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Introduced in Senate (09/16/1999)

Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 - Title I: Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes FY 2000 appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs for: (1) veterans' compensation, pensions, and readjustment benefits; (2) veterans' insurance and indemnities; (3) veterans' housing, education, and vocational rehabilitation loan accounts; (4) veterans' medical care; (5) medical and prosthetic research; (6) medical administration; (7) the General post fund, national homes; (8) departmental administration; (9) the National Cemetery Administration; (10) the Office of Inspector General; (11) construction; (12) the parking revolving fund; and (13) grants to States for construction of extended care facilities and cemeteries.

Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds made available under this title.

Title II: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes FY 2000 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for: (1) public and Indian housing; (2) the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds; (3) drug elimination grants for low-income housing; (4) revitalization of severely distressed public housing; (5) Native American housing block grants; (6) Indian housing loan guarantees; (7) establishment of an Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development in HUD; (8) housing opportunities for persons with AIDS; (9) community development block grants; (10) brownfields redevelopment; (11) the HOME investment partnerships program; (12) homeless assistance grants; (13) housing for special populations; (14) the Federal Housing Administration; (15) the Government National Mortgage Association; (16) housing policy development and research; (17) fair housing activities; (18) the Lead Hazard Reduction Program; (19) management and administration; (20) the Office of Inspector General; and (21) carrying out the Federal Housing Enterprise Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992.

Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds made available under this title.

(Sec. 204) Amends the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act to provide for allocation of resources for housing for persons with AIDS to States that received an allocation in a prior fiscal year for having more than 1,500 AIDS cases outside of a metropolitan statistical area with a population exceeding 500,000.

Repeals a minimum grant requirement under such Act.

(Sec. 205) Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 to extend the Secretary of HUD's authority to enter into certain risk-sharing agreements to determine Federal credit enhancements for loans for affordable multifamily housing. Extends to FY 2000 a provision that increases the number of units to which those agreements may apply in FY 1999.

(Sec. 206) Authorizes eligible low-income housing project owners to: (1) prepay mortgages on such projects; and (2) request voluntary termination of a mortgage insurance contract with respect to such a project, notwithstanding certain requirements under the National Housing Act. Permits mortgage prepayment or contract termination only if: (1) such prepayment or termination is consistent with the terms of the mortgage on, or insurance contract for, the project; (2) the owner agrees not to increase rent charges for any project dwelling during the 60-day period beginning on the prepayment or termination; and (3) the owner provides notice of intent to prepay or terminate within a certain time period, with specified exceptions.

(Sec. 209) Amends provisions of the National Housing Act regarding payments of claims on defaulted mortgages with respect to multifamily housing units and health facilities to allow full (in addition to partial) payment of claims under one or more mortgage insurance contracts in connection with certain mortgage restructurings.

(Sec. 210) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to direct owners responsible for determining a participant's eligibility or level of benefits to require families receiving certain HUD family income matching information to disclose such information. Includes families who receive such information and dwell in units receiving certain project-based assistance within the list of families subject to the disclosure requirement.

(Sec. 211) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to delete a provision regarding an emergency reserve and set-aside funds under the section regarding the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds.

(Sec. 214) Establishes compensation ceilings with respect to funds provided for the Public Housing Operating Fund and the Youthbuild program.

(Sec. 216) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to authorize the Secretary of HUD to establish income ceilings, with respect to eligibility for public housing or project-based Section 8 assistance, that are higher or lower than 30 percent of the area median income based on findings that such variations are necessary because of unusually high or low family incomes.

(Sec. 217) Requires the Comptroller General to certify to Congress on a quarterly basis on the cost of time attributable to the failure of HUD to cooperate in any General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation with regard to HUD activities. Directs the Secretary of HUD to reimburse GAO for such costs from the salaries and expenses account.

(Sec. 218) Amends the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to allow funds made available for home investment partnerships to be used to preserve housing assisted or previously assisted with Section 8 assistance.

