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Public Law 114-223
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other 
           purposes. <<NOTE: Sept. 29, 2016 -  [H.R. 5325]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Continuing 
Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness 
Act.>>  
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Continuing Appropriations and 
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act''.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Sec. 1. Short title.
Sec. 2. Table of contents.
Sec. 3. References.
Sec. 4. Statement of appropriations.
Sec. 5. Availability of funds.
Sec. 6. Explanatory statement.

    DIVISION A--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED 
                    AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017

Title I--Department of Defense
Title II--Department of Veterans Affairs
Title III--Related agencies
Title IV--Overseas contingency operations
Title V--General provisions

               DIVISION B--ZIKA RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS

Title I--Department of Health and Human Services
Title II--Department of State
Title III--General Provisions--This Division

             DIVISION C--CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017

                    DIVISION D--RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS

SEC. 3. REFERENCES.

    Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to ``this 
Act'' contained in any division of this Act shall be treated as 
referring only to the provisions of that division.
SEC. 4. STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    The following sums in this Act are appropriated, out of any money in 
the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2017.
SEC. 5. AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

    Each amount designated in this Act by the Congress as an emergency 
requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 shall

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be available (or rescinded, if applicable) only if the President 
subsequently so designates all such amounts and transmits such 
designations to the Congress.
SEC. 6. EXPLANATORY STATEMENT.

    (a) The explanatory statement regarding this Act, printed in the 
Senate section of the Congressional Record on or about September 22, 
2016, by the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, 
shall have the same effect with respect to the allocation of funds and 
implementation of divisions A through D of this Act as if it were a 
joint explanatory statement of a committee of conference.
    (b) Any reference to the ``joint explanatory statement accompanying 
this Act'' contained in division A of this Act shall be considered to be 
a reference to the explanatory statement described in subsection (a).

 DIVISION <<NOTE: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.>> A--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS 
AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017

                                 TITLE I

                          DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                       Military Construction, Army

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment of 
temporary or permanent public works, military installations, facilities, 
and real property for the Army as currently authorized by law, including 
personnel in the Army Corps of Engineers and other personal services 
necessary for the purposes of this appropriation, and for construction 
and operation of facilities in support of the functions of the Commander 
in Chief, $513,459,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021: 
<<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>>  Provided, That, of this amount, 
not to exceed $98,159,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, architect and engineer services, and host nation support, as 
authorized by law, unless the Secretary of the Army determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the 
determination and the reasons therefor.

              Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment of 
temporary or permanent public works, naval installations, facilities, 
and real property for the Navy and Marine Corps as currently authorized 
by law, including personnel in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command 
and other personal services necessary for the purposes of this 
appropriation, $1,021,580,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2021:  <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided, That, of this 
amount, not to exceed $88,230,000 shall be available for study, 
planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by 
law, unless the Secretary of the Navy determines that additional 
obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination and 
the reasons therefor.

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                    Military Construction, Air Force

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment of 
temporary or permanent public works, military installations, facilities, 
and real property for the Air Force as currently authorized by law, 
$1,491,058,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021: 
<<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided, That of this amount, 
not to exceed $143,582,000 shall be available for study, planning, 
design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by law, 
unless the Secretary of the Air Force determines that additional 
obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the determination and 
the reasons therefor:  <<NOTE: United Kingdom.>> Provided further, That 
none of the funds made available under this heading shall be for 
construction of the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex Consolidation, 
Phase 3, at Royal Air Force Croughton, United Kingdom, unless authorized 
in an Act authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military 
construction.

                   Military Construction, Defense-Wide

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment of 
temporary or permanent public works, installations, facilities, and real 
property for activities and agencies of the Department of Defense (other 
than the military departments), as currently authorized by law, 
$2,025,444,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021:  Provided, 
That such amounts of this appropriation as may be determined by the 
Secretary of Defense may be transferred to such appropriations of the 
Department of Defense available for military construction or family 
housing as the Secretary may designate, to be merged with and to be 
available for the same purposes, and for the same time period, as the 
appropriation or fund to which transferred: 
<<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided further, That of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $180,775,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Secretary of Defense determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the 
determination and the reasons therefor.

               Military Construction, Army National Guard

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and 
conversion of facilities for the training and administration of the Army 
National Guard, and contributions therefor, as authorized by chapter 
1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $232,930,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2021:  <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided, That, of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $8,729,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Director of the Army National Guard 
determines that additional obligations are necessary for such purposes 
and notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
of the determination and the reasons therefor.

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                Military Construction, Air National Guard

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and 
conversion of facilities for the training and administration of the Air 
National Guard, and contributions therefor, as authorized by chapter 
1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $143,957,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2021:  <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided, That, of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $10,462,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Director of the Air National Guard 
determines that additional obligations are necessary for such purposes 
and notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
of the determination and the reasons therefor.

                   Military Construction, Army Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and 
conversion of facilities for the training and administration of the Army 
Reserve as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10, United States Code, 
and Military Construction Authorization Acts, $68,230,000, to remain 
available until September 30, 
2021: <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>>   Provided, That, of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $7,500,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Chief of the Army Reserve determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the 
determination and the reasons therefor.

                   Military Construction, Navy Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and 
conversion of facilities for the training and administration of the 
reserve components of the Navy and Marine Corps as authorized by chapter 
1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $38,597,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2021:  <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>> Provided, That, of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $3,783,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Secretary of the Navy determines that 
additional obligations are necessary for such purposes and notifies the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the 
determination and the reasons therefor.

                Military Construction, Air Force Reserve

    For construction, acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and 
conversion of facilities for the training and administration of the Air 
Force Reserve as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10, United States 
Code, and Military Construction Authorization Acts, $188,950,000, to 
remain available until September 30, 
2021: <<NOTE: Determination. Notification.>>   Provided, That, of the 
amount appropriated, not to exceed $4,500,000 shall be available for 
study, planning, design, and architect and engineer services, as 
authorized by law, unless the Chief of the

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Air Force Reserve determines that additional obligations are necessary 
for such purposes and notifies the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress of the determination and the reasons therefor.

                   North Atlantic Treaty Organization

                       Security Investment Program

    For the United States share of the cost of the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization Security Investment Program for the acquisition and 
construction of military facilities and installations (including 
international military headquarters) and for related expenses for the 
collective defense of the North Atlantic Treaty Area as authorized by 
section 2806 of title 10, United States Code, and Military Construction 
Authorization Acts, $177,932,000, to remain available until expended.

               Department of Defense Base Closure Account

    For deposit into the Department of Defense Base Closure Account, 
established by section 2906(a) of the Defense Base Closure and 
Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 note), $240,237,000, to remain 
available until expended.

                    Family Housing Construction, Army

    For expenses of family housing for the Army for construction, 
including acquisition, replacement, addition, expansion, extension, and 
alteration, as authorized by law, $157,172,000, to remain available 
until September 30, 2021.

             Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Army

    For expenses of family housing for the Army for operation and 
maintenance, including debt payment, leasing, minor construction, 
principal and interest charges, and insurance premiums, as authorized by 
law, $325,995,000.

           Family Housing Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For expenses of family housing for the Navy and Marine Corps for 
construction, including acquisition, replacement, addition, expansion, 
extension, and alteration, as authorized by law, $94,011,000, to remain 
available until September 30, 2021.

     Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Navy and Marine Corps

    For expenses of family housing for the Navy and Marine Corps for 
operation and maintenance, including debt payment, leasing, minor 
construction, principal and interest charges, and insurance premiums, as 
authorized by law, $300,915,000.

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                 Family Housing Construction, Air Force

    For expenses of family housing for the Air Force for construction, 
including acquisition, replacement, addition, expansion, extension, and 
alteration, as authorized by law, $61,352,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2021.

           Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Air Force

    For expenses of family housing for the Air Force for operation and 
maintenance, including debt payment, leasing, minor construction, 
principal and interest charges, and insurance premiums, as authorized by 
law, $274,429,000.

         Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide

    For expenses of family housing for the activities and agencies of 
the Department of Defense (other than the military departments) for 
operation and maintenance, leasing, and minor construction, as 
authorized by law, $59,157,000.

          Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund

    For the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund, 
$3,258,000, to remain available until expended, for family housing 
initiatives undertaken pursuant to section 2883 of title 10, United 
States Code, providing alternative means of acquiring and improving 
military family housing and supporting facilities.

                        Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 101.  <<NOTE: Contracts.>> None of the funds made available in 
this title shall be expended for payments under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee 
contract for construction, where cost estimates exceed $25,000, to be 
performed within the United States, except Alaska, without the specific 
approval in writing of the Secretary of Defense setting forth the 
reasons therefor.

    Sec. 102.  Funds made available in this title for construction shall 
be available for hire of passenger motor vehicles.
    Sec. 103.  Funds made available in this title for construction may 
be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration, Department 
of Transportation, for the construction of access roads as authorized by 
section 210 of title 23, United States Code, when projects authorized 
therein are certified as important to the national defense by the 
Secretary of Defense.
    Sec. 104.  None of the funds made available in this title may be 
used to begin construction of new bases in the United States for which 
specific appropriations have not been made.
    Sec. 105. <<NOTE: Determinations.>>   None of the funds made 
available in this title shall be used for purchase of land or land 
easements in excess of 100 percent of the value as determined by the 
Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 
except: (1) where there is a determination of value by a Federal court; 
(2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or the designee of the 
Attorney General; (3) where the estimated value is less than $25,000; or 
(4) as otherwise determined by the Secretary of Defense to be in the 
public interest.

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    Sec. 106.  None of the funds made available in this title shall be 
used to: (1) acquire land; (2) provide for site preparation; or (3) 
install utilities for any family housing, except housing for which funds 
have been made available in annual Acts making appropriations for 
military construction.
    Sec. 107.  <<NOTE: Notification.>>  None of the funds made available 
in this title for minor construction may be used to transfer or relocate 
any activity from one base or installation to another, without prior 
notification to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress.

    Sec. 108. <<NOTE: Contracts. Steel.>>   None of the funds made 
available in this title may be used for the procurement of steel for any 
construction project or activity for which American steel producers, 
fabricators, and manufacturers have been denied the opportunity to 
compete for such steel procurement.

    Sec. 109.  None of the funds available to the Department of Defense 
for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal 
year may be used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.
    Sec. 110. <<NOTE: Notification.>>   None of the funds made available 
in this title may be used to initiate a new installation overseas 
without prior notification to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress.

    Sec. 111. <<NOTE: Contracts. Japan.>>   None of the funds made 
available in this title may be obligated for architect and engineer 
contracts estimated by the Government to exceed $500,000 for projects to 
be accomplished in Japan, in any North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
member country, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf, unless such 
contracts are awarded to United States firms or United States firms in 
joint venture with host nation firms.

    Sec. 112. <<NOTE: Contracts. Kwajalein Atoll.>>   None of the funds 
made available in this title for military construction in the United 
States territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein 
Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf, may be used to award 
any contract estimated by the Government to exceed $1,000,000 to a 
foreign contractor:  Provided, That this section shall not be applicable 
to contract awards for which the lowest responsive and responsible bid 
of a United States contractor exceeds the lowest responsive and 
responsible bid of a foreign contractor by greater than 20 percent:  
Provided further, That this section shall not apply to contract awards 
for military construction on Kwajalein Atoll for which the lowest 
responsive and responsible bid is submitted by a Marshallese contractor.

    Sec. 113. <<NOTE: Notification. Military exercise. Deadline.>>   The 
Secretary of Defense shall inform the appropriate committees of both 
Houses of Congress, including the Committees on Appropriations, of plans 
and scope of any proposed military exercise involving United States 
personnel 30 days prior to its occurring, if amounts expended for 
construction, either temporary or permanent, are anticipated to exceed 
$100,000.

    Sec. 114.  Funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for 
construction in prior years shall be available for construction 
authorized for each such military department by the authorizations 
enacted into law during the current session of Congress.
    Sec. 115.  For military construction or family housing projects that 
are being completed with funds otherwise expired or lapsed for 
obligation, expired or lapsed funds may be used to pay the cost of 
associated supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering and design on 
those projects and on subsequent claims, if any.

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    Sec. 116.  <<NOTE: Contracts.>> Notwithstanding any other provision 
of law, any funds made available to a military department or defense 
agency for the construction of military projects may be obligated for a 
military construction project or contract, or for any portion of such a 
project or contract, at any time before the end of the fourth fiscal 
year after the fiscal year for which funds for such project were made 
available, if the funds obligated for such project: (1) are obligated 
from funds available for military construction projects; and (2) do not 
exceed the amount appropriated for such project, plus any amount by 
which the cost of such project is increased pursuant to law.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 117.  <<NOTE: Deadline. Notification. Determination.>>  Subject 
to 30 days prior notification, or 14 days for a notification provided in 
an electronic medium pursuant to sections 480 and 2883 of title 10, 
United States Code, to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses 
of Congress, such additional amounts as may be determined by the 
Secretary of Defense may be transferred to: (1) the Department of 
Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund from amounts appropriated for 
construction in ``Family Housing'' accounts, to be merged with and to be 
available for the same purposes and for the same period of time as 
amounts appropriated directly to the Fund; or (2) the Department of 
Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from amounts 
appropriated for construction of military unaccompanied housing in 
``Military Construction'' accounts, to be merged with and to be 
available for the same purposes and for the same period of time as 
amounts appropriated directly to the Fund:  Provided, That 
appropriations made available to the Funds shall be available to cover 
the costs, as defined in section 502(5) of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, of direct loans or loan guarantees issued by the Department of 
Defense pursuant to the provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 169 of 
title 10, United States Code, pertaining to alternative means of 
acquiring and improving military family housing, military unaccompanied 
housing, and supporting facilities.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 118.  In addition to any other transfer authority available to 
the Department of Defense, amounts may be transferred from the 
Department of Defense Base Closure Account to the fund established by 
section 1013(d) of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development 
Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 3374) to pay for expenses associated with the 
Homeowners Assistance Program incurred under 42 U.S.C. 3374(a)(1)(A). 
Any amounts transferred shall be merged with and be available for the 
same purposes and for the same time period as the fund to which 
transferred.
    Sec. 119. <<NOTE: 10 USC 2821 note.>>  Notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, funds made available in this title for operation and 
maintenance of family housing shall be the exclusive source of funds for 
repair and maintenance of all family housing units, including general or 
flag officer quarters:  Provided, <<NOTE: Deadline. Notification.>>  
That not more than $35,000 per unit may be spent annually for the 
maintenance and repair of any general or flag officer quarters without 
30 days prior notification, or 14 days for a notification provided in an 
electronic medium pursuant to sections 480 and 2883 of title 10, United 
States Code, to the

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Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, except that an 
after-the-fact notification shall be submitted if the limitation is 
exceeded solely due to costs associated with environmental remediation 
that could not be reasonably anticipated at the time of the budget 
submission:  <<NOTE: Reports. Deadline.>>  Provided further,  That the 
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is to report annually to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress all operation 
and maintenance expenditures for each individual general or flag officer 
quarters for the prior fiscal year.

    Sec. 120.  Amounts contained in the Ford Island Improvement Account 
established by subsection (h) of section 2814 of title 10, United States 
Code, are appropriated and shall be available until expended for the 
purposes specified in subsection (i)(1) of such section or until 
transferred pursuant to subsection (i)(3) of such section.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 121.  <<NOTE: Time period. Determination.>>  During the 5-year 
period after appropriations available in this Act to the Department of 
Defense for military construction and family housing operation and 
maintenance and construction have expired for obligation, upon a 
determination that such appropriations will not be necessary for the 
liquidation of obligations or for making authorized adjustments to such 
appropriations for obligations incurred during the period of 
availability of such appropriations, unobligated balances of such 
appropriations may be transferred into the appropriation ``Foreign 
Currency Fluctuations, Construction, Defense'', to be merged with and to 
be available for the same time period and for the same purposes as the 
appropriation to which transferred.

    Sec. 122. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), none of the 
funds made available in this Act may be used by the Secretary of the 
Army to relocate a unit in the Army that--
            (1) performs a testing mission or function that is not 
        performed by any other unit in the Army and is specifically 
        stipulated in title 10, United States Code; and
            (2) is located at a military installation at which the total 
        number of civilian employees of the Department of the Army and 
        Army contractor personnel employed exceeds 10 percent of the 
        total number of members of the regular and reserve components of 
        the Army assigned to the installation.

