Text: S.2943 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-570 (12/27/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 570]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MALARIA CONTROL ACT
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Public Law 106-570
To authorize additional <<NOTE: Dec. 27, 2000 - [S. 2943]>> assistance
for international malaria control, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in <<NOTE: Assistance for International Malaria
Control Act. 22 USC 2151 note.>> Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Assistance for International Malaria
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
TITLE I--ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MALARIA CONTROL
Sec. 101. Short title.
Sec. 102. Findings.
Sec. 103. Assistance for malaria prevention, treatment, control, and
TITLE II--POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES WITH RESPECT TO MACAU
Sec. 201. Short title.
Sec. 202. Findings and declarations; sense of Congress.
Sec. 203. Continued application of United States law.
Sec. 204. Reporting requirement.
Sec. 205. Definitions.
TITLE III--UNITED STATES-CANADA ALASKA RAIL COMMISSION
Sec. 301. Short title.
Sec. 302. Findings.
Sec. 303. Agreement for a United States-Canada bilateral commission.
Sec. 304. Composition of Commission.
Sec. 305. Governance and staffing of Commission.
Sec. 306. Duties.
Sec. 307. Commencement and termination of Commission.
Sec. 308. Funding.
Sec. 309. Definitions.
TITLE IV--PACIFIC CHARTER COMMISSION ACT OF 2000
Sec. 401. Short title.
Sec. 402. Purposes.
Sec. 403. Establishment of commission.
Sec. 404. Duties of Commission.
Sec. 405. Membership of Commission.
Sec. 406. Powers of Commission.
Sec. 407. Staff and support services of Commission.
Sec. 408. Termination.
Sec. 409. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 410. Effective date.
TITLE V--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Sec. 501. Assistance efforts in Sudan.
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Sec. 502. Authority to provide towing assistance.
Sec. 503. Sense of Congress on the American University in Bulgaria.
TITLE VI--PAUL D. COVERDELL WORLD WISE SCHOOLS ACT OF 2000
Sec. 601. Short title.
Sec. 602. Findings.
Sec. 603. Designation of Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Program.
TITLE I--ASSISTANCE <<NOTE: International Malaria Control Act of
2000.>> FOR INTERNATIONAL MALARIA CONTROL
SEC. 101. <<NOTE: 22 USC 2151 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``International Malaria Control Act
SEC. 102. <<NOTE: 22 USC 2151b-1 note.>> FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) The World Health Organization estimates that there are
300,000,000 to 500,000,000 cases of malaria each year.
(2) According to the World Health Organization, more than
1,000,000 persons are estimated to die due to malaria each year.
(3) According to the National Institutes of Health, about 40
percent of the world's population is at risk of becoming
(4) About half of those who die each year from malaria are
children under 9 years of age.
(5) Malaria kills one child each 30 seconds.
(6) Although malaria is a public health problem in more than
90 countries, more than 90 percent of all malaria cases are in
(7) In addition to Africa, large areas of Central and South
America, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Indian
subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are high risk
(8) These high risk areas represent many of the world's
(9) Malaria is particularly dangerous during pregnancy. The
disease causes severe anemia and is a major factor contributing
to maternal deaths in malaria endemic regions.
(10) ``Airport malaria'', the importing of malaria by
international aircraft and other conveyances, is becoming more
common, and the United Kingdom reported 2,364 cases of malaria
in 1997, all of them imported by travelers.
(11) In the United States, of the 1,400 cases of malaria
reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in
1998, the vast majority were imported.
(12) Between 1970 and 1997, the malaria infection rate in
the United States increased by about 40 percent.
(13) Malaria is caused by a single-cell parasite that is
spread to humans by mosquitoes.
