H.R.5410 - Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Kolbe, Jim [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 09/19/2002)|
|Committees:||House - Appropriations|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 107-663|
|Latest Action:||09/19/2002 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 406. (All Actions)|
|Notes:||FY2003 Foreign Operations appropriations were enacted in Public Law 108-7, the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003.|
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Summary: H.R.5410 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 - Title I: Export and Investment Assistance - Makes appropriations for FY 2003 for: (1) direct loans, loan guarantees, tied-aid grants, insurance, and administrative expenses under Export-Import Bank programs; (2) Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) credit and insurance programs, including for the cost of direct and guaranteed loans and administrative expenses; and (3) the Trade and Development Agency, including an additional amount for trade capacity building assistance.
Reported to House without amendment (09/19/2002)
Title II: Bilateral Economic Assistance - Makes appropriations for FY 2003 for: (1) expenses of the President in carrying out certain programs under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; (2) the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) for child survival and disease programs (earmarking amounts for HIV/AIDS, polio, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases), including reproductive health/family planning programs; (3) specified development assistance; (4) international disaster assistance (earmarking amounts for the West Bank and Gaza, with a bar of funds to the Palestinian Authority, and Afghanistan, including such assistance to support transition to democracy and to long-term development of countries in crisis); (5) guaranteed loans for micro and small enterprise development programs; (6) the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund; (7) operating expenses of AID and the AID Office of Inspector General; (8) the Capital Investment Fund; (9) Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance (earmarking amounts for Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Cyprus, and the National Democratic Alliance of Sudan); (10) the International Fund for Ireland; (11) assistance for Eastern Europe and the Baltic States (earmarking specified amounts for Kosovo, the Baltic States, and for Bosnia and Herzegovina); (12) assistance for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union (subject to specified conditions, and earmarking amounts for the Southern Caucasus (especially the areas of Abkhazia and Nagorno- Karabagh), Georgia, Armenia, and the Ukraine and Uzbekistan, subject to certain conditions); (13) the Inter-American Foundation, the African Development Foundation, and the Peace Corps (with a prohibition on the use of such funds for abortions); (14) international narcotics control and law enforcement (earmarking amounts for the demand reduction program) (15) counterdrug activities in the Andean region of South America (earmarking amounts for Colombia, subject to certain conditions); (16) migration and refugee assistance; (17) the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund; (18) nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, demining, and related programs and activities (including U.S. contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Preparatory Commission), and earmarking amounts for the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund; and (19) the Department of the Treasury for international affairs technical assistance activities.
Bars the use of appropriated funds for coercive abortions or involuntary sterilizations. (Authorizes funds to be made available, in order to reduce reliance on abortion in developing nations, to qualified voluntary family planning projects that: (1) offer directly or through referral, or offer information about access to, a broad range of family planning methods and services; and (2) meet specified requirements). Bars the use of development assistance funds: (1) for any activity which is in contravention to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES); (2) that are managed by or allocated to AID's Global Development Secretariat, except through the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations; and (3) for U.S. private and voluntary organizations (except any cooperative development organization) which obtain less than 20 percent of annual funding from sources other than the U.S. Government.
Authorizes the President to withhold funds for economic revitalization programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina if the President certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that: (1) the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has not complied with article III of annex 1-A of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning the withdrawal of foreign forces; and (2) intelligence cooperation on training, investigations, and related activities between Iranian officials and Bosnian officials has not been terminated.
Directs the President to withhold a specified percentage of assistance for the Government of the Russian Federation until the President certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that it: (1) has terminated arrangements to provide Iran with technical expertise, training, technology, or equipment necessary to develop a nuclear reactor, related nuclear research facilities or programs, or ballistic missile capability; and (2) is providing full access to international nongovernmental organizations providing humanitarian relief to refugees and internally displaced persons in Chechnya.
