary's authority to carry out the adjusted 
gross income limitation contained in the Food Security Act of 
1985 through the end of the 2007 crop year or through November 
16, 2007, whichever occurs later.
    Provides that certain patent and trademark fees established 
under the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the 
Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005 that 
applied during FY2007 shall continue through November 16, 2007.
    Continues the authority for the Commander's Emergency 
Response Program (urgent humanitarian and reconstruction relief 
for Iraq and Afghanistan) through the date of enactment of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA 
for FY2008), or November 16, 2007, whichever is earlier.
    Continues through enactment of the NDAA for FY2008 of the 
authority for a member of the Armed Forces to designate another 
person (in lieu of a codified list of survivors) to receive up 
to 50% of the death gratuity payable to such member upon his or 
her death from active-duty military service.
    Continues through the earlier of the enactment of the NDAA 
for FY2008 or November 16, 2007, the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense under the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 to support foreign 
forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals engaged in 
supporting or facilitating ongoing military operations by U.S. 
special operations forces to combat terrorism.
    Continues through the earlier of the enactment of the NDAA 
for FY2008 or November 16, 2007, the authority under the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 for a 
DOD joint task force to provide counterterrorism support to law 
enforcement agencies conducting counter-drug activities.
    Continues through the earlier of the enactment of the NDAA 
for FY2008 or November 16, 2007, the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense to provide administrative services and support for 
the performance of duties by a liaison officer of another 
nation involved in a U.S. coalition while such officer is 
assigned temporarily to the headquarters of a U.S. combatant 
command, component command, or subordinate operational command 
in connection with the planning for, or conduct of, a coalition 
operation.
    Appropriates additional funds for a Mine Resistant Ambush 
Protected Vehicle Fund, to remain available through FY2008. 
Makes such funds available to: (1) continue technological 
research and development and upgrades; (2) procure mine 
resistant ambush protected vehicles and associated support 
equipment; and (3) sustain, transport, and field them.
    Extends through November 16, 2007, authority for 
Appalachian regional development.
    Extends through November 16, 2007, the Delta Regional 
Authority under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development 
Act.
    Allows the transfer to another agency of specified funds 
made available to the Department of Energy (DOE) in order to 
carry out the Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline project. Requires 
such transferred funds to be refunded to DOE after passage of 
the regular appropriations Act for the other agency.
    Makes an additional amount available under the General 
Services Administration (GSA) Operating Expenses Account at a 
specified rate for operations for the costs of agency 
activities transferred to the Civilian Board of Contract 
Appeals pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2006.
    Authorizes the District of Columbia to expend local funds 
for certain programs and activities under title IV of H.R. 2829 
(110th Congress), as passed by the House, at a specified rate 
set forth in the Fiscal Year 2008 Proposed Budget and Financial 
Plan submitted to Congress by the District on June 7, 2007, as 
amended on June 29, 2007.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the franchise fund 
pilot programs in six executive agencies designated by the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the 
Government Management Reform Act of 1994.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the demonstration 
project under which certain claims against federal executive 
agencies under the Uniformed Services Employment and 
Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 are referred to the Office of 
Special Council.
    Requires the obligation of funds made available under this 
joint resolution for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to 
support hiring, training, and equipping of new border patrol 
agents at a rate for operations not exceeding that necessary to 
sustain the numbers of such border patrol agents in the final 
quarter of FY2007.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to continue, 
through November 16, 2007, to obligate funds at the rate the 
Secretary determines necessary to maintain not more than the 
average monthly number of detention bed spaces in use during 
September 2007 at detention facilities operated or contracted 
by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
    Declares not in effect during a specified period in FY2008 
the prohibition in the Department of Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act, 2007 against the use of appropriated funds 
to the U.S. Secret Service for the protection of any person 
other than Presidents and Vice Presidents (current and former), 
candidates for such offices, certain family members, visiting 
heads of foreign states, and other distinguished foreign 
visitors.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the eligibility of the 
Republic of Palau for certain appropriations and education 
grants.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, certain activities 
authorized by the Trade Act of 1974 for relief of workers, 
firms, and farmers from injury caused by import competition. 
Appropriates funds to carry out adjustment assistance for 
farmers.
    Appropriates funds for FY2008 to provide allotments to 
states, the District of Columbia, and commonwealths and 
territories under title XXI (State Children's Health Insurance 
Program) (CHIP) (also known as SCHIP) of the Social Security 
Act (SSA) for items and services furnished through November 16, 
2007 or, if earlier, the enactment of an Act that provides 
funding for FY2008 and for one or more subsequent fiscal years.
    Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services 
(Secretary throughout this section) to make allotments to such 
states, the District of Columbia, and commonwealths and 
territories from such appropriated amounts for FY2008.
    Amends the SSA to prescribe requirements for redistribution 
by the Secretary to FY2008 shortfall states of unused FY2005 
allotments that are not expended by the end of FY2007.
    Describes a FY2008 shortfall state as one with an approved 
state child health plan for which the Secretary estimates, on a 
monthly basis, that the projected expenditures under such plan 
for FY2008 will exceed the sum of the state's allotments for: 
(1) each of FY2006-FY2007 that was not expended by the end of 
FY2007; and (2) FY2008.
    Extends through FY2008 the authority for qualifying states 
to use certain funds for expenditures under SSA title XIX 
(Medicaid).
    Appropriates specified funds for payment to: (1) Susan 
Thomas, widow of Craig Thomas, a former Senator from Wyoming; 
(2) Karen L. Gillmor, widow of Paul E. Gillmor, a former 
Representative from Ohio.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the authority of the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs with respect to: (1) hospital and 
nursing home care for certain veterans with service-connected 
disabilities; and (2) federal recovery of the cost of certain 
care and services provided to veterans with non-service-
connected disabilities.
    Provides funding for DOD Base Closure Account 2005 at a 
specified rate for operations.
    Authorizes the expenditure of funds by the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for information technology systems programs 
and activities for pay and associated costs for operations and 
maintenance associated staff.
    Appropriates an additional amount for the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to provide: (1) reimbursement to state and 
local agencies for certain salary and travel incurred by their 
employees; and (2) an allowance for administrative expenses in 
rendering necessary services in ascertaining the qualifications 
of educational institutions for furnishing courses of education 
to certain eligible persons and veterans.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the issuing and direct 
investment authority of the Overseas Private Investment 
Corporation (OPIC) under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    Provides funds to the Department of State for 
administration of foreign affairs, diplomatic and consular 
programs, including worldwide security upgrades.
    Continues the Interagency Council on the Homeless through 
the earlier of: (1) November 16, 2007; or (2) the enactment of 
an authorization Act relating to the McKinney-Vento Homeless 
Assistance Act.
    Requires funds made available under this joint resolution 
for the National Transportation Safety Board to include amounts 
necessary to make lease payments due in FY2008 only on an 
obligation incurred in 2001 under a capital lease.
    Continues until November 16, 2007, the authority of the 
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to insure, and 
commit to insure, home equity conversion mortgages for elderly 
homeowners under the National Housing Act.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, the Secretary of HUD's 
authority to provide assistance to public housing agencies for 
demolition, site revitalization, replacement housing, and 
tenant-based assistance grants for projects.
    Prescribes a formula for the amount to be made available to 
the Secretary of Transportation for airport planning and 
development and noise compatibility planning and programs. 
Makes such amount available from October 1 through November 16, 
2007.
    Continues through FY2008 the Secretary's authority to incur 
obligations to make project grants.
    Continues through November 16, 2007, excise taxes on 
aviation fuels and the air transportation of persons or 
property, as well as authority for expenditures from the 
Airport and Airway Trust Fund, under the Internal Revenue Code.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the House of 
Representatives: (1) recognizes the service of General David H. 
Petraeus, as well as all other members of the Armed Forces 
serving in good standing, in the defense of the United States 
and the personal sacrifices made by him and his family, and 
other members of the Armed Forces and their families, to serve 
with distinction and honor; (2) commits to judge the merits of 
his sworn testimony without prejudice or personal bias, 
including refraining from unwarranted personal attacks; (3) 
condemns the personal attacks made by the advocacy group 
MoveOn.org impugning his integrity and professionalism; (4) 
honors all members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel 
serving in harm's way, as well as their families; and (5) 
pledges to debate any supplemental funding request or any 
policy decisions regarding the war in Iraq with the solemn 
respect and the commitment to intellectual integrity that the 
sacrifices of these members of the Armed Forces and civilian 
personnel deserve.
    Legislative History: H.J. Res. 52 was introduced by 
Representative David Obey on September 27, 2007 and referred to 
the Committee on Appropriations and in addition to the 
Committee on the Budget. On September 26, 2007, the measure 
passed the House by vote of 404 yeas to 14 nays. On September 
27, 2007, the bill passed the Senate without amendment by a 
vote of 94 yeas to 1 nays, clearing the measure for the 
President. The bill was presented to the President on September 
28, 2007 and signed on September 29, 2007 into Public Law 110-
92.
            Public Law 110-161 (H.R. 2764)
    Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign 
operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008, and for other purposes, approved (approved 
December 26, 2007).
    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 included H.R. 
3161, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 
and H.R. 2643, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008.
    Division A: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008--
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008--Title I: 
Agricultural Programs--Appropriates FY2008 funds for the 
following Department of Agriculture (Department) programs and 
services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 
(Secretary); (2) Office of the Chief Economist; (3) National 
Appeals Division; (4) Office of Budget and Program Analysis; 
(5) Homeland Security Staff; (6) Office of the Chief 
Information Officer; (7) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; 
(8) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; (9) 
Office of Civil Rights; (10) Office of the Assistant Secretary 
for Administration; (11) agriculture buildings and facilities 
and rental payments; (12) hazardous materials management; (13) 
departmental administration; (14) Office of the Assistant 
Secretary for Congressional Relations; (15) Office of 
Communications; (16) Office of the Inspector General; (17) 
Office of the General Counsel; (18) Office of the Under 
Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; (19) Economic 
Research Service; (20) National Agricultural Statistics 
Service; (21) Agricultural Research Service; (22) Cooperative 
State Research, Education, and Extension Service; (23) Office 
of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; 
(24) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (25) 
Agricultural Marketing Service; (26) Grain Inspection, Packers 
and Stockyards Administration; (27) Office of the Under 
Secretary for Food Safety; (28) Food Safety and Inspection 
Service; (29) Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and 
Foreign Agricultural Services; (30) Farm Service Agency (FSA); 
(31) Risk Management Agency; (32) Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation Fund; and (33) Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2764 was introduced by 
Representative Nita Lowey on June 18, 2007 and reported by the 
Committee on Appropriations, H. Rept. 110-197. On June 22, 2007 
the bill passed the House by a vote of 241 yeas to 178 nays. 
The Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 10, 2007 
reported the bill with amendment, S. Rept. 110-128. On 
September 6, 2007 the bill passed the Senate, as amended, by a 
vote of 81 yeas to 12 nays. On December 17, 2007, the bill 
passed the House with the 1st amendment by a vote of 253 yeas 
to 154 nays. The 2nd House amendment passed by a vote of 206 
yeas to 201 nays. On December 18, 2007 the Senate agreed to the 
2nd House amendment with an amendment by a vote of 76 yeas to 
17 nays. The 1st House amendment failed in the Senate by a vote 
of 48 yeas to 46 nays (having failed to achieve the required 60 
votes in the affirmative). On final passage the Senate agreed 
to the House amendment No. 1 to the Senate amendment by a vote 
of 76 yeas to 17 nays. On December 19, 2007 the House agreed to 
the Senate amendment to the House 2nd amendment by a vote of 
272 yeas to 142 nays, clearing the measure for the White House. 
On December 24, 2007 the bill was presented to the President 
and signed on December 26, 2007 into Public Law 110-161.
            Public Law 110-329 (H.R. 2638)
    Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for 
other purposes (approved September 30, 2008).
    The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and 
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, Division A provides 
continuing appropriations for all agencies and activities that 
would be covered by the regular fiscal year 2009 appropriations 
bills, until enactment of the applicable regular appropriations 
bill or until March 6, 2009, whichever occurs first. Emergency 
FY09 appropriations for LIHEAP and advanced technology vehicle 
manufacturing loans are also included. Division B provides 
$22.9 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for 
relief and recovery from hurricanes, floods, and other natural 
disasters. Division C provides $487.7 billion in FY09 funding 
for the Department of Defense. Division D provides $40 billion 
in FY09 funding for the Department of Homeland Security. 
Division E provides $72.9 billion in FY09 funding for Military 
Construction and Veterans Affairs.
    Legislative History: H.R. 1591 was introduced by 
Representative David Price and reported by the Committee on 
Appropriation as an original measure on June 8, 2008, H. Rept. 
110-181. The bill passed the House on June 15, 2008 by a vote 
of 268 yeas to 150 nays. On July 26, 2007 the bill passed the 
Senate, with an amendment by a vote of 89 yeas to 4 nays. On 
September 24, 2008, the House agreed with an amendment by a 
vote of 370 yeas to 58 nays, 1 Present. On September 27, 2008 
the Senate agreed to the House amendment to the Senate 
amendment by a vote of 78 yeas to 12 nays. On September 29, 
2008 the bill was presented to the President and signed on 
September 30, 2008 into Public Law 110-239.

2. Bills Acted on by the Committee Included in Other Laws Enacted.

    None.

3. Bills Vetoed.

            H.R. 1591, making emergency supplemental appropriations for 
                    the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 1591 known as the ``U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans 
Care, Katrina Recovery Appropriations Act, 2007'' was 
introduced and reported as an original measure on March 20, 
2007, H. Rept. 110-67, by Representative David Obey. On March 
23, 2007 the bill passed the House by a vote of 218 yeas to 212 
yeas and 1 present. On March 29, 2007 the bill passed the 
Senate with an amendment by a vote of 51 yeas to 47 nays. A 
conference report, H. Rept. 110-107 was filed on April 24, 2007 
and passed by the House on April 25, 2007 by a vote of 218 yeas 
to 208 nays and 2 present. The conference report passed the 
Senate on April 26, 2007 by a vote of 51 yeas to 46 nays, 
clearing the measure for the President. On May 1, 2007 the 
President vetoed the bill. On May 2, 2007 the House failed to 
override the veto by a vote of 222 yeas to 203 nays and 1 
present (2/3 required to vote in the affirmative).
    Title V: Agricultural Assistance appropriates amounts for 
emergency financial assistance to producers on a farm that 
incurred qualifying quantity or quality losses for the 2005 or 
2006 crop, or that part of the 2007 crop year before February 
28, 2007, due to damaging weather or any related condition 
(including crop diseases, insects, and delayed planting). 
Requires that an eligible crop must have been planted before 
February 28, 2007, or in the case of prevented planting or 
other total loss, would have been planted before such date. 
Requires a producer who suffered qualifying losses to elect 
assistance for only one of such years.
    Appropriates amounts for payments through the 2002 
livestock compensation program for livestock assistance for 
disaster-caused losses between January 1, 2005 and February 28, 
2007, including losses from blizzards that began in 2006 and 
continued into January 2007.
    States that a producer: (1) shall elect to receive payments 
in only one of such years, and that such losses must have been 
incurred in a disaster-designated county; and (2) may elect to 
receive compensation for wildfire-caused losses in the 2007 
grazing season.
    Appropriates amounts for livestock indemnity payments to 
producers on farms in disaster-designated counties that have 
incurred livestock losses between January 1, 2005 and February 
28, 2007, including losses from blizzards that started in 2006 
and continued into January 2007. Requires a producer who 
suffered qualifying losses to elect assistance for only one of 
such years.
    Appropriates amounts for agricultural and farm production 
land cleanup and restoration under the emergency conservation 
program.
    Reduces producer payments under sections 5101 and 5102 by 
amounts received for the same or similar loss under: (1) the 
Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to 
Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic 
Influenza Act, 2006; (2) an agricultural disaster assistance 
provision contained in the announcement of the Secretary on 
January 26, 2006, or August 29, 2006; or (3) the Emergency 
Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on 
Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006. Sets forth administrative 
provisions.
    Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 
to revise national dairy market loss payment amount provisions. 
Appropriates amounts for dairy production losses in disaster 
counties.
    Directs the Secretary, in states with a shortage of claims 
adjusters, to permit the use of one certified claims adjuster 
with respect to animal forage crops (under the noninsured crop 
disaster assistance program). Appropriates amounts for 
emergency grants for low-income migrant and seasonal 
farmworkers.
    Appropriates amounts for Farm Service Agency salaries and 
expenses.
    Directs the Secretary, in carrying out crop disaster and 
livestock assistance under this title, to require forage 
producers to have participated in a crop insurance pilot 
program or the noninsured crop disaster assistance program 
during the crop year for which compensation is received. 
(Note--For further action, see the discussion for P.L. 110-28 
(H.R. 2206) under ``1. Bills Enacted into Law: Other Laws; 
Appropriations.'')
            H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural 
                    programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 2419 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson on May 
22, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and in 
addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. On July 23, 2007 
the bill was reported, amended, by the Committee on 
Agriculture, (H. Rept. 110-256 part I) with the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs being discharged. On July 27, 2007, the measure 
passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 231 yeas to 191 
nays. The bill passed the Senate with amendment on December 14, 
2007 by a vote of 79 yeas to 14 nays. A conference was held and 
the conference report (H. Rept. 110-627) was filed on May 13, 
2008. The conference report passed the House on May 14, 2008 by 
a vote of 318 yeas to 106 nays. On May 15, 2008 the conference 
report passed the Senate by a vote of 81 yeas to 15 nays, 
clearing the measure for the President. On May 20, 2008 the 
bill was presented to the President. On May 21, 2008 the 
President vetoed the bill. On that same date the House passed 
the veto override with two-thirds of the Members present having 
voted in the affirmative the bill passed by a vote of 316 yeas 
to 108 nays. On May 22, 2008, the Senate voted to override the 
veto by a vote of 82 yeas to 13 nays. The bill became Public 
Law 110-234. However, only 14 of 15 titles were enacted into 
law. (Note: See also the discussion of P.L. 110-234 (H.R. 2419) 
and P.L. 110-246 (H.R. 6124) under ``1. Bills Enacted into 
Law.'')
            H.R. 6124, to provide for the continuation of agricultural 
                    and other programs of the Department of Agriculture 
                    through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 6124 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson on May 
22, 2008 and passed by the House under suspension of the rules 
by a vote of 306 yeas to 110 nays. On June 5, 2008, the bill 
passed the Senate without amendment by a vote of 77 yeas to 15 
nays. The bill was presented to the President on June 16, 2008 
and on June 18, 2008 it was vetoed. On the same date, June 18, 
2008, the House passed the veto override with two-thirds of the 
Members present having voted in the affirmative, the bill 
passed by a vote of 317 yeas to 109 nays. The Senate voted to 
override the veto by a vote of 80 yeas to 14 nays. The bill 
became Public Law 110-246. (Note: See also the discussion of 
P.L. 110-234 (H.R. 2419) and P.L. 110-246 (H.R. 6124) under 
``1. Bills Enacted into Law.'')

4. Bills Acted on by Both Houses But Not Enacted.

    None.

5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.

            H.J. Res. 15, recognizing the contribution of the U.S. 
                    Christmas Tree industry to the U.S. economy.
    H.J. Res. 15 was introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx 
on January 16, 2007 and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture. On December 17, 2007 the resolution passed the 
House under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On 
December 19, 2007, H.J. Res. 15 was received in the Senate and 
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry with no further action taking place.
    The joint resolution recognizes the important contributions 
to the U.S. economy of the live-cut Christmas tree industry, 
Christmas tree growers, and persons employed in the live-cut 
Christmas tree industry.
            H. Res. 79, recognizing the establishment of Hunters for 
                    the Hungry programs across the United States and 
                    the contributions of those programs to efforts to 
                    decrease hunger and help feed those in need.
    H. Res. 79 was introduced by Representative Phil Gingrey on 
January 19, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. 
On September 24, 2007 the resolution was reported by the 
Committee, H. Rept. 110-343 and passed by the House under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. There is no Senate 
companion resolution.
    The resolution recognizes the cooperative efforts of 
hunters, sportsmen's associations, meat processors, state meat 
inspectors, and hunger relief organizations to establish 
Hunters for the Hungry programs across the United States; and 
the contributions of Hunters for the Hungry programs to efforts 
to decrease hunger and help feed those in need.
            H. Con. Res. 25, 25x25--expressing the sense of Congress 
                    that it is the goal of the United States that, not 
                    later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, 
                    forestry, and working land of the United States 
                    should provide from renewable resources not less 
                    than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the 
                    United States and continue to produce safe, 
                    abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.
    H. Con. Res. 25 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson 
on January 10, 2007 and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and 
Commerce, and Natural Resources. On September 24, 2007, H. Con. 
Res. 25 was reported by the Committee on Agriculture, H. Rept. 
110-344, Part I, and discharged from further consideration by 
the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources. On 
October 15, 2007 the measure passed the House under suspension 
of the rules by a voice vote. On December 16, 2007 the 
resolution was received in the Senate and referred to the 
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry with no 
further action taking place.
    The concurrent resolution expresses the sense of Congress 
that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than 
January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land 
of the United States should provide from renewable resources 
not less than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the 
United States and continue to produce safe, abundant, and 
affordable food, feed, and fiber.
    The concurrent resolution recognizes that it is in the best 
interest of the United States to utilize its own agricultural 
and forestry resources to meet rapidly growing domestic and 
energy demands, rather than to depend upon energy imported from 
other regions of the world. It also recognizes that sources of 
renewable energy exist in every one of the 50 states. The 
resolution envisions setting a national goal, a vision of where 
the United States wants to go to ensure a sustainable, secure 
energy future for ourselves and for future generations.
            H.R. 1011, to designate additional National Forest System 
                    lands in the State of Virginia as wilderness or a 
                    wilderness study area, to designate the Kimberling 
                    Creek Potential Wilderness Area for eventual 
                    incorporation in the Kimberling Creek Wilderness, 
                    to establish the Seng Mountain and Bear Creek 
                    Scenic Areas, to provide for the development of 
                    trail plans for the wilderness areas and scenic 
                    areas, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 1011 was introduced by Representative Rick Boucher on 
December 13, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
September 4, 2007 the bill was reported, amended, by the 
Committee on Natural Resources, H. Rept. 110-315 part I. On 
October 5, 2007 the Committee on Agriculture was discharged. On 
October 23, 2007 the bill passed the House, amended, by a voice 
vote. The bill was received in the Senate on October 23, 2007 
and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 
On April 15, 2008, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests 
of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a 
hearing with no further action taking place.
    The Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007 would designate 
several wilderness, wilderness study, potential wilderness, and 
scenic areas on approximately 50,000 acres of federal lands 
within the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The bill 
would require the U.S. Forest Service to develop management 
plans for the proposed scenic areas within the next two years. 
The bill would prohibit timber harvesting and new mineral 
leasing within the scenic areas.
            H.R. 1374, to amend the Florida National Forest Land 
                    Management Act of 2003 to authorize the conveyance 
                    of an additional tract of National Forest System 
                    land under that Act, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 1374 was introduced by Representative Allen Boyd on 
March 7, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
December 17, 2008 the bill passed the House under suspension of 
the rules by a voice vote. On December 18, 2007 the bill was 
received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy 
and Natural Resources on January 22, 2008. On April 22, 2008 
the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests of the Committee 
on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing with no further 
action taking place.
    The bill would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to 
sell approximately 114 acres of Forest Service land. Under this 
bill, the proceeds for the 114 acres identified for sale are to 
be used to purchase various inholdings (privately held land 
surrounded by Forest Service land) in the Apalachicola National 
Forest.
            H.R. 3184, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to 
                    carry out a competitive grant program for the Puget 
                    Sound area to provide comprehensive conservation 
                    planning to address water quality.
    H.R. 3184 was introduced by Representative Rick Larson on 
July 26, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
July 30, 2007 the bill passed the House under suspension of the 
rules by a voice vote. On July 31, 2007 the bill was received 
in the Senate and on August 3, 2007 referred to the Committee 
on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry with no further action 
taking place.
    The Puget Sound Watershed Comprehensive Conservation 
Project Act of 2007 requires the Secretary of Agriculture to 
carry out a competitive grant program for the Puget Sound area 
to provide comprehensive conservation planning to address water 
quality; and enter into cooperative agreements with state and 
local governments, Indian tribes, or non-governmental entities 
with a history of working with agricultural producers to carry 
out projects under the program.
    The Act also authorizes the Secretary to provide project 
demonstration grants, provide technical assistance, and carry 
out information and education programs to improve water quality 
in the area by reducing soil erosion and improving sediment 
control; and provide a priority for projects and activities 
that directly reduce soil erosion or improve water quality.
            H.R. 3454, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel 
                    of National Forest System land in the George 
                    Washington National Forest in Alleghany County, 
                    Virginia, that contains the cemetery of the Central 
                    Advent Christian Church and an adjoining tract of 
                    land located between the cemetery and road 
                    boundaries.
    H.R. 3454 was introduced by Representative Rick Boucher on 
August 4, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
December 17, 2007 the bill passed the House under suspension of 
the rules by a voice vote. On December 18, 2007 the bill was 
received in the Senate and on January 28, 2008 referred to the 
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry with no 
further action taking place.
    H.R 3454 directs the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to 
the Central Advent Christian Church of Alleghany County, 
Virginia, all interest of the United States in and to a parcel 
of real property in George Washington National Forest 
consisting of not more than eight acres, including a cemetery 
encompassing approximately six acres designated as an area of 
special use for the Church, as depicted on certain Forest 
Service maps.
    The church is required to accept the real property ``as 
is,'' meaning that the church must accept the property in its 
condition at the time of conveyance.
    The bill authorizes the Secretary to require such 
additional terms and conditions in connection with the 
conveyance as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect 
U.S. interests.
            H.R. 5151, to designate as wilderness additional National 
                    Forest System lands in the Monongahela National 
                    Forest in the State of West Virginia, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 5151 was introduced by Representative Nick Rahall on 
January 29, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
April 22, 2008 the bill was reported, amended, by the Committee 
on Natural Resources, H. Rept. 110-598 Part I. On that same 
date, the Committee on Agriculture was discharged from further 
consideration and the bill passed the House, as amended, under 
suspension of the rules by a vote of 368 yeas to 17 nays. The 
bill was received in the Senate on April 23, 2008 and referred 
to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 7, 
2008. On June 16, 2008 the measure was reported, with 
amendments by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, S. 
Rept. 110-391, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar 
with no further action taking place.
    The Wild Monongahela Act would designate at least 38,000 
acres of National Forest land as wilderness. The bill would 
also adjust the boundary of the National Forest and require the 
Secretary of Agriculture to develop a plan to enhance trails 
within the forest.
            H.R. 5541, to provide a supplemental funding source for 
                    catastrophic emergency wildland fire suppression 
                    activities on Department of the Interior and 
                    National Forest System lands, to require the 
                    Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of 
                    Agriculture to develop a cohesive wildland fire 
                    management strategy, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 5541 was introduced by Representative Nick Rahall on 
March 6, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture and 
Budget. On June 20, 2008 the Committee on Natural Resources 
reported the bill the House, amended, H. Rept. 110-704 Part I. 
On July 9, 2008 the bill passed the House, as amended, under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On July 10, 2008 the 
bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee 
on Energy and Natural Resources with no further action taking 
place.
    The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act 
or FLAME Act would establish the Federal Land Assistance, 
Management, and Enhancement Fund (Flame Fund) to finance some 
fire suppression activities managed by the Forest Service and 
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The bill would authorize 
those agencies to provide grants to certain communities to 
improve local firefighting capabilities. Lastly, the bill would 
require the agencies to submit several new reports to Congress 
regarding the incidence and management of wildland fires.
            H.R. 6377, Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008.
    H.R. 6377 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson on 
June 26, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
that same date, the bill passed the House under suspension of 
the rules by a voice vote. On June 26, 2008 the bill was 
received in the Senate and read for a second time on July 8, 
2008 with no further action taking place.
    Directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to 
utilize all its authority, including its emergency powers, to: 
curb immediately the role of excessive speculation in any 
contract market within its jurisdiction and control on or 
through which energy futures or swaps are traded; and eliminate 
excessive speculation, price distortion, sudden or unreasonable 
fluctuations or unwarranted changes in prices, or other 
unlawful activity that is causing major market disturbances 
that prevent the market from accurately reflecting the forces 
of supply and demand for energy commodities.
            H.R. 6604, to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to bring 
                    greater transparency and accountability to 
                    commodity markets, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 6604 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson on 
July 24, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
July 30, 2008 the bill was considered in the House, as amended, 
under suspension of the rules and failed by a vote of 276 yeas 
to 151. On September 17, 2008 the Committee on Rules reported 
H. Res. 1449, H. Rept. 110-859, setting forth the rule for 
consideration of the bill. On September 18, 2008 the rule 
passed the House by a vote of 218 yeas to 190 nays with bill 
also passing the House by a vote of 283 yeas to 133 nays. On 
September 22, 2008 the bill was received in the Senate and 
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry with no further action taking place.
    The Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act 
of 2008 prohibits the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC) from permitting a foreign board of trade to provide its 
U.S-located members with access to the CFTC electronic trading 
system and order matching system for energy or agricultural 
commodities unless such board meets requirements similar to 
those imposed upon U.S. exchanges.
    Subjects swap transactions, transactions for agricultural 
and energy commodities, and large traders in over-the-counter 
contracts to reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
    Directs the Commission to: set position limits for any one 
person with respect to designated contract markets, derivative 
transaction execution facilities, and electronic trading 
facilities; convene a Position Limit Agricultural Advisory 
Group and a Position Limit Energy Group; appoint at least 100 
new full-time employees; review prior actions to ensure 
compliance with this Act; and review over-the-counter markets.
    Revises the core principles applicable to position limits 
for contracts in agricultural and energy commodities to require 
position limits for speculators.
    Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to 
conduct a study of: the international regime for regulating the 
trading of energy commodity futures and derivatives; and 
speculators' effects on agriculture and energy futures markets 
and prices.
    Directs the Commission to: require regular reporting of 
fungible over-the-counter agricultural and energy transactions; 
and determine if such transactions have the potential to 
disrupt market liquidity or cause market or price disturbances, 
and if so, to use its discretion to impose position limits. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H.R. 6604 under ``9. Bills 
Defeated in the House.'')