(14) No vaccine is available and treatment is hampered by
development of drug-resistant parasites and insecticide-
SEC. 103. ASSISTANCE <<NOTE: 22 USC 2151b-1.>> FOR MALARIA
PREVENTION, TREATMENT, CONTROL, AND
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(1) In general.--The Administrator of the United States
Agency for International Development, in coordination with the
heads of other appropriate Federal agencies and nongovernmental
organizations, shall provide assistance for the establishment
and conduct of activities designed to prevent, treat, control,
and eliminate malaria in countries with a high percentage of
(2) Consideration of interaction among epidemics.--In
providing assistance pursuant to paragraph (1), the
Administrator should consider the interaction among the
epidemics of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
(3) Dissemination of information requirement.--Activities
referred to in paragraph (1) shall include the dissemination of
information relating to the development of vaccines and
therapeutic agents for the prevention of malaria (including
information relating to participation in, and the results of,
clinical trials for such vaccines and agents conducted by United
States Government agencies) to appropriate officials in such
(b) Authorization of Appropriations.--
(1) In general.--There are authorized to be appropriated to
carry out subsection (a) $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal
years 2001 and 2002.
(2) Availability.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to the
authorization of appropriations under paragraph (1) are
authorized to remain available until expended.
TITLE II--POLICY OF <<NOTE: United States-Macau Policy Act of 2000. 22
USC 6901 note.>> THE UNITED STATES WITH RESPECT TO MACAU
SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``United States-Macau Policy Act of
SEC. 202. FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS; SENSE OF CONGRESS.
(a) Findings and Declarations.--Congress makes the following
findings and declarations:
(1) The continued economic prosperity of Macau furthers
United States interests in the People's Republic of China and
(2) Support for democratization is a fundamental principle
of United States foreign policy, and as such, that principle
naturally applies to United States policy toward Macau.
(3) The human rights of the people of Macau are of great
importance to the United States and are directly relevant to
United States interests in Macau.
(4) A fully successful transition in the exercise of
sovereignty over Macau must continue to safeguard human rights
in and of themselves.
(5) Human rights also serve as a basis for Macau's continued
economic prosperity, and Congress takes note of Macau's
adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights and the International Convention on Economic, Social, and
(b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
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(1) the United States should play an active role in
maintaining Macau's confidence and prosperity, Macau's unique
cultural heritage, and the mutually beneficial ties between the
people of the United States and the people of Macau;
(2) through its policies, the United States should
contribute to Macau's ability to maintain a high degree of
autonomy in matters other than defense and foreign affairs as
promised by the People's Republic of China and the Republic of
Portugal in the Joint Declaration, particularly with respect to
such matters as trade, commerce, law enforcement, finance,
monetary policy, aviation, shipping, communications, tourism,
cultural affairs, sports, and participation in international
organizations, consistent with the national security and other
interests of the United States; and
(3) the United States should actively seek to establish and
expand direct bilateral ties and agreements with Macau in
economic, trade, financial, monetary, mutual legal assistance,
law enforcement, communication, transportation, and other
SEC. 203. CONTINUED APPLICATION OF UNITED STATES LAW.
(a) Continued Application.--
(1) In general.--Notwithstanding any change in the exercise
of sovereignty over Macau, and subject to subsections (b) and
(c), the laws of the United States shall continue to apply with
respect to Macau in the same manner as the laws of the United
States were applied with respect to Macau before December 20,
1999, unless otherwise expressly provided by law or by Executive
order issued pursuant to paragraph (2).
the <<NOTE: President. Notification. Federal Register,
publication.>> President determines that Macau is not
sufficiently autonomous to justify treatment under a particular
law of the United States, or any provision thereof, different
from that accorded the People's Republic of China, the President
may issue an Executive order suspending the application of
paragraph (1) to such law or provision of law. The President
shall promptly notify the Committee on International Relations
of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign
Relations of the Senate concerning any such determination and
shall publish the Executive order in the Federal Register.
(b) Export Controls.--
(1) In general.--The export control laws, regulations, and
practices of the United States shall apply to Macau in the same
manner and to the same extent that such laws, regulations, and
practices apply to the People's Republic of China, and in no
case shall such laws, regulations, and practices be applied less
restrictively to exports to Macau than to exports to the
People's Republic of China.
