Summary: S.2536 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/10/2000)

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 - Division A - Title I: Agricultural Programs - Appropriates funds for FY 2001 for the following Department of Agriculture programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary); (2) executive operations; (3) Office of the Chief Information Officer; (4) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; (5) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration; (6) agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments; (7) hazardous materials management; (8) departmental administration; (9) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations; (10) Office of Communications; (11) Office of the Inspector General; (12) Office of the General Counsel; (13) Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; (14) Economic Research Service; (15) National Agricultural Statistics Service; (16) Agricultural Research Service; (17) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; (18) Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; (19) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (20) Agricultural Marketing Service; (21) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; (22) Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety; (23) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (24) Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; (25) Farm Service Agency; (26) Risk Management Agency; (27) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; and (28) Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.

Title II: Conservation Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment; and (2) Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Title III: Rural Development Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development; (2) Rural Housing Service; (3) Rural Business-Cooperative Service; and (4) Rural Utilities Service.

Title IV: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and (2) Food and Nutrition Service.

Title V: Foreign Assistance and Related Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Foreign Agricultural Service; and (2) Public Law 480 program account, title I ocean freight differential grants, and titles II and III grants.

Title VI: Related Agencies and Food and Drug Administration - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Food and Drug Administration; (2) Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (3) Farm Credit Administration.

Title VII: General Provisions - Specifies certain uses and limits on or prohibitions against the use of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 714) Authorizes the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to enter into noncompetitive cooperative agreements.

(Sec. 728) Prohibits, with an exception for field laboratory facilities, funds under this Act from being used to: (1) reduce the Detroit, Michigan, Food and Drug Administration District Office below specified 1999 staffing levels; (2) change the Office to a station or similarly modified office; or (3) reassign residence posts.

Establishes the income eligibility level for Alaskan rural development programs at 150 percent.

(Sec. 736) Requires, with exceptions, Foreign Agricultural Service approval of sales of residences used by agricultural attaches abroad.

(Sec. 737) Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to acquire personal services agreements for overseas operations.

(Sec. 738) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to close or relocate a State Rural Development office unless cost and operation effective.

(Sec. 739) Requires the Secretary to use specified amounts of commodities for foreign HIV and AIDS related assistance.

Division B - Title I: National Disaster Assistance and Other Emergency Appropriations - Chapter 1 - Appropriates funds for FY 2000 for the following Department of Agriculture programs and services: (1) Farm Service Agency; (2) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; (3) Rural Community Advancement Program; (4) Rural Housing Service; and (5) Rural Utilities Service.

(Sec. 1101) Provides additional FY 2000 amounts for technical assistance activities related to the conservation reserve and the wetlands reserve programs.

(Sec. 1102) Extends certain livestock assistance eligibility through February 7, 2000.

(Sec. 1104) Reduces specified crop and upland cotton loan indebtedness for entities and persons in qualifying North Carolina counties who suffered losses from Hurricanes Dennis, Floyd, or Irene.

(Sec. 1105) Conforms the definition of "livestock" for livestock indemnity program purposes.

(Sec. 1106) Provides supplemental assistance for qualifying dairy producers.

(Sec. 1107) Authorizes assistance for agricultural losses due to: (1) Mexican fruit fly quarantines in San Diego and San Bernadino-Riverside counties, California; (2) Pierce's disease; (3) grasshoppers and mormon crickets; and (4) citrus canker.

(Sec. 1108) Amends the Agricultural Market Transition Act to extend the milk price support program through 2001.

(Sec. 1109) Provides assistance for livestock producers in designated emergency counties (for 2000 losses) through September 30, 2001. Requires the Secretary to consider the effects of drought in establishing payment levels.

(Sec. 1110) Directs the Secretary to offset the assessment on peanut producers for 1999 program losses using excess assessments to be collected in 2000 and subsequent years.

Chapter 2: Department of Defense- Civil Department of the Army - Appropriates additional amounts for the: (1) Corps of Engineers- Civil; and (2) Appalachian Regional Commission.

Chapter 3: Department of the Interior - Appropriates additional amounts for the: (1) Bureau of Land Management; (2) United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (3) National Park Service; (4) United States Geological Survey; (5) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement; (6) Bureau of Indian Affairs; and (7) Forest Service (Department of Agriculture).

Chapter 4: Department of Health and Human Services - Appropriates additional amounts for the: (1) Health Care Financing Administration; and (2) Administration for Children and Families.

Chapter 5: Legislative Branch - Appropriates additional amounts for the : (1) Capitol Police Board; (2) Capitol Police; and (3) Architect of the Capitol.

(Sec. 1501) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1993 to increase the amount of private donations that the Architect of the Capitol may accept for the National Garden.

(Sec. 1502) Amends the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 with respect to Trade Deficit Review Commission funding and reporting requirements.

Chapter 6: Department of Transportation and Related Agencies - Appropriates additional amounts for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Chapter 7: Department of the Treasury - Appropriates additional amounts for: (1) departmental offices; (2) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and (3) General Services Administration (Independent Agencies).

Chapter 8: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Appropriates additional amounts for: (1) community planning and development; and (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (Independent Agencies).

Chapter 9: General Provision - Appropriates additional amounts for: (1) Saint John's Lutheran Hospital, Libby, Montana; and (2) Libby, Montana.

(Sec. 1902) Appropriates additional amounts for fisheries disaster relief for: (1) Pribilof Island and east Aleutian area of the Bering Sea; (2) affected families in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon; (3) Bering Sea ecosystem research; and (4) Alaskan crab fisheries.

(Sec. 1903) Appropriates additional amounts for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department related to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Organization Spring Conference, April 2000.