Other Bills of Interest

    Several bills acted on by other authorizing committees, but 
not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture, were enacted with 
provisions relating to matters within the committee's 
jurisdiction. Following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions:

Legislative

            H.R. 1684, to authorize appropriations for the Department 
                    of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2008, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 1684 was introduced by Representative Bennie Thompson 
on March 26, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Homeland 
Security. On May 4, 2007 the bill was reported, amended, by the 
Committee on Homeland Security, H. Rept. 110-122. On May 9, 
2007 the bill passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 296 
yeas to 126 nays. On May 11, 2007 the bill was received in the 
Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and 
Government with no further action taking place.
    Section 606 of this Act establishes the National Bio and 
Agro defense Facility (NBAF) as part of the Science and 
Technology Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security. 
Under this provision, the NBAF will conduct research on animal 
and zoonotic diseases that pose human health or economic 
threats to the United States, and will share the results of its 
research to prevent or reduce the damage done by such diseases.
    This section sets out the responsibilities of the NBAF 
Director as directing research, development, testing and 
evaluation (RDT&E) on countermeasures, detection technologies, 
animal models, information sharing mechanisms, and standards; 
coordinating Federal, State, and local government research 
efforts; developing an emergency response plan for such 
diseases; ensuring that NBAF itself is secure; training 
research and technical staff; and leveraging expertise of 
academia, private industry, national labs, and Federal, State, 
and local governments.
    This section directs that NBAF shall have Bio Safety Level 
(BSL) 3 and 4 facilities; be situated on at least 30 acres of 
securable land; be at least 500,000 square feet and be capable 
of housing at least 80 large animals; have preexisting or 
easily installed utility infrastructure; have a completed 
environmental impact statement; and be located reasonably near 
an airport and major roadways. This provision also specifies 
that the Department may accept and use in kind donations of 
real property, personal property, laboratory and office space, 
utility services, and infrastructure upgrades for the NBAF, and 
provides that the NBAF is exempt from the Public Buildings Act 
of 1959 (40 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.), as well as the requirement 
under 21 U.S.C. 113a that research on live foot and mouth 
disease be conducted only on coastal islands.
    This section also requires the Secretary of DHS to enter 
into agreements with the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health 
and Human Services to define the respective roles of each. With 
regard to agreements with the Secretary of Agriculture, they 
shall include a provision describing research programs and 
functions of the Department of Agriculture and the Department 
of Homeland Security, including those research programs and 
functions carried out at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center 
and those research programs and functions that will be 
transferred to the NBAF.
            H.R. 3246, to amend title 40, United States Code, to 
                    provide a comprehensive regional approach to 
                    economic and infrastructure development in the most 
                    severely economically distressed regions in the 
                    Nation.
    H.R. 3246 was introduced by Representative James Oberstar 
on July 31, 2007 and referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure and in addition to the 
Committee on Financial Services. On September 7, 2007 the bill 
was reported, amended, by the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, H. Rept. 110-321 Part I. On September 17, 2007, 
the bill failed to pass the House under suspension of the rules 
by a vote of 225 yeas to 152 nays. On October 2, 2007 the 
Committee Rules reported H. Res. 704, H. Rept. 110-361, setting 
forth the rule for consideration of the bill. On October 4, 
2007 the rule passed the House by a vote of 227 yeas to 188 
nays with the bill also passing the House by a vote of 264 yeas 
to 154 nays. On that same date the bill was received in the 
Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public 
Works with no further action taking place.
    The Regional Infrastructure Development Act of 2007 
authorizes five regional economic development commissions 
(modeled after the Appalachian Regional Commission), which are 
intended to address underdevelopment and poverty though 
planning and administering grants. The bill reauthorizes the 
Delta Regional Commission and the Northern Great Plains 
Regional Authority. The bill establishes the Southeast Crescent 
Regional Commission, the Southwest Border Regional Commission, 
and the Northern Border Regional Commission.
    The bill provides for a uniform method for distributing 
economic development funds throughout the regions in need of 
such assistance and seeks to ensure a comprehensive regional 
approach to economic and infrastructure development in the most 
severely distressed regions of the country.
            H.R. 5577, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to 
                    extend, modify, and recodify the authority of the 
                    Secretary of Homeland Security to enhance security 
                    and protect against acts of terrorism against 
                    chemical facilities, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 5577 was introduced by Representative Bennie Thompson 
on March 11, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Homeland 
Security and in addition to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce. On March 14, 2008 the bill was reported by the 
Committee on Homeland Security, H. Rept. 110-550, Part I. The 
Committee on Energy and Commerce was granted an extension for 
further consideration ending not later than January 3, 2009. No 
further action was taken.
    The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2008 authorizes 
the Secretary of Homeland Security to regulate security 
practices at chemical facilities, giving discretion to the 
Secretary to identify specific chemical substances and covered 
facilities which would fall under such regulation. The 
Committee's interest in this legislation is to ensure that 
American agriculture is safeguarded while maintaining farmer's 
access to necessary agricultural chemicals.

6. Concurrent Resolutions Approved.

    None.

7. Bills Reported to the House But Not Considered.

            H.R. 554, to provide for the protection of paleontological 
                    resources on Federal lands, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 554 was introduced by Representative James McGovern on 
January 18, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
May 22, 2008 the bill was reported, amended, by the Committee 
on Natural Resources H. Rept. 110-670, Part I. On June 20, 2008 
the bill was sequentially referred to the Committee on 
Judiciary and an extension was granted to both the Committee on 
the Judiciary and Agriculture for further consideration until 
January 3, 2009. No further action was taken.
    The bill provides for the protection of paleontological 
resources on Federal lands, and other purposes.
    The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior or the 
Secretary of Agriculture, as appropriate, to: (1) manage and 
protect paleontological resources on federal land, using 
scientific principles and expertise; and (2) develop plans for 
inventorying, monitoring, and deriving the scientific and 
educational use of such resources. (Paleontological resources 
include fossilized remains, traces, or imprints of organisms 
that are preserved in or on the Earth's crust.)
    The bill would establish criminal and civil penalties for 
unlawfully collecting or selling paleontological resources.
            H.R. 1497, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to 
                    extend its protections to plants illegally 
                    harvested outside of the United States, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 1497 was introduced by Representative Earl Blumenauer 
on March 13, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources. On September 24, 2008 the bill was reported, 
amended, H. Rept. 110-882. No further action was taken.
    The Legal Timber Protection Act amends the Lacey Act 
Amendments of 1981 by making it unlawful for any person to 
import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, purchase in 
interstate or foreign commerce, or possess any plant taken 
(i.e., captured, killed, harvested, or collected) in a foreign 
country that is: (1) taken, transported, or sold in violation 
of any law that applies in the place (including a park, forest 
reserve, or other officially protected area) where the harvest, 
taking, transport, or sale occurs; (2) taken without paying 
required royalties, taxes, or stumpage fees; (3) exported or 
transhipped in violation of any legal limitation; (4) taken, 
exported, or transhipped in violation of any international law, 
treaty, or international agreement; or (5) taken, exported, or 
transshipped without any official documentation of compliance 
with applicable legal requirements.
    The bill redefines ``plant'' to mean any wild member of the 
plant kingdom, including roots, seed, parts, and products 
thereof (but excluding common food crops and cultivars).
            H.R. 1717, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to 
                    establish a National Bio and Agro-defense Facility.
    H.R. 1717 was introduced by Representative Michael McCaul 
on March 27, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Homeland 
Security and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and 
Energy and Commerce. On August 1, 2008 the bill was reported, 
amended by the Committee on Homeland Security, H. Rept. 110-
819, Part I and the Committee on Agriculture was discharged. 
The Committee on Energy and Commerce was granted an extension 
for further consideration ending not later than January 3, 
2009. No further action was taken.
    The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (Reported by 
Homeland Security), Section 606 of this Act establishes the 
National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) as part of the 
Science and Technology Directorate in the Department of 
Homeland Security. Under this provision, the NBAF will conduct 
research on animal and zoonotic diseases that pose human health 
or economic threats to the United States.
    NBAF is exempt from the requirement under 21 U.S.C. 113a 
that research on live foot and mouth disease be conducted only 
on coastal islands.
    This section also requires the Secretary of DHS to enter 
into agreements with the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health 
and Human Services to define the respective roles of each. With 
regard to agreements with the Secretary of Agriculture, they 
shall include a provision describing research programs and 
functions of the Department of Agriculture and the Department 
of Homeland Security, including those research programs and 
functions carried out at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center 
and those research programs and functions that will be 
transferred to the NBAF.
            H.R. 2337, to promote energy policy reforms and public 
                    accountability, alternative energy and efficiency, 
                    and carbon capture and climate change mitigation, 
                    and for other purposes.
    H.R. 2337 was introduced by Representative Nick Rahall, II 
on May 16, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and 
Science and Technology. On August 3, 2007, the bill was 
reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, amended, H. 
Rept. 110-296, Part I, and the Committees on Agriculture and 
Science and Technology were discharged. No further action was 
taken.
    Title I of the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act 
instructs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to 
establish a cost recovery fee for applications for a permit to 
drill for oil and gas on federal lands administered by the 
Secretary. Sets forth a temporary interim fee of $1,700.
    Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to repeal the requirement 
that rentals received from leases be deposited in the Treasury 
(in the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Fund, thus repealing 
authority for the Fund). (Sec. 102) Amends the Mineral Leasing 
Act to extend from 30 days to 90 days the deadline by which the 
Secretary must either issue or defer a decision on a drilling 
permit application.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal the deadline 
by which the Secretary (and additional specified Secretaries) 
must designate energy rights-of-way corridors on federal land.
    Requires the Secretaries to study and report on: (1) 
congestion and constraints in transmission of electricity, 
carbon dioxide captured from coal-fired powerplants and coal-
to-liquids plants, liquid fuels derived from coal, oil, gas, 
and hydrogen; (2) barriers to access for transmission from 
renewable energy sources; and (3) the need for energy corridors 
on public lands to address identified congestion or 
constraints.
    Prohibits the Secretaries from designating energy corridors 
on public lands, and from authorizing specific rights-of-way or 
projects in such corridors, until the study is completed.
    Revises requirements governing oil shale and tar sands 
leasing. Instructs the Secretary to prepare an oil shale and 
tar sands leasing and development strategy, in cooperation with 
the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    Limits the rebuttable presumption that a categorical 
exclusion (obviating the need for further environmental review) 
under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) 
applies to drilling an oil or gas well under the Mineral 
Leasing Act within a developed field for which an approved land 
use plan or any environmental document prepared pursuant to 
NEPA analyzed such drilling as a reasonably foreseeable 
activity. Excepts from application of such a categorical 
exclusion (thus subjecting to the need for further 
environmental review) any location or site in an area that is 
crucial wildlife habitat or a significant wildlife corridor.
    Requires the Secretaries of the Interior and of 
Agriculture, in managing their respective public lands, to 
adhere to Council on Environmental Quality the regulations 
regarding categorical exclusions.
    Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to amend the best 
management practices guidelines for oil and gas development on 
federal lands to: (1) require public review and comment before 
waiving any stipulation of an oil and gas lease (except in case 
of emergency); and (2) provide expedited permit review for oil 
and gas operators that adopt best management practices to 
minimize adverse impacts to wildlife habitat without seeking 
such a waiver.
    Federal Consistency Appeals Decision Refinement Act--Amends 
the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to increase from 160 
days to 320 days the amount of time allotted to the Secretary 
of Commerce to compile a record of decision (ROD) used in an 
appeal of state consistency.
    Title II: Federal Energy Public Accountability, Integrity, 
and Public Interest--Subtitle A: Accountability and Integrity 
in the Federal Energy Program amends the Energy Policy Act of 
2005 to prohibit the federal government from taking royalties 
in-kind (as opposed to in-value), except when the oil taken in-
kind is to be used for filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
    Instructs the Secretary to ensure that by FY2009 the 
Minerals Management Service shall perform at least 550 audits 
of oil and gas leases each fiscal year.
    Amends the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 
1982 to: (1) increase fines and penalties for underpayment or 
late payment of federal oil and gas royalties; (2) subject 
repeat violators to further tripling of the penalty, the 
potential for a cancellation of the lease, and a prohibition 
from acquiring future leases; and (3) extend the statute of 
limitations for oil and gas leases held by violators.
    Revises requirements for the sharing with states of money 
awarded to the federal government under civil lawsuits for the 
underpayment of royalties. Allows such sharing with the Land 
and Water Conservation Fund (for offshore lease violations).
    Subtitle B: Amendments to Federal Oil and Gas Royalty 
Management Act of 1982 repeals the requirement that the federal 
government pay interest on royalty overpayments made by 
operators.
    Obligates any lessee that makes a royalty adjustment 
resulting in an underpayment to repay that amount (plus 
interest) from the date the adjustment is made (thus extending 
the statute of limitations on that royalty payment).
    Allows the Secretary to correspond only with a lease 
designee in the case of subpoenas or agreements to pause the 
statute of limitations. (Currently, the Secretary must contact 
in writing each lessee individually (that has designated that 
designee).)
    Subjects to liability for royalty payments a designee who 
pays the royalty obligation on behalf the lessee.
    Subtitle C: Public Interest in the Federal Energy Program 
requires the operator and surface owners to file a signed 
document with the Secretary that the operator has secured a 
written surface use agreement with the surface estate owner as 
a prerequisite to exploration and drilling operations on lands 
with federal title to oil and gas resources, but not federal 
ownership of the surface estate. Sets conditions for 
authorizing exploration and drilling operations without a 
surface use agreement.
    Permits a surface estate owner to petition the Secretary 
for payment of a bond or other financial assurance required as 
compensation for damages resulting from exploration and 
drilling operations. Prescribes requirements for specified 
notifications to surface estate owners.
    Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to set forth reclamation 
requirements governing: (1) oil or gas production (including 
coalbed methane) under a lease; (2) reclamation bonds or other 
financial assurances; and (3) remediation or replacement of any 
lost or contaminated surface or groundwater supply to water 
users.
    Instructs the Secretary to issue regulations to establish a 
$1 per acre annual due diligence fee governing federal onshore 
lands subject to a lease for production of oil, natural gas, or 
coal under which production is not occurring.
    Requires the availability of collected fees for the Healthy 
Lands Initiative to restore federal lands and resources damaged 
by oil and gas development.
    Makes such funds also available for coal-to-liquids 
programs or pilot projects.
    Subtitle D: Wind Energy directs the Secretary to convene or 
utilize an existing Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee 
to study and make recommendations on guidance for avoiding or 
minimizing impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to 
land-based wind energy facilities.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2015 for research to 
study wind energy impacts on wildlife.
    Requires the Secretary to enforce specified laws to address 
adverse wildlife impacts related to wind projects.
    Subtitle E: Enhancing Energy Transmission requires the 
Secretary of Energy, acting through the Administrators of the 
Bonneville and Western Area Power Marketing Administrations and 
in coordination with regional transmission entities, to analyze 
and report to certain congressional committees on the existing 
capacity of transmission systems serving the states of 
California, Oregon, and Washington to determine whether it is 
adequate to accommodate and integrate development and 
commercial operation of ocean wave, tidal, and current energy 
projects in state and federal marine waters adjacent to those 
states.
    Title III: Alternative Energy and Efficiency amends the 
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize the Secretary 
of Commerce to make grants to eligible coastal states to 
support voluntary state efforts to initiate and complete 
surveys of portions of coastal state waters and federal waters 
adjacent to a state's coastal zone to identify potential areas 
suitable or unsuitable for the exploration, development, and 
production of alternative energy consistent with the 
enforceable policies of coastal management plans.
    Authorizes the Secretary to make a grant to a coastal state 
that demonstrates the grant will be used to develop an 
alternative energy survey.
    Authorizes appropriations.
    Directs the Secretary of the Interior to evaluate and 
report to Congress on the potential for developing rights-of-
way along Bureau of Reclamation canals and infrastructure for 
solar or wind energy production through leasing of lands or 
other means.
    Amends the Water Desalination Act of 1996 to direct the 
Secretary to implement, and report to Congress on, a research 
program on methods to improve the energy efficiency of reverse 
osmosis technology for water desalination, water contamination, 
and water recycling.
    Instructs the Secretary to implement a strategic solar 
reserve leasing program for the development of strategic solar 
reserve on federal lands for the advancement, development, 
assessment, and installation of commercial concentrating solar 
power energy systems.
    Directs the Administrator of the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue regulations to 
implement the Administrator's authority to license offshore 
thermal energy conversion (OTEC) facilities under the Ocean 
Thermal Energy Conversion Research, Development, and 
Demonstration Act.
    Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to instruct the 
Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to: 
(1) convert the Biomass Commercial Use Grant Program into a 
Biomass Utilization Pilot Program, involving 10 different 
forest types on federal lands; and (2) provide technical 
assistance and grants to support designated biomass-related 
activities.
    Requires the Secretary concerned, before development of any 
biomass utilization pilot project, to develop a study to 
determine the long-term, ecologically sustainable, biomass 
supply available in the pilot program area. Excludes certain 
federal land from such pilot program. Authorizes 
appropriations.
    Instructs the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of 
the Interior to prepare jointly programmatic environmental 
impact statements which contain all the elements of an 
environmental impact statement under NEPA regarding the impacts 
of the deployment of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy 
technologies in navigable waters of the United States.
    Title IV: Carbon Capture and Climate Change Mitigation--
Subtitle A: Geological Sequestration Assessment--National 
Carbon Dioxide Storage Capacity Assessment Act of 2007--
Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) develop and 
report to Congress on a methodology for conducting a national 
assessment of capacity for carbon dioxide; and (2) carry out a 
drilling program to supplement the geological data relevant to 
determining storage capacity of carbon dioxide in geological 
storage formations.
    Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.
    Subtitle B: Terrestrial Sequestration Assessment instructs 
the Secretary to: (1) conduct an assessment of the amount of 
carbon stored in terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal ecosystems 
(including estuaries); (2) determine the processes that control 
the flux of carbon in and out of each ecosystem; (3) estimate 
the potential for increasing carbon sequestration in natural 
systems through management measures or restoration activities 
in each ecosystem; and (4) develop near-term and long-term 
adaptation strategies that can be employed to enhance the 
sequestration of carbon in each ecosystem.
    Directs the Secretary to develop a methodology for 
conducting the assessment. Authorizes appropriations for 
FY2008-FY2012.
    Subtitle C: Sequestration Activities amends the Energy 
Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary to: (1) maintain 
records and an inventory of the amount of carbon dioxide stored 
from federal energy leases; (2) report to certain congressional 
committees on a recommended regulatory and certification 
framework for conducting geological carbon sequestration 
activities on federal lands; and (3) identify a lead agency 
within the Department of the Interior to develop this 
framework.
    Subtitle D: Natural Resources and Wildlife Programs--
Chapter 1: Natural Resources Management and Climate Change 
directs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) establish an 
Interagency Council on Climate Change to address the impacts of 
climate change on federal lands, the ocean environment, and the 
federal water infrastructure; (2) develop an interagency 
inventory and Geographic Information System database of U.S. 
ecosystems, water supplies, and water infrastructure vulnerable 
to climate change; (3) manage land, water, and ocean resources 
in a manner that takes into account projected climate change 
impacts, including prolonged periods of drought, changing 
hydrology, and increasing ocean acidification; (4) develop 
consistent protocols to incorporate climate change impacts in 
land and water management decisions; and (5) incorporate the 
most current, peer-reviewed science on climate change and the 
economic, social, and ecological impacts of climate change into 
the decisionmaking process.
    Chapter 2: National Policy and Strategy for Wildlife--
Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act instructs the Secretary to 
promulgate a national strategy for assisting wildlife 
populations and their habitats in adapting to the impacts of 
global warming.
    Directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and of the Interior 
to administer wildlife conservation programs authorized under 
other laws to achieve the goals of the national strategy and to 
implement conservation measures for wildlife and its habitat.
    Directs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) establish and 
appoint the members of a science advisory board with expertise 
in wildlife biology, ecology, climate change, and relevant 
disciplines; and (2) establish the National Global Warming and 
Wildlife Science Center within the United States Geological 
Survey.
    Sets forth an allocation scheme governing appropriations to 
implement the national strategy for assisting wildlife 
populations and their habitats in adapting to the impacts of 
global warming.
    Chapter 3: State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program 
authorizes establishment of a State and Tribal Wildlife Grants 
Program, administered by the Secretary of the Interior, to 
provide wildlife conservation grants to states, Puerto Rico, 
Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana 
Islands, American Samoa, and Indian tribes for the planning, 
development, and implementation of programs to benefit wildlife 
and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or 
fished. Authorizes appropriations.
    Subtitle E: Ocean Programs directs the Secretary of 
Commerce to develop and implement a national strategy to 
support coastal state and federal agency efforts to: (1) 
predict, plan for, and mitigate the impacts on ocean and 
coastal ecosystems from global warming, relative sea level 
rise, and ocean acidification; and (2) ensure the recovery, 
resiliency, and health of ocean and coastal ecosystems. 
Authorizes appropriations.
    Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to instruct 
such Secretary to: (1) assist coastal states to voluntarily 
develop coastal climate change resiliency plans; and (2) 
provide financial and technical assistance and training to 
enable coastal states to implement such plans.
    Directs the Secretary to make grants to coastal states for: 
(1) climate change resiliency plans; and (2) coastal resiliency 
projects. Authorizes appropriations.
    National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation Act of 
2007 directs the President to establish a National Integrated 
Coastal and Ocean Observation System. Includes among the 
purposes of such System: (1) gathering coastal and ocean data 
variables; (2) ensuring timely dissemination and availability 
of observation data to support national defense, marine 
commerce, energy production, ecosystem-based marine and coastal 
resource management, and public safety; (3) improve the 
Nation's capability to measure, track, explain, and predict 
events related to climate change, natural climate variability, 
and interactions between the oceanic and atmospheric 
environments; and (4) fulfill the Nation's international 
obligations to contribute to the global earth observation 
system of systems and the global ocean observing system.
    Requires nonfederal assets to be coordinated by the 
Interagency Working Group or by Regional Information 
Coordination Entities (certified or established by the 
Secretary to coordinate state, federal, local, and private 
interests at a regional level in designing, operating, and 
improving regional coastal and ocean observing systems). Makes 
the National Ocean Research Leadership Council responsible for 
establishing broad System coordination and long-term operations 
plans, protocols, and standards. Instructs the Secretary to 
function as the lead federal agency for the System.
    Title V: Additional Provisions states that certain federal 
penalties and federal fees made available for federally funded 
coal-to-liquids programs are equally available for certain 
federally funded renewable energy programs.
    Establishes the Oil Shale Community Impact Assistance Fund. 
Credits to such Fund all amounts paid to the United States as 
bonus bids in connection with the award of certain commercial 
oil shale leases.
    Requires the Secretary of the Interior to notify certain 
permit holders at least 45 days prior to offering lands for 
lease. (Note: This bill was generally incorporated into H.R. 
3221, Division A, the New Direction for Energy Independence, 
National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. For further 
action see Public Law 110-289 (H.R. 3221) and Public Law 110-
140 (H.R. 6) under ``1. Bill Enacted into Law.'')
            H.R. 2635, to reduce the Federal Government's contribution 
                    to global warming through measures that promote 
                    efficiency in the Federal Government's management 
                    and operations, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 2635 was introduced by Representative Henry Waxman on 
June 7, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform and in addition to the Committees on Energy 
and Commerce, Armed Services, Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. On August 
3, 2007 the bill was reported, amended by the Committee on 
Oversight and Government, H. Rept. 1110-297 Part I. On that 
same date all the other Committees were discharged with no 
further action taking place.
    Title I of the Carbon-Neutral Government Act requires 
federal agencies, annually, to inventory and report their 
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Requires each inventory and 
report to indicate as discrete categories: (1) any direct 
emission of GHG as a result of an agency's activity; and (2) 
the quantity of indirect GHG emissions attributable to the 
generation of electricity used by the agency and commercial air 
travel by agency personnel; and (3) the quantity of GHG 
emissions associated with the work performed for the agency by 
federal contractors, comprising direct and indirect emissions 
associated with electricity used by, and commercial air travel 
by, such contractors. Requires the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue guidance and 
provide assistance to agencies regarding such inventories. 
Requires such guidance to establish inventory and reporting 
procedures that are at least as rigorous as the EPA's Climate 
Leaders program's inventory procedures and to define the scope 
of the inventories of direct emissions to be consistent with 
the obligation for reporting inventories under the United 
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Requires each 
agency to submit to the Administrator and make publicly 
available an initial inventory of the agency's GHG emissions 
for the proceeding year. Directs the Administrator to review 
and certify or decline to certify the inventory within six 
months. Requires an agency to submit to a revised inventory 
within six months after the Administrator declines to certify 
an inventory.
    Requires the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to 
include as a discrete category in any such inventory any 
emission or biological sequestration of GHG associated with 
land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the 
Forest Service. Declares that such emissions and biological 
sequestration of GHG shall not be considered for the purposes 
of setting or measuring progress toward emission reduction 
targets.
    Requires the Administrator to promulgate annual reduction 
targets for federal government GHG emissions for FY2010-FY2050. 
Requires the targets to be calculated so as to: (1) prevent the 
total quantity of GHG emissions of all agencies in FY2011 and 
each subsequent year from exceeding the total quantity of such 
emissions in FY2010; and (2) reduce such GHG emissions as 
rapidly as possible, but at a minimum by a quantity equal to 2% 
of projected FY2010 emissions each fiscal year, so as to 
achieve zero net annual federal GHG emissions by FY2050.
    Requires agencies to develop plans to achieve such targets 
through FY2020. Requires agencies to develop, submit to the 
Administrator, and make publicly available updated plans for 
achieving such targets for the 10-year period beginning in 2021 
and each subsequent 10-year period. Directs the Administrator 
to review and certify or decline to certify the plans within 
six months. Requires an agency to submit a revised plan within 
six months after the Administrator declines to certify an 
inventory. Requires an agency to submit a revised plan to the 
Administrator and make it publicly available if it fails to 
meet its targets for a fiscal year.
    Directs the Administrator, if a national, mandatory, 
economy-wide cap-and-trade program for GHGs has not been 
enacted by FY2010, to submit to Congress by 2011 a proposal to 
allow agencies to meet their targets in part through emission 
offsets beginning in FY2015. Declares that the Administrator 
shall implement the proposal if Congress has not enacted it by 
2012.
    Requires the Forest Service, BLM, the National Park 
Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to: (1) 
identify management strategies with the greatest potential to 
enhance net biological sequestration of GHGs on federal lands 
they manage while avoiding harmful effects on other 
environmental values and to reduce negative impacts of global 
warming on biodiversity, water supplies, forest health, 
biological sequestration and storage; (2) implement programs on 
selected land management units in different parts of the nation 
to test the strategies identified as having the greatest 
potential to achieve the described benefits; and (3) report to 
Congress on the results of the studies and the strategies 
identified.
    Requires the Forest Service to study the opportunities of 
urban and wildland-urban interface forestry programs to enhance 
net biological sequestration of GHGs. Requires agencies to 
report to the Administrator and make publicly available annual 
reports on implementation of plans for managing emissions. 
Requires the Administrator to annually report to Congress on 
the federal government's progress toward carbon neutrality.
    Requires the Comptroller General to issue the report 
requested by Congress on May 17, 2007, regarding markets for 
GHG emissions offsets. Authorizes a pilot project under which 
agencies and legislative branch offices may purchase GHG 
offsets and renewable energy certificates. Requires the 
Administrator to issue guidelines for agencies establishing 
criteria for qualified GHG offsets and qualified renewable 
energy certificates. Requires such guidelines to take into 
account the findings and recommendations of the report by the 
Comptroller General and to establish: (1) performance standards 
for GHG offset projects that benchmark reliably expected GHG 
reductions from identified categories of projects that reduce 
GHG emissions or sequester carbon; and (2) criteria for 
qualified renewable energy certificates to ensure that energy 
generated is renewable. Requires the Comptroller General to 
report to Congress on an evaluation of the pilot program and 
recommendations for improvement. Limits the amount of 
discretionary funds used for the pilot program to no more than 
.01% of such amount. Terminates the program at the end of FY 
2010.
    Declares that this Act does not preempt or limit the 
authority of a state to take any action to address global 
warming. Authorizes appropriations.
    Title II: Federal Government Energy Efficiency amends the 
Energy Policy Act of 1992 to prohibit agencies from acquiring 
light duty motor vehicles or medium duty passenger vehicles 
that are not low GHG emitting vehicles. Requires the 
Administrator to: (1) annually issue guidance identifying the 
makes and model numbers of low GHG emitting vehicles; and (2) 
take into account the most stringent standards for vehicle GHG 
emissions applicable to and enforceable against manufacturers 
for vehicles sold in the United States. Prohibits the 
Administrator from identifying as a low GHG emitting vehicle 
any vehicle that emits GHGs at a higher rate than such 
standards allow for the manufacturer's fleet average grams per 
mile of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions for that class of 
vehicle, taking into account any emissions allowances and 
adjustment factors such standards provide.
    Requires agencies that own, operate, maintain, or otherwise 
fund infrastructure, assets, or personnel to provide delivery 
of fuel to their operations to use the fully burdened cost of 
fuel in conducting analyses and making decisions regarding 
their activities that create a demand for energy.
    Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to 
provide for federal procurement of Energy Star products.
    Amends the Energy Conservation and Production Act to 
require the Secretary of Energy to establish revised federal 
building energy efficiency performance standards that require 
that: (1) new federal buildings and federal buildings 
undergoing renovations be designed so that their fossil fuel-
generated energy consumption is reduced by specified 
percentages in FY2001-FY2030; (2) sustainable design principles 
be applied to the siting, design, and construction of such 
buildings; and (3) water conservation technologies be applied 
to the extent that they are life-cycle cost-effective.
    Redefines the term ``federal building'' to mean any 
building to be constructed by, or for the use of, any federal 
agency, including buildings leased by a federal agency and 
privatized military housing. (Currently, the term includes 
buildings for federal agencies that are not legally subject to 
state or local building codes.)
    Amends the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to 
require agencies, with respect to each of their federal 
buildings with greater than 40,000 square feet of space or 
greater than $75,000 per year in energy costs, to: (1) 
benchmark, annually, the energy efficiency performance of 
certain federal buildings using the Energy Star Portfolio 
Manager Buildings Benchmark Tool and rate performance; (2) use 
the benchmark performance, rating, and annual energy costs to 
evaluate improving the building's energy efficiency performance 
and reducing costs; and (3) post benchmark information on their 
websites.
    Requires federal agencies to recommission or 
retrocommission, and conduct diagnostic energy audits, with 
respect to 20% of such buildings annually. Requires agencies to 
ensure that any large capital energy investment in an existing 
building that is not a major renovation but that involves 
replacement of installed equipment or renovation, 
rehabilitation, expansion, or remodeling of existing space 
employs the most energy efficient designs, systems, equipment, 
and controls that are life-cycle cost effective.
    Requires agencies to provide for metering of natural gas, 
steam, chilled water, and water in federal buildings.
    Prohibits agencies from entering into contracts: (1) to 
lease space in buildings that have not earned the Energy Star 
label in the most recent year; or (2) for the procurement of an 
alternative or synthetic fuel for mobility-related uses, other 
than for research or testing, unless the associated lifecycle 
GHG emissions will be less than or equal to emissions from fuel 
from conventional petroleum sources. Allows agencies to enter 
into contracts to lease space in buildings that have not earned 
the Energy Star label if: (1) no space is available in such 
buildings that meets an agency's functional requirements; or 
(2) the agency is proposing to remain in a building that the 
agency has occupied previously; and (3) the lease contract 
includes provisions requiring the space's renovation for all 
energy efficiency improvements that would be cost effective 
over a five-year period or the life of the lease, whichever is 
greater.
    Limits a contract for public utilities of renewable energy 
to not more than 20 years.
    Requires: (1) agencies subject to this Act's requirements 
to submit to the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) an annual government efficiency status report; and 
(2) the Director to submit an Annual Government Efficiency 
report to specified congressional committees. Authorizes 
appropriations for federal government energy efficiency 
efforts. Sets forth provisions governing judicial review and 
remedies for violations of this Act. (Note: This bill was 
generally incorporated into H.R. 3221, Division A, the New 
Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and 
Consumer Protection Act. For further action see Public Law 110-
289 (H.R. 3221) and Public Law 110-140 (H.R. 6) under ``1. Bill 
Enacted into Law.'')
            H.R. 2844, to promote United States emergency and non-
                    emergency food and other assistance programs, to 
                    promote United States agricultural export programs, 
                    and for other purposes.
    H.R. 2844 was introduced by Representative Tom Lantos on 
June 25, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs 
and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On July 23, 
2007 the Committee on Foreign Affairs reported the bill, 
amended, H. Rept. 110-257 Part I, and the Committee on 
Agriculture was discharged.
    Title I of the Food Security and Agricultural Development 
Act of 2007 amends the Agricultural Trade Development and 
Assistance Act of 1954 to increase funds available to eligible 
organizations for agricultural commodity distribution.
    Extends minimum assistance and minimum non-emergency 
assistance authority through FY2012.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the Food Aid 
Consultative Group should develop a strategy to achieve a more 
integrated and effective food assistance program. Extends 
authority for the Group through December 31, 2012.
    Directs the Administrator of the United States Agency for 
International Development to report annually to the appropriate 
congressional committees respecting United States Agency for 
International Development (USAID) and Department of Agriculture 
efforts to develop a strategy to achieve an integrated and 
effective food assistance program.
    Directs the Administrator to: (1) improve the monitoring of 
emergency and development food assistance effectiveness under 
title II of such Act; and (2) report to the appropriate 
congressional committees respecting such actions. Authorizes 
the Administrator to make contributions to the World Food 
Program for indirect support costs that are in accordance with 
the World Food Program's rules and regulations for indirect 
cost rates. Directs the Administrator, before making a 
contribution, to report to the appropriate committees 
respecting such proposed contribution level. Authorizes 
appropriations through FY2012 for stockpiling and rapid 
transportation, delivery, and distribution of shelf-stable 
prepackaged foods.
    Extends authority to use funds through FY2012 to 
preposition agricultural commodities in foreign countries. 
Removes the $2 million limitation on funds that can be used for 
prepositioning. Authorizes creation of additional 
prepositioning sites. Revises annual reporting provisions. 
Authorizes appropriations through FY2012 for prepositioning 
activities.
    Extends authority to finance sales or provide assistance 
under this Act through December 31, 2012. Extends authorization 
of appropriations through FY2012 for: (1) the concessional 
credit sales program under title I of such Act; (2) the 
emergency and non-emergency food assistance programs under 
title II of such Act; and (3) the government-to-government 
grant program for supporting economic development needs of 
least developed countries under title III of such Act.
    Obligates funds for each of FY2008-FY2012 for non-emergency 
food assistance. Authorizes FY2008-FY2012 appropriations for 
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) reimbursement.
    Provides for the coordination and integration of title III 
assistance with other U.S. development assistance for a 
country.
    Extends micronutrient fortification program authority 
through September 30, 2012.
    Extends authorization of appropriations, and minimum 
funding requirements, through FY2012 for the John Ognowski and 
Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program.
    Subtitle B: Related Statutes and Other Provisions, extends 
authority for the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust through 
September 30, 2012. Increases the amount of reimbursed funds 
that can be held in the Trust to $60 million per fiscal year.
    Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 
to authorize appropriations through FY2012 for the McGovern-
Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition 
Program.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, rather than the 
President, to carry out the Program.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the President, through 
USAID, should exercise specified authority to purchase and 
distribute to a recipient country agricultural commodities 
produced in such country, or in developing countries in the 
region of the recipient country, for famine prevention and 
relief. Obligates FY2008-FY2012 funds for famine prevention and 
relief.
    Directs the Administrator and the Secretary to report to 
the appropriate congressional committees respecting efforts 
taken to improve planning for food and transportation 
procurement, including efforts to eliminate bunching of food 
purchases.
    Title II: United States Agricultural Export Programs, 
amends the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 to eliminate the 
supplier credit guarantee program and the intermediate export 
credit guarantee program. Extends funding through FY2012 for: 
(1) processed and high-value products; and (2) export credit 
guarantee programs.
    Extends additional funding through FY2012 for the market 
access program. Includes organic products in the program.
    Extends funding through FY2012 for the export enhancement 
program.
    Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts with 
technical experts and scientists or provide grants to 
appropriate entities to address sanitary, phytosanitary, and 
technical barriers to U.S. agricultural exports (including 
meat, poultry, and specialty crops). Provides FY2008-FY2012 
funding.
    Extends funding through FY2012 for the foreign market 
development cooperator program.
    Amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act 
of 1990 to extend through FY2012: (1) the E (Kika) de la Garza 
Agricultural Fellowship Program; and (2) funding for promotion 
of agricultural exports to emerging markets. Revises the 
facility guarantee loan program to: (1) authorize the Secretary 
to require an initial down payment by the recipient; (2) limit 
CCC liability to 98% of principal and interest; and (3) provide 
that the guarantee term shall be the lesser of the depreciation 
term or a maximum period determined by the Secretary.
    Amends the Food for Progress Act of 1985 to extend the Food 
for Progress program through December 31, 2012 (extends funding 
through FY2012). Increases minimum program tonnage to 500,000 
metric tons per fiscal year.
    Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions, amends the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to extend funding for 
technical assistance specialty crop exports through FY2015. 
Establishes a $500,000 project assistance cap. Authorizes 
project extensions.
    Authorizes the Secretary to enhance U.S. support for 
specified international organizations that establish 
international standards regarding food, food safety, plants, 
and animals to address U.S. sanitary and phytosanitary 
priorities within the applicable organizations.
    Authorizes the Secretary to provide monitoring and other 
technical assistance to limited-resource persons and 
organizations associated with agricultural trade to address 
unfair foreign trade practices (including intellectual property 
right violations) and to reduce trade barriers. Authorizes 
FY2008-FY2012 appropriations.
    Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should 
provide significant U.S. financial resources to the Global Crop 
Diversity Trust to ensure conservation of crop diversity which 
can yield significant benefits to U.S. farmers.
    States that nothing in this Act shall be construed to 
supersede the provisions of the Trade Sanctions Reform and 
Export Enhancement Act of 2000. (Note for further action, see 
Public Law 110-234 (H.R. 2419) and Public Law 110-246 (H.R. 
6124) under ``1. Bill Enacted into Law.'')
            H.R. 6598, to amend title 18, United States Code, to 
                    prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of 
                    horses for human consumption.
    H.R. 6598 was introduced by Representative John Conyers, 
Jr. on July 24, 2008 and referred to the Committee on the 
Judiciary. On September 28, 2008 the bill was reported, 
amended, by the Committee on the Judiciary, H. Rept. 110-901, 
Part I. On that same date the bill was sequentially referred to 
the Committee on Agriculture with an extension for further 
consideration ending not later than January 3, 2009. No further 
action was taken.
    The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 amends title 
18, United States Code, to impose a fine and/or prison term of 
up to three years for possessing, shipping, transporting, 
purchasing, selling, delivering, or receiving: (1) a horse with 
the intent that it be slaughtered for human consumption; or (2) 
any horse flesh or carcass with the intent that it be used for 
human consumption.
    This Act requires the Attorney General to provide for the 
humane placement or humane disposition of any horse seized in 
connection with an offense under this Act.