(2) Rule of construction.--Paragraph (1) shall not be
construed as prohibiting the provision of export control
assistance to Macau.
(c) International Agreements.--
(1) In general.--Subject to subsection (b) and paragraph
(2), for all purposes, including actions in any court of the
United States, Congress approves of the continuation in force
after December 20, 1999, of all treaties and other international
agreements, including multilateral conventions, entered into
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before such date between the United States and Macau, or entered
into force before such date between the United States and the
Republic of Portugal and applied to Macau, unless or until
terminated in accordance with law.
in <<NOTE: President. Notification.>> carrying out this
subsection, the President determines that Macau is not legally
competent to carry out its obligations under any such treaty or
other international agreement, or that the continuation of
Macau's obligations or rights under any such treaty or other
international agreement is not appropriate under the
circumstances, the President shall take appropriate action to
modify or terminate such treaty or other international
agreement. The President shall promptly notify the Committee on
International Relations of the House of Representatives and the
Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate concerning such
SEC. 204. REPORTING REQUIREMENT.
(a) In General.--Not later than <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> 90 days after
the date of the enactment of this Act, and not later than March 31 of
each of the years 2001, 2002, and 2003, the Secretary of State shall
transmit to the Committee on International Relations of the House of
Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a
report on conditions in Macau of interest to the United States. The
report shall describe--
(1) significant developments in United States relations with
Macau, including any determination made under section 203;
(2) significant developments related to the change in the
exercise of sovereignty over Macau affecting United States
interests in Macau or United States relations with Macau and the
People's Republic of China;
(3) the development of democratic institutions in Macau;
(4) compliance by the Government of the People's Republic of
China and the Government of the Republic of Portugal with their
obligations under the Joint Declaration; and
(5) the nature and extent of Macau's participation in
(b) Separate Part of Country Reports.--Whenever a report is
transmitted to Congress on a country-by-country basis, there shall be
included in such report, where applicable, a separate subreport on Macau
under the heading of the country that exercises sovereignty over Macau.
SEC. 205. DEFINITIONS.
In this title:
(1) Joint declaration.--The term ``Joint Declaration'' means
the Joint Declaration of the Government of the People's Republic
of China and the Government of the Republic of Portugal on the
Question of Macau, dated April 13, 1987.
(2) Macau.--The term ``Macau'' means the territory that
prior to December 20, 1999, was the Portuguese Dependent
Territory of Macau and after December 20, 1999, became the Macau
Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.
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TITLE III--UNITED STATES-CANADA <<NOTE: Rails to Resources Act of
2000. 49 USC note prec. 28101.>> ALASKA RAIL COMMISSION
SEC. 301. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``Rails to Resources Act of 2000''.
SEC. 302. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that--
(1) rail transportation is an essential component of the
North American intermodal transportation system;
(2) the development of economically strong and socially
stable communities in the western United States and Canada was
encouraged significantly by government policies promoting the
development of integrated transcontinental, interstate and
interprovincial rail systems in the States, territories and
provinces of the two countries;
(3) United States and Canadian federal support for the
completion of new elements of the transcontinental, interstate
and interprovincial rail systems was halted before rail
connections were established to the State of Alaska and the
(4) rail transportation in otherwise isolated areas
facilitates controlled access and may reduce overall impact to
environmentally sensitive areas;
(5) the extension of the continental rail system through
northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory to the current
terminus of the Alaska Railroad would significantly benefit the
United States and Canadian visitor industries by facilitating
the comfortable movement of passengers over long distances while
minimizing effects on the surrounding areas; and
(6) ongoing research and development efforts in the rail
industry continue to increase the efficiency of rail
transportation, ensure safety, and decrease the impact of rail
service on the environment.