Title II: Supplemental Appropriations and Offsets - Chapter 1 - Authorizes specified funds to be used for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (Department of Agriculture).

(Sec. 2101) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act make cities or towns with more than 50, 000 persons eligible for rural business and industry loan guarantees if the primary beneficiaries of a project are agricultural producers.

(Sec. 2102) Directs the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide financial and technical assistance to the: (1) Long Park Dam, Utah; (2) Kuhn Bayou Project, Arkansas; and (3) Snake River Project, Minnesota.

Chapter 2 - Provides funds for the: (1) Radiation Exposure Trust Fund (Department of Justice); (2) Economic Development Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Department of Commerce); and (3) Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States.

Chapter 3 - Provides additional amounts for the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund.

Chapter 4 - Provides additional amounts for the: (1) Employment and Training Administration, and Mine Safety and Health Administration (Department of Labor); (2) Administration for Children and Families, and Administration on Aging (Department of Health and Human Services); (3) Railroad retirement Board; and (4) Social Security Administration.

Extends the availability of specified Department of Education higher education funds through September 30, 2000.

Chapter 5 - Provides additional amounts for the Federal Aviation Administration.

(Sec. 2501) Expands permitted fund use for the Salt Lake City, Utah, regional commuter system project.

(Sec. 2502) Directs the Coast Guard to transfer specified funds to Unalaska, Alaska, for municipal pier construction and harbor improvements.

(Sec. 2503) Makes specified funds available for testing the potential for ultra- wideband signals to interfere with global positioning system receivers by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

(Sec. 2504) Appropriates funds to the Federal Highway Administration for transfer to the Utah Department of Transportation. Directs the Utah Department of Transportation to make specified State funds available for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Chapter 6 - Makes funds available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for: (1) homeless assistance grants; (2) FHA- General and Special Risk Program Account; and (3) Office of the Inspector General.

Provides additional amounts for: (1) National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and (20 National Science Foundation.

(Sec. 2601) Amends Federal law with respect to enhanced vouchers.

(Sec. 2604) Makes technical revisions with respect to specified grants to Alaska and South Dakota.

(Sec. 2608) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to exempt State housing finance agencies that administer public or section 8 housing programs from the requirement to appoint a resident of such housing to the board of directors. Requires appointment of resident advisory committees.

Chapter 7 - Cancels specified amounts transferred to the Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Information Officer for information technology system conversion.

Rescinds specified amounts made available to the Department of Justice for: (1) general administration; (2) United States Parole Commission; (3) legal activities; (4) Federal Bureau of Investigation (information sharing initiative); (5) Immigration and Naturalization Service; and (6) Office of Justice programs.

Rescinds specified amounts from the: (1) Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (advanced technology program); and (2) Small Business Administration (new markets venture capital program).

Cancels specified amounts transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services for information technology systems and computer conversions.

Rescinds specified amounts from: (1) Executive Office of the President for Federal drug control programs; and (2) Department of Housing and Urban Development for the housing certificate fund.

(Sec. 2701) Rescinds specified nondefense, general purpose amounts for information technology.

Chapter 8 - Extends the patent term held for an elemental biologic (as defined by this Act).

(Sec. 2802) Amends Federal law to designate Ketchikan, Alaska, as the new home port of the vessel RAINIER.

(Sec. 2804) Directs the Department of Justice to transfer back to any Federal department or agency tobacco litigation funds.

(Sec. 2807) Makes additional amounts available for the purchase of two Sabreliner-class aircraft for Department of Justice prisoner and alien transportation.

(Sec. 2808) Amends the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State , the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 to: (1) obligate funds for reimbursement of Seattle and other Washington State jurisdictions for security costs in connection with the Third World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference; and (2) make additional amounts available for a new site for the National Domestic Preparedness Office and related "Blueprint" implementation.

(Sec. 2809) Provides for the transfer of specified funds to the Violent Offender Incarceration and Truth in Sentencing Incentive Grants program for construction of the Hoonah Spirit Camp.

(Sec. 2811) Obligates specified Department of Commerce amounts for the Commission on Online Child Protection.

Title III: General Provisions - Prohibits fund use to reallocate Cental Arizona Project water until Congress directs the Secretary of the Interior to allocate funds and enter into contracts for delivery of such water.

(Sec. 3104) Prohibits fund use related to closure or post-closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico.

(Sec. 3105) Limits certain fund use by the Secretary of the Interior to specified matters of the National Research Council's Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands report.

(Sec. 3106) Prohibits FY 2000 fund use by the Federal Communications Commission for certain spectrum competitive bidding procedures.

(Sec. 3107) Provides interim compensation for certain closed Alaskan fisheries.

(Sec. 3108) Directs the Secretaries of the Interior and the Army to jointly designate land for the jetty and sand transfer system for the Oregon Inlet on the North Carolina coast. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to transfer administrative jurisdiction over such land to the Secretary of the Army.

(Sec. 3109) Authorizes the Indian Health Service to improve municipal, tribal, or private lands for construction of a clinic in King Cove, Alaska.

(Sec. 3110) Amends federal law to repeal a provision respecting Federal salary payment due dates.

Title IV: Food and Medicine for the World Act - Food and Medicine for the World Act - Prohibits the President from imposing a unilateral agricultural sanction or unilateral medical sanction against a foreign country, except for specified circumstances, unless: (1) not less than 60 days before the sanction is proposed to be imposed, the President makes a specified report to Congress; and (2) Congress enacts a joint resolution approving the report.

Sets forth license and sanction provisions for countries supporting international terrorism.