Amendment Text: H.Amdt.440 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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  TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
                  APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014--Continued

  The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Poe of Texas). Pursuant to House 
Resolution 312 and rule XVIII, the Chair declares the House in the 
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for the further 
consideration of the bill, H.R. 2610.
  Will the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Woodall) kindly resume the 
chair.

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                     In the Committee of the Whole

  Accordingly, the House resolved itself into the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union for the further consideration of 
the bill (H.R. 2610) making appropriations for the Departments of 
Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, 
with Mr. Woodall (Acting Chair) in the chair.
  The Clerk read the title of the bill.
  The Acting CHAIR. When the Committee of the Whole rose earlier today, 
a request for a recorded vote on an amendment offered by the gentleman 
from New Jersey (Mr. Garrett) had been postponed, and the bill had been 
read through page 50, line 6.
  The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       administrative provisions--federal transit administration

                         (including rescission)

       Sec. 160.  The limitations on obligations for the programs 
     of the Federal Transit Administration shall not apply to any 
     authority under 49 U.S.C. 5338, previously made available for 
     obligation, or to any other authority previously made 
     available for obligation.
       Sec. 161.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
     funds appropriated or limited by this Act under the Federal 
     Transit Administration's discretionary program appropriations 
     headings for projects specified in this Act or identified in 
     reports accompanying this Act not obligated by September 30, 
     2015, and other recoveries, shall be directed to projects 
     eligible to use the funds for the purposes for which they 
     were originally provided.
       Sec. 162.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any 
     funds appropriated before October 1, 2012, under any section 
     of chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, that remain 
     available for expenditure, may be transferred to and 
     administered under the most recent appropriation heading for 
     any such section.
       Sec. 163.  Of the funds made available for the 
     discretionary bus and bus facilities program under 49 U.S.C. 
     5309 in fiscal years 1999 through 2007, 2009 and 2010, 
     $88,047,709 shall be rescinded: Provided, That of the funds 
     made available to carry out new fixed guideways and 
     extensions to existing fixed guideways under 49 U.S.C. 5309 
     in fiscal years 1998 through 2000 and 2005 through 2006, 
     $38,290,300 shall be rescinded: Provided further, That of the 
     funds made available for the alternatives analysis program 
     under 49 U.S.C. 5339 in fiscal year 2012, $25,000,000 shall 
     be rescinded.
       Sec. 164.  For purposes of applying the project 
     justification and local financial commitment criteria of 49 
     U.S.C. 5309(d) to a New Starts project, the Secretary may 
     consider the costs and ridership of any connected project in 
     an instance in which private parties are making significant 
     financial contributions to the construction of the connected 
     project; additionally, the Secretary may consider the 
     significant financial contributions of private parties to the 
     connected project in calculating the non-Federal share of net 
     capital project costs for the New Starts project.
       Sec. 165.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none 
     of the funds made available in this Act shall be used to 
     enter into a full funding grant agreement for a project with 
     a New Starts share greater than 50 percent.
       Sec. 166.  None of the funds in this Act may be available 
     to advance in any way a new fixed guideway capital project 
     towards a full funding grant agreement as defined by 49 
     U.S.C. 5309 for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris 
     County, Texas if the proposed capital project is constructed 
     on or planned to be constructed on Richmond Avenue west of 
     South Shepherd Drive or on Post Oak Boulevard north of 
     Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas.

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  Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. POE of Texas. I wish to enter into a colloquy with the gentleman 
from Texas (Mr. Culberson).
  Houston is the fourth most populous city in the country; but unlike 
other large cities, we have struggled to have an effective mass transit 
system. Ten

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years ago, Houston had only buses. Wider highways were always the 
solution for transportation.
  Over the past decade, Houston has but one light rail that averages 
36,000 weekly boardings. I have never been a strong champion of light 
rail; but my congressional district includes a significant portion of 
the proposed rail line in section 166, the University rail line, which 
would go from downtown Houston toward the Hillcroft Transit Center.
  A majority of my constituents in the affected area that would be 
served support the light rail. I am concerned about section 166 of the 
bill that would prohibit Federal funds from going toward a part of the 
University line that falls in the neighboring 7th Congressional 
District, Mr. Culberson's district. This language, although affecting 
his district primarily, indirectly affects my constituents because it 
has the effect of killing the whole project. Federal funds are needed 
to build the University line in Houston.
  To be clear, section 166 really doesn't save any Federal money. It 
just sends those funds somewhere else--maybe to New York City. If we're 
going to spend the money, let's keep the money in Texas and put Texans 
to work.
  I've recently surveyed the constituents who live in the affected area 
in my congressional district. My office went door-to-door meeting with 
local businesses over the last few days, speaking with organizations 
and talking to constituents. Those in the affected area want light 
rail. On Facebook alone in the last 2 days, 604 people supported light 
rail and 340 opposed it.
  One Houstonian commented:

       Houston needs a viable east-west transit corridor to 
     connect to the Main Street line. As a 23-year-old young 
     Houstonian, I strongly support the Richmond rail and project 
     for Houston's future.

  At least 26 community and civic organizations support the University 
line.
  At this time I will yield to the gentleman sponsoring section 166 in 
the bill, Mr. Culberson, for a colloquy.
  Mr. CULBERSON. Thank you, Judge Poe.
  Of course, I will continue to work with you and the committee, as I 
always have. I'll continue to support the will of the voters, as I have 
always supported Federal funding for those rail lines. It's been 
approved by the voters. And I look forward to continuing to work with 
you and my colleagues with the eastern area, as I have with Congressmen 
Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, to support those lines in their 
districts that were on the ballot and were approved by voters.
  Mr. POE of Texas. I understand the gentleman's position and the 
concerns from my colleague and his constituents who really don't want 
the rail in your congressional district. I respect that representation. 
The gentleman understands that we have a disagreement as to what 
constituents want in the affected area. Your constituents don't want 
the rail. That small section in mine do want the rail. I hope we can 
work together with Metro productively to get something built that is in 
the interest of all concerned.
  I yield back to the gentleman.
  Mr. CULBERSON. Thank you. I look forward to working with the 
gentleman.
  Mr. POE of Texas. I thank the gentleman for his offer to work 
together. I certainly respect his position. It's my hope we can move 
forward and work productively and not block Federal funds that are 
coming to the Houston area that would go somewhere else. Let's work 
together with Metro, the City of Houston, the mayor's office, and the 
residents along the entire proposed line and see if we can find a 
solution that we all agree on, and hopefully we can keep this money in 
Texas.
  I yield back the balance of my time.


                    support for university rail line

       Greater Houston Partnership; Houston Citizen's 
     Transportation Coalition; Houston Tomorrow; Richmond 
     Rail.org; Montrose Management District; Claude Wynn 
     Interests; Museum District Business Alliance; Neartown/
     Montrose Super Neighborhood; East Montrose Civic Association; 
     Cherryhurst Civic Association; Board of Directors of the 
     University Place Association; University Place Super 
     Neighborhood Council; and Boulevard Oaks Civic Association.
       Morningside Place Civic Association; Old Braeswood Property 
     Owners Associations; Southgate Civic Club; Southampton Civic 
     Club; Museum Area Municipal Association; Rice Village 
     Alliance; Brays Bayou Association; Greater Houston 
     Preservation Alliance; Uptown Management District; Menil 
     Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Friends of Mandell 
     Park; and Former City Councilman Peter Brown, Director of 
     BetterHouston.

  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

             Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

       The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is hereby 
     authorized to make such expenditures, within the limits of 
     funds and borrowing authority available to the Corporation, 
     and in accord with law, and to make such contracts and 
     commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as 
     provided by section 104 of the Government Corporation Control 
     Act, as amended, as may be necessary in carrying out the 
     programs set forth in the Corporation's budget for the 
     current fiscal year.

                       operations and maintenance

                    (harbor maintenance trust fund)

       For necessary expenses to conduct the operations, 
     maintenance, and capital asset renewal activities of those 
     portions of the St. Lawrence Seaway owned, operated, and 
     maintained by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
     Corporation, $30,582,000, to be derived from the Harbor 
     Maintenance Trust Fund, pursuant to Public Law 99-662.

                        Maritime Administration

                       maritime security program

       For necessary expenses to maintain and preserve a U.S.-flag 
     merchant fleet to serve the national security needs of the 
     United States, $174,000,000, to remain available until 
     expended.

                        operations and training

       For necessary expenses of operations and training 
     activities authorized by law, $143,768,000, of which 
     $11,500,000 shall remain available until expended for 
     maintenance and repair of training ships at State Maritime 
     Academies, and of which $2,400,000 shall remain available 
     through September 30, 2015 for Student Incentive Program 
     payments at State Maritime Academies, and of which 
     $10,000,000 shall remain available until expended for 
     facilities maintenance and repair, equipment, and capital 
     improvements at the United States Merchant Marine Academy: 
     Provided, That amounts apportioned for the United States 
     Merchant Marine Academy shall be available only upon 
     allotments made personally by the Secretary of Transportation 
     or the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs: Provided 
     further, That the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and 
     the Director of the Office of Resource Management of the 
     United State Merchant Marine Academy may not be allotment 
     holders for the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and 
     the Administrator of the Maritime Administration shall hold 
     all allotments made by the Secretary of Transportation or the 
     Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs under the 
     previous proviso: Provided further, That 50 percent of the 
     funding made available for the United States Merchant Marine 
     Academy under this heading shall be available only after the 
     Secretary, in consultation with the Superintendent and the 
     Maritime Administrator, completes a plan detailing by program 
     or activity how such funding will be expended at the Academy, 
     and this plan is submitted to the House and Senate Committees 
     on Appropriations.

                             ship disposal

       For necessary expenses related to the disposal of obsolete 
     vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet of the Maritime 
     Administration, $4,000,000, to remain available until 
     expended.

          maritime guaranteed loan (title xi) program account

                     (including transfer of funds)

       For necessary administrative expenses of the maritime 
     guaranteed loan program, $2,655,000 shall be paid to the 
     appropriation for ``Operations and Training'', Maritime 
     Administration.

           administrative provisions--maritime administration

       Sec. 170.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, 
     the Maritime Administration is authorized to furnish 
     utilities and services and make necessary repairs in 
     connection with any lease, contract, or occupancy involving 
     Government property under control of the Maritime 
     Administration: Provided, That payments received therefor 
     shall be credited to the appropriation charged with the cost 
     thereof and shall be available until expended: Provided 
     further, That rental payments under any such lease, contract, 
     or occupancy for items other than such utilities, services, 
     or repairs shall be covered into the Treasury as 
     miscellaneous receipts.
       Sec. 171.  None of the funds available or appropriated in 
     this Act shall be used by the United States Department of 
     Transportation or the United States Maritime Administration 
     to negotiate or otherwise execute, enter into, facilitate or 
     perform fee-for-service contracts for vessel disposal, 
     scrapping or recycling, unless there is no qualified domestic 
     ship recycler that will pay any sum of money to purchase and 
     scrap or recycle a vessel owned, operated or managed by the 
     Maritime Administration or that is part of the National 
     Defense Reserve Fleet. Such sales offers must be consistent 
     with the solicitation and provide that the work will be 
     performed in a timely manner at a facility qualified within 
     the meaning of section 3502 of Public

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     Law 106-398. Nothing contained herein shall affect the 
     Maritime Administration's authority to award contracts at 
     least cost to the Federal Government and consistent with the 
     requirements of 16 U.S.C. 5405(c), section 3502, or otherwise 
     authorized under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

         Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

                          operational expenses

                         (pipeline safety fund)

                     (including transfer of funds)

       For necessary operational expenses of the Pipeline and 
     Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, $21,167,000, of 
     which $639,000 shall be derived from the Pipeline Safety 
     Fund: Provided, That $1,000,000 shall be transferred to 
     ``Pipeline Safety'' in order to fund ``Pipeline Safety 
     Information Grants to Communities'' as authorized under 
     section 60130 of title 49, United States Code.

                       hazardous materials safety

       For expenses necessary to discharge the hazardous materials 
     safety functions of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 
     Safety Administration, $42,762,000, of which $1,725,000 shall 
     remain available until September 30, 2016: Provided, That up 
     to $800,000 in fees collected under 49 U.S.C. 5108(g) shall 
     be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury as 
     offsetting receipts: Provided further, That there may be 
     credited to this appropriation, to be available until 
     expended, funds received from States, counties, 
     municipalities, other public authorities, and private sources 
     for expenses incurred for training, for reports publication 
     and dissemination, and for travel expenses incurred in 
     performance of hazardous materials exemptions and approvals 
     functions.

                            pipeline safety

                         (pipeline safety fund)

                    (oil spill liability trust fund)

                  (pipeline safety design review fund)

       For expenses necessary to conduct the functions of the 
     pipeline safety program, for grants-in-aid to carry out a 
     pipeline safety program, as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 60107, 
     and to discharge the pipeline program responsibilities of the 
     Oil Pollution Act of 1990, $111,252,000, of which $18,573,000 
     shall be derived from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and 
     shall remain available until September 30, 2016; and of which 
     $90,679,000 shall be derived from the Pipeline Safety Fund, 
     of which $52,000,000 shall remain available until September 
     30, 2016; and of which $2,000,000, to remain available until 
     expended, shall be derived from the Pipeline Safety Design 
     Review Fund, as authorized in 49 U.S.C. 60117(n): Provided, 
     That not less than $1,058,000 of the funds provided under 
     this heading shall be for the One-Call state grant program.

                     emergency preparedness grants

                     (emergency preparedness fund)

       For necessary expenses to carry out 49 U.S.C. 5128(b), 
     $188,000, to be derived from the Emergency Preparedness Fund, 
     to remain available until September 30, 2015: Provided, That 
     not more than $28,318,000 shall be made available for 
     obligation in fiscal year 2014 from amounts made available by 
     49 U.S.C. 5116(i) and 5128(b)-(c): Provided further, That 
     none of the funds made available by 49 U.S.C. 5116(i), 
     5128(b), or 5128(c) shall be made available for obligation by 
     individuals other than the Secretary of Transportation, or 
     his designee.

                      Office of Inspector General

                         salaries and expenses

       For necessary expenses of the Office of the Inspector 
     General to carry out the provisions of the Inspector General 
     Act of 1978, as amended, $79,624,000: Provided, That the 
     Inspector General shall have all necessary authority, in 
     carrying out the duties specified in the Inspector General 
     Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 3), to investigate allegations 
     of fraud, including false statements to the government (18 
     U.S.C. 1001), by any person or entity that is subject to 
     regulation by the Department: Provided further, That the 
     funds made available under this heading may be used to 
     investigate, pursuant to section 41712 of title 49, United 
     States Code: (1) unfair or deceptive practices and unfair 
     methods of competition by domestic and foreign air carriers 
     and ticket agents; and (2) the compliance of domestic and 
     foreign air carriers with respect to item (1) of this 
     proviso: Provided further, That: (1) the Inspector General 
     shall have the authority to audit and investigate the 
     Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); (2) in 
     carrying out these audits and investigations the Inspector 
     General shall have all the authorities described under 
     section 6 of the Inspector General Act (5 U.S.C. App.); (3) 
     MWAA Board Members, employees, contractors, and 
     subcontractors shall cooperate and comply with requests from 
     the Inspector General, including providing testimony and 
     other information; (4) The Inspector General shall be 
     permitted to observe closed executive sessions of the MWAA 
     Board of Directors; (5) MWAA shall pay the expenses of the 
     Inspector General, including staff salaries and benefits and 
     associated operating costs, which shall be credited to this 
     appropriation and remain available until expended; and (6) if 
     MWAA fails to make funds available to the Inspector General 
     within 30 days after a request for such funds is received, 
     then the Inspector General shall notify the Secretary of 
     Transportation who shall not approve a grant for MWAA under 
     section 47107(b) of title 49, United States Code, until such 
     funding is made available for the Inspector General.

                      Surface Transportation Board

                         salaries and expenses

       For necessary expenses of the Surface Transportation Board, 
     including services authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, $29,310,000: 
     Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
     not to exceed $1,250,000 from fees established by the 
     Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board shall be 
     credited to this appropriation as offsetting collections and 
     used for necessary and authorized expenses under this 
     heading: Provided further, That the sum herein appropriated 
     from the general fund shall be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar 
     basis as such offsetting collections are received during 
     fiscal year 2014, to result in a final appropriation from the 
     general fund estimated at no more than $28,060,000.

            General Provisions--Department of Transportation

       Sec. 180.  During the current fiscal year, applicable 
     appropriations to the Department of Transportation shall be 
     available for maintenance and operation of aircraft; hire of 
     passenger motor vehicles and aircraft; purchase of liability 
     insurance for motor vehicles operating in foreign countries 
     on official department business; and uniforms or allowances 
     therefor, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902).
       Sec. 181.  Appropriations contained in this Act for the 
     Department of Transportation shall be available for services 
     as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, but at rates for individuals 
     not to exceed the per diem rate equivalent to the rate for an 
     Executive Level IV.
       Sec. 182.  None of the funds in this Act shall be available 
     for salaries and expenses of more than 110 political and 
     Presidential appointees in the Department of Transportation: 
     Provided, That none of the personnel covered by this 
     provision may be assigned on temporary detail outside the 
     Department of Transportation.
       Sec. 183. (a) No recipient of funds made available in this 
     Act shall disseminate personal information (as defined in 18 
     U.S.C. 2725(3)) obtained by a State department of motor 
     vehicles in connection with a motor vehicle record as defined 
     in 18 U.S.C. 2725(1), except as provided in 18 U.S.C. 2721 
     for a use permitted under 18 U.S.C. 2721.
       (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary shall not 
     withhold funds provided in this Act for any grantee if a 
     State is in noncompliance with this provision.
       Sec. 184.  Funds received by the Federal Highway 
     Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Federal 
     Railroad Administration from States, counties, 
     municipalities, other public authorities, and private sources 
     for expenses incurred for training may be credited 
     respectively to the Federal Highway Administration's 
     ``Federal-Aid Highways'' account, the Federal Transit 
     Administration's ``Research and University Research Centers'' 
     account, and to the Federal Railroad Administration's 
     ``Safety and Operations'' account, except for State rail 
     safety inspectors participating in training pursuant to 49 
     U.S.C. 20105.
       Sec. 185.  None of the funds in this Act to the Department 
     of Transportation may be used to make a grant unless the 
     Secretary of Transportation notifies the House and Senate 
     Committees on Appropriations not less than 3 full business 
     days before any project competitively selected to receive a 
     discretionary grant award, any discretionary grant award, 
     letter of intent, or full funding grant agreement totaling 
     $500,000 or more is announced by the department or its modal 
     administrations from:
       (1) any discretionary grant program of the Federal Highway 
     Administration including the emergency relief program;
       (2) the airport improvement program of the Federal Aviation 
     Administration;
       (3) any program of the Federal Railroad Administration; or
       (4) any program of the Federal Transit Administration other 
     than the formula grants and fixed guideway modernization 
     programs:
      Provided, That the Secretary gives concurrent notification 
     to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations for any 
     ``quick release'' of funds from the emergency relief program: 
     Provided further, That no notification shall involve funds 
     that are not available for obligation.
       Sec. 186.  Rebates, refunds, incentive payments, minor fees 
     and other funds received by the Department of Transportation 
     from travel management centers, charge card programs, the 
     subleasing of building space, and miscellaneous sources are 
     to be credited to appropriations of the Department of 
     Transportation and allocated to elements of the Department of 
     Transportation using fair and equitable criteria and such 
     funds shall be available until expended.
       Sec. 187.  Amounts made available in this or any other Act 
     that the Secretary determines represent improper payments by 
     the Department of Transportation to a third-party contractor 
     under a financial assistance award, which are recovered 
     pursuant to law, shall be available--
       (1) to reimburse the actual expenses incurred by the 
     Department of Transportation in recovering improper payments; 
     and
       (2) to pay contractors for services provided in recovering 
     improper payments or contractor support in the implementation 
     of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002: Provided, 
     That amounts in excess of that required for paragraphs (1) 
     and (2)--
       (A) shall be credited to and merged with the appropriation 
     from which the improper