    (b) <<NOTE: Certification. Compliance.>>  Exception.--Subsection (a) 
shall not apply if the Secretary of the Army certifies to the 
congressional defense committees that in proposing the relocation of the 
unit of the Army, the Secretary complied with Army Regulation 5-10 
relating to the policy, procedures, and responsibilities for Army 
stationing actions.

    Sec. 123.  Amounts appropriated or otherwise made available in an 
account funded under the headings in this title may be transferred among 
projects and activities within the account in accordance with the 
reprogramming guidelines for military construction and family housing 
construction contained in Department of Defense Financial Management 
Regulation 7000.14-R, Volume 3, Chapter 7, of March 2011, as in effect 
on the date of enactment of this Act.
    Sec. 124.  None of the funds made available in this title may be 
obligated or expended for planning and design and construction of 
projects at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    Sec. 125.  For an additional amount for the accounts and in the 
amounts specified, to remain available until September 30, 2021:
            ``Military Construction, Army'', $40,500,000;
            ``Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps'', 
        $227,099,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $149,500,000;
            ``Military Construction, Army National Guard'', $67,500,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air National Guard'', $11,000,000;
            ``Military Construction, Army Reserve'', $30,000,000:

  Provided, That such funds may only be obligated to carry out 
construction projects identified in the respective military department's 
unfunded priority list for fiscal year 2017 submitted to Congress by the 
Secretary of Defense:  Provided further, That such projects are subject 
to authorization prior to obligation and expenditure of funds to carry 
out construction:  <<NOTE: Deadline. Expenditure plan.>> Provided 
further, That not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of the military department concerned, or his or her designee, 
shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress an expenditure plan for funds provided under this section.

    Sec. 126.  For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, 
Navy and Marine Corps'', $89,400,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2021:  Provided, That, such funds may only be obligated to 
carry out construction projects identified by the Department of the Navy 
in its June 8, 2016, unfunded priority list submission to the Committees 
on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress detailing unfunded 
reprogramming and emergency construction 
requirements: <<NOTE: Deadline. Expenditure plan.>>   Provided further, 
That, not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act, the Secretary 
of the Navy, or his or her designee, shall submit to the Committees an 
expenditure plan for funds provided under this section.

                         (rescissions of funds)

    Sec. 127.  Of the unobligated balances available to the Department 
of Defense from prior appropriation Acts, the following funds are hereby 
rescinded from the following accounts in the amounts specified:
            ``Military Construction, Army'', $29,602,000;
            ``Military Construction, Air Force'', $51,460,000;
            ``Military Construction, Defense-Wide'', $171,600,000, of 
        which $30,000,000 are to be derived from amounts made available 
        for Missile Defense Agency planning and design; and
            ``North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment 
        Program'', $30,000,000:

  Provided, That no amounts may be rescinded from amounts that were 
designated by the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global 
War on Terrorism or as an emergency requirement pursuant to a concurrent 
resolution on the budget or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985, as amended.

                          (rescission of funds)

    Sec. 128.  Of the unobligated balances made available in prior 
appropriation Acts for the fund established in section 1013(d) of the 
Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 
3374) (other than appropriations designated by

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law as being for contingency operations directly related to the global 
war on terrorism or as an emergency requirement), $25,000,000 are hereby 
rescinded.
    Sec. 129. <<NOTE: Definition.>>   For the purposes of this Act, the 
term ``congressional defense committees'' means the Committees on Armed 
Services of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the 
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs of the 
Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, and the Subcommittee on 
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs of the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

    Sec. 130. <<NOTE: Cuba.>>   None of the funds made available by this 
Act may be used to carry out the closure or realignment of the United 
States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Sec. 131.  <<NOTE: Cost 
analysis. Reports. Certification.>> Notwithstanding any other provision 
of law, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by 
this or any other Act may be used to consolidate or relocate any element 
of a United States Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational 
Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) outside of the United States until 
the Secretary of the Air Force (1) completes an analysis and comparison 
of the cost and infrastructure investment required to consolidate or 
relocate a RED HORSE squadron outside of the United States versus within 
the United States; (2) provides to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress (``the Committees'') a report detailing the 
findings of the cost analysis; and (3) certifies in writing to the 
Committees that the preferred site for the consolidation or relocation 
yields the greatest savings for the Air Force:  Provided, That the term 
``United States'' in this section does not include any territory or 
possession of the United States.

                                TITLE II

                     DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

                    Veterans Benefits Administration

                        compensation and pensions

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For the payment of compensation benefits to or on behalf of veterans 
and a pilot program for disability examinations as authorized by section 
107 and chapters 11, 13, 18, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United 
States Code; pension benefits to or on behalf of veterans as authorized 
by chapters 15, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United States Code; and 
burial benefits, the Reinstated Entitlement Program for Survivors, 
emergency and other officers' retirement pay, adjusted-service credits 
and certificates, payment of premiums due on commercial life insurance 
policies guaranteed under the provisions of title IV of the 
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 541 et seq.) and for 
other benefits as authorized by sections 107, 1312, 1977, and 2106, and 
chapters 23, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United States Code, 
$90,119,449,000, to remain available until expended and to become 
available on October 1, 2017:  Provided, That not to exceed $17,224,000 
of the amount made available for fiscal year 2018 under this heading 
shall be reimbursed to ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits

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Administration'', and ``Information Technology Systems'' for necessary 
expenses in implementing the provisions of chapters 51, 53, and 55 of 
title 38, United States Code, the funding source for which is 
specifically provided as the ``Compensation and Pensions'' 
appropriation:  Provided further, That such sums as may be earned on an 
actual qualifying patient basis, shall be reimbursed to ``Medical Care 
Collections Fund'' to augment the funding of individual medical 
facilities for nursing home care provided to pensioners as authorized.

                          readjustment benefits

    For the payment of readjustment and rehabilitation benefits to or on 
behalf of veterans as authorized by chapters 21, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 
39, 41, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United States Code, 
$13,708,648,000, to remain available until expended and to become 
available on October 1, 2017:  Provided, That expenses for 
rehabilitation program services and assistance which the Secretary is 
authorized to provide under subsection (a) of section 3104 of title 38, 
United States Code, other than under paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) 
of that subsection, shall be charged to this account.

                   veterans insurance and indemnities

    For military and naval insurance, national service life insurance, 
servicemen's indemnities, service-disabled veterans insurance, and 
veterans mortgage life insurance as authorized by chapters 19 and 21, 
title 38, United States Code, $124,504,000, to remain available until 
expended, of which $107,899,000 shall become available on October 1, 
2017.

                  veterans housing benefit program fund

    For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, such sums as may be 
necessary to carry out the program, as authorized by subchapters I 
through III of chapter 37 of title 38, United States Code:  Provided, 
That such costs, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as 
defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974:  
Provided further, That, during fiscal year 2017, within the resources 
available, not to exceed $500,000 in gross obligations for direct loans 
are authorized for specially adapted housing loans.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct and 
guaranteed loan programs, $198,856,000.

             vocational rehabilitation loans program account

    For the cost of direct loans, $36,000, as authorized by chapter 31 
of title 38, United States Code:  Provided, That such costs, including 
the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of 
the Congressional Budget Act of 1974:  Provided further, That funds made 
available under this heading are available to subsidize gross 
obligations for the principal amount of direct loans not to exceed 
$2,517,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the 
direct loan program, $389,000, which may be paid to the appropriation 
for ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration''.

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          native american veteran housing loan program account

    For administrative expenses to carry out the direct loan program 
authorized by subchapter V of chapter 37 of title 38, United States 
Code, $1,163,000.

      general operating expenses, veterans benefits administration

    For necessary operating expenses of the Veterans Benefits 
Administration, not otherwise provided for, including hire of passenger 
motor vehicles, reimbursement of the General Services Administration for 
security guard services, and reimbursement of the Department of Defense 
for the cost of overseas employee mail, $2,856,160,000: 
<<NOTE: Determination.>> Provided, That expenses for services and 
assistance authorized under paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) of 
section 3104(a) of title 38, United States Code, that the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs determines are necessary to enable entitled veterans: 
(1) to the maximum extent feasible, to become employable and to obtain 
and maintain suitable employment; or (2) to achieve maximum independence 
in daily living, shall be charged to this account:  Provided further, 
That, of the funds made available under this heading, not to exceed 5 
percent shall remain available until September 30, 2018.

                     Veterans Health Administration

                            medical services

    For necessary expenses for furnishing, as authorized by law, 
inpatient and outpatient care and treatment to beneficiaries of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans described in section 1705(a) 
of title 38, United States Code, including care and treatment in 
facilities not under the jurisdiction of the Department, and including 
medical supplies and equipment, bioengineering services, food services, 
and salaries and expenses of healthcare employees hired under title 38, 
United States Code, aid to State homes as authorized by section 1741 of 
title 38, United States Code, assistance and support services for 
caregivers as authorized by section 1720G of title 38, United States 
Code, loan repayments authorized by section 604 of the Caregivers and 
Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-163; 124 
Stat. 1174; 38 U.S.C. 7681 note), and hospital care and medical services 
authorized by section 1787 of title 38, United States Code; 
$1,078,993,000, which shall be in addition to funds previously 
appropriated under this heading that become available on October 1, 
2016; and, in addition, $44,886,554,000, plus reimbursements, shall 
become available on October 1, 2017, and shall remain available until 
September 30, 2018:  Provided, That, of the amount made available on 
October 1, 2017, under this heading, $1,400,000,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2019:  <<NOTE: Priorities.>> Provided 
further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs shall establish a priority for the provision of 
medical treatment for veterans who have service-connected disabilities, 
lower income, or have special needs:  <<NOTE: Priorities.>>  Provided 
further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs shall give priority funding for the provision of 
basic medical benefits to veterans in enrollment priority groups 1 
through 6:  <<NOTE: Drugs and drug abuse. Requirements.>>  Provided 
further, That,

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notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs may authorize the dispensing of prescription drugs from Veterans 
Health Administration facilities to enrolled veterans with privately 
written prescriptions based on requirements established by the 
Secretary:  Provided further, That the implementation of the program 
described in the previous proviso shall incur no additional cost to the 
Department of Veterans Affairs:  <<NOTE: Prosthetics.>>  Provided 
further, That the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that 
sufficient amounts appropriated under this heading for medical supplies 
and equipment are available for the acquisition of prosthetics designed 
specifically for female veterans:  <<NOTE: Therapeutic 
devices.>> Provided further, That the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall provide access to therapeutic listening devices to veterans 
struggling with mental health related problems, substance abuse, or 
traumatic brain injury.

                         medical community care

    For necessary expenses for furnishing health care to individuals 
pursuant to chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, at non-
Department facilities, $7,246,181,000, plus reimbursements, of which 
$2,000,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2020; and, in 
addition, $9,409,118,000 shall become available on October 1, 2017, and 
shall remain available until September 30, 2018:  Provided, That of the 
amount made available on October 1, 2017, $1,500,000,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2021.

                     medical support and compliance

    For necessary expenses in the administration of the medical, 
hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, construction, supply, and research 
activities, as authorized by law; administrative expenses in support of 
capital policy activities; and administrative and legal expenses of the 
Department for collecting and recovering amounts owed the Department as 
authorized under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, and the 
Federal Medical Care Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 2651 et seq.), 
$6,654,480,000, plus reimbursements, shall become available on October 
1, 2017, and shall remain available until September 30, 2018:  Provided, 
That, of the amount made available on October 1, 2017, under this 
heading, $100,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2019.

                           medical facilities

    For necessary expenses for the maintenance and operation of 
hospitals, nursing homes, domiciliary facilities, and other necessary 
facilities of the Veterans Health Administration; for administrative 
expenses in support of planning, design, project management, real 
property acquisition and disposition, construction, and renovation of 
any facility under the jurisdiction or for the use of the Department; 
for oversight, engineering, and architectural activities not charged to 
project costs; for repairing, altering, improving, or providing 
facilities in the several hospitals and homes under the jurisdiction of 
the Department, not otherwise provided for, either by contract or by the 
hire of temporary employees and purchase of materials; for leases of 
facilities; and for laundry services; $247,668,000, which shall be in 
addition to funds previously appropriated under this heading that become 
available on October 1,

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2016; and, in addition, $5,434,880,000, plus reimbursements, shall 
become available on October 1, 2017, and shall remain available until 
September 30, 2018:  Provided, That, of the amount made available on 
October 1, 2017, under this heading, $250,000,000 shall remain available 
until September 30, 2019.

                     medical and prosthetic research

    For necessary expenses in carrying out programs of medical and 
prosthetic research and development as authorized by chapter 73 of title 
38, United States Code, $675,366,000, plus reimbursements, shall remain 
available until September 30, 2018:  Provided, That the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall ensure that sufficient amounts appropriated under 
this heading are available for prosthetic research specifically for 
female veterans, and for toxic exposure research.

                    National Cemetery Administration

    For necessary expenses of the National Cemetery Administration for 
operations and maintenance, not otherwise provided for, including 
uniforms or allowances therefor; cemeterial expenses as authorized by 
law; purchase of one passenger motor vehicle for use in cemeterial 
operations; hire of passenger motor vehicles; and repair, alteration or 
improvement of facilities under the jurisdiction of the National 
Cemetery Administration, $286,193,000, of which not to exceed 10 percent 
shall remain available until September 30, 2018.

                       Departmental Administration

                         general administration

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary operating expenses of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, not otherwise provided for, including administrative expenses 
in support of Department-wide capital planning, management and policy 
activities, uniforms, or allowances therefor; not to exceed $25,000 for 
official reception and representation expenses; hire of passenger motor 
vehicles; and reimbursement of the General Services Administration for 
security guard services, $345,391,000, of which not to exceed 5 percent 
shall remain available until September 30, 2018:  Provided, That funds 
provided under this heading may be transferred to ``General Operating 
Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration''.

