H.R.4711 - Community Economic Adjustment Act of 2000106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] (Introduced 06/21/2000)|
|Committees:||House - Transportation and Infrastructure; Banking and Financial Services|
|Latest Action:||07/20/2000 Referred to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4711 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4711 To establish an Office of Community Economic Adjustment in the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce to coordinate the Federal response in regions and communities experiencing severe and sudden economic distress, to help these regions and communities in restructuring their economies, and to expand the authorization of appropriations for these purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 21, 2000 Mr. Larson (for himself, Mr. Weldon of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kasich, Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut, Mr. Murtha, Mr. Shays, Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Dooley of California, Mr. Delahunt, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. LaFalce, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Moakley, Mr. Taylor of Mississippi, Mr. Clement, Mr. Traficant, Mr. Tanner, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Gejdenson, Mr. Ford, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Wu, Mr. Inslee, Mr. Ackerman, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Spratt, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Maloney of Connecticut, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Turner, Mr. Mollohan, Mr. Dingell, Ms. Waters, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Baldacci, Mr. Tierney, Mr. John, Mr. Shows, Mr. Sawyer, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Allen, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Hinojosa, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Ms. Carson, Mr. Moore, Mr. Owens, Mr. Green of Texas, Ms. Berkley, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Bonior, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Borski, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Holden, Mr. Klink, Mr. Kanjorski, Mr. Stupak, Mr. Mascara, Mr. Doyle, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. Matsui, Mr. Hill of Indiana, Mr. Kleczka, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Stark, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Weiner, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Blagojevich, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Evans, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Skelton, Ms. Danner, Ms. Slaughter, Mrs. Thurman, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Sandlin, Ms. Norton, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Etheridge, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Engel, Ms. McCarthy of Missouri, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Coyne, Mr. Hilliard, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Clay, Mr. Wynn, Mr. English, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Payne, Mrs. Fowler, Mr. Barrett of Wisconsin, Ms. Sanchez, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Goode, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Baca, Mr. Filner, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Berry, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Emerson, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Gillmor, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Ehlers, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Ms. Lee, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Baird, Mr. Frost, Mr. Wise, Mr. Pickett, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Menendez, Mrs. Clayton, Mr. Scott, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Conyers, Mrs. Mink of Hawaii, Mrs. Maloney of New York, Mr. Condit, Ms. Hooley of Oregon, Mr. Weygand, Mr. Olver, Ms. Kilpatrick, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. Underwood, Mrs. Meek of Florida, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Stenholm, and Mr. Kuykendall) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, 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 _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish an Office of Community Economic Adjustment in the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce to coordinate the Federal response in regions and communities experiencing severe and sudden economic distress, to help these regions and communities in restructuring their economies, and to expand the authorization of appropriations for these purposes. 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 ``Community Economic Adjustment Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) When a community suffers a significant loss of jobs over a relatively short period of time whether from industrial or corporate restructuring, new requirements in Federal laws or regulations, reduction in defense expenditures, depletion of natural resources, natural disasters, changing trade patterns or other reasons, it can experience sudden economic distress. (2) Federal departments and agencies with existing programs that support workers and communities in States and local areas in their efforts to recover from this economic distress do so in a capacity defined by the mission of the department or agency. (3) Federal departments and agencies providing such assistance include the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury, and the Small Business Administration. (4) To date, no Federal department or agency has unique authority to coordinate these often independent efforts across the Federal Government in the same manner as the Federal Emergency Management Agency is charged to coordinate the Federal response to a disaster or the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment is charged to coordinate the Federal response for communities experiencing base closures and realignments. (5) There is a recognized need for the Federal Government to be able to coordinate its response to communities experiencing sudden economic distress both at the national level and in the community itself, and to further be able to coordinate the Federal response with State and local efforts. (6) The Office of Economic Adjustment of the Department of Defense has successfully provided such coordination across the Federal Government for communities experiencing defense base closures and is a good model on which to base any government- wide coordination effort with respect to communities experiencing sudden economic distress. (7) The mission of the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce includes helping States and local areas to design and implement strategies for facilitating adjustment to changes in their economic situation that are causing or threaten to cause serious structural damage to the underlying economic base which may occur suddenly, and as a result, is the most appropriate place in the Federal Government to locate an office to coordinate Federal response to communities experiencing sudden economic distress. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to help communities to adjust to such economic dislocation by providing for targeted and integrated Federal responses by authorizing the Secretary of Commerce to coordinate the Federal response through an Office of Community Economic Adjustment which will employ methods and techniques proven successful by the Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment in connection with defense base closures; and (2) to increase authorization of appropriations for community adjustment programs of the Economic Development Administration to provide the Secretary of Commerce with more resources for grant assistance for communities to support the development and implementation of adjustment strategies that are designed to restore vital economic activity and create new jobs. SEC. 3 OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT. Title V of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3191) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 508. OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT. ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary is authorized to establish in the Economic Development Administration an Office of Community Economic Adjustment (hereinafter in this section referred to as the `Office'). The head of the Office shall, not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of the Community Economic Adjustment Act of 2000, develop an operating plan for the Office. ``(b) Duties.--The Office shall-- ``(1) coordinate the Federal Government's response to communities experiencing sudden economic distress caused by a loss of jobs due to plant closures, significant layoffs, or significant relocation of jobs to other communities for any reason, including shifting patterns in international trade, natural disasters or other problems, by-- ``(A) identifying relevant programs and resources to ensure that communities are aware of all available Federal resources that complement or support state and local resources and programs; and ``(B) working with the Departments of the Treasury, Agriculture, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Education, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies to ensure that communities receive Federal assistance in a targeted, integrated manner; ``(C) assigning a project manager as appropriate to work with an affected community to carry out subparagraphs (A) and (B); ``(2) provide technical assistance, planning grants, and other assistance under this Act to help communities organize themselves, develop, and carry out economic adjustment strategies for replacing industry and jobs that have been lost or are threatened by the economic downturn; ``(3) help eligible applicants in completing applications for other assistance that may be useful in alleviating the economic distress in the communities; and ``(4) perform such other duties as the Secretary may deem appropriate.''. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. Title VII of the Public Works and Economic Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3231) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 704. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR COMMUNITY ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE. ``(a) In General.--In addition to amounts made available under section 701, there is authorized to be appropriated $35,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005 for community adjustment assistance under the economic adjustment program of the Economic Development Administration, of which-- ``(1) $10,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for each such fiscal year to the Office of Community Economic Adjustment established under section 508(a) for the conduct of the duties of the Office under section 508(b), of which not to exceed $1,500,000 may be made available for salaries and expenses of the Office; and ``(2) $25,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for each such fiscal year for additional economic development program funds in addition to the amounts available for such purposes for communities successfully completing planning grants (as described in section 508(b)(2)) to implement their approved plans. ``(b) Availability.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations under subsection (a) are authorized to remain available until expended.''. <all>