8. Bills Ordered Reported But Not Reported.

            H.R. 926, to prohibit the provision of Federal economic 
                    development assistance for any State or locality 
                    that uses the power of eminent domain to obtain 
                    property for private commercial development or that 
                    fails to pay relocation costs to persons displaced 
                    by use of the power of eminent domain for economic 
                    development purposes.
    H.R. 926 was introduced by Representative Stephanie Herseth 
Sandlin on February 8, 2007 and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture and in addition to the Committees on Transportation 
and Infrastructure, Financial Services, Natural Resources, and 
Education and Labor. On May 17, 2007 the bill was ordered 
reported by a voice vote. No further action was taken.
    The Strengthening the Ownership of Private Property Act of 
2007 prohibits federal financial assistance under defined 
federal economic development programs to a state or local 
government entity that: uses the power of eminent domain to 
take property from a private entity and transfer ownership to 
another private entity; or fails to provide, to any person 
displaced by the use of eminent domain for any economic 
development purpose, relocation assistance under the Uniform 
Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies 
Act of 1970. The Act includes exceptions for property taken 
for: use by a public utility; a road open to the public or 
common carriers; an aqueduct, pipeline, or similar use; a 
prison or hospital; or any use during and in relation to a 
national emergency or national disaster declared by the 
President.
    The Act also provides a private right of action for the 
owner of any real property taken by conduct prohibited under 
this Act.

9. Bills Defeated in the House.

            H.R. 3058, to amend chapter 69 of title 31, United States 
                    Code, to provide full payments under such chapter 
                    to units of general local government in which 
                    entitlement land is located, to provide 
                    transitional payments during fiscal years 2008 
                    through 2012 to those States and counties 
                    previously entitled to payments under the Secure 
                    Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act 
                    of 2000, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 3058 was introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio on 
July 17, 2007 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
December 19, 2007 the bill was reported, amended, by the 
Committee on Natural Resources, H. Rept. 110-505 Part I. On 
January 15, 2008 the Committee on Agriculture was discharged. 
On June 5, 2008 the bill failed to pass the House under 
suspension of the rules by a vote of 218 yeas to 193 nays and 2 
present. No further action has taken place.
    The Public Land Communities Transition Act of 2007 amends 
chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, to provide full 
payments under such chapter to units of general local 
government in which entitlement land is located, to provide 
transitional payments during fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to 
those States and counties previously entitled to payments under 
the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act 
of 2000.
    The bill includes a new formula for county payments that is 
based on the historical allocation, the concentration of public 
land in the county, and the current economic condition of the 
county. The bill would impose a new ``conservation of 
resources'' fee on certain oil and gas leases on lands on the 
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
            H.R. 6604, to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to bring 
                    greater transparency and accountability to 
                    commodity markets, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 6604 was introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson on 
July 24, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
July 30, 2008 the bill was considered in the House, as amended, 
under suspension of the rules and failed by a vote of 276 yeas 
to 151 nays. On September 17, 2008 the Committee on Rules 
reported H. Res. 1449, H. Rept. 110-859, setting forth the rule 
for consideration of the bill. On September 18, 2008 the rule 
passed the House by a vote of 218 yeas to 190 nays with the 
bill also passing the House by a vote of 283 yeas to 133 nays. 
On September 22, 2008 the bill was received in the Senate and 
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry with no further action taking place.
    The Commodity Market Transparency and Accountability Act of 
2008 amends the Commodity Exchange Act to define ``energy 
commodity.''
    The Act prohibits the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC) from permitting a foreign board of trade to provide its 
U.S-located members with access to the CFTC electronic trading 
system and order matching system for energy or agricultural 
commodities unless such board meets requirements similar to 
those imposed upon U.S. exchanges.
    The Act subjects swap transactions, transactions for 
agricultural and energy commodities, and large traders in over-
the-counter contracts to reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.
    This Act also directs the Commission to: set position 
limits for any one person with respect to designated contract 
markets, derivative transaction execution facilities, and 
electronic trading facilities; convene a Position Limit 
Agricultural Advisory Group and a Position Limit Energy Group; 
appoint at least 100 new full-time employees; review prior 
actions to ensure compliance with this Act; and review over-
the-counter markets.
    The bill revises the core principles applicable to position 
limits for contracts in agricultural and energy commodities to 
require position limits for speculators; directs the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study of: the 
international regime for regulating the trading of energy 
commodity futures and derivatives; and speculators' effects on 
agriculture and energy futures markets and prices.
    H.R. 6604 also directs the Commission to: require regular 
reporting of fungible over-the-counter agricultural and energy 
transactions; and determine if such transactions have the 
potential to disrupt market liquidity or cause market or price 
disturbances, and if so, to use its discretion to impose 
position limits. (Note: See also the discussion of H.R. 6604 
under ``5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.'')

                              D. OVERSIGHT

    The Committee on Agriculture and its Subcommittees were 
active in their oversight functions, holding a number of 
oversight hearings during the course of the 110th Congress. The 
hearings related to the application, administration, and 
effectiveness of laws that lie within the Committee's 
jurisdiction as well as the organization and operation of the 
Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies having 
responsibility for the administration of such laws. The 
hearings often resulted in recommendations for improvements in 
the administration of the laws, regulations and policies in 
effect in the Executive Branch as they related to the 
Committee's jurisdiction. Information gathered at these 
hearings was useful in preparing legislation for consideration 
in the House of Representatives.
    As part of its hearings, the Committee and its 
Subcommittees reviewed the way the particular federal agency or 
department (usually the Department of Agriculture) administered 
existing laws related to the subject matter of the legislation 
before, or to be considered by, the Committee. In some cases, 
legislation favorably reported to the House carries a 
termination date (a ``sunset'') to ensure that in the future 
Congress will again review the effectiveness and the methods 
with which the Executive Branch of Government has carried out 
the letter and the spirit of that statute.
    In keeping with the objective of the Oversight Plan as 
submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
and House Administration, the Committee and its subcommittees 
conducted the following chronological oversight hearings during 
the 110th Congress (Note: To see a copy of the Oversight Plan 
as submitted, see ``I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, 
and Oversight Plan of the Committee on Agriculture''.):

1. Oversight hearings

    February 14, 2007: Review the proposals of the United 
States Department of Agriculture for the 2007 Farm Bill. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial #110-1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the proposals of 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2007 Farm 
Bill. The House Agriculture Committee reviewed the USDA's Farm 
Bill recommendations with the Honorable Mike Johanns, Secretary 
of the USDA. This was the Agriculture Committee's first hearing 
of the 110th Congress. Secretary Johanns was accompanied by the 
Honorable Chuck Conner, Deputy Secretary of the USDA, and gave 
testimony on the USDA Farm Bill proposal. Prepared testimony 
reviewed the safety net, energy independence, and program 
changes proposed by the USDA and the possible effects on 
farmers and ranchers.
    February 28, 2007: Review the United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) 2007 Farm Bill proposals. Subcommittee on 
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture Public Hearing. Hearing 
Serial #110-2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the proposals of 
the USDA for the 2007 Farm Bill with respect to specialty crops 
and organic agriculture so that USDA's recommendations and 
thoughts on program implementation could be considered by the 
Committee while writing the 2007 Farm Bill. The Honorable Chuck 
Conner, Deputy Secretary of the USDA, gave testimony and was 
questioned by the Members of the Committee. Deputy Secretary 
Conner reviewed the proposed titles with provisions for 
specialty crops in his testimony. Chairman Dennis Cardoza spoke 
about allowing specialty crops to become part of federal 
programs, adding new funding for fruits and vegetables, and 
made recommendations for trade barriers.
    March 7, 2007: Reviewing the financial structure of 
renewable energy sources. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, 
Energy, and Research. Hearing Serial #110-3.
    The purpose of this public hearing was to review the 
financial structure of renewable energy sources. The 
subcommittee heard testimony from 9 witnesses on two separate 
panels. Along with the other testimony, the subcommittee heard 
USDA Farm Bill proposals on renewable energy and conservation. 
Chairman Tim Holden discussed the current energy production and 
investment structure, and his thoughts on improving the federal 
role in renewable fuel markets--noting that government programs 
such as loan guarantees have been slow to develop under the 
Department of Energy. This hearing to review government 
programs and industry investments was called in preparation for 
the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
    March 8, 2007: Review on the Impact of Feed Costs on the 
Livestock Industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. Hearing Serial #110-4.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the impact of 
feed costs on the livestock industry. The subcommittee heard 
testimony from two panels made up of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's Deputy Secretary, Chuck Conner, and USDA's Deputy 
Chief Economist, Dr. Joe Glauber and six farmers, ranchers, and 
producers representing the beef and dairy cattle, pork, and 
poultry sectors. The panelists discussed issues regarding the 
growth of biofuels and their impact on the crop and livestock 
markets and producers' issues dealing with the impact of the 
feed costs on their production. A University of Minnesota 
Animal Science Professor spoke about the school's research in 
distiller's dried grain, an ethanol co-product used to feed 
livestock.
    March 13, 2007: Review the Federal Food Stamp Program and 
its impact on children's health. Subcommittee on Department 
Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. Hearing Serial 
#110-5.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the impact of the 
Federal Food Stamp program on Children's Health. The committee 
heard testimony from seven witnesses on two separate panels.
    March 21, 2007: Review U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural 
Development programs and the agency's Rural Development 
Proposal for the 2007 Farm Bill. Subcommittee on Specialty 
Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture. Hearing 
Serial #110-6.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the USDA's Rural 
Development programs for the coming fiscal year and proposals 
for the 2007 Farm Bill. Subcommittee Chairman Mike McIntyre 
noted that a large percent of North Carolina counties are 
classified as rural, and that the rural development programs 
make a huge difference in people's lives. The committee heard 
testimony from five witnesses, including USDA Undersecretary 
for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr.
    March 27, 2007: Review the availability of credit in rural 
America. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and 
Research. Hearing Serial #110-8.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the availability 
of credit in rural America. Chairman of the Full Committee, 
Collin C. Peterson noted the need for, and timeliness of the 
supplementary appropriations bill that included $3.7 billion 
for agriculture disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers 
that experienced disasters through the years 2005-2007. Strong 
support of the supplemental appropriations bill was voiced by a 
coalition of more than 30 farm and allied organizations.
    March 28, 2007: Review proposals to amend the program crop 
provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial #110-9.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review proposals to 
amend the commodity provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. Chairman 
of the Subcommittee Bob Etheridge noted that the Committee 
heard in detail from major commodity groups what they would 
like to see in the next Farm Bill. Ranking member Jerry Moran 
pointed out that for rural areas, the Farm Bill is the single 
most important piece of legislation that would be considered in 
the 110th Congress. The committee heard testimony from 
witnesses on two panels representing major commodity groups.
    March 29, 2007: Review colony disorder in honey bee 
colonies across the U.S. Subcommittee on Horticulture and 
Organic Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-7.
    The purpose of this hearing was to investigate colony 
collapse disorder in honey bee colonies across the U.S. The 
cause of CCD has not been determined, but the Subcommittee 
heard about the disorder's impact on agriculture from 
scientists, beekeepers, and a farmer who relies on bees to 
pollinate his crops.
    April 17, 2007: Review the market structure of the 
livestock industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. Hearing Serial #110-10.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the market 
structure of the livestock industry. The committee heard 
testimony from witnesses on three panels who spoke about the 
major issues facing the livestock sector today, including the 
processor-producer relationship, packer ownership of livestock, 
mandatory country-of-origin labeling, and animal 
identification.
    April 18, 2007: Review the economic impacts of organic 
agriculture. Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic 
Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-11.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the economic 
impacts of organic production, processing, and marketing of 
organic agricultural products. The subcommittee heard testimony 
from 12 witnesses representing interested associations and 
companies and received a status report from the organic 
industry. Producers and processors must meet the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) standards to be considered organic 
agriculture and receive the USDA organic seal. Organic food 
accounts for about 2 percent of total retail food sales in the 
United States as a $14 billion industry. The industry is 
expected to grow to $23.8 billion and 3.5 percent of the U.S. 
food market by 2010. The subcommittee discussed current and 
future challenges and opportunities facing organic agriculture.
    April 19, 2007: Review USDA farm bill conservation 
programs. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and 
Research. Hearing Serial #110-12.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review USDA Farm Bill 
conservation programs. The committee heard testimony from 13 
witnesses on two separate panels.
    April 24, 2007: Review the Federal Milk Marketing Order 
rulemaking procedures. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. Hearing Serial #110-13.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the Federal Milk 
Marketing Order rulemaking procedures to make sure they are 
keeping up with technology, new product development and dairy 
production. Testimony demonstrated a consensus that the 
rulemaking procedures take too long and prompted a discussion 
on streamlining the system.
    April 26, 2007: Review proposals to amend the program crop 
provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial #110-14.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review proposals to 
amend the program crop provision of the 2002 Farm Bill. The 
committee heard form agricultural processors and major farm 
groups about what kind of commodity title provisions they would 
like to see in the next Farm Bill and what their members think 
about the current farm safety net structure. The subcommittee 
heard testimony from two panels of witnesses representing 
commodity users and processors, including the American Farm 
Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union.
    May 1, 2007: Review the Rural Broadband Programs. Hearing 
of the Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign 
Agriculture Subcommittee. Hearing Serial #110-16.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review rural broadband 
programs operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 
(USDA) Rural Utility Service (RUS). The subcommittee heard 
testimony from 6 witnesses representing USDA and interested 
associations. Congressman Mike McIntyre, Chairman of the 
Subcommittee, stated the importance of affordable and 
accessible high speed broadband for economic development. The 
2002 Farm Bill provided funding for rural broadband programs to 
improve access to broadband telecommunications services. Issues 
discussed included government programs designed to promote 
broadband deployment, overall reform, and improvement to the 
RUS loan program.
    May 1, 2007: Review on the State of the Crop Insurance 
Industry. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial #110-15.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the crop 
insurance industry. Testimony was given by six individuals from 
the USDA, crop insurance companies, and by insurance agents. 
Issues covered in testimony included proposals for increasing 
cooperation between the Federal government and approved 
insurance providers (AIP); strengthening the checks and balance 
system set in place to guard the risks of fraud waste and 
abuse; improving and making cost-effective management tools 
more available for producers; the negative implications that 
may arise if changes are made to the crop insurance legislation 
within the farm bill process; consideration for a permanent 
disaster relief provision; and issues related to crop insurance 
funding and the distribution of funds.
    May 2, 2007: Review U.S. Department of Agriculture's 
release of program beneficiaries' Social Security Numbers and 
of the Department's information systems. Full Committee. 
Hearing Serial #110-17.
    The purpose of this hearing was to investigate the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recent announcement that it 
released the Social Security Numbers of its program 
beneficiaries'. The Honorable Charles Christopherson, Chief 
Financial Officer, USDA, gave testimony about the Social 
Security Numbers (SSN) being made public through a government 
system know as the Federal Assistance Awards Data System 
(FAADS). USDA took full responsibility for the exposure of 
approximately 38,700 Social Security Numbers. Issues discussed 
were improving the ability of the Department to protect 
personally identifiable information and the implementation of 
the Federal Information Security Management Act. Mr. 
Christopherson was accompanied by USDA Assistant Secretary for 
Administration, Boyd Rutherford, and USDA Chief Information 
Officer, Dave Combs, to give testimony and answer questions 
asked by the Committee.
    May 8, 2007: Review of the Welfare of Animals in 
Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial #110-18.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the welfare of 
animals in agriculture. Testimony was given by twelve 
individuals who represented different animal health groups, the 
animal agriculture industry, and animal welfare organizations. 
Issues discussed included the status of animal welfare in 
American agriculture; steps that animal agriculture producers 
have implemented to improve animal welfare; and new proposals 
related to these same issues. The testimony provided insight 
for committee members on the current issues facing animal 
welfare, including: slaughtering practices, gestation hall 
housing, sow housing, animal research/science for animal care, 
and the handling of livestock.
    May 9, 2007: Review the impact of imported contaminated 
food and feed ingredients and of recent food safety emergencies 
on food safety and animal health systems. Full Committee 
Hearing. Hearing Serial #110-19.
    The purpose of this hearing was to investigate the 
government's response to melamine-tainted products imported 
from China that were used in pet food and animal feed products. 
The Committee heard testimony from both the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
Chairman Collin C. Peterson raised the concern about the 
ability of the U.S. import inspection system to monitor the 
quality and safety of imports. USDA and FDA witnesses said 
their agencies plan to continue working together to conduct a 
full and comprehensive investigation.
    May 10, 2007: Review food aid and agriculture trade 
programs operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 
U.S. Agency for International Development. Hearing of the 
Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture 
Subcommittee. Hearing Serial #110-21.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review food aid and 
agriculture trade programs operated by the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International 
Development (USAID). The 2002 Farm Bill authorizes programs 
that provide food aid and promote U.S. agricultural products in 
overseas markets. The Subcommittee heard testimony from U.S. 
Representatives and representatives from USDA and USAID to 
determine where changes were needed in the Farm Bill to ensure 
that U.S. food aid programs work as intended. The hearing also 
addressed declining global market share for U.S. agricultural 
products and value-added businesses.
    May 10, 2007: Review of Research Agricultural Research 
Programs: Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and 
Research. Hearing Serial #110-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review agricultural 
research programs. Current programs address various issues in 
agricultural production including conservation practices, farm 
efficiency, international competition, environmental impacts, 
nutrition and general productivity. Some of the issues 
discussed in this hearing were research funding, the 
agricultural system and creating greater energy security, and a 
set of proposed guidelines for reorganizing the United States 
Department of Agriculture's research, education, and economics 
mission areas.
    May 14, 2007: Review of the Federal Crop Insurance Program. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial #110-22.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the Federal Crop 
Insurance Program. Testimony regarding proposed changes to 
current crop insurance programs was heard by producer 
representatives. Some of the issues discussed include the 
different types of crop insurance available; the lack of 
adequate crop insurance; making crop insurance more affordable; 
promoting effective risk management; accounts of decreasing 
crop insurance coverage and availability; and cheaper biofuels 
alternatives (i.e., Camelina).
    May 15, 2007: Review of the Industry Response to Food 
Safety Concerns of Fresh and Fresh-Cut Produce. Subcommittee on 
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-23.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the industry 
response to food safety concerns of fresh and fresh-cut 
produce. Testimony from government and industry representatives 
as well as food safety researchers and consumer advocates was 
heard. Maintaining the integrity of America's food supply 
remained high on the agenda. During the hearing David Acheson, 
M.D., Assistant Commissioner for Food Protection from the Food 
and Drug Administration stated that this can be achieved by 
developing a new and effective strategy for food safety and 
defense by practicing prevention, enforcing compliance, and 
responding rapidly to food contamination and human and animal 
abuse. Other issues discussed include improving government 
intervention/collaboration; a proposal for establishing a set 
of uniform science-based risk evaluations, mitigation 
processes, and procedures throughout the supply chain; USDA's 
Agricultural Marketing Service audit-based program; and food 
safety appropriations and funding.
    June 5, 2007: Review the state of agriculture in Kansas. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial #110-24.
    The purpose of this field hearing was to discuss the state 
of agriculture in Kansas. The subcommittee heard testimony from 
nine witnesses who discussed the major issues confronting 
agricultural producers in Kansas, including recovering from 
weather related disasters, export barriers to Kansas-produced 
agricultural goods and high energy costs. Kansas ranks fifth 
among all states in the market value of agricultural products 
sold and it is a national leader in cattle, wheat and grain 
sorghum production.
    June 7, 2007: Review the integrity and efficacy of the 
federal crop insurance program. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial #110-25.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the integrity and 
efficacy of the federal crop insurance program. Chairman of the 
Subcommittee, Bob Etheridge, noted that hearing such as this 
help the committee to get the best out of the taxpayers dollar, 
and also noted that risk management practices are vital to 
American agriculture. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
nine different witnesses on two separate panels. Administrator 
Eldon Gould from the Risk Management Agency was accompanied by 
Dr. Keith Collins, Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture.
    July 12, 2007: Review the trading of energy-based 
derivatives. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial #110-26.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the trading of 
energy-based derivatives. Chairman of the Subcommittee Bob 
Etheridge said that this is the appropriate time for us to 
review the energy-derivatives markets as well as the CFTC's 
oversight of these markets. The subcommittee heard testimony 
from two panels of witnesses.
    September 26, 2007: Review Commodity Exchange Act 
Reauthorization. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management. Hearing Serial #110-27.
    The purpose of the hearing was to examine the Commodity 
Exchange Act and discuss its reauthorization. The subcommittee 
heard testimony from ten witnesses who discussed elements of 
the act they felt should be amended before the reauthorization.
    October 3, 2007: Public hearing to examine the joint 
performance of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Customs and Border 
Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security in protecting 
U.S. agriculture form foreign pests and diseases. Subcommittee 
on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-
29.
    The purpose of this hearing was to inspect the joint 
performance of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture's Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service, Customs and Border Protection, 
and U.S. Department of Homeland Security in protecting U.S. 
agriculture from foreign pests and diseases. The Subcommittee 
heard from the Agriculture Committee's Investigator, the 
Government Accountability Office, and the Homeland Security 
Department's Office of the Inspector General as well as 
representatives from states with a large amount of fresh crop 
and horticulture production. Several members and witnesses 
voiced concern with the Agriculture Quarantine Inspection 
Service since the transfer from APHIS to the Department of 
Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol.
    October 4, 2007: Review the labor needs of American 
agriculture. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-30.
    The purpose of this public hearing was for agricultural 
organizations to voice their concerns with the issue of a 
growing shortage of farm labor in the United States. The 
committee heard testimony from 12 witnesses on two separate 
panels. Chairman Collin C. Peterson noted the importance of the 
labor force across many industries, and especially agriculture. 
Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte noted the importance of our nation 
to offer temporary work and fill empty jobs, while at the same 
time incorporating the guest worker program, reducing illegal 
immigration, and protecting our borders.
    October 18, 2007: Review structural changes that are taking 
place in the agricultural economy and their impacts. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial #110-31.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the structural 
changes taking place in agriculture and their impacts on the 
farm economy. The panel consisted of three economic analysts 
who discussed recent developments in the farm economy while 
examining both short- and long-term trends in prices and farm 
output. Members also discussed the rising input costs from 
energy prices, rising land and labor costs, and the effects of 
new product development such as biofuels.
    October 24, 2007: Review reauthorization of the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial #110-32.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review reauthorization 
of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The 
Chairman of the Subcommittee Bob Etheridge asked that the 
Government Accountability Office provided Congress with a 
clearer picture of what is happening in the energy markets, and 
expressed his anticipation for the reauthorization. Ranking 
Member Jerry Moran noted that in recent years markets have 
evolved, trading volume has increased, and that Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission has operated for too long without 
proper reauthorization and sufficient funding.
    October 25, 2007: Review disaster conditions across the 
United States. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-33.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review disaster 
conditions across the United States. The committee heard about 
issues regarding drought, flood, fire and other weather-related 
disasters. The committee heard testimony from six witnesses, 
with Mr. Bradley R. Rippey, agricultural Meteorologist, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, being accompanied by Dr. Gerald A. 
Bange, Chairperson, World Agricultural Outlook Board, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Committee Chairman 
Collin C. Peterson took particular notice to the areas of the 
Southeast with its droughts, the floods of the Midwest and 
wildfires in the Western states. Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte 
expressed his concerns of a strong safety net.
    October 30, 2007: Review the technologies in the meat 
industry. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-34.
    The purpose of this public hearing was to review the 
technologies in the meat industry. Chairman Collin C. Peterson 
mentioned that the hearing was a good opportunity to educate 
the Committee and the public about new technologies that are 
being used in the meat industry. The committee heard testimony 
from four witnesses on the first panel with Mr. Phil Derfler, 
Assistant Administrator for Policy, Program and Employee 
Development, Food Safety Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, as well Dr. Dan Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant 
Administrator for Policy, Program and Employee Development, 
Food Safety Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
accompanying Mr. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, Food Safety 
Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    November 7, 2007: Review recent recalls in the meat 
industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial #110-35.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review recent recalls in 
the meat industry. Dr. Richard Raymond, Undersecretary for Food 
Safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture expressed 
concerns dealing with recent recalls and illnesses caused 
nationwide by E. coli O157:H7 as well as other pathogens. 
Chairman of the Subcommittee Leonard Boswell noted that 
consumers need to feel confident in the products they buy and 
the producers need to be able to grow and stay in business. 
Subcommittee Ranking Member Robin Hayes said that assuring the 
safety of our nation's food supply was one of the Committee's 
most important jobs.
    February 7, 2008: Review the National Veterinary Medical 
Service Act. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial #110-36.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review why the USDA has 
not implemented the National Veterinary Medical Service Act 
(Public Law No: 1008-161). The subcommittee heard testimony 
from Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia, Dr. Gail Buchanan, 
USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, and 
Dr. Gregory Hammer, President of the American Veterinary 
Medical Association.
    May 15, 2008: Review the source of volatile price movements 
in agriculture and energy commodity markets. Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
#110-37.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the source of 
dramatic movements in commodity markets (agriculture and 
energy), and determine if the source is either a change in 
market fundamentals or the influence of institutional 
investors. The Committee discussed possible steps needed in 
order to maintain confidence in U.S. commodity markets and 
provide more stable prices for American farmers and consumers. 
The subcommittee heard testimony from three panels of witnesses 
which included representatives of Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission, commodity market exchanges, farm organizations, and 
agricultural and energy producers and distributors.
    June 24, 2008: Review trading in energy markets. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial #110-38.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review trading in energy 
markets. The Committee heard testimony from Walter Lukken, 
Acting Chairman of the CTFC, which is the chief regulator of 
commodity futures and options markets. Chairman Peterson noted 
that a growing number of people believe a flood of speculative 
money into energy futures is driving oil and gas prices higher 
and creating instablitiy.
    June 26, 2008: Review the status of pollinator health 
including colony collapse disorder. Subcommittee on 
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-39.
    The purpose of this public hearing was to review the status 
of pollinator health in the United States, including colony 
collapse disorder. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 14 
individuals on three panels, ranging from researchers and 
entomologists, to commercial beekeepers, to agricultural 
producers. Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Cardoza of California 
stressed the importance of bees and other pollinators and said 
the USDA desperately needs to better coordinate their research 
and response to this ongoing crisis.
    July 9, 2008: Review legislation amending the Commodity 
Exchange Act. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-40.
    The purpose of this hearing was to hear from six House 
Members on their proposed legislation to amend the Commodity 
Exchange Act (CEA). The hearing was the first of three hearings 
scheduled to review all proposed CEA legislation. Chairman 
Peterson said the Committee would be thoughtful and deliberate 
in examining all of the legislative proposals so that the 
Committee could separate fact from fiction and develop a 
bipartisan, consensus bill that could move to the House floor 
before August. Committee Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte of 
Virginia said the hearing was an important step in looking at 
factors that fall under the Committee's jurisdiction that may 
contribute to increased energy prices.
    July 10, 2008: Review legislation amending the Commodity 
Exchange Act. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-40.
    The purpose of this hearing was to continue to review all 
proposed CEA legislation. The Committee heard from three panels 
composed of 14 witnesses on the treatment of swaps and over-
the-counter markets, foreign boards of trade, pension and index 
fund participation in commodity markets, hedge exemptions and 
speculative positions limits, and the possible raising of 
margin requirements.
    July 11, 2008: Review legislation amending the Commodity 
Exchange Act. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-40.
    The purpose of this hearing was to complete the week's 
three hearings on legislation that would amend the Commodity 
Exchange Act. The Agriculture Committee called 11 witnesses to 
testify on the major issues surrounding the regulation of 
commodity futures markets.
    July 16, 2008: Review efforts to deliver international food 
aid and provide foreign agricultural development assistance. 
Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign 
Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-41.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the delivery of 
U.S. food aid overseas and efforts to provide agriculture 
development assistance in developing countries. The 
Subcommittee heard from two panels consisting of 7 witnesses.
    July 23, 2008: Reviews the cost of hunger in America. 
Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, 
and Forestry. Hearing Serial #110-42.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the short- and 
long-term costs of hunger in America. According to USDA's 
Economic Research Service, almost 11% of households in the 
United States are food insecure--meaning they often have 
problems accessing food, or maintaining a varied diet. Of those 
households, 4.6 million families reported multiple instances of 
disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake during the 
year because they did not have enough food resources to 
purchase food. The Subcommittee heard testimony from one panel 
of witnesses including medical doctors, researchers and 
advocates on the ways in which the effects of hunger spill over 
into other areas of society and government policy.
    July 23, 2008: Reviews state of health care in rural areas. 
Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign 
Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-43.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of 
health care in rural areas, and the role of federal programs in 
addressing rural health care needs. The Agriculture Department 
and the Health and Human Services Department both operate a 
number of different programs that provide funding for rural 
health care needs. Representatives of both agencies testified 
before the Subcommittee. A second panel presented testimony 
about the general state of rural health care and the challenges 
associated with providing adequate care in rural areas.
    July 24, 2008: Reviews Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 
implementation. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, 
and Research. Hearing Serial #110-44.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review Renewable Fuels 
Standard implementation and agriculture producer eligibility. 
The law contains restrictions in the definition of ``renewable 
biomass'' that limit the participation of private forestland 
owner. The Subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses 
including Environmental Protection Agency representatives, 
researchers, and producers who provided an update on the 
implementation process and shared concerns on barriers to 
eligibility for man agricultural producers.
    July 30, 2008: Reviews electricity reliability in rural 
areas. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and 
Research. Hearing Serial #110-45.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the reliability 
of electricity in rural America. The hearing was conducted to 
find solutions that will best serve our national needs, and 
make economic sense for our growing demand for power. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from two panels of witnesses 
comprised of representatives from government and industry 
stakeholders. Witnesses discussed reliability issues, renewable 
energy access to the grid, generation and capacity needs, and 
the regulatory structure that governs the industry.
    July 30, 2008: Reviews produce traceability issues, as 
Salmonella outbreak investigation continues. Subcommittee on 
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Hearing Serial #110-46.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the legal and 
technological capacity for full traceability in fresh produce, 
particularly in cases related to foodborne illnesses. The 
hearing was called in the wake of the recent outbreak of 
Salmonella Saintpaul illnesses first thought to be associated 
with tomatoes and later linked to jalapeno and serrano peppers 
from Mexico. The subcommittee heard testimony from three panels 
which included representatives from: U.S. House of 
Representatives, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National 
Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, fresh 
produce growers and their organizations, Directors from the 
University of Minnesota and California, Davis, and Consumer's 
Union.
    September 11, 2008: Review of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (CFTC) report on the participation of swap dealers 
and index funds in agricultural and energy markets. Full 
Committee Hearing. Hearing Serial #110-47.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) report on the participation 
of swap dealers and index funds in agricultural and energy 
markets. Acting CFTC Chairman Walter Lukken testified before 
the Committee.
    September 25, 2008: Review advances in animal health, 
particularly the use of antimicrobials in the livestock 
industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial #110-48.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review advances in 
animal health, particularly the use of antimicrobials in the 
livestock industry. The subcommittee heard testimony from three 
different panels made up of federal agency representatives, 
producers groups, veterinarians, and academia. Testimony was 
focused on the use of antimicrobials in livestock production, 
their effectiveness and their role in food safety.
    October 15, 2008: Review of the role of credit derivatives 
in the U.S. economy. Full Committee Hearing. Hearing Serial 
#110-49.
    The purpose of the hearing was to review the role of credit 
derivatives in the U.S. economy. The hearing examined the role 
of credit derivatives, and credit default swaps in particular, 
and the role they may have played in the series of recent 
failures and government takeovers of large financial 
institutions that engage in credit derivative transactions, 
including American International Group (AIG), Lehman Brothers, 
Bear Stearns, and Washington Mutual, among others.
    The Committee heard testimony from two panels of witnesses, 
comprised of government regulators, academics, and industry 
stakeholders. The panelists testified about the current 
regulatory structure for regulated exchange and over the 
counter derivatives markets as well as possible arrangements 
for the clearing of credit default swaps.
    November 20, 2008: Review of the role of credit derivatives 
in the U.S. economy. Full Committee Hearing. Hearing Serial 
#110-49.
    The purpose of the hearing was to review the role of credit 
derivatives in the U.S. economy. The hearing examined recent 
events in the credit default swaps market, the establishment of 
over-the-counter clearing of such contracts, and the 
announcement by some regulatory agencies to cooperate in 
overseeing the central clearing of swaps trades. The committee 
heard testimony from representatives of the CFTC, the Federal 
Reserve System, the Securities Exchange Commission and the 
State of New York.
    December 8, 2008: Review of the role of credit derivatives 
in the U.S. economy. Full Committee Hearing. Hearing Serial 
#110-49
    The purpose of the hearing was to review the role of credit 
derivatives in the U.S. economy, particularly credit default 
swaps, and their part in the credit and financial crisis that 
took down some of the largest financial institutions in the 
world. The committee heard testimony from two panels of 
industry stakeholders representing domestic and international 
exchanges, trade associations, and institutional traders. The 
hearing examined recent events in the credit default swaps 
market, the possible establishment of over-the-counter clearing 
of such contracts, and the role of existing regulatory agencies 
in overseeing the central clearing of swaps trades.