                        board of veterans appeals

    For necessary operating expenses of the Board of Veterans Appeals, 
$156,096,000, of which not to exceed 10 percent shall remain available 
until September 30, 2018.

                     information technology systems

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For necessary expenses for information technology systems and 
telecommunications support, including developmental information

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systems and operational information systems; for pay and associated 
costs; and for the capital asset acquisition of information technology 
systems, including management and related contractual costs of said 
acquisitions, including contractual costs associated with operations 
authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, 
$4,278,259,000, plus reimbursements:  Provided, That $1,272,548,000 
shall be for pay and associated costs, of which not to exceed 
$37,100,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2018:  Provided 
further, That $2,534,442,000 shall be for operations and maintenance, of 
which not to exceed $180,200,000 shall remain available until September 
30, 2018:  Provided further, That $471,269,000 shall be for information 
technology systems development, modernization, and enhancement, and 
shall remain available until September 30, 2018: 
<<NOTE: Certification.>>  Provided further, That amounts made available 
for information technology systems development, modernization, and 
enhancement may not be obligated or expended until the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs or the Chief Information Officer of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs submits to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress a certification of the amounts, in parts or in full, 
to be obligated and expended for each development project:  Provided 
further, That amounts made available for salaries and expenses, 
operations and maintenance, and information technology systems 
development, modernization, and enhancement may be transferred among the 
three subaccounts after the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requests from 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the 
authority to make the transfer and an approval is issued:  Provided 
further, That amounts made available for the ``Information Technology 
Systems'' account for development, modernization, and enhancement may be 
transferred among projects or to newly defined projects: <<NOTE: Time 
period.>>   Provided further, That no project may be increased or 
decreased by more than $1,000,000 of cost prior to submitting a request 
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress to make 
the transfer and an approval is issued, or absent a response, a period 
of 30 days has elapsed:  Provided further, That funds under this heading 
may be used by the Interagency Program Office through the Department of 
Veterans Affairs to define data standards, code sets, and value sets 
used to enable interoperability:  <<NOTE: Reports.>>  Provided further, 
That of the funds made available for information technology systems 
development, modernization, and enhancement for VistA Evolution or any 
successor program, not more than 25 percent may be obligated or expended 
until the Secretary of Veterans Affairs:
            (1) <<NOTE: Analysis.>>  submits to the Committees on 
        Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the VistA Evolution 
        Business Case and supporting documents regarding continuation of 
        VistA Evolution or alternatives to VistA Evolution, including an 
        analysis of necessary or desired capabilities, technical and 
        security requirements, the plan for modernizing the platform 
        framework, and all associated costs;
            (2) <<NOTE: Strategic plan. Implementation plan.>>  submits 
        to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, 
        and such Committees approve, the following: a report that 
        describes a strategic plan for VistA Evolution, or any successor 
        program, and the associated implementation plan including 
        metrics and timelines; a master schedule and lifecycle cost 
        estimate for VistA Evolution or any successor; and an 
        implementation plan for the transition

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        from the Project Management Accountability System to a new 
        project delivery framework, the Veteran-focused Integration 
        Process, that includes the methodology by which projects will be 
        tracked, progress measured, and deliverables evaluated;
            (3) <<NOTE: Strategic plan.>>  submits to the Committees on 
        Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report outlining the 
        strategic plan to reach interoperability with private sector 
        healthcare providers, the timeline for reaching ``meaningful 
        use'' as defined by the Office of National Coordinator for 
        Health Information Technology for each data domain covered under 
        the VistA Evolution program, and the extent to which the 
        Department of Veterans Affairs leverages the State Health 
        Information Exchanges to share health data with private sector 
        providers;
            (4) submits to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
        Houses of Congress, and such Committees approve, the following: 
        a report that describes the extent to which VistA Evolution, or 
        any successor program, maximizes the use of commercially 
        available software used by DoD and the private sector, requires 
        an open architecture that leverages best practices and rapidly 
        adapts to technologies produced by the private sector, enhances 
        full interoperability between the VA and DoD and between VA and 
        the private sector, and ensures the security of personally 
        identifiable information of veterans and beneficiaries; and
            (5) <<NOTE: Certification.>>  certifies in writing to the 
        Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress that the 
        Department of Veterans Affairs has met the requirements 
        contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal 
        Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66) which require that electronic 
        health record systems of the Department of Defense and the 
        Department of Veterans Affairs have reached interoperability, 
        comply with national standards and architectural requirements 
        identified by the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office in 
        collaboration with the Office of National Coordinator for Health 
        Information Technology:

  Provided further, That the funds made available under this heading for 
information technology systems development, modernization, and 
enhancement, shall be for the projects, and in the amounts, specified 
under this heading in the joint explanatory statement accompanying this 
Act.

                       office of inspector general

    For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General, to 
include information technology, in carrying out the provisions of the 
Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), $160,106,000, of which 
not to exceed 10 percent shall remain available until September 30, 
2018.

                      construction, major projects

    For constructing, altering, extending, and improving any of the 
facilities, including parking projects, under the jurisdiction or for 
the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or for any of the 
purposes set forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406 and chapter 81 of title 
38, United States Code, not otherwise provided for, including planning, 
architectural and engineering services, construction management 
services, maintenance or guarantee

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period services costs associated with equipment guarantees provided 
under the project, services of claims analysts, offsite utility and 
storm drainage system construction costs, and site acquisition, where 
the estimated cost of a project is more than the amount set forth in 
section 8104(a)(3)(A) of title 38, United States Code, or where funds 
for a project were made available in a previous major project 
appropriation, $528,110,000, of which $478,110,000 shall remain 
available until September 30, 2021, and of which $50,000,000 shall 
remain available until expended:  <<NOTE: Assessments.>>  Provided, That 
except for advance planning activities, including needs assessments 
which may or may not lead to capital investments, and other capital 
asset management related activities, including portfolio development and 
management activities, and investment strategy studies funded through 
the advance planning fund and the planning and design activities funded 
through the design fund, including needs assessments which may or may 
not lead to capital investments, and salaries and associated costs of 
the resident engineers who oversee those capital investments funded 
through this account and contracting officers who manage specific major 
construction projects, and funds provided for the purchase, security, 
and maintenance of land for the National Cemetery Administration through 
the land acquisition line item, none of the funds made available under 
this heading shall be used for any project that has not been notified to 
Congress through the budgetary process or that has not been approved by 
the Congress through statute, joint resolution, or in the explanatory 
statement accompanying such Act and presented to the President at the 
time of enrollment:  <<NOTE: Contracts. Deadlines.>>  Provided further, 
That funds made available under this heading for fiscal year 2017, for 
each approved project shall be obligated: (1) by the awarding of a 
construction documents contract by September 30, 2017; and (2) by the 
awarding of a construction contract by September 30, 2018: 
<<NOTE: Reports.>> Provided further, That the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs shall promptly submit to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress a written report on any approved major 
construction project for which obligations are not incurred within the 
time limitations established above:  Provided further, That, of the 
amount made available under this heading, $222,620,000 for Veterans 
Health Administration major construction projects shall not be available 
until the Department of Veterans Affairs--
            (1) <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  enters into an agreement with an 
        appropriate non-Department of Veterans Affairs Federal entity to 
        serve as the design and/or construction agent for any Veterans 
        Health Administration major construction project with a Total 
        Estimated Cost of $100,000,000 or above by providing full 
        project management services, including management of the project 
        design, acquisition, construction, and contract changes, 
        consistent with section 502 of Public Law 114-58; and
            (2) <<NOTE: Certification.>>  certifies in writing that such 
        an agreement is executed and intended to minimize or prevent 
        subsequent major construction project cost overruns and provides 
        a copy of the agreement entered into and any required 
        supplementary information to the Committees on Appropriations of 
        both Houses of Congress.

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                      construction, minor projects

    For constructing, altering, extending, and improving any of the 
facilities, including parking projects, under the jurisdiction or for 
the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including planning and 
assessments of needs which may lead to capital investments, 
architectural and engineering services, maintenance or guarantee period 
services costs associated with equipment guarantees provided under the 
project, services of claims analysts, offsite utility and storm drainage 
system construction costs, and site acquisition, or for any of the 
purposes set forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406 and chapter 81 of title 
38, United States Code, not otherwise provided for, where the estimated 
cost of a project is equal to or less than the amount set forth in 
section 8104(a)(3)(A) of title 38, United States Code, $372,069,000, to 
remain available until September 30, 2021, along with unobligated 
balances of previous ``Construction, Minor Projects'' appropriations 
which are hereby made available for any project where the estimated cost 
is equal to or less than the amount set forth in such section:  
Provided, That funds made available under this heading shall be for: (1) 
repairs to any of the nonmedical facilities under the jurisdiction or 
for the use of the Department which are necessary because of loss or 
damage caused by any natural disaster or catastrophe; and (2) temporary 
measures necessary to prevent or to minimize further loss by such 
causes.

        grants for construction of state extended care facilities

    For grants to assist States to acquire or construct State nursing 
home and domiciliary facilities and to remodel, modify, or alter 
existing hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary facilities in State 
homes, for furnishing care to veterans as authorized by sections 8131 
through 8137 of title 38, United States Code, $90,000,000, to remain 
available until expended.

             grants for construction of veterans cemeteries

    For grants to assist States and tribal organizations in 
establishing, expanding, or improving veterans cemeteries as authorized 
by section 2408 of title 38, United States Code, $45,000,000, to remain 
available until expended.

                        Administrative Provisions

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 201.  Any appropriation for fiscal year 2017 for ``Compensation 
and Pensions'', ``Readjustment Benefits'', and ``Veterans Insurance and 
Indemnities'' may be transferred as necessary to any other of the 
mentioned appropriations:  <<NOTE: Transfer authority. Time period.>>  
Provided, That, before a transfer may take place, the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall request from the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress the authority to make the transfer and such 
Committees issue an approval, or absent a response, a period of 30 days 
has elapsed.

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                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 202.  <<NOTE: Transfer authority.>>  Amounts made available for 
the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2017, in this or any 
other Act, under the ``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', 
``Medical Support and Compliance'', and ``Medical Facilities'' accounts 
may be transferred among the accounts: 
<<NOTE: Notification.>> Provided, That any transfers among the ``Medical 
Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', and ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'' accounts of 1 percent or less of the total amount 
appropriated to the account in this or any other Act may take place 
subject to notification from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of the amount 
and purpose of the transfer:  Provided further, That any transfers among 
the ``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', and ``Medical 
Support and Compliance'' accounts in excess of 1 percent, or exceeding 
the cumulative 1 percent for the fiscal year, may take place only after 
the Secretary requests from the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress the authority to make the transfer and an approval is 
issued:  Provided further, That any transfers to or from the ``Medical 
Facilities'' account may take place only after the Secretary requests 
from the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the 
authority to make the transfer and an approval is issued.

    Sec. 203.  Appropriations available in this title for salaries and 
expenses shall be available for services authorized by section 3109 of 
title 5, United States Code; hire of passenger motor vehicles; lease of 
a facility or land or both; and uniforms or allowances therefore, as 
authorized by sections 5901 through 5902 of title 5, United States Code.
    Sec. 204.  No appropriations in this title (except the 
appropriations for ``Construction, Major Projects'', and ``Construction, 
Minor Projects'') shall be available for the purchase of any site for or 
toward the construction of any new hospital or home.
    Sec. 205.  No appropriations in this title shall be available for 
hospitalization or examination of any persons (except beneficiaries 
entitled to such hospitalization or examination under the laws providing 
such benefits to veterans, and persons receiving such treatment under 
sections 7901 through 7904 of title 5, United States Code, or the Robert 
T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 
et seq.)), unless reimbursement of the cost of such hospitalization or 
examination is made to the ``Medical Services'' account at such rates as 
may be fixed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    Sec. 206.  Appropriations available in this title for ``Compensation 
and Pensions'', ``Readjustment Benefits'', and ``Veterans Insurance and 
Indemnities'' shall be available for payment of prior year accrued 
obligations required to be recorded by law against the corresponding 
prior year accounts within the last quarter of fiscal year 2016.
    Sec. 207.  Appropriations available in this title shall be available 
to pay prior year obligations of corresponding prior year appropriations 
accounts resulting from sections 3328(a), 3334, and 3712(a) of title 31, 
United States Code, except that if such obligations are from trust fund 
accounts they shall be payable only from ``Compensation and Pensions''.

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                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 208.  <<NOTE: Reimbursement.>>  Notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, during fiscal year 2017, the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs shall, from the National Service Life Insurance Fund under 
section 1920 of title 38, United States Code, the Veterans' Special Life 
Insurance Fund under section 1923 of title 38, United States Code, and 
the United States Government Life Insurance Fund under section 1955 of 
title 38, United States Code, reimburse the ``General Operating 
Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'' and ``Information 
Technology Systems'' accounts for the cost of administration of the 
insurance programs financed through those accounts:  Provided, That 
reimbursement shall be made only from the surplus earnings accumulated 
in such an insurance program during fiscal year 2017 that are available 
for dividends in that program after claims have been paid and 
actuarially determined reserves have been set aside:  Provided further, 
That if the cost of administration of such an insurance program exceeds 
the amount of surplus earnings accumulated in that program, 
reimbursement shall be made only to the extent of such surplus earnings: 
<<NOTE: Determination.>> Provided further, That the Secretary shall 
determine the cost of administration for fiscal year 2017 which is 
properly allocable to the provision of each such insurance program and 
to the provision of any total disability income insurance included in 
that insurance program.

    Sec. 209.  Amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease proceeds to 
reimburse an account for expenses incurred by that account during a 
prior fiscal year for providing enhanced-use lease services, may be 
obligated during the fiscal year in which the proceeds are received.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 210.  Funds available in this title or funds for salaries and 
other administrative expenses shall also be available to reimburse the 
Office of Resolution Management of the Department of Veterans Affairs 
and the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication under 
section 319 of title 38, United States Code, for all services provided 
at rates which will recover actual costs but not to exceed $47,668,000 
for the Office of Resolution Management and $3,932,000 for the Office of 
Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication:  Provided, That 
payments may be made in advance for services to be furnished based on 
estimated costs:  Provided further, That amounts received shall be 
credited to the ``General Administration'' and ``Information Technology 
Systems'' accounts for use by the office that provided the service.
    Sec. 211.  No funds of the Department of Veterans Affairs shall be 
available for hospital care, nursing home care, or medical services 
provided to any person under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, 
for a non-service-connected disability described in section 1729(a)(2) 
of such title, unless that person has disclosed to the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs, in such form as the Secretary may require, current, 
accurate third-party reimbursement information for purposes of section 
1729 of such title:  Provided, That the Secretary may recover, in the 
same manner as any other debt due the United States, the reasonable 
charges for such care or services from any person who does not make such 
disclosure as required:  Provided further, That any amounts so recovered 
for care

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or services provided in a prior fiscal year may be obligated by the 
Secretary during the fiscal year in which amounts are received.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 212.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, proceeds or 
revenues derived from enhanced-use leasing activities (including 
disposal) may be deposited into the ``Construction, Major Projects'' and 
``Construction, Minor Projects'' accounts and be used for construction 
(including site acquisition and disposition), alterations, and 
improvements of any medical facility under the jurisdiction or for the 
use of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such sums as realized are in 
addition to the amount provided for in ``Construction, Major Projects'' 
and ``Construction, Minor Projects''.
    Sec. 213.  Amounts made available under ``Medical Services'' are 
available--
            (1) for furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and 
        equipment; and
            (2) for funeral expenses, burial expenses, and other 
        expenses incidental to funerals and burials for beneficiaries 
        receiving care in the Department.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 214.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Medical Care 
Collections Fund pursuant to section 1729A of title 38, United States 
Code, may be transferred to the ``Medical Services'' and ``Medical 
Community Care'' accounts to remain available until expended for the 
purposes of these accounts.
    Sec. 215.  <<NOTE: Contracts. Alaska. Native Americans.>>  The 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs may enter into agreements with Federally 
Qualified Health Centers in the State of Alaska and Indian tribes and 
tribal organizations which are party to the Alaska Native Health Compact 
with the Indian Health Service, to provide healthcare, including 
behavioral health and dental care, to veterans in rural 
Alaska. <<NOTE: Compliance.>> The Secretary shall require participating 
veterans and facilities to comply with all appropriate rules and 
regulations, as established by the Secretary. <<NOTE: Definition.>> The 
term ``rural Alaska'' shall mean those lands which are not within the 
boundaries of the municipality of Anchorage or the Fairbanks North Star 
Borough.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 216.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund pursuant to section 8118 of title 
38, United States Code, may be transferred to the ``Construction, Major 
Projects'' and ``Construction, Minor Projects'' accounts, to remain 
available until expended for the purposes of these accounts.

                          (rescission of funds)

    Sec. 217.  Of the amounts appropriated in title II of division J of 
Public Law 114-113 under the heading ``Medical Services'' which become 
available on October 1, 2016, $7,246,181,000 are hereby rescinded.
    Sec. 218.  <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>>  Not later than 30 days 
after the end of each fiscal quarter, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall submit to the

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Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report on the 
financial status of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the preceding 
quarter:  Provided, That, at a minimum, the report shall include the 
direction contained in the paragraph entitled ``Quarterly reporting'', 
under the heading ``General Administration'' in the joint explanatory 
statement accompanying this Act.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 219.  Amounts made available under the ``Medical Services'', 
``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical Support and Compliance'', 
``Medical Facilities'', ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits 
Administration'', ``General Administration'', and ``National Cemetery 
Administration'' accounts for fiscal year 2017 may be transferred to or 
from the ``Information Technology Systems'' account:  Provided, That 
such transfers may not result in a more than 10 percent aggregate 
increase in the total amount made available by this Act for the 
``Information Technology Systems'' account:  Provided 
further, <<NOTE: Transfer authority.>>  That, before a transfer may take 
place, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall request from the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the authority to 
make the transfer and an approval is issued.