SEC. 303. AGREEMENT FOR A UNITED STATES-CANADA BILATERAL
The President is authorized and urged to enter into an agreement
with the Government of Canada to establish an independent joint
commission to study the feasibility and advisability of linking the rail
system in Alaska to the nearest appropriate point on the North American
continental rail system.
SEC. 304. COMPOSITION OF COMMISSION.
(1) Total membership.--The Agreement should provide for the
Commission to be composed of 24 members, of which 12 members are
appointed by the President and 12 members are appointed by the
Government of Canada.
(2) General qualifications.--The Agreement should provide
for the membership of the Commission, to the maximum extent
practicable, to be representative of--
(A) the interests of the local communities
(including the governments of the communities),
aboriginal peoples, and businesses that would be
affected by the connection
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of the rail system in Alaska to the North American
continental rail system; and
(B) a broad range of expertise in areas of knowledge
that are relevant to the significant issues to be
considered by the Commission, including economics,
engineering, management of resources, social sciences,
fish and game management, environmental sciences, and
(b) United <<NOTE: President.>> States Membership.--If the United
States and Canada enter into an agreement providing for the
establishment of the Commission, the President shall appoint the United
States members of the Commission as follows:
(1) Two members from among persons who are qualified to
represent the interests of communities and local governments of
(2) One member representing the State of Alaska, to be
nominated by the Governor of Alaska.
(3) One member from among persons who are qualified to
represent the interests of Native Alaskans residing in the area
of Alaska that would be affected by the extension of rail
(4) Three members from among persons involved in commercial
activities in Alaska who are qualified to represent commercial
interests in Alaska, of which one shall be a representative of
the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
(5) One member representing United States Class I rail
carriers and one member representing United States rail labor.
(6) Three members with relevant expertise, at least one of
whom shall be an engineer with expertise in subarctic
transportation and at least one of whom shall have expertise on
the environmental impact of such transportation.
(c) Canadian Membership.--The Agreement should provide for the
Canadian membership of the Commission to be representative of broad
categories of interests of Canada as the Government of Canada determines
appropriate, consistent with subsection (a)(2).
SEC. 305. GOVERNANCE AND STAFFING OF COMMISSION.
(a) Chairman.--The Agreement should provide for the Chairman of the
Commission to be elected from among the members of the Commission by a
majority vote of the members.
(b) Compensation and Expenses of United States Members.--
(1) Compensation.--Each member of the Commission appointed
by the President who is not an officer or employee of the
Federal Government shall be compensated at a rate equal to the
daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for
level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title
5, United States Code, for each day (including travel time)
during which such member is engaged in the performance of the
duties of the Commission. Each such member who is an officer or
employee of the United States shall serve without compensation
in addition to that received for services as an officer or
employee of the United States.
(2) Travel expenses.--The members of the Commission
appointed by the President shall be allowed travel expenses,
including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized
for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of
title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes
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or regular places of business in the performance of services for
(1) In general.--The Agreement should provide for the
appointment of a staff and an executive director to be the head
of the staff.
(2) Compensation.--Funds made available for the Commission
by the United States may be used to pay the compensation of the
executive director and other personnel at rates fixed by the
Commission that are not in excess of the rate payable for level
V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5,
United States Code.
(d) Office.--The Agreement should provide for the office of the
Commission to be located in a mutually agreed location within the
impacted areas of Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and northern British
(e) Meetings.--The Agreement should provide for the Commission to
meet at least biannually to review progress and to provide guidance to
staff and others, and to hold, in locations within the affected areas of
Alaska, the Yukon Territory and northern British Columbia, such
additional informational or public meetings as the Commission deems
necessary to the conduct of its business.
(f) Procurement of Services.--The Agreement should authorize and
encourage the Commission to procure by contract, to the maximum extent
practicable, the services (including any temporary and intermittent
services) that the Commission determines necessary for carrying out the
duties of the Commission. In the case of any contract for the services
of an individual, funds made available for the Commission by the United
States may not be used to pay for the services of the individual at a
rate that exceeds the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay
prescribed for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of
title 5, United States Code.
