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U.S. House to vote on Young’s food security bill Wednesday

STOCK PHOTO: The US Capitol is seen in Washington, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with the House of Representatives in the foreground, as Congress debates the budget. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The U.S. House of Representative is expected to vote on an Iowa congressman’s food security bill today.

The bill is called “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act. Iowa’s 3rd District Congressman David Young introduced the bill.

“It ensures the Department of Homeland Security, in their preparedness plan, makes sure they include Agriculture terrorism and bioterrorism. There are some nefarious characters in the world and we need to make sure we have a protected homeland as well as industries.”

The bill introduced in the last congress. It made it through the house but not the senate.

“We reintroduced it in the 115th congress. On Wednesday, it will go through the full floor and we anticipate it to be passed and then we expect the senate to move forward on this.”

Young adds the bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security secretary to collaborate with other agencies to ensure food, agriculture, animal, and human health receive attention. The bill is also sponsored by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. a Democrat from New Jersey, along with Republican Dan Donovan from New York. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas introduced a companion bill in the Senate recently.