    Sec. 220.  None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act or any other Act for the Department of Veterans 
Affairs may be used in a manner that is inconsistent with: (1) section 
842 of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the 
Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006 (Public Law 109-115; 119 Stat. 2506); or (2) 
section 8110(a)(5) of title 38, United States Code.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 221.  Of the amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for fiscal year 2017 for ``Medical Services'', ``Medical 
Community Care'', ``Medical Support and Compliance'', ``Medical 
Facilities'', ``Construction, Minor Projects'', and ``Information 
Technology Systems'', up to $274,731,000, plus reimbursements, may be 
transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans 
Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, established by section 1704 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public 
Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 3571) and may be used for operation of the 
facilities designated as combined Federal medical facilities as 
described by section 706 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 
4500):  <<NOTE: Notification.>> Provided, That additional funds may be 
transferred from accounts designated in this section to the Joint 
Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
Demonstration Fund upon written notification by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress:  Provided further, That section 223 of title II of division J 
of Public Law 114-113 <<NOTE: 129 Stat. 2697.>> is repealed.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 222.  Of the amounts appropriated to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs which become available on October 1, 2017,

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for ``Medical Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical Support 
and Compliance'', and ``Medical Facilities'', up to $280,802,000, plus 
reimbursements, may be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, 
established by section 1704 of the National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84; 123 Stat. 3571) and may be used 
for operation of the facilities designated as combined Federal medical 
facilities as described by section 706 of the Duncan Hunter National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 
Stat. 4500):  Provided, <<NOTE: Notification.>>  That additional funds 
may be transferred from accounts designated in this section to the Joint 
Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 
Demonstration Fund upon written notification by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 223.  Such sums as may be deposited to the Medical Care 
Collections Fund pursuant to section 1729A of title 38, United States 
Code, for healthcare provided at facilities designated as combined 
Federal medical facilities as described by section 706 of the Duncan 
Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Public 
Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4500) shall also be available: (1) for transfer 
to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, established by section 1704 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-
84; 123 Stat. 3571); and (2) for operations of the facilities designated 
as combined Federal medical facilities as described by section 706 of 
the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2009 (Public Law 110-417; 122 Stat. 4500).

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 224.  Of the amounts available in this title for ``Medical 
Services'', ``Medical Community Care'', ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'', and ``Medical Facilities'', a minimum of $15,000,000 shall 
be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund, as 
authorized by section 8111(d) of title 38, United States Code, to remain 
available until expended, for any purpose authorized by section 8111 of 
title 38, United States Code.
    Sec. 225.  None of the funds available to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, in this or any other Act, may be used to replace the current 
system by which the Veterans Integrated Service Networks select and 
contract for diabetes monitoring supplies and equipment.
    Sec. 226.  <<NOTE: Notification. Contracts. Deadlines.>>  The 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall notify the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress of all bid savings in a major 
construction project that total at least $5,000,000, or 5 percent of the 
programmed amount of the project, whichever is less:  Provided, That 
such notification shall occur within 14 days of a contract identifying 
the programmed amount:  Provided further, That the Secretary shall 
notify the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 14 
days prior to the obligation of such bid savings and shall describe the 
anticipated use of such savings.

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    Sec. 227.  None of the funds made available for ``Construction, 
Major Projects'' may be used for a project in excess of the scope 
specified for that project in the original justification data provided 
to the Congress as part of the request for appropriations unless the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs receives approval from the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 228.  <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>>  Not later than 30 days 
after the end of each fiscal quarter, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress a quarterly report containing performance measures and data 
from each Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office:  Provided, 
That, at a minimum, the report shall include the direction contained in 
the section entitled ``Disability claims backlog'', under the heading 
``General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'' in the 
joint explanatory statement accompanying this Act.

    Sec. 229.  Of the funds provided to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for fiscal year 2017 for ``Medical Support and Compliance'' a 
maximum of $40,000,000 may be obligated from the ``Medical Support and 
Compliance'' account for the VistA Evolution and electronic health 
record interoperability projects: <<NOTE: Notification. Electronic 
records.>>  Provided, That funds in addition to these amounts may be 
obligated for the VistA Evolution and electronic health record 
interoperability projects upon written notification by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of 
Congress.

    Sec. 230.  <<NOTE: Notification. Deadline.>>  The Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall provide written notification to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 15 days prior to 
organizational changes which result in the transfer of 25 or more full-
time equivalents from one organizational unit of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs to another.

    Sec. 231.  <<NOTE: Deadline. Notification.>> The Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall provide on a quarterly basis to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress notification of any single 
national outreach and awareness marketing campaign in which obligations 
exceed $2,000,000.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 232.  <<NOTE: Determination. Transfer authority.>>  The 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon determination that such action is 
necessary to address needs of the Veterans Health Administration, may 
transfer to the ``Medical Services'' account any discretionary 
appropriations made available for fiscal year 2017 in this title (except 
appropriations made to the ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans 
Benefits Administration'' account) or any discretionary unobligated 
balances within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including those 
appropriated for fiscal year 2017, that were provided in advance by 
appropriations Acts: <<NOTE: Approval.>>   Provided, That transfers 
shall be made only with the approval of the Office of Management and 
Budget:  Provided further, That the transfer authority provided in this 
section is in addition to any other transfer authority provided by law:  
Provided further, That no amounts may be transferred from amounts that 
were designated by Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to a 
concurrent resolution on the budget or the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985:  Provided further, That such authority to 
transfer may not be used unless for higher priority items, based

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on emergent healthcare requirements, than those for which originally 
appropriated and in no case where the item for which funds are requested 
has been denied by Congress: <<NOTE: Determination.>>   Provided 
further, That, upon determination that all or part of the funds 
transferred from an appropriation are not necessary, such amounts may be 
transferred back to that appropriation and shall be available for the 
same purposes as originally appropriated:  Provided further, That before 
a transfer may take place, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
request from the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress 
the authority to make the transfer and receive approval of that request.

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 233.  Amounts made available for the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for fiscal year 2017, under the ``Board of Veterans Appeals'' 
and the ``General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'' 
accounts may be transferred between such accounts: <<NOTE: Transfer 
authority.>>   Provided, That before a transfer may take place, the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall request from the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress the authority to make the 
transfer and receive approval of that request.

    Sec. 234. <<NOTE: Reprogramming approval.>>   The Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs may not reprogram funds among major construction 
projects or programs if such instance of reprogramming will exceed 
$5,000,000, unless such reprogramming is approved by the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.

                          (rescission of funds)

    Sec. 235.  Of the unobligated balances available within the ``DOD-VA 
Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund'', $40,000,000 are hereby rescinded.

                         (rescissions of funds)

    Sec. 236.  Of the discretionary funds made available in Public Law 
114-113 for the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2017, 
$134,000,000 are rescinded from ``Medical Services'', $26,000,000 are 
rescinded from ``Medical Support and Compliance'', and $9,000,000 are 
rescinded from ``Medical Facilities''.
    Sec. 237.  The amounts otherwise made available by this Act for the 
following accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs are hereby 
reduced by the following amounts:
            (1) ``Veterans Health Administration--Medical and Prosthetic 
        Research'', $2,000,000.
            (2) ``Departmental Administration--Board of Veterans 
        Appeals'', $500,000.
            (3) ``Veterans Benefits Administration--General Operating 
        Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration'', $12,000,000.
            (4) ``Departmental Administration--Information Technology 
        Systems'', $8,000,000.
            (5) ``Departmental Administration--Office of Inspector 
        General'', $500,000.

    Sec. 238.  <<NOTE: Hotline.>>  The Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
shall ensure that the toll-free suicide hotline under section 1720F(h) 
of title 38, United States Code--

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            (1) provides to individuals who contact the hotline 
        immediate assistance from a trained professional; and
            (2) adheres to all requirements of the American Association 
        of Suicidology.

    Sec. 239. (a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall treat a 
marriage and family therapist described in subsection (b) as qualified 
to serve as a marriage and family therapist in the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, regardless of any requirements established by the 
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
    (b) <<NOTE: Criteria.>>  A marriage and family therapist described 
in this subsection is a therapist who meets each of the following 
criteria:
            (1) Has a masters or higher degree in marriage and family 
        therapy, or a related field, from a regionally accredited 
        institution.
            (2) Is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in a 
        State (as defined in section 101(20) of title 38, United States 
        Code) and possesses the highest level of licensure offered from 
        the State.
            (3) Has passed the Association of Marital and Family Therapy 
        Regulatory Board Examination in Marital and Family Therapy or a 
        related examination for licensure administered by a State (as so 
        defined).

    Sec. 240. <<NOTE: Reports. Analysis.>>   None of the funds in this 
or any other Act may be used to close Department of Veterans Affairs 
(VA) hospitals, domiciliaries, or clinics, conduct an environmental 
assessment, or to diminish healthcare services at existing Veterans 
Health Administration medical facilities located in Veterans Integrated 
Service Network 23 as part of a planned realignment of VA services until 
the Secretary provides to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress a report including the following elements:
            (1) <<NOTE: Strategy. Plans.>>  a national realignment 
        strategy that includes a detailed description of realignment 
        plans within each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), 
        including an updated Long Range Capital Plan to implement 
        realignment requirements;
            (2) an explanation of the process by which those plans were 
        developed and coordinated within each VISN;
            (3) a cost vs. benefit analysis of each planned realignment, 
        including the cost of replacing Veterans Health Administration 
        services with contract care or other outsourced services;
            (4) an analysis of how any such planned realignment of 
        services will impact access to care for veterans living in rural 
        or highly rural areas, including travel distances and 
        transportation costs to access a VA medical facility and 
        availability of local specialty and primary care;
            (5) an inventory of VA buildings with historic designation 
        and the methodology used to determine the buildings' condition 
        and utilization;
            (6) a description of how any realignment will be consistent 
        with requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act; 
        and
            (7) consideration given for reuse of historic buildings 
        within newly identified realignment requirements:  Provided, 
        That, this provision shall not apply to capital projects in VISN 
        23, or any other VISN, which have been authorized or approved by 
        Congress.

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    Sec. 241.  None of the funds appropriated in this or prior 
appropriations Acts or otherwise made available to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs may be used to transfer any amounts from the Filipino 
Veterans Equity Compensation Fund to any other account within the 
Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Sec. 242.  Paragraph (3) of section 403(a) of the Veterans' Mental 
Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-387; 38 
U.S.C. 1703 note) is amended to read as follows:
            ``(3) Duration.--A veteran may receive health services under 
        this section during the period beginning on the date specified 
        in paragraph (2) and ending on September 30, 2017.''.

    Sec. 243. (a) Section 1722A(a) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(4) Paragraph (1) does not apply to opioid antagonists 
        furnished under this chapter to a veteran who is at high risk 
        for overdose of a specific medication or substance in order to 
        reverse the effect of such an overdose.''.

    (b) Section 1710(g)(3) of such title is amended--
            (1) by striking ``with respect to home health services'' and 
        inserting ``with respect to the following:''
                    ``(A) Home health services''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
                    ``(B) Education on the use of opioid antagonists to 
                reverse the effects of overdoses of specific medications 
                or substances.''.

    Sec. 244.  Section 312 of title 38, United States Code, is amended 
in subsection (c)(1) by striking the phrase ``that makes a 
recommendation or otherwise suggests corrective action,''.
    Sec. 245.  Of the funds provided to the Department of Veterans 
Affairs for each of fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 for ``Medical 
Services'', funds may be used in each year to carry out and expand the 
child care program authorized by section 205 of Public Law 111-163, 
notwithstanding subsection (e) of such section.
    Sec. 246.  Section 5701(l) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by striking ``may'' and inserting ``shall''.

                    VA Patient Protection Act of 2016

    Sec. 247. (a) Procedure and Administration.--
    (1) <<NOTE: 38 USC 731 prec.>>  In General.--Chapter 7 of title 38, 
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
subchapter:

                ``SUBCHAPTER II--WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS

``Sec. 1A731. <<NOTE: 38 USC 731.>>  Whistleblower complaint 
                defined

    ``In this subchapter, the term `whistleblower complaint' means a 
complaint by an employee of the Department disclosing, or assisting 
another employee to disclose, a potential violation of any law, rule, or 
regulation, or gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of 
authority, or substantial and specific danger to public health and 
safety.
``Sec. 732. <<NOTE: 38 USC 732.>>  Treatment of whistleblower 
                complaints

    ``(a) Filing.--(1) In addition to any other method established by 
law in which an employee may file a whistleblower complaint, an employee 
of the Department may file a whistleblower complaint in accordance with 
subsection (g) with a supervisor of the employee.

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    ``(2) Except as provided by subsection (d)(1), in making a 
whistleblower complaint under paragraph (1), an employee shall file the 
initial complaint with the immediate supervisor of the employee.
    ``(b) <<NOTE: Deadline. Determination.>>  Notification.--(1)(A) Not 
later than four business days after the date on which a supervisor 
receives a whistleblower complaint by an employee under this section, 
the supervisor shall notify, in writing, the employee of whether the 
supervisor determines that there is a reasonable likelihood that the 
complaint discloses a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or 
gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or 
substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

    ``(B) <<NOTE: Records. Reports.>>  The supervisor shall retain 
written documentation regarding the whistleblower complaint and shall 
submit to the next-level supervisor and the central whistleblower office 
described in subsection (h) a written report on the complaint.

    ``(2)(A) <<NOTE: Deadlines. Reports.>>  On a monthly basis, the 
supervisor shall submit to the appropriate director or other official 
who is superior to the supervisor a written report that includes the 
number of whistleblower complaints received by the supervisor under this 
section during the month covered by the report, the disposition of such 
complaints, and any actions taken because of such complaints pursuant to 
subsection (c).

    ``(B) In the case in which such a director or official carries out 
this paragraph, the director or official shall submit such monthly 
report to the supervisor of the director or official and to the central 
whistleblower office described in subsection (h).
    ``(c) <<NOTE: Notification.>>  Positive Determination.--If a 
supervisor makes a positive determination under subsection (b)(1) 
regarding a whistleblower complaint of an employee, the supervisor shall 
include in the notification to the employee under such subsection the 
specific actions that the supervisor will take to address the complaint.

    ``(d) Filing Complaint With Next-Level Supervisors.--(1) If any 
circumstance described in paragraph (3) is met, an employee may file a 
whistleblower complaint in accordance with subsection (g) with the next-
level supervisor who shall treat such complaint in accordance with this 
section.
    ``(2) An employee may file a whistleblower complaint with the 
Secretary if the employee has filed the whistleblower complaint to each 
level of supervisors between the employee and the Secretary in 
accordance with paragraph (1).
    ``(3) A circumstance described in this paragraph is any of the 
following circumstances:
            ``(A) A supervisor does not make a timely determination 
        under subsection (b)(1) regarding a whistleblower complaint.
            ``(B) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  The employee who made a 
        whistleblower complaint determines that the supervisor did not 
        adequately address the complaint pursuant to subsection (c).
            ``(C) The immediate supervisor of the employee is the basis 
        of the whistleblower complaint.

    ``(e) Transfer of Employee Who Files Whistleblower Complaint.--If a 
supervisor makes a positive determination under subsection (b)(1) 
regarding a whistleblower complaint filed by an employee, the Secretary 
shall--
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Notification.>>  inform the employee of the 
        ability to volunteer for a transfer in accordance with section 
        3352 of title 5; and

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            ``(2) give preference to the employee for such a transfer in 
        accordance with such section.

    ``(f) Prohibition on Exemption.--The Secretary may not exempt any 
employee of the Department from being covered by this section.
    ``(g) Whistleblower Complaint Form.--(1) A whistleblower complaint 
filed by an employee under subsection (a) or (d) shall consist of the 
form described in paragraph (2) and any supporting materials or 
documentation the employee determines necessary.
    ``(2) <<NOTE: Consultation.>>  The form described in this paragraph 
is a form developed by the Secretary, in consultation with the Special 
Counsel, that includes the following:
            ``(A) An explanation of the purpose of the whistleblower 
        complaint form.
            ``(B) Instructions for filing a whistleblower complaint as 
        described in this section.
            ``(C) An explanation that filing a whistleblower complaint 
        under this section does not preclude the employee from any other 
        method established by law in which an employee may file a 
        whistleblower complaint.
            ``(D) A statement directing the employee to information 
        accessible on the Internet website of the Department as 
        described in section 735(d).
            ``(E) Fields for the employee to provide--
                    ``(i) the date that the form is submitted;
                    ``(ii) the name of the employee;
                    ``(iii) the contact information of the employee;
                    ``(iv) a summary of the whistleblower complaint 
                (including the option to append supporting documents 
                pursuant to paragraph (1)); and
                    ``(v) proposed solutions to the complaint.
            ``(F) Any other information or fields that the Secretary 
        determines appropriate.