2. Legislative hearings

    September 27, 2007: Review the Virginia Ridge and Valley 
Act of 2007. Full Committee. Hearing Serial #110-28.
    The purpose of the hearing was to discuss H.R. 1011, the 
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007. The goal of the act is 
to set aside acreage in Jefferson National Forest as 
wilderness, wilderness study areas, and National Scenic Areas. 
While this provides a certain amount of protection for the land 
designated, it also limits the amount and type of management 
practices available for use by the Forest Service. Witnesses 
offered testimonies discussing issues such as the ban on 
controlled fire management in wilderness areas as well as how 
the designation would affect hunting in the allotted areas. 
(Note: See also the discussion for H.R. 1011 under ``5. Bills 
Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.'')

                          E. PRINTED HEARINGS

    110-1 THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S PROPOSALS FOR 
THE 2007 FARM BILL. Full Committee. February 14, 2007.
    110-2 REVIEW OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S 
PROPOSALS FOR THE 2007 FARM BILL WITH RESPECT TO SPECIALTY 
CROPS AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. Subcommittee on Horticulture and 
Organic Culture. February 28, 2007.
    110-3 REVIEW OF THE FINANCING STRUCTURE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY 
RESOURCES. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and 
Research. March 7, 2007.
    110-4 REVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF FEED COSTS ON THE LIVESTOCK 
INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. March 
8, 2007.
    110-5 REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL FOOD STAMP PROGRAM AND ITS 
IMPACT ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH. Subcommittee on Department 
Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. March 13, 2007.
    110-6 REVIEW OF USDA'S RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND THE 
AGENCY'S RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR THE 2007 FARM BILL. 
Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign 
Agriculture. March 21, 2007.
    110-7 PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW THE COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER 
IN HONEY BEE COLONIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. Subcommittee on 
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. March 29, 2007.
    110-8 REVIEW OF CREDIT AVAILABILITY IN RURAL AMERICA. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. 
March 27, 2007.
    110-9 REVIEW OF PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE PROGRAM CROP 
PROVISIONS OF THE FARM SECURITY AND RURAL INVESTMENT ACT OF 
2002. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. March 28, 2007.
    110-10 PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW THE MARKET STRUCTURE OF THE 
LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. April 17, 2007.
    110-11 REVIEW OF ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF PRODUCTION, 
PROCESSING, AND MARKETING OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. 
Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. April 18, 
2007.
    110-12 REVIEW OF USDA FARM BILL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. 
April 19, 2007.
    110-13 REVIEW OF FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER RULEMAKING 
PROCEDURES. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
April 24, 2007.
    110-14 REVIEW OF PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE PROGRAM CROP 
PROVISIONS OF THE FARM SECURITY AND RURAL INVESTMENT ACT OF 
2002. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. April 26, 2007.
    110-15 REVIEW OF THE CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY. Subcommittee 
on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. May 1, 2007.
    110-16 REVIEW RURAL BROADBAND PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE U.S. 
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE. Subcommittee 
on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture. 
May 1, 2007.
    110-17 REVIEW OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S 
RELEASE OF PROGRAM BENEFICIARIES' SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND 
OF THE DEPARTMENT'S INFORMATION SYSTEMS, GENERALLY. Full 
Committee. May 2, 2007.
    110-18 TO REVIEW THE WELFARE OF ANIMALS IN AGRICULTURE. 
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. May 8, 2007.
    110-19 TO REVIEW THE IMPACT OF IMPORTED CONTAMINATED FOOD 
AND FEED INGREDIENTS AND OF RECENT FOOD SAFETY EMERGENCIES ON 
FOOD SAFETY AND ANIMAL HEALTH SYSTEMS. Full Committee. May 9, 
2007.
    110-20 REVIEW OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. May 
10, 2007.
    110-21 TO REVIEW FOOD AID AND AGRICULTURE TRADE PROGRAMS 
OPERATED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE U.S. 
AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Subcommittee on Specialty 
Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture. May 10, 
2007.
    110-22 REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
May 14, 2007.
    110-23 REVIEW OF INDUSTRY RESPONSE TO THE SAFETY OF FRESH 
AND FRESH-CUT PRODUCE. Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic 
Agriculture. May 15, 2007.
    110-24 TO REVIEW THE STATE OF AGRICULTURE IN KANSAS. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
June 5, 2007 (Salina, KS).
    110-25 TO REVIEW THE INTEGRITY AND EFFICACY OF THE FEDERAL 
CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. June 7, 2007.
    110-26 TO REVIEW TRADING OF ENERGY-BASED DERIVATIVES. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
July 12, 2007.
    110-27 TO REVIEW REAUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE 
ACT. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. September 26, 2007.
    110-28 TO REVIEW H.R.1011, THE VIRGINIA RIDGE AND VALLEY 
ACT OF 2007. Full Committee. September 27, 2007.
    110-29 TO EXAMINE THE JOINT PERFORMANCE OF THE ANIMAL AND 
PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF 
AGRICULTURE, AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT 
OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN PROTECTING U.S. AGRICULTURE FROM 
FOREIGN PESTS AND DISEASES. Subcommittee on Horticulture and 
Organic Agriculture. October 3, 2007.
    110-30 TO REVIEW THE LABOR NEEDS OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. 
Full Committee. October 4, 2007.
    110-31 TO REVIEW STRUCTURAL CHANGES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE 
IN THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY AND THEIR IMPACTS. Full Committee. 
October 18, 2007.
    110-32 TO REVIEW REAUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMODITY FUTURES 
TRADING COMMISSION. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities 
and Risk Management. October 24, 2007.
    110-33 TO REVIEW AGRICULTURE DISASTER CONDITIONS ACROSS THE 
NATION. Full Committee. October 25, 2007.
    110-34 TO REVIEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY. Full 
Committee. October 30, 2007.
    110-35 TO REVIEW RECENT RECALLS IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY. 
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. November 7, 
2007.
    110-36 TO REVIEW THE NATIONAL VETERINARY MEDICAL SERVICE 
ACT. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. February 7, 
2008.
    110-37 TO REVIEW THE SOURCE OF DRAMATIC MOVEMENTS IN 
COMMODITY MARKETS (AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY): A CHANCE IN MARKET 
FUNDAMENTALS OR INFLUENCE OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS? 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
May 15, 2008.
    110-38 TO REVIEW TRADING IN ENERGY MARKETS. Full Committee. 
June 24, 2008.
    110-39 TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF POLLINATOR HEALTH INCLUDING 
COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER. Subcommittee on Horticulture and 
Organic Agriculture. June 26, 2008.
    110-40 TO REVIEW LEGISLATION AMENDING THE COMMODITY 
EXCHANGE ACT. Full Committee. July 9, 2008.
    110-40 TO REVIEW LEGISLATION AMENDING THE COMMODITY 
EXCHANGE ACT. Full Committee. July 10, 2008.
    110-40 TO REVIEW LEGISLATION AMENDING THE COMMODITY 
EXCHANGE ACT. Full Committee. July 11, 2008.
    110-41 TO REVIEW EFFORTS TO DELIVER INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID 
AND PROVIDE FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE. 
Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign 
Agriculture. July 16, 2008.
    110-42 TO REVIEW THE SHORT- AND LONG-TERM COSTS OF HUNGER 
IN AMERICA. Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, 
Nutrition, and Forestry. July 23, 2008
    110-43 TO REVIEW THE STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN RURAL AREAS 
AND THE ROLE OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS IN ADDRESSING RURAL HEALTH 
CARE NEEDS. Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, 
and Foreign Agriculture. July 23, 2008.
    110-44 TO REVIEW RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD IMPLEMENTATION 
AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCER ELIGIBILITY. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. July 24, 2008.
    110-45 TO REVIEW ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY IN RURAL AMERICA. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. 
July 30, 2008.
    110-46 TO REVIEW LEGAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITY FOR FULL 
TRACEABILITY IN FRESH PRODUCE. Subcommittee on Horticulture and 
Organic Agriculture. July 30, 2008.
    110-47 TO REVIEW DRAMATIC MOVEMENTS IN AGRICULTURE AND 
ENERGY COMMODITY MARKETS. Full Committee. September 11, 2008.
    110-48 TO REVIEW ADVANCES IN ANIMAL HEALTH WITHIN THE 
LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. September 25, 2008.
    110-49 TO REVIEW THE ROLE OF CREDIT DERIVATIVES IN THE U.S. 
ECONOMY. Full Committee. October 15, 2008, November 20, 2008, 
December 8, 2008.

                        F. MEETINGS NOT PRINTED

    January 23, 2007--Full Committee. Open business meeting--
Organizational meeting for the 110th Congress. Approval by 
voice vote of the committee rules.
    February 14, 2007--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of the Oversight Plan for the 110th 
Congress.
    March 1, 2007--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the budget views and estimates letter 
offering budget recommendations of the Committee on Agriculture 
for the agencies and programs under the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Agriculture.
    May 17, 2007--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of H. Con. Res. 25; H.R. 926; and H. 
Res. 79.
    May 22, 2007--Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, 
and Research. Open business meeting. By a voice vote, forwarded 
provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419), as amended, to 
the Full Committee for consideration.
    May 24, 2007--Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. Open business meeting. By a voice vote, forwarded 
provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419), as amended, to 
the Full Committee for consideration.
    June 6, 2007--Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural 
Development, and Foreign Agriculture. Open business meeting. By 
a voice vote, forwarded provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 
2419), as amended, to the Full Committee for consideration.
    June 7, 2007--Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic 
Agriculture. Open business meeting. By a voice vote, forwarded 
provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419), as amended, to 
the Full Committee for consideration.
    June 14, 2007--Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. Open business meeting. By a 
voice vote, forwarded provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 
2419), as amended, to the Full Committee for consideration.
    June 19, 2007--Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management. Open business meeting. By a voice vote, 
forwarded provisions of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419), as 
amended, to the Full Committee for consideration.
    July 17, 18, and 19, 2007--Full Committee. Open business 
meetings. Approval by a voice vote of H.R. 2419.
    December 12, 2007--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of the CFTC Reauthorization Act of 
2007, H.J. Res. 15, H.R. 1374, and H.R. 3454.
    February 27, 2008--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the budget views and estimates letter 
offering budget recommendations of the Committee on Agriculture 
for the agencies and programs under the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Agriculture.
    April 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 22, and May 1, 2007--Conference 
Committee Meetings. To resolve the differences on H.R. 2419.
    July 24, 2008--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of the Commodity Markets Transparency 
and Accountability Act of 2008.
    September 18, 2008--Full Committee. Open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of H.R. 6849.

                          G. COMMITTEE PRINTS

    Ceremony Unveiling the Portrait of the Honorable Bob 
Goodlatte, September 25, 2007. Print No. 110-1.
    Ceremony Unveiling of the Portrait of the Honorable E. 
(Kika) de la Garza, October 2, 2007. Print No. 110-2.

