Summary: S.2323 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (04/19/2012)

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Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, for science-related programs, and related agencies.

Title I: Department of Commerce - Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Commerce for FY2013 for: (1) the International Trade Administration; (2) the Bureau of Industry and Security; (3) the Economic Development Administration; (4) the Minority Business Development Agency; (5) economic and statistical analysis programs; (6) the Bureau of the Census; (7) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; (8) the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); (9) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership; (10) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and (11) departmental management, including for the Office of Inspector General and for the renovation and modernization of Department of Commerce facilities.

(Sec. 105) Adopts by reference provisions of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 that: (1) set forth determinations that must be made by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere in order for NOAA to enter a contract for development of a major program (an activity approved to proceed to implementation that has an estimated life cycle cost of more than $250 million), and (2) require the Under Secretary to annually submit a Major Program Annual Report that includes such required information for the satellite development program for which NOAA proposes to expend funds in the subsequent year.

Title II: Department of Justice - Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Justice (DOJ) for FY2013 for: (1) general administration, including for the Office of Inspector General; (2) the United States Parole Commission; (3) legal activities, including for reimbursement from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for processing cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the Offices of the United States Attorneys, the United States Trustee Program, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, the Community Relations Service, and the Assets Forfeiture Fund; (4) the United States Marshals Service; (5) the National Security Division; (6) interagency crime and drug enforcement; (7) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (8) the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); (9) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); (10) the federal prison system, including for Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated; (11) the Office on Violence Against Women for violence against women prevention and prosecution programs, including for establishment of a national clearinghouse to provide training and technical assistance on issues relating to sexual assault of American Indian and Alaska Native women; (12) Office of Justice Programs, including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, a border prosecutor initiative, the Capital Litigation Improvement Grant Program, an Edward Byrne Memorial criminal justice innovation program, the National Criminal History Improvement Program, and Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grants; and (13) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS program).

(Sec. 202) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) pay for an abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or in the case of rape; or (2) require any person to perform or facilitate an abortion.

(Sec. 217) Prohibits the use of funds by a federal law enforcement officer to facilitate the transfer of an operable firearm to an individual known or suspected to be an agent of a drug cartel, unless U.S. law enforcement personnel continuously monitor or control the firearm at all times.

Title III: Science - Science Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for: (1) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including for operational satellite acquisition; and (3) the National Science Foundation (NSF), including for the Office of the National Science Board.

Title IV: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for: (1) the Commission on Civil Rights, (2) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), (3) the International Trade Commission, (4) the Legal Services Corporation, (5) the Marine Mammal Commission; (6) the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and (7) the State Justice Institute.

Title V: General Provisions - (Sec. 501) Sets forth requirements, restrictions, and limitations on the use of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 506) Makes any person who mislabels a product sold in or shipped to the United States as "Made in America" ineligible to receive any contract or subcontract funded by this Act.

(Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products or to seek the removal by any foreign country of restrictions on marketing of such products, except for restrictions which are not applied equally to all tobacco products of the same type

(Sec. 517) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) support or justify the use of torture by any official or contract employee of the U.S. government; , or (2) authorize or issue a national security letter in contravention of specified statutes authorizing the FBI to issue national security letters.

(Sec. 526) Rescinds specified amounts of unobligated balances available to DOJ for specified accounts.

(Sec. 530) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act to: (1) transfer or release to or within the United States Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other detainee who is not a U.S. citizen or a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is or was held on or after June 24, 2009, at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the Department of Defense (DOD); or (2) construct, acquire, or modify any facility in the United States, its territories, or possessions to detain or imprison such a detainee.

(Sec. 532) Prohibits the distribution of funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.

(Sec. 538) Prohibits the use of funds to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to deny, or fail to act on, an application for the importation of any model of shotgun if: (1) all other legal requirements with respect to the proposed importation are met; and (2) no application for the importation of such model of shotgun, in the same configuration, had been denied by the Attorney General prior to January 1, 2011, on the basis that the shotgun was not particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.

(Sec. 541) Prohibits the use of funds to enter into a contract or agreement with, or to make a grant or loan to, any corporation that has any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted, and that is not being paid in a timely manner unless an agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the government.