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     payments were made, and shall be available for the purposes 
     and period for which such appropriations are available; or
       (B) if no such appropriation remains available, shall be 
     deposited in the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts: Provided 
     further, That prior to the transfer of any such recovery to 
     an appropriations account, the Secretary shall notify the 
     House and Senate Committees on Appropriations of the amount 
     and reasons for such transfer: Provided further, That for 
     purposes of this section, the term ``improper payments'', has 
     the same meaning as that provided in section 2(d)(2) of 
     Public Law 107-300.
       Sec. 188.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if 
     any funds provided in or limited by this Act are subject to a 
     reprogramming action that requires notice to be provided to 
     the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, said 
     reprogramming action shall be approved or denied solely by 
     the Committees on Appropriations: Provided, That the 
     Secretary may provide notice to other congressional 
     committees of the action of the Committees on Appropriations 
     on such reprogramming but not sooner than 30 days following 
     the date on which the reprogramming action has been approved 
     or denied by the House and Senate Committees on 
     Appropriations.
       Sec. 189.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
     available under this Act may be used by the Surface 
     Transportation Board of the Department of Transportation to 
     charge or collect any filing fee for rate complaints filed 
     with the Board in an amount in excess of the amount 
     authorized for district court civil suit filing fees under 
     section 1914 of title 28, United States Code.
       Sec. 190.  Funds appropriated in this Act to the modal 
     administrations may be obligated for the Office of the 
     Secretary for the costs related to assessments or 
     reimbursable agreements only when such amounts are for the 
     costs of goods and services that are purchased to provide a 
     direct benefit to the applicable modal administration or 
     administrations.
       Sec. 191.  The Secretary of Transportation is authorized to 
     carry out a program that establishes uniform standards for 
     developing and supporting agency transit pass and transit 
     benefits authorized under section 7905 of title 5, United 
     States Code, including distribution of transit benefits by 
     various paper and electronic media.
       Sec. 192.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used for the California High-Speed Rail Program of the 
     California High-Speed Rail Authority.
       Sec. 193. (a) Unobligated balances of funds made available 
     for section 1307(d) of Public Law 109-59 are hereby 
     permanently rescinded.
       (b) For an additional amount to be made available on 
     September 30, 2014 from savings made available from 
     subsection (a), the Secretary of Transportation shall make 
     grants for grade crossing safety as described in section 
     148(a)(4)(B)(vi) of title 23, United States Code, and 
     corridor planning improvements as described in section 
     26101(b) of title 49, United States Code.
       Sec. 194.  None of the funds made available by this Act 
     shall be used by the Surface Transportation Board to take any 
     actions with respect to construction of a high-speed rail 
     project in California unless the Board has jurisdiction over 
     the entire project and the permit is or was issued by the 
     Board with respect to the project in its entirety.
       This title may be cited as the ``Department of 
     Transportation Appropriations Act, 2014''.

                                TITLE II

              DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

                     Management and Administration

                           executive offices

       For necessary salaries and expenses for Executive Offices, 
     which shall be comprised of the offices of the Secretary, 
     Deputy Secretary, Hearings and Appeals, Congressional and 
     Intergovernmental Relations, Public Affairs, and Center for 
     Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, $12,000,000, of which 
     $500,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2015: 
     Provided, That not to exceed $25,000 of the amount made 
     available under this heading shall be available to the 
     Secretary for official reception and representation expenses 
     as the Secretary may determine.


               Amendment Offered by Ms. Castor of Florida

  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 68, line 11, after the first dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $3,000,000)''.
       Page 68, line 19, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $3,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 4, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $3,000,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentlewoman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Mr. Chairman, my amendment moves $3 million 
from the executive offices of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, including the Deputy Secretary's office, to the Office of 
Field Policy and Management, for a very good reason. The leadership at 
the Department of Housing and Urban Development has failed my neighbors 
in Florida under its unsubstantiated plan to remove the on-the-ground, 
community-based personnel from our local communities and transfer these 
positions to a single bureaucratic behemoth.
  On September 30 of this year, HUD executives plan to move our local 
community-based HUD professionals to other offices hundreds of miles 
away. Yet the housing and homeless challenges in my community will 
remain. Mr. Chairman, Congress was not consulted on HUD's plan. After 
HUD's plan was leaked, a number of Members of Congress inquired.
  So what is HUD's plan? The Deputy Secretary said HUD plans to remove 
its representatives from the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, a region of 
over 6 million Americans, larger than 30 States, and from other 
communities across the country. I asked HUD's Deputy Secretary, Is this 
a cost-saving measure? He said, No. I asked HUD's Deputy Secretary, 
Have you done a workforce analysis so that the HUD workforce is devoted 
to the areas that need help and the appropriate places at the 
appropriate numbers? No.
  HUD executives have failed to provide any reasonable justification to 
Congress regarding the closing of 16 field offices, including two in 
Florida.
  Mr. Chairman, I suggest it is not appropriate to concentrate HUD 
personnel in offices hundreds of miles away from where they're needed. 
HUD is just asking for higher travel costs and an agency that will be 
more disconnected from communities.
  Today, my amendment cuts the executive office budget of HUD by 25 
percent and moves those dollars away from Washington and back to the 
Office of Field Policy and Management to restore some of the HUD field 
offices that are being shuttered in 2 months. In moving the dollars out 
of Washington, my intent is to directly help our homeless veterans and 
those on the ground working for multifamily housing, Choice 
Neighborhoods grants, neighborhood stabilization, Hardest Hit, housing 
counseling, and more.
  My State and local communities cannot be served effectively under 
HUD's plan to stovepipe its personnel hundreds of miles away. Florida 
has a population of 19 million, and 1.5 million veterans live in 
Florida, of which about 8,000 are homeless. We have 57,000 people in 
Florida that are battling homelessness and our foreclosure rate is 
still too high. Over the last year, Florida has had the most homes--
over 103,000--foreclosed upon. California is a distant second. Nearly 9 
percent of all Florida homes with mortgages were in some stage of 
foreclosure.
  Communities throughout Tampa Bay have been hit hard by the housing 
crisis, and the reliable and informed HUD professionals in the Tampa 
Bay field office have been on the ground helping our neighbors daily. 
Earlier this year, more than 5,000 notices of mortgage default, 
foreclosure auction, or repossession were sent across Tampa Bay. 
Florida continues to have a very high foreclosure rate--and Tampa is no 
exception.
  HUD professionals in my community have been there to help. They have 
helped us weather the economic crisis. The Tampa Bay HUD office has 
been critical for many of my neighbors and for community-based 
nonprofits working to solve the housing and homeless problems.
  Mr. Chairman, my amendment simply says that bureaucrats in Washington 
will have a little bit less to ensure that our communities, including 
my home of Tampa, Orlando, and other communities across the country, 
have the professionals in the field that we need to help our neighbors, 
our veterans, and others with housing challenges.
  I would like to thank my colleagues, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. 
Grayson, Ms. Matsui, Mr. McNerney, and Mr. Costa for joining me in 
cosponsoring this amendment.
  I urge a ``yes'' vote on the Castor amendment, and I yield back the 
balance of my time.

                              {time}  2045

  Mr. McNERNEY. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from California is recognized for 5 
minutes.

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  Mr. McNERNEY. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the amendment by my 
colleague from Florida (Ms. Castor), and I want to thank Ms. Castor for 
working on this amendment.
  The housing crisis has hit countless districts across the country--
Florida, California, and other States--but especially including my own 
district.
  I represent some of the hardest hit areas in the United States of 
America, including the San Joaquin Valley. Although the housing sector 
has improved in recent months, there is still much work to be done. We 
must ensure hardworking individuals and families have the best 
information possible when making important life decisions, and HUD 
field offices and officers play a critical role in this process.
  Whether it's through foreclosure assistance or for first-time 
homebuyers, HUD help is needed. Unfortunately, HUD wants to close 
various offices throughout the country. We must focus on providing HUD 
with the appropriate resources to adequately assist areas like the San 
Joaquin Valley that have been disproportionately affected by the 
housing crisis. Reducing access to services is not the answer.
  Mr. Chairman, we've held countless foreclosure summits and workshops 
in our district. I've seen individuals in front of me that are losing 
their homes--young men, young women--tears in their eyes. They're 
getting excellent information from the HUD service officers, and to 
take that resource away from these individuals is a travesty. This 
commonsense amendment by my colleague from Florida aims to address this 
issue by removing 25 percent from HUD's executive account and moving it 
toward the field offices and policy management account. I know that the 
people in my district need and deserve these services. Ensuring HUD has 
the funding to keep offices open is a step in the right direction.
  I urge my colleagues to support this amendment, and I yield back the 
balance of my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, first of all, I want to thank 
the gentlelady for bringing this issue to our attention. I know it not 
only affects her district, but others across the country.
  I have to tell you that other Members have come to me, and their 
great concern is that in many cases the stakeholders at the local 
offices where there will be closure have not been consulted or have not 
had adequate input into the negative effects that the closures will 
have. So for this reason, Mr. Chairman, I support my colleague's 
amendment and I support the gentlelady, and I ask for an ``aye'' vote.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Castor).
  The amendment was agreed to.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                     administrative support offices

       For necessary salaries and expenses for administration, 
     management and operations of offices of the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development, $479,000,000, of which 
     $5,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2015: 
     Provided, That $1,000,000 shall be available for claims and 
     indemnities and shall remain available until expended; not to 
     exceed $44,000,000 shall be available for the Office of the 
     Chief Financial Officer; not to exceed $90,000,000 shall be 
     available for the Office of the General Counsel; not to 
     exceed $186,000,000 shall be available for the Office of 
     Administration; not to exceed $49,000,000 shall be available 
     for the Office of the Chief Human Capital Office; not to 
     exceed $50,000,000 shall be available for the Office of Field 
     Policy and Management; not to exceed $17,000,000 shall be 
     available for the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer; 
     not to exceed $3,000,000 shall be available for the Office of 
     Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity; not to exceed 
     $5,000,000 shall be available for the Office of Strategic 
     Planning and Management; and not to exceed $34,000,000 shall 
     be available for the Office of the Chief Information Officer: 
     Provided further, That funds provided under this heading may 
     be used for necessary administrative and non-administrative 
     expenses of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
     not otherwise provided for, including purchase of uniforms, 
     or allowances therefore, as authorized by U.S.C. 5901-5902; 
     hire of passenger motor vehicles; services as authorized by 5 
     U.S.C. 3109: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other 
     provision of law, funds appropriated under this heading may 
     be used for advertising and promotional activities that 
     support the housing mission area: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary shall provide the Committees on Appropriations 
     quarterly written notification regarding the status of 
     pending congressional reports: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary shall provide all signed reports required by 
     Congress electronically.


                    Amendment Offered by Mrs. Capito

  Mrs. CAPITO. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 68, line 19, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $75,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $40,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 3, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $25,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 4, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $10,000,000)''.
       Page 70, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $50,000,000)''.
       Page 70, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $25,000,000)''.
       Page 70, line 17, after the first dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $100,000,000)''.
       Page 89, line 5, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $350,000,000)''.
       Page 89, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $350,000,000)''.
       Page 91, line 11, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $100,000,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentlewoman from West Virginia is recognized 
for 5 minutes.
  Mrs. CAPITO. Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to offer this amendment with 
my colleagues, Mr. Kelly from Pennsylvania, Mr. McKinley of West 
Virginia, and Mr. Barletta of Pennsylvania. Our amendment puts $350 
million back into the Community Development Block Grant program. The 
CDBG's budget has been reduced by $1.3 billion from last year, and 
these reductions we believe will deeply affect our local communities.
  With our national debt approaching $17 trillion, it is critical that 
Congress tighten its belt and direct limited resources to the most 
important priorities. I believe that funding for CDBG is a high 
priority.
  This amendment has been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, 
and it will not increase the budget authority proposed in this bill. In 
fact, it will actually reduce the outlays for fiscal year 2014 by $129 
million.
  The Community Development Block Grant program plays a critical role 
for the many communities who are trying to find funds to improve lower-
income and under-utilized areas. It helps tremendously in the rural 
areas.
  In my home State of West Virginia, unfortunately, there are still 
some West Virginians who have to drive to fill up a water tank because 
they don't have access to safe drinking water. The CDBG program has 
been critical in funding these safe drinking water and sewer projects 
to many areas in West Virginia. Through the small cities CDBG fund, 
West Virginia has invested $80 million over the last 5 years to improve 
access to clean water and to develop water and wastewater systems. 
These projects include a safe drinking water project in Buffalo, West 
Virginia, which provided clean drinking water to over 100 residents.
  In my home town of Charleston, West Virginia, this program has 
provided much-needed help for our senior citizens, for road repairs, 
and our homeless shelters. The program has produced results, and our 
local governments need this funding to be reinstated so they can 
continue helping the communities because they need our support.
  It was very difficult to find an offset for this. The HOME program 
has helped a lot of low-income individuals find affordable housing over 
the past 20 years. However, there have been grave concerns regarding 
oversight of the program, and HUD has been slow to adapt to many of the 
recommendations proposed by various auditors, including a GAO audit 
performed last February. I'm hopeful that HUD will view these cuts in 
their budget as proof that Congress is serious about oversight and will 
increase the oversight of the HOME program.
  The CDBG program is a vital one, essential to States like mine and 
those of my colleagues who introduced this amendment. So I ask all my 
colleagues to support this amendment, and I yield back the balance of 
my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.

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  Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the amendment of the 
gentlewoman from West Virginia. Obviously, we've got a very difficult 
allocation, and we understand the importance of the program. So with 
that, I would ask for an ``aye'' vote on this amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, I join Chairman Latham and the 
gentlelady from West Virginia. CDBG is a great program.
  When I was a county supervisor, we used the moneys to do 
infrastructure development and helped the communities and allowed other 
local officials to decide how those moneys were going to be used. But I 
have concerns about this amendment. It cuts HUD's salaries and expenses 
by $250 million. This level will likely mean staff layoffs, especially 
in the office that administers the CDBG program. It also cuts the HOME 
program by $100 million, even while it is at a record low level in this 
bill.
  The amendment makes these draconian cuts to other programs, and the 
CDBG levels would still be well below the 1975 level. Robbing Peter to 
pay Paul is a direct result of the Ryan budget and the inadequate 
302(b) allocation.
  For that reason, I would oppose the amendment, and I yield back the 
balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentlewoman from West Virginia (Mrs. Capito).
  The amendment was agreed to.


                   Amendment Offered by Ms. Velazquez

  Ms. VELAZQUEZ. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 68, line 19, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $10,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $7,000,000)''.
       Page 69, line 3, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $3,000,000)''.
       Page 101, line 14, after the first dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $10,000,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentlewoman from New York is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Ms. VELAZQUEZ. Mr. Chairman, families that receive housing counseling 
and home inspections make better decisions when it comes to purchasing 
or refinancing a home. They understand the financial burdens they can 
reasonably assume and what future costs they may incur due to 
homeownership, reducing their individual risk of foreclosure in the 
future. Fewer individual foreclosures also benefit surrounding 
communities; home prices remain stable, blight is reduced, and more 
families remain in place. That is why I have been relentless in urging 
HUD to improve the educational resources available to borrowers when 
purchasing or refinancing a home.
  Currently, HUD is working to improve its certified housing counselor 
training for potential and existing homebuyers, as well as develop home 
inspection educational materials for consumers when purchasing a home. 
Unfortunately, the issuance of these resources has been delayed. To 
date, only a few of the housing counseling documents have been released 
for public comment, including the application for the Housing 
Counseling Federal Advisory Committee and certification for HUD housing 
counseling.
  The legislation before us today, H.R. 2610, the Transportation, 
Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 
would reduce funding to finalize these resources at the time they are 
most needed.
  Many low-to-moderate-income homeowners are still struggling to afford 
their homes. My amendment would provide the additional $10 million 
necessary to restore housing counseling assistance funding to its FY 
2013 level. Funding from HUD's administrative supportive offices 
account would be used to offset the amendment.
  It would not impact any of the transportation or housing programs 
funding amounts. The net impact is zero on the budget authority, and it 
would reduce 2014 outlays by $4 million--actually saving the government 
money over time.
  This increased funding would help HUD complete its statutory 
obligations and start providing housing counseling information to FHA-
insured borrowers and other interested families. These resources are 
essential for educating families about the financial burdens of owning 
a home, the importance of conducting a home inspection prior to 
purchase, and informing underwater homeowners of their options to avoid 
foreclosure. We cannot allow these families to wait any longer for 
these critical homeownership information resources.
  I urge the House to protect families' interests when purchasing a 
home by voting ``yes'' on this amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this amendment.
  Our bill had already taken steps to reduce HUD's salary and expenses 
budget in the interest of fiscal responsibility. In addition to these 
reductions, we just passed an amendment that reduced that account. We 
also have several more amendments at the desk that further eat at the 
administrative expenses to offset increases in higher priority 
programs--again, like the Community Development Block Grants. At some 
point, however, we cannot continue to take cut after cut into these 
accounts without jeopardizing HUD's ability to responsibly carry out 
its mission.
  Again, Mr. Chairman, I would ask for a ``no'' vote and oppose this 
amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chairman, as described by my colleague, 
Ms. Velazquez, counseling is very important to current homeowners, 
prospective homeowners; and with it, we ensure that someone who is 
going into an FHA-backed home is able to have all the information in 
order to be a good homeowner. Obviously home inspection is very 
important. To those people who are still underwater, they still need 
the counseling and the information from HUD.
  So for those reasons, Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the 
gentlelady's amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.

                              {time}  2100

  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentlewoman from New York (Ms. Velazquez).
  The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the noes 
appeared to have it.
  Ms. VELAZQUEZ. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.
  The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further 
proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from New York 
will be postponed.