    ``(3) <<NOTE: Consultation. Deadline.>>  The Secretary, in 
consultation with the Special Counsel, shall develop the form described 
in paragraph (2) by not later than 60 days after the date of the 
enactment of this section.

    ``(h) Central Whistleblower Office.--(1) The Secretary shall ensure 
that the central whistleblower office--
            ``(A) is not an element of the Office of the General 
        Counsel;
            ``(B) is not headed by an official who reports to the 
        General Counsel;
            ``(C) does not provide, or receive from, the General Counsel 
        any information regarding a whistleblower complaint except 
        pursuant to an action regarding the complaint before an 
        administrative body or court; and
            ``(D) does not provide advice to the General Counsel.

    ``(2) The central whistleblower office shall be responsible for 
investigating all whistleblower complaints of the Department, regardless 
of whether such complaints are made by or against an employee who is not 
a member of the Senior Executive Service.
    ``(3) <<NOTE: Hotline.>>  The Secretary shall ensure that the 
central whistleblower office maintains a toll-free hotline to 
anonymously receive whistleblower complaints.

    ``(4) The Secretary shall ensure that the central whistleblower 
office has such staff and resources as the Secretary considers necessary 
to carry out the functions of the central whistleblower office.

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    ``(5) <<NOTE: Definition.>>  In this subsection, the term `central 
whistleblower office' means the Office of Accountability Review or a 
successor office that is established or designated by the Secretary to 
investigate whistleblower complaints filed under this section or any 
other method established by law.
``Sec. 733. <<NOTE: 38 USC 733.>>  Adverse actions against 
                supervisory employees who commit prohibited 
                personnel actions relating to whistleblower 
                complaints

    ``(a) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  In General.--(1) In accordance with 
paragraph (2), the Secretary shall carry out the following adverse 
actions against supervisory employees (as defined in section 7103(a) of 
title 5) whom the Secretary, an administrative judge, the Merit Systems 
Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, an adjudicating body 
provided under a union contract, a Federal judge, or the Inspector 
General of the Department determines committed a prohibited personnel 
action described in subsection (c):
            ``(A) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  With respect to the first 
        offense, an adverse action that is not less than a 12-day 
        suspension and not more than removal.
            ``(B) With respect to the second offense, removal.

    ``(2)(A) <<NOTE: Notification.>>  An employee against whom an 
adverse action under paragraph (1) is proposed is entitled to written 
notice.

    ``(B)(i) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  An employee who is notified under 
subparagraph (A) of being the subject of a proposed adverse action under 
paragraph (1) is entitled to 14 days following such notification to 
answer and furnish evidence in support of the answer.

    ``(ii) If the employee does not furnish any such evidence as 
described in clause (i) or if the Secretary determines that such 
evidence is not sufficient to reverse the determination to propose the 
adverse action, the Secretary shall carry out the adverse action 
following such 14-day period.
    ``(C) Paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b) of section 7513 of 
title 5, subsection (c) of such section, paragraphs (1) and (2) of 
subsection (b) of section 7543 of such title, and subsection (c) of such 
section shall not apply with respect to an adverse action carried out 
under paragraph (1).
    ``(b) Limitation on Other Adverse Actions.--With respect to a 
prohibited personnel action described in subsection (c), if the 
Secretary carries out an adverse action against a supervisory employee, 
the Secretary may carry out an additional adverse action under this 
section based on the same prohibited personnel action if the total 
severity of the adverse actions do not exceed the level specified in 
subsection (a).
    ``(c) Prohibited Personnel Action Described.--A prohibited personnel 
action described in this subsection is any of the following actions:
            ``(1) Taking or failing to take a personnel action in 
        violation of section 2302 of title 5 against an employee 
        relating to the employee--
                    ``(A) filing a whistleblower complaint in accordance 
                with section 732 of this title;
                    ``(B) filing a whistleblower complaint with the 
                Inspector General of the Department, the Special 
                Counsel, or Congress;

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                    ``(C) providing information or participating as a 
                witness in an investigation of a whistleblower complaint 
                in accordance with section 732 or with the Inspector 
                General of the Department, the Special Counsel, or 
                Congress;
                    ``(D) participating in an audit or investigation by 
                the Comptroller General of the United States;
                    ``(E) refusing to perform an action that is unlawful 
                or prohibited by the Department; or
                    ``(F) engaging in communications that are related to 
                the duties of the position or are otherwise protected.
            ``(2) Preventing or restricting an employee from making an 
        action described in any of subparagraphs (A) through (F) of 
        paragraph (1).
            ``(3) Conducting a negative peer review or opening a 
        retaliatory investigation because of an activity of an employee 
        that is protected by section 2302 of title 5.
            ``(4) Requesting a contractor to carry out an action that is 
        prohibited by section 4705(b) or section 4712(a)(1) of title 41, 
        as the case may be.
``Sec. 734. <<NOTE: 38 USC 734.>>  Evaluation criteria of 
                supervisors and treatment of bonuses

    ``(a) Evaluation Criteria.--(1) In evaluating the performance of 
supervisors of the Department, the Secretary shall include the criteria 
described in paragraph (2).
    ``(2) The criteria described in this subsection are the following:
            ``(A) Whether the supervisor treats whistleblower complaints 
        in accordance with section 732 of this title.
            ``(B) Whether the appropriate deciding official, performance 
        review board, or performance review committee determines that 
        the supervisor was found to have committed a prohibited 
        personnel action described in section 733(b) of this title by an 
        administrative judge, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the 
        Office of Special Counsel, an adjudicating body provided under a 
        union contract, a Federal judge, or, in the case of a settlement 
        of a whistleblower complaint (regardless of whether any fault 
        was assigned under such settlement), the Secretary.

    ``(b) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  Bonuses.--(1) The Secretary may not 
pay to a supervisor described in subsection (a)(2)(B) an award or bonus 
under this title or title 5, including under chapter 45 or 53 of such 
title, during the one-year period beginning on the date on which the 
determination was made under such subsection.

    ``(2) <<NOTE: Repayment.>>  Notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, the Secretary shall issue an order directing a supervisor described 
in subsection (a)(2)(B) to repay the amount of any award or bonus paid 
under this title or title 5, including under chapter 45 or 53 of such 
title, if--
            ``(A) such award or bonus was paid for performance during a 
        period in which the supervisor committed a prohibited personnel 
        action as determined pursuant to such subsection (a)(2)(B);
            ``(B) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  the Secretary determines 
        such repayment appropriate pursuant to regulations prescribed by 
        the Secretary to carry out this section; and
            ``(C) <<NOTE: Notification. Hearings.>>  the supervisor is 
        afforded notice and an opportunity for a hearing before making 
        such repayment.

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``Sec. 735. <<NOTE: 38 USC 735.>>  Training regarding 
                whistleblower complaints

    ``(a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Coordination.>>  Training.--Not less 
frequently than once each year, the Secretary, in coordination with the 
Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman designated under section 3(d)(1)(C) 
of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), shall provide to 
each employee of the Department training regarding whistleblower 
complaints, including--
            ``(1) an explanation of each method established by law in 
        which an employee may file a whistleblower complaint;
            ``(2) an explanation of prohibited personnel actions 
        described by section 733(c) of this title;
            ``(3) with respect to supervisors, how to treat 
        whistleblower complaints in accordance with section 732 of this 
        title;
            ``(4) the right of the employee to petition Congress 
        regarding a whistleblower complaint in accordance with section 
        7211 of title 5;
            ``(5) an explanation that the employee may not be prosecuted 
        or reprised against for disclosing information to Congress, the 
        Inspector General, or another investigatory agency in instances 
        where such disclosure is permitted by law, including under 
        sections 5701, 5705, and 7732 of this title, under section 552a 
        of title 5 (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act), under 
        chapter 93 of title 18, and pursuant to regulations promulgated 
        under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and 
        Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191);
            ``(6) an explanation of the language that is required to be 
        included in all nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements 
        pursuant to section 115(a)(1) of the Whistleblower Protection 
        Enhancement Act of 2012 (5 U.S.C. 2302 note); and
            ``(7) the right of contractors to be protected from reprisal 
        for the disclosure of certain information under section 4705 or 
        4712 of title 41.

    ``(b) Manner Training Is Provided.--The Secretary shall ensure that 
training provided under subsection (a) is provided in person.
    ``(c) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Certification.--Not less frequently than 
once each year, the Secretary shall provide training on merit system 
protection in a manner that the Special Counsel certifies as being 
satisfactory.

    ``(d) <<NOTE: Web posting.>>  Publication.--(1) The Secretary shall 
publish on the Internet website of the Department, and display 
prominently at each facility of the Department, the rights of an 
employee to file a whistleblower complaint, including the information 
described in paragraphs (1) through (7) of subsection (a).

    ``(2) The Secretary shall publish on the Internet website of the 
Department, the whistleblower complaint form described in section 
732(g)(2).
``Sec. 736. <<NOTE: 38 USC 736.>>  Reports to Congress

    ``(a) Annual Reports.--Not less frequently than once each year, the 
Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a 
report that includes--
            ``(1) with respect to whistleblower complaints filed under 
        section 732 of this title during the year covered by the 
        report--
                    ``(A) the number of such complaints filed;
                    ``(B) the disposition of such complaints; and

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                    ``(C) the ways in which the Secretary addressed such 
                complaints in which a positive determination was made by 
                a supervisor under subsection (b)(1) of such section;
            ``(2) the number of whistleblower complaints filed during 
        the year covered by the report that are not included under 
        paragraph (1), including--
                    ``(A) the method in which such complaints were 
                filed;
                    ``(B) the disposition of such complaints; and
                    ``(C) the ways in which the Secretary addressed such 
                complaints; and
            ``(3) with respect to disclosures made by a contractor under 
        section 4705 or 4712 of title 41--
                    ``(A) the number of complaints relating to such 
                disclosures that were investigated by the Inspector 
                General of the Department of Veterans Affairs during the 
                year covered by the report;
                    ``(B) the disposition of such complaints; and
                    ``(C) the ways in which the Secretary addressed such 
                complaints.

    ``(b) Notice of Office of Special Counsel Determinations.--Not 
later <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  than 30 days after the date on which the 
Secretary receives from the Special Counsel information relating to a 
whistleblower complaint pursuant to section 1213 of title 5, the 
Secretary shall notify the appropriate committees of Congress of such 
information, including the determination made by the Special Counsel.

    ``(c) <<NOTE: Definition.>>  Appropriate Committees of Congress.--In 
this section, the term `appropriate committees of Congress' means--
            ``(1) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Committee 
        on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
            ``(2) the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Committee 
        on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
        Representatives.''.

    (2) Conforming and Clerical Amendments.--
            (A) <<NOTE: 38 USC 701 prec.>>  Conforming amendment.--Such 
        chapter is further amended by inserting before section 701 the 
        following:

               ``SUBCHAPTER I--GENERAL EMPLOYEE MATTERS''.

            (B) Clerical amendments.--The table of sections at the 
        beginning of such chapter <<NOTE: 38 USC 701 prec.>>  is 
        amended--
                    (i) by inserting before the item relating to section 
                701 the following new item:

               ``subchapter i--general employee matters'';

                and
                    (ii) by adding at the end the following new items:

                ``subchapter ii--whistleblower complaints

``731. Whistleblower complaint defined.
``732. Treatment of whistleblower complaints.
``733. Adverse actions against supervisory employees who commit 
           prohibited personnel actions relating to whistleblower 
           complaints.
``734. Evaluation criteria of supervisors and treatment of bonuses.
``735. Training regarding whistleblower complaints.
``736. Reports to Congress.''.

    (b) Treatment of Congressional Testimony by Department of Veterans 
Affairs Employees as Official Duty.--

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            (1) In general.--Subchapter I of chapter 7 of title 38, 
        United States Code, as designated by section 2(a)(2)(A), is 
        amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 715. <<NOTE: 38 USC 715.>>  Congressional testimony by 
                employees: treatment as official duty

    ``(a) Congressional Testimony.--An employee of the Department is 
performing official duty during the period with respect to which the 
employee is testifying in an official capacity in front of either 
chamber of Congress, a committee of either chamber of Congress, or a 
joint or select committee of Congress.
    ``(b) Travel Expenses.--The Secretary shall provide travel expenses, 
including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable 
provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, to any employee 
of the Department of Veterans Affairs performing official duty described 
under subsection (a).''.
            (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
        beginning of such <<NOTE: 38 USC 701 prec.>> chapter, as amended 
        by section 2(a)(2)(B), is further amended by inserting after the 
        item relating to section 713 the following new item:

``715. Congressional testimony by employees: treatment as official 
           duty.''.

    Sec. 248. (a) <<NOTE: Verification. Time period.>>  In General.--For 
the purposes of verifying that an individual performed service under 
honorable conditions that satisfies the requirements of a coastwise 
merchant seaman who is recognized pursuant to section 401 of the GI Bill 
Improvement Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-202; 38 U.S.C. 106 note) as 
having performed active duty service for the purposes described in 
subsection (c)(1), the Secretary of Defense shall accept the following:
            (1) In the case of an individual who served on a coastwise 
        merchant vessel seeking such recognition for whom no applicable 
        Coast Guard shipping or discharge form, ship logbook, merchant 
        mariner's document or Z-card, or other official employment 
        record is available, the Secretary of Defense shall provide such 
        recognition on the basis of applicable Social Security 
        Administration records submitted for or by the individual, 
        together with validated testimony given by the individual or the 
        primary next of kin of the individual that the individual 
        performed such service during the period beginning on December 
        7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946.
            (2) In the case of an individual who served on a coastwise 
        merchant vessel seeking such recognition for whom the applicable 
        Coast Guard shipping or discharge form, ship logbook, merchant 
        mariner's document or Z-card, or other official employment 
        record has been destroyed or otherwise become unavailable by 
        reason of any action committed by a person responsible for the 
        control and maintenance of such form, logbook, or record, the 
        Secretary of Defense shall accept other official documentation 
        demonstrating that the individual performed such service during 
        period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 
        1946.
            (3) For the purpose of determining whether to recognize 
        service allegedly performed during the period beginning on 
        December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946, the Secretary 
        shall recognize masters of seagoing vessels or other officers in 
        command of similarly organized groups as agents of the United 
        States who were authorized to document any individual for 
        purposes of hiring the individual to perform

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        service in the merchant marine or discharging an individual from 
        such service.

    (b) Treatment of Other Documentation.--Other documentation accepted 
by the Secretary of Defense pursuant to subsection (a)(2) shall satisfy 
all requirements for eligibility of service during the period beginning 
on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946.
    (c) Benefits Allowed.--
            (1) Medals, ribbons, and decorations.--An individual whose 
        service is recognized as active duty pursuant to subsection (a) 
        may be awarded an appropriate medal, ribbon, or other military 
        decoration based on such service.
            (2) Status of veteran.--An individual whose service is 
        recognized as active duty pursuant to subsection (a) shall be 
        honored as a veteran but shall not be entitled by reason of such 
        recognized service to any benefit that is not described in this 
        subsection.

    Sec. 249.  Section 322(d)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended--
            (1) by striking ``allowance to a veteran'' and inserting the 
        following: ``allowance to--
            ``(A) a veteran'';
            (2) in subparagraph (A), as designated by paragraph (1), by 
        striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
            ``(B) a veteran with a VA service-connected disability rated 
        as 30 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs 
        who is selected by the United States Olympic Committee for the 
        United States Olympic Team for any month in which the veteran is 
        competing in any event sanctioned by the National Governing 
        Bodies of the United States Olympic Sports.''.

    Sec. 250. (a) In General.--Section 111(b)(1) of title 38, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
subparagraph:
            ``(G) A veteran with vision impairment, a veteran with a 
        spinal cord injury or disorder, or a veteran with double or 
        multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care 
        provided through a special disabilities rehabilitation program 
        of the Department (including programs provided by spinal cord 
        injury centers, blind rehabilitation centers, and prosthetics 
        rehabilitation centers) if such care is provided--
                    ``(i) on an in-patient basis; or
                    ``(ii) during a period in which the Secretary 
                provides the veteran with temporary lodging at a 
                facility of the Department to make such care more 
                accessible to the veteran.''.

