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House receded and concurred with amendment (09/27/1988)

(House receded and concurred in certain Senate amendments with amendments)

Department of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1989 - Title I: Department of Commerce - Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 1989 - Appropriates FY 1989 funds for activities of the Department of Commerce, including: (1) general administration, including an amount earmarked for the Clearinghouse for State and Local Initiatives on Productivity, Technology and Innovation; (2) the Bureau of the Census; (3) economic and statistical analysis; (4) the Economic Development Administration (EDA), including amounts earmarked for specified grants and projects, as well as limitations on loan guarantee commitments; (5) the International Trade Administration; (6) export administration; (7) the Minority Business Development Agency, with certain expenditures subject to advance notice to the Appropriations Committees; (8) the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration; (9) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including transfers of funds and limitations with respect to grants to the States for coastal zone management and coastal zone resource improvement programs; (10) the Patent and Trademark Office; (11) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (formerly the National Bureau of Standards); and (12) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, including amounts for public telecommunications facilities, planning, and construction.

Directs the NIST to enter into a cooperative agreement with a non-Federal partner to establish a Center for Integrated Design, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Manufacturing and to report to the Appropriations Committees on the agreement by February 1, 1989.

Prohibits funds in this title from being used to sell private interests or to contract with private interests to sell or administer certain loans.

Permits the NIST to accept contributions for the construction of a cold neutron research facility.

Title II: Department of Justice - Department of Justice Appropriation Act, 1989 - Appropriates FY 1989 funds for activities of the Department of Justice, including: (1) general administration; (2) the U.S. Parole Commission; (3) legal activities, subject to a number of limitations; (4) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (5) the Drug Enforcement Administration; (DEA) (6) the Immigration and Naturalization Service; (7) the Federal Prison System; and (8) the Office of Justice Programs. Authorizes the imposition of fees to cover specified services, wtih receipts to help offset salaries and other expenses of providing the services.

Limits amounts available for official reception and representation expenses.

Permits the use of materials produced by convict labor in Federal-aid highway systems projects.

Retains authorizations enacted in the Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1980 until the earlier of: (1) the effective date of any forthcoming Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act; or (2) the termination date of this Act. Revises the authorization for certain undercover activities of the FBI and the DEA. Requires audits and annual reporting in connection with these activities.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds for abortions, except when the life of the mother is at stake or in rape cases.

Permits the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, under certain conditions, to waive termination of a State's eligibility for FY 1989 formula grants for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs.

Establishes in the Treasury the Immigration Examination Fee Account, to receive fees in connection with adjudication and naturalization services. Prescribes uses of fund moneys, as well as reporting requirements.

Makes a technical amendment of the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to U.S. adoptions of foreign illegitimate children who have had a bona fide relationship with their father.

Postpones until October 1, 1989, specified visa regulations.

Title III: Department of State - Department of State Appropriation Act, 1989 - Appropriates FY 1989 funds for Department of State activities, including: (1) administration of foreign affairs; (2) international organizations and conferences; (3) international commissions; (4) U.S. Bilateral Science and Technology Agreements; (5) a grant to the Asia Foundation; (6) U.S. Soviet-East European research and training; and (7) the Fishermen's Guaranty Fund.

Requires the Secretary of State to report monthly to the Congress on the obligation of funds provided for diplomatic security.

Amends the Department of State Appropriations Act, 1988 to: (1) increase the permanent appropriation for U.S. expenses in connection with the Bureau of the Interparliamentary Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Parliamentary Conference, the Canada-United States Interparliamentary group, and the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary group; and (2) include the United States-European Community Interparliamentary Group among the entities subject to this permanent appropriation.

Limits appropriations used for housing benefits for persons serving at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, authorizing the Secretary of State to make living quarters and related expenses available only to the U.S. Representative and Deputy Permanent Representative and to a specified number of other individuals. Requires any employee occupying such housing to contribute to the Department of State a percentage of his or her salary. Directs the Inspector General to review this program by December 1989 and periodically thereafter, in the interest of increasing cost savings.

Permits the obligation or expenditure of appropriated funds for site acquisition, development, and construction of two new diplomatic facilities in Israel, Jerusalem, or the West Bank, subject to prescribed conditions.

Expresses the sense of the Congress concerning the U.S. relationship with the Afghan Resistance, urging the President to take specified actions.

Establishes in the Department of State the position of special envoy to the Afghan Resistance, to be filled by a Presidential appointee. Expresses the sense of the Congress that this person should be appointed within 30 days of this title's enactment.

Title IV: The Judiciary - Judiciary Appropriation Act, 1989 - Appropriates FY 1989 funds for activities of the Judiciary, including: (1) the Supreme Court; (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; (3) the U.S. Court of International Trade; (4) the Courts of Appeals, district courts, and judicial services, including a specified amount for court security; (5) the Administrative Office of the United States Courts; (6) the Federal Judicial Center; and (7) the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Permits appropriations udner this title to be used for salaries and expenses of the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals and the Special Court that reviews final system plans in connection with regional rail reorganization.

Permits persons with no formal legal training to hold the position of Trustee Coordinator in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.

Broadens the scope of parties authorized to receive notices in bankruptcy cases. Provides for fees in connection with preparation and mailing of these notices.

Authorizes three additional positions in the Administrative Office of the United States Courts at level IV of the Executive Schedule.

Decreases the maximum permissible salary for circuit executives.

Title V: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations to the Department of Transportation for the Maritime Administration, subject to a number of limitations.

Appropriates FY 1989 funds for: (1) the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; (2) the Board for International Broadcasting; (3) the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission; (4) the Commission on Agricultural Workers; (5) the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution; (6) the Commission on Civil Rights, subject to the requirement that the General Accounting Office audit the appropriation and the Comptroller General report the findings to the Appropriations Committees; (7) the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; (8) the Commisson for the Study of International Migration and Cooperative Economic Development; (9) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; (10) the Federal Communications Commission; (11) the Federal Maritime Commission; (12) the Federal Trade Commission; (13) the International Trade Commission; (14) the Japan-United States Friendship Commission; (15) the Legal Services Corporation; (16) the Marine Mammal Commission; (17) the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; (18) the Securities and Exchange Commission; (19) the Small Business Administration, including transfers of funds and limitations of fund uses; (20) the State Justice Institute; and (21) the United States Information Agency.

Title VI: General Provisions - Prohibits the use of appropriations under this Act for publicity or propaganda purposes not authorized by the Congress.

Limits the availability for obligation of these appropriations to the current fiscal year, unless expresssly provided in this Act.

Limits any expenditure for consulting services through a procurement contract to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.

Sets out an order of distribution for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) FY 1989 grant funds and restricts or prohibits various uses of LSC appropriations. Requires the LSC Board of Directors that will be appointed by the President after January 20, 1989, to develop and implement a system for the competitive award of all grants and contracts for FY 1990 and thereafter.

Prohibits various reprogrammings of appropriated funds wtihout advance notification to the Appropriations Committees.

Requires FY 1989 pay raises for programs funded by this Act to be absorbed within levels appropriated in this Act.

Directs the Federal Communications Commission, by January 31, 1989, to promulgate regulations to enforce on a 24-hour per day basis Federal criminal code sanctions for broadcasting obscene language on the radio.

Prohibits the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from using appropriations in connection with certain investigations involving the Indian Civil Rights Act until the Comptroller General submits a report on the Commission's authority and jurisdiction with respect to Indian tribal government officials.

Authorizes the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution to use private contributions for its official reception and representation expenses. Makes available to the Commission, without fiscal year limitation, an income account for the printing and distribution of its publications.