(Sec. 219) Exempts public housing agencies in Alaska and Mississippi from certain membership requirements for their boards of directors under the United States Housing Act of 1937.

(Sec. 220) Requires the Secretary of HUD to transfer the administration of the Small Cities component of the Community Development Block Grants program to the State of New York, to be administered by the Governor.

(Sec. 221) Authorizes the Secretary of HUD to renew project-based rental housing contracts under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 at up to market levels.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) offer to renew expired section 8 contracts at up to market levels in low-vacancy areas or areas with concentrations of elderly or disabled families; and (2) establish certain market rents.

Authorizes ten-year section 8 contract renewals.

(Sec. 222) Amends Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 to provide for enhanced voucher assistance for certain families in projects where mortgages have been prepaid, mortgage insurance contracts have been terminated, or Section 8 rental assistance contracts have expired or been terminated.

Authorizes appropriations.

Amends the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 to provide for Section 8 enhanced voucher assistance for certain tenants in housing where Section 8 assistance is not renewed.

Amends the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990 to provide for Section 8 enhanced voucher assistance for certain tenants in housing where mortgages have been prepaid or insurance contracts have been terminated.

Title III: Independent Agencies - Makes FY 2000 appropriations for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; (3) the Department of the Treasury for community development financial institutions; (4) the Consumer Product Safety Commission; (5) the Corporation for National and Community Service; (6) the Office of Inspector General; (7) the Court of Veterans Appeals; and (8) the Department of Defense for Army cemeterial expenses.

Appropriates funds for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for: (1) science and technology activities; (2) environmental programs and management; (3) the Office of Inspector General; (4) buildings and facilities; (5) Superfund; (6) the leaking underground storage tank program; (7) oil spill response programs; and (8) assistance to States and Indian tribes for environmental programs and infrastructure.

Appropriates funds for: (1) the Executive Office of the President for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Environmental Quality; and (2) the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General.

Makes appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for: (1) disaster relief; (2) disaster assistance direct loans; (3) salaries and expenses; (4) the Office of Inspector General; (5) emergency management planning and assistance; (6) a specified emergency food and shelter program;(7) the National Flood Insurance Fund; and (8) the National Insurance Development Fund.

Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to extend through FY 2000: (1) a certain ceiling on obligations issued under the national flood insurance program; and (2) the authorization of appropriations for certain studies.

Makes appropriations for: (1) the General Services Administration for the Consumer Information Center; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the International Space Station, launch vehicles and payload operations in support of the space shuttle program, science, aeronautics, and technology research and development, mission support, and the Office of Inspector General; (3) the National Credit Union Administration's Central Liquidity Facility; (4) the National Science Foundation for research, major construction projects, science and engineering education and human resources programs, salaries and expenses, and the Office of Inspector General; (5) the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; and (6) the Selective Service System.

Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, funds appropriated under this title.

Title IV: General Provisions - Sets forth provisions regarding availability, and prohibitions on the use, of funds appropriated by this Act. Expresses the sense of the Congress that equipment and products purchased with funds made available in this Act should be American-made.

(Sec. 423) Bars the use of funds made available in this Act to carry out a specified executive order regarding federalism.

(Sec. 426) Prohibits the obligation of funds provided in this Act after February 15, 2000, unless each agency that receives such funds provides justifications to the Appropriations Committees for all salary and expense activities for FY 2001 through 2005.

(Sec. 427) Amends the Fair Housing Act to require prospective complainants, before filing a complaint involving a published notice, statement, or advertisement that indicates a preference or discrimination with respect to the sale or rental of housing, to serve a prospective respondent with notice of the alleged violation to allow remedial action by the respondent. Prohibits an administrative action from being brought by the prospective complainant if the respondent acts to cease publication of the alleged item in violation within 72 hours of receipt of notice or prior to the next publication, whichever is greater. Bars civil actions by aggrieved persons under the same circumstances.