    (b) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment 
of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the 
Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on 
Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on the 
beneficiary travel program under section 111 of title 38, United States 
Code, as amended by subsection (a), that includes the following:
            (1) The cost of the program.
            (2) The number of veterans served by the program.
            (3) Such other matters as the Secretary considers 
        appropriate.

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    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 111 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall take effect on the first day of the first fiscal 
year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act.

    Sec. <<NOTE: Deadlines. Inspections. 38 USC 1701 note.>>  251. (a) 
In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a program to 
conduct inspections of kitchens and food service areas at each medical 
facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such inspections shall 
occur not less frequently than annually. The program's goal is to ensure 
that the same standards for kitchens and food service areas at hospitals 
in the private sector are being met at kitchens and food service areas 
at medical facilities of the Department.

    (b) Agreement.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall seek to enter into an 
        agreement with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital 
        Organizations under which the Joint Commission on Accreditation 
        of Hospital Organizations conducts the inspections required 
        under subsection (a).
            (2) Alternate organization.--If the Secretary is unable to 
        enter into an agreement described in paragraph (1) with the 
        Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations on 
        terms acceptable to the Secretary, the Secretary shall seek to 
        enter into such an agreement with another appropriate 
        organization that--
                    (A) is not part of the Federal Government;
                    (B) operates as a not-for-profit entity; and
                    (C) has expertise and objectivity comparable to that 
                of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital 
                Organizations.

    (c) Remediation Plan.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>>  Initial failure.--If a kitchen or 
        food service area of a medical facility of the Department is 
        determined pursuant to an inspection conducted under subsection 
        (a) not to meet the standards for kitchens and food service 
        areas in hospitals in the private sector, that medical facility 
        fails the inspection and the Secretary shall--
                    (A) implement a remediation plan for that medical 
                facility within 72 hours; and
                    (B) Conduct a second inspection under subsection (a) 
                at that medical facility within 14 days of the failed 
                inspection.
            (2) Second failure.--If a medical facility of the Department 
        fails the second inspection conducted under paragraph (1)(B), 
        the Secretary shall close the kitchen or food service area at 
        that medical facility that did not meet the standards for 
        kitchens and food service areas in hospitals in the private 
        sector until full remediation is completed and all kitchens and 
        food service areas at that medical facility meet such standards.
            (3) <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  Provision of food.--If a kitchen 
        or food service area is closed at a medical facility of the 
        Department pursuant to paragraph (2), the Director of the 
        Veterans Integrated Service Network in which the medical 
        facility is located shall enter into a contract with a vendor 
        approved by the General Services Administration to provide food 
        at the medical facility.

    (d) Quarterly Reports.--Not less frequently than quarterly, the 
Under Secretary of Health shall submit to Congress a report on 
inspections conducted under this section, and their detailed

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findings and actions taken, during the preceding quarter at medical 
facilities of the Department.
    Sec. 252. (a) <<NOTE: Deadlines. Inspections. 38 USC 1701 note.>>  
In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a program to 
conduct risk-based inspections for mold and mold issues at each medical 
facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such facilities will be 
rated high, medium, or low risk for mold. Such inspections at facilities 
rated high risk shall occur not less frequently than annually, and such 
inspections at facilities rated medium or low risk shall occur not less 
frequently than biennially.

    (b) Agreement.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall seek to enter into an 
        agreement with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital 
        Organizations under which the Joint Commission on Accreditation 
        of Hospital Organizations conducts the inspections required 
        under subsection (a).
            (2) Alternate organization.--If the Secretary is unable to 
        enter into an agreement described in paragraph (1) with the 
        Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations on 
        terms acceptable to the Secretary, the Secretary shall seek to 
        enter into such an agreement with another appropriate 
        organization that--
                    (A) is not part of the Federal Government;
                    (B) operates as a not-for-profit entity; and
                    (C) has expertise and objectivity comparable to that 
                of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital 
                Organizations.

    (c) <<NOTE: Deadlines.>>  Remediation Plan.--If a medical facility 
of the Department is determined pursuant to an inspection conducted 
under subsection (a) to have a mold issue, the Secretary shall--
            (1) implement a remediation plan for that medical facility 
        within 7 days; and
            (2) Conduct a second inspection under subsection (a) at that 
        medical facility within 90 days of the initial inspection.

    (d) Quarterly Reports.--Not less frequently than quarterly, the 
Under Secretary for Health shall submit to Congress a report on 
inspections conducted under this section, and their detailed findings 
and actions taken, during the preceding quarter at medical facilities of 
the Department.
    Sec. 253.  Section 1706(b)(5)(A) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended, in the first sentence, by striking ``through 2008''.
    Sec. 254. (a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may use amounts 
appropriated or otherwise made available in this title to ensure that 
the ratio of veterans to full-time employment equivalents within any 
program of rehabilitation conducted under chapter 31 of title 38, United 
States Code, does not exceed 125 veterans to one full-time employment 
equivalent.
    (b) <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>>  Not later than 180 days after the 
date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to 
Congress a report on the programs of rehabilitation conducted under 
chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code, including--
            (1) <<NOTE: Assessment.>>  an assessment of the veteran-to-
        staff ratio for each such program; and
            (2) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>>  recommendations for such 
        action as the Secretary considers necessary to reduce the 
        veteran-to-staff ratio for each such program.

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    Sec. 255. (a) <<NOTE: Records.>>  None of the funds made available 
in this Act may be used to deny an Inspector General funded under this 
Act timely access to any records, documents, or other materials 
available to the department or agency over which that Inspector General 
has responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 
App.), or to prevent or impede that Inspector General's access to such 
records, documents, or other materials, under any provision of law, 
except a provision of law that expressly refers to the Inspector General 
and expressly limits the Inspector General's right of access.

    (b) A department or agency covered by this section shall provide its 
Inspector General with access to all such records, documents, and other 
materials in a timely manner.
    (c) <<NOTE: Compliance.>>  Each Inspector General shall ensure 
compliance with statutory limitations on disclosure relevant to the 
information provided by the establishment over which that Inspector 
General has responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 
U.S.C. App.).

    (d) <<NOTE: Reports. Deadline.>>  Each Inspector General covered by 
this section shall report to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives and the Senate within 5 calendar days any 
failures to comply with this requirement.

    Sec. 256.  None <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  of the funds appropriated or 
otherwise made available in this title may be used by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement related to resolving a 
dispute or claim with an individual that would restrict in any way the 
individual from speaking to members of Congress or their staff on any 
topic not otherwise prohibited from disclosure by Federal law or 
required by Executive Order to be kept secret in the interest of 
national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs.

    Sec. 257.  Appropriations made available in this Act under the 
heading ``Medical Services'' shall be available to carry out sections 
322(d) and 521A of title 38, United States Code, to include the payment 
of the administrative expenses necessary to carry out such sections. Of 
the amount appropriated for fiscal year 2017, up to $2,000,000 shall be 
available for the payment of monthly assistance allowances to veterans 
pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and up to $8,000,000 shall be available for 
the payment of grants pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 521A. Of the amounts 
appropriated in advance for fiscal year 2018, up to $2,000,000 shall be 
available for the payment of monthly assistance allowances to veterans 
pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and up to $8,000,000 shall be available for 
the payment of grants pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 521A.
    Sec. 258. (a) <<NOTE: Budget. 38 USC 303 note.>>  In fiscal year 
2017 and each fiscal year hereafter, beginning with the fiscal year 2018 
budget request submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of 
title 31, United States Code, the budget justification documents 
submitted for the ``Construction, Major Projects'' account of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs shall include, at a minimum, the 
information required under subsection (b).

    (b) The budget justification documents submitted pursuant to 
subsection (a) shall include, for each project--
            (1) the estimated total cost of the project;
            (2) the funding provided for each fiscal year prior to the 
        budget year;
            (3) the amount requested for the budget year;
            (4) the estimated funding required for the project for each 
        of the 4 fiscal years succeeding the budget year; and

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            (5) such additional information as is enumerated under the 
        heading relating to the ``Construction, Major Projects'' account 
        of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the joint explanatory 
        statement accompanying this Act.

    (c) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Not later than 45 days after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to 
the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a proposed 
budget justification template that complies with the requirements of 
this section.

    Sec. 259. (a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the 
following major medical facility projects, with each project to be 
carried out in an amount not to exceed the amount specified for that 
project:
            (1) Seismic corrections to buildings, including retrofitting 
        and replacement of high-risk buildings, in San Francisco, 
        California, in an amount not to exceed $180,480,000.
            (2) Seismic corrections to facilities, including facilities 
        to support homeless veterans, at the medical center in West Los 
        Angeles, California, in an amount not to exceed $105,500,000.
            (3) Seismic corrections to the mental health and community 
        living center in Long Beach, California, in an amount not to 
        exceed $287,100,000.
            (4) Construction of an outpatient clinic, administrative 
        space, cemetery, and columbarium in Alameda, California, in an 
        amount not to exceed $87,332,000.
            (5) Realignment of medical facilities in Livermore, 
        California, in an amount not to exceed $194,430,000.
            (6) Construction of a medical center in Louisville, 
        Kentucky, in an amount not to exceed $150,000,000.
            (7) Construction of a replacement community living center in 
        Perry Point, Maryland, in an amount not to exceed $92,700,000.
            (8) Seismic corrections and other renovations to several 
        buildings and construction of a specialty care building in 
        American Lake, Washington, in an amount not to exceed 
        $16,260,000.

    (b) There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2016 or the year in which funds are 
appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects, account, 
$1,113,802,000 for the projects authorized in subsection (a).
    (c) The projects authorized in subsection (a) may only be carried 
out using--
            (1) funds appropriated for fiscal year 2016 pursuant to the 
        authorization of appropriations in subsection (b);
            (2) funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a 
        fiscal year before fiscal year 2016 that remain available for 
        obligation;
            (3) funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a 
        fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 that remain available for 
        obligation;
            (4) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity not specific to a 
        project;
            (5) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        a fiscal year before fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity 
        not specific to a project; and

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            (6) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        a fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity 
        not specific to a project.

    Sec. 260. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of 
Veterans Affairs for the ``Medical Services'' account may be used to 
provide--
            (1) fertility counseling and treatment using assisted 
        reproductive technology to a covered veteran or the spouse of a 
        covered veteran; or
            (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran.

    (b) <<NOTE: Definitions.>>  In this section:
            (1) The term ``service-connected'' has the meaning given 
        such term in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.
            (2) The term ``covered veteran'' means a veteran, as such 
        term is defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code, 
        who has a service-connected disability that results in the 
        inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of 
        fertility treatment.
            (3) The term ``assisted reproductive technology'' means 
        benefits relating to reproductive assistance provided to a 
        member of the Armed Forces who incurs a serious injury or 
        illness on active duty pursuant to section 1074(c)(4)(A) of 
        title 10, United States Code, as described in the memorandum on 
        the subject of ``Policy for Assisted Reproductive Services for 
        the Benefit of Seriously or Severely Ill/Injured (Category II or 
        III) Active Duty Service Members'' issued by the Assistant 
        Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on April 3, 2012, and 
        the guidance issued to implement such policy, including any 
        limitations on the amount of such benefits available to such a 
        member.
            (4) The term ``adoption reimbursement'' means reimbursement 
        for the adoption-related expenses for an adoption that is 
        finalized after the date of the enactment of this Act under the 
        same terms as apply under the adoption reimbursement program of 
        the Department of Defense, as authorized in Department of 
        Defense Instruction 1341.09, including the reimbursement limits 
        and requirements set forth in such instruction.

    (c) Amounts made available for the purposes specified in subsection 
(a) of this section are subject to the requirements for funds contained 
in section 508 of division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2016 (Public Law 114-113).

                                TITLE III

                            RELATED AGENCIES

                  American Battle Monuments Commission

                          salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for, of the American 
Battle Monuments Commission, including the acquisition of land or 
interest in land in foreign countries; purchases and repair of uniforms 
for caretakers of national cemeteries and monuments outside of the 
United States and its territories and possessions; rent of office and 
garage space in foreign countries; purchase (one-for-one replacement 
basis only) and hire of passenger motor

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vehicles; not to exceed $7,500 for official reception and representation 
expenses; and insurance of official motor vehicles in foreign countries, 
when required by law of such countries, $75,100,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                  foreign currency fluctuations account

    For necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for, of the American 
Battle Monuments Commission, such sums as may be necessary, to remain 
available until expended, for purposes authorized by section 2109 of 
title 36, United States Code.

           United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

                          salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses for the operation of the United States Court 
of Appeals for Veterans Claims as authorized by sections 7251 through 
7298 of title 38, United States Code, $30,945,000:  Provided, That 
$2,500,000 shall be available for the purpose of providing financial 
assistance as described, and in accordance with the process and 
reporting procedures set forth, under this heading in Public Law 102-
229.

                      Department of Defense--Civil

                        Cemeterial Expenses, Army

                          salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses for maintenance, operation, and improvement 
of Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National 
Cemetery, including the purchase or lease of passenger motor vehicles 
for replacement on a one-for-one basis only, and not to exceed $1,000 
for official reception and representation expenses, $70,800,000, of 
which not to exceed $15,000,000 shall remain available until September 
30, 2019. In addition, such sums as may be necessary for parking 
maintenance, repairs and replacement, to be derived from the ``Lease of 
Department of Defense Real Property for Defense Agencies'' account.

                      Armed Forces Retirement Home

                               trust fund

    For expenses necessary for the Armed Forces Retirement Home to 
operate and maintain the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Washington, 
District of Columbia, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Gulfport, 
Mississippi, to be paid from funds available in the Armed Forces 
Retirement Home Trust Fund, $64,300,000, of which $1,000,000 shall 
remain available until expended for construction and renovation of the 
physical plants at the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Washington, 
District of Columbia, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home--Gulfport, 
Mississippi:  Provided, That of the amounts made available under this 
heading from funds available in the Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust 
Fund, $22,000,000 shall be paid from the general fund of the Treasury to 
the Trust Fund.

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                        Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 301.  Funds appropriated in this Act under the heading 
``Department of Defense--Civil, Cemeterial Expenses, Army'', may be 
provided to Arlington County, Virginia, for the relocation of the 
federally owned water main at Arlington National Cemetery, making 
additional land available for ground burials.
    Sec. 302.  Amounts deposited into the special account established 
under 10 U.S.C. 4727 are appropriated and shall be available until 
expended to support activities at the Army National Military Cemeteries.

                                TITLE IV

                     OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

                          DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                       Military Construction, Army

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Army'', 
$18,900,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021, for projects 
outside of the United States:  Provided, That such amount is designated 
by the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on 
Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

              Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Navy and 
Marine Corps'', $59,809,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2021, for projects outside of the United States:  Provided, That such 
amount is designated by the Congress for Overseas Contingency 
Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) 
of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                    Military Construction, Air Force

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Air Force'' 
$88,291,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021, for projects 
outside of the United States:  Provided, That such amount is designated 
by the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on 
Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                   Military Construction, Defense-Wide

    For an additional amount for ``Military Construction, Defense-
Wide'', $5,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021, for 
projects outside of the United States:  Provided, That such amount is 
designated by the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global 
War on Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

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                        Administrative Provision

    Sec. 401.  Each <<NOTE: President.>>  amount designated in this Act 
by the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on 
Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 shall be available only if the 
President subsequently so designates all such amounts and transmits such 
designations to the Congress.

                                 TITLE V

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Sec. 501.  No part of any appropriation contained in this Act shall 
remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless 
expressly so provided herein.
    Sec. 502.  None of the funds made available in this Act may be used 
for any program, project, or activity, when it is made known to the 
Federal entity or official to which the funds are made available that 
the program, project, or activity is not in compliance with any Federal 
law relating to risk assessment, the protection of private property 
rights, or unfunded mandates.
    Sec. 503.  All departments and agencies funded under this Act are 
encouraged, within the limits of the existing statutory authorities and 
funding, to expand their use of ``E-Commerce'' technologies and 
procedures in the conduct of their business practices and public service 
activities.
    Sec. 504.  Unless <<NOTE: Reports. Notifications.>>  stated 
otherwise, all reports and notifications required by this Act shall be 
submitted to the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans 
Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives and the Subcommittee on Military Construction 
and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Committee on 
Appropriations of the Senate.