                    Amendment Offered by Mr. Barber

  Mr. BARBER. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

        Page 68, line 19, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $1,500,000)''.
       Page 69, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced 
     by $1,500,000)''.
       Page 71, line 22, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $1,000,000)''.
        Page 80, line 4, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $1,000,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Arizona is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. BARBER. Mr. Chairman, I rise today to request approval of an 
amendment that will support citizens of our great Nation who 
desperately need and deserve our assistance.
  I am talking about our Nation's homeless veterans. At a time when our 
country needed them, they answered the call, personally sacrificing for 
the greater good--for our greater good.
  My amendment will increase funding for housing vouchers by $1 
million, and it is offset by a reduction in the Administrative Support 
Office's budget.
  We owe these men and women more than just a debt of gratitude. We owe 
them our unflagging support commensurate with their level of service, 
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to their sacrifice for you and for me and for all Americans who enjoy 
the freedoms that these veterans have protected.
  Unfortunately, too many veterans still lack the necessary resources 
to keep a permanent roof over their heads. This, I hope we all agree, 
is completely unacceptable.
  The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that approximately 
62,000 veterans remain homeless. That is 62,000 members of our Armed 
Forces who made an unwavering commitment to stand in the breach for 
this Nation, for freedom, for democracy, and the values that are the 
foundation of the United States of America.
  According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, 
nearly one-third of chronically homeless people are veterans. The men 
and women who put on the uniform of our Armed Forces took a solemn oath 
to do what we asked them to do, and they should not go without in their 
time of need.
  When our soldiers came home from Vietnam they were subject to 
despicable insults and, even worse, did not receive the supports we 
promised them. Thousands of them make up the homeless population in our 
country today. This was a national disgrace, and we must do better for 
them and for the new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are coming 
home every day. We must not allow them to become yet another homeless 
veteran.
  While the Department of Veterans Affairs has a commendable goal to 
end veteran homelessness by 2015, it is shameful to even let one single 
veteran become homeless.
  In my home district in Tucson, the city is working to ensure that 
veteran homelessness is eradicated permanently. I applaud and support 
those efforts, but more can and must be done across my district and the 
Nation.
  If my amendment is adopted, it would increase by $1 million the 
amount available to veterans for housing vouchers. It is offset by a 
reduction of $1.5 million from the HUD Administrative Support Offices.
  While this amendment will not solve the issue of veteran 
homelessness, it is a small and important first step that we can take 
to show our commitment to our veterans.
  We cannot continue to fail these men and women who have so bravely 
served this Nation. It is not a Democratic or a Republican issue; it is 
an American issue. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to 
vote ``yes'' on this amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR (Ms. Foxx). The gentleman from Iowa is recognized 
for 5 minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I rise in opposition to this amendment. 
Unfortunately, this, once again, is a political amendment. If you 
remember last year, the motion to recommit the gentleman had, that was 
purely political after Mr. Dicks from Washington and I had made sure 
that we had every dime in the bill to make sure that every veteran was 
taken care of. And now to play politics with veterans I think is 
extraordinarily offensive because, in this bill, we fully fund the 
President's request. Everything that HUD says that we must do, every 
dollar is here for the veterans. Now to raise an issue like this I 
think is something that is not becoming to the House of 
Representatives.
  We have, like I said, Madam Chairman, fully funded $75 million for 
10,000 new vouchers for our veterans. These vouchers are labor 
intensive, involving both the Veterans Administration and HUD officials 
in an intensive process moving veterans out of homelessness. The 
program also provides veterans with supportive services so that they 
receive job training and other services so that they can move toward a 
path of independence.
  We have heard repeatedly from HUD that 10,000 new veterans' vouchers 
is the maximum number that can be processed. Let me say it again. From 
the administration, from President Obama, from Secretary Donovan and 
HUD, they are saying that they cannot handle any more capacity than the 
money that we have.
  Again, Madam Chairman, I would ask a ``no'' vote for this only 
political vote. This is the second year in a row that we have had this. 
I find it very, very offensive that anyone in this House believes that 
we are not funding this to the full extent of what is asked for and 
what is required for our veterans that have served this country so 
well.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairman, I move to strike the last 
word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. First of all, I want to commend Chairman 
Latham for including the $75 million in the base bill. As he said, that 
will deal with 10,000 veterans who are homeless. I commend him and 
President Obama for honoring their commitment to service the veterans.
  To speak about amendments having political motives or having 
political connotations, several amendments ago I think we did CDBG, and 
I'm sure it had a few political connotations, but that's the way some 
of these amendments come forward.
  To Mr. Barber's amendment, I do have concerns that the offset may 
impede HUD's ability to carry out its mission, but I look forward to 
working with the gentleman to continue this important work. Hopefully, 
as we work for the Senate, we'll be able to increase the allocation for 
this bill.
  I support the gentleman's amendment, and I yield back the balance of 
my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Barber).
  The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the noes 
appeared to have it.
  Mr. BARBER. Madam Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.
  The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further 
proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Arizona will 
be postponed.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                  Program Office Salaries and Expenses

                       public and indian housing

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of Public 
     and Indian Housing, $197,000,000, of which $2,000,000 shall 
     remain available until September 30, 2015.

                   community planning and development

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of 
     Community Planning and Development, $99,000,000, of which 
     $1,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2015.

                                housing

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of 
     Housing, $377,000,000, of which $4,000,000 shall remain 
     available until September 30, 2015: Provided, That the 
     Secretary shall appoint an administrator of the Office of 
     Manufactured Housing within 120 days of enactment of this 
     Act: Provided further, That the funds made available under 
     this heading shall be reduced by $50,000 for each day that 
     the Department is in violation of the previous proviso.

                    policy development and research

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of Policy 
     Development and Research, $21,000,000, of which $500,000 
     shall remain available until September 30, 2015.

                   fair housing and equal opportunity

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of Fair 
     Housing and Equal Opportunity, $71,000,000, of which 
     $1,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2015.

            office of healthy homes and lead hazard control

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of 
     Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, $7,000,000, of which 
     $500,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2015.

                       Public and Indian Housing

                     tenant-based rental assistance

       For activities and assistance for the provision of tenant-
     based rental assistance authorized under the United States 
     Housing Act of 1937, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.) 
     (``the Act'' herein), not otherwise provided for, 
     $14,610,564,000, to remain available until expended, shall be 
     available on October 1, 2013 (in addition to the 
     $4,000,000,000 previously appropriated under this heading 
     that became available on October 1, 2013), and 
     $4,000,000,000, to remain available until expended, shall be 
     available on October 1, 2014: Provided, That amounts made 
     available under this heading are provided as follows:
       (1) $17,000,000,000 shall be available for renewals of 
     expiring section 8 tenant-based annual contributions 
     contracts (including renewals of enhanced vouchers under any 
     provision of law authorizing such assistance under section 
     8(t) of the Act) and including renewal of other special 
     purpose incremental vouchers: Provided, That notwithstanding 
     any other provision of law, from amounts provided under this 
     paragraph and any carryover, the Secretary for the calendar 
     year 2014 funding cycle shall provide renewal funding for 
     each public housing agency based on validated voucher 
     management system

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     (VMS) leasing and cost data for the prior calendar year and 
     by applying an inflation factor as established by the 
     Secretary, by notice published in the Federal Register, and 
     by making any necessary adjustments for the costs associated 
     with the first-time renewal of vouchers under this paragraph, 
     including tenant protection and HOPE VI vouchers: Provided 
     further, That in determining calendar year 2014 funding 
     allocation under this heading for public housing agencies, 
     including agencies participating in the Moving To Work (MTW) 
     demonstration, the Secretary may take into account the 
     anticipated impact of changes in targeting, medical expense 
     thresholds, and utility allowances, to public housing 
     agencies' contract renewal needs: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary shall, to the extent necessary to stay within the 
     amount specified under this paragraph (except as otherwise 
     modified under this Act), pro rate each public housing 
     agency's allocation otherwise established pursuant to this 
     paragraph: Provided further, That except as provided in the 
     following provisos, the entire amount specified under this 
     paragraph (except as otherwise modified under this Act) shall 
     be obligated to the public housing agencies based on the 
     allocation and pro rata method described above, and the 
     Secretary shall notify public housing agencies of their 
     annual budget by the latter of 60 days after enactment of 
     this Act or March 1, 2014: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary may extend the notification period, with the prior 
     written approval of the House and Senate Committees on 
     Appropriations: Provided further, That public housing 
     agencies participating in the MTW demonstration shall be 
     funded pursuant to their MTW agreements and shall be subject 
     to the same pro rata adjustments under the previous provisos: 
     Provided further, That the Secretary may offset public 
     housing agencies' calendar year 2014 allocations by the 
     excess amount of agencies' reserves as established by the 
     Secretary: Provided further, That public housing agencies 
     participating in the MTW demonstration shall also be subject 
     to the offset, as determined by the Secretary, from the 
     agencies' calendar year 2014 MTW funding allocation: Provided 
     further, That the Secretary shall use any offset referred to 
     in the previous two provisos throughout the calendar year to 
     prevent the termination of rental assistance for families as 
     the result of insufficient funding, as determined by the 
     Secretary, and to avoid or reduce the proration of renewal 
     funding allocations: Provided further, That up to $50,000,000 
     shall be available only: (1) for adjustments in the 
     allocations for public housing agencies, after application 
     for an adjustment by a public housing agency, that 
     experienced a significant increase, as determined by the 
     Secretary, in renewal costs of vouchers resulting from 
     unforeseen circumstances or from portability under section 
     8(r) of the Act; (2) for vouchers that were not in use during 
     the 12-month period in order to be available to meet a 
     commitment pursuant to section 8(o)(13) of the Act; (3) for 
     adjustments for costs associated with HUD-Veterans Affairs 
     Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers; (4) for adjustments 
     in the allocations for public housing agencies that 
     experienced a significant increase, as determined by the 
     Secretary, in renewal costs as a result of participation in 
     the Small Area Fair Market Rent demonstration: Provided 
     further, That the Secretary shall allocate amounts under the 
     previous proviso based on need as determined by the 
     Secretary; and (5) for public housing agencies that despite 
     taking reasonable cost savings measures, as determined by the 
     Secretary, would otherwise be required to terminate rental 
     assistance for families as the result of insufficient 
     funding;
       (2) $75,000,000 shall be for section 8 rental assistance 
     for relocation and replacement of housing units that are 
     demolished or disposed of pursuant to section 18 of the Act, 
     conversion of section 23 projects to assistance under section 
     8, the family unification program under section 8(x) of the 
     Act, relocation of witnesses in connection with efforts to 
     combat crime in public and assisted housing pursuant to a 
     request from a law enforcement or prosecution agency, 
     enhanced vouchers under any provision of law authorizing such 
     assistance under section 8(t) of the Act, HOPE VI vouchers, 
     mandatory and voluntary conversions, and tenant protection 
     assistance including replacement and relocation assistance or 
     for project-based assistance to prevent the displacement of 
     unassisted elderly tenants currently residing in section 202 
     properties financed between 1959 and 1974 that are refinanced 
     pursuant to Public Law 106-569, as amended, or under the 
     authority as provided under this Act: Provided, That when a 
     public housing development is submitted for demolition or 
     disposition under section 18 of the Act, the Secretary may 
     provide section 8 rental assistance when the units pose an 
     imminent health and safety risk to residents: Provided 
     further, That the Secretary may only provide replacement 
     vouchers for units that were occupied within the previous 24 
     months that cease to be available as assisted housing, 
     subject only to the availability of funds: Provided further, 
     That of the amounts made available under this paragraph, 
     $5,000,000 may be available to provide tenant protection 
     assistance, not otherwise provided under this paragraph, to 
     residents residing in low vacancy areas and who may have to 
     pay rents greater than 30 percent of household income, as the 
     result of (1) the maturity of a HUD-insured, HUD held or 
     section 202 loan that requires the permission of the 
     Secretary prior to loan prepayment; (2) the expiration of a 
     rental assistance contract for which the tenants are not 
     eligible for enhanced voucher or tenant protection assistance 
     under existing law; or (3) the expiration of affordability 
     restrictions accompanying a mortgage or preservation program 
     administered by the Secretary: Provided further, That such 
     tenant protection assistance made available under the 
     previous proviso may be provided under the authority of 
     section 8(t) or section 8(o)(13) of the United States Housing 
     Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(t)): Provided further, That the 
     Secretary shall issue guidance to implement the previous 
     provisos, including, but not limited to, requirements for 
     defining eligible at-risk households within 120 days of the 
     enactment of this Act, for the purposes under this paragraph, 
     may use unobligated balances, including recaptures and 
     carryovers, remaining from amounts appropriated in prior 
     fiscal years under this heading for voucher assistance for 
     nonelderly disabled families and for disaster assistance made 
     available under Public Law 110-329;
       (3) $1,350,000,000 shall be for administrative and other 
     expenses of public housing agencies in administering the 
     section 8 tenant-based rental assistance program, of which up 
     to $15,000,000 shall be available to the Secretary to 
     allocate to public housing agencies that need additional 
     funds to administer their section 8 programs, including fees 
     associated with section 8 tenant protection rental 
     assistance, the administration of disaster-related vouchers, 
     Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers, and other 
     special purpose incremental vouchers: Provided, That no less 
     than $1,335,000,000 of the amount provided in this paragraph 
     shall be allocated to public housing agencies for the 
     calendar year 2014 funding cycle based on section 8(q) of the 
     Act (and related Appropriation Act provisions) as in effect 
     immediately before the enactment of the Quality Housing and 
     Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-276): 
     Provided further, That if the amounts made available under 
     this paragraph are insufficient to pay the amounts determined 
     under the previous proviso, the Secretary may decrease the 
     amounts allocated to agencies by a uniform percentage 
     applicable to all agencies receiving funding under this 
     paragraph or may, to the extent necessary to provide full 
     payment of amounts determined under the previous proviso, 
     utilize unobligated balances, including recaptures and 
     carryovers, remaining from funds appropriated to the 
     Department of Housing and Urban Development under this 
     heading from prior fiscal years, notwithstanding the purposes 
     for which such amounts were appropriated: Provided further, 
     That all public housing agencies participating in the MTW 
     demonstration shall be funded pursuant to their MTW 
     agreements, and shall be subject to the same uniform 
     percentage decrease as under the previous proviso: Provided 
     further, That amounts provided under this paragraph shall be 
     only for activities related to the provision of tenant-based 
     rental assistance authorized under section 8, including 
     related development activities;
       (4) $110,564,000 for the renewal of tenant-based assistance 
     contracts under section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National 
     Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 8013), including necessary 
     administrative expenses: Provided, That administrative and 
     other expenses of public housing agencies in administering 
     the special purpose vouchers in this paragraph shall be 
     funded under the same terms and be subject to the same pro 
     rata reduction as the percent decrease for administrative and 
     other expenses to public housing agencies under paragraph (3) 
     of this heading;
       (5) $75,000,000 for incremental rental voucher assistance 
     for use through a supported housing program administered in 
     conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs as 
     authorized under section 8(o)(19) of the United States 
     Housing Act of 1937: Provided, That the Secretary of Housing 
     and Urban Development shall make such funding available, 
     notwithstanding section 204 (competition provision) of this 
     title, to public housing agencies that partner with eligible 
     VA Medical Centers or other entities as designated by the 
     Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, based on 
     geographical need for such assistance as identified by the 
     Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, public 
     housing agency administrative performance, and other factors 
     as specified by the Secretary of Housing and Urban 
     Development in consultation with the Secretary of the 
     Department of Veterans Affairs: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may waive, or 
     specify alternative requirements for (in consultation with 
     the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs), any 
     provision of any statute or regulation that the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development administers in connection with 
     the use of funds made available under this paragraph (except 
     for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, 
     labor standards, and the environment), upon a finding by the 
     Secretary that any such waivers or alternative requirements 
     are necessary for the effective delivery and administration 
     of such voucher assistance: Provided further, That assistance 
     made available under this paragraph shall continue to remain 
     available for homeless veterans upon turn-over; and
       (6) The Secretary shall separately track all special 
     purpose vouchers funded under this heading.

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                    Amendment Offered by Mr. Nadler

  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I reserve a point of order on the 
gentleman's amendment.
  The Acting CHAIR. A point of order is reserved.
  The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 71, line 22, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $1,000,000,000)''.
       Page 72, line 4, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $1,000,000,000)''

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from New York is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairman, much of the debate today on this bill has 
focused on tough choices--accepting cuts to one program to make sure 
another program stays afloat. But the reality is that these so-called 
tough choices are nothing compared to the choices this bill would force 
on hundreds of thousands of low-income families: whether to buy food 
for their children, to fill their necessary prescriptions, or to pay 
their rent.
  Today, the Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly known as section 
8, ensures that many fewer families have to make such choices by 
providing rental assistance to 2.2 million households with incomes well 
below the poverty line. Half of these households are headed by seniors 
or people with disabilities, and the rest are typically families with 
children. Study after study by HUD, GAO, and independent researchers 
have demonstrated that the section 8 voucher program is a cost-
effective means of providing very low-income families secure housing 
and preventing homelessness.
  Typically, Congress has provided State and local housing agencies the 
funds necessary to renew every housing voucher used in the previous 
fiscal year, thereby ensuring that families have stable housing, kids 
stay in school, and parents stay in the workforce. This year, however, 
for only the third time in the program's 40-year history, this bill 
would fail to provide sufficient, or even close to sufficient, funding 
to renew all existing housing vouchers.
  Because of sequestration, nearly 100,000 fewer families, and maybe as 
many as 150,000 fewer families, will receive housing assistance this 
year. I have already heard from housing agencies across New York State 
who are turning away families on waiting lists and pulling back issued 
vouchers for families who have not yet signed a lease agreement. If the 
bill becomes law as written, thousands of low-income families will lose 
their existing vouchers, will be evicted from their homes, and will end 
up living on the streets.
  Despite the risks for these families, the bill before us today 
provides only $17 billion for housing choice voucher renewals, locking 
in sequestration cuts, and cutting off 100,000 families from housing 
assistance. To protect these families, I am offering this amendment to 
increase funding for section 8 voucher renewals by $1 billion.
  These additional funds will ensure that housing agencies can renew 
existing eligible vouchers this year and that no additional families 
will have to face the choice between putting food on the table and 
paying their rent, between filling their prescriptions and living on 
the street. I say no additional families will have to face this choice 
because the current allocation of section 8 is far too meager and there 
are hundreds of thousands of families on the waiting list. But at least 
with this amendment, no additional families will be thrown out on the 
street because we will renew existing vouchers.

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  Under the bill as written, upwards of 100,000 or so families will not 
have their vouchers renewed and will be forced to be evicted. This 
amendment will ensure not additional section 8 vouchers but simply that 
existing vouchers will be maintained for people who are living on 
section 8 vouchers now.
  Madam Chairperson, our first objective must be to prevent further 
hardship to the poorest among us and to prevent the evictions of people 
currently receiving section 8 vouchers.
  I urge my colleagues to support the amendment, and I yield back the 
balance of my time.


                             Point of Order

  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I insist on my point of order.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman will state his point of order.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, the amendment proposes a net increase 
in budget authority in the bill. The amendment is not in order under 
section 3(d)(3) of House Resolution 5, the 113th Congress, which 
states:

       It shall not be in order to consider an amendment to a 
     general appropriations bill proposing a net increase in 
     budget authority in the bill unless considered en bloc with 
     another amendment or amendments proposing an equal or greater 
     decrease in such budget authority pursuant to clause 2(f) of 
     rule XXI.

