Colony Collapse Disorder of Bees
President's Budget Request: $500,000
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
10300 Baltimore Blvd, Beltsville, MD 20705
The President's budget request seeks to address Colony Collapse Disorder - a major agricultural concern as certain crops can only be pollinated by honey bees. The research to be conducted will focus on the role of pathogens and other stress factors such as pesticides and mitigating their effects. This is a good use of taxpayer funds because it seeks to control or eliminate colony collapse disorder which has the potential to significantly impact our domestic food supply and damage our agricultural economy.
From Congressman Hoyer's Biography page:
Congressman Hoyer is recognized as an effective leader by Members on both sides of the aisle. He is the former Chairman of the Helsinki Commission and is widely regarded as a champion on human and civil rights. He is perhaps best known for guiding the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to passage in 1990. He also served as the lead House sponsor of historic Federal election reform (the "Help America Vote Act"), which President Bush signed into law on October 29, 2002. In the 111th Congress, Congressman Hoyer’s skill at consensus-building has helped the House pass important legislation to strengthen our economy and bring health coverage to an additional 4 million low-income children through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. He has also been one of Congress’s leading voices for fiscal responsibility.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland is charged with managing the House Floor as well as scheduling legislation to be considered on the Floor. He plays a key role in helping House Democrats determine their legislative agenda and political strategy and delivering the Democratic message both in Washington and nationally.