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Titles (2)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Department of Commerce Dismantling Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To abolish the Department of Commerce.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
04/14/1997Introduced in House

All Actions (26)

Date
01/06/1998See H.R.2667.
11/06/1997See H.R.1119.
04/29/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade.
Action By: Committee on International Relations
04/29/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Finance and Hazardous Materials.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
04/29/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
04/28/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition and Foreign Agriculture.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
04/28/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Economic Development.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
04/25/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy.
Action By: Committee on Banking and Financial Services
04/23/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Trade.
Action By: Committee on Ways and Means
04/17/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/17/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
04/17/1997Executive Comment Requested from Commerce.
04/17/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans.
Action By: Committee on Resources
04/14/1997Referred to House Resources
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Science
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Judiciary
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Government Reform
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Ways and Means
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Agriculture
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House National Security
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House International Relations
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Banking and Financial Services
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to House Commerce
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Referred to the Committee on Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Banking and Financial Services, International Relations, National Security, Agriculture, Ways and Means, Government Reform and Oversight, the Judiciary, Science, and Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/14/1997Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (4)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Pitts, Joseph R. [R-PA-16] 09/23/1997
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-1] 11/08/1997
Rep. Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6] 07/14/1998
Rep. Pappas, Michael [R-NJ-12] 07/14/1998

Committees (11)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Commerce04/14/1997 Referred to
House Commerce Subcommittee on Finance and Hazardous Materials04/29/1997 Referred to
House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection04/29/1997 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure04/14/1997 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Economic Development04/28/1997 Referred to
House Banking and Financial Services04/14/1997 Referred to
House Banking and Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy04/25/1997 Referred to
House International Relations04/14/1997 Referred to
House International Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade04/29/1997 Referred to
House National Security04/14/1997 Referred to
House Agriculture04/14/1997 Referred to
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition and Foreign Agriculture04/28/1997 Referred to
House Ways and Means04/14/1997 Referred to
House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade04/23/1997 Referred to
House Government Reform and Oversight04/14/1997 Referred to
House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology04/17/1997 Referred to
House Judiciary04/14/1997 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property04/17/1997 Referred to
House Science04/14/1997 Referred to
House Resources04/14/1997 Referred to
House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans04/17/1997 Referred to

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Subjects (147)


Latest Summary (1)

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Shown Here:
Introduced in House (04/14/1997)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Abolishment of Department of Commerce

Title II: Disposition of Particular Programs, Functions, and

Agencies of Department of Commerce

Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions

Department of Commerce Dismantling Act - Title I: Abolishment of Department of Commerce - Replaces the Department of Commerce (DOC) with the Commerce Programs Resolution Agency (CPRA), which is limited to three years to wind up and terminate the functions and obligations of the DOC before the CPRA itself is abolished. Directs the Comptroller General to report on the most efficient means of abolishing the DOC, and transferring or terminating its functions.

Title II: Disposition of Particular Programs, Functions, and Agencies of Department of Commerce - Repeals the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 and transfers all financial obligations, liabilities, and related rights owned by DOC under such Act to the Department of the Treasury. Requires an audit by the Comptroller General of all DOC grants made under such Act in FY 1995.

(Sec. 202) Transfers all export control functions of the DOC under the Export Administration Act of 1979 to the Secretary of State, the President, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General. Authorizes transfer of a limited number of specified DOC special agents to the Customs Service. Abolishes the Office of Foreign Availability and the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, and provides for the appointment of an Industries Board to advise the Secretary of State.

(Sec. 203) Transfers specified national security functions: (1) granted by the Trade Expansion Act to the International Trade Commission (ITC); and (2) granted by the Defense Production Act to the Secretaries of Defense and of the Treasury. Directs the President to appoint committees of industry representatives to advise the National Security Council.

(Sec. 204) Transfers to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) the functions of the DOC's International Trade Administration, and powers granted by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. Amends the Foreign Trade Zones Act to make the Secretary of the Treasury chairman and executive officer of the Foreign Trade Zones Board.

Renames the United States and Foreign Commercial Service the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (Commercial Service), abolishes specified functions, and transfers it to the USTR. Conveys all export promotion functions of the DOC to the USTR, authorizing the USTR to require private entities to pay for promotion services. Transfers the authority to collect and evaluate information on international investment and trade services to the Secretary of the Treasury. Abolishes the international economic policy analysis functions of the DOC.

Terminates the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), and divides CITA's tasks among the USTR, the ITC, the Commercial Service, and the Secretary of the Treasury.

Transfers all DOC functions under the Fair Trade in Auto Parts Act of 1988 to the ITC.

Requires the appointment of industry boards to advise the Secretary of the Treasury and the USTR regarding their new powers.

Amends the Trade Act of 1974 to repeal authorities for trade adjustment assistance to firms injured by import competition.

(Sec. 205) Transfers the Patent and Trademark Office to the Department of Justice, and requires that the activities of that Office be funded solely by fees.

(Sec. 206) Terminates the Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy. Transfers the National Institute of Standards and Technology to the National Science Foundation, and transfers its laboratories to the CPRA to be sold. Eliminates funding for, and requires the sale of assets of, the National Technical Information Service.

(Sec. 207) Transfers the Bureau of the Census to the Department of the Treasury. Expresses the sense of the Congress that such Bureau should: (1) implement the Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 in a timely fashion; and (2) streamline census questionnaires to promote savings in the collection and tabulation of data.

(Sec. 208) Transfers the Bureau of Economic Analysis to the Federal Reserve System, requiring the director of that Bureau to report to the Congress on: (1) the availability of private resources capable of handling a portion or all of the Bureau's assigned tasks; and (2) the feasibility of a fee system to defray costs.

(Sec. 209) Terminates assistance to: (1) public telecommunications; (2) educational television programs; and (3) telecommunications demonstrations. Repeals establishment of the National Endowment for Children's Educational Television (thus abolishing it).

(Sec. 210) Transfers specified functions under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

(Sec. 211) Terminates: (1) funding of specified fishery assistance programs; (2) the fisheries trade promotion program; (3) the authority to guarantee obligations for fishing vessels and facilities; (4) future compensation for damage, loss, or destruction of fishing vessels or fishing gear; and (5) funding of specified Federal fishery research projects.

Eliminates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and conveys specified functions of both to the National Weather Service.

Transfers the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information System Data Centers in part to the CPRA to be sold, and in part to the National Weather Service.

Terminates certain functions of the National Weather Service, and transfers it to the Department of the Interior.

Reallocates specified functions of the National Marine Fisheries Services to the Secretary of Transportation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Secretary of Agriculture. Conveys specified functions of the National Ocean Service to the United States Geological Survey and the Secretary of the Interior.

Transfers certain NOAA environmental research laboratories to the CPRA to be sold.

(Sec. 212) Abolishes the following DOC agencies and programs: (1) Economic Development Administration; (2) Minority Business Development Administration; (3) United States Travel and Tourism Administration; (4) National Telecommunications and Information Administration; (5) Advanced Technology Program; and (6) Manufacturing Extension Programs.

(Sec. 214) Expresses the sense of the Congress that the head of each agency performing a function vested by this Act should, wherever feasible, explore and implement user fees for services provided in the performance of such function, to offset operating costs.

Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions - Limits annual expenditures for any function not terminated by this Act to 75 percent of FY 1994 expenditures for the performance of such function.