  The amendment proposes a net increase in budget authority in the bill 
in violation of this section. This amendment would increase net budget 
authority by $1 billion.
  I ask for a ruling of the Chair.
  The Acting CHAIR. Does any other Member wish to be heard on the 
gentleman's point of order?
  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairwoman, I think we can all agree the amendment 
is necessary. We are talking about evicting 100,000 to 150,000 families 
from an efficient, cost-effective program that keeps families together 
and that lowers our costs over the long term. Without this amendment, 
you will see a spike in homelessness, a spike in medical costs and a 
spike in hungry kids.
  I understand the chairman's point of order, and I understand that the 
rules demand an offset for any funding increase in the bill. However, 
when funding levels are as restrictive across the board as they are in 
this bill and when the rules require that a majority in the House 
cannot increase the total funds allocated by the Appropriations 
Committee to this bill, it is impossible to----
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman will confine his remarks to the point 
of order.
  Mr. NADLER. I am very much on the point.
  When the rules require that a majority in the House cannot increase 
the total funds allocated by the Appropriations Committee to this bill, 
it is impossible to remedy such a drastic cut without hurting other 
people in need. I hope, as we go forward, that we can find a way to 
provide these funds so that hundreds of thousands of very low-income 
working families and seniors are not put out on the street. I hope we 
will recognize that the Senate bill is less brutal than the bill now 
before us.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Chair is prepared to rule.
  The gentleman from Iowa makes a point of order that the amendment 
offered by the gentleman from New York violates section 3(d)(3) of 
House Resolution 5.
  Section 3(d)(3) establishes a point of order against an amendment 
proposing a net increase in budget authority in the pending bill.
  As persuasively asserted by the gentleman from Iowa, the amendment 
proposes a net increase in budget authority in the bill. Therefore, the 
point of order is sustained. The amendment is not in order.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                        housing certificate fund

                         (includes rescissions)

       Unobligated balances, including recaptures and carryover, 
     remaining from funds appropriated to the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development under this heading, the heading 
     ``Annual Contributions for Assisted Housing'', and the 
     heading ``Project-Based Rental Assistance'', for fiscal year 
     2014 and prior years may be used for renewal of or amendments 
     to section 8 project-based contracts and for performance-
     based contract administrators, notwithstanding the purposes 
     for which such funds were appropriated: Provided, That any 
     obligated balances of contract authority from fiscal year 
     1974 and prior that have been terminated shall be rescinded: 
     Provided further, That amounts previously recaptured, or 
     recaptured during the current fiscal year, from section 8 
     project-based contracts from source years fiscal year 1975 
     through fiscal year 1987 are hereby permanently rescinded, 
     and an amount of additional new budget authority, equivalent 
     to the amount permanently rescinded is hereby appropriated, 
     to remain available until expended, for the purposes set 
     forth under this heading, in addition to amounts otherwise 
     available.

                      public housing capital fund

       For the Public Housing Capital Fund Program to carry out 
     capital and management

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     activities for public housing agencies, as authorized under 
     section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 
     1437g) (the ``Act''), $1,500,000,000, to remain available 
     until September 30, 2017: Provided, That notwithstanding any 
     other provision of law or regulation, during fiscal year 2014 
     the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may not 
     delegate to any Department official other than the Deputy 
     Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
     Housing any authority under paragraph (2) of section 9(j) 
     regarding the extension of the time periods under such 
     section: Provided further, That for purposes of such section 
     9(j), the term ``obligate'' means, with respect to amounts, 
     that the amounts are subject to a binding agreement that will 
     result in outlays, immediately or in the future: Provided 
     further, That up to $8,000,000 shall be to support ongoing 
     Public Housing Financial and Physical Assessment activities: 
     Provided further, That of the total amount provided under 
     this heading, not to exceed $20,000,000 shall be available 
     for the Secretary to make grants, notwithstanding section 204 
     of this Act, to public housing agencies for emergency capital 
     needs including safety and security measures necessary to 
     address crime and drug-related activity as well as needs 
     resulting from unforeseen or unpreventable emergencies and 
     natural disasters excluding Presidentially declared 
     emergencies and natural disasters under the Robert T. 
     Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et 
     seq.) occurring in fiscal year 2014: Provided further, That 
     from the funds made available under this heading, the 
     Secretary shall provide bonus awards in fiscal year 2014 to 
     public housing agencies that are designated high performers: 
     Provided further, That up to $15,000,000 of funds made 
     available under this heading shall be used for a Jobs-Plus 
     Pilot initiative modeled after the Jobs-Plus demonstration: 
     Provided further, That the Jobs-Plus Pilot initiative shall 
     provide competitive grants to partnerships between public 
     housing authorities, local workforce investment boards 
     established under section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act 
     of 1998, and other agencies and organizations that provide 
     support to help public housing residents obtain employment 
     and increase earnings: Provided further, That the Secretary 
     may waive or specify alternative requirements for any 
     provision of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (except 
     for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, 
     labor standards, and the environment) upon a finding by the 
     Secretary that any such waivers or alternative requirements 
     are necessary for the effective implementation of the Jobs-
     Plus Pilot initiative: Provided further, That the Secretary 
     shall publish by notice in the Federal Register any waivers 
     or alternative requirements pursuant to the preceding proviso 
     no later than 10 days before the effective date of such 
     notice.

                     public housing operating fund

       For 2014 payments to public housing agencies for the 
     operation and management of public housing, as authorized by 
     section 9(e) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 
     U.S.C. 1437g(e)), $4,262,010,000: Provided, That in 
     determining public housing agencies', including Moving to 
     Work agencies', calendar year 2014 funding allocations under 
     this heading, the Secretary shall take into account the 
     impact of changes in flat rents and medical expense 
     thresholds on public housing agencies' formula income levels.

                    choice neighborhoods initiative

                              (rescission)

       Of the funds made available for ``Department of Housing and 
     Urban Development-Public and Indian Housing - Choice 
     Neighborhoods Initiative'' by division F of Public Law 113-6, 
     $120,000,000 is rescinded.

                        family self-sufficiency

       For the Family Self-Sufficiency program to support family 
     self-sufficiency coordinators under section 23 of the United 
     States Housing Act of 1937, to promote the development of 
     local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under 
     sections 8(o) and 9 of such Act with public and private 
     resources, and enable eligible families to achieve economic 
     independence and self-sufficiency, $60,000,000: Provided, 
     That the Secretary may, by Federal Register notice, waive or 
     specify alternative requirements (except for requirements 
     related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, 
     and the environment) for any provision of section 23 of such 
     Act in order to better fulfill the purposes of section 23 of 
     such Act, as determined by the Secretary.

                  native american housing block grants

       For the Native American Housing Block Grants program, as 
     authorized under title I of the Native American Housing 
     Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) (25 
     U.S.C. 4111 et seq.), $600,000,000, to remain available until 
     September 30, 2018: Provided, That, notwithstanding the 
     Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act 
     of 1996, to determine the amount of the allocation under 
     title I of such Act for each Indian tribe, the Secretary 
     shall apply the formula under section 302 of such Act with 
     the need component based on single-race census data and with 
     the need component based on multi-race census data, and the 
     amount of the allocation for each Indian tribe shall be the 
     greater of the two resulting allocation amounts: Provided 
     further, That of the amounts made available under this 
     heading, $2,000,000 shall be contracted for assistance for 
     national or regional organizations representing Native 
     American housing interests for providing training and 
     technical assistance to Indian housing authorities and 
     tribally designated housing entities as authorized under 
     NAHASDA; and $2,000,000 shall be to support the inspection of 
     Indian housing units, contract expertise, training, and 
     technical assistance in the training, oversight, and 
     management of such Indian housing and tenant-based 
     assistance, including up to $300,000 for related travel: 
     Provided further, That of the amount provided under this 
     heading, $2,000,000 shall be made available for the cost of 
     guaranteed notes and other obligations, as authorized by 
     title VI of NAHASDA: Provided further, That such costs, 
     including the costs of modifying such notes and other 
     obligations, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
     Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided 
     further, That these funds are available to subsidize the 
     total principal amount of any notes and other obligations, 
     any part of which is to be guaranteed, not to exceed 
     $16,530,000.

           indian housing loan guarantee fund program account

       For the cost of guaranteed loans, as authorized by section 
     184 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (12 
     U.S.C. 1715z-13a), $6,000,000, to remain available until 
     expended: Provided, That such costs, including the costs of 
     modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of 
     the Congressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided further, That 
     these funds are available to subsidize total loan principal, 
     any part of which is to be guaranteed, up to $1,818,000,000, 
     to remain available until expended: Provided further, That up 
     to $750,000 of this amount may be used for administrative 
     contract expenses including management processes and systems 
     to carry out the loan guarantee program.

                   Community Planning and Development

              housing opportunities for persons with aids

       For carrying out the Housing Opportunities for Persons with 
     AIDS program, as authorized by the AIDS Housing Opportunity 
     Act (42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq.), $303,000,000, to remain 
     available until September 30, 2015, except that amounts 
     allocated pursuant to section 854(c)(3) of such Act shall 
     remain available until September 30, 2016: Provided, That the 
     Secretary shall renew all expiring contracts for permanent 
     supportive housing that initially were funded under section 
     854(c)(3) of such Act from funds made available under this 
     heading in fiscal year 2010 and prior fiscal years that meet 
     all program requirements before awarding funds for new 
     contracts under each section, and if amounts provided under 
     this heading pursuant to such section are insufficient to 
     fund renewals for all such expiring contracts, then amounts 
     made available under this heading for formula grants pursuant 
     to section 854(c)(1) shall be used to provide the balance of 
     such renewal funding before awarding funds for such formula 
     grants: Provided further, That the Department shall notify 
     grantees of their formula allocation within 60 days of 
     enactment of this Act.


                    Amendment Offered by Mr. Nadler

  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I reserve a point of order on the 
gentleman's amendment.
  The Acting CHAIR. A point of order is reserved.
  The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 88, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $29,000,000)''.
       Page 110, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $29,000,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from New York is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairman, since 1992, the Housing Opportunities for 
People with AIDS, or HOPWA, has provided a vital housing safety net for 
people battling HIV-AIDS. Nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with 
HIV-AIDS. More than 145,000 currently lack stable housing, and 500,000 
will need some form of housing assistance during the course of their 
illnesses. Research consistently shows that a lack of stable housing is 
a major barrier to effective treatment for people living with AIDS and 
puts them at significant risk of premature death from poor nutrition, 
exposure to other diseases and a lack of medical care.
  HOPWA fills this gap by providing secure housing through one of the 
most effective programs in HUD's portfolio, and it is the only one that 
addresses the intersection of housing and health. Within 1 year, 96 
percent of HOPWA participants achieve disease stabilization and reduced 
viral loads. Because housing stability plays a key role in preventing 
the spread of the virus, HOPWA contributes to better individual and 
community health outcomes. Further, for every $1 of HOPWA funding 
spent, $3.35 is leveraged from other Federal, State and local programs, 
and every $1 million in HOPWA

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funding provides housing and support for 171 families. For that reason, 
HOPWA has enjoyed broad, bipartisan support since its first 
authorization more than 20 years ago.
  Despite HOPWA's proven track record in improving health and housing 
outcomes for communities, this year's Transportation-HUD appropriations 
bill would cut $29 million in HOPWA funding. The committee's 
recommendation of $303 million brings the allocation for HOPWA back to 
FY 2008 funding levels despite the fact that there are 100,000 
individuals more who are infected with HIV-AIDS than in 2008.
  I recognize that $29 million may sound small by Federal budgeting 
standards, but to the individuals and families who rely on HOPWA for 
stable housing and access to support services, these cuts are anything 
but small. If this funding level becomes law, nearly 5,000 families and 
individuals will lose access to HOPWA housing and all the health 
benefits that go with it. For those families, this cut is a matter of 
life and death.
  For that reason, I am offering this amendment to restore the $29 
million cut from HOPWA this year and return it to the same funding 
level it has received for the last 2 fiscal years. This amendment would 
ensure that those 5,000 families and individuals who rely on HOPWA for 
secure, stable housing will not suddenly find themselves back on the 
street with no access to life-saving medical treatment.
  To protect those 5,000 households and stay within the House rules, I 
would have to cut $29 million from another account, but at the funding 
levels included in this bill, any offset would fundamentally undermine 
HUD's ability to provide services to hundreds of millions of families 
every day.
  HOPWA provides life-saving, efficient services to thousands of 
families and individuals impacted by HIV-AIDS. Will you work in 
conference to reach a workable funding level that ensures families and 
individuals currently served by HOPWA do not lose access to their 
housing?
  Mr. LATHAM. Will the gentleman yield?
  Mr. NADLER. I yield to the gentleman from Iowa.
  Mr. LATHAM. I will be more than happy to work with the gentleman on 
this issue as we move through the process.
  Mr. NADLER. Thank you.
  Madam Chairman, I appreciate the chairman's willingness to work on 
this issue in conference and to find a funding level that maintains 
this highly effective life-saving program, and I am, therefore, looking 
forward to those efforts.
  At this time, I ask unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment.
  The Acting CHAIR. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman 
from New York?
  There was no objection.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                       community development fund

       For assistance to units of State and local government, and 
     to other entities, for economic and community development 
     activities, and for other purposes, $1,696,813,000, to remain 
     available until September 30, 2016, unless otherwise 
     specified: Provided, That of the total amount provided, 
     $1,636,813,000 is for carrying out the community development 
     block grant program under title I of the Housing and 
     Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (the ``Act'' 
     herein) (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.): Provided further, That 
     unless explicitly provided for under this heading, not to 
     exceed 20 percent of any grant made with funds appropriated 
     under this heading shall be expended for planning and 
     management development and administration: Provided further, 
     That $60,000,000 shall be for grants to Indian tribes 
     notwithstanding section 106(a)(1) of such Act, of which, 
     notwithstanding any other provision of law (including section 
     204 of this Act), up to $3,960,000 may be used for 
     emergencies that constitute imminent threats to health and 
     safety: Provided further, That none of the funds made 
     available under this heading may be used for grants for the 
     Economic Development Initiative (``EDI'') or Neighborhood 
     Initiatives activities, Rural Innovation Fund, or for grants 
     pursuant to section 107 of the Housing and Community 
     Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5307): Provided further, 
     That the Department shall notify grantees of their formula 
     allocation within 60 days of enactment of this Act.

      empowerment zones/enterprise communities/renewal communities

                              (rescission)

       Unobligated balances, including recaptures and carryover, 
     remaining from funds appropriated to the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development under this heading are hereby 
     permanently rescinded.

         community development loan guarantees program account

                    (including rescission of funds)

       Subject to section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
     1974, during fiscal year 2014 commitments to guarantee loans 
     under section 108 of the Housing and Community Development 
     Act of 1974, any part of which is guaranteed, shall not 
     exceed a total principal amount of $500,000,000, 
     notwithstanding any aggregate limitation on outstanding 
     obligations guaranteed in subsection (k) of such section 108: 
     Provided, That the Secretary shall collect fees from 
     borrowers, notwithstanding subsection (m) of such section 
     108, to result in a credit subsidy cost of zero, and such 
     fees shall be collected in accordance with section 502(7) of 
     the Congressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided further, That 
     all unobligated balances, including recaptures and carryover, 
     remaining from funds appropriated to the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development under this heading are hereby 
     permanently rescinded.

                  home investment partnerships program

       For the HOME Investment Partnerships program, as authorized 
     under title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable 
     Housing Act, as amended, $700,000,000, to remain available 
     until September 30, 2016: Provided, That notwithstanding the 
     amount made available under this heading, the threshold 
     reduction requirements in sections 216(10) and 217(b)(4) of 
     such Act shall not apply to allocation of such amount: 
     Provided further, That funds made available under this 
     heading used for projects not completed within 4 years of the 
     commitment date, as determined by a signature of each party 
     to the agreement, shall be repaid: Provided further, That the 
     Secretary may extend the deadline by 1 year if the Secretary 
     determines that the failure to complete the project is beyond 
     the control of the participating jurisdiction: Provided 
     further, That no funds provided under this heading may be 
     commited to any project included as part of a participating 
     jurisdiction's plan under section 105(b), unless each 
     participating jurisdiction certifies that it has conducted an 
     underwriting review, assessed developer capacity and fiscal 
     soundness, and examined neighborhood market conditions to 
     ensure adequate need for each project: Provided further, That 
     any homeownership units funded under this heading which 
     cannot be sold to an eligible homeowner within 6 months of 
     project completion shall be rented to an eligible tenant: 
     Provided further, That no funds provided under this heading 
     may be awarded for development activities to a community 
     housing development organization that cannot demonstrate that 
     it has staff with demonstrated development experience: 
     Provided further, That the preceding provisos, except the 
     first proviso, shall not be effective during any period in 
     which the Final Rule titled ``Home Investment Partnerships 
     Program; Improving Performance and Accountability; Updating 
     Property Standards'' is published and effective: Provided 
     further, That funds provided in prior appropriations Acts for 
     technical assistance, and that still remain available, may be 
     used for HOME technical assistance notwithstanding the 
     purposes for which such amounts were appropriated: Provided 
     further, That the Department shall notify grantees of their 
     formula allocations within 60 days of enactment of this Act.

        self-help and assisted homeownership opportunity program

       For the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity 
     Program, as authorized under section 11 of the Housing 
     Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996, as amended, 
     $30,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2016: 
     Provided, That of the total amount provided under this 
     heading, $10,000,000 shall be made available to the Self-Help 
     and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program as authorized 
     under section 11 of the Housing Opportunity Program Extension 
     Act of 1996, as amended: Provided further, That $15,000,000 
     shall be made available for the second, third, and fourth 
     capacity building activities authorized under section 4(a) of 
     the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 9816 note), of 
     which not less than $5,000,000 shall be made available for 
     rural capacity-building activities: Provided further, That 
     $5,000,000 shall be made available for capacity building by 
     national rural housing organizations with experience 
     assessing national rural conditions and providing financing, 
     training, technical assistance, information, and research to 
     local nonprofits, local governments and Indian Tribes serving 
     high need rural communities.

                       homeless assistance grants

       For the emergency solutions grants program as authorized 
     under subtitle B of title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless 
     Assistance Act, as amended; and the continuum of care program 
     as authorized under subtitle C of title IV of such Act; and 
     the rural housing stability assistance program as authorized 
     under subtitle D of title IV of such Act, $2,088,000,000, to 
     remain available until September 30, 2016: Provided, That any 
     rental assistance amounts that are recaptured under such 
     continuum of care program shall remain available until 
     expended: Provided further, That not less than $200,000,000 
     of the funds appropriated under this heading shall be 
     available for such emergency solutions

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     grants program: Provided further, That not less than 
     $1,882,000,000 of the funds appropriated under this heading 
     shall be available for such continuum of care and rural 
     housing stability assistance program: Provided further, That 
     up to $6,000,000 of the funds appropriated under this heading 
     shall be available for the national homeless data analysis 
     project: Provided further, That all funds awarded for 
     supportive services under the continuum of care program and 
     the rural housing stability assistance program shall be 
     matched by not less than 25 percent in cash or in kind by 
     each grantee: Provided further, That for all match 
     requirements applicable to funds made available under this 
     heading for this fiscal year and prior years, a grantee may 
     use (or could have used) as a source of match funds other 
     funds administered by the Secretary and other Federal 
     agencies unless there is (or was) a specific statutory 
     prohibition on any such use of any such funds: Provided 
     further, That all awards of assistance under this heading 
     shall be required to coordinate and integrate homeless 
     programs with other mainstream health, social services, and 
     employment programs for which homeless populations may be 
     eligible, including Medicaid, State Children's Health 
     Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, 
     Food Stamps, and services funding through the Mental Health 
     and Substance Abuse Block Grant, Workforce Investment Act, 
     and the Welfare-to-Work grant program: Provided further, That 
     all balances for Shelter Plus Care renewals previously funded 
     from the Shelter Plus Care Renewal account and transferred to 
     this account shall be available, if recaptured, for continuum 
     of care renewals in fiscal year 2014: Provided further, That 
     the Department shall notify grantees of their formula 
     allocation from amounts allocated (which may represent 
     initial or final amounts allocated) for the emergency 
     solutions grant program within 60 days of enactment of this 
     Act.


