Summary: S.2943 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (12/14/2000)

Assistance for International Malaria Control Act - Title I: Assistance for International Malaria Control - International Malaria Control Act of 2000 - Directs the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) to provide assistance for the establishment and conduct of activities designed to prevent, treat, control, and eliminate malaria in countries with a high percentage of malaria cases. Urges the Administrator to consider the interaction among the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in providing such assistance. Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: Policy of the United States with Respect to Macau - United States-Macau Policy Act of 2000 - Expresses the sense of Congress with respect to U.S. policy toward Macau.

(Sec. 203) Declares that: (1) U.S. laws (including treaties and international agreements) shall continue to apply (with specified exceptions) to Macau as they were applied to it before December 20, 1999, unless otherwise expressly provided by law or by Executive order suspending their application because Macau is not sufficiently autonomous to justify treatment under a particular law, treaty, or international agreement; and (2) U.S. export control laws shall apply to Macau in the same manner and to the same extent that such laws apply to the People's Republic of China.

(Sec. 204) Directs the Secretary of State to report to specified congressional committees on conditions in Macau of interest to the United States, including: (1) significant developments in U.S. relations with Macau (including the change in the exercise of sovereignty over it affecting U.S. interests there or the U.S. relations with Macau and China); (2) the development of democratic institutions in Macau; (3) compliance by China and Portugal with their obligations under 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; and (4) the nature and extent of Macau's participation in multilateral forums.

Title III: United States-Canada Alaska Rail Commission - Rails to Resources Act of 2000 - Authorizes and urges the President to enter into an agreement with the Government of Canada to establish a 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. 308) Provides for the establishment of the Rails to Resources Fund to pay for the costs of commission activities.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title IV: Pacific Charter Commission Act of 2000 - Pacific Charter Commission Act of 2000 - Establishes the Pacific Charter Commission to: (1) promote a coordinated U.S. foreign policy to ensure economic and military security in the Asia-Pacific region; (2) support democratization, the rule of law, and human rights; (3) promote U.S. exports to the region by advancing economic cooperation; (4) combat terrorism and the spread of illicit narcotics; and (5) advocate an active U.S. role in diplomacy, security, and the furtherance of good governance and the rule of law in the region.

(Sec. 409) Authorizes appropriations.

Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions - Authorizes the President to undertake appropriate programs using Federal agencies, contractual arrangements, or direct support of indigenous groups, agencies, or organizations in areas outside the 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, 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.

(Sec. 501) Declares that certain U.S. export controls shall not apply to any export from an area in Sudan outside the control of the Government of Sudan if the President determines that such export would directly benefit the economic development of that area and its people.

(Sec. 502) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to provide towing services from a suitable U.S. Navy vessel to tow the former LST 325 from its present location to a port on the East Coast of the United States to be determined by the Secretary. Sets forth certain conditions and limits with respect to such services.

(Sec. 503) Expresses 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 Europe.

Title VI: Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Act of 2000 - Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Act of 2000 - Designates the Peace Corps World Wise Schools Program as the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Program.