                             III. Appendix


                      A. EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

    24--January 5, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fruits and Vegetables 
[Docket No. 03-086-3] (RIN: 0579-AC23) Received December 19, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    58--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance 
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2002-
0043; FRL-8064-3] Received December 12, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    59--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Azoxystrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0823; FRL-
8100-9] Received December 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    60--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Boscalid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0145; FRL-8107-8] Received December 
14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    61--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethomorph; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0532; FRL-8104-6] Received December 
14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    62--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Extension of Tolerance 
for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0942; FRL-8105-4] Received December 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    63--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluroxypyr; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0536; FRL-8107-7] Received December 
14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    64--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0177; FRL-8105-9] Received December 
14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    65--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0655; FRL-
8095-4] Received December 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    66--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Myclobutanil; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0282; FRL-8105-1] Received December 
14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    67--January 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flucarbazone-sodium; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0935; FRL-8105-6] Received 
December 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    318--January 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluthiacet-methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0788; FRL-8108-8] Received 
December 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    319--January 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Zeta-Cypermethrin; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0769; FRL-8093-6] Received 
December 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    366--January 22, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Beauveria Bassiana HF23; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-
0316; FRL-8108-4] Received January 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    545--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Interim 
Order Amending the Orders [Docket No. AO-14-A74, et al.; DA-06-
01] Received January 25, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    546--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0117] Received January 
17, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    547--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; Texas [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0145] 
Received December 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    548--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mediterranean Fruit Fly; Remove 
Portions of Los Angeles, San Bernadino, and Santa Clara 
Counties, CA From the List of Quarantined Areas [Docket No. 
APHIS-2005-0116] Received January 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    549--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Poultry Improvement Plan and 
Auxiliary Provisions [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0008] (RIN: 0579-
AC27) Received January 12, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    550--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Under Secretary, 
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Senior 
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Regulations (RIN: 0584-AD35) 
Received December 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    551--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiabendazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0962; FRL-
8111-1] Received January 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    552--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tris(2-ethylhexyl) 
Phosphate; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0970; FRL-8112-2] Received February 2, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    553--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Avermectin; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0918; FRL-
8110-8] Received February 2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    554--February 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spiromesifen; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0667; FRL-8110-3] Received January 
19, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    616--February 27, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Halosulfuron-methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0205; FRL-8113-8] Received 
February 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    617--February 27, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Orthosulfamuron; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0010; FRL-8113-4] Received 
February 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    618--February 27, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sethoxydim; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0321; FRL-8115-8] Received February 
10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    701--March 6, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Electronic Filing of Notices of 
Exemption and Exclusion Under Part 4 of the Commission's 
Regulations (RIN: 3038-AC33) Received February 7, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    766--March 8, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of a draft bill entitled, 
``To amend the authority for the National Arboretum to 
authorize construction of a Chinese Garden within the National 
Arboretum, and for other purposes''.
    767--March 8, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 2007 farm bill 
proposals.
    848--March 14, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Polymer of 2-Ethyl-2-
(Hydroxymethyl)-1,3-Propanediol, Oxirane, Methyloxirane, 1,2-
Epoxyalkanes; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0658; FRL-
8116-9] Received March 7, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    849--March 14, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Prothioconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0312; FRL-8113-6] Received 
March 7, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    893--March 19, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting a 
report on the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget.
    910--March 20, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's Status Report on 
the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act 
Pilot Project for Fiscal Year 2005, pursuant to Public Law 108-
7.
    944--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Advertising by Commodity Pool 
Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors, and the Principals 
Thereof (RIN: 3038-AC35) Received March 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    945--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Conflicts of Interest in Self-
Regulation and Self-Regulatory Organizations (``SROs'') (RIN: 
3038-AC28) Received March 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    946--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Membership in a Registered Futures 
Association (RIN: 3038-AC29) Received March 14, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    947--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas [Docket 
No. APHIS-2006-0149] Received March 9, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    948--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Mangoes From India 
[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0121] (RIN: 0579-AC19) Received March 
12, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    949--March 23, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, Farm 
Credit Administration, transmitting the Administration's final 
rule--Organization; Definitions; Disclosure to Shareholders; 
Accounting and Reporting Requirements; Regulatory Accounting 
Practices; Title IV Conservators, Receivers, and Voluntary 
Liquidations; and Disclosure to Investors in System-wide and 
Consolidated Bank Debt Obligations of the Farm Credit System 
(RIN: 3052-AC11) Received February 27, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1024--March 30, 2007; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and Human 
Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--Substances 
Approved for Use in the Preparation of Meat and Poultry 
Products; Announcement of Effective Date [Docket No. 1995N-0220 
(formerly 95N-0220)] Received March 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1117--April 18, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's report entitled, 
``Assessment of the Cattle and Hog Industries'' for Calendar 
Year 2006, pursuant to Public Law 106-472.
    1195--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--6-Benzyladenine; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0325; FRL-8117-9] Received March 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1196--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tetraconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0576; FRL-8121-3] Received April 10, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1197--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tribenuron Methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0207; FRL-8117-2] Received 
March 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1198--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thifensulfuron Methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0208; FRL-8117-1] Received 
March 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1199--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spinosad; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0579; FRL-8114-4] Received March 15, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1200--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluopicolide; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-481; FRL-8120-1] Received March 27, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1201--April 20, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa20 Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for its 
Production in Corn; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of 
a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0783; FRL-8120-5] Received April 
3, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1443--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Border; Quarantined Areas; 
Michigan [APHIS-2006-0131] Received February 27, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1444--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous 
Products; Suspension, Revocation, or Termination of Biological 
Licenses or Permits; Inspections [APHIS Docket No. 02-107-2] 
(RIN: No. 0579-AC29) Received April 11, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1445--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Contact, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings under the Packers 
and Stockyards Act (RIN: 0580-AA97) Received April 11, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1446--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Soybean Promotion and Research: Qualified State Soybean 
Boards; Correction [Docket No. LS-06-06] Received March 26, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1447--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Processed Fruits and Vegetables [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-
0025; FV-05-379] (RIN: 0581-AC56) Received March 26, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1448--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Change in Handling 
Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0208; FV07-966-1 IFR] 
Received March 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1449--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Establishment 
of Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2006-2007 
Marketing Year [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0175; FV07-982-1 IFR] 
Received March 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1450--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Cut Flowers From Countries With Chrysanthemum White Rust 
[Docket No. 03-016-3] (RIN: 0579-AC18) Received April 10, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1461--May 2, 2007; Letter from the Program Analyst, 
Department of Transportation, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Modification of Class E Airspace; Phillipsburg, KS. 
[Docket No. FAA-2006-25943; Airspace Docket No. 06-ACE-13] 
Received April 13, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1476--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Modification of 
Administrative Rules Governing Committee Representation [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-06-0182; FV06-946-1 FR] Received May 2, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1477--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0225; FV07-932-1 PR] Received May 2, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1478--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Final 
Free and Reserve Percentages for 2006-07 Crop Natural (sun-
dried) Seedless Raisins [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0027; FV07-989-1 
IFR] Received May 2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1479--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; 
Suspension of Container Regulations [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0031; 
FV07-922-1 IFR] Received May 2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1480--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Changes in Hourly Fee Rates for Science and Technology 
Laboratory Services--Fiscal Years 2007-2009 [Docket No. AMS-ST-
07-0045; ST-05-01] (RIN: 0581-AC48) Received May 2, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1481--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0225; FV07-932-1 FR] Received May 2, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1482--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Onions Grown in South Texas; Exemption of Onions for 
Export [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0043; FV07-959-2 IFR] Received May 
2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1483--May 3, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Almonds Grown in California; Outgoing Quality Control 
Requirements [Docket No. FV06-981-1 FR] Received May 2, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1600--May 9, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Walnut Crop Insurance Provisions; Almond Crop Insurance 
Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC08) Received April 10, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1601--May 9, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information 
Order; Reallocation of Mushroom Council Membership [Docket No.: 
AMS-FV-07-0019; FV-06-704 IFR] Received March 30, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1602--May 9, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment 
Percentages for the 2007-2008 Marketing Year [Docket Nos. AMS-
FV-06-0188; FV07-985-1 FR] Received March 30, 2007, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1603--May 9, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; 
Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2006-2007 Crop 
Year for Tart Cherries [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0187; FV07-930-1 
FR] Received March 30, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1604--May 9, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, et al.; 
Increased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0174; FV06-929-
1 FR] Received March 30, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1703--May 14, 2007; Letter from the Under Secretary, 
Research, Education and Economics, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Small Business 
Innovation Research Grants Program (RIN: 0524-AA31) Received 
May 2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1861--May 21, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetochlor; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0203; FRL-8126-2] Received May 11, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1862--May 21, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus flavus NRRL 
21882 on Corn; Temporary Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0160; FRL-8130-6] Received May 11, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1863--May 21, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorantraniliprole; 
Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0800; FRL-
8128-2] Received May 11, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1864--May 21, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0995; FRL-8120-2] Received May 11, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1865--May 21, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pythium Oligandrum DV 74; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-
0121; FRL-7713-1] Received May 11, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1907--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Contact, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Official Fees and Tolerances for Barley Protein Testing 
(RIN: 0580-AA95) Received May 11, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1908--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; 
Addition of Areas in Virginia [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0171] 
Received April 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1909--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0323; FRL-8122-8] Received April 23, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1910--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Administrative Revisions 
to Plant-Incorporated Protectant Tolerance Exemptions [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2005-0116; FRL-7742-2] Received April 23, 2007, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1911--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propiconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0224; FRL-
8121-2] Received April 23, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1939--May 22, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation to 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to dispose of certain 
National Forest System land and retain the receipts for certain 
purposes, including the acquisition of other lands and the 
temporary extension of payments to State and local 
jurisdictions impacted by reduced Federal timber revenue.
    2032--June 6, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a legislative proposal that would 
shift funding for the research, development, and maintenance of 
information technology functions of the Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation (FCIC) from the Government to the insurance 
companies participating in the crop insurance program.
    2071--June 6, 2007; Letter from the Under Secretary, Food, 
Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Data Collection 
Related to the Participation of Faith-Based and Community 
Organizations [FNS-2007-0005] (RIN: 0584-AD43) Received May 4, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2075--June 7, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Addition of 
Quarantined Area [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0051] Received May 18, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2098--June 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus flavus AF36 
on Pistachio; Temporary Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0158; FRL-8129-4] Received May 18, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2099--June 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Coumaphos; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0820; FRL-8131-4] Received May 18, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2100--June 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Famoxadone; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0332; FRL-8128-6] Received May 18, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2101--June 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propanil, Phenmedipham, 
Triallate, and MCPA; Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0586; 
FRL-8126-6] Received May 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2112--June 11, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Classical Swine Fever Status of the 
Mexican State of Nayarit [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0104] Received 
June 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2113--June 11, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host 
Material From Canada [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0125] (RIN: 0579-
AC39) Received June 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2145--June 12, 2007; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations 
[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0045] (RIN: 0583-AD05) Received April 25, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2185--June 13, 2007; Letter from the Under Secretary Rural 
Development, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Rural Economic Development Loan and 
Grant Programs (RIN: 0570-AA19) Received June 4, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2209--June 14, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Corrections to Regional Office 
Information--Received May 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2224--June 15, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Foramsulfuron; Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0880; FRL-
8125-5] Received May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2225--June 15, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flufenacet; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0965; FRL-8124-2] Received May 8, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2226--June 15, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenpyroximate; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0237] 
Received May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2227--June 15, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clethodim; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0535; FRL-8127-2] Received May 8, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2228--June 15, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa19 Protein in Cotton; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0913; FRL-8124-6] Received May 8, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2295--June 25, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Wood Packaging Material; Treatment 
Modification [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0129] (RIN: 0579-AC32) 
Received June 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2296--June 25, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Border; Quarantined Areas; 
Maryland [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0028] Received June 4, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2314--June 25, 2007; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
System Insurance Corporation, transmitting the Corporation's 
annual report for calendar year 2006, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 
2277a-13.
    2322--June 27, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Mint Crop Insurance Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC03) Received June 
6, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2338--June 27, 2007; Letter from the Prinicipal Deputy 
Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, transmitting 
a legislative proposal that would enhance the Department of 
Justice's ability to pursue its core missions of protecting 
Americans from violent crime and preventing acts of terrorism.
    2339--June 28, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lactofen; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0178; FRL-8132-9] Received June 19, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2340--June 28, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0968; FRL-8135-5] Received June 19, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2347--June 28, 2007; Letter from the Fiscal Assistant 
Secretary, Department of the Treasury, transmitting the 
Department's March 2007 ``Treasury Bulletin'', pursuant to 26 
U.S.C. 9602(a).
    2435--July 12, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of 
Quarantined Area in Illinois [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0105] 
Received July 9, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2436--July 12, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cold Treatment Regulations [Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0050] Received July 9, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2437--July 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Indoxacarb; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0149; FRL-8137-8] Received July 10, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2438--July 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cymoxanil; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0331; FRL-8130-5] Received July 10, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2439--July 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorpropham, Linuron, 
Pebulate, Asulam, and Thiophanate-methyl; Tolerance Actions 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0483; FRL-8131-6] Received July 10, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2479--July 13, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fruit from Thailand 
[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0040] (RIN: 0579-AC10) Received June 22, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2480--July 13, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle; Addition of 
Cumberland County, NJ, to the List of Quarantined Areas [Docket 
No. APHIS-2007-0067] Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2581--July 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Diuron; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0559; FRL-8133-2] Received June 22, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2582--July 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tobacco Mild Green Mosaic 
Tobamovirus (TMGMV); Temporary Exemption From the Requirement 
of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0313; FRL-8134-5] Received June 
22, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2583--July 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Buprofezin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0821; FRL-8133-1] Received June 22, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2588--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0169] Received June 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2589--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Black Stem Rust; Addition of Rust-
Resistant Varieties [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0072] Received June 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2590--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern 
California; Change in Reporting Requirements [Docket No. AMS-
FV-07-0028; FV07-925-1 FR] Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2591--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Almonds Grown in California; Outgoing Quality Control 
Requirements; Correction [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0169; FV06-981-
1C] Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2592--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Late Payment and Interest Charges on Past Due Assessments 
Under the Nectarine and Peach Marketing Orders [Docket No. AMS-
FV-07-0012; FV07-916917-3 FR] Received June 22, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2593--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Establishment 
of Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2006-2007 
Marketing Year [Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0175; FV07-982-1 FIR] 
Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2594--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Onions Grown in South Texas; Change in Regulatory Period 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0214; FV07-959-1 IFR] Received June 22, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2595--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Emerald Ash Border; Quarantined Areas; Maryland [Docket 
No. APHIS-2007-0028] Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2596--July 19, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendments to Regulations Under the Perishable 
Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) To Ensure Trust Protection 
for Produce Sellers When Using Electronic Invoicing or Other 
Billing Methods [Docket Number AMS-FV-07-0009; FV05-373] (RIN: 
0581-AC53) Received June 22, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2604--July 23, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance 
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2002-
0043; FRL-8131-3] Received June 28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2785--July 31, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa19 Protein in Cotton; Exemption from the Requirements of 
a Tolerance; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0913; FRL-
8134-3] Received July 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2845--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting [Docket No. AMS-07-
0047; DA-06-07] (RIN: 0581-AC66) Received July 30, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2846--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; 
Addition of Counties in Ohio and West Virginia [Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0116] Received July 27, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2847--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Export Certification for Wood 
Packaging Material [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0122] (RIN: 0579-
AC43) Received July 30, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2848--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quillaja Saponaria 
Extract; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2007-0289; FRL-8136-6] Received July 30, 2007, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2849--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bromoxynil, Diclofop-
methyl, Dicofol, Diquat, Etridiazole, et al.; Tolerance Actions 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0154; FRL-8139-5] Received July 30, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2850--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Rimsulfuron; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0209; FRL-8139-1] Received July 26, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2851--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorthalonil; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0257; FRL-8127-9] Received July 26, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2852--August 2, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0523; FRL-8133-6] Received June 19, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2873--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Rules Relating to Permissable Uses of 
Official Seal (RIN: 3038-AC42) Received June 18, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2874--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Analyst, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--United States Standards for Sorghum (RIN: 0580-AA91) 
Received July 16, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2875--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Black Stem Rust; Addition of Rust-
Resistant Varieties [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0072] Received July 
23, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2876--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cattle for Export; Removal of Certain 
Testing Requirements [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0147] (RIN: 0579Z-
AC26) Received July 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2877--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oriental Fruit Fly; Removal of 
Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0151] Received July 
26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2878--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area 
Classifications; Idaho [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0097] Received 
July 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2879--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethenamid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0165; FRL-8138-2] Received July 23, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2880--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Diflubenzuron; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0446; FRL-
8136-7] Received July 19, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2881--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glufosinate-ammonium; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0313; FRL-8137-4] Received 
July 19, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2882--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Penoxsulam (2-(2,2-
difluoroethoxy)-N-(5,8-dimethoxy]1,2,4]triazolo]1,5-
c]pyrimidin-2-yl)-6-(trifluoromethyl)benzenesulfonamide; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0076; FRL-8137-7] Received 
July 19, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2883--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenazaquin, 4-tert-
butylphenethyl Quinazolin-4-yl Ether; Pesticide Import 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0075; FRL-8141-3] Received August 2, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3059--August 3, 2007; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation 
entitled, ``Healthy Forests Partnership Act''.
    3161--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Buprofezin; Pesticide 
Tolerance; Technical Correction [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0821; FRL-
8140-9] Received August 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3162--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cis-isomer of 1-(3-
chloroallyl)-3,5,7-triaza-1-azoniaadamantane chloride (CAS Reg. 
No. 51229-78-8); Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0220; FRL-8122-3] Received August 14, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3163--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fipronil; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0206; FRL-8142-6] Received August 
14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3164--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lambda-Cyhalothrin; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0545; FRL-8143-1] Received 
August 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3165--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Zucchini Yellow Mosaic 
Virus-Weak Strain; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0329; FRL-8137-9] Received August 
14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3166--September 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyrasulfotole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-1026; FRL-8141-8] Received August 9, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3206--September 7, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyriproxyfen; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0889; FRL-8142-4] Received August 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3207--September 7, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flusilazole; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0428; FRL-
8138-6] Received August 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3208--September 7, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flutriafol; Time-Limited 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0327; FRL-8135-6] Received 
August 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3209--September 7, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propylene Oxide; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0157; FRL-8143-9] Received 
August 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3210--September 7, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spinosad; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0349; FRL-8142-1] Received August 
24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3233--September 10, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Witchweed Quarantine Regulations; 
Regulated Areas in North Carolina and South Carolina [Docket 
No. APHIS-2006-0170] Received August 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3234--September 10, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for 
Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of Non-
Ambulatory Disabled Cattle; Prohibition of the Use of Certain 
Stunning Devices Used To Immobilize Cattle During Slaughter 
[Docket No. 03-025F] (RIN: 0583-AC88) Received August 6, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3235--September 10, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Designation of the State of New Mexico Under the Federal 
Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act [Docket 
No. FSIS-2007-0023] (RIN: 0583-AD29) Received August 6, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3236--September 10, 2007; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Food Additives 
Permitted in Feed and Drinking Water of Animals; Selenium Yeast 
[Docket No. 1998F-0196] Received August 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3237--September 10, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Residues of Quaternary 
Ammonium Compounds di-n-Alkyl (C8-10) dimethyl Ammonium 
chloride, Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0572; FRL-8146-7] Received September 5, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3448--September 25, 2007; Letter from the Acting Director, 
Office of Management and Budget, transmitting a copy of 
proposed legislation that seeks to bring the funding structure 
for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) into line 
with the funding of other Federal financial regulators by 
establishing a fee on the settlement of commodity futures and 
options contracts overseen by the CFTC.
    3471--September 25, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting copies of two 
proposed bills to collect certain fees under the Toxic 
Substance Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodentice Act (FIFRA).
    3473--September 26, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tepraloxydim; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0145; FRL-8148-1] Received September 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3474--September 26, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sulfosulfuron; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0206; FRL-8147-4] Received September 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3475--September 26, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0522; FRL-8148-6] Received September 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3476--September 26, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methamidophos, 
Oxydemeton-methyl, Profenofos, and Trichlorfon; Tolerance 
Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0261; FRL-8147-6] Received September 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3477--September 26, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alachlor; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0146; FRL-8147-2] Received September 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3497--September 27, 2007; Letter from the Executive 
Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Rules Relating To Review of 
National Futures Association Decisions in Disciplinary, 
Membership Denial, Registration and Member Responsibility 
Actions (RIN: 3038-AC43) Received September 12, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3498--September 27, 2007; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Emergency 
Conservation Program (RIN: 0560-AH71) Received September 17, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3499--September 27, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Risk Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Millet Crop Insurance Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC12) Received 
September 17, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3500--September 27, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coodinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Potato Cyst Nematode; 
Quarantine and Regulations [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0143] (RIN: 
0579-AC54) Received September 12, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3501--September 27, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform 
Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions, Importation of Live 
Bovines and Products Derived From Bovines [Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0041] (RIN: 0579-AC01) Received September 19, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3632--October 5, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Florasulam; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0993; FRL-8148-4] Received September 
26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3633--October 5, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tembotrione; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0072; FRL-8148-2] Received September 
26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3656--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quinclorac; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0191; FRL-8149-5] Received September 
26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3657--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0106; FRL-8147-8] Received September 
14, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3658--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance 
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2002-
0043; FRL-8126-5] Received September 14, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3659--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Amitraz; Atrazone; 
Ethephon, Ferbam, Lindane, Propachlor, and Simazine; Tolerance 
Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0187; FRL-8147-5] Received September 
18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3660--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chloroneb, Cypermethrin, 
Methidathion, Nitrapyrin, Oxyfluoren, Pirimiphos-methyl, 
Sulfosate, Tebuthiuron, Thiabendazole, Thidiazuron, and 
Tribuphos; Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0036; FRL-81432] 
Received September 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3661--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Desmedipham; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0297; FRL-8146-8] Received September 
18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3662--October 9, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0539; FRL-8147-3] Received 
September 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3674--October 10, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Removal of 
Quarantined Area [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0051-3] Received 
September 25, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3680--October 12, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Add the Republic of Georgia to List of 
Regions Where African Swine Fever Exists [Docket No. APHIS-
2007-0108] Received September 19, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3748--October 17, 2007; Letter from the Acting 
DirectorPDRA--PARARUSUSDA, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Community Connect 
Broadband Grant Program (RIN: 0572-AC09) Received October 1, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3772--October 18, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluazinam; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0234; FRL-8152-4] Received October 
15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3861--October 24, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenthrin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0471; FRL-8151-5] Received October 
18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3862--October 24, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenamidone; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0848; FRL-8152-9] Received October 
18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3863--October 24, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Data 
Requirements; Technical Amendments [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0387; FRL-
8114-1] Received October 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3864--October 24, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides: Redesignation 
of part 158; Technical Amendments [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0387; FRL-
8116-2] Received October 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3865--October 24, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides; Data 
Requirements for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2004-0415; FRL-8109-8] (RIN: 2070-AD51) Received October 
18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3962--November 1, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Export Certification for Wood 
Packaging Material [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0122] (RIN: 0579-
AC43) Received October 30, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3963--November 1, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Fresh Market Sweet Corn Crop Insurance Provisions (RIN: 0563-
AC02) Received October 25, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3986--November 5, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance 
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendments; Correction [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2002-0043; FRL-8151-4] Received October 30, 2007, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4013--November 6, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oriental Fruit Fly; Addition and 
Removal of Quarantined Areas in California [Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0151] Received October 29, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4043--November 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spinetoram; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0876; FRL-8149-9] Received October 
4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4044--November 8, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Furilazole; Inert 
Ingredient Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0557; FRL-8145-2] 
Received October 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4045--November 8, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, 
Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Title IV 
Conservators, Receivers, and Voluntary Liquidations; Priority 
of Claims--Subordinated Debt (RIN: 3052-AC38) Received October 
9, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4046--November 8, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, 
Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Title IV 
Conservators, Receivers, and Voluntary Liquidations; Priority 
of Claims--Joint and Several Liability (RIN: 3052-AC16) 
Received October 9, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4067--November 9, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas; 
Maryland [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0028] Received October 9, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4091--November 13, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Oxytetracycline; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0524; FRL-8153-7] Received 
November 2, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4112--November 14, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0127] Received 
November 5, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4230--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Unshu Oranges From the 
Republic of Korea into Alaska [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0133] 
(RIN: 0579-AC20) Received October 25, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4231--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Imported Fire Ant; Additions to the 
List of Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0114] Received 
October 25, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4232--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Walnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0089; FV07-984-1 FR] Received October 24, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4233--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Fresh Prunes Grown in Designated Counties in Washington 
and in Umatilla County, OR; Decreased Assessment Rate [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-07-0087; FV07-924-1 FIR] Received October 24, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4234--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program, Sunset Review [Docket Number 
AMS-TM-06-0222; TM-04-07FR] (RIN: 0581-AC51) Received October 
24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4235--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Final 
Free and Reserve Percentages for 2006-07 Crop Natural (sun-
dried) Seedless Raisins [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0027; FV07-989-1 
FIR] Received October 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4236--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--2007 Crop Cotton Classification Services and User Fees to 
Growers [Docket Number: AMS-CN-07-0060; CN-07-003B] (RIN: 0581-
AC75) Received October 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4237--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, 
CA; Decreased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0104; FV07-
987-1 IFR] Received October 24, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4238--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Use of 
Estimated Trade Demand to Compute Volume Regulation Percentages 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0071; FV07-989-2 FR] Received October 24, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4239--December 5, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Captan, 2,4-D, Dodine, 
DCPA, Endothall, Fomesafen, Propyzamide, Ethofumesate, 
Permethrin, Dimethipin, and Fenarimol; Tolerance Actions [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2007-0097; FRL-8142-2] Received September 11, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4288--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Live Swine, Swine 
Semen, Pork, and Pork Products From the Czech Republic, Latvia, 
Lithuania, and Poland [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0106] (RIN: 0579-
AC33) Received November 28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4289--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; 
Timber Sale Contracts; Purchaser Elects Government Road 
Construction (RIN: 0596-AC40) Received November 28, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4290--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; Free 
Use to Individuals; Delegation of Authority (RIN: 0596-AC09) 
Received November 28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4291--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; 
Timber Sale Contracts; Indices To Determine Market-Related 
Contract Term Additions (RIN: 0596-AC29) Received November 28, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4292--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetamiprid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0105; FRL-8340-6] Received November 
28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4293--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa20 Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for its 
Production in Corn; Extension of Temporary Exemption From the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0574; FRL-8340-5] 
Received November 28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4294--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, 
Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Disclosure to 
Investors in System-wide and Consolidated Bank Debt Obligations 
of the Farm Credit System (RIN: 3052-AC40) Received November 
28, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4344--December 6, 2007; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Land Uses; Special Uses; Recovery of Costs for Processing 
Special Use Applications and Monitoring Compliance With Special 
Use Authorizations (RIN: 0596-AB36) Received November 28, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4345--December 10, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Foot-and-Mouth Disease Status of 
Uruguay [Docket No. 00-111-3] Received November 13, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4346--December 10, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan 
Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Capital 
Adequacy--Basel Accord (RIN: 3052-AC25) Received November 13, 
2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4414--December 11, 2007; Letter from the Acting Director, 
Program Development and Regulatory Analysis Rural Development 
Utilities Programs, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Servicing of Water Programs Loans and 
Grants (RIN: 0572-AB59) Received October 25, 2007, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4415--December 11, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased Assessment 
Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0103; FV07-993-1 FR] Received 
November 27, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4416--December 11, 2007; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, 
Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Disclosure to 
Shareholders; Annual Report to Shareholders (RIN: 3052-AC37) 
Received December 6, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4522--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Assessment 
Increase [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0038; FV-07-701] Received 
December 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4523--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Amendment to Term of Office Provision [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-
0042; FV-07-702FR] Received November 27, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4524--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker; Movement of Fruit From 
Quarantined Areas [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0022-3] (RIN: 0579-
AC34) Received November 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4525--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Indian Tribal Land 
Acquisition Program Loan Writedowns (RIN: 0560-AG87) Received 
October 23, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4526--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa19 Protein in Cotton; Extension of a Temporary Exemption 
From the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0575; FRL-
8340-4] Received December 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4527--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethalfluralin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0195; FRL-8342-2] Received December 
4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4528--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance Crop 
Grouping Program [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0766; FRL-8343-1] (RIN: 2070-
AJ28) Received December 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4529--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Spinosad; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0310; FRL-8339-8] Received December 
4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4530--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sethoxydim; Pesticide 
Tolerance Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0321; FRL-8153-
5] Received November 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4531--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin; Pesticide 
Tolerance Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0995; FRL-8134-
6] Received November 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4532--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isoxadifen-ethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0305; FRL-8156-6] Received 
November 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4533--December 12, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyprodinil; Time-Limited 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0119; FRL-8156-8] Received 
November 15, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4636--December 13, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clethodim; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0890; FRL-8340-7] Received December 
10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4678--December 17, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Extension of Tolerances 
for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
1057; FRL-8339-2] Received December 13, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4702--December 18, 2007; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Eligibility of Chile to Export Poultry and Poultry 
Products to the United States [Docket No. FSIS-2007-0024] (RIN: 
0583-AD25) Received December 4, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4733--December 19, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Tolerance Crop 
Grouping Program; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0766 
FRL-8345-4] (RIN: 2070-AJ28) Received December 18, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4734--December 19, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glufosinate-ammonium; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0029; FRL-8342-3] Received 
December 18, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4735--December 19, 2007; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides; Data 
Requirements for Conventional Chemicals [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0387; 
FRL-8106-5] (RIN: 2070-AC12) Received October 18, 2007, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4840--January 15, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous 
Products; Standard Requirements for Live Vaccines [Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0079] (RIN: 0579-AC30) Received January 8, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4841--January 15, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Addition of Armenia to the List of 
Regions Where African Swine Fever Exists [Docket No. APHIS-
2007-0142] Received January 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4842--January 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and 
Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Secondary Direct Food Additives Permitted in Food for Human 
Consumption [Docket No. 2006F-0409] Received January 10, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4924--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and 
Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 
2007-2008 Marketing Year [Docket Nos. AMS-FV-07-0134; FV08-985-
1 IFR] Received December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4925--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the 
National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock) 
[Docket Number MAS-TM-07-0123; TM-03-04] (RIN: 0581-AC62) 
Received December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4926--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pistachios Grown in California; Changes in Handling 
Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0082; FV07-983-1 IFR] 
Received December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4927--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the 
National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and 
Livestock) [Docket Number AMS-TM-07-0112; TM-06-04FR] (RIN: 
0581-AC61) Received December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4928--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in 
Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0088; 
FV07-905-1 FIR] Received December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4929--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Veterinary Diagnostic Services User 
Fees [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0161] (RIN: 0579-AC52) Received 
December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4930--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiabendazole; Threshold 
of Regulation Determination [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0546; FRL-8347-7] 
Received January 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4931--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--
Poly(hexamethylenebiguanide) hydrochloride (PHMB); Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0268; FRL-
8345-8] Received January 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4932--January 16, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mesotrione; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0093; FRL-8344-3] Received January 
7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5065--January 22, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mandipropamid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0461; FRL-8346-6] Received January 
15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5066--January 22, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetamiprid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0733; FRL-8348-1] Received January 
15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5100--January 23, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Exemption From Registration for 
Certain Foreign Persons (RIN: 3038-AC26) Received January 15, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5101--January 23, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Rules Relating To Review of National 
Futures Association Decisions in Disciplinary, Membership 
Denial, Registration and Member Responsibility Actions (RIN: 
3038-AC43) Received January 15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5102--January 23, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Termination of Associated Persons and 
Principals of Futures Commission Merchants, Introducing 
Brokers, Commodity Trading Advisors, Commodity Pool Operators 
and Leverage Transaction Merchants (RIN: 3038-AC45) Received 
January 15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5103--January 23, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Maintenance of Books, Records and 
Reports by Traders (RIN: 3038-AC22) Received January 15, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5104--January 23, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Special Calls--Received January 15, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5120--January 28, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Potato Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC05) Received January 4, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5121--January 28, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus Flavus AF36 
on Corn; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0545; FRL-8342-1] Received December 
20, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5122--January 28, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etoxazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0309; FRL-8342-8] Received December 
20, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5164--January 29, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0541; FRL-8343-5] Received January 
3, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5165--January 29, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluroxypyr; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0114; FRL-8343-2] Received December 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5166--January 29, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethenamid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0116; FRL-8342-7] Received December 
21, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5183--February 6, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; 
Minimal-Risk Regions; Identification of Ruminants, and 
Processing and Importation of Commodities [Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0026-3] (RIN: 0579-AC45) Received January 22, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5286--February 12, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Zeta-cypermethrin; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-2007-0300; FRL-8346-3] Received 
December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5287--February 12, 2008; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0732; FRL-8342-6] Received 
December 26, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5400--February 15, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Wood Packaging Material; Treatment 
Modification [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0129] (RIN: 0579-AC32) 
Received February 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5427--February 21, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area 
Classifications; Texas [Docket No. APHIS-2008-0003] Received 
February 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5428--February 21, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the 
Handling Regulation for Area No. 2 [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0115; 
FV08-948-1 FR] Received February 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5475--February 26, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-0114; FV07-966-2 IFR] Received February 5, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5476--February 26, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, 
CA; Decreased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0104; FV07-
987-1 FIR] Received February 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5514--February 27, 2008; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting 
notification of the 2008 compensation program adjustments, 
including the Agency's current salary range structure and the 
performance-based merit pay matrix, in accordance with Section 
1206 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and 
Enforcement Act of 1989.
    5569--March 3, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Removal of 
Quarantined Area [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0129] Received January 
31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5570--March 3, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Change in Disease Status of Surrey 
County, England, Because of Foot-and-Mouth Disease [Docket No. 
APHIS-2007-0124] Received January 31, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5614--March 5, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Florida Citrus Fruit Crop Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC01) Received 
February 28, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5615--March 5, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Designation of 
Portion of San Diego County, CA as a Quarantined Area [Docket 
No. APHIS-2008-0005] Received February 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5674--March 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Add Mauritius to the List of Regions 
Where African Swine Fever Exists [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0151] 
Received February 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5675--March 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mediterranean Fruit Fly; Add Portion 
of Los Angeles County, CA, to the List of Quarantined Areas 
[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0004] Received February 20, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5689--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--1-Propanesulfonic acid, 
2-methyl-2-](1-oxo-2-propenyl)amino]-, monosodium salt, polymer 
with ethenol and ethenyl acetate; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0223; FRL-8344-7] 
Received February 15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5690--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methoxyfenozide; 
Pesticide Tolerance and Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2007-0495; FRL-8352-2] Received February 28, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5691--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetic acid, [5-chloro-8-
quinolinyl) oxy]-, 1-methylhexyl ester (Cloquintocet-mexyl); 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0555; FRL-8350-8] Received 
February 28, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5692--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Formetanate 
Hydrochloride; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0916; FRL-8343-6] Received February 15, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5693--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mesotrione; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0030; FRL-8349-7] Received February 
15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5694--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Vitamin E, d-alpha 
tocopheryl, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate, and dl-alpha 
tocopheryl acetate; Inert Ingredients; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0306; FRL-8347-8] 
Received February 15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5695--March 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Carfentrazone-ethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0193; FRL-8349-4] Received 
February 15, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5710--March 13, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fruits and Vegetables 
[Docket No. APHIS-2007-0116] (RIN: 0579-AC64) Received March 6, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5711--March 13, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and Human 
Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--Food 
Labeling: Health Claims; Soluble Fiber From Certain Foods and 
Risk of Coronary Heart Disease [[Docket No. FDA-2009-P-0090] 
(formerly Docket No. 2006P-0393)] Received March 11, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5807--April 2, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Community Facilities Grant Program (RIN: 0575-AC75) 
Received March 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5866--April 8, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Addition of Armenia to the List of 
Regions Where African Swine Fever Exists [Docket No. APHIS-
2007-0142] Received March 27, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5867--April 8, 2008; Letter from the Chief Financial 
Officer, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Debt Management--Received February 29, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5868--April 8, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Corporation's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Cultivated Wild Rice Crop Insurance Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC00) 
Received April 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6078--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ferric Citrate; Inert 
Ingredient; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0479; FRL-8071-2] Received March 31, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6079--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenhexamid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0303; FRL-8357-2] Received April 3, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6080--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Buprofezin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0426; FRL-8356-9] Received April 3, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6081--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--S-Abscisic Acid, 
Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2008-0092; FRL-8357-4] Received March 27, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6082--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flonicamid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0338; FRL-8356-7] Received March 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6083--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dicamba; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0325; FRL-8356-6] Received March 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6084--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acequinocyl; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0678; FRL-8356-6] Received March 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6085--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumioxazin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0308; FRL-8352-5] Received February 
29, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6086--April 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenazate; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0302; FRL-8351-6] Received February 
29, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6119--April 16, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyroxsulam; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0785; FRL-8349-9] Received February 
21, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6120--April 16, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dibasic Esters (DBE); 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
0182; FRL-8341-4] Received February 21, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6121--April 16, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyfluthrin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0857; FRL-8350-3] Received February 
21, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6138--April 17, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredients: Denial 
of Pesticide Petitions 2E6491 (N-Acyl Sarcosines and Sodium N-
Acyl Sarcosinates), 7E4810 (Crezasin), and 7E4811 (Mival) [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2002-0201; FRL-8342-4] Received February 4, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6139--April 17, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clothianidin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0280; FRL-8346-9] Received January 
28, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6147--April 17, 2008; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting a 
report on the proposed fiscal year 2009 budget.
    6199--April 23, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spiromesifen; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0331; FRL-8351-7] Received March 12, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6228--April 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Prothioconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0178; FRL-8353-2] Received 
March 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6286--April 29, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; Minnesota [Docket No. APHIS-2008-
0037] Received April 10, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6402--May 6, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0003; FRL-
83590-7] Received April 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6403--May 6, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyazofamid; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0872; FRL-8360-4] Received April 
18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6404--May 6, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0139; FRL-8359-9] Received April 
18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6405--May 6, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0906; FRL-8355-4] Received March 19, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6406--May 6, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0855; FRL-8360-5] Received April 23, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6443--May 7, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spirodiclofen; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0398; FRL-8362-2] Received April 
31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6444--May 7, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyridalyl; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0306; FRL-8361-4] Received April 
31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6445--May 7, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorantraniliprole; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0275; FRL-8357-3] Received 
April 31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6470--May 7, 2008; Letter from the Acting Assistant 
Director, Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of 
Regulatory and Management Services, USDA, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--National 
Forest System Land Management Planning (RIN: 0596-AB86) 
Received April 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6474--May 8, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--1-Methylcyclopropene; 
Amendment to an Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0433; FRL-8357-5] Received April 8, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6665--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Conflicts of Interest in Self-
Regulation and Self-Regulatory Organizations (RIN: 3038-AC28) 
Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6666--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Appalachian, Florida and Southeast Marketing 
Areas; Interim Order Amending the Orders [AMS-DA-07-0059; AO-
388-A22; AO-356-A43 and AO-366-A51; Docket No. DA-07-03-A] 
Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6667--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced from Grapes Grown in California; Final 
Free and Reserve Percentages for 2007-08 Crop Natural (sun-
dried) Seedless Raisins [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0130; FV08-989-1 
IFR] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6668--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0155; FV08-932-1 IFR] Received April 30, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6669--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et. al.; 
Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2007-2008 Crop 
Year for Tart Cherries [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0119; FV07-930-3 
FR] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6670--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Avocados Grown in South Florida; Order Amending Marketing 
Order No. 915 [Docket No. AO-254-A10; AMS-FV-06-0220; FV06-915-
2] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6671--May 19, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting [Docket No. AMS-07-
0047; DA-06-07] (RIN: 0581-AC66) Received February 5, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6709--May 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tebuconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0097; FRL-8364-6] Received May 8, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6780--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Appalachian, Florida and Southeast Marketing 
Areas; Interim Order Amending the Orders [AMS-DA-07-0059; AO-
388-A22; AO-356-A43 and AO-366-A51; Docket No. DA-07-03-A] 
Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6781--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Walnuts Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing 
Order and Agreement No. 984 [Docket No. AO-192-A7; AMS-FV-07-
0004; FV06-984-1] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6782--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0014; FV07-966-2 FIR] Received April 30, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6783--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Multi Year Increase in Fees and Charges for Egg, Poultry, 
and Rabbit Grading and Audit Services [Docket No. AMS-PY-07-
0065] (RIN: 0581-AC73) Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6784--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Changes in 
Handling Requirements for Fresh Nectarines and Peaches [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-0160; FV08-916917-1 IFR] Received April 30, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6785--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer 
Education and Industry Information Order; Referendum Procedures 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-06-0176; FV-03-704-FR-2B] (RIN: 0581-AC37) 
Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6786--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Onions Grown in South Texas; Order Amending Marketing 
Order No. 959 [Docket Nos. AO-322-A4; AMS-2006-0079; FV06-959-
1] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6787--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Establishment 
of Interim Final and Final Free and Restricted Percentages for 
the 2007-2008 Marketing Year [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0150; FV08-
982-1 IFR] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6788--May 22, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Interstate Movement of Fruit from 
Hawaii [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0050] (RIN: 0579-AC62) Received 
May 6, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6830--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory 
Proceedings Instituted by the Secretary Under Various Statutes 
[Docket No. AMS-L&RRS-08-0015] Received May 23, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6831--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Avocados Grown in South Florida and Imported Avocados; 
Revision of the Maturity Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-
0054; FV07-915-2 FR] Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6832--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order 
[Docket No. AMS-LS-07-0056, LS-07-02] Received May 23, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6833--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Dairy Promotion and Research Program; Section 
610 Review [Docket No. AMS-DA-08-2004; DA-06-04] Received May 
23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6834--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Amendment to Primary Peanut-Producing States and Adjustment of 
Membership [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0001; FV-08-701 IFR] Received 
May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6835--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0155; FV08-932-1 FIR] Received May 23, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6836--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment 
Percentages for the 2008-2009 Marketing Year [Docket Nos. AMS-
FV-07-0135; FV08-985-2 FR] Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6837--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Onions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0151; FV08-959-1 FR] Received May 23, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6838--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pistachios Grown in California; Change in Reporting 
Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0095; FV07-983-2 FR] 
Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6839--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pistachios Grown in California; Change in Reporting 
Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0095; FV07-983-2 FR] 
Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6840--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pistachios Grown in California; Changes in Handling 
Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0082; FV07-983-1 FIR] 
Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6841--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Tangelos Grown in 
Florida; Section 610 Review [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0017; FV07-
905-610 Review] Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6842--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Increase in Fees and Charges for Egg, Poultry, and Rabbit 
Grading; Correction [Docket No. AMS-PY-08-0030; PY-06-002] 
Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6843--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Appalachian and Southeast Marketing Areas; 
Correction [AMS-DA-07-0059; AO-388-A22 and AO-366-A51; Docket 
No. DA-07-03-A] Received May 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6844--June 3, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; Removal of Regulated 
Areas in Texas [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0157] Received April 8, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7042--June 10, 2008; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Eligibility and Scope of Financing; Processing and Marketing 
(RIN: 3052-AC33) Received June 3, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7085--June 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Temporary Importation of Horses; 
Noncompetitive Entertainment Horses From Countries Affected 
With Contagious Equine Metritis [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0164] 
(RIN: 0579-AC35) Received June 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7086--June 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Designation of 
Portion of Willacy County, TX, as a Quarantined Area [Docket 
No. APHIS-2008-0057] Received June 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7087--June 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Amendments to Treatments for Plant 
Pests [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0091] Received May 29, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7088--June 11, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Livestock Mandatory Reporting; Reestablishment and 
Revision of the Reporting Regulation for Swine, Cattle, Lamb, 
and Boxed Beef [Docket No. AMS-LS-07-0106] (RIN: 0581-AC67) 
Received May 28, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7089--June 11, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Exotic Newcastle Disease; Quarantine 
Restrictions [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0036] (RIN: 0579-AC42) 
Received May 29, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7100--June 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Hexythiazox; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0309; FRL-8365-2] Received May 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7101--June 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluopicolide; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0339; FRL-8363-7] Received May 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7102--June 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Oxepanone, homopolymer; 
Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0096; FRL-8362-8] Received 
May 28, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7103--June 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Boscalid; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0145; FRL-8354-4] Received April 30, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7104--June 12, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Myclobutanil; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0107; FRL-8356-2] Received April 30, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7134--June 13, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus firmus isolate 
1582; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2007-0159; FRL-8362-7] Received May 6, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7144--June 17, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Consolidation of the Fruit Fly 
Regulations [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0084] (RIN: 0579-AC57) 
Received June 9, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7145--June 17, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenthrin; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0535; FRL-8366-4] Received June 9, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7146--June 17, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--1,3-Dichloropropene and 
metabolites; Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0637; FRL-
8345-1] Received April 30, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7147--June 17, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--(Z)-7,8-epoxy-2-
methyloctadecane (Disparlure); Exemption from the Requirement 
of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0596; FRL-8367-7] Received June 
9, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7148--June 17, 2008; Letter from the Secretary to the Farm 
Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's ``Major'' final rule--Federal 
Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Funding and Fiscal Affairs; 
Risk-Based Capital Requirements (RIN: 3052-AC36) Received June 
11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7185--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--User Fees for 2008 Crop Cotton Classification Services to 
Growers [AMS-CN-07-0092; CN-08-001] (RIN: 0581-AC80) Received 
June 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7186--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendments to Rules of Practice Regulations Under the 
Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) To Increase 
Reparation Complaint Filing and Handling Fees [Docket No. AMS-
FV-06-0217; FV07-376] (RIN: 0581-AC72) Received June 11, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7187--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Increased Assessment 
Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0159; FV08-955-1 FR] Received June 
11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7188--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--User Fees for 2008 Crop Cotton Classification Services to 
Growers [AMS-CN-07-0092; CN-08-001] (RIN: 0581-AC80) Received 
June 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7189--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Increased Assessment 
Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0159; FV08-955-1 FR] Received June 
11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7190--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendments to Rules of Practice Regulations Under the 
Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) To Increase 
Reparation Complaint Filing and Handling Fees [Docket No. AMS-
FV-06-0217; FV07-376] (RIN: 0581-AC72) Received June 11, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7191--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's report entitled, 
``Assessment of the Livestock and Poultry Industries for FY 
2007'', pursuant to Public Law 106-472.
    7192--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan 
Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Mission-
Related Investments, Rural Community Investments (RIN: 3052-
AC42) Received May 29, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7210--June 18, 2008; Letter from the Acting Assistant 
Director, Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of 
Regulatory and Management Services, USDA Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Clarifying Prohibitions for Failure To Maintain Control 
of Fires That Damage National Forest System Lands (RIN: 0596-
AC30) Received June 13, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7235--June 20, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting [Docket No. AMS-DA-07-
0047; DA-06-07] (RIN: 0581-AC66) Received June 17, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7236--June 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenoxaprop-ethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
1107; FRL-8366-6] Received June 13, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7237--June 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flutolanil; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1021; FRL-8365-6] Received June 9, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7256--June 23, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Potatoes; Grade Standards [Docket No. AMS-2006-0136; FV-
06-303] Received June 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7332--June 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Guaranteed Loans; Number of Days of 
Interest Paid on Loss Claims (RIN: 0560-AH55) Received June 19, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7339--July 8, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Increased Assessment 
Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0159; FV08-955-1 FR] Received June 
27, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7340--July 8, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Establishment 
of Interim Final and Final Free and Restricted Percentages for 
the 2007-2008 Marketing Year [Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0150; FV08-
982-1 FIR] Received June 27, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7341--July 8, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sweet Onions Grown in Walla Walla Valley of Southeast 
Washington and Northeast Oregon; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0157; FV08-956-1 FR] Received June 27, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7485--July 14, 2008; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas in New York [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0104] 
Received July 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7599--July 17, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, Rural 
Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Accounting Requirements for RUS 
Electric Borrowers (RIN: 0572-AC08) Received July 11, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7718--July 23, 2008; Letter from the Director, Office of 
Energy Policy and New Uses, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Designation of 
Biobased Items for Federal Procurement (RIN: 0503-AA30) 
Received July 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7719--July 23, 2008; Letter from the Regulatory Review 
Group Director, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Regulatory Streamlining of the Farm 
Service Agency's Direct Farm Loan Programs (RIN: 0560-AF60) 
Received February 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7799--July 28, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Cry 1A.105 protein; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0346; FRL-8369-3] Received July 10, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7800--July 28, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyproconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0149; FRL-8362-9] Received May 13, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7816--July 29, 2008; Letter from the Assistant Director, 
Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of Regulatory and 
Management Services, USDA Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--National 
Environmental Policy Act Procedures (RIN: 0596-AC49) Received 
July 17, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7817--July 29, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown In California; 
Revisions to Requirements Regarding Off-Grade Raisins [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-07-0117; FV07-989-4FR] Received July 25, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7818--July 29, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Almonds Grown in California; Relaxation of Incoming 
Quality Control Requirements [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0044; FV08-
981-1 IFR] Received July 25, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7819--July 29, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Changes in 
Handling Requirements for Fresh Nectarines and Peaches [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-07-0160; FV08-916917-1 IFR] Received July 25, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7846--July 29, 2008; Letter from the President & CEO, 
Endowment for Forestry and Communities, transmitting the 
Endowment's First Annual Report for 2007.
    7849--July 29, 2008; Letter from the Fiscal Assistant 
Secretary, Department of the Treasury, transmitting the 
Department's March 2008 ``Treasury Bulletin'', pursuant to 26 
U.S.C. 9602(a).
    7850--July 30, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Catastrophic Risk Protection 
Endorsement and the Group Risk Plan of Insurance Regulations 
(RIN: 0563-AC17) Received July 22, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7851--July 30, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fludioxonil; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0302; FRL-
8369-5] Received July 22, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7891--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodities Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Amendments Pertinent to Registered 
Entities and Exempt Commercial Markets (RIN: 3038-AC39) 
Received July 31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7892--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation to 
amend the Argicultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the 
Department of Agriculture (USDA) to collect and retain user 
fees for enforcement activities related to mandatory country of 
origin labeling (COOL).
    7893--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of a draft bill entitled, 
``to remove the prohibition against the rescission of certain 
unadvanced telecommunications loan balances''.
    7894--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Altrazine; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0192; FRL-8364-1] Received July 2, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7895--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumioxazin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0871; FRL-8370-2] Received July 2, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7896--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--1-Methylcyclopropene; 
Pesticide Tolerance; Technical Correction [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0511; FRL-8372-9] Received July 25, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7897--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyfluthrin; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0857; FRL-8370-7] Received July 25, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7898--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Gentamicin; Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0234; FRL-
8370-8] Received July 25, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7899--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredients; 
Extension of Effective Date of Revocation of Certain Tolerance 
Exemptions with Insufficient Data for Reassessment [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0230; FRL-837207] Received July 25, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7900--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0214; FRL-8373-2] Received July 25, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7901--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ammonium Soap Salts of 
Higher Fatty Acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12) unsaturated; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
0571; FRL-8372-2] Received July 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7902--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Azoxystrobin; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0416; FRL-8371-9] Received July 7, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7903--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Gamma-cyhalothrin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0096; FRL-8372-6] 
Received July 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7904--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sethoxydim; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0893; FRL-8370-9] Received July 7, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7905--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spirotetramat; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0475; FRL-8367-1] Received July 7, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7906--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Modified Cry1Ab Protein; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1204; FRL-8371-6] Received July 11, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7907--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Oxirane, 2-methyl-, 
polymer with oxirane, mono ]2-]2-(2- butoxymethylethoxy) 
methylethoxy]methylethyl] ehter; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2008-0254; FRL-8371-7] Received July 11, 2008, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7908--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dichlorvos (DDVP); Order 
Denying NRDC's Objections and Requests for Hearing [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2002-0302; FRL-8372-5] Received July 17, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7909--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Cry2Ab2 protein; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0346; FRL-8369-4] Received June 26, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7910--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Residues of Quanternany 
Ammonium Compounds, Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Carbonate and 
Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Bicarbonate; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-1024; FRL-8368-1] 
Received June 26, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8048--July 31, 2008; Letter from the Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State, 
transmitting the 2007 annual report on the operation of the 
Enterprise for the Americas Initiative and the Tropical Forest 
Conservation Act.
    8057--August 1, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation 
entitled, ``To amend the United States Grain Standards Act to 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to recover through user 
fees the cost of standardized activities''.
    8058--August 1, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa Proteins in Corn and Cotton; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0830; FRL-8374-2] 
Received July 31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8059--August 1, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole; Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0484; FRL-
8375-5] Received July 31, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8060--August 1, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dodine; Pesticide 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0221; FRL-8367-5] Received July 31, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8076--September 8, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Almonds Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing 
Order No. 981 [Docket No. AO-214-A7; AMS-FV-07-0050; FV07-981-
1] Received August 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8142--September 9, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting draft legislation, ``To 
amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to provide 
authority to collect license fees from persons participating in 
the Packers and Stockyards Programs, and for other purposes''.
    8257--September 11, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, 
CA; Decreased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0056; FV08-
987-1 IFR] Received September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8258--September 11, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendment of General Regulations for Fruit, Vegetable and 
Nut Marketing Agreements and Marketing Orders; Addition of 
Supplemental Rules of Practice for Amendatory Formal Rulemaking 
Proceedings [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0061; FV08-900-1 FR] Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8301--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Risk Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Coverage Enhancement Option Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC15) 
Received September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8302--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Almonds Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing 
Order No. 981 [Docket No. AO-214-A7; AMS-FV-07-0050; FV07-981-
1] Received September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8303--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendment of General Regulations for Federal Milk 
Marketing Agreements and Marketing Orders; Addition of 
Supplemental Rules of Practice for Amendatory Formal Rulemaking 
Proceedings [Docket No. AMS-DA-07-0069; DA-08-04] Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8304--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment 
Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0060; FV08-993-1 IFR] Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8305--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area 
Classifications; Texas [Docket No. APHIS-2008-0003] Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8306--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Linuron; 
Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0491; FRL-8379-6] Received September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8307--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Department's final rule--Hexythiazox; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0507; FRL-8378-8] Received 
September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8308--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fludioxonil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0940; FRL-8379-9] 
Received September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8309--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency 
Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0549; FRL-8378-2] Received 
September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8310--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Uniconazole-P; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1199; FRL-8376-6] 
Received September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8311--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tebuconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0097; FRL-8376-7] 
Received September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8312--September 15, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraflufen-ethyl; 
Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0366; FRL-
8377-6] Received September 2, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8398--September 16, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; Removal of Regulated 
Areas in Texas [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0157] Received September 
8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8399--September 16, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Program [Docket 
No. AMS-DA-07-0156; DA-07-05] Received September 8, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8439--September 16, 2008; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's pilot 
project status report for fiscal year 2007 to implement the 
Quincy Library Group's forest management proposal on designated 
lands in the Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National Forests, 
pursuant to Public Law 105-277.
    8443--September 17, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, 
Chicken, Goat Meat, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, 
Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, and Macadamia Nuts [Docket No. AMS-
LS-07-0081] (RIN: 0581-AC26) Received August 5, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8444--September 17, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker; Movement of Fruit From 
a Quarantined Area; Bag Markings [Docket No. APHIS-2008-0080] 
(RIN: 0579-AC81) Received August 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8445--September 17, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Delay of 
Effective Date [Docket No. AMS-DA-07-0026; AO-14-A77] Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8446--September 17, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill; Notice of 
Request for Approval of a New Information Collection [Docket 
No. AMS-FV-08-0057; FV-08-379 IFR] (RIN: 0581-AC88) Received 
September 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8465--September 18, 2008; Letter from the Director, Policy 
Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Availability of Lists of Retail 
Consignees during Meat or Poultry Product Recalls [FDMS Docket 
No. FSIS-2005-0028] (RIN: 0583-AD10) Received August 4, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8506--September 22, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis; Amend the Status of New 
Mexico From Accredited Free to Modified Accredited Advanced 
[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0068] Received September 17, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8507--September 22, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Specialty Lenders Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Intermediary 
Relending Program (RIN: 0570-AA70) Received September 17, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8508--September 22, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia; 
Interstate Movement and Import Restrictions on Certain Live 
Fish [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0038] (RIN: 0579-AC74) Received 
September 10, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8509--September 22, 2008; Letter from the Assistant 
Director, Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of 
Regulatory and Management Services, USDA Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Predecisional Administrative Review Process for Hazardous 
Fuel Reduction Projects Authorized Under the Healthy Forests 
Restoration Act of 2003 (RIN: 0596-AC15) Received September 15, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8579--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flubendiamide; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0099; FRL-8360-2] 
Received August 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8580--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thifensulfuron 
Methyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0564; FRL-8374-4] 
Received August 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8581--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tebuconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0097; FRL-8376-2] 
Received August 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8582--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tribenuron 
Methyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0565; FRL-8374-5] 
Received August 11, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8583--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus subtilis 
GB03; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2007-1020; FRL-8378-5] Received August 27, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8584--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenbuconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0987; FRL-8376-4] 
Received August 27, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8585--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dichlobenil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0604; FRL-8377-7] 
Received August 27, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8586--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetic acid 
ethenyl ester, polymer with sodium 2-methyl-2-](1-oxo-2-propen-
1-yl) amino-1-propanesulfonate (1:1), hydrolyzed; Tolerance 
Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0475; FRL-8380-1] Received September 
9, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8587--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
thuringiensis Cry2Ae in Cotton; Temporary Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0573; FRL-8380-1] 
Received September 9, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8588--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spiromesifen; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0262; FRL-8379-8] 
Received September 9, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8589--September 24, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Benfluralin, 
Carbaryl, Diazinon, Dicrotophos, Fluometuron, Formetanate 
Hydrochloride, Glyphosate, Metolachlor, Napropamide, 
Norflurazon, Pyrazon, and Tau-Fluvalinate; Tolerance Actions 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1170; FRL-8379-3] Received September 9, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8638--September 25, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Animal Identification System; 
Use of 840 Animal Identification Numbers for U.S.-Born Animals 
Only [Docket No. APHIS-2008-0077] (RIN: 0579-AC84) Received 
September 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8639--September 25, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis; Amend the Status of 
California From Accredited Free to Modified Accredited Advanced 
[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0067] Received September 18, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8640--September 25, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides; Food 
Packaging Treated with a Pesticide [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0175; FRL-
8382-3] Received September 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8641--September 25, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0405; FRL-8368-8] 
Received September 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8700--September 25, 2008; Letter from the Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting a 
draft bill to amend the Pesticide Registration Improvement 
Renewal Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 
in relation to fees, and for other purposes.
    8703--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyprodinil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1069; FRL-8377-8] 
Received August 21, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8704--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2,4-D, Bensulide, 
Chlorpyrifos, DCPA, Desmedipham, Dimethoate, Fenamiphos, 
Metolachlor, Phorate, Sethoxydim, Terbufos, Tetrachlorvinphos, 
and Triallate; Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0674; FRL-
8375-2] Received September 12, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8705--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Forchlorfenuron; 
Permanent and Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2007-1065; FRL-8375-4] Received August 14, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8706--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Residues of 
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, N-Alkyl (C12-18) dimethyl benzyl 
ammonium chloride on Food Contact Surfaces; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0573; FRL-8376-9] 
Received August 14, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8707--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyfluthrin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0337; FRL-8382-5] 
Received September 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8708--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aldicarb, 
Ametryn, 2,4-DB, Dicamba, Dimethipin, Disulfoton, Diuron, et 
al.; Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0232; FRL-8382-2] 
Received September 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8709--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, EnvironmentalProtection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredient: 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for amylopectin, 
acid-hydrolyzed, 1-octenylbutanedioate and for amylopectin, 
hydrogen 1-octadecenylbutanedioate [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0791; FRL-
8374-1] Received September 12, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8710--September 26, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethoprop; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0894; FRL-8382-6] 
Received September 12, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8802--September 27, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Risk Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Dry Pea Crop Provisions (RIN: 0563-AC14) Received September 26, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8871--September 28, 2008; Letter from the Division 
Director, Policy Issuance Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Accredited Laboratory 
Program (RIN: 0583-AD09) Received September 19, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8872--September 28, 2008; Letter from the Division 
Director, Policy Issuance Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Allowing Bar-Type Cut 
Turkey Operations To Use J-Type Cut Maximum Line Speeds (RIN: 
0583-AD18) Received September 19, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8873--September 28, 2008; Letter from the Division 
Director, Policy Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Determining Net 
Weight Compliance for Meat and Poultry Products (RIN: 0583-
AD17) Received September 26, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8953--September 28, 2008; Letter from the Chief, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's report that 
describes the Indian tribal requests received and agreements or 
contracts that have been entered into under the Tribal Forest 
Protection Act of 2004.
    8985--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List 
of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock) [Docket Number 
AMS-TM-08-0025; TM-08-05FR] (RIN: 0581-AC81) Received October 
1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8986--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; 
Increased Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FY-08-0052; FV08-922-
1 FR] Received October 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8987--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Reinstatement of the 
Continuing Assessment Rate [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0048; FV08-
948-2 FR] Received October 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8988--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Relaxation of 
Handling and Import Regulations [Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0036; 
FV08-946-1 IFR] Received October 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8989--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Under Secretary 
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Fluid 
Milk Substitutions in the School Milk Programs--Received 
October 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8990--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus flavus NRRL 
21882; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2008-0381; FRL-8383-9] Received September 29, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8991--October 3, 2008; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cymoxanil; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1191; FRL-8382-9] Received October 
3, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9084--November 19, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Addition of Russia and Azerbaijan to 
the List of Regions Where African Swine Fever Exists [Docket 
No. APHIS-2008-0107] Received November 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9085--November 19, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia; 
Interstate Movement and Import Restrictions on Certain Live 
Fish [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0038] (RIN: 0579-AC74) Received 
November 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9086--November 19, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection 
Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select 
Agent and Toxin List [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0033] (RIN: 0579-
AC53) Received October 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9390--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment [Docket No. 
LS-07-0141] Received November 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9391--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Regulatory 
Contact, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Swine Contractors (RIN: 0580-AB01) 
Received October 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9392--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Special Need Requests Under the Plant 
Protection Act [Docket No. APHIS-2005-0103] (RIN: 0579-AB98) 
Received October 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9393--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Trichinae Certification Program 
[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0089] (RIN: 0579-AB92) Received October 
20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9394--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
Satte and Zone Designations; Minnesota [Docket No. APHIS-2008-
0117] October 20, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9395--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Walnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate 
[Docket No. AMS-FV-08-0054; FV08-984-1 FR] Received November 7, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9396--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program (NOP), Sunset Review (2008) 
[Docket No. AMS-TM-07-0124; TM-07-12FR] (RIN: 0581-AC76) 
Received November 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9397--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dairy Forward Pricing Program [Docket No. AMS-DA-08-0031; 
DA-08-05] (RIN: 0581-AC86) Received November 7, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9398--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tetraconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1161; FRL-8386-7] 
Received November 10, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9399--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--MCPB; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0945; FRL-8387-1] Received November 
10, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9400--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredient: 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for (S,S)-
Ethylenediaminedisuccinic Acid [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0250; FRL-8362-
4] Received November 10, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9401--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Avermectin; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0175; FRL-8387-8] Received November 10, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9402--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiencarbazone-
methyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0132; FRL-8382-7] 
Received October 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9403--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide 
Tolerance Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendments [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2002-0043 FRL-8376-1] Received October 7, 2008, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9404--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyprosulfamide; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0042; FRL-8377-4] 
Received October 7, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9405--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyrimethanil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0609; FRL-8384-7] 
Received October 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9406--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide 
Management and Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and 
Containment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0327; FRL-8387-2] (RIN: A2070-
AJ37) Received October 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9407--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Silane, 
trimethoxy[3- (oxiranylmethoxy) propyl]-, hydrolysis products 
with silica; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0571; FRL-
8386-1] Received November 5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9408--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Carbaryl; Order 
Denying NRDC's Petition to Revoke Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0347; FRL-8388-1] Received October 23, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9409--November 20, 2008; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Definitions; Disclosure to 
Shareholders; Accounting and Reporting Requirements; Disclosure 
and Accounting Requirements (RIN: 3052-AC35) Received November 
5, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9602--December 9, 2008; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Analysis & Development, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Agricultural Bioterrorism 
Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of 
the Select Agent and Toxin List [Docket No. APHIS-2007-0033] 
(RIN: 0579-AC53) Received October 21, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9603--December 9, 2008; Letter from the Assistant Director, 
Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of Regulatory and 
Management Services, USDA Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Special 
Areas; Roadless Area Conservation; Applicability to the 
National Forest (RIN: Number: 0596-AC62) Received October 21, 
2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9604--December 9, 2008; Letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Avocados Grown in South Florida; 
Revisions to Grade and Container Requirements [Docket No. AMS-
FV-08-0022; FV08-915-1 FR] Received November 25, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9605--December 9, 2008; Letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Almonds Grown in California; 
Relaxation of Incoming Quality Control Requirements [Docket No. 
AMS-FV-08-0044; FV08-981-1 FIR] Received November 25, 2008, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9606--December 9, 2008; Letter from the Director, Policy 
Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling 
of Muscle Cuts of Beef (Including Veal), Lamb, Chicken, Goat, 
and Pork; Ground Beef, Ground Lamb, Ground Chicken, Ground 
Goat, and Ground Pork [Docket No. FSIS-2008-0027] (RIN: 0583-
AD38) Received December 1, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9794--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Modification of 
Pesticide Tolerance Revocation for Diazinon [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
1170; FRL-8390-7] Received November 21, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9795--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorothalonil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1106; FRL-8387-9] 
Received November 26, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9796--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Diflubenzuron; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0714; FRL-8388-9] Received November 26, 2008, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9797--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0147; FRL-8385-7] 
Received November 26, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9798--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ipconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0226; FRL-8389-1] 
Received November 18, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9799--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Polyoxin D Zinc 
Salt; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2008-0417; FRL-8389-5] Received November 18, 2008, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9800--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide 
Regulations; Technical Amendments [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0247; FRL-
8146-6] Received December 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9801--December 10, 2008; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etofenprox; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0567; FRL-8390-9] Received 
December 8, 2008, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).

B. PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGES, PROCLAMATIONS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST

    February 5, 2007; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-3) 
wherein he transmitted to Congress the Budget of the United 
States Government for Fiscal Year 2008.
    May 2, 2007; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-31) wherein 
he announced his veto of H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, 
Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability 
Appropriations, Act, 2007.
    September 12, 2007; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Farm Safety and Health Week, 2007. Proclamation No. 8176.
    September 27, 2007; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-60) 
wherein he transmitted, pursuant to law, legislation and 
supporting documents to implement the United States-Peru Trade 
Promotion Agreement.
    October 19, 2007; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Forest Products Week, 2007. Proclamation No. 8193.
    November 16, 2007; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Farm-City Week, 2007. Proclamation No. 8206.
    December 20, 2007; Presidential Proclamation, To implement 
an amendment to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United 
States Free Trade Agreement. Proclamation No 8213.
    December 27, 2007; Presidential Proclamation, To adjust the 
rules of origin under the United States-Chile Free Trade 
Agreement and the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. 
Proclamation No. 8214.
    February 6, 2008; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-84) 
wherein he transmitted to Congress the Budget of the United 
States Government for Fiscal Year 2009.
    April 8, 2008; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-103) 
wherein he transmitted legislation and supporting documents to 
implement the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
    May 21, 2008; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-115) 
wherein he announced his veto of H.R. 2419 to provide for the 
continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012.
    June 18, 2008; Presidential Message (H. Doc. 110-125) 
wherein he announced his veto of H.R. 6124 to provide for the 
continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012.
    September 19, 2008; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Farm Safety and Health Week, 2008. Proclamation No. 8291.
    September 26, 2008; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Hunting and Fishing Day, 2008. Proclamation No. 8295.
    September 30, 2008; Presidential Proclamation, To modify 
duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery 
Act and for other purposes. Proclamation No. 8296.
    November 19, 2008; Presidential Proclamation, National 
Farm-City Week, 2008. Proclamation No. 8320.