               Amendment Offered by Mr. Broun of Georgia

  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chairman, I have an amendment at the 
desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 94, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert ``reduced 
     by $55,000,000''.
       Page 94, line 15, after the dollar amount, insert ``reduced 
     by $55,000,000''.
       Page 150, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``increased by $55,000,000''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chairman, this amendment would remove the 
$55 million increase--and only the increase--from the Homeless 
Assistance Grant Program and transfer that same amount into the 
Spending Reduction account.
  I understand that times are tough nationwide--that they are tough for 
families, that they are tough for businesses and that everyone has to 
cut back. We have to live within our means, but the fact remains that 
we are broke as a country. Our Federal Government is in massive, 
massive debt. According to the committee report, the $55 million 
increase proposed for this program would be used to increase funding 
for the Continuum of Care Projects and Emergency Solutions Grants.
  Madam Chairman, these are worthy programs. They help a lot of people 
who are transitioning out of homelessness, but I'm not asking that we 
cut their funding. Not at all. I'm simply asking that we hold the 
line--fund what we have been funding and put the rest of this large 
increase towards fixing our Nation's debt crisis.
  I urge my colleagues to support my amendment, and I yield back the 
balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I must rise in opposition to the 
gentleman's amendment.
  I think everyone needs to understand that we already cut $7.7 billion 
from what was provided in 2013 and that this is actually $4.4 billion 
less than the current rate of spending under sequestration. So 
everybody talks about sequestration when, in this bill, we are actually 
$4.4 billion less than that already. To deliver this fiscally 
responsible reduction, we carefully prioritized programs to preserve 
housing options for families that are already counting on HUD for 
support in 2014.
  The funding level provided reflects what is required to renew 
commitments by HUD to State and local programs that serve the homeless. 
With less funding, homeless shelters and other service providers will 
operate at a lower capacity or, Madam Chairman, many of them will 
close, putting people who currently need help at risk.
  For those reasons, Madam Chairwoman, I urge a ``no'' on this 
amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. NADLER. I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from New York is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. NADLER. Madam Chairman, I listened carefully to the gentleman 
from Georgia, who talks about the fiscal crisis--that this country is 
broke and that we have to cut spending drastically. This country is not 
broke. This country is the wealthiest country in the world, but we are 
breaking ourselves, and we are breaking ourselves by cutting too much 
and by following a silly economic policy.
  When President Obama took office, this country had a deficit in the 
first fiscal year of $1.6 trillion. That was the last Bush budget, 
because, in the first year of any President, he is living under the 
former budget. The budget passed just before he took office.

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  We had a $1.6 trillion budget deficit, and we were losing 800,000 
jobs a month. The President and the Democratic Congress decided that to 
reduce the deficit and to reduce unemployment, we had to spend some 
money to stimulate the economy. We had to put money into 
infrastructure, into jobs; and we did it. Congress passed it. It didn't 
do enough. But the fact is, within a year, we were gaining 250,000 jobs 
a month instead of losing 800,000 a month. We turned the economy around 
by a million jobs a month, and the deficit started falling.
  The deficit has fallen like a rock. It's been reduced by 60 percent 
since the 2009 fiscal year. We've had the fastest deficit reduction in 
the last 3 years since the demobilization after World War II; and, 
frankly, it's going too fast. Any economist will tell you that the too-
rapid reduction in Federal spending is hindering the economy and 
hurting jobs.
  The sequester has probably cut about one point off the gross domestic 
product. We have done what we have to do on the deficit for now. We 
have to do more in the long term. For now, it's still dropping like a 
rock. It's been cut by 60 percent. And now we ought to pivot and create 
jobs, even if that means spending money, but certainly not by cutting 
so much more. When we create jobs, that creates tax revenues; it 
reduces expenditures on things like unemployment and food stamps and 
reduces the deficit.
  If you want to see exactly what happened--it's rare in life that you 
get a controlled experiment. The economies in the United States and 
Europe tracked. They collapsed in 2007 until 2009. In 2009, they 
started going up slowly, and they kept going up until 2010. In 2010, 
the U.S. economy kept going up slowly, and the European economies went 
into a double-dip recession and tanked and unemployment went way up. 
Why? Because in Europe in 2010, they did what the American voters 
wisely refused to do, they elected conservative governments which cut 
spending much more and which endorsed austerity policies. What did they 
get? Higher unemployment and higher deficits.
  When I hear this rhetoric, it's just backwards. We've done enough on 
the deficit for now. We have more to do later, but for now we ought to 
create jobs. That will reduce the deficit by increasing employment, by 
increasing tax revenues from people who are employed, and by decreasing 
expenditures that go up when there's unemployment, mainly food stamps 
and unemployment insurance.
  I just had to say that this rhetoric is just wrong. The policies that 
we keep hearing about from that side of the aisle are driving us more 
and more into debt and more and more into unemployment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairman, I move to strike the last 
word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Arizona is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairman, I rise in opposition to this 
amendment as this is one of the few accounts in this bill which reached 
an increase; yet it is still nearly $3 million below the President's 
request and actual need.

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  As it is, HUD and homeless providers are skeptical that the amount 
provided in the bill is sufficient to provide the same level of 
services that we provided last year. Reducing this account would 
further jeopardize our Nation's ability to provide housing for the 
homeless.
  I oppose this amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Broun).
  The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the ayes 
appeared to have it.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I demand a recorded vote.
  The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further 
proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Georgia will 
be postponed.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                            Housing Programs

                    project-based rental assistance

                     (including transfer of funds)

       For activities and assistance for the provision of project-
     based subsidy contracts under the United States Housing Act 
     of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.) (``the Act''), not otherwise 
     provided for, $9,050,672,000, to remain available until 
     expended, shall be available on October 1, 2013 (in addition 
     to the $400,000,000 previously appropriated under this 
     heading that became available October 1, 2013), and 
     $400,000,000, to remain available until expended, shall be 
     available on October 1, 2014: Provided, That the amounts made 
     available under this heading shall be available for expiring 
     or terminating section 8 project-based subsidy contracts 
     (including section 8 moderate rehabilitation contracts), for 
     amendments to section 8 project-based subsidy contracts 
     (including section 8 moderate rehabilitation contracts), for 
     contracts entered into pursuant to section 441 of the 
     McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11401), for 
     renewal of section 8 contracts for units in projects that are 
     subject to approved plans of action under the Emergency Low 
     Income Housing Preservation Act of 1987 or the Low-Income 
     Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990, 
     and for administrative and other expenses associated with 
     project-based activities and assistance funded under this 
     paragraph: Provided further, That of the total amounts 
     provided under this heading, up to $200,000,000 may be 
     transferred to the Office of Housing for the administration 
     of contracts funded under this heading: Provided further, 
     That amounts recaptured under this heading, the heading 
     ``Annual Contributions for Assisted Housing'', or the heading 
     ``Housing Certificate Fund'' may be used for renewals of or 
     amendments to section 8 project-based contracts, 
     notwithstanding the purposes for which such amounts were 
     appropriated: Provided further, That, notwithstanding any 
     other provision of law, upon the request of the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development, project funds that are held in 
     residual receipts accounts for any project subject to a 
     section 8 project-based Housing Assistance Payments contract 
     that authorizes HUD to require that surplus project funds be 
     deposited in an interest-bearing residual receipts account 
     and that are in excess of an amount to be determined by the 
     Secretary, shall be remitted to the Department and deposited 
     in this account, to be available until expended: Provided 
     further, That amounts deposited pursuant to the previous 
     proviso shall be available in addition to the amount 
     otherwise provided by this heading for uses authorized under 
     this heading.

                        housing for the elderly

       For amendments to capital advance contracts for housing for 
     the elderly, as authorized by section 202 of the Housing Act 
     of 1959, as amended, and for project rental assistance for 
     the elderly under section 202(c)(2) of such Act, including 
     amendments to contracts for such assistance and renewal of 
     expiring contracts for such assistance for up to a 1-year 
     term, and for senior preservation rental assistance 
     contracts, as authorized by section 811(e) of the American 
     Housing and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000, as amended, and 
     for supportive services associated with the housing, 
     $374,627,000 to remain available until September 30, 2017: 
     Provided, That of the amount provided under this heading, up 
     to $70,000,000 shall be for service coordinators and the 
     continuation of existing congregate service grants for 
     residents of assisted housing projects: Provided further, 
     That amounts under this heading shall be available for Real 
     Estate Assessment Center inspections and inspection-related 
     activities associated with section 202 projects: Provided 
     further, That the Secretary may waive the provisions of 
     section 202 governing the terms and conditions of project 
     rental assistance, except that the initial contract term for 
     such assistance shall not exceed 5 years in duration: 
     Provided further, That upon the request of the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development, project funds that are held in 
     residual receipts accounts for any project subject to a 
     section 202 project rental assistance contract and that upon 
     termination of such contract are in excess of an amount to be 
     determined by the Secretary shall be remitted to the 
     Department and deposited in this account, to be available 
     until September 30, 2017: Provided further, That amounts 
     deposited in this account pursuant to the previous proviso 
     shall be available, in addition to the amounts otherwise 
     provided by this heading, for the purposes authorized under 
     this heading, and such funds, together with such other funds, 
     may be used by the Secretary for demonstration programs to 
     test housing with services models for the elderly: Provided 
     further, That unobligated balances, including recaptures and 
     carryover, remaining from funds transferred to or 
     appropriated under this heading may be used for the current 
     purposes authorized under this heading, notwithstanding the 
     purposes for which such funds were originally appropriated.


                    Amendment Offered by Mr. Latham

  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 96, line 9, strike ``(in addition to the $400,000,000 
     previously appropriated under this heading that became 
     available October 1, 2013), and'' and insert ``, of which 
     $400,000,000 was previously appropriated under this heading 
     to be available October 1, 2013; and in addition,''.

  Mr. LATHAM (during the reading). Madam Chair, I ask unanimous consent 
to dispense with the reading.
  The Acting CHAIR. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman 
from Iowa?
  There was no objection.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, this is purely a technical amendment 
clarifying the funds available for the project-based rental assistance 
account.
  It was our intention to provide the same amount for the rental 
contracts in FY 14 as was provided in FY 13. However, because of a 
clerical error that was carried forward in the CBO scoring, we need 
this amendment to keep the bill within our 302(b) allocation. This 
amendment does not change the committee's intention of level-funding 
the project-based rental contracts.
  I urge the adoption of the amendment, and I yield back the balance of 
my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairwoman, I move to strike the last 
word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Arizona is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairwoman, the gentleman has cleared 
this amendment with our side, and it makes technical corrections to the 
section of the bill.
  We have no objection to this amendment, and I yield back the balance 
of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Iowa (Mr. Latham).
  The amendment was agreed to.
  Ms. JENKINS. Madam Chairwoman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentlewoman from Kansas is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Ms. JENKINS. Madam Chairwoman, I would like to thank Chairman Latham 
for his work in crafting this appropriation bill to fund our Federal 
transportation and housing programs. This already difficult task was 
made more difficult because of the House's adherence to the 
sequestration cuts, and I applaud the entire committee for working 
within these parameters.
  I'd also like to rise in support of a provision to strengthen the 
safety net for our veterans in need by making some changes to the HUD 
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or HUD-VASH program. The HUD-VASH 
program is an example of a program worthy of Federal funding. It helps 
our homeless veterans who served and defended our Nation to obtain 
viable housing assistance. I believe that we can all agree that 
supporting our veterans, particularly our homeless veterans, is a 
worthy and worthwhile initiative. Veterans and their families sacrifice 
tremendously to fight to preserve the freedoms you and I enjoy.
  After discussing the program with communities in Kansas, I believe 
there are several changes that can be made in order to improve delivery 
of the program from local housing authorities to veterans. The changes 
would direct that the Department of Housing and Urban Development track 
HUD-VASH vouchers after they've been awarded to public housing agencies 
to ensure these funds are able to be fully utilized to help homeless 
veterans. This will aid

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housing agencies in differentiating VASH vouchers from other section 9 
vouchers in the same pool. The suggested changes would also require the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development to work with public 
agencies to adopt a simple process for reporting HUD-VASH vouchers from 
one community to another based on need by a community's homeless 
veterans. Streamlining this process would give flexibility to our 
communities to ensure that VASH vouchers are utilized by as many 
qualified veterans as possible.
  Finally, my proposal would require HUD to implement a guidance 
recognizing the delay that public housing authorities sometimes face in 
distributing a HUD-VASH voucher while a veteran is in a drug or alcohol 
rehabilitation program. This will continue to allow housing agencies to 
reserve HUD-VASH vouchers for these homeless veterans without it 
affecting their administrative performance in the eyes of the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  Mr. LATHAM. Will the gentlewoman yield?
  Ms. JENKINS. I yield to the gentleman from Iowa.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I want to thank the gentlelady for her 
concern about housing for our Nation's most vulnerable veterans. I 
agree with her that we should do everything in our power to ensure that 
the HUD-VASH program works and serves homeless veterans in the most 
efficient manner possible.
  I look forward to working with the gentlelady on her concerns and 
would encourage the authorizers to look at this issue as they consider 
reforms across the housing programs.
  Ms. JENKINS. Madam Chair, reclaiming my time, again I would like to 
thank the chairman for his commitment to our Nation's veterans. I 
believe that he and I recognize that, just as it is critical to support 
our troops in the midst of combat, we must also ensure that our 
veterans receive the highest quality of care and service upon their 
return home.
  I would thank him again, and I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                 housing for persons with disabilities

       For amendments to capital advance contracts for supportive 
     housing for persons with disabilities, as authorized by 
     section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable 
     Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 8013), for project rental assistance 
     for supportive housing for persons with disabilities under 
     section 811(d)(2) of such Act and for project assistance 
     contracts pursuant to section 202(h) of the Housing Act of 
     1959 (Public Law 86-372; 73 Stat. 667), including amendments 
     to contracts for such assistance and renewal of expiring 
     contracts for such assistance for up to a 1-year term, for 
     project rental assistance to State housing finance agencies 
     and other appropriate entities as authorized under section 
     811(b)(3) of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Housing Act, and 
     for supportive services associated with the housing for 
     persons with disabilities as authorized by section 811(b)(1) 
     of such Act, $126,000,000 to remain available until September 
     30, 2017: Provided, That amounts made available under this 
     heading shall be available for Real Estate Assessment Center 
     inspections and inspection-related activities associated with 
     section 811 Projects: Provided further, That, notwithstanding 
     any other provision of law, upon the request of the Secretary 
     of Housing and Urban Development, project funds that are held 
     in residual receipts accounts for any project subject to a 
     section 811 project rental assistance contract and that upon 
     termination of such contract are in excess of an amount to be 
     determined by the Secretary shall be remitted to the 
     Department and deposited in this account, to be available 
     until expended: Provided further, That amounts deposited in 
     this account pursuant to the previous proviso shall be 
     available in addition to the amounts otherwise provided by 
     this heading for the purposes authorized under this heading: 
     Provided further, That unobligated balances, including 
     recaptures and carryover, remaining from funds transferred to 
     or appropriated under this heading may be used for the 
     current purposes authorized under this heading 
     notwithstanding the purposes for which such funds originally 
     were appropriated.

                     housing counseling assistance

       For contracts, grants, and other assistance excluding 
     loans, as authorized under section 106 of the Housing and 
     Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, $35,000,000, 
     including up to $4,500,000 for administrative contract 
     services, to remain available until September 30, 2014: 
     Provided, That grants made available from amounts provided 
     under this heading shall be awarded within 120 days of 
     enactment of this Act:  Provided further, That funds shall be 
     used for providing counseling and advice to tenants and 
     homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to 
     property maintenance, financial management/literacy, and such 
     other matters as may be appropriate to assist them in 
     improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial 
     needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or 
     homeownership; for program administration; and for housing 
     counselor training.

                    other assisted housing programs

                       rental housing assistance

       For amendments to contracts under section 101 of the 
     Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 (12 U.S.C. 1701s) 
     and section 236(f)(2) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 
     1715z-1) in State-aided, noninsured rental housing projects, 
     $21,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, 
     That such amount, together with unobligated balances from 
     recaptured amounts appropriated prior to fiscal year 2006 
     from terminated contracts under such sections of law, and any 
     unobligated balances, including recaptures and carryover, 
     remaining from funds appropriated under this heading after 
     fiscal year 2005, shall also be available for extensions of 
     up to one year for expiring contracts under such sections of 
     law.


               Amendment Offered by Mr. Broun of Georgia

  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chairwoman, I have an amendment at the 
desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 102, line 9, after the dollar amount, insert ``reduced 
     by $5,000,000''.
       Page 150, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``increased by $5,000,000''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chairman, this amendment would simply 
reduce the $19.7 million increase proposed for the rental housing 
assistance program under HUD by $5 million, putting this amount in the 
spending reduction account.
  As before, this would not be a cut to this program. It wouldn't even 
bring funding back to the 2013 levels like many amendments that I've 
offered today would have done. Instead, it would allow for a $14.7 
million increase to this program instead of the $19.7 million increase.
  I'm not arguing the merits of this program, Madam Chairman; but as 
I've said before, and I'll say it again, this country is broke.
  I commend the subcommittee and the chairman, my friend, Mr. Latham, 
for making some tough choices in this bill. He's done a great job in 
doing so, and I applaud his efforts. But if we want to solve our 
current fiscal crisis, we must continue to make very careful decisions. 
This is a small reduction, and it will just help in the process of 
getting our government to living within its means.
  I urge support of my amendment, and I yield back the balance of my 
time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairwoman, I rise in opposition to the gentleman's 
amendment.
  The gentleman said there's a big difference as far as an increase in 
funding in this account from last year. The fact of the matter is that 
what was actually spent was not increased and will not be increased 
this year. We recaptured a great deal of money from accounts previously 
to fund our bill last year. So the funding level is actually the same 
as what it was last year.
  The bill funds the rental housing assistance at $21 million, which is 
the amount with the recapture from last year that was spent, and this 
amount is necessary to fund 18,000 existing long-term project-based 
rental assistance contracts. This will ensure that these units remain 
available for low-income families.
  The bill funding levels are not arbitrary, Madam Chairwoman. We have 
scrubbed these accounts. We've held hearings on them and made 
recommendations on what must be funded. Again, although it appears a 
sizeable increase, in fact, it is not because of the recapture we had 
from last year.
  I urge a ``no'' vote on the amendment, and I yield back the balance 
of my time
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chairman, I move to strike the last 
word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.

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                              {time}  2145

  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chair, I rise in opposition to this 
amendment.
  This account renews long-term assistance contracts, and the number 
varies from year to year. The amount needed to renew these contracts 
depends on how many agreements HUD entered into years ago, not the 
number we renewed last year. Reducing the funding in this account will 
threaten the viability of these units if the funding is not preserved.
  I oppose the amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Broun).
  The amendment was rejected.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

                            rent supplement

                              (rescission)

       Of the amounts recaptured from terminated contracts under 
     section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 
     (12 U.S.C. 1701s) and section 236 of the National Housing Act 
     (12 U.S.C. 1715z-1) $3,500,000 are rescinded: Provided, That 
     no amounts may be rescinded from amounts that were designated 
     by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to the 
     Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the Balanced Budget 
     and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended.

            payment to manufactured housing fees trust fund

       For necessary expenses as authorized by the National 
     Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 
     1974 (42 U.S.C. 5401 et seq.), up to $6,530,000, to remain 
     available until expended, to be derived from the Manufactured 
     Housing Fees Trust Fund: Provided, That not to exceed the 
     total amount appropriated under this heading shall be 
     available from the general fund of the Treasury to the extent 
     necessary to incur obligations and make expenditures pending 
     the receipt of collections to the Fund pursuant to section 
     620 of such Act: Provided further, That the amount made 
     available under this heading from the general fund shall be 
     reduced as such collections are received during fiscal year 
     2014 so as to result in a final fiscal year 2014 
     appropriation from the general fund estimated at zero and 
     fees pursuant to such section 620 shall be modified as 
     necessary to ensure such a final fiscal year 2014 
     appropriation: Provided further, That for the dispute 
     resolution and installation programs, the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development may assess and collect fees 
     from any program participant: Provided further, That such 
     collections shall be deposited into the Fund, and the 
     Secretary, as provided herein, may use such collections, as 
     well as fees collected under section 620, for necessary 
     expenses of such Act: Provided further, That, notwithstanding 
     the requirements of section 620 of such Act, the Secretary 
     may carry out responsibilities of the Secretary under such 
     Act through the use of approved service providers that are 
     paid directly by the recipients of their services.