Title III: Military Assistance - Makes appropriations for FY 2003 for: (1) expanded international military education and training (IMET) to Guatemala; (2) foreign military financing grants (earmarking amounts for Israel and Egypt, and for Colombia, subject to certain conditions); and (3) international peacekeeping operations (subject to certain conditions).
Prohibits foreign military financing for Sudan, Liberia, and Guatemala.
Title IV: Multilateral Economic Assistance - Makes appropriations for FY 2003 for the U.S. contribution to: (1) the Global Environment Facility of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank); (2) International Development Association (IDA); (3) the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency; (4) the Inter-American Investment Corporation; (4) the Enterprise for the Americas Multilateral Investment Fund; (5) the Asian Development Fund; (6) the African Development Bank; (7) the African Development Fund; (8) the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and (9) the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Makes appropriations for FY 2003 for international programs and organizations. Sets certain restrictions on international organization funding. Prohibits the use of funds for the KEDO or the IAEA.
Title V: General Provisions - (Sec. 501) Sets forth limits on the use of appropriations, including that no more than 15 percent of such appropriations shall be obligated during the last month of availability.
(Sec. 503) Sets forth limits on the use of appropriations, including specified maximums for official residence expenses, entertainment expenses, and representation allowances for AID and for entertainment and representation allowances for the Inter-American Foundation and the Trade and Development Agency. Limits the amount of funds for entertainment expenses of the Peace Corps and entertainment allowances under IMET and for entertainment and representation allowances under the Foreign Military Financing Program.
(Sec. 506) Prohibits the use of funds for: (1) the export of nuclear equipment, fuel, or technology (except for nuclear safety purposes); (2) direct assistance or reparations to Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, or Syria; (3) assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree; (4) certain transfers between appropriations accounts without prior presidential consultation with Congress; (5) assistance to any country in default in excess of a year on payments on a U.S. loan (unless the President determines such assistance is in the national interest); and (6) assistance (except in certain circumstances) for production of any commodity for export by a foreign country if the commodity is likely to be in surplus on world markets when the resulting productive capacity is expected to become operative and if the assistance will cause substantial injury to U.S. producers of a similar commodity.
(Sec. 514) Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Directors of specified international financial institutions to oppose any assistance for the production or extraction of any commodity or mineral for export if it is in surplus on world markets and such assistance will cause substantial injury to U.S. producers of a similar commodity.
(Sec. 516) Declares that funds appropriated for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs, that are returned or not made available for international organizations and programs shall remain available for obligation until FY 2004.
(Sec. 517) Prohibits the availability of assistance for the Independent States of the former Soviet Union to a government of such an Independent State: (1) unless it is making progress in implementing comprehensive economic reforms based on market principles, private ownership, respect for commercial contracts, and equitable treatment of foreign private investment; (2) if it applies or transfers U.S. assistance to any entity for the purpose of expropriating or seizing ownership of assets, investments, or ventures (unless the President determines such assistance is in the national interest); (3) if it directs action in violation of the territorial integrity or national sovereignty of any other Independent State of the former Soviet Union; or (4) to enhance its military capability (except for demilitarization, demining, or nonproliferation programs). Subjects such assistance for the Russian Federation, Armenia, Georgia, and the Ukraine to the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations.
(Sec. 518) Prohibits the use of development assistance funds for abortions or involuntary sterilizations as methods of family planning, to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions, or to provide any financial incentive to undergo sterilization.
(Sec. 519) Limits to no more than five percent the amount of export financing funds (other than for administrative expenses) that can be transferred from one appropriation to another, with no appropriation being increased by more than 25 percent by such transfer.
(Sec. 520) Prohibits the use of funds for Colombia, Liberia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, or the Democratic Republic of Congo, except through the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations.
(Sec. 522) Makes funds available to AID for child survival and disease prevention programs in developing countries.
(Sec. 523) Earmarks certain bilateral assistance funds for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Afghanistan, including assistance to improve the status of women in Afghanistan, assistance to victims of war, assistance to repair roads and bridges, and for multiservice women's centers.