SEC. 306. DUTIES.
(1) In general.--The Agreement should provide for the
Commission to study and assess, on the basis of all available
relevant information, the feasibility and advisability of
linking the rail system in Alaska to the North American
continental rail system through the continuation of the rail
system in Alaska from its northeastern terminus to a connection
with the continental rail system in Canada.
(2) Specific issues.--The Agreement should provide for the
study and assessment to include the consideration of the
(A) Railroad engineering.
(B) Land ownership.
(D) Proximity to mineral, timber, tourist, and other
(E) Market outlook.
(F) Environmental considerations.
(G) Social effects, including changes in the use or
availability of natural resources.
(H) Potential financing mechanisms.
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(3) Route.--The Agreement should provide for the Commission,
upon finding that it is feasible and advisable to link the rail
system in Alaska as described in paragraph (1), to determine one
or more recommended routes for the rail segment that establishes
the linkage, taking into consideration cost, distance, access to
potential freight markets, environmental matters, existing
corridors that are already used for ground transportation, the
route surveyed by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War
II and such other factors as the Commission determines relevant.
(4) Combined corridor evaluation.--The Agreement should also
provide for the Commission to consider whether it would be
feasible and advisable to combine the power transmission
infrastructure and petroleum product pipelines of other
utilities into one corridor with a rail extension of the rail
system of Alaska.
(b) Report.--The Agreement <<NOTE: Deadline.>> should require the
Commission to submit to Congress and the Secretary of Transportation and
to the Minister of Transport of the Government of Canada, not later than
3 years after the Commission commencement date, a report on the results
of the study, including the Commission's findings regarding the
feasibility and advisability of linking the rail system in Alaska as
described in subsection (a)(1) and the Commission's recommendations
regarding the preferred route and any alternative routes for the rail
segment establishing the linkage.
SEC. 307. COMMENCEMENT AND TERMINATION OF COMMISSION.
(a) Commencement.--The Agreement should provide for the Commission
to begin to function on the date on which all members are appointed to
the Commission as provided for in the Agreement.
(b) Termination.--The Commission should be terminated 90 days after
the date on which the Commission submits its report under section 306.
SEC. 308. FUNDING.
(a) Rails to Resources Fund.--The Agreement should provide for the
(1) Establishment.--The establishment of an interest-bearing
account to be known as the ``Rails to Resources Fund''.
(2) Contributions.--The contribution by the United States
and the Government of Canada to the Fund of amounts that are
sufficient for the Commission to carry out its duties.
(3) Availability.--The availability of amounts in the Fund
to pay the costs of Commission activities.
(4) Dissolution.--Dissolution of the Fund upon the
termination of the Commission and distribution of the amounts
remaining in the Fund between the United States and the
Government of Canada.
(b) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be
appropriated to any fund established for use by the Commission as
described in subsection (a)(1) $6,000,000, to remain available until
SEC. 309. DEFINITIONS.
In this title:
(1) Agreement.--The term ``Agreement'' means an agreement
described in section 303.
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(2) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means a commission
established pursuant to any Agreement.
TITLE IV--PACIFIC <<NOTE: Pacific Charter Commission Act of 2000. 22 USC
2656 note.>> CHARTER COMMISSION ACT OF 2000
SEC. 401. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``Pacific Charter Commission Act of
SEC. 402. PURPOSES.
The purposes of this title are--
(1) to promote a consistent and coordinated foreign policy
of the United States to ensure economic and military security in
the Asia-Pacific region;
(2) to support democratization, the rule of law, and human
rights in the Asia-Pacific region;
(3) to promote United States exports to the Asia-Pacific
region by advancing economic cooperation;
(4) to assist in combating terrorism and the spread of
illicit narcotics in the Asia-Pacific region; and
(5) to advocate an active role for the United States
Government in diplomacy, security, and the furtherance of good
governance and the rule of law in the Asia-Pacific region.