                     Federal Housing Administration

               mutual mortgage insurance program account

       New commitments to guarantee single family loans insured 
     under the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund shall not exceed 
     $400,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 
     2015: Provided, That during fiscal year 2014, obligations to 
     make direct loans to carry out the purposes of section 204(g) 
     of the National Housing Act, as amended, shall not exceed 
     $20,000,000: Provided further, That the foregoing amount in 
     the previous proviso shall be for loans to nonprofit and 
     governmental entities in connection with sales of single 
     family real properties owned by the Secretary and formerly 
     insured under the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. For 
     administrative contract expenses of the Federal Housing 
     Administration, $127,000,000, to remain available until 
     September 30, 2015: Provided further, That to the extent 
     guaranteed loan commitments exceed $200,000,000,000 on or 
     before April 1, 2013, an additional $1,400 for administrative 
     contract expenses shall be available for each $1,000,000 in 
     additional guaranteed loan commitments (including a pro rata 
     amount for any amount below $1,000,000), but in no case shall 
     funds made available by this proviso exceed $30,000,000.

                general and special risk program account

       New commitments to guarantee loans insured under the 
     General and Special Risk Insurance Funds, as authorized by 
     sections 238 and 519 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 
     1715z-3 and 1735c), shall not exceed $30,000,000,000 in total 
     loan principal, any part of which is to be guaranteed, to 
     remain available until September 30, 2015: Provided, That 
     during fiscal year 2014, gross obligations for the principal 
     amount of direct loans, as authorized by sections 204(g), 
     207(l), 238, and 519(a) of the National Housing Act, shall 
     not exceed $20,000,000, which shall be for loans to nonprofit 
     and governmental entities in connection with the sale of 
     single family real properties owned by the Secretary and 
     formerly insured under such Act.

                Government National Mortgage Association

guarantees of mortgage-backed securities loan guarantee program account

       New commitments to issue guarantees to carry out the 
     purposes of section 306 of the National Housing Act, as 
     amended (12 U.S.C. 1721(g)), shall not exceed 
     $500,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 
     2015: Provided, That $19,000,000 shall be available for 
     necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of Government 
     National Mortgage Association: Provided further, That to the 
     extent that guaranteed loan commitments will and do exceed 
     $155,000,000,000 on or before April 1, 2014, an additional 
     $100 for necessary salaries and expenses shall be available 
     until expended for each $1,000,000 in additional guaranteed 
     loan commitments (including a pro rata amount for any amount 
     below $1,000,000), but in no case shall funds made available 
     by this proviso exceed $3,000,000: Provided further, That 
     receipts from Commitment and Multiclass fees collected 
     pursuant to title III of the National Housing Act, as 
     amended, shall be credited as offsetting collections to this 
     account.

                    Policy Development and Research

                        research and technology

       For contracts, grants, and necessary expenses of programs 
     of research and studies relating to housing and urban 
     problems, not otherwise provided for, as authorized by title 
     V of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 
     1701z-1 et seq.), including carrying out the functions of the 
     Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under section 
     1(a)(1)(i) of Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1968, $21,000,000, 
     to remain available until September 30, 2015: Provided, That 
     with respect to amounts made available under this heading, 
     notwithstanding section 204 of this title, the Secretary may 
     enter into cooperative agreements funded with philanthropic 
     entities, other Federal agencies, or State or local 
     governments and their agencies for research projects: 
     Provided further, That with respect to the previous proviso, 
     such partners to the cooperative agreements must contribute 
     at least a 50 percent match toward the cost of the project: 
     Provided further, That for non-competitive agreements entered 
     into in accordance with the previous two provisos, the 
     Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall comply with 
     section 2(b) of the Federal Funding Accountability and 
     Transparency Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-282, 31 U.S.C. note) 
     in lieu of compliance with section 102(a)(4)(C) with respect 
     to documentation of award decisions.

                   Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

                        fair housing activities

       For contracts, grants, and other assistance, not otherwise 
     provided for, as authorized by title VIII of the Civil Rights 
     Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 
     1988, and section 561 of the Housing and Community 
     Development Act of 1987, as amended, $55,847,000, to remain 
     available until September 30, 2015: Provided, That, 
     notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, the Secretary may assess and 
     collect fees to cover the costs of the Fair Housing Training 
     Academy, and may use such funds to provide such training: 
     Provided further, That no funds made available under this 
     heading shall be used to lobby the executive or legislative 
     branches of the Federal Government in connection with a 
     specific contract, grant or loan: Provided further, That, of 
     the funds made available under this heading, $300,000 shall 
     be available to the Secretary of Housing and Urban 
     Development for the creation and promotion of translated 
     materials and other programs that support the assistance of 
     persons with limited English proficiency in utilizing the 
     services provided by the Department of Housing and Urban 
     Development.


               Amendment Offered by Mr. Al Green of Texas

  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 108, line 10, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $12,500,000)''.

  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I reserve a point of order on the 
gentleman's amendment.
  The Acting CHAIR. A point of order is reserved.
  The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Madam Chair, I thank the ranking member and I 
thank the chair. I would like to, if I may, compliment you and thank 
you for what you did with the HUD-VASH vouchers, the $75 million which 
is what was requested. I did join in that request, serving on Financial 
Services, and we share some jurisdiction with reference to the VASH 
vouchers. So I am appreciative, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member, 
for what was done. And, of course, I respect anyone who wants to 
increase the amount that we accord our veterans. They have gone to 
distant places; and many times when they return, they don't return home 
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circumstances that we enjoy, and I'm eager to do all that I can to make 
sure that they have a place to call home when they return.
  With reference to this amendment, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking 
Member, this amendment deals with the Fair Housing Initiative Program 
and the Fair Housing Assistance Program. The Fair Housing Assistance 
Program was started in 1968, the Fair Housing Initiatives Program in 
1987. They have enjoyed bipartisan support here in Congress, and the 
purpose of these two programs happens to be that of elimination of 
invidious discrimination.
  Invidious discrimination does not know the boundaries that many of us 
assume it is limited to. We find right now that a good many of our 
persons who have gone to war and who are returning home have been 
injured. A good many of them don't return the way they left. And the 
truth be told, the greatest number of complaints that we have in this 
area of discrimination are related to persons who have disabilities. 
Evidence shows us we had 27,092 complaints in 2011 and 28,519 
complaints in 2012. That's a 1,427 complaint increase; and disability 
are the greatest percentage of these complaints, with 47.1 to 55.6 
percent going against persons who have disabilities.
  This piece of legislation seeks to make sure that all persons--this 
would include our veterans who may have disabilities--have a place to 
call home and that they are not discriminated against. I know 
``discrimination'' is not a word that we like to use. I, quite frankly, 
don't find favor with the word, but for making our point, we have to 
mention it because there are people who are suffering from it.
  I would hope that we can restore FHIP to the amount that was in the 
original bill from the Senate, and FHAP as well. This is the Fair 
Housing Initiatives Program, FHIP, and the Fair Housing Assistance 
Program, FHAP, as they are commonly called. The bill reduces FHIP to 
$32.2 million, and this amendment restores it to $44.1 million, which 
is an $11.9 million increase. The bill reduces the Fair Housing 
Assistance Program to $23.4 million, and the amendment restores it to 
$24 million. That's a $600,000 increase, making a total of a $12.5 
million increase.
  It is my hope that we can find a way to accord these programs the 
losses they are suffering because the losses go beyond just the 
numbers. They impact people, and a good many of these people are our 
veterans.
  With that, I ask the chairman if he would engage me in a colloquy.
  Mr. Chairman, my assumption is that you have a point of order on this 
piece of legislation, the amendment, and I understand why; but I wanted 
to make sure that I emphasized the need to protect all persons, and I 
wanted to focus on our veterans tonight. My hope is that as we move 
forward, you and I and the ranking member can work together so that we 
can make sure that veterans are not the victims of invidious 
discrimination.
  Mr. LATHAM. Will the gentleman yield?
  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. I yield to the gentleman from Iowa.
  Mr. LATHAM. I thank the gentleman for his most sincere concern for 
these folks who need help, and I would pledge, if possible, if we can 
find ways. But under our allocation, you understand we have a very 
difficult situation, so I would have to insist on the point of order; 
but I appreciate the gentleman's efforts, and I look forward to working 
with him.
  Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. With that, Mr. Chairman, I withdraw my 
amendment. I hope that we can find that common ground that you 
mentioned, and I look forward to working with the ranking member who 
has always done whatever he can to help our veterans as well.
  The Acting CHAIR. Without objection, the amendment is withdrawn.
  There was no objection.


                    Amendment Offered by Mr. Grayson

  Mr. GRAYSON. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 108, line 19, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $150,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Florida is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. GRAYSON. Madam Chair, this is an amendment that relates to fair 
housing programs, and specifically the part of the program regarding 
the Limited English Proficiency Initiative.
  This is a small program that is capped in the bill presently at 
$300,000. The President had asked that this be increased to $500,000. 
We now offer an amendment that would increase it to $450,000, still 
less than what the President offered, but nowhere near what a program 
like this actually justifies. I want to point out we're not taking away 
from any other programs. We are just slightly lifting the cap on this 
particular program to allow the purpose of this program to be carried 
out.
  This initiative is vital to ensuring that individuals who are not 
proficient in English are aware of their rights, able to understand the 
terms of leases and other housing-related documents, and able to 
receive important announcements that affect the health and safety of 
their households.
  In addition, the initiative educates the HUD-assisted housing 
providers on their responsibilities under Federal law and HUD 
regulations to ensure that their housing programs and activities are 
fully accessible to all, regardless of national origin or English 
proficiency.
  Finally, the initiative saves HUD staff time as it helps HUD to more 
efficiently communicate with and, thereby, serve the needs of people 
who are not proficient in English.
  Madam Chair, I have heard from time to time that the folks on the 
other side of the aisle are looking for some way to reach out to the 
Hispanic community and make their party more appealing to the Hispanic 
community here in America. We have to realize that there are over 40 
million Americans who do not speak English as their first language. 
This is a tiny program that is meant to allow for people who do not 
have English proficiency to have some of the same benefits and benefit 
from the same programs as those who do. Certainly it would be a very 
small and minor concession on the part of the folks on the other side 
of the aisle to give this little nod to the Hispanic community and show 
their concern that we have equal protection under the law for all, 
regardless of whether they are English speaking or Spanish speaking or 
speak some other language.
  Since Congress initiated this program in fiscal year 2008, the 
Department has used this funding to translate vital HUD documents, such 
as model leases, fair housing complaint forms, statements of residents' 
rights and responsibilities, information on how to become a first-time 
homeowner, how to avoid loan fraud and foreclosure, and fair housing 
information for disaster housing providers and survivors.
  This request will not only fund translation of HUD documents and 
printing, but also oral interpretation services at HUD events, oral 
interpretation for persons seeking access to HUD services by telephone, 
acquisition of technology that conducts simultaneous oral translation, 
marketing of HUD's language access services to populations that need 
them, and public education on the availability of and the right to 
obtain information regarding HUD-funded services in multiple languages.
  Given the tiny amount of money that's involved here, this program has 
been extraordinarily effective. In the last year for which we have 
statistics, almost 30,000 people benefited from a program that cost the 
Federal Government only $300,000. This program has been incredibly cost 
effective. It is very much needed by Hispanics throughout America and 
other minorities who do not have English as their first language. I ask 
the majority, my friends across the aisle, to consider the value of 
this program to the Hispanic community and everyone else in America.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. I rise in opposition to this amendment.
  This account that he is taking the money from is already stretched 
extremely thin. His amendment seeks to take funds away from the 
investigations and adjudication for fair housing claims. So the exact 
people that he's talking about being concerned about, he is going to 
take away enforcement for fair housing. I don't understand the trade-
off.

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  I think that fair housing is extraordinarily important, and we have 
$300,000 in this account already; and to rob an account that enforces 
the law to make housing available so there is no discrimination, 
whether it be Hispanic or any nationality in their housing, you don't 
want to have cases where people, because of race, are not allowed in 
their housing.
  So I think it is ill thought out, something that certainly when 
you're taking away enforcement, fair housing is simply the wrong 
account. Again, we have $300,000 in this account for this purpose.
  Madam Chair, I ask for a ``no'' vote, and I yield back the balance of 
my time.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Madam Chair, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. I rise in support of the gentleman's 
amendment. It is his and my effort to help the majority with Republican 
outreach to Hispanic voters. This amendment would increase by $150,000 
the amount of funding HUD shall spend on translating documents for 
people who are not proficient English speakers.
  Because of our record to help the outreach program, we support this 
amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Florida (Mr. Grayson).
  The amendment was agreed to.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

            Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

                         lead hazard reduction

       For the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, as authorized by 
     section 1011 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard 
     Reduction Act of 1992, $50,000,000, to remain available until 
     September 30, 2015: Provided, That up to $5,000,000 of that 
     amount shall be for the Healthy Homes Initiative, pursuant to 
     sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act 
     of 1970 that shall include research, studies, testing, and 
     demonstration efforts, including education and outreach 
     concerning lead-based paint poisoning and other housing-
     related diseases and hazards: Provided further, That for 
     purposes of environmental review, pursuant to the National 
     Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and 
     other provisions of the law that further the purposes of such 
     Act, a grant under the Healthy Homes Initiative or the Lead 
     Technical Studies program under this heading or under prior 
     appropriations Acts for such purposes under this heading, 
     shall be considered to be funds for a special project for 
     purposes of section 305(c) of the Multifamily Housing 
     Property Disposition Reform Act of 1994: Provided further, 
     That amounts made available under this heading in this or 
     prior appropriations Acts, and that still remain available, 
     may be used for any purpose under this heading 
     notwithstanding the purpose for which such amounts were 
     appropriated if a program competition is undersubscribed and 
     there are other program competitions under this heading that 
     are oversubscribed.

                      information technology fund

       For the development of, modifications to, and 
     infrastructure for Department-wide and program-specific 
     information technology systems, for the continuing operation 
     and maintenance of both Department-wide and program-specific 
     information systems, and for program-related maintenance 
     activities, $100,000,000, to remain available until September 
     30, 2015: Provided, That up to $25,000,000 may be used for 
     Development Modernization and Enhancement: Provided further, 
     That any amounts transferred to this Fund under this Act 
     shall remain available until expended: Provided further, That 
     not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under 
     this heading for Development, Modernization and Enhancement, 
     including development and deployment of a Next Generation 
     Management System and development and deployment of 
     modernized Federal Housing Administration systems may be 
     obligated until the Secretary submits to the Committees on 
     Appropriations and the Comptroller General of the United 
     States a plan for expenditure that--(A) provides for all 
     information technology investments: (i) the cost and schedule 
     baselines with explanations for each associated variance, 
     (ii) the status of functional and performance capabilities 
     delivered or planned to be delivered, and (iii) mitigation 
     strategies to address identified risks; (B) outlines 
     activities to ensure strategic, consistent, and effective 
     application of information technology management controls: 
     (i) enterprise architecture, (ii) project management, (iii) 
     investment management, and (iv) human capital management.

                      office of inspector general

       For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of 
     Inspector General in carrying out the Inspector General Act 
     of 1978, as amended, $124,000,000: Provided, That the 
     Inspector General shall have independent authority over all 
     personnel issues within this office.

    General Provisions--Department of Housing and Urban Development

       Sec. 201.  Fifty percent of the amounts of budget 
     authority, or in lieu thereof 50 percent of the cash amounts 
     associated with such budget authority, that are recaptured 
     from projects described in section 1012(a) of the Stewart B. 
     McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988 (42 
     U.S.C. 1437 note) shall be cancelled or in the case of cash, 
     shall be remitted to the Treasury, and such amounts of budget 
     authority or cash recaptured and not cancelled or remitted to 
     the Treasury shall be used by State housing finance agencies 
     or local governments or local housing agencies with projects 
     approved by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
     for which settlement occurred after January 1, 1992, in 
     accordance with such section. Notwithstanding the previous 
     sentence, the Secretary may award up to 15 percent of the 
     budget authority or cash recaptured and not cancelled or 
     remitted to the Treasury to provide project owners with 
     incentives to refinance their project at a lower interest 
     rate.
       Sec. 202.  None of the amounts made available under this 
     Act may be used during fiscal year 2014 to investigate or 
     prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful 
     activity engaged in by one or more persons, including the 
     filing or maintaining of a nonfrivolous legal action, that is 
     engaged in solely for the purpose of achieving or preventing 
     action by a Government official or entity, or a court of 
     competent jurisdiction.
       Sec. 203.  Sections 203 and 209 of division C of Public Law 
     112-55 (125 Stat. 693-694) shall apply during fiscal year 
     2014 as if such sections were included in this title, except 
     that during such fiscal year such sections shall be applied 
     by substituting ``fiscal year 2014'' for ``fiscal year 2011'' 
     and ``fiscal year 2012'', each place such terms appear.
       Sec. 204.  Except as explicitly provided in law, any grant, 
     cooperative agreement or other assistance made pursuant to 
     title II of this Act shall be made on a competitive basis and 
     in accordance with section 102 of the Department of Housing 
     and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 (42 U.S.C. 3545).
       Sec. 205.  Funds of the Department of Housing and Urban 
     Development subject to the Government Corporation Control Act 
     or section 402 of the Housing Act of 1950 shall be available, 
     without regard to the limitations on administrative expenses, 
     for legal services on a contract or fee basis, and for 
     utilizing and making payment for services and facilities of 
     the Federal National Mortgage Association, Government 
     National Mortgage Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage 
     Corporation, Federal Financing Bank, Federal Reserve banks or 
     any member thereof, Federal Home Loan banks, and any insured 
     bank within the meaning of the Federal Deposit Insurance 
     Corporation Act, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1811-1).
       Sec. 206.  Unless otherwise provided for in this Act or 
     through a reprogramming of funds, no part of any 
     appropriation for the Department of Housing and Urban 
     Development shall be available for any program, project or 
     activity in excess of amounts set forth in the budget 
     estimates submitted to Congress.
       Sec. 207.  Corporations and agencies of the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development which are subject to the 
     Government Corporation Control Act are hereby authorized to 
     make such expenditures, within the limits of funds and 
     borrowing authority available to each such corporation or 
     agency and in accordance with law, and to make such contracts 
     and commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as 
     provided by section 104 of such Act as may be necessary in 
     carrying out the programs set forth in the budget for 2014 
     for such corporation or agency except as hereinafter 
     provided: Provided, That collections of these corporations 
     and agencies may be used for new loan or mortgage purchase 
     commitments only to the extent expressly provided for in this 
     Act (unless such loans are in support of other forms of 
     assistance provided for in this or prior appropriations 
     Acts), except that this proviso shall not apply to the 
     mortgage insurance or guaranty operations of these 
     corporations, or where loans or mortgage purchases are 
     necessary to protect the financial interest of the United 
     States Government.
       Sec. 208.  The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
     shall provide quarterly reports to the House and Senate 
     Committees on Appropriations regarding all uncommitted, 
     unobligated, recaptured and excess funds in each program and 
     activity within the jurisdiction of the Department and shall 
     submit additional, updated budget information to these 
     Committees upon request.
       Sec. 209.  The President's formal budget request for fiscal 
     year 2015, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban 
     Development's congressional budget justifications to be 
     submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of 
     Representatives and the Senate, shall use the identical 
     account and sub-account structure provided under this Act.
       Sec. 210.  A public housing agency or such other entity 
     that administers Federal housing assistance for the Housing 
     Authority of the county of Los Angeles, California, the 
     States of Alaska, Iowa, and Mississippi shall not be required 
     to include a resident of public housing or a recipient of 
     assistance provided under section 8 of the United States