(Sec. 524) Requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to notify the Committees on Appropriations before providing excess DOD articles to certain NATO and major non-NATO countries.
(Sec. 526) Earmarks National Endowment for Democracy funds to nongovernmental organizations located outside the People's Republic of China to support activities which preserve cultural traditions and promote sustainable development and environmental conservation in Tibetan communities.
Makes ESF funds available for programs and activities to foster democracy, human rights, press freedoms, women's development, and the rule of law in countries with a significant Muslim population, and where such programs and activities would be important to U.S. efforts to respond to, deter, or prevent acts of international terrorism.
(Sec. 527) Prohibits bilateral assistance funds to any country which the President determines grants sanctuary from prosecution to any individual or group which has committed an act of international terrorism or otherwise supports such activities. Authorizes a waiver of this prohibition by the President for national security and humanitarian reasons, requiring notification to the Committees on Appropriations.
(Sec. 528) Authorizes nongovernmental organizations which are AID grantees or contractors to place funds made available to them under this Act in interest bearing accounts in order to enhance their participation in debt-for-development and debt-for-nature exchanges.
(Sec. 529) Directs the Administrator of AID to require foreign countries that receive foreign assistance which results in the generation of local currencies to deposit such currencies in a separate account to be used to finance foreign assistance activities.
(Sec. 530) Prohibits payments to any international financial institution while the U.S. Executive Director to the institution is compensated at a rate in excess of that for Level IV of the Executive Schedule.
(Sec. 531) Bars assistance to any country that is not in compliance with the United Nations (UN) sanctions against Iraq, unless the President certifies to the Congress that such assistance: (1) is in the U.S. national interest; (2) will directly benefit the needy people in that country; or (3) will be humanitarian assistance for foreign nationals who have fled Iraq and Kuwait.
(Sec. 532) Declares that provisions under this or any other Act authorizing appropriations for foreign operations or export financing shall not be construed to prohibit activities authorized by the Peace Corps Act, the Inter-American Foundation Act, or the African Development Foundation Act. Requires an agency to report to the Committees on Appropriations whenever it is conducting or proposing activities in a country for which such assistance is prohibited.
(Sec. 533) Prohibits the use of funds to provide: (1) any financial incentive to a business for purposes of inducing it to relocate outside the United States if it will reduce the number of employees in the United States; or (2) assistance for any project that contributes to the violation of internationally recognized workers rights in the recipient country.
(Sec. 534) Declares that funds appropriated under this Act for Afghanistan, Lebanon, Montenegro, and for victims of war, displaced children, and displaced Burmese may be made available notwithstanding any other provision of law.
Authorizes the use of foreign assistance funds to support tropical forestry and biodiversity conservation programs and energy programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Authorizes AID to employ up to 15 personal services contractors in the United States to provide support for specified new or expanded overseas programs until permanent direct hire personnel are hired and trained.
Authorizes the President to waive certain prohibitions with respect to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the President determines and certifies to Congress that it is in the national interest.
Authorizes the President during FY 2003 to use up to $45 million (currently, $25 million) of foreign assistance funds for unanticipated emergency contingencies.
(Sec. 535) Expresses the sense of the Congress with respect to: (1) immediate public renunciation by Arab League countries of the boycotts of Israel (reinstated in 1997) and of American firms having commercial ties with Israel; and (2) steps the President should take to encourage such renunciation and help such countries normalize their relations with Israel.
(Sec. 536) Authorizes the use of ESF funds to strengthen the administration of justice in countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and in other regions.
(Sec. 537) Declares that restrictions on assistance to foreign countries contained in this Act or any other Act (except those relating to international terrorism or human rights violations) shall not be construed to restrict assistance: (1) in support of certain programs of nongovernmental organizations; or (2) under specified provisions of the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954.