SEC. 403. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
(a) In General.--The President is authorized to establish a
commission to be known as the Pacific Charter Commission (hereafter in
this title referred to as the ``Commission'').
(b) Expiration of Authority.--The authority to establish the
Commission under this section shall expire at the close of December 31,
SEC. 404. DUTIES OF COMMISSION.
(a) Duties.--The Commission should establish and carry out, either
directly or through nongovernmental organizations, programs, projects,
and activities to achieve the purposes described in section 402,
including research and educational or legislative exchanges between the
United States and countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
(b) Monitoring of Developments.--The Commission should monitor
developments in countries of the Asia-Pacific region with respect to
United States foreign policy toward such countries, the status of
democratization, the rule of law and human rights in the region,
economic relations among the United States and such countries, and
activities related to terrorism and the illicit narcotics trade.
(c) Policy Review and Recommendations.--In carrying out this
section, the Commission should evaluate United States Government
policies toward countries of the Asia-Pacific region and recommend
options for policies of the United States Government with respect to
such countries, with a particular emphasis on countries that are of
importance to the foreign policy, economic, and military interests of
the United States.
(d) Contacts With Other Entities.--In performing the functions
described in subsections (a) through (c), the Commission
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should, as appropriate, seek out and maintain contacts with
nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, and
representatives of industry, including receiving reports and updates
from such organizations and evaluating such reports.
(e) Annual Report.--Not later than <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> 18 months
after the date of the establishment of the Commission, and not later
than the end of each 12-month period thereafter, the Commission shall
prepare and submit to the President and Congress a report that contains
the findings of the Commission, in the case of the initial report,
during the period since the date of establishment of the Commission, or,
in the case of each subsequent report, during the preceding 12-month
period. Each such report shall contain--
(1) recommendations for legislative, executive, or other
actions resulting from the evaluation of policies described in
(2) a description of programs, projects, and activities of
the Commission for the prior year or, in the case of the initial
report, since the date of establishment of the Commission; and
(3) a complete accounting of the expenditures made by the
Commission during the prior year or, in the case of the initial
report, since the date of establishment of the Commission.
SEC. 405. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMISSION.
(a) Composition.--If established pursuant to section 403, the
Commission shall be composed of seven members all of whom--
(1) shall be citizens of the United States who are not
officers or employees of any government, except to the extent
they are considered such officers or employees by virtue of
their membership on the Commission; and
(2) shall have interest and expertise in issues relating to
the Asia-Pacific region.
(1) In general.--The individuals referred to in subsection
(a) shall be appointed--
(A) by the President, after consultation with the
Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of
Representatives, the Chairman and ranking member of the
Committee on International Relations of the House of
Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader
of the Senate, and the Chairman and ranking member of
the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
(B) by and with the advice and consent of the
(2) Political affiliation.--Not more than four of the
individuals appointed under paragraph (1) may be affiliated with
the same political party.
(c) Term.--Each member of the Commission shall be appointed for a
term of 6 years.
(d) Vacancies.--A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the
same manner in which the original appointment was made.
(e) Chairperson; <<NOTE: President.>> Vice Chairperson.--The
President shall designate a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the
Commission from among the members of the Commission.
(1) Rates of pay.--Except as provided in paragraph (2),
members of the Commission shall serve without pay.
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(2) Travel expenses.--Each member of the Commission may
receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of
subsistence, in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title
5, United States Code.
(g) Meetings.--The Commission shall meet at the call of the
(h) Quorum.--A majority of the members of the Commission shall
constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings.
(i) Affirmative Determinations.--An affirmative vote by a majority
of the members of the Commission shall be required for any affirmative
determination by the Commission under section 404.
SEC. 406. POWERS OF COMMISSION.
(a) Hearings and Investigations.--The Commission may hold such
hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony and
receive such evidence, and conduct such investigations as the Commission
considers advisable to carry out this title.
