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106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3566

To provide off-budget treatment for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and 
                   the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            February 1, 2000

 Mr. Shuster (for himself, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Boehlert, and Mr. Borski) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on 
the Budget, 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

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                                 A BILL


 
To provide off-budget treatment for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and 
                   the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Truth in Budgeting Act''.

SEC. 2. BUDGETARY TREATMENT OF INLAND WATERWAYS TRUST FUND AND HARBOR 
              MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the receipts and 
disbursements of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and the Harbor 
Maintenance Trust Fund--
            (1) shall not be counted as new budget authority, outlays, 
        receipts, or deficit or surplus for purposes of--
                    (A) the budget of the United States Government as 
                submitted by the President,
                    (B) the congressional budget (including allocations 
                of budget authority and outlays provided therein), or
                    (C) the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
                Control Act of 1985; and
            (2) shall be exempt from any general budget limitation 
        imposed by statute on expenditures and net lending (budget 
        outlays) of the United States Government.

SEC. 3. SAFEGUARDS AGAINST DEFICIT SPENDING OUT OF THE INLAND WATERWAYS 
              TRUST FUND AND HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND.

    (a) Estimates of Unfunded Authorizations and Net Receipts.--Not 
later than March 31 of each year, the Secretary of the Army, in 
consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, shall estimate--
            (1) the amount which would (but for this section) be the 
        unfunded inland waterways authorizations and unfunded harbor 
        maintenance authorizations at the close of the first fiscal 
        year that begins after that March 31; and
            (2) the net inland waterways receipts and net harbor 
        maintenance receipts at the close of such fiscal year.
    (b) Procedure if Excess Authorizations.--If the Secretary of the 
Army determines with respect to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund or the 
Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for any fiscal year that the amount 
described in subsection (a)(1) exceeds the amount described in 
subsection (a)(2), the Secretary shall determine the amount of such 
excess.
    (c) Adjustment of Authorizations if Unfunded Authorizations Exceed 
Receipts.--
            (1) Determination of percentage.--If the Secretary of the 
        Army determines that there is an excess referred to in 
        subsection (b) for a fiscal year, the Secretary of the Army 
        shall determine the percentage which--
                    (A) such excess, is of
                    (B) the total of the amounts authorized to be 
                appropriated from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund or 
                the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, as the case may be, 
                for the next fiscal year.
            (2) Adjustment of authorizations.--If the Secretary of the 
        Army determines a percentage under paragraph (1), each amount 
authorized to be appropriated from the Trust Fund for the next fiscal 
year shall be reduced by such percentage.
    (d) Availability of Amounts Previously Withheld.--If, after an 
adjustment has been made under subsection (c)(2), the Secretary of the 
Army determines with respect to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund or the 
Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund that the amount described in subsection 
(a)(1) does not exceed the amount described in subsection (a)(2) or 
that the excess referred to in subsection (b) with respect to the Trust 
Fund is less than the amount previously determined, each amount 
authorized to be appropriated that was reduced under subsection (c)(2) 
with respect to the Trust Fund shall be increased, by an equal 
percentage, to the extent the Secretary of the Army determines that it 
may be so increased without causing the amount described in subsection 
(a)(1) to exceed with respect to the Trust Fund the amount described in 
subsection (a)(2) (but not by more than the amount of the reduction).
    (e) Reports.--Any estimate under subsection (a) and any 
determination under subsection (b), (c), or (d) shall be reported by 
the Secretary of the Army to Congress.

SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.

    For purposes of this Act, the following definitions apply:
            (1) Harbor maintenance trust fund.--The term ``Harbor 
        Maintenance Trust Fund'' means the Harbor Maintenance Trust 
        Fund established by section 9505 of the Internal Revenue Code 
        of 1986.
            (2) Inland waterways trust fund.--The term ``Inland 
        Waterways Trust Fund'' means the Inland Waterways Trust Fund 
        established by section 9506 of the Internal Revenue Code of 
        1986.
            (3) Net harbor maintenance receipts.--The term ``net harbor 
        maintenance receipts'' means, with respect to any period, the 
        receipts (including interest) of the Harbor Maintenance Trust 
        Fund during such period.
            (4) Net inland waterways receipts.--The term ``net inland 
        waterways receipts'' means, with respect to any period, the 
        receipts (including interest) of the Inland Waterways Trust 
        Fund during such period.
            (5) Unfunded inland waterways authorizations.--The term 
        ``unfunded inland waterways authorizations'' means, at any 
        time, the excess (if any) of--
                    (A) the total amount authorized to be appropriated 
                from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund which has not been 
                appropriated, over
                    (B) the amount available in the Inland Waterways 
                Trust Fund at such time to make such appropriations.
            (6) Unfunded harbor maintenance authorizations.--The term 
        ``unfunded harbor maintenance authorizations'' means, at any 
        time, the excess (if any) of--
                    (A) the total amount authorized to be appropriated 
                from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund which has not 
                been appropriated, over
                    (B) the amount available in the Harbor Maintenance 
                Trust Fund at such time to make such appropriations.

SEC. 5. APPLICABILITY.

    This Act (including the amendments made by this Act) shall apply to 
fiscal years beginning after September 30, 2000.
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