(Sec. 538) Authorizes the reprogramming of earmarked appropriations for other programs within the same account, provided certain requirements are met.
(Sec. 540) Prohibits the use of funds for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States that were not authorized before the enactment of this Act. Earmarks amounts for private and voluntary organizations to deal with world hunger problems abroad.
(Sec. 541) Prohibits the use of funds to pay any assessments, arrearages, or dues of any U.N. member (including costs for attendance of another country's delegation at international conferences held under the auspices of multilateral or international organizations).
(Sec. 542) Prohibits the provision of funds to a nongovernmental organization that fails to provide any document, file, or record necessary to the auditing requirements of AID.
(Sec. 543) Prohibits the provision of funds to any foreign government that provides lethal military equipment to a country that the Secretary of State has determined has a terrorist government, unless the President determines that the furnishing of such assistance is in the U.S. national interest.
(Sec. 544) Withholds assistance to a foreign country in an amount equal to 110 percent of the total unpaid parking fines and penalties owed by the country to the District of Columbia and New York City, New York as of September 30, 2002.
(Sec. 545) Prohibits the obligation of any appropriations for the PLO for the West Bank and Gaza unless the President has exercised certain authorities to suspend prohibitions on assistance to the PLO.
(Sec. 546) Permits the President to provide up to a specified amount of commodities and services to the UN War Crimes Tribunal if doing so will contribute to a just resolution of charges regarding genocide or other violations of international law in the former Yugoslavia.
(Sec. 547) Authorizes disposal on a grant basis in foreign countries of demining equipment used in support of the clearance of land mines and unexploded ordnance for humanitarian purposes.
(Sec. 548) Prohibits the obligation of appropriations to create in Jerusalem a new U.S. agency office for the purpose of conducting U.S. business with the Palestinian Authority over Gaza and Jericho (or any successor Palestinian governing entity) provided for in the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles.
(Sec. 549) Prohibits the obligation of certain funds to pay for: (1) alcoholic beverages; or (2) entertainment expenses for recreational activities.
(Sec. 550) Prohibits the United States from paying any voluntary contribution to the UN, including the UN Development Program, unless the President certifies to Congress 15 days in advance of such payment that the UN is not engaged in any effort to implement or impose any taxation on U.S. persons in order to raise revenue for itself or any of its specialized agencies.
(Sec. 551) Makes the Government of Haiti eligible to purchase U.S. defense articles and services for its Coast Guard.
Earmarks certain bilateral assistance for: (1) AID food assistance programs for Haiti for FY 2003; and (2) Nicaragua and Honduras for certain agricultural and poverty programs.
(Sec. 552) Prohibits the obligation of any appropriations for the PLO unless the President certifies to Congress that it is in the U.S. national security interests.
(Sec. 553) Prohibits the use of funds for the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State believes they have committed gross violations of human rights, unless the Secretary reports to the Committees on Appropriations that such country is taking steps to bring the responsible persons to justice.
(Sec. 554) Prohibits the use of funds for the Government of the Russian Federation unless the President certifies to specified congressional committees that the Federation has not enacted laws or promulgated executive orders that discriminate against religious minorities in violation of international agreements on human rights and religious freedoms to which it is a party.
(Sec. 555) Earmarks specified foreign assistance funds for Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group, the Multinational Force and Observers, the Middle East Regional Democracy Fund, Middle East Regional Cooperation, and Middle East Multilateral Working Groups.
(Sec. 556) Requires the President to submit to specified congressional committees a plan for the distribution of the assets of an Enterprise Fund before any distribution resulting from liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the Fund.
(Sec. 557) Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of international financial institutions to oppose loans to the Central Government Cambodia (except loans to support basic human needs). Prohibits the availability of funds under this Act for assistance (other than for basic education activities) for the Central Government of Cambodia.
(Sec. 558) Directs the Secretaries of Defense and of State to report jointly to Congress on all overseas military training provided to, and proposed to be provided to, foreign military personnel under programs administered by the Defense and State Departments during FY 2002 and 2003.