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     Housing Act of 1937 on the board of directors or a similar 
     governing board of such agency or entity as required under 
     section (2)(b) of such Act. Each public housing agency or 
     other entity that administers Federal housing assistance 
     under section 8 for the Housing Authority of the county of 
     Los Angeles, California and the States of Alaska, Iowa and 
     Mississippi that chooses not to include a resident of public 
     housing or a recipient of section 8 assistance on the board 
     of directors or a similar governing board shall establish an 
     advisory board of not less than six residents of public 
     housing or recipients of section 8 assistance to provide 
     advice and comment to the public housing agency or other 
     administering entity on issues related to public housing and 
     section 8. Such advisory board shall meet not less than 
     quarterly.
       Sec. 211.  No funds provided under this title may be used 
     for an audit of the Government National Mortgage Association 
     that makes applicable requirements under the Federal Credit 
     Reform Act of 1990 (2 U.S.C. 661 et seq.).
       Sec. 212. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
     subject to the conditions listed in subsection (b), for 
     fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the Secretary of Housing and 
     Urban Development may authorize the transfer of some or all 
     project-based assistance, debt and statutorily required low-
     income and very low-income use restrictions, associated with 
     one or more multifamily housing project to another 
     multifamily housing project or projects.
       (b) Phased Transfers.--Transfers of project-based 
     assistance under this section may be done in phases to 
     accommodate the financing and other requirements related to 
     rehabilitating or constructing the project or projects to 
     which the assistance is transferred, to ensure that such 
     project or projects meet the standards under section (c).
       (c) The transfer authorized in subsection (a) is subject to 
     the following conditions:
       (1) Number and bedroom size of units.--
       (A) For occupied units in the transferring project: the 
     number of low-income and very low-income units and the 
     configuration (i.e. bedroom size) provided by the 
     transferring project shall be no less than when transferred 
     to the receiving project or projects and the net dollar 
     amount of Federal assistance provided by the transferring 
     project shall remain the same in the receiving project or 
     projects.
       (B) For unoccupied units in the transferring project: the 
     Secretary may authorize a reduction in the number of dwelling 
     units in the receiving project or projects to allow for a 
     reconfiguration of bedroom sizes to meet current market 
     demands, as determined by the Secretary and provided there is 
     no increase in the project-based section 8 budget authority.
       (2) The net dollar amount of Federal assistance provided to 
     the transferring project shall remain the same as the 
     receiving project or projects.
       (3) The transferring project shall, as determined by the 
     Secretary, be either physically obsolete or economically 
     nonviable.
       (4) The receiving project or projects shall meet or exceed 
     applicable physical standards established by the Secretary.
       (5) The owner or mortgagor of the transferring project 
     shall notify and consult with the tenants residing in the 
     transferring project and provide a certification of approval 
     by all appropriate local governmental officials.
       (6) The tenants of the transferring project who remain 
     eligible for assistance to be provided by the receiving 
     project or projects shall not be required to vacate their 
     units in the transferring project or projects until new units 
     in the receiving project are available for occupancy.
       (7) The Secretary determines that this transfer is in the 
     best interest of the tenants.
       (8) If either the transferring project or the receiving 
     project or projects meets the condition specified in 
     subsection (d)(2)(A), any lien on the receiving project 
     resulting from additional financing obtained by the owner 
     shall be subordinate to any FHA-insured mortgage lien 
     transferred to, or placed on, such project by the Secretary, 
     except that the Secretary may waive this requirement upon 
     determination that such a waiver is necessary to facilitate 
     the financing of acquisition, construction, and/or 
     rehabilitation of the receiving project or projects.
       (9) If the transferring project meets the requirements of 
     subsection (c)(2)(E), the owner or mortgagor of the receiving 
     project or projects shall execute and record either a 
     continuation of the existing use agreement or a new use 
     agreement for the project where, in either case, any use 
     restrictions in such agreement are of no lesser duration than 
     the existing use restrictions.
       (10) The transfer does not increase the cost (as defined in 
     section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as 
     amended) of any FHA-insured mortgage, except to the extent 
     that appropriations are provided in advance for the amount of 
     any such increased cost.
       (d) For purposes of this section--
       (1) the terms ``low-income'' and ``very low-income'' shall 
     have the meanings provided by the statute and/or regulations 
     governing the program under which the project is insured or 
     assisted;
       (2) the term ``multifamily housing project'' means housing 
     that meets one of the following conditions--
       (A) housing that is subject to a mortgage insured under the 
     National Housing Act;
       (B) housing that has project-based assistance attached to 
     the structure including projects undergoing mark to market 
     debt restructuring under the Multifamily Assisted Housing 
     Reform and Affordability Housing Act;
       (C) housing that is assisted under section 202 of the 
     Housing Act of 1959 as amended by section 801 of the 
     Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act;
       (D) housing that is assisted under section 202 of the 
     Housing Act of 1959, as such section existed before the 
     enactment of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable 
     Housing Act;
       (E) housing that is assisted under section 811 of the 
     Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act; or
       (F) housing or vacant land that is subject to a use 
     agreement;
       (3) the term ``project-based assistance'' means--
       (A) assistance provided under section 8(b) of the United 
     States Housing Act of 1937;
       (B) assistance for housing constructed or substantially 
     rehabilitated pursuant to assistance provided under section 
     8(b)(2) of such Act (as such section existed immediately 
     before October 1, 1983);
       (C) rent supplement payments under section 101 of the 
     Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965;
       (D) interest reduction payments under section 236 and/or 
     additional assistance payments under section 236(f)(2) of the 
     National Housing Act;
       (E) assistance payments made under section 202(c)(2) of the 
     Housing Act of 1959; and
       (F) assistance payments made under section 811(d)(2) of the 
     Housing Act of 1959;
       (4) the term ``receiving project or projects'' means the 
     multifamily housing project or projects to which some or all 
     of the project-based assistance, debt, and statutorily 
     required use low-income and very low-income restrictions are 
     to be transferred;
       (5) the term ``transferring project'' means the multifamily 
     housing project which is transferring some or all of the 
     project-based assistance, debt and the statutorily required 
     low-income and very low-income use restrictions to the 
     receiving project or projects; and
       (6) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Housing 
     and Urban Development.
       (e) The Secretary shall publish by notice in the Federal 
     Register the terms and conditions, including criteria for HUD 
     approval, of transfers pursuant to this section no later than 
     30 days before the effective date of such notice.
       Sec. 213. (a) No assistance shall be provided under section 
     8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) 
     to any individual who--
       (1) is enrolled as a student at an institution of higher 
     education (as defined under section 102 of the Higher 
     Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002));
       (2) is under 24 years of age;
       (3) is not a veteran;
       (4) is unmarried;
       (5) does not have a dependent child;
       (6) is not a person with disabilities, as such term is 
     defined in section 3(b)(3)(E) of the United States Housing 
     Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)(3)(E)) and was not receiving 
     assistance under such section 8 as of November 30, 2005; and
       (7) is not otherwise individually eligible, or has parents 
     who, individually or jointly, are not eligible, to receive 
     assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act 
     of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f).
       (b) For purposes of determining the eligibility of a person 
     to receive assistance under section 8 of the United States 
     Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f), any financial 
     assistance (in excess of amounts received for tuition and any 
     other required fees and charges) that an individual receives 
     under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et 
     seq.), from private sources, or an institution of higher 
     education (as defined under the Higher Education Act of 1965 
     (20 U.S.C. 1002)), shall be considered income to that 
     individual, except for a person over the age of 23 with 
     dependent children.
       Sec. 214.  The funds made available for Native Alaskans 
     under the heading ``Native American Housing Block Grants'' in 
     title II of this Act shall be allocated to the same Native 
     Alaskan housing block grant recipients that received funds in 
     fiscal year 2005.
       Sec. 215.  Notwithstanding the limitation in the first 
     sentence of section 255(g) of the National Housing Act (12 
     U.S.C. 1725z-20(g)), the Secretary of Housing and Urban 
     Development may, until September 30, 2014, insure and enter 
     into commitments to insure mortgages under such section 255.
       Sec. 216.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in 
     fiscal year 2014, in managing and disposing of any 
     multifamily property that is owned or has a mortgage held by 
     the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and during 
     the process of foreclosure on any property with a contract 
     for rental assistance payments under section 8 of the United 
     States Housing Act of 1937 or other Federal programs, the 
     Secretary shall maintain any rental assistance payments under 
     section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 and other 
     programs that are attached to any dwelling units in the 
     property. To the extent the Secretary determines, in 
     consultation with the tenants and the local government, that 
     such a multifamily property owned or held by the Secretary is 
     not feasible for continued rental assistance payments under 
     such section 8 or other programs, based on consideration of 
     (1) the costs of rehabilitating and operating the property 
     and all available Federal, State, and local resources, 
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     section 524 of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and 
     Affordability Act of 1997 (``MAHRAA'') and (2) environmental 
     conditions that cannot be remedied in a cost-effective 
     fashion, the Secretary may, in consultation with the tenants 
     of that property, contract for project-based rental 
     assistance payments with an owner or owners of other existing 
     housing properties, or provide other rental assistance. The 
     Secretary shall also take appropriate steps to ensure that 
     project-based contracts remain in effect prior to 
     foreclosure, subject to the exercise of contractual abatement 
     remedies to assist relocation of tenants for imminent major 
     threats to health and safety after written notice to and 
     informed consent of the affected tenants and use of other 
     available remedies, such as partial abatements or 
     receivership. After disposition of any multifamily property 
     described under this section, the contract and allowable rent 
     levels on such properties shall be subject to the 
     requirements under section 524 of MAHRAA.
       Sec. 217.  During fiscal year 2014, in the provision of 
     rental assistance under section 8(o) of the United States 
     Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)) in connection with a 
     program to demonstrate the economy and effectiveness of 
     providing such assistance for use in assisted living 
     facilities that is carried out in the counties of the State 
     of Michigan notwithstanding paragraphs (3) and (18)(B)(iii) 
     of such section 8(o), a family residing in an assisted living 
     facility in any such county, on behalf of which a public 
     housing agency provides assistance pursuant to section 
     8(o)(18) of such Act, may be required, at the time the family 
     initially receives such assistance, to pay rent in an amount 
     exceeding 40 percent of the monthly adjusted income of the 
     family by such a percentage or amount as the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development determines to be appropriate.
       Sec. 218.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
     recipient of a grant under section 202b of the Housing Act of 
     1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q) after December 26, 2000, in accordance 
     with the unnumbered paragraph at the end of section 202(b) of 
     such Act, may, at its option, establish a single-asset 
     nonprofit entity to own the project and may lend the grant 
     funds to such entity, which may be a private nonprofit 
     organization described in section 831 of the American 
     Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000.
       Sec. 219.  The commitment authority funded by fees as 
     provided under the heading ``Community Development Loan 
     Guarantees Program Account'' may be used to guarantee, or 
     make commitments to guarantee, notes, or other obligations 
     issued by any State on behalf of non-entitlement communities 
     in the State in accordance with the requirements of section 
     108 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974: 
     Provided, That any State receiving such a guarantee or 
     commitment shall distribute all funds subject to such 
     guarantee to the units of general local government in non-
     entitlement areas that received the commitment.
       Sec. 220.  Public housing agencies that own and operate 400 
     or fewer public housing units may elect to be exempt from any 
     asset management requirement imposed by the Secretary of 
     Housing and Urban Development in connection with the 
     operating fund rule: Provided, That an agency seeking a 
     discontinuance of a reduction of subsidy under the operating 
     fund formula shall not be exempt from asset management 
     requirements.
       Sec. 221.  With respect to the use of amounts provided in 
     this Act and in future Acts for the operation, capital 
     improvement and management of public housing as authorized by 
     sections 9(d) and 9(e) of the United States Housing Act of 
     1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437g(d) and (e)), the Secretary shall not 
     impose any requirement or guideline relating to asset 
     management that restricts or limits in any way the use of 
     capital funds for central office costs pursuant to section 
     9(g)(1) or 9(g)(2) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 
     (42 U.S.C. 1437g(g)(1), (2)): Provided, That a public housing 
     agency may not use capital funds authorized under section 
     9(d) for activities that are eligible under section 9(e) for 
     assistance with amounts from the operating fund in excess of 
     the amounts permitted under section 9(g)(1) or 9(g)(2).
       Sec. 222.  No official or employee of the Department of 
     Housing and Urban Development shall be designated as an 
     allotment holder unless the Office of the Chief Financial 
     Officer has determined that such allotment holder has 
     implemented an adequate system of funds control and has 
     received training in funds control procedures and directives. 
     The Chief Financial Officer shall ensure that there is a 
     trained allotment holder for each HUD sub-office under the 
     accounts ``Executive Offices'' and ``Administrative Support 
     Offices,'' as well as each account receiving appropriations 
     for ``Program Office Salaries and Expenses'' within the 
     Department of Housing and Urban Development.
       Sec. 223.  The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
     shall report annually to the House and Senate Committees on 
     Appropriations on the status of all section 8 project-based 
     housing, including the number of all project-based units by 
     region as well as an analysis of all federally subsidized 
     housing being refinanced under the Mark-to-Market program. 
     The Secretary shall in the report identify all existing units 
     maintained by region as section 8 project-based units and all 
     project-based units that have opted out of section 8 or have 
     otherwise been eliminated as section 8 project-based units. 
     The Secretary shall identify in detail and by project all the 
     efforts made by the Department to preserve all section 8 
     project-based housing units and all the reasons for any units 
     which opted out or otherwise were lost as section 8 project-
     based units. Such analysis shall include a review of the 
     impact of the loss of any subsidized units in that housing 
     marketplace, such as the impact of cost and the loss of 
     available subsidized, low-income housing in areas with scarce 
     housing resources for low-income families.
       Sec. 224.  The Secretary of the Department of Housing and 
     Urban Development shall, for fiscal year 2014 and subsequent 
     fiscal years, notify the public through the Federal Register 
     and other means, as determined appropriate, of the issuance 
     of a notice of the availability of assistance or notice of 
     funding availability (NOFA) for any program or discretionary 
     fund administered by the Secretary that is to be 
     competitively awarded. Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     law, for fiscal year 2014 and subsequent fiscal years, the 
     Secretary may make the NOFA available only on the Internet at 
     the appropriate Government Web site or through other 
     electronic media, as determined by the Secretary.
       Sec. 225.  Payment of attorney fees in program-related 
     litigation must be paid from individual program office 
     personnel benefits and compensation funding. The annual 
     budget submission for program office personnel benefit and 
     compensation funding must include program-related litigation 
     costs for attorney fees as a separate line item request.
       Sec. 226.  Except for funds provided for claims and 
     indemnities, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and 
     Urban Development is authorized to transfer up to 5 percent 
     or $5,000,000, whichever is less, of the funds appropriated 
     for any office funded under the headings ``Management and 
     Administration'' and ``Program Office Salaries and 
     Expenses'', to any other office funded under such headings: 
     Provided, That no appropriation for any office funded under 
     such headings shall be increased or decreased by more than 5 
     percent or $5,000,000, whichever is less, without prior 
     written approval from the House and Senate Committees on 
     Appropriations.
       Sec. 227.  The Disaster Housing Assistance Programs, 
     administered by the Department of Housing and Urban 
     Development, shall be considered a ``program of the 
     Department of Housing and Urban Development'' under section 
     904 of the McKinney Act for the purpose of income 
     verifications and matching.
       Sec. 228.  None of the funds made available by this Act, or 
     any other Act, for purposes authorized under section 8 (only 
     with respect to the tenant-based rental assistance program) 
     and section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 
     U.S.C. 1437 et seq.) may be used by any public housing agency 
     for any amount of salary, for the chief executive officer of 
     which, or any other official or employee of which, that 
     exceeds the annual rate of basic pay payable for a position 
     at level IV of the Executive Schedule at any time during any 
     public housing agency fiscal year 2014.
       Sec. 229.  Title II of Division K of Public Law 110-161 is 
     amended by striking the entire item relating to ``Flexible 
     Subsidy Fund''.
       Sec. 230.  Paragraph (1) of section 242(i) of the National 
     Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z-7(i)(1)) is amended by striking 
     ``July 31, 2011'' and inserting ``July 31, 2016''.
       Sec. 231.  Subsection (d) of section 184 of the Housing and 
     Community Development Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 1715z-13a(d)) is 
     amended to read as follows:
       ``(d) Guarantee Fee.--The Secretary shall establish and 
     collect, at the time of issuance of the guarantee, a fee for 
     the guarantee of loans under this section, in an amount not 
     exceeding 3 percent of the principal obligation of the loan. 
     The Secretary may also establish and collect annual premium 
     payments in an amount not exceeding 1 percent of the 
     remaining guaranteed balance (excluding the portion of the 
     remaining balance attributable to the fee collected at the 
     time of issuance of the guarantee). The Secretary shall 
     establish the amount of the fees and premiums by publishing a 
     notice in the Federal Register. The Secretary shall deposit 
     any fees and premiums collected under this subsection in the 
     Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund established under 
     subsection (i).''.
       Sec. 232.  Notwithstanding Section 24(o) of the United 
     States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437v(o)), amounts made 
     available in prior appropriations Acts under the heading 
     ``Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing (HOPE 
     VI)'' may continue to be provided as assistance pursuant to 
     such section 24.
       Sec. 233.  The proviso under the ``Community Development 
     Fund'' heading in Public Laws 109-148, 109-234, 110-252, and 
     110-329 which requires the Secretary to establish procedures 
     to prevent duplication of benefits and to report to the 
     Committees on Appropriations on all steps to prevent fraud 
     and abuse is amended by striking ``quarterly'' and inserting 
     ``annually''.
       Sec. 234.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used to require or enforce the Green Physical Needs 
     Assessment (GPNA).
       Sec. 235.  None of the funds in this Act may be available 
     for the doctoral dissertation research grant program at the 
     Department of Housing and Urban Development.
       This title may be cited as the ``Department of Housing and 
     Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2014''.

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                      TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES

                              Access Board

                         salaries and expenses

       For expenses necessary for the Access Board, as authorized 
     by section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 
     $7,400,000: Provided, That, notwithstanding any other 
     provision of law, there may be credited to this appropriation 
     funds received for publications and training expenses.

                     federal housing finance agency

                      office of inspector general

       For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General 
     in carrying out the provisions of the Inspector General Act 
     of 1978, $38,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 
     2015, to be derived from the Federal National Mortgage 
     Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and the 
     Federal Home Loan Banks under section 1106 of the Housing and 
     Economic Recovery Act of 2008: Provided, That concurrent with 
     the President's budget request for fiscal year 2015, the 
     Inspector General shall submit to the House and Senate 
     Committees on Appropriations a budget request for fiscal year 
     2015 in similar format and substance to those submitted by 
     executive agencies of the Federal Government.

                      Federal Maritime Commission

                         salaries and expenses

       For necessary expenses of the Federal Maritime Commission 
     as authorized by section 201(d) of the Merchant Marine Act, 
     1936, as amended (46 U.S.C. 307), including services as 
     authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109; hire of passenger motor vehicles 
     as authorized by 31 U.S.C. 1343(b); and uniforms or 
     allowances therefore, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5901-5902, 
     $24,200,000: Provided, That not to exceed $2,000 shall be 
     available for official reception and representation expenses.