    Sec. 505.  None of the funds made available in this Act may be 
transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United 
States Government except pursuant to a transfer made by, or transfer 
authority provided in, this or any other appropriations Act.
    Sec. 506.  None of the funds made available in this Act may be used 
for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the United States House of 
Representatives.
    Sec. 507. (a) <<NOTE: Web posting. Reports. Determination.>>  Any 
agency receiving funds made available in this Act, shall, subject to 
subsections (b) and (c), post on the public Web site of that agency any 
report required to be submitted by the Congress in this or any other 
Act, upon the determination by the head of the agency that it shall 
serve the national interest.

    (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to a report if--
            (1) the public posting of the report compromises national 
        security; or
            (2) the report contains confidential or proprietary 
        information.

    (c) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  The head of the agency posting such 
report shall do so only after such report has been made available to the 
requesting Committee or Committees of Congress for no less than 45 days.

    Sec. 508. (a) <<NOTE: Pornography.>>  None of the funds made 
available in this Act may be used to maintain or establish a computer 
network unless

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such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of 
pornography.

    (b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall limit the use of funds necessary 
for any Federal, State, tribal, or local law enforcement agency or any 
other entity carrying out criminal investigations, prosecution, or 
adjudication activities.
    Sec. 509.  None of the funds made available in this Act may be used 
by an agency of the executive branch to pay for first-class travel by an 
employee of the agency in contravention of sections 301-10.122 through 
301-10.124 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations.
    Sec. 510.  None <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  of the funds made available in 
this Act may be used to execute a contract for goods or services, 
including construction services, where the contractor has not complied 
with Executive Order No. 12989.

    Sec. 511.  None of the funds made available by this Act may be used 
by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs to 
lease or purchase new light duty vehicles for any executive fleet, or 
for an agency's fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential 
Memorandum--Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.
    Sec. 512. (a) <<NOTE: Cuba.>>  In General.--None of the funds 
appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense in 
this Act may be used to construct, renovate, or expand any facility in 
the United States, its territories, or possessions to house any 
individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba, for the purposes of detention or imprisonment in the custody or 
under the control of the Department of Defense.

    (b) The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not apply to any 
modification of facilities at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
Bay, Cuba.
    (c) An individual described in this subsection is any individual 
who, as of June 24, 2009, is located at United States Naval Station, 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and who--
            (1) is not a citizen of the United States or a member of the 
        Armed Forces of the United States; and
            (2) is--
                    (A) in the custody or under the effective control of 
                the Department of Defense; or
                    (B) otherwise under detention at United States Naval 
                Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    This division may be cited as the ``Military Construction, Veterans 
Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017''.

DIVISION B-- <<NOTE: Zika Response and Preparedness Appropriations Act, 
2016.>> ZIKA RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS

                                 TITLE I

                 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

               Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

                 cdc-wide activities and program support

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``CDC-Wide 
Activities and Program Support'', $394,000,000, to remain available 
until September 30, 2017, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Zika 
virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other

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vector-borne diseases, domestically and internationally:  Provided, That 
products purchased with these funds may, at the discretion of the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services, be deposited in the Strategic 
National Stockpile under section 319F-2 of the Public Health Service 
(``PHS'') Act:  Provided further, That funds may be used for purchase 
and insurance of official motor vehicles in foreign 
countries: <<NOTE: Applicability.>>   Provided further, That the 
provisions in section 317S of the PHS Act shall apply to the use of 
funds appropriated in this paragraph as determined by the Director of 
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be appropriate:  
Provided further, That funds appropriated in this paragraph may be used 
for grants for the construction, alteration, or renovation of non-
federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response 
capability at State and local laboratories:  Provided further, That of 
the amount appropriated in this paragraph, $44,000,000 is included to 
supplement either fiscal year 2016 or fiscal year 2017 funds for the 
Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement program to 
restore fiscal year 2016 funds that were reprogrammed for Zika virus 
response prior to the enactment of this Act:  Provided further, That 
such amount is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                      National Institutes of Health

          national institute of allergy and infectious diseases

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``National 
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases'', $152,000,000, to remain 
available until September 30, 2017, for research on the virology, 
natural history, and pathogenesis of the Zika virus infection and 
preclinical and clinical development of vaccines and other medical 
countermeasures for the Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases, 
domestically and internationally:  Provided, That such funds may be 
transferred by the Director of the National Institutes of Health 
(``NIH'') to other accounts of the NIH for the purposes provided in this 
paragraph:  Provided further, That such amount is designated by the 
Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) 
of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                         Office of the Secretary

            public health and social services emergency fund

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Public Health 
and Social Services Emergency Fund'', $387,000,000, to remain available 
until September 30, 2017, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Zika 
virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other vector-borne 
diseases, domestically and internationally; to develop necessary 
countermeasures and vaccines, including the development and purchase of 
vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, necessary medical supplies, and 
administrative activities; for carrying out section 501 of the Social 
Security Act; and for carrying

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out sections 330 through 336 and 338 of the PHS Act:  Provided, That 
funds appropriated in this paragraph may be used to procure security 
countermeasures (as defined in section 319F-2(c)(1)(B) of the PHS 
Act): <<NOTE: Applicability.>>   Provided further, That paragraphs (1) 
and (7)(C) of subsection (c) of section 319F-2 of the PHS Act, but no 
other provisions of such section, shall apply to such security 
countermeasures procured with funds appropriated in this paragraph:  
Provided further, That products purchased with funds appropriated in 
this paragraph may, at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and 
Human Services, be deposited in the Strategic National Stockpile under 
section 319F-2 of the PHS Act:  Provided further, That funds 
appropriated in this paragraph may be transferred to the fund authorized 
by section 319F-4 of the PHS Act:  Provided further, That of the funds 
appropriated under this heading, $75,000,000, in addition to the 
purposes specified above, shall also be available for necessary expenses 
for support to States, territories, tribes, or tribal organizations with 
active or local transmission cases of the Zika virus, as confirmed by 
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to reimburse the costs 
of health care for health conditions related to the Zika virus, other 
than costs that are covered by private health insurance, of which not 
less than $60,000,000 shall be for territories with the highest rates of 
Zika transmission:  Provided further, That of the funds appropriated 
under this heading, $20,000,000 shall be awarded, notwithstanding 
section 502 of the Social Security Act, for projects of regional and 
national significance in Puerto Rico and other territories authorized 
under section 501 of the Social Security Act:  Provided further, That of 
the funds appropriated under this heading, $40,000,000 shall be used to 
expand the delivery of primary health services authorized by section 330 
of the PHS Act in Puerto Rico and other territories:  Provided further, 
That of the funds appropriated under this heading, $6,000,000 shall, for 
purposes of providing primary health services in areas affected by Zika 
virus or other vector-borne diseases, be used to assign National Health 
Service Corps (``NHSC'') members to Puerto Rico and other territories, 
notwithstanding the assignment priorities and limitations in or under 
sections 333(a)(1)(D), 333(b), or 333A(a) of the PHS Act, and to make 
NHSC Loan Repayment Program awards under section 338B of such 
Act: <<NOTE: Applicability.>>   Provided further, That for purposes of 
the previous proviso, section 331(a)(3)(D) of the PHS Act shall be 
applied as if the term ``primary health services'' included health 
services regarding pediatric subspecialists:  Provided further, That 
such amount is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                     GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS TITLE

                      (including transfer of funds)

                              direct hires

    Sec. 101.  Funds appropriated by this title may be used by the heads 
of the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, and 
the United States Agency for International Development to appoint, 
without regard to the provisions of sections 3309 through 3319 of title 
5 of the United States Code,

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candidates needed for positions to perform critical work relating to 
Zika response for which--
            (1) public notice has been given; and
            (2) the Secretary of Health and Human Services has 
        determined that such a public health threat exists.

                          transfer authorities

    Sec. 102.  Funds <<NOTE: Consultation.>>  appropriated by this title 
may be transferred to, and merged with, other appropriation accounts 
under the headings ``Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'', 
``Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund'', and ``National 
Institutes of Health'' for the purposes specified in this title 
following consultation with the Office of Management and 
Budget: <<NOTE: Notification.>>   Provided, That the Committees on 
Appropriations shall be notified 10 days in advance of any such 
transfer: <<NOTE: Determination.>>   Provided further, That, upon a 
determination that all or part of the funds transferred from an 
appropriation are not necessary, such amounts may be transferred back to 
that appropriation:  Provided further, That none of the funds made 
available by this title may be transferred pursuant to the authority in 
section 205 of division H of Public Law 114-113 or section 241(a) of the 
PHS Act.

                         reporting requirements

    Sec. 103.  Not <<NOTE: Spending plan.>>  later than 30 days after 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall 
provide a detailed spend plan of anticipated uses of funds made 
available in this title, including estimated personnel and 
administrative costs, to the Committees on Appropriations:  Provided, 
That such plans shall be updated and submitted to the Committees on 
Appropriations every 60 days until September 30, 2017.

                                oversight

    Sec. 104.  Of the funds appropriated by this title under the heading 
``Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund'', up to--
            (1) $500,000 shall be transferred to, and merged with, funds 
        made available under the heading ``Office of the Secretary, 
        Office of Inspector General'', and shall remain available until 
        expended, for oversight of activities supported with funds 
        appropriated by this title: <<NOTE: Consultation.>>   Provided, 
        That the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consult 
        with the Committees on Appropriations prior to obligating such 
        funds:  Provided further, That the transfer authority provided 
        by this paragraph is in addition to any other transfer authority 
        provided by law; and
            (2) $500,000 shall be made available to the Comptroller 
        General of the United States, and shall remain available until 
        expended, for oversight of activities supported with funds 
        appropriated by this title: <<NOTE: Consultation.>>   Provided, 
        That the Comptroller General shall consult with the Committees 
        on Appropriations prior to obligating such funds.

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                                TITLE II

                           DEPARTMENT OF STATE

                    Administration of Foreign Affairs

                    diplomatic and consular programs

                      (including transfer of funds)

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Diplomatic and 
Consular Programs'', $14,594,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2017, for necessary expenses to support response efforts related to 
the Zika virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other 
vector-borne diseases:  Provided, That such funds may be made available 
for medical evacuation costs of any other department or agency of the 
United States under Chief of Mission authority, and may be transferred 
to any other appropriation of such department or agency for such costs:  
Provided further, That such amount is designated by the Congress as an 
emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

           emergencies in the diplomatic and consular service

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Emergencies in 
the Diplomatic and Consular Service'', $4,000,000 for necessary expenses 
to support response efforts related to the Zika virus, health conditions 
related to such virus, and other vector-borne diseases, to remain 
available until September 30, 2017:  Provided, That such amount is 
designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985.

                   repatriation loans program account

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Repatriation 
Loans Program Account'' for the cost of direct loans, $1,000,000, to 
support response efforts related to the Zika virus, health conditions 
related to such virus, and other vector-borne diseases, to remain 
available until September 30, 2017:  Provided, That such costs, 
including costs of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 
502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974:  Provided further, That 
such funds are available to subsidize an additional amount of gross 
obligations for the principal amount of direct loans not to exceed 
$1,880,406:  Provided further, That such amount is designated by the 
Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) 
of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

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           UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

                   Funds Appropriated to the President

                           operating expenses

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Operating 
Expenses'', $10,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2017, 
for necessary expenses to support response efforts related to the Zika 
virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other vector-borne 
diseases:  Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as 
an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                      BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

                   Funds Appropriated to the President

                         global health programs

    For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for ``Global Health 
Programs'', $145,500,000, to remain available until September 30, 2017, 
for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Zika 
virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other vector-borne 
diseases:  Provided, That funds appropriated under this heading shall be 
made available for vector control activities, vaccines, diagnostics, and 
vector control technologies:  Provided further, That funds appropriated 
under this heading may be made available as contributions to the World 
Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the Pan 
American Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, 
and the Food and Agriculture Organization: <<NOTE: Consultation.>>   
Provided further, That funds made available under this heading shall be 
subject to prior consultation with the Committees on Appropriations:  
Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated under this heading 
may be made available for the Grand Challenges for Development program:  
Provided further, That such amount is designated by the Congress as an 
emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

                     GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS TITLE

                          transfer authorities

                      (including transfer of funds)

    Sec. 201. (a) Funds appropriated by this title under the headings 
``Diplomatic and Consular Programs'', ``Emergencies in the Diplomatic 
and Consular Service'', ``Repatriation Loans Program Account'', and 
``Operating Expenses'' may be transferred to, and merged with, funds 
appropriated by this title under such headings to carry out the purposes 
of this title.
    (b) The transfer authorities provided by this section are in 
addition to any other transfer authority provided by law.
    (c) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Upon a determination that all or part 
of the funds transferred pursuant to the authorities provided by this 
section are

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not necessary for such purposes, such amounts may be transferred back to 
such appropriations.

    (d) <<NOTE: Deadline. Notification.>>  No funds shall be transferred 
pursuant to this section unless at least 5 days prior to making such 
transfer the Secretary of State or the Administrator of the United 
States Agency for International Development, as appropriate, notifies 
the Committees on Appropriations in writing of the details of any such 
transfer.

                        notification requirement

    Sec. 202.  Funds <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  appropriated by this title 
shall only be available for obligation if the Secretary of State or the 
Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, 
as appropriate, notifies the Committees on Appropriations in writing at 
least 15 days in advance of such obligation.

                   consolidated reporting requirement

    Sec. 203.  Not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act and 
prior to the initial obligation of funds made available by this title, 
the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency 
for International Development shall submit a consolidated report to the 
Committees on Appropriations on the anticipated uses of such funds on a 
country and project basis, including estimated personnel and 
administrative costs:  Provided, That such report shall be updated and 
submitted to the Committees on Appropriations every 60 days until 
September 30, 2017.

                                oversight

    Sec. 204.  Of the funds appropriated by this title, up to--
            (1) $500,000 shall be transferred to, and merged with, funds 
        available under the heading ``United States Agency for 
        International Development, Funds Appropriated to the President, 
        Office of Inspector General'', and shall remain available until 
        expended, for oversight of activities supported with funds 
        appropriated by this title:  Provided, That the transfer 
        authority provided by this paragraph is in addition to any other 
        transfer authority provided by law; and
            (2) $500,000 shall be made available to the Comptroller 
        General of the United States, and shall remain available until 
        expended, for oversight of activities supported with funds 
        appropriated by this title: <<NOTE: Consultation.>>   Provided, 
        That the Secretary of State and the Comptroller General, as 
        appropriate, shall consult with the Committees on Appropriations 
        prior to obligating such funds.

                                TITLE III

                    GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS DIVISION

                 extension of authorities and provisions

    Sec. 301.  Unless otherwise provided for by this division, the 
additional amounts appropriated pursuant to this division are subject to 
the requirements for funds contained in the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113).

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                      personal service contractors

    Sec. 302.  <<NOTE: Consultation. Notification.>>  Funds made 
available by this division may be used to enter into contracts with 
individuals for the provision of personal services (as described in 
section 104 of part 37 of title 48, Code of Federal Regulations (48 CFR 
37.104)) to support the purposes of titles I and II of this division, 
within the United States and abroad, subject to prior consultation with, 
and the notification procedures of, the Committees on Appropriations:  
Provided, That such individuals may not be deemed employees of the 
United States for the purpose of any law administered by the Office of 
Personnel Management: <<NOTE: Expiration date.>>   Provided further, 
That the authority made available pursuant to this section shall expire 
on September 30, 2017.

                          designation retention

    Sec. 303.  Any amount appropriated by this division, designated by 
the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 
251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act 
of 1985 and subsequently so designated by the President, and transferred 
pursuant to transfer authorities provided by this division shall retain 
such designation.

                             effective date

    Sec. 304.  This division shall become effective immediately upon 
enactment of this Act.
     This division may be cited as the ``Zika Response and Preparedness 
Appropriations Act, 2016''.