(Sec. 559) Earmarks specified funds for KEDO for administrative expenses and heavy fuel oil costs associated with the Agreed Framework (Joint Declaration on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula). Makes such funds available to KEDO if the President certifies to Congress that North Korea is complying with the provisions of the Agreed Framework.
(Sec. 560) Bars the use of funds appropriated under this Act to support a Palestinian state unless the Secretary of State certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that: (1) a new leadership of a Palestinian governing entity has been democratically elected through elections; (2) such entity has demonstrated a commitment to peaceful co-existence with the State of Israel and is taking appropriate measures to counter terrorism; and (3) the Palestinian Authority is working to establish a lasting peace in the Middle East.
(Sec. 561) Bars the use of funds appropriated under this Act to provide equipment, technical support, consulting services, or any other assistance to the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation.
(Sec. 562) Makes ESF funds available for programs benefitting the Iraqi people and to support efforts to bring about political transition in Iraq.
(Sec. 563) Requires the Secretary of State, 30 days prior to the obligation of ESF funds for the bilateral West Bank and Gaza Program, to certify to the appropriate congressional committees that procedures have been established to ensure that the Comptroller General will have access to appropriate U.S. financial information in order to review the uses of such funds under the Program. Requires the Secretary of State, prior to the obligation of such funds, to take all appropriate steps to ensure that such assistance is not provided to or through any individual or entity that advocates or engages in terrorist activity.
(Sec. 564) Makes foreign military financing program funds available for Indonesian military personnel if the President determines and reports to the appropriate congressional committees that the Government of Indonesia and the Indonesian Armed Forces are: (1) taking effective measures to bring to justice members of the armed forces and militia groups against whom there is evidence of human rights violations in East Timor and Indonesia; (2) allowing displaced persons to return home to East Timor; (3) cooperating with investigations and prosecutions of members of the Indonesian Armed Forces and militia groups responsible for human rights violations in Indonesia and East Timor; (4) allowing UN and other international humanitarian organizations and representatives of recognized human rights organizations access to West Timor, Aceh, West Papua, and Maluka; and (5) releasing political detainees.
(Sec. 565) Requires the Department of State to provide briefings to the appropriate congressional committees on any discussions between any executive branch agency and the Government of Taiwan on any potential purchase of defense articles or defense services by the Government of Taiwan.
(Sec. 566) Bars the use of funds appropriated by this Act for assistance for the government of any country that has been determined to have aided or abetted, within the previous six months, in the illicit distribution, transportation, or sale of diamonds mined in Sierra Leone.
(Sec. 567) Amends the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000 to authorize voluntary separation incentive payments to AID employees who voluntarily separate (whether by retirement or resignation) on or before December 31, 2003, in order to eliminate AID positions and functions contained in a mandatory strategic plan outlining such payments.
(Sec. 568) Earmarks a specified amount of international organizations and program funds for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) (except for any country program in China). Conditions the availability of such funds to UNFPA on specified requirements, including that it does not fund abortions.
(Sec. 569) Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to withhold ten percent of the U.S. payment to any international financial institution until the Secretary certifies that such institution has implemented certain procurement and financial management reforms.
(Sec. 570) Authorizes the commercial leasing of defense articles (instead of the government-to-government sale) to Israel, Egypt, NATO, and major non-NATO allies if the President determines that there are compelling foreign policy or national security reasons.
(Sec. 571) Bars the use of funds made available by this Act for assistance (except humanitarian assistance and assistance for democratization), and requires the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors to the international financial institutions to vote against the extension of any assistance to any country that has failed to take necessary steps to implement its international legal obligations to apprehend and transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia all persons in their territory who have been indicted by the Tribunal.