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               Amendment Offered by Mr. Broun of Georgia

  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 134, line 13, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $100,000)''.
       Page 150, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $100,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chair, this amendment would reduce 
funding in the bill for the Federal Maritime Commission's Salaries and 
Expenses by $100,000, and transfer that same amount to the Spending 
Reduction Account.
  This amendment would have the effect of bringing the appropriations 
for this purpose back to the current levels, what we have right now. I 
offered a similar amendment to this bill last year, which would have 
eliminated a proposed $900,000 increase to this same account. 
Unfortunately, that amendment failed by a 172-249 vote, a pretty strong 
margin.
  So this year, I bring you a request to hold the line, to eliminate 
this very small increase of $100,000, an amount which is less than many 
bureaucrats here in Washington take home as their yearly salary.
  Perhaps more than any of my amendments that I've offered tonight, I 
hope that this one passes, Madam Chair, because if this amendment to 
strike a $100,000 increase to Federal employee salaries fails, it means 
that we are in serious, serious trouble when it comes to solving our 
spending problem.
  I urge my colleagues to prove me wrong and to support my amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I'm not going to oppose this amendment. It 
is an account that the maritime industry, with the concerns that we've 
had and some of the incidents on cruise ships, it's an account that is 
much needed. But with a very small reduction here, bringing it back to 
last year's funding level, that would be acceptable to me and we would 
accept the amendment.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Broun).
  The amendment was agreed to.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

  National Railroad Passenger Corporation Office of Inspector General

                         salaries and expenses

       For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General 
     for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation to carry out 
     the provisions of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as 
     amended, $25,300,000: Provided, That the Inspector General 
     shall have all necessary authority, in carrying out the 
     duties specified in the Inspector General Act, as amended (5 
     U.S.C. App. 3), to investigate allegations of fraud, 
     including false statements to the government (18 U.S.C. 
     1001), by any person or entity that is subject to regulation 
     by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation: Provided 
     further, That the Inspector General may enter into contracts 
     and other arrangements for audits, studies, analyses, and 
     other services with public agencies and with private persons, 
     subject to the applicable laws and regulations that govern 
     the obtaining of such services within the National Railroad 
     Passenger Corporation: Provided further, That the Inspector 
     General may select, appoint, and employ such officers and 
     employees as may be necessary for carrying out the functions, 
     powers, and duties of the Office of Inspector General, 
     subject to the applicable laws and regulations that govern 
     such selections, appointments, and employment within Amtrak: 
     Provided further, That concurrent with the President's budget 
     request for fiscal year 2015, the Inspector General shall 
     submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a 
     budget request for fiscal year 2015 in similar format and 
     substance to those submitted by executive agencies of the 
     Federal Government.


               Amendment Offered by Mr. Broun of Georgia

  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.
  The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will report the amendment.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Page 134, line 22, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(reduced by $4,800,000)''.
       Page 150, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert 
     ``(increased by $4,800,000)''.

  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chair, I've got good news for my friends 
from Arizona and from Iowa. This is the last amendment that I plan to 
offer on this bill.
  It would reduce the proposed funding for the Amtrak Office of 
Inspector General's Salaries and Expenses by $4,800,000 and transfer 
that same amount to the Spending Reduction Account.
  Like many of the amendments that I've offered today, it would simply 
remove a proposed increase, returning the final amendment back to 
current spending levels.
  The Amtrak IG's role is to root out waste, fraud and abuse within the 
corporation. As I detailed during consideration of my earlier amendment 
related to Amtrak, I am of the opinion that the IG still has a ways to 
go in this regard.
  Yet, the committee report includes an interesting statement which 
appears to serve as a pat on the back for the OIG, and perhaps even as 
a justification for this large proposed increase.
  The line simply says: ``The Committee appreciates that the Amtrak OIG 
submitted a separate budget request to the Committees on Appropriations 
and directs it to do so in Fiscal Year 2015.''
  Now, to my read, this means that simply because the OIG did his job, 
it will receive nearly $5 million in extra Federal dollars for salaries 
and expenses. I think that's preposterous.
  Madam Chairman, I talked a lot about Amtrak's failings earlier, and 
I'm not going to rehash the same arguments. I only ask that my 
colleagues support my amendment. Let's hold the spending to the current 
levels, and hold the line on wasteful spending. Let's live within our 
means, and let's roll back this increase.
  I encourage acceptance of my amendment, and I recommended an ``aye'' 
vote.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I move to strike the last word.
  The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman from Iowa is recognized for 5 
minutes.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chair, I must rise in opposition to the gentleman's 
amendment.
  Madam Chair, as you know, one of the very important functions of this 
committee is oversight, ensuring agencies under our purview are 
efficiently and effectively managed.
  This bill provides Amtrak, the OIG, with $25.3 million for oversight 
studies and investigations into fraud, waste and abuse at Amtrak. 
Through these investigations, the Amtrak OIG has helped improve the 
economy, efficiency and effectiveness of Amtrak programs and 
operations.
  Amtrak OIG runs a program that has identified improper and 
overpayments

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to the tune of $85 million. Amtrak has collected some of this back, 
which has saved the taxpayer money.
  The bill's funding levels are not arbitrary, Madam Chair. We have 
scrubbed these accounts. We have held hearings and made recommendations 
on what must be funded.

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  I think this is an extremely important function that we have so that 
we can look at Amtrak. We're spending an awful lot of money with 
Amtrak. We need to have a strong Office of Inspector General to keep 
tabs on it. I think this is money well spent.
  I would certainly urge a ``no'' vote on this amendment, and I yield 
back the balance of my time.
  The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the 
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Broun).
  The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the noes 
appeared to have it.
  Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.
  The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further 
proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Georgia will 
be postponed.
  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I ask unanimous consent that the 
remainder of the bill through page 150, line 2 be considered as read, 
printed in the Record, and open to amendment at any point.
  The Acting CHAIR. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman 
from Iowa?
  There was no objection.
  The text of that portion of the bill is as follows:

                  National Transportation Safety Board

                         salaries and expenses

       For necessary expenses of the National Transportation 
     Safety Board, including hire of passenger motor vehicles and 
     aircraft; services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, but at 
     rates for individuals not to exceed the per diem rate 
     equivalent to the rate for a GS-15; uniforms, or allowances 
     therefor, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902), 
     $102,400,000, of which not to exceed $2,000 may be used for 
     official reception and representation expenses. The amounts 
     made available to the National Transportation Safety Board in 
     this Act include amounts necessary to make lease payments on 
     an obligation incurred in fiscal year 2001 for a capital 
     lease.

                 Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

          payment to the neighborhood reinvestment corporation

       For payment to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation 
     for use in neighborhood reinvestment activities, as 
     authorized by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation Act 
     (42 U.S.C. 8101-8107), $127,100,000: Provided, That in 
     addition, $58,000,000 shall be made available until expended 
     to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation for mortgage 
     foreclosure mitigation activities, under the following terms 
     and conditions:
       (1) The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (``NRC'') 
     shall make grants to counseling intermediaries approved by 
     the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (with 
     match to be determined by the NRC based on affordability and 
     the economic conditions of an area; a match also may be 
     waived by the NRC based on the aforementioned conditions) to 
     provide mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance primarily 
     to States and areas with high rates of defaults and 
     foreclosures to help eliminate the default and foreclosure of 
     mortgages of owner-occupied single-family homes that are at 
     risk of such foreclosure. Other than areas with high rates of 
     defaults and foreclosures, grants may also be provided to 
     approved counseling intermediaries based on a geographic 
     analysis of the Nation by the NRC which determines where 
     there is a prevalence of mortgages that are risky and likely 
     to fail, including any trends for mortgages that are likely 
     to default and face foreclosure. A State Housing Finance 
     Agency may also be eligible where the State Housing Finance 
     Agency meets all the requirements under this paragraph. A 
     HUD-approved counseling intermediary shall meet certain 
     mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance counseling 
     requirements, as determined by the NRC, and shall be approved 
     by HUD or the NRC as meeting these requirements.
       (2) Mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance shall only 
     be made available to homeowners of owner-occupied homes with 
     mortgages in default or in danger of default. These mortgages 
     shall likely be subject to a foreclosure action and 
     homeowners will be provided such assistance that shall 
     consist of activities that are likely to prevent foreclosures 
     and result in the long-term affordability of the mortgage 
     retained pursuant to such activity or another positive 
     outcome for the homeowner. No funds made available under this 
     paragraph may be provided directly to lenders or homeowners 
     to discharge outstanding mortgage balances or for any other 
     direct debt reduction payments.
       (3) The use of Mortgage Foreclosure Mitigation Assistance 
     by approved counseling intermediaries and State Housing 
     Finance Agencies shall involve a reasonable analysis of the 
     borrower's financial situation, an evaluation of the current 
     value of the property that is subject to the mortgage, 
     counseling regarding the assumption of the mortgage by 
     another non-Federal party, counseling regarding the possible 
     purchase of the mortgage by a non-Federal third party, 
     counseling and advice of all likely restructuring and 
     refinancing strategies or the approval of a work-out strategy 
     by all interested parties.
       (4) NRC may provide up to 15 percent of the total funds 
     under this paragraph to its own charter members with 
     expertise in foreclosure prevention counseling, subject to a 
     certification by the NRC that the procedures for selection do 
     not consist of any procedures or activities that could be 
     construed as an unacceptable conflict of interest or have the 
     appearance of impropriety.
       (5) HUD-approved counseling entities and State Housing 
     Finance Agencies receiving funds under this paragraph shall 
     have demonstrated experience in successfully working with 
     financial institutions as well as borrowers facing default, 
     delinquency and foreclosure as well as documented counseling 
     capacity, outreach capacity, past successful performance and 
     positive outcomes with documented counseling plans (including 
     post mortgage foreclosure mitigation counseling), loan 
     workout agreements and loan modification agreements. NRC may 
     use other criteria to demonstrate capacity in underserved 
     areas.
       (6) Of the total amount made available under this 
     paragraph, up to $3,000,000 may be made available to build 
     the mortgage foreclosure and default mitigation counseling 
     capacity of counseling intermediaries through NRC training 
     courses with HUD-approved counseling intermediaries and their 
     partners, except that private financial institutions that 
     participate in NRC training shall pay market rates for such 
     training.
       (7) Of the total amount made available under this 
     paragraph, up to 6 percent may be used for associated 
     administrative expenses for the NRC to carry out activities 
     provided under this section.
       (8) Mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance grants may 
     include a budget for outreach and advertising, and training, 
     as determined by the NRC.
       (9) The NRC shall continue to report bi-annually to the 
     House and Senate Committees on Appropriations as well as the 
     Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services 
     Committee on its efforts to mitigate mortgage default.

           United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

                           operating expenses

       For necessary expenses (including payment of salaries, 
     authorized travel, hire of passenger motor vehicles, the 
     rental of conference rooms, and the employment of experts and 
     consultants under section 3109 of title 5, United States 
     Code) of the United States Interagency Council on 
     Homelessness in carrying out the functions pursuant to title 
     II of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended, 
     $3,000,000.

                                TITLE IV

                      GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS ACT

       Sec. 401.  None of the funds in this Act shall be used for 
     the planning or execution of any program to pay the expenses 
     of, or otherwise compensate, non-Federal parties intervening 
     in regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings funded in this Act.
       Sec. 402.  None of the funds appropriated in this Act shall 
     remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal 
     year, nor may any be transferred to other appropriations, 
     unless expressly so provided herein.
       Sec. 403.  The expenditure of any appropriation under this 
     Act for any consulting service through procurement contract 
     pursuant to section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, 
     shall be limited to those contracts where such expenditures 
     are a matter of public record and available for public 
     inspection, except where otherwise provided under existing 
     law, or under existing Executive order issued pursuant to 
     existing law.
       Sec. 404.  Except as otherwise provided in this Act, none 
     of the funds provided in this Act, provided by previous 
     appropriations Acts to the agencies or entities funded in 
     this Act that remain available for obligation or expenditure 
     in fiscal year 2014, or provided from any accounts in the 
     Treasury derived by the collection of fees and available to 
     the agencies funded by this Act, shall be available for 
     obligation or expenditure through a reprogramming of funds 
     that:
       (1) creates a new program;
       (2) eliminates a program, project, or activity;
       (3) increases funds or personnel for any program, project, 
     or activity for which funds have been denied or restricted by 
     the Congress;
       (4) proposes to use funds directed for a specific activity 
     by either the House or Senate Committees on Appropriations 
     for a different purpose;
       (5) augments existing programs, projects, or activities in 
     excess of $5,000,000 or 10 percent, whichever is less;
       (6) reduces existing programs, projects, or activities by 
     $5,000,000 or 10 percent, whichever is less; or
       (7) creates, reorganizes, or restructures a branch, 
     division, office, bureau, board, commission, agency, 
     administration, or department different from the budget 
     justifications

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     submitted to the Committees on Appropriations or the table 
     accompanying the explanatory statement accompanying this Act, 
     whichever is more detailed, unless prior approval is received 
     from the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations: 
     Provided, That not later than 60 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, each agency funded by this Act shall 
     submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
     Senate and of the House of Representatives to establish the 
     baseline for application of reprogramming and transfer 
     authorities for the current fiscal year: Provided further, 
     That the report shall include:
       (A) a table for each appropriation with a separate column 
     to display the President's budget request, adjustments made 
     by Congress, adjustments due to enacted rescissions, if 
     appropriate, and the fiscal year enacted level;
       (B) a delineation in the table for each appropriation both 
     by object class and program, project, and activity as 
     detailed in the budget appendix for the respective 
     appropriation; and
       (C) an identification of items of special congressional 
     interest: Provided further, That the amount appropriated or 
     limited for salaries and expenses for an agency shall be 
     reduced by $100,000 per day for each day after the required 
     date that the report has not been submitted to the Congress.
       Sec. 405.  Except as otherwise specifically provided by 
     law, not to exceed 50 percent of unobligated balances 
     remaining available at the end of fiscal year 2014 from 
     appropriations made available for salaries and expenses for 
     fiscal year 2014 in this Act, shall remain available through 
     September 30, 2015, for each such account for the purposes 
     authorized: Provided, That a request shall be submitted to 
     the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations prior to 
     the expenditure of such funds: Provided further, That these 
     requests shall be made in compliance with reprogramming 
     guidelines under section 404 of this Act.
       Sec. 406. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act 
     may be obligated or expended for any employee training that--
       (1) does not meet identified needs for knowledge, skills, 
     and abilities bearing directly upon the performance of 
     official duties;
       (2) contains elements likely to induce high levels of 
     emotional response or psychological stress in some 
     participants;
       (3) does not require prior employee notification of the 
     content and methods to be used in the training and written 
     end of course evaluation;
       (4) contains any methods or content associated with 
     religious or quasi-religious belief systems or ``new age'' 
     belief systems as defined in Equal Employment Opportunity 
     Commission Notice N-915.022, dated September 2, 1988; or
       (5) is offensive to, or designed to change, participants' 
     personal values or lifestyle outside the workplace.
       (b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit, restrict, or 
     otherwise preclude an agency from conducting training bearing 
     directly upon the performance of official duties.
       Sec. 407.  No funds in this Act may be used to support any 
     Federal, State, or local projects that seek to use the power 
     of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is employed only for 
     a public use: Provided, That for purposes of this section, 
     public use shall not be construed to include economic 
     development that primarily benefits private entities: 
     Provided further, That any use of funds for mass transit, 
     railroad, airport, seaport or highway projects as well as 
     utility projects which benefit or serve the general public 
     (including energy-related, communication-related, water-
     related and wastewater-related infrastructure), other 
     structures designated for use by the general public or which 
     have other common-carrier or public-utility functions that 
     serve the general public and are subject to regulation and 
     oversight by the government, and projects for the removal of 
     an immediate threat to public health and safety or 
     brownfields as defined in the Small Business Liability Relief 
     and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Public Law 107-118) shall 
     be considered a public use for purposes of eminent domain.
       Sec. 408.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
     be transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality 
     of the United States Government, except pursuant to a 
     transfer made by, or transfer authority provided in, this Act 
     or any other appropriations Act.
       Sec. 409.  No part of any appropriation contained in this 
     Act shall be available to pay the salary for any person 
     filling a position, other than a temporary position, formerly 
     held by an employee who has left to enter the Armed Forces of 
     the United States and has satisfactorily completed his or her 
     period of active military or naval service, and has within 90 
     days after his or her release from such service or from 
     hospitalization continuing after discharge for a period of 
     not more than 1 year, made application for restoration to his 
     or her former position and has been certified by the Office 
     of Personnel Management as still qualified to perform the 
     duties of his or her former position and has not been 
     restored thereto.
       Sec. 410.  No funds appropriated pursuant to this Act may 
     be expended by an entity unless the entity agrees that in 
     expending the assistance the entity will comply with sections 
     2 through 4 of the Act of March 3, 1933 (41 U.S.C. 10a-10c, 
     popularly known as the ``Buy American Act'').
       Sec. 411.  No funds appropriated or otherwise made 
     available under this Act shall be made available to any 
     person or entity that has been convicted of violating the Buy 
     American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a-10c).
       Sec. 412.  None of the funds made available in this Act may 
     be used for first-class airline accommodations in 
     contravention of sections 301-10.122 and 301-10.123 of title 
     41, Code of Federal Regulations.
       Sec. 413.  None of the funds made available under this Act 
     or any prior Act may be provided to the Association of 
     Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its 
     affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.
       Sec. 414.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used to enter into a contract, memorandum of 
     understanding, or cooperative agreement with, make a grant 
     to, or provide a loan or loan guarantee to any corporation 
     that was convicted of a felony criminal violation under any 
     Federal law within the preceding 24 months, where the 
     awarding agency is aware of the conviction, unless the agency 
     has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and 
     has made a determination that this further action is not 
     necessary to protect the interests of the Government.
       Sec. 415.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used in furtherance of the implementation of the European 
     Union greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme for aviation 
     activities established by European Union Directive 2008/101/
     EC.
       Sec. 416.  None of the funds made available by this Act may 
     be used to enter into a contract, memorandum of 
     understanding, or cooperative agreement with, make a grant 
     to, or provide a loan or loan guarantee to, any corporation 
     that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been 
     assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies 
     have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being 
     paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the 
     authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, where 
     the awarding agency is aware of the unpaid tax liability, 
     unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of 
     the corporation and has made a determination that this 
     further action is not necessary to protect the interests of 
     the Government.
       Sec. 417.  None of the budget authority made available by 
     this Act may be used to reduce funding or otherwise alter the 
     implementation of a program, project or activity as proposed 
     for elimination in the President's fiscal year 2015 budget 
     request until the proposed change is enacted in an 
     appropriation Act, or unless such change is made pursuant to 
     the reprogramming and transfer provisions of this Act or in 
     accordance with sunset or termination dates previously 
     enacted in law.
       Sec. 418.  The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
     and the Secretary of Transportation shall each submit to the 
     Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives, at the time that the President's budget 
     proposal for fiscal year 2015 is submitted pursuant to 
     section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, a 
     comprehensive report compiled in conjunction with the 
     Government Accountability Office that details updated 
     missions, goals, strategies, and priorities, along with 
     performance metrics that are measurable, repeatable, and 
     directly linked to requests for funding, as described in the 
     accompanying report.
       Sec. 419.  It is the sense of the Congress that the 
     Congress should not pass any legislation that authorizes 
     spending cuts that would increase poverty in the United 
     States.
  The Acting CHAIR. Are there any amendments to that section of the 
bill?
  The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:


                       SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT

       Sec. 420. The amount by which the applicable allocation of 
     new budget authority made by the Committee on Appropriations 
     of the House of Representatives under section 302(b) of the 
     Congressional Budget Act of 1974 exceeds the amount of 
     proposed new budget authority is $0.

  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Chairman, I move that the Committee do now rise.
  The motion was agreed to.
  Accordingly, the Committee rose; and the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. 
Broun of Georgia) having assumed the chair, Ms. Foxx, Acting Chair of 
the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, reported 
that that Committee, having had under consideration the bill (H.R. 
2610) making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and 
Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, had come to no 
resolution thereon.

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