(b) Information From Federal Agencies.--The Commission may secure
directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the
Commission considers necessary to carry out this title. Upon request of
the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of any such department or
agency shall furnish such information to the Commission as expeditiously
(c) Contributions.--The Commission may accept, use, and dispose of
gifts, bequests, or devises of services or property, both real and
personal, for the purpose of assisting or facilitating the work of the
Commission. Gifts, bequests, or devises of money and proceeds from sales
of other property received as gifts, bequests, or devises shall be
deposited in the Treasury and shall be available for disbursement upon
order of the Commission.
(d) Mails.--The Commission may use the United States mails in the
same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and
agencies of the United States.
SEC. 407. STAFF AND SUPPORT SERVICES OF COMMISSION.
(a) Executive Director.--The Commission shall have an executive
director appointed by the Commission who shall serve the Commission
under such terms and conditions as the Commission determines to be
(b) Staff.--The Commission may appoint and fix the pay of such
additional personnel, not to exceed 10 individuals, as it considers
(c) Staff of Federal Agencies.--Upon request of the chairperson of
the Commission, the head of any Federal agency may detail, on a
nonreimbursable basis, any of the personnel of the agency to the
Commission to assist the Commission in carrying out its duties under
(d) Experts and Consultants.--The chairperson of the Commission may
procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of
title 5, United States Code.
SEC. 408. TERMINATION.
The Commission shall terminate not later than 6 years after the date
of the establishment of the Commission.
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SEC. 409. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) In General.--In the event the Commission is established, there
are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title $2,500,000 for
the initial 24-month period of the existence of the Commission.
(b) Availability.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to the
authorization of appropriations under subsection (a) are authorized to
remain available until expended.
SEC. 410. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This title shall take effect on February 1, 2001.
TITLE V--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
SEC. 501. <<NOTE: 50 USC 1701 note.>> ASSISTANCE EFFORTS IN SUDAN.
(a) Additional Authorities.--Notwithstanding any other provision of
law, the President is authorized to undertake appropriate programs using
Federal agencies, contractual arrangements, or direct support of
indigenous groups, agencies, or organizations in areas outside of
control of the Government of Sudan in an effort to provide emergency
relief, promote economic self-sufficiency, build civil authority,
provide education, enhance rule of law and the development of judicial
and legal frameworks, support people-to-people reconciliation efforts,
or implement any program in support of any viable peace agreement at the
local, regional, or national level in Sudan.
(b) Exception to Export Prohibitions.--Notwithstanding any other
provision of law, the prohibitions set forth with respect to Sudan in
Executive Order No. 13067 of November 3, 1997 (62 Fed. Register 59989)
shall not apply to any export from an area in Sudan outside of control
of the Government of Sudan, or to any necessary transaction directly
related to that export, if the President determines that the export or
related transaction, as the case may be, would directly benefit the
economic development of that area and its people.
SEC. 502. AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TOWING ASSISTANCE.
(a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
(1) The United States LST Association (in this section
referred to as the ``Association'') is a patriotic organization
dedicated to honoring the memories of those brave American
servicemen who selflessly served, and often made the ultimate
sacrifice, in the defense of the United States, its allies, and
the principles of democracy and freedom.
(2) The Association is currently engaged in efforts to
return to the United States the former United States warship,
Landing Ship Tank 325 (LST 325) to serve as a memorial to those
American servicemen who went into harm's way aboard and from
(b) Authorization.--The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to
provide towing services from a suitable vessel of the United States Navy
to tow the former LST 325 from its present location, or a location to be
determined by the Secretary, to a port on the East Coast of the United
States to be determined by the Secretary. The Secretary of the Navy may
not provide such services unless the Secretary finds that the provision
of such services will not interfere with military operations, military
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force presence requirements, or the accomplishment of the specific
missions of the vessel providing the towing services.