                    C. STATUTORY AND SPECIAL REPORTS

    FCA: Letter from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nancy 
C. Pellett transmitting a final rule adopted by the Farm Credit 
Administration Board under the provisions of the Farm Credit 
Act of 1971, as amended. Submitted by FCA, December 15, 2006.
    USDOC: Report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau 
of Industry and Security relating to exports of agricultural 
commodities to Cuba during October 1, 2004 through September 
30, 2006, as required by section 906(c) of the Trade Sanctions 
Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the 
U.S. Department of Commerce, December 26, 2006.
    GAO: Report to the bipartisan leadership of the 109th 
Congress outling 36 suggested areas for oversight for the 110th 
Congress. Submitted by the Comptroller General, GAO, January 9, 
2007.
    EPA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of 
Inspector General audit report of the Pesticide Registration 
Fund (known as PRIA Fund) for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. 
Report is mandated by the Pesticide Registration Improvement 
Act. Submitted by EPA January 11, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee, 
in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, January 26, 2007.
    State of Vermont: Copy of resolution number R-32 as filed 
with the Secretary of State's office. Submitted by the State of 
Vermont Secretary of State, January 29, 2007.
    Executive Office of the President: Letter to Chairman 
Collin Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding the 
President's FY 2008 Budget and renewable energy production tax 
credit. Submitted by the Executive office of the President, 
February 1, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology 
and 21st Century Agriculture, in compliance with P.L. 92-463, 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, February 
2, 2007.
    USDA: Report on fiscal year 2006 Competitive Sourcing 
Efforts in accordance with Section 647(b) of Division F, Title 
VI of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004. Submitted by 
USDA, February 12, 2007.
    USDA: Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Summary of 2005 Data 
Report. Submitted by USDA, Office of Monitoring Programs, 
February 15, 2007.
    USDA: Copies of draft bill, and accompanying section-by-
section analysis, proposing that the statute authorizing 
establishment of the National Arboretum under the jurisdiction 
and direction of the Secretary of Agriculture, 20 U.S.C. 191 et 
seq., be amended to authorize construction of a classical 
Chinese Garden on the grounds of the National Arboretum. 
Submitted by USDA, February 21, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from USDA Secretary Johanns to Chairman 
Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding USDA's plans to 
consolidate nine Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices 
with other Department of Agriculture service centers, pursuant 
to provisions of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2006, P.L. 109-975. Submitted by USDA, February 27, 2007.
    EPA: Report of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2006-
2011 Strategic Plan and FY 2006 Performance and Accountability 
Report. Both reports are required by the Government Performance 
and Results Act of 1993. Submitted by EPA, February 28, 2007.
    USDOC: Department of Commerce's Performance and 
Accountability Report for fiscal year 2006. Submitted by the 
U.S. Department of Commerce, March 5, 2007.
    USDA: Report covering the Fresh Market Bean pilot crop 
insurance program as required by section 523(a)(5) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted by the Risk Management 
Agency (RMA) of USDA, March 6, 2007.
    USDA: Report covering the Raspberry/Blackberry pilot crop 
insurance programs as required by section 523(a)(5) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted by the Risk Management 
Agency (RMA) of USDA, March 6, 2007.
    Secretary of State, North Dakota: Copy of House Con. Res. 
No. 3005, as instructed. Submitted by Secretary of State of 
North Dakota, March 6, 2007.
    National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and 
Economics Advisory Board: Report and Recommendations from a 
Focus Session on Food Safety and Its Relationship to Human 
Health. Submitted by the National Agricultural Research, 
Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, March 8-9, 
2007.
    USDA: Report covering the Apple Quality Options pilot crop 
insurance programs as required by section 523(a)(5) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted by the Risk Management 
Agency (RMA) of USDA, March 9, 2007.
    USDA: Report covering the Florida Avocado pilot crop 
insurance program as required by section 523(a)(5) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted by the Risk Management 
Agency (RMA) of USDA, March 9, 2007.
    USDA: Report covering the Forage Seed pilot crop insurance 
program as required by section 523(a)(5) of the Federal Crop 
Insurance Act. Submitted by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of 
USDA, March 9, 2007.
    EPA: Copy of final rule entitled: ``Pesticides; Data 
Requirements for Conventional Chemicals,'' as required by sec. 
25(a)(3) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide 
Act. Submitted by EPA, March 13, 2007.
    USDA: Report on the number of equitable relief decisions 
that the Farm Service Agency and the Natural resources 
Conservation Service made in calendar 2006, pursuant to section 
1613 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. 
Submitted by USDA, March 19, 2007.
    GAO: Letter from GAO to Senator Tom Harkin with carbon copy 
to Chairman Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, confirming GAO 
commitment to study the impact of farm program payments and 
Sodbuster on grassland conversions to cropland. Submitted by 
GAO, March 19, 2007.
    Secretary of State, Iowa: Copy of Senate Con. Res. No. 4, 
relating to recommendations proposed by USDA for the federal 
farm bill of 2007. Submitted by Secretary of State of Iowa, 
March 23, 2007.
    CFTC: Twelfth Renewal Charter of the Agricultural Advisory 
Committee, pursuant to sections 9(c) and 14(b)(1) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by CFTC, March 27, 
2007.
    USDA: Report on progress made in reducing the backlog of 
application for exports of U.S. specialty Crops, pursuant to 
section 202 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 
(P.L. 108-465). Submitted by USDA, March 27, 2007.
    CFTC: Transmitting the Commodity Futures Commission's 
Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 
(No FEAR Act) Report for FY-2006. Submitted by CFTC, March 29, 
2007.
    USDA: Letter from USDA Secretary Mike Johanns to Chairman 
Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding plans to 
consolidate two Wyoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices with 
other Department of Agriculture (USDA) service centers, 
pursuant to provisions of the Continuing Appropriations 
Resolution, 2007, P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, March 29, 
2007.
    FAO: copies of letters recently sent by Mr. Jacques Diouf, 
to seek cooperation to raise awareness among parliamentarians 
to foster agriculture and rural development in order to improve 
food security and make effective progress in the reduction of 
hunger and poverty envisaged in the Millennium Development 
Goals. Submitted by FAO, March 29, 2007.
    House of Representatives of Kansas: Copy of House Res. 
6020, opposing closure of USDA Farm Service and Natural 
Resources Conservation offices in eleven counties. Submitted by 
Kansas House of Representatives, April 2, 2007.
    John Jurich: Investigative Report on the Coordination of 
Agricultural Inspection Functions by the Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, USDA, DHS, and the Customs and 
Border Protection. Submitted by Investigator John Jurich, April 
7, 2007.
    USDA: Report on the imports of sugar and sugar-containing 
products for indications of circumvention of the U.S. sugar 
tariff rate quota (TRQ), as required by section 5203 of the 
Trade Act of 2002. Submitted by the Farm and Foreign 
Agricultural Services of USDA, April 9, 2007.
    EPA: Final Rule entitled ``Pesticides: Data Requirements 
for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides,'' pursuant to section 
25(a)(3) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide 
Act (FIFRA). Submitted by EPA, April 9, 2007.
    Kansas State Senate: Copy of Senate Res. No. 1866, opposing 
closure of USDA Farm Service and Natural Resources Conservation 
service offices in eleven counties. Submitted by Kansas State 
Senate, April 10, 2007.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, 
entitled ``2006 Emergency Agricultural Disaster Assistance 
Programs,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United 
States Code. Submitted by GAO, April 16, 2007.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), entitled 
``2005 Section 32 Hurricane Disaster Programs; 2006 Livestock 
Assistance Grant Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of 
title 5, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, April 16, 2007.
    Secretary of State, North Dakota: Copy of Con. Res. No. 
3010, as instructed, for consideration. Submitted by the 
Secretary of State of North Dakota, April 16, 2007.
    U.S. Office of Special Council: Investigation of Jack 
Butler, Ph.D., for allegedly improperly shifting RMRS funds to 
wife's research project. Investigation concluded that Butler 
took proper steps to distance himself from the project, neither 
requesting nor approving funds used on the project. Submitted 
by the U.S. Office of Special Council, April 23, 2007.
    USDA: Charter: Renewal of the Plant Variety Protection 
Board, in accordance with P.L. 92-463. May 9, 2007
    USDA: Charter: Establishment of the Fruit and Vegetable 
Industry Advisory Committee; incompliance with P.L 92-463. May 
9, 2007.
    USDA: USDA's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2006, in 
accordance with requirements of the Notification and Federal 
Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002. May 
11, 2007.
    USDA: Character: Re-charter the Agricultural Advisory 
Committees for Trade--APAC and ATACs. As required by P.L. 92-
463. May 22, 2007.
    USDA: Notice of intent of AMS to release a copy of current 
list of Texas onion growers as requested under FOIA; as 
required under section 1663 of the Food Security Act of 1985. 
Submitted by USDA, May 23, 2007.
    Secretary of Health and Human Services: Report entitled 
``Indicators of Welfare Dependence,'' in accordance with the 
Welfare Indicators Act of 1994. Submitted by the Department of 
Health and Human Services, May 25, 2007.
    EPA: Charter: (1) Establishment of Adaptation for Climate-
Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Advisory Committee. (2) 
Human Impacts of Climate Change Advisory Committee. In 
accordance with FACA, SUSC App. 2 & 9. May 29, 2007.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the Federal Advisory Committee in 
Detection and Quantitation Approaches and uses in the Clean 
Water Act Programs; in accordance with FACA, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 & 
9. May 30, 2007.
    EPA: Audit reports by EPA Office of Inspector General of 
the Pesticides Re-registration and Expedited Processing Fund 
and the Pesticide Registration Fund for the Fiscal years of 
2006 and 2005. May 31, 2007.
    USDA: Draft legislation of proposal ``Forest Service Tribal 
Relations Enhancement Act of 2006.'' May 31, 2007.
    USDA: Report entitled: ``Trends in Food Stamp Program 
Participation Rates: 1999-2005.'' Submitted by USDA, June 1, 
2007.
    USDOC: Report on the export licensing actions taken by the 
Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security 
relating to exports of agricultural commodities to Cuba for the 
calendar quarter, January-March 2007, as required by the Trade 
Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (Title IX 
of Pub. L. 106-387), as amended. Submitted by USDOC, June 7, 
2007.
    USDA: Letter from Teresa C. Lasseter, Administrator, to 
Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on Agriculture; regarding 
the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program and providing 
information. Submitted by USDA, June 7, 2007.
    EPA: Letter from James B. Gulliford, Assistant 
Administrator, to Committee on Agriculture Chairman Collin 
Peterson, regarding EPA's proposed risk mitigation decision on 
nine rodenticides. Submitted by EPA, June 7, 2007.
    USDA: Notice of USDA's intention to proceed with 
termination of the marketing order for papayas grown in Hawaii, 
in accordance with provisions of sec 8C(16)(A) of the 
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Submitted by the 
USDA, June 11, 2007.
    Food & Water Watch: Letter and Information for Mike Johanns 
regarding prohibiting Canadian Cattle for food safety purposes 
and USDA's inadequate safeguards. Submitted by Food & Water 
Watch, June 12, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Advisory Committee of Universal 
Cotton Standards; as required by P.L. 92-463, the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, June 13, 2007.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to 
Congress: FY 2007-1st Half. Submitted by USDA, June 14, 2007.
    FCA: Copy of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by 
the Farm Credit Administration. Submitted by FCA, June 15, 
2007.
    USDA: Letter from Secretary Mike Johanns to Chairman Collin 
Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding plans to reopen a 
stand alone office and consolidate five county Alabama FSA 
offices with other USDA service centers. Submitted by USDA, 
June 20, 2007.
    USDA: Report to Congress on imports of sugar and sugar-
containing products for indications of circumvention of the 
U.S. sugar tariff-rate quota, as mandated by sec. 5203 of the 
Trade Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, June 20, 2007.
    USDOC: Department of Commerce's Strategic Plan for FY 2007-
FY 2012. Submitted by USDOC, June 21, 2007.
    AEI: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy 
Research's report entitled `` The 2007 Farm Bill and Beyond.'' 
Submitted by AEI, June 22, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Advisory Committee on Meat and 
Poultry Inspection; in compliance with P.L. 92-463. Submitted 
by USDA, June 25, 2007.
    California Legislature: Assembly Joint Resolutions 13--
Relative to Food Safety and 15--Relative to the Armenian 
Genocide. Submitted by the California Legislature, June 26, 
2007.
    USDA: Letter from Assistant Secretary for Administration 
Boyd K. Rutherford thanking Brent Erickson, Executive Vice 
President of Industrial and Environmental Section for 
Biotechnology and Industry Organization for his letter 
regarding the BioPreferred\TM\ Program. Submitted by USDA, June 
27, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from Secretary Mike Johanns to Chairman Collin 
Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding plans to 
consolidate thirteen Texas county FSA offices with other USDA 
service centers; consistent with P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, 
June 28, 2007.
    USDA: US Customs and Border Protection. Report of the 
APHIS-CBP Joint Task Force on Improved Agriculture Inspection. 
July 5, 2007.
    USDA: Notice that GIPSA has validated an allegation of 
discrepant results made by a foreign purchaser of U.S. grain, 
in accordance with requirements of Title 7, Chapter 3, Sec. 
87f-2,(b), (1) of the U.S. Grain Standards Act of 1976, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, July 6, 2007.
    USDA: Approval of proposed land purchase referred to on the 
enclosure as submission no. 17/06-07. Submitted by USDA, July 
7, 2007.
    Office of Management and Budget: Mid-Session Review: Budget 
of the U.S. Government. Fiscal Year 2008. July 7, 2007.
    USDA/USDE: ``Annual Report to Congress on the Biomass 
Research and Development Initiative for Fiscal Year 2006.'' In 
accordance with section 309 of the Biomass Research and 
Development Act of 2000. July 12, 2007.
    FCA: Proposed amendments to Title 12, Chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations. July 13, 2007.
    Center for Democracy in the Americas: Document entitled, 
``In Our National Interest: The Top Ten Reasons for Changing 
U.S. Policy toward Cuba.'' July 16, 2007.
    USDA: Charter to establish the Total Coliform Rule/
Distribution System Advisory Committee; as required by Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 sec. 9(c). Submitted by 
USDA, July 16, 2007.
    USDA: Notification of plans to consolidate 5 county 
Oklahoma FSA offices with the USDA service centers. July 17, 
2007.
    EPA: Charter to renew the Environmental Laboratory Advisory 
Board; as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 
U.S.C. App. 2 sec. 9(c). Submitted by EPA, July 20, 2007.
    USDA: Notification of proposed termination of Wetlands 
Reserve Program easement in Maryland, pursuant to requirements 
of sec. 1237e(b)(2)(B) of the Food Security Act of 1985. July 
23, 2007.
    USDA: Approval of proposed land purchases referred to on 
enclosure as Submission No. 12/06-07, 13/06-07, and 14/06-07. 
July 26, 2007.
    USDA: Approval of proposed land exchange referral to on 
enclosure as submission No. 16/06-07. July 26, 2007.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General: Report on the most 
serious management challenges confronting USDA and its 
agencies, as required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000. 
Submitted by USDA, August 1, 2007.
    EPA: Charter for Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, 
in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 and 9. Submitted by EPA, August 
3, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal 
and Poultry Diseases; in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, August 7, 
2007.
    USDA: Letter from Secretary Mike Johanns to Chairman Collin 
Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, regarding plans to 
consolidate ten Nebraska county Farm Service Agency offices 
with other USDA service centers; consistent with the Continuing 
Appropriations Resolution, 2007 P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, 
August 10, 2007.
    FCA: Proposed amendments to Title 12, Ch. VI of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, as promulgated by the Farm Credit 
Administration. Submitted by FCA, August 14, 2007.
    GAO: Report on major rule promulgated by the USDA, FSIS, 
entitled: ``Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials 
for Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of Non-
Ambulatory Disabled Cattle; Prohibition of the Use of Certain 
Stunning Devices Used To Immobilize Cattle During Slaughter.'' 
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States 
Code. Submitted by GAO, August 15, 2007.
    USDA: Status Report on USDA Rural Development efforts to 
assist rural residents and communities along the Gulf Coast 
affected by hurricanes of zoos. Submitted by USDA, August 24, 
2007.
    GAO: Report to Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, U.S. Senate for beginning 
farmers and additional steps needed to demonstrate the 
effectiveness of USDA assistance. Submitted by GAO, September 
1, 2007.
    GAO: Report entitled: ``Federal User Fees: Key Aspects of 
International Air Passenger Inspection Fees Should Be Addressed 
Regardless of Whether Fees Are Consolidated.'' Submitted by 
GAO, September 1, 2007.
    USDA: Report entitled: ``Characteristics of Food Stamp 
Households: Fiscal Year 2006.'' Submitted by USDA, September 1, 
2007.
    USDA: Charter for the Collaborative Forest Restoration 
Technical Advisory Panel, as required by P.L. 92-463. Submitted 
by USDA, September 4, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for the National Urban and Community Forestry 
Advisory Council, as required by P.L. 92-463. Submitted by 
USDA, September 4, 2007.
    USDA: Charter for Edward R. Madigan United States 
Agricultural Export Excellence Board of Evaluators, as required 
by P.L. 92-463. Submitted by USDA, September 4, 2007.
    USDA: Report entitled the ``Livestock Price Insurance 
Evaluation Report'' as required by section 523(a)(5) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act, as amended through January 23, 
2004, the Risk Management Agency. Submitted by the Risk 
Management Agency of USDA, September 6, 2007.
    USDA: Notice of intent to release a requested copy of 
almond growers, by county, in the State of California, as 
requested under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 
Section 552; required under Section 1663 of the Food Security 
Act of 1985, amending the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act 
of 1937, and pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 608d(2). Submitted by USDA, 
September 10, 2007.
    USDOC: Quarterly Report to Congress on the export licensing 
data relating to exports of agricultural commodities to Cuba 
for January through March 2007, as required by Section 906(b) 
of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 
2000 (Title IX of Pub.L. 106-387), as amended. Submitted by 
USDOC, September 12, 2007.
    Department of Treasury: Letter to Chairman Collin Peterson, 
Committee on Agriculture, from Rebecca Harrigal, regarding 
credit rates of clean renewable energy bonds. Response to Mr. 
Peterson's August 27 letter. Submitted by the Department of 
Treasury, September 12, 2007.
    Wildlife Conservation Society: Working paper entitled: 
``Ecological Future of Bison in North America: A Report From a 
Multi-Stakeholder, Transboundary Meeting.'' Submitted by the 
Wildlife Conservation Society, September 20, 2007.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the FCA Board under provisions 
of the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended. The rule amends 
Title 12, Chapter VI of the Code of Federal Regulations. 
Submitted by FCA, September 20, 2007.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the FCA Board under provisions 
of the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended. The rule amends 
Title 12, Chapter VI of the Code of Federal Regulations. 
Submitted by FCA, September 20, 2007.
    EPA: Charter to renew the Children's Health Protection 
Advisory Committee in accordance with the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 sec. 9(c). 
Submitted by EPA, September 21, 2007.
    Department of Treasury: Quarterly Report January 1, 2006-
March 31, 2006; submitted under section 906(b) of the Trade 
Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted 
by Department of Treasury, September 25, 2007.
    Department of Treasury: Quarterly Report October 1, 2005-
December 31, 2005; submitted under section 906(b) of the Trade 
Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted 
by Department of Treasury, September 25, 2007.
    GAO: Report on major rule promulgated by USDA APHIS, 
entitled: ``Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal Risk 
Regions; Importation of Live Bovines and Products Derived from 
Bovines,'' pursuant to sec. 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S. Code. 
Submitted by GAO, September 27, 2007.
    Agriculture Committee: Letter from Chairman Peterson, 
Committee on Agriculture, to Chairman Lukken, Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission, regarding jurisdiction over trading of 
futures contracts. Submitted by the Committee on Agriculture, 
September 27, 2007.
    USDA: Notification of plans to consolidate one Pennsylvania 
county FSA office with an office in another USDA service 
center; as required by P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, October 
1, 2007.
    USDA: Notification of plans to consolidate one Oregon 
county FSA office with an office located in another USDA 
service center; as required by P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, 
October 1, 2007.
    USDA: Notification of plans to consolidate two 
Massachusetts county FSA offices with other USDA service 
centers; as required by P.L. 110-5. Submitted by USDA, October 
1, 2007.
    GAO: Report entitled: ``Border Security: Despite Progress, 
Weaknesses in Traveler Inspections Exist at Our Nation's Ports 
of Entry.'' Submitted by GAO, October 1, 2007.
    CST Midwest: Resolution addressing various agriculture 
issues. Submitted by CST Midwest, October 12, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from Lloyd C. Day, Administrator for the USDA, 
to the Chairman requesting under the Freedom of Information Act 
for the Agricultural Marketing Service for a list of avocado 
growers in Homestead, Florida covered by a Federal marketing 
order. Submitted by USDA, October 17, 2007.
    Embassy of Japan: Letter to Chairman Collin Peterson from 
Ryozo Kato, Ambassador of Japan, expressing appreciation for 
continued interests in the Japan-U.S. alliance, as well as the 
issue of trade with Japan. Submitted by Embassy of Japan, 
October 23, 2007.
    FCA: Enclosed copy of an advance notice of proposed 
rulemaking (ANPRM) by the FCA from Nancy C. Pellett, Chairman 
and Chief Executive Officer, to Chairman Peterson. Submitted by 
FCA, October 25, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from Floyd D. Gaibler, Deputy Under Secretary, 
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services to Mr. Richard Kirchhoff 
thanking him for requesting the USDA to restate its commitment, 
in writing, to continue its current procedures for approving 
applications from existing state-licensed grain warehouses to 
be licensed under the U.S. Warehouse Act. Submitted by the 
USDA, October 26, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson in response to the 
request of additional information on actions taken by the USDA 
with regard to ``natural'' label claims on meat and poultry 
products containing sodium or potassium lactates with attached 
list of companies. Submitted by USDA October 29, 2007.
    GAO: Letters to Chairman Peterson from Comptroller General 
of the United States David M. Walker in response regarding GAO 
follow-up after the hearing before the Subcommittee on General 
Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Submitted by GAO, October 
30, 2007.
    GAO: Letter in response to the request of a GAO study of 
the federal crop insurance program. Submitted by GAO, October 
30, 2007.
    FCA: Semiannual report prepared by the Inspector General of 
the FCA, summarizing the significant efforts and activities of 
the OIG. Also enclosed is the management report that presents 
the Agency's perspective on audit resolution and follow-up 
activity. Submitted by the FCA, October 30, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from USDA Administrator 
Lloyd C. Day in response to a request to AMI for a list of 
pistachio growers covered by the FCA. Submitted by USDA, 
October 31, 2007.
    CRS: Report for Congress: ``Comparison of the House and 
Senate 2007 Farm Bills.'' Submitted by CRS, October 31, 2007.
    EPA: Charter renewal of the Pesticide Program Dialogue 
Committee in accordance with the provisions of the FACA. 
Submitted by the EPA, November 2, 2007.
    CFTC: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Commissioner Michel 
V. Dunn expressing concern regarding the weakening of the 
CFTC's ability to fight retail off-exchange foreign currency 
fraud (forex) and adequately protect the investing public from 
forex scams. Submitted by CFTC, November 2, 2007.
    EPA: Charter renewal of PPDC in accordance with the 
provisions of the FACA. Submitted by the EPA, November 2, 2007.
    EPA: Charter renewal of the NAC/AEGL in accordance with the 
provisions of the FACA. Submitted by the EPA, November 2, 2007.
    USDA: Responses to questions asked by Chairman concerning 
public health alert issued by the USDA FSIS for certain ground 
beef products. Submitted by USDA, November 6, 2007.
    EPA: Charter renewal of the EPA SAB in accordance with the 
provisions of the FACA. Submitted by EPA, November 7, 2007.
    DOE: Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Designation of Energy Corridors in 11 Western States. 
Submitted by DOE, November 7, 2007.
    USDA: Farmland Protection Policy Act Annual Report for FY 
2006 from Acting Secretary Chuck Conner. Submitted by the USDA, 
November 7, 2007.
    USDA: Copy of Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp 
Participation Rates in 2005 containing estimates of the 
percentage of eligible persons, by State, who participated in 
the Food Stamp Program in an average month in FY 2005 and the 2 
previous years. Submitted by USDA, November 7, 2007.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the FCA Board under the 
provisions of the FCA Act of 1971, as amended. Submitted by the 
FCA, November 8, 2007.
    DOA: Charter for the National Wildlife Services Advisory 
Committee. Submitted by DOA, November 13, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Under Secretary Gale 
A. Buchanan in response to his letter regarding the National 
Veterinary Medical Service Act (NVMSA). Submitted by USDA, 
November 14, 2007.
    USAID: 2006 report of the U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants 
and Assistance for International Organizations on obligations 
and loan authorizations from July 1, 1945 through September 30, 
2006. Submitted by USAID, November 15, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner notifying him of plans to consolidate five Ohio 
county Farm Service Agency offices with other DOA service 
centers. Submitted by USDA, November 16, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner notifying him of plans to consolidate nine Indiana 
county Farm Service Agency offices with other DOA service 
centers. Submitted by USDA, November 16, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Administrator Lloyd 
C. Day in response to his request to the AMI under the FOIA for 
a list of avocado growers covered by a Federal Marketing Order, 
and its plans to release a copy of the current list. Submitted 
by USDA, November 16, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner notifying him of the plans to consolidate 10 Texas 
county Farm Service Agency offices with other DOA service 
centers. Submitted by USDA, November 16, 2007.
    FCSIC: Copy of the FCSIC's consolidated report to the 
Speaker of the House addressing the requirements of the Federal 
Managers' Financial Integrity Act and the Inspector General Act 
of 1978. Submitted by the FCSIC, November 16, 2007.
    USDA: Fax to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary Chuck 
Conner notifying of plans to consolidate two Maine county FSA 
offices with offices located in other DOA service centers. 
Submitted by the USDA, November 20, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner notifying of plans to consolidate two Maine county 
FSA offices with offices located in other DOA service centers. 
Submitted by the USDA, November 20, 2007.
    EPA: Two Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for documents 
that EPA recently issued related to our regulatory programs. 
Addressed to Nancy Pelosi informally referred to the House 
Agriculture Committee. Submitted by the EPA, November 28, 2007.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the FCA Board under the 
provisions of the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended. 
Submitted by FCA, November 28, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Assistant Secretary 
for Civil Rights Margo M. Mckay on behalf of Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner informing that the third annual report of Part A 
of Section 10708 of the 2002 Farm Bill, Transparency and 
Accountability for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, 
is now available. Submitted by USDA, November 30, 2007.
    GAO: Report to Congressional Requesters, report on Toxic 
Chemical Releases, EPA actions could reduce environmental 
information available to many communities. Submitted by GAO, 
November 2007.
    USDA: Quarterly report summary on the status of the State 
of Texas' contract to restructure its Food Stamp Program 
operations. Submitted by USDA, December 6, 2007.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to 
Congress. Submitted by USDA, December 6, 2007.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Peterson from Acting Secretary 
Chuck Conner notifying of plans to consolidate 19 Kentucky 
county FSA offices with other DOA service centers. Submitted by 
USDA, December 6, 2007.
    U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Copy of Working Group 
II and III summary documents to the Intergovernmental Panel on 
Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. Submitted by 
U.S. Climate Change Science Program, December 7, 2007.
    U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Report to Congress 
Scenarios of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Atmospheric 
Concentrations and Review of Integrated Scenario Development 
and Application. Submitted by U.S. Climate Change Science 
Program, December 10, 2007.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General of the CFTC for the period from April 1, 2007 through 
September 30, 2007. Submitted by CFTC, December 11, 2007.
    USDA: 2007 Annual Report describing activation of the Dairy 
Promotion Programs. Submitted by USDA, December 13, 2007.
    Timothy J. Walz: Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer and 
Chairman Peterson from Congressman Tim Walz giving thanks 
regarding the House passage of H.R. 2419. Submitted by Timothy 
Walz, December 13, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from Ben Anderson, Administrator, USDA 
Business and Cooperative Programs, to Chairman Collin Peterson, 
Committee on Agriculture, regarding Chairman Peterson's 
November 5, 2007 letter in support of an Intermediary Relending 
Program application submitted by the West Central Initiative. 
Submitted by the USDA, December 14, 2007.
    GAO: Plum Island and Animal Disease Center and DHS progress 
in implementing security recommendations with several 
recommendations open. Submitted by GAO, December 17, 2007.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
July 1, 2006--September 30, 2006 of the Trade Sanctions Reform 
and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Department 
of the Treasury, December 18, 2007.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
October 1, 2006--December 31, 2006 of the Trade Sanctions 
Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the 
Department of the Treasury, December 18, 2007.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
April 1, 2006--June 30, 2006 of the Trade Sanctions Reform and 
Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Department of 
the Treasury, December 18, 2007.
    USDA: Letter from Administrator Michael W. Yost to Chairman 
Peterson in response to Humpty Dumpty Institute's (HDI) request 
for food aid assistance for Laos under the McGovern-Dole 
International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program 
(FFE). Submitted by USDA, December 21, 2007.
    GAO: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit 
Corporation report on a major rule entitled, ``Milk Income Loss 
Contract Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 
5, U.S. Code. Submitted by GAO, December 21, 2007.
    USDOC: Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities 
Undertaken by the Department of Commerce Pursuant to Section 
906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act 
of 2000 relating to the exports of agriculture commodities to 
Cuba, July through September 2007. Submitted by USDOC, December 
28, 2007.
    U.S. SBA: Copy of the National Ombudsman Report to Congress 
rating Federal agencies for the fiscal year of 2006. Submitted 
by U.S. SBA, December 28, 2007.
    National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal 
Nutrition: 2007 Biennial Report on the Special Supplemental 
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and the 
Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Submitted by the National 
Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition in 
2007.
    EPA: Charter renewal of the Local Government Advisory 
Committee (LGAC) in accordance with the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 
Sec. 9(c). Submitted by the EPA, January 4, 2008.
    USDA: 2004 Annual Report on Program Compliance and 
Integrity of Federal Crop Insurance Corporation program, as 
required by Section 515(i) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 
U.S.C. sec. 1515) (Act), as amended by the Agricultural Risk 
Protection Act of 2000. Submitted by USDA, January 7, 2008.
    GAO: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency report 
on a major rule entitled, ``2005-2007 Livestock Compensation 
and Catfish Grant Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) 
of title 5, U.S. Code. Submitted by GAO, January 8, 2008.
    GAO: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency report 
on a major rule entitled, ``Emergency Agricultural Assistance, 
2007; Crop Disaster and Livestock Indemnity Programs,'' 
pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S. Code. 
Submitted by GAO, January 8, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the National Advisory Council on 
Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition in compliance with P.L. 
92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, 
January 14, 2008.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly Report for the period 
January 1, 2007--March 31, 2007 of the activities undertaken by 
the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, submitted 
under Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export 
Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by Department of the 
Treasury, January 28, 2008.
    USDOC: Report entitled ``Department of Commerce's 
Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2007''. 
Submitted by the Department of Commerce, January 29, 2008.
    USDA: Inform the Committee of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's ongoing activities to combine and centralize the 
multiple agency ethics activities into a Departmental ethics 
program. Submitted by the USDA, January 30, 2008.
    FAPRI: Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute 
(FAPRI) 2008 U.S. and World Agricultural Outlook report. 
Submitted by Iowa State University, and University of Missouri-
Columbia, FAPRI, January 2008.
    USAID: Letter from Acting Assistant Administrator of Bureau 
for Legislative and Public Affairs Jeffrey J. Grieco to 
Chairman Peterson. Pursuant to section 3007(3) of the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act (P.L. 107-171). Report 
enclosed: ``P.L. 480 Title II Fiscal Year 2008 Approved 
Programs''. Submitted by the USAID, February 1, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Under Secretary of Marketing and 
Regulatory Programs Bruce I. Knight to Chairman Peterson 
regarding new protocol with Canadian Food Inspection Service 
concerning hunder-harvested birds transiting the border during 
a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) incident. Submitted 
by the USDA, February 1, 2008.
    Department of Health and Human Services: Letter from 
Director Julie Louse Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. to Chairman 
Peterson, Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Leonard Boswell, and 
Robin Hayes in response to a letter regarding the potential 
public health threat posed by methicillin-resistant 
Staphyolococcs aureus (MRSA). Enclosed Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention's Responses on MRSA in Food-Producing 
Animals. Submitted by the Department of Health and Human 
Services, February 4, 2008.
    U.S. Office of Special Counsel: Letter about the 
investigation into the whistleblower's disclosures pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 1213 (c) and (d). Submitted by U.S. Office of Special 
Counsel, February 5, 2008.
    EPA: Letter from Assistant Administrator James B. Gulliford 
to Chairman Peterson in response to a letter concerning the 
Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2007 which 
reauthorized the requirement for registrants to pay 
registration service fees for the EPA to review registration 
applications. Submitted by EPA, February 5, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Secretary of Agriculture Edward T. 
Schafer to Chairman Peterson, in accordance with Section 1613 
of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 
Farm Bill). Report enclosed: ``Department of Agriculture 
Equitable Relief Report''. Submitted by the USDA, February 6, 
2008.
    USAID: Report on, ``U.S. International Food Assistance 
Report for 2007''. Pursuant to Public Law 480, Section 407 (f). 
Submitted by USAID, February 11, 2008.
    EPA: Charter for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities 
Advisory Committee (FRRCC) in accordance with the provisions of 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 
Sec. 9(c). Submitted by the EPA, February 20, 2008.
    USDOC: Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities 
Undertaken by the Department of Commerce Pursuant to Section 
906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act 
of 2000 relating to the exports of agriculture commodities to 
Cuba, October through December 2007. Submitted by USDOC, 
February 20, 2008.
    EPA: Letter from Assistant Administrator James B. Gulliford 
to Chairman Peterson and the Agriculture Committee. Enclosed 
proposed rule entitled: ``Pesticide Agricultural Container 
Recycling Program''. Submitted by EPA, February 21, 2008.
    EPA: Draft copy of a proposed rule entitled ``Pesticides; 
Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides: Revisions to 
Product Chemistry Data Requirements for Conventional 
Pesticides'' identified in the Regulatory Agenda under RIN 
2070-AD30. Submitted by EPA, February 21, 2008.
    USDA: Paper on ``The Effects of Failure of Enact a New Farm 
Bill: Permanent Law Support for Commodities and Lapse of Other 
USDA Programs,'' submitted in response to requests from the 
staffs of the Senate and House Committees on Agriculture. 
Submitted February 29, 2008.
    White House: Report entitled ``Economic Report of the 
President'' together with ``The Annual Report of the Council of 
Economic Advisers''. Submitted by the White House, and Council 
of Economic Advisers, February 2008.
    EPA: Charter Renewal of the Human Studies Review Board 
(HSRB), in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Sec. 9(c). 
Submitted by the EPA, March 4, 2008.
    Department of Treasury: The Quarterly Report for the period 
April 1, 2007-June 30, 2007 of the activities undertaken by the 
Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), submitted 
under Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export 
Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Office of Foreign 
Assets Control, Department of Treasury, March 6, 2008.
    USDA: Pesticide Data Program Summary of 2006 Data. 
Submitted by USDA, March 13, 2008.
    EPA: Charter Renewal of the Environmental Financial 
Advisory Board (EFAB) in accordance with provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 
Sec. 9(c). Submitted by EPA, March 14, 2008.
    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Charter of the 
Commission's newly established Energy Markets Advisory 
Committee in pursuant to section 9(c) of the Federal Advisory 
committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Sec. 9(c). Submitted by CFTC, 
March 18, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 
in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Section 552, for a list of independent raisin 
producers covered by a Federal marketing order. Submitted by 
USDA, March 25, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 
in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Section 552, for a list of registered avocado 
growers located in Miami-Dade County, Florida covered by a 
Federal marketing order. Submitted by USDA, March 25, 2008.
    Department of Treasury: Quarterly Report for the period 
July 1-September 31, 2007 of the activities undertaken by the 
Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), submitted 
under Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export 
Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Office of Foreign 
Assets Control, Department of Treasury, March 26, 2008.
    Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MLBA): Policy 
Positions adopted by the MLBA. Submitted by MLBA, March 26, 
2008.
    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission's Federal employee 
Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) 
Report for Fiscal Year 2007. Submitted by CFTC, March 31, 2008.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General (OIG) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for 
the period of October 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. Submitted 
by the CFTC, March 31, 2008.
    USDA: In compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, enclosed is a copy of the charter for the Opal 
Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council. Submitted by 
USDA, April 2, 2008.
    USDA: In accordance with section 508(a)(7) of the Federal 
Crop Insurance Act, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 
(FCIC) Board of Directors submits a report entitled, 
``Participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program''. 
Submitted by USDA, April 9, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Eldon Gould, Administrator, USDA Risk 
Management Agency, to Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding Chairman Peterson's February 19, 2008 
letter to Secretary Schafer requesting that the Risk Management 
Agency (RMA) increase the 2008 crop year expected market price 
for sugar beets. Submitted by the USDA, April 11, 2008.
    USDA: Report entitled, ``U.S. Biobased Products: Market 
Potential and Projections Through 2025. In accordance with 
title IX, section 948, subsection (a) of the Energy Policy Act 
of 2005 (Public Law 109-58). Submitted by USDA, April 14, 2008.
    USDA: Report to Congress on ``Fiscal Year 2007 Competitive 
Sourcing Efforts,'' in accordance with Section 647(b) of 
Division F of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, fiscal year 
2004, P.L. 108-199. Submitted by USDA, April 14, 2008.
    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Letter in 
response from Acting Chairman Walter L. Lukken to Congressmen 
Peterson, Goodlatte, Etheridge, and Moran regarding recent 
activity in the grain, cotton, and other futures markets, with 
an attachment entitled, ``CFTC Announces Details of April 22 
Agricultural Forum''. Submitted by CFTC, April 21, 2008.
    Department of Treasury: Quarterly Report for the period 
October 1, 2007-December 31, 2007 of the activities undertaken 
by the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), 
submitted under Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and 
Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Office of 
Foreign Assets Control, Department of Treasury, April 23, 2008.
    MHA: Letter from the Minnesota Holstein Association to 
Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, announcing 
resolutions passed at their 98th Annual Meeting. Submitted 
April 24, 2008.
    Farm Credit Administration (FCA): Semiannual Report 
prepared by the Inspector General of the Farm Credit 
Administration for the period of October 1, 2007-March 31, 
2008, pursuant to section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 
1978, as amended. Submitted by FCA, April 30, 2008.
    Department of Treasury: Office of Foreign Assets Control 
Biennial Report of Licensing Activities from October 2004 to 
September 2006 in pursuant to Sec. 906(b) of the Trade 
Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted 
by Department of Treasury, May 2, 2008.
    EPA: To the Committee a draft copy of the proposed rule 
entitled, ``Pesticide Management and Disposal; Standards for 
Pesticide Containers and Containment--Amendments, identified in 
the Regulatory Agenda under RIN 2070-AJ37; section 25(a)(3) of 
the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) 
required EPA to send draft rules to the Agriculture Committee. 
Submitted by USDA, May 5, 2008.
    EPA: EPA Office of Inspection General Audit report of the 
Pesticide Registration Fund for Fiscal Years 2007 and 2006, as 
mandated by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. 
Submitted by EPA, May 5, 2008.
    USDA: Farmland Protection Policy Act Annual Report for 
Fiscal Year 2007, in pursuant to Section 1546 of the Farmland 
Protection Policy Act (FPPA), 7 U.S.C. 4207. Submitted by USDA, 
May 5, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the National Organic Standards Board in 
compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by the USDA, May 12, 2008.
    FCA: Proposed amendments to title 12, chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the Farm Credit 
Administration. Submitted by the FCA, May 13, 2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the EPA Board of Scientific 
Counselors (BOSC), in accordance with the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA). Submitted by EPA, May 16, 2008.
    FCA: Farm Credit Administration Agency's 2008-2013 
Strategic Plan. Submitted by the FCA, May 16, 2008.
    John Deere: 2007 Global Citizenship Report highlighting how 
John Deere's commitment to social responsibility supports its 
mission of distinctively serving customers through a great 
business. Submitted by John Deere, May 19, 2008.
    USDA: USDA's annual report on the administrative expenses 
for programs established under commodity promotion laws. 
Submitted by the USDA, May 19, 2008.
    NRDC: Letter from The Center for Food Safety, Natural 
Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, and 
The Organic Center, to Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding a letter the groups sent to Secretary of 
Agriculture Ed Schafer calling on the USDA to reverse its plans 
to eliminate a critical pesticide reporting program. Submitted 
by The Center for Food Safety, Natural Resources Defense 
Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Organic Center, 
May 20, 2008.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the Farm Credit Administration 
Board, pursuant to the provisions of the Farm Credit Act of 
1971. Submitted by the FCA, May 20, 2008.
    USDA: Proposed changes in the Department of Agriculture's 
administration of the Special Food Assistance Program (SFAP) in 
the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Submitted by the 
USDA, May 23, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Nancy Montanez Johner, Under Secretary 
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services of the United States 
Department of Agriculture to Chairman Peterson in pursuant to 
the statutory authority in 48 U.S.C. 1469d(c), to advise key 
committee in Congress of proposed changes in the USDA 
administration of Emergency Food Assistance Program in the 
Territory of Guam. Submitted by the USDA, May 23, 2008.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the Farm Credit Administration 
Board, pursuant to the provisions of the Farm Credit Act of 
1971. Submitted by the FCA, May 28, 2008.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of tart cherry growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by Section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by the USDA, May 29, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Lloyd C. Day, Administrator of 
Agriculture Marketing Service of the United States Department 
of Agriculture in response to a request from Chairman Peterson 
regarding the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552, 
for a list of almond growers on file with the Almond Board of 
California covered by a Federal marketing order. Submitted by 
the USDA, May 29, 2008.
    USDA: Draft legislation, ``To amend the United States Grain 
Standards Act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to 
recover through user fees the cost of standardization 
activities. Submitted by the USDA, June 1, 2008.
    UCS: Report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, CAFOs 
Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding 
Operations. Submitted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 
June 2, 2008.
    CFTC: Report on the actions taken by the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission in response to a recommendation by the 
Government Accountability Office. Submitted by the CFTC, June 
3, 2008.
    USDA: Semiannual Report to Congress published by the Office 
of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Agriculture 
(USDA). Submitted by the USDA, June 5, 2008.
    Charter: Renewal of the Coastal Elevations and Sea Level 
Rise Advisory Committee (CESLAC). Submitted by the EPA, June 5, 
2008.
    USDA: Charter for the Advisory Committees for the PIECS in 
compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by the USDA, June 5, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the National Advisory Committee on 
Microbiological Criteria for Foods in compliance with P.L. 92-
463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by the USDA, 
June 5, 2008.
    USDA: USDA's Strategic Energy Science Plan for Research, 
Education and Extension. Submitted by the USDA, June 11, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Lloyd C. Day, Administrator of the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in response to Chairman 
Peterson's request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 
U.S.C. Section 552, for a list of pistachio growers covered by 
a Federal marketing order. Submitted by the USDA, June 11, 
2008.
    Charter: Renewal of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission's Global Markets Advisory Committee. Submitted by 
the CFTC, June 12, 2008.
    USDA: Report from the USDA of the Trends in Food Stamp 
Program Participation Rates: 2000-2006. Submitted by the USDA, 
June 13, 2008.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Advisory Council for 
Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) in accordance with 
the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 
U.S.C. App. 2. Submitted by the EPA, June 13, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from William Hunt, State Conservationist, 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in response to 
Chairman Peterson's letter dated June 10, 2008 concerning the 
Gary Haugen claim against the United State Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural 
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for allegedly taking no 
actions when informed working files may have been accessed by 
an unauthorized person. Submitted by the USDA, June 20, 2008.
    National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA): Letter to 
Chairman Peterson from Michele Vise-Brown, Chief Executive 
Officer, regarding the board of director's adoption of 89 
resolutions and position statements, submitted from the 
association's 12 species-based and issue-based committees. 
Submitted by the NIAA, June 27, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory 
Committee in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by the USDA, June 30, 2008.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
January 1, 2008-March 31, 2008, submitted under Sec. 906(b) of 
the trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. 
Submitted by Adam J. Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign 
Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury, June 30, 
2008.
    U.S. Office of Special Counsel: Letter about the 
investigation into the whistleblower's disclosures pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 1213(c) and (d). Submitted by U.S. Office of Special 
Counsel, July 1, 2008.
    USDA: Report on the progress made in reducing the backlog 
of applications for exports of U.S. specialty crops, required 
by Section 202 of the Specialty Crops competitiveness Act of 
2004 (Public Law 108-465). Submitted by the USDA, July 7, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Edward T. Schafer, Secretary, United 
States Department of Agriculture, to Chairman Collin Peterson, 
Committee on Agriculture, regarding Senator Kent Conrad, 
Senator Byron L. Dorgan, and Congressman Earl Pomeroy's letter 
expressing concern about the recent increases in fertilizer 
prices and its effect on agriculture producers across the 
country. Submitted by USDA, July 7, 2008.
    USDA: Response to letter from Members of Congress regarding 
recent increases in fertilizer prices and its effect on 
agriculture producers. Submitted by USDA, July 7, 2008.
    USDA: Report on progress made in reducing backlog of 
applications for exports of U.S. specialty crops, as directed 
by Section 202 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 
2004. Submitted by USDA, July 7, 2008.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled ``Cotton 
World Price Determination'' (RIN: 0560-AH78), pursuant to 
section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code. It was 
published in the Federal Register as a final rule on May 27, 
2008. 73 Fed. Reg. 30,274. Submitted by the GAO, July 8, 2008.
    EPA: EPA Office of Inspector General Audit report of the 
Pesticides Reregistration and Expedited Processing Fund (FIFRA 
Fund) for Fiscal Years 2007 and 2006. Audit is mandated by the 
Food Quality Protection Act. Submitted by the EPA, July 11, 
2008.
    PEW Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production: Letter 
to the Members of the House of Representatives from Bob Martin, 
Executive Director, enclosing a final report, Putting Meat on 
the Table: Industrial Food Animal Production in America. 
Submitted by the PEW Commission on Industrial Farm Animal 
Production, July 15, 2008.
    USDA: Letter from Eldon Gould, acting Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency of the United States Department of 
Agriculture, to Chairman Peterson, in response to a letter sent 
on June 27, 2008, jointly signed by colleagues, requesting the 
RMA to provide flexibility in crop insurance rules to allow 
producers to harvest crops, planted on prevented planted 
acreage, used as livestock feed beginning on September 1. 
Submitted by the USDA, July 16, 2008.
    USDA: Report in response to Title XI, Section 11016(b)(3) 
of the Food, Conservation and Entergy Act of 2008, pertaining 
to the estimated resources the Department of Agriculture needs 
to develop, implement and operate a catfish inspection program 
for the fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Submitted by the USDA, July 
17, 2008.
    USDA: Draft legislation, ``To amend the Packers and 
Stockyards Act, 1921, to provide authority to collect license 
fees from persons participating in the Packers and Stockyards 
Programs, and for other purposes.'' Submitted by USDA, July 22, 
2008.
    Farm Foundation: Report commissioned by Farm Foundation and 
completed by Purdue University economists, entitled: ``What's 
Driving Food Prices?'' Submitted by Farm Foundation, July 23, 
2008.
    USDA: AMS intent to release copy of tart cherry growers 
located in the State of Michigan covered by a Federal marketing 
order, pursuant to requirements of the Freedom of Information 
Act (FOIA). Submitted by USDA, July 24, 2008.
    USDA: Copy of Office of Inspector General (OIG)'s report to 
the Secretary of Agriculture identifying and reporting the most 
serious management challenges confronting USDA and its 
agencies, as required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000. 
Submitted by USDA, August 1, 2008.
    DOC: Report to Congress on the export licensing actions 
taken by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and 
Security (BIS) relating to exports of agricultural commodities 
to Cuba for January through March 2008, as required by Section 
906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act 
of 2000 (TSRA) (Title IX of Pub.L. 106-387), as amended. 
Submitted by DOC, August 4, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory 
Committee, in compliance with P.L. 92-463. Submitted by USDA, 
August 5, 2008.
    DOI: Copy of 2007 CALFED Bay-Delta Program Annual Report to 
Congress, as required by Section 105(a)(1) of Title I of Public 
Law 108-361. Submitted by DOI, August 7, 2008.
    USDA: Summaries of reports from the Food and Nutrition 
Service (FNS), entitled ``Diet Quality of Americans by Food 
Stamp Participation Status,'' ``Diet Quality of American Young 
Children by WIC Participation Status,'' and ``Diet Quality of 
American School-Age Children by School Lunch Participation 
Status.'' Submitted by USDA, August 12, 2008.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by USDA, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, entitled ``Mandatory Country of 
Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat Meat, 
Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, 
and Macadamia Nuts,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 
5, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, August 13, 2008.
    USDA: Transcript from May 19, 2008 briefing on the 
relationship between biofuels and food prices, copy of the 
report ``Global Agricultural Supply and Demand: Factors 
Contributing to the Recent Increase in Food Commodity Prices'' 
from May 2008, and copy of Chief Economist Glauber's testimony. 
Submitted by USDA, August 22, 2008.
    USDA: Report analyzing the power generation needs in rural 
areas of the United States, as required by the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Security Act of 2008, Title VI, 
Section 6113. Submitted by USDA, August 22, 2008.
    USDA: Letter transmitting three Farm Service Agency (FSA) 
information technology (IT) reports addressing FSA IT 
stabilization and modernization programs, as requested during 
the fiscal year 2008 appropriations process. Submitted by USDA, 
August 25, 2008.
    Forest Landowners Association, Inc.: Carbon copy of 100 
signed letters to EPA from American private forest landowners 
strongly opposing the EPA's current Registration Eligibility 
Decision for soil fumigants. Submitted by Forest Landowners 
Association, Inc., August 28, 2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the Governmental Advisory 
Committee (GAC) and the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to 
the United States Representative to the Council of the 
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), in accordance 
with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Submitted by 
EPA, August 29, 2008.
    U.S. Census Bureau: Report entitled ``Income, Earnings, and 
Poverty Data From the 2007 American Community Survey.'' 
Submitted by U.S. Census Bureau, issued August 2008.
    U.S. Census Bureau: Report entitled ``Income, Poverty, and 
Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007.'' 
Submitted by U.S. Census Bureau, issued August 2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the Good Neighbor Environmental 
Board (GNEB), in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA). Submitted by EPA, September 11, 2008.
    EPA: Response to CCP's July 31, 2008 letter to 
Administrator Stephen L. Johnson concerning pesticide container 
recycling. Submitted by EPA, September 17, 2008.
    USDA: Letter to advise CCP that the BioPreferred Program 
will be managed by USDA's Departmental Administration (DA) 
beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2009. Submitted by USDA, 
September 17, 2008.
    EPA: Charters: Renewal of the Gulf of Mexico Program Policy 
Review Board (GMPPRB) and the National Environmental Justice 
Advisory Council (NEJAC), in accordance with the provisions of 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Submitted by EPA, 
September 18, 2008.
    Department of the Interior: Charter: Renewal of Invasive 
Species Advisory Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act and provisions to The General Services 
Administration's regulation at 41 CFR part 102-3.70. Submitted 
by Department of the Interior, September 18, 2008.
    EPA: Response to CCP's questions for the record for Robert 
Meyers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air 
and Radiation, following the July 24, 2008, hearing entitled, 
``RFS implementation and Producer Eligibility Hearing.'' 
Submitted by EPA, September 19, 2008.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
April 1, 2008-June 30, 2008, discussing the Office of Foreign 
Assets Control (OFAC)'s activities with respect to agricultural 
commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran and Sudan, 
submitted under Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and 
Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted by the Department of 
the Treasury, September 22, 2008.
    Committee on Natural Resources: Response to letter 
indicating the Committee on Agriculture's jurisdictional 
interests in H.R. 1497, the ``Legal Timber Protection Act.'' 
Submitted by Committee on Natural Resources, September 24, 
2008.
    Delta Regional Authority: Copy of audit report of the last 
three years of DRA's operation. Submitted by DRA, September 24, 
2008.
    EPA: Copy of the Agency's 2009-2014 ``Strategic Plan Change 
Document,'' identifying the measurable environmental and human 
health outcomes the public can expect over the next five years 
and describing how those results are intended to be achieved, 
pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 
(GPRA). Submitted by EPA, September 30, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the General Conference Committee of the 
National Poultry Improvement Plan, in compliance with P.L. 92-
463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, 
October 2, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the Recreation Resource Advisory 
Committees, in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, October 2, 2008.
    USDA: Charter for the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, 
in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, October 2, 2008.
    USDA: Annual Report to Congress for the period of September 
1, 2006 through November 30, 2007 on implementing Public Law 
106-107, the ``Federal Financial Assistance Management 
Improvement Act.'' Submitted by USDA, October 7, 2008.
    EPA: Draft of final rule entitled: ``Pesticide Management 
and Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and 
Containment--Amendments,'' identified in the Regulatory Agenda 
under RIN 2070-AJ37, as required by Section 25(a)(3) of the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Submitted 
by EPA, October 15, 2008.
    Department of Commerce: Report on the export licensing 
actions taken by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of 
Industry and Security relating to exports of agricultural 
commodities to Cuba for April through June 2008, as required by 
Section 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export 
Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA) (Title IX of Pub.L. 106-387), as 
amended. Submitted by Department of Commerce, October 15, 2008.
    FCA: Proposed Amendments to title 12, chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the Farm Credit 
Administration. Submitted by FCA, October 21, 2008.
    USDA: Report on ``conferences sponsored or held by the 
Department of Agriculture or attended by employees of the 
Department of Agriculture,'' in accordance with Section 14208 
of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted by 
USDA, October 21, 2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel in 
accordance with the provisions of the FACA, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. 
Submitted by EPA, October 24, 2008.
    USDA: Report on Enhanced Use Lease Authority Pilot Program 
as required by Section 7409 of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008, P.L. 110-246. Submitted by USDA, October 
29, 2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the Clean Air Advisory Committee 
in accordance with the provisions of the FACA, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. 
Submitted by EPA, October 31, 2008.
    Social Security Administration: Performance and 
Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2008, as required by 
section 206(g) of the Social Security Independence and Program 
Improvements Act and the Improper Payments Information Act of 
2002. Submitted by Social Security Administration, November 14, 
2008.
    EPA: Charter: Renewal of the National Environmental 
Education Advisory Council in accordance with the provisions of 
the FACA, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. Submitted by EPA, November 14, 2008.

