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Referred in House (11/12/2013)

1st Session
S. 1561


November 12, 2013

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “CHIMP Act Amendments of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.

(a) In general.—Section 404K(g) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 283m(g)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by striking “and each subsequent fiscal year” and inserting “through fiscal year 2023”;

(B) by inserting after “$30,000,000” the following: “, unless the Secretary determines that reserving additional funds would enable the National Institutes of Health to operate more efficiently and economically by decreasing the overall Federal cost of supporting and maintaining chimpanzees from fiscal year 2014 through fiscal year 2023. Such a determination shall be reported to Congress by the Secretary and shall include a report, to be updated biennially, regarding the care and maintenance of the chimpanzees and costs related to such care and maintenance”; and

(C) by striking the last sentence; and

(2) in paragraph (3), by striking “board of directors” and inserting “Secretary, in consultation with the board of directors”.

(b) GAO study.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct an independent evaluation, and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report, regarding chimpanzees owned or supported by the National Institutes of Health. Such report shall review and assess—

(1) the research status of National Institutes of Health-owned or supported chimpanzees;

(2) the cost for the care and maintenance of such chimpanzees, including the cost broken down by research or retirement status, location and for transportation, as appropriate;

(3) the extent to which matching requirements have been met pursuant to section 404K(e)(4) of the Public Health Service Act; and

(4) any options for cost-savings for the support and maintenance of such chimpanzees that may be identified.

Passed the Senate October 30, 2013.

    Attest: nancy erickson,