There are few issues more important than the food we eat. Advocating for good food policies and electing food policy leaders are the best ways to get to the heart of many issues facing our food system today, including hunger, food safety and sustainable farming.
Congress is considering many pieces of legislation that would make food healthier, safer, more affordable and better for you and the environment.
U.S. House of Representatives
H.R. 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Failed 234-195, June 20, 2013
Passed 216-208 as H.R.2642 "Farm-Only" bill, July 11, 2013
Passed 217-210 as H.R.3102 Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 "Nutrition-Only" bill, Sept. 19, 2013
H.R. 2692 Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013
Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the use of certain pesticides to prevent the loss of honeybee populations.
H.R. 1150/ S. 1256 Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act so that applicants for approval of new animal drugs that are medically important to people would have to demonstrate that there is a reasonable certainty that non-therapeutic use will not cause harm to human health due to antimicrobial resistance.
H.R. 820 Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals Act of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise reporting requirements for sponsors of a new animal drug containing an antimicrobial active ingredient; the sponsor's annual report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services would have to specify for each dosage form the known or estimated amounts of the antimicrobial active ingredient sold or distributed for use food-producing animals for which the drug is approved.
H.R. 1462 RFS Reform Act of 2013
Amends the Clean Air Act to revise the renewable fuel program so that "renewable fuel" would have to be advanced biofuels as of Jan. 1, 2014.
S. 344 A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes
Prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from authorizing or allowing the use of gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol and bars waivers from the Clean Air Act's fuel standards for new fuels and fuel additives
H.R. 2248: Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2013
Deems a food to be adulterated if its packaging contains bisphenol A (BPA) or can release BPA into food.
H.R. 1012/ S. 520 Safety And Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act
Requires the Secretaries of Commerce and Health and Human Services (HHS) to execute a memorandum of understanding to improve interagency cooperation on seafood safety and fraud prevention.
H.R. 1699/S. 809 Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem a food to be misbranded if it has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients unless that is clearly disclosed.
H.R. 584/S. 248 To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem a food to be misbranded if it contains genetically engineered fish unless it bears a label disclosing that fact.
H.R. 1667S. 246 Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act
Prohibits shipping, transporting, offering for sale, selling or purchasing genetically engineered (GE) fish or food products containing GE fish; possessing GE fish or food products with the intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase them; engaging in net-pen aquaculture of GE fish; releasing GE fish into a natural environment; or possessing GE fish with the intent to release it into a natural environment.
H.R. 1414/S. 679 Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Expands access to healthy food through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Community Supported Agriculture programs; improves local and regional food system infrastructure and markets; boosts income and opportunities for local farmers and ranchers; and enhances agriculture research and extension.
H.R. 1395 Weekends Without Hunger Act
Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to implement a pilot program providing commodities to nonprofit organizations in order to make nutritious food available to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year.
Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a pilot program that would give up to five participating states the option of receiving a grant in an amount equal to the value of the USDA-provided commodities that the state would otherwise receive for each of FY2014-FY2018.H.R. 1783 School Food Modernization Act
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to issue loan guarantees to local educational agencies or tribal organizations participating in the school lunch program to finance construction, remodeling or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment to facilitate provision of healthy meals through the school breakfast and lunch programs.S.274 CHEW Act
Requires each local educational agency participating in the school improvement program under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to develop and implement healthy eating and nutrition education programs in its schools, and to monitor schools' efforts to improve students' healthy eating and nutritive knowledge.S. 39 Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention America Act
Amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, the Public Health Service Act and other specified health laws to establish or expand programs for children's nutrition and physical activity in schools and with child care providers, expand the free fresh fruit program, promote equal opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in schools and colleges, revise the definition of "core academic subject" to include physical education, and include promotion of healthy, active lifestyles by students in educational grant programs.