                              D. MEMORIALS

    15--April 19, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Kansas, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 
1604 urging the Congress of the United States to allow 
interstate marketing of state inspected meat.
    26--April 19, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to Senate Joint Memorial No. 107 
supporting the goals of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.
    36--May 16, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Montana, relative to House Joint Resolution No. 6 supporting 
the ``25 X 25'' Initiative to increase production of renewable 
energy by the agricultural community.
    60--May 16, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Montana, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 4 urging 
the Congress of the United States reauthorize the Secure Rural 
Schools and Community Self-Determintation Act and work toward a 
permanent solution to compensate states and local governments 
for lost tax revenue on federal land within Montana.
    61--May 16, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Washington, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 4011 
requesting that the Congress of the United States enact a law 
that preserves the use and access of pack and saddle stock 
animals on public lands.
    62--May 16, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Idaho, relative to Senate Joint Memorial No. 106 supporting 
the reauthorization of the ``Secure Rural Schools and Community 
Self-Determination Act'' or the enactment of its equitable 
equivalent.
    73--May 23, 2007; Memorial of the House of Representatives 
of the State of New Hampshire, relative to House Resolution No. 
9 supporting the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
    81--June 19, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Louisiana, relative to House Concurrent Resolution No. 83 
memorializing the Congress of the United States to take such 
actions as are necessary to continue the current United States 
sugar program in the 2007 Farm Bill.
    87--June 26, 2007; Memorial of the House of Representatives 
of the State of Michigan, relative to House Resolution No. 76 
memorializing the Congress of the United States to provide 
resources to address the colony collapse disorder affecting 
honeybees.
    104--July 18, 2007; Memorial of the General Assembly of the 
State of Colorado, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 07-
003 supporting the passage of the 2007 Farm Bill and continuing 
support for the federal food stamp program.
    133--July 19, 2007; Memorial of the Legislative Assembly of 
the State of Oregon, relative to House Joint Memorial No. 5 
urging the Congress of the United States to pass the Secure 
Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Reauthorization 
Act of 2007.
    160--August 2, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of California, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 
urging the Congress of the United States to reauthorize and 
fund the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act of 2000.
    197--September 24, 2007; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Texas, relative to House Concurrent Resolution No. 67 
urging the Congress of the United States to provide further 
drought relief to Texas.
    209--Oct. 24, 2007; Memorial of the Senate of the State of 
California, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 7 urging 
the California Congressional delegation to support H. Con. Res. 
25.
    211--Nov. 6, 2007; Memorial of the House of Representatives 
of the State of Michigan, relative to House Resolution No. 156 
encouraging the Congress of the United States and the 
Department of Agriculture to implement food policies that 
promote healthy food, farms, and communities by encouraging 
local production of fruits and vegetables by specialty crop 
farmers.
    275--May 1, 2008; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Mississippi, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 
556 urging the President of the United States and the Congress 
of the United States to support passage of the Secure Rural 
Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
    284--May 20, 2008; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Maine, relative to House Resolution No. 1672 memorializing 
the Congress of the United States to stop gasoline price 
manipulation and to close the Enron loophole.
    300--June 10, 2008; Memorial of the House of 
Representatives of the State of Hawaii, relative to House 
Resolution No. 110 supporting assistance for persons present in 
the United States under the Compacts of Free Association.
    322--June 18, 2008; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Mississippi, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution 
No. 556 urging the President of the United States and the 
Congress of the United States to support the passage of the 
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
    331--June 26, 2008; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Louisiana, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution 
No. 36 expressing opposition to the authorization of offshore 
aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.
    356--July 28, 2008; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of California, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 23 
urging the Congress of the United States to reauthorize and 
fund the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act of 2000.
    372--October 3, 2008; Memorial of the Senate of California, 
relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 28--Relative to 
nutrition.

                              E. PETITIONS

    5--March 8, 2007; Petition of the Idaho Association of 
Counties, relative to a petition supporting the reauthorization 
and funding of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act.
    172--October 4, 2007; Petition of the Board of 
Commissioners of the County of Armstrong, Pennsylvania, 
relative to a Resolution supporting legislative changes 
proposed in the 2007 Farm Bill that would provide agricultural 
producer, farm-related businesses, and rural homeowners with 
broader access to financing by the cooperative Farm Credit 
System.
    213--January 29, 2008; Petition of the Miami-Dade County 
Board of County Commissioners, Florida, relative to Resolution 
No. R-1245-07 urging the Florida Legislature to increase the 
penalties and fines for dog and other animal fighting.
    272--June 18, 2008; Petition of the Board of Commissioners 
of Columbus County, North Carolina, relative to a Resolution 
supporting the Resources Conservation and Development (RD&D) 
Program.
    278--June 18, 2008; Petition of the Mississippi Board of 
Education, relative to a Resolution urging the President of the 
United States and the Congress of the United States to support 
passage of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act.