(c) Limitations.--The services authorized by subsection (b) may not
be provided except as part of a regular rotation of the vessel providing
the services back to the United States. Such services may be provided
(1) the former LST 325 has been determined by a professional
marine survey or by the United States Coast Guard to be
seaworthy for towing and meeting requirements for entry into a
United States port; and
(2) the Association has named the United States Navy as an
additional insured party to the tow hull policy covering the
former LST 325, including a waiver of subrogation.
(d) Additional Terms and Conditions.--The Secretary of the Navy may
require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the
provision of towing services under this section as the Secretary
considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
SEC. 503. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN
(a) Findings.--Congress finds that the American University in
(1) is a fine educational institution that has received
generous and well-deserved financial assistance from the United
(2) has a successful track record and is educating a
generation of leaders who will shape and determine the future of
their own societies;
(3) has instilled in students in the Balkan region of Europe
the intellectual rigor of the American system of higher
(4) promotes the study and understanding of democratic
(5) maintains entrance and academic standards that are
exemplary and has a commitment to providing educational
opportunities that is based upon merit rather than solely on the
ability of students to bear the entire cost of their education;
(6) is a cost-effective institution of higher learning and
offers a high-quality education.
(b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that the United
States should assist the American University in Bulgaria to become a
self-sustaining institution of higher education in the Balkan region of
TITLE VI--PAUL D. <<NOTE: Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Act of
2000. 22 USC 2517 note.>> COVERDELL WORLD WISE SCHOOLS ACT OF 2000
SEC. 601. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``Paul D. Coverdell World Wise
Schools Act of 2000''.
SEC. 602. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
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(1) Paul D. Coverdell was elected to the Georgia State
Senate in 1970 and later became Minority Leader of the Georgia
State Senate, a post he held for 15 years.
(2) As the 11th Director of the Peace Corps from 1989 to
1991, Paul Coverdell's dedication to the ideals of peace and
understanding helped to shape today's Peace Corps.
(3) Paul D. Coverdell believed that Peace Corps volunteers
could not only make a difference in the countries where they
served but that the greatest benefit could be felt at home.
(4) In 1989, Paul D. Coverdell founded the Peace Corps World
Wise Schools Program to help fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace
Corps, ``to promote a better understanding of the people served
among people of the United States''.
(5) The World Wise Schools Program is an innovative
education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry
about the world, themselves, and others in order to broaden
perspectives; promote cultural awareness; appreciate global
connections; and encourage service.
(6) In a world that is increasingly interdependent and ever
changing, the World Wise Schools Program pays tribute to Paul D.
Coverdell's foresight and leadership. In the words of one World
Wise Schools teacher, ``It's a teacher's job to touch the future
of a child; it's the Peace Corps' job to touch the future of the
world. What more perfect partnership.''.
(7) Paul D. Coverdell served in the United States Senate
from the State of Georgia from 1993 until his sudden death on
July 18, 2000.
(8) Senator Paul D. Coverdell was beloved by his colleagues
for his civility, bipartisan efforts, and his dedication to
SEC. 603. DESIGNATION OF PAUL D. COVERDELL WORLD WISE SCHOOLS
(a) In General.--Effective on the <<NOTE: Effective date.>> date of
enactment of this Act, the program under section 18 of the Peace Corps
Act (22 U.S.C. 2517) referred to before such date as the ``World Wise
Schools Program'' is redesignated as the ``Paul D. Coverdell World Wise
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(b) References.--Any reference before the date of enactment of this
Act in any law, regulation, order, document, record, or other paper of
the United States to the Peace Corps World Wise Schools Program shall,
on and after such date, be considered to refer to the Paul D. Coverdell
World Wise Schools Program.
Approved December 27, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2943 (S. 2940):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Oct. 19, considered and passed Senate.
Oct. 27, considered and passed House, amended.
Dec. 14, Senate concurred in House amendments with an
Dec. 15, House concurred in Senate amendment.