(Sec. 572) Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors at specified international financial institutions to oppose any loan that would require user fees or service charges on poor people for primary education or primary health care, including prevention and treatment efforts for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and infant, child, and maternal well-being, in connection with the institution's lending programs.
(Sec. 573) Makes funds appropriated by this Act available after March 31, 2003, for assistance for the Central Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia if the President certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that it is: (1) cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, including access for investigators, the provision of documents, and the surrender and transfer of indictees; (2) taking steps that are consistent with the Dayton Accords to end financial, political, security and other support which has served to maintain separate Republika Srpska institutions; and (3) taking steps to implement policies which reflect a respect for minority rights and the rule of law.
(Sec. 574) Prohibits funds appropriated by this Act from being made available to provide assistance for a foreign country under a new bilateral agreement governing the terms under which such assistance is to be provided unless such agreement includes a provision stating that such assistance shall be exempt from taxation, or reimbursed, by the foreign government.
Requires the Secretary of State to negotiate amendments to existing bilateral agreements to conform them to such requirement. Sets forth certain requirements with respect to reimbursement of foreign taxes to the United States, including the withholding of U.S. assistance in cases where a country does not reimburse the United States.
(Sec. 575) Directs the Comptroller General to report to the Committees on Appropriations on the extent to which the Department of State is complying (and implementing procedures that have been established to meet standards to comply) with section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 prohibiting U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) except on the condition that the UNRWA take all possible measures to assure that no part of the U.S. contribution be used to furnish assistance to any refugee who is receiving military training as a member of the Palestine Liberation Army or any other guerrilla type organization or who has engaged in any act of terrorism.
(Sec. 576) Prohibits funds appropriated under this Act from being made available for assistance for the Colombian Armed Forces (CAF) until the Secretary of State certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that: (1) the Commander General of CAF is suspending members of CAF who have been credibly alleged to have committed gross violations of human rights, including extra-judicial killings, or to have aided or abetted paramilitary groups; (2) the CAF are cooperating with civilian prosecutors and judicial authorities in prosecuting and punishing those members of CAF who have been credibly alleged to have committed such violations; and (3) the CAF are taking effective measures to sever links with paramilitary groups, and to execute outstanding orders for capture for members of such groups. Requires the Secretary of State to report quarterly to the Committees on Appropriations on CAF actions to meet such requirements.
(Sec. 577) Prohibits the Secretary of State from issuing a visa to any alien who the Secretary determines has willfully provided (or conspired to provide) support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), or the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). Provides for waiver of such prohibition.
(Sec. 578) Makes ESF assistance available to support democracy activities in Burma and along the Burma-Thailand border and for activities of Burmese student groups and other organizations located outside Burma, including support for humanitarian assistance to displaced Burmese along Burma's borders. Earmarks an amount to support newspapers, publications, and other media activities promoting democracy inside Burma. Earmarks an amount for the prevention, treatment, and control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases in Burma.
(Sec. 579) Earmarks specified amounts of development assistance funds for developing countries for certain tropical forest conservation activities authorized under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, including the cost of modifying loans and loan guarantees pursuant to provisions of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998.
(Sec. 580) Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to contribute on behalf of the United States to the seventh replenishment of the resources of the Asian Development Fund, a special fund of the Asian Development Bank; to the thirteenth replenishment of the resources of the International Development Association; and to the ninth replenishment of the resources of the African Development Fund. Earmarks specified amounts to such institutions.
(Sec. 581) Prohibits funds appropriated by this Act for international narcotics control and law enforcement from being made available for assistance to the Government of Cuba.
(Sec. 582) Earmarks certain funds appropriated by this Act for trade capacity building assistance.
(Sec. 583) Urges investigation and publication of information relevant to the December 2, 1980, murders of four American churchwomen in El Salvador, and the May 5, 2001, murder of Sister Barbara Ann Ford and the murder of others in Guatemala since December 1999. Directs the President to order all Federal agencies and departments with relevant information, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to declassify and release it expeditiously to the victims' families.