 DIVISION C-- <<NOTE: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2017.>> CONTINUING 
APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017

     The following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the 
Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or 
other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the several departments, 
agencies, corporations, and other organizational units of Government for 
fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes, namely:
    Sec. 101. (a) Such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for 
operations as provided in the applicable appropriations Acts for fiscal 
year 2016 and under the authority and conditions provided in such Acts, 
for continuing projects or activities (including the costs of direct 
loans and loan guarantees) that are not otherwise specifically provided 
for in this Act, that were conducted in fiscal year 2016, and for which 
appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available in the 
following appropriations Acts:
            (1) The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
        Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 
        (division A of Public Law 114-113), except section 728.
            (2) The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 
        Appropriations Act, 2016 (division B of Public Law 114-113).
            (3) The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016 
        (division C of Public Law 114-113).
            (4) The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies 
        Appropriations Act, 2016 (division D of Public Law 114-113).
            (5) The Financial Services and General Government 
        Appropriations Act, 2016 (division E of Public Law 114-113), 
        which

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        for purposes of this Act shall be treated as including section 
        707 of division O of Public Law 114-113.
            (6) The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 
        2016 (division F of Public Law 114-113).
            (7) The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related 
        Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (division G of Public Law 114-
        113).
            (8) The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and 
        Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 
        (division H of Public Law 114-113).
            (9) The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016 
        (division I of Public Law 114-113).
            (10) The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and 
        Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016 (division K of Public 
        Law 114-113), except title IX.
            (11) The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (division L of Public 
        Law 114-113), except section 420.

    (b) <<NOTE: Rate reduction.>>  The rate for operations provided by 
subsection (a) is hereby reduced by 0.496 percent.

    Sec. 102. (a) No appropriation or funds made available or authority 
granted pursuant to section 101 for the Department of Defense shall be 
used for: (1) the new production of items not funded for production in 
fiscal year 2016 or prior years; (2) the increase in production rates 
above those sustained with fiscal year 2016 funds; or (3) the 
initiation, resumption, or continuation of any project, activity, 
operation, or organization (defined as any project, subproject, 
activity, budget activity, program element, and subprogram within a 
program element, and for any investment items defined as a P-1 line item 
in a budget activity within an appropriation account and an R-1 line 
item that includes a program element and subprogram element within an 
appropriation account) for which appropriations, funds, or other 
authority were not available during fiscal year 2016.
    (b) <<NOTE: Contracts.>>  No appropriation or funds made available 
or authority granted pursuant to section 101 for the Department of 
Defense shall be used to initiate multi-year procurements utilizing 
advance procurement funding for economic order quantity procurement 
unless specifically appropriated later.

    Sec. 103.  Appropriations made by section 101 shall be available to 
the extent and in the manner that would be provided by the pertinent 
appropriations Act.
    Sec. 104.  Except as otherwise provided in section 102, no 
appropriation or funds made available or authority granted pursuant to 
section 101 shall be used to initiate or resume any project or activity 
for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were not available 
during fiscal year 2016.
    Sec. 105.  Appropriations made and authority granted pursuant to 
this Act shall cover all obligations or expenditures incurred for any 
project or activity during the period for which funds or authority for 
such project or activity are available under this Act.
    Sec. 106. <<NOTE: Expiration date.>>   Unless otherwise provided for 
in this Act or in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 
2017, appropriations and funds made available and authority granted 
pursuant to this Act shall be available until whichever of the following 
first occurs: (1) the enactment into law of an appropriation for any 
project or activity provided for in this Act; (2) the enactment into law

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of the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017 without any 
provision for such project or activity; or (3) December 9, 2016.

    Sec. 107.  Expenditures made pursuant to this Act shall be charged 
to the applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization whenever a bill 
in which such applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization is 
contained is enacted into law.
    Sec. 108.  Appropriations made and funds made available by or 
authority granted pursuant to this Act may be used without regard to the 
time limitations for submission and approval of apportionments set forth 
in section 1513 of title 31, United States Code, but nothing in this Act 
may be construed to waive any other provision of law governing the 
apportionment of funds.
    Sec. 109.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, except 
section 106, for those programs that would otherwise have high initial 
rates of operation or complete distribution of appropriations at the 
beginning of fiscal year 2017 because of distributions of funding to 
States, foreign countries, grantees, or others, such high initial rates 
of operation or complete distribution shall not be made, and no grants 
shall be awarded for such programs funded by this Act that would impinge 
on final funding prerogatives.
    Sec. 110.  This Act shall be implemented so that only the most 
limited funding action of that permitted in the Act shall be taken in 
order to provide for continuation of projects and activities.
    Sec. 111. <<NOTE: Continuance. Time period.>>  (a) For entitlements 
and other mandatory payments whose budget authority was provided in 
appropriations Acts for fiscal year 2016, and for activities under the 
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, activities shall be continued at the 
rate to maintain program levels under current law, under the authority 
and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal 
year 2016, to be continued through the date specified in section 106(3).

    (b) Notwithstanding section 106, obligations for mandatory payments 
due on or about the first day of any month that begins after October 
2016 but not later than 30 days after the date specified in section 
106(3) may continue to be made, and funds shall be available for such 
payments.
    Sec. 112.  Amounts made available under section 101 for civilian 
personnel compensation and benefits in each department and agency may be 
apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to avoid furloughs 
within such department or agency, consistent with the applicable 
appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016, except that such authority 
provided under this section shall not be used until after the department 
or agency has taken all necessary actions to reduce or defer non-
personnel-related administrative expenses.
    Sec. 113.  Funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated and 
expended notwithstanding section 10 of Public Law 91-672 (22 U.S.C. 
2412), section 15 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 
(22 U.S.C. 2680), section 313 of the Foreign Relations Authorization 
Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (22 U.S.C. 6212), and section 504(a)(1) 
of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3094(a)(1)).
    Sec. 114. (a) Each amount incorporated by reference in this Act that 
was previously designated by the Congress for Overseas Contingency 
Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of 
the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 or as 
being for disaster relief pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D) of such Act 
is designated by the Congress

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for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A) of such Act or as being for disaster relief 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D) of such Act, respectively.
    (b) The reduction in section 101(b) of this Act shall not apply to--
            (1) amounts designated under subsection (a) of this section;
            (2) amounts made available by section 101(a) by reference to 
        the second paragraph under the heading ``Social Security 
        Administration--Limitation on Administrative Expenses'' in 
        division H of Public Law 114-113; or
            (3) amounts made available by section 101(a) by reference to 
        the paragraph under the heading ``Centers for Medicare and 
        Medicaid Services--Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account'' 
        in division H of Public Law 114-113.

    (c) <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Section 6 of Public Law 114-113 shall 
apply to amounts designated in subsection (a) for Overseas Contingency 
Operations/Global War on Terrorism.

    Sec. 115.  During the period covered by this Act, discretionary 
amounts appropriated for fiscal year 2017 that were provided in advance 
by appropriations Acts covered by section 101 of this Act shall be 
available in the amounts provided in such Acts, reduced by the 
percentage in section 101(b).
    Sec. 116. (a) In addition to the amounts otherwise provided by 
section 101, and notwithstanding section 104, an additional amount is 
provided to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out the 
authorizations in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 
(Public Law 114-198), at a rate for operations of $17,000,000.
    (b) In addition to the amounts otherwise provided by section 101, 
and notwithstanding section 104, an additional amount is provided to the 
Attorney General to carry out the authorizations in the Comprehensive 
Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-198), at a rate for 
operations of $20,000,000.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, in addition to 
the purposes otherwise provided for amounts that become available on 
October 1, 2016, under the heading ``Department of Veterans Affairs--
Veterans Health Administration--Medical Services'' in division J of 
Public Law 114-113, such amounts shall be used to implement the Jason 
Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act (title IX of Public Law 114-198) and 
the amendments made by that Act.
    Sec. 117.  Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for 
``Department of Agriculture--Domestic Food Programs--Food and Nutrition 
Service--Commodity Assistance Program'' at a rate for operations of 
$310,139,000, of which $236,120,000 shall be for the Commodity 
Supplemental Food Program.
    Sec. 118.  Amounts provided by section 111 to the Department of 
Agriculture for ``Corporations--Commodity Credit Corporation Fund--
Reimbursement for Net Realized Losses'' may be used, prior to the 
completion of the report described in section 2 of the Act of August 17, 
1961 (15 U.S.C. 713a-11), to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation 
for net realized losses sustained, but not previously reimbursed, as 
reflected in the June 2016 report of its financial condition.
    Sec. 119.  Amounts made available by section 101 for ``Department of 
Agriculture--Rural Housing Service--Rental Assistance

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Program'' may be apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to 
pay ongoing debt service for the multi-family direct loan programs under 
sections 514 and 515 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1484 and 
1485).
    Sec. 120.  <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Section 529(b)(5) of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360ff(b)(5)) shall be 
applied by substituting the date specified in section 106(3) of this Act 
for ``September 30, 2016''.

    Sec. 121.  Notwithstanding sections 101 and 102, within amounts 
provided for ``Department of Defense--Operation and Maintenance, 
Defense-Wide'' and ``Department of Defense--Research, Development, Test 
and Evaluation, Defense-Wide'', except for amounts designated for 
Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985, the Secretary of Defense may develop, replace, and 
sustain Federal Government security and suitability background 
investigation information technology system requirements of the Office 
of Personnel Management at a rate for operations of $95,000,000.
    Sec. 122. <<NOTE: Applicability.>>   Section 1215(f)(1) of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-
81; 10 U.S.C. 113 note), as most recently amended by section 1221 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114-
92), shall be applied by substituting ``2017'' for ``2016'' through the 
earlier of the date specified in section 106(3) of this Act or the date 
of the enactment of an Act authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 
2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense.

    Sec. 123. <<NOTE: Apportionment authority.>>  (a) Funds made 
available by section 101 for ``Department of Energy--Energy Programs--
Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund'' may be 
apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to avoid disruption 
of continuing projects or activities funded in this appropriation.

    (b) <<NOTE: Notification. Deadline.>>  The Secretary of Energy shall 
notify the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives 
and the Senate not later than 3 days after each use of the authority 
provided in subsection (a).

    Sec. 124. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, 
except section 106, the District of Columbia may expend local funds 
under the heading ``District of Columbia Funds'' for such programs and 
activities under the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2016 
(title IV of division E of Public Law 114-113) at the rate set forth 
under ``Part A--Summary of Expenses'' as included in the Fiscal Year 
2017 Local Budget Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-414), as modified as of the 
date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  During the period in which this Act is 
in effect, the authority and conditions provided in the Financial 
Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2016 (division E of 
Public Law 114-113) which were applicable to the obligation or 
expenditure of funds by the District of Columbia for any program, 
project, or activity during fiscal year 2016 shall apply to the 
obligation or expenditure of funds by the District of Columbia with 
respect to such program, project, or activity under any authority.

    Sec. 125. (a) Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for 
``General Services Administration--Expenses, Presidential Transition'' 
for necessary expenses to carry out the Presidential Transition Act of 
1963 (3 U.S.C. 102 note), at a rate for operations

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of $9,500,000, of which not to exceed $1,000,000 is for activities 
authorized by sections 3(a)(8) and 3(a)(9) of such Act:  Provided, That 
such amounts may be transferred and credited to the ``Acquisition 
Services Fund'' or ``Federal Buildings Fund'' to reimburse obligations 
incurred prior to enactment of this Act for the purposes provided herein 
related to the Presidential election in 2016:  Provided further, That 
amounts available under this section shall be in addition to any other 
amounts available for such purposes.
    (b) Notwithstanding section 101, no funds are provided by this Act 
for ``General Services Administration--Pre-Election Presidential 
Transition''.
    Sec. 126.  Notwithstanding section 101, for expenses of the Office 
of Administration to carry out the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, 
as amended, and similar expenses, in addition to amounts otherwise 
appropriated by law, amounts are provided to ``Presidential Transition 
Administrative Support'' at a rate for operations of $7,582,000:  
Provided, That such funds may be transferred to other accounts that 
provide funding for offices within the Executive Office of the President 
and the Office of the Vice President in this Act or any other Act, to 
carry out such purposes.
    Sec. 127.  In addition to the amounts otherwise provided by section 
101, an additional amount is provided for ``District of Columbia--
Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs in the 
District of Columbia'' for costs associated with the Presidential 
Inauguration, at a rate for operations of $19,995,000.
    Sec. 128.  In addition to the amounts otherwise provided by section 
101, an additional amount is provided for ``National Archives and 
Records Administration--Operating Expenses'' to carry out the 
Presidential transition responsibilities of the Archivist of the United 
States under sections 2201 through 2207 of title 44, United States Code 
(commonly known as the ``Presidential Records Act of 1978''), at a rate 
for operations of $4,850,000.
    Sec. 129.  Amounts made available by section 101 for ``Small 
Business Administration--Business Loans Program Account'' may be 
apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to accommodate 
increased demand for commitments for general business loans authorized 
under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)).
    Sec. 130.  Amounts provided by section 101 for the Department of 
Homeland Security may be obligated in the account and budget structure 
set forth in the table provided by the Chief Financial Officer of the 
Department to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the 
House of Representatives prior to the end of fiscal year 2016 pursuant 
to section 563(e) of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 
Act, 2016 (division F of Public Law 114-113).
    Sec. 131. (a) Amounts made available by section 101 for ``Department 
of Homeland Security--U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Operations and 
Support'' may be apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to 
maintain not less than the number of staff achieved on September 30, 
2016.
    (b) Amounts made available by section 101 for ``Department of 
Homeland Security--Transportation Security Administration--Operations 
and Support'' may be apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary 
to maintain not less than the number of screeners achieved on September 
30, 2016.

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    Sec. 132. <<NOTE: Extension date.>>   The authority provided by 
section 831 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 391) shall 
continue in effect through the date specified in section 106(3) of this 
Act.

    Sec. 133.  Section 810 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement 
Act (16 U.S.C. 6809) is amended by striking ``September 30, 2017'' and 
inserting ``September 30, 2018''.
    Sec. 134. <<NOTE: Extension date.>>  (a) The authority provided by 
subsection (m)(3) of section 8162 of the Department of Defense 
Appropriations Act, 2000 (40 U.S.C. 8903 note; Public Law 106-79) shall 
continue in effect through the date specified in section 106(3) of this 
Act.

    (b) Section 419(b) of division G of Public Law 114-113 shall not 
apply during the period covered by this Act.
    Sec. 135.  <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Notwithstanding section 101, 
subsection 35(d) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191(d)) shall be 
applied, at a rate for operations, through the date specified in section 
106(3), as if the following new paragraph were added at the end--
            ``(5) There is appropriated to the Fee Account established 
        in subsection (c)(3)(B)(ii) of this section, out of any money in 
        the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $26,000,000 for fiscal 
        year 2017, to remain available until expended, for the 
        coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations, 
        to be reduced by amounts collected by the Bureau and transferred 
        to such Fee Account pursuant to subsection (d)(3)(A)(ii) of this 
        section, so as to result in a final fiscal year 2017 
        appropriation from the general fund estimated at not more than 
        $0.''.

    Sec. 136.  In addition to the amounts otherwise provided by section 
101, an additional amount is provided for ``Department of the Interior--
National Park Service--Operation of the National Park System'' for 
security and visitor safety activities related to the Presidential 
Inaugural Ceremonies, at a rate for operations of $4,200,000.
    Sec. 137.  In addition to amounts otherwise made available by 
section 101, and notwithstanding section 104, amounts are provided for 
``Environmental Protection Agency--Environmental Programs and 
Management'' at a rate for operations of $3,000,000, to remain available 
until expended, and such amounts may be apportioned up to the rate for 
operations needed, for necessary expenses of activities described in 
section 26(b)(1) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. 
2625(b)(1)):  Provided, That fees collected pursuant to such section of 
such Act and deposited in the ``TSCA Service Fee Fund'' as discretionary 
offsetting receipts in fiscal year 2017 shall be retained and used for 
necessary salaries and expenses under the above heading and shall remain 
available until expended:  Provided further, That the sum provided by 
this section of this Act from the general fund for fiscal year 2017 
shall be reduced by the amount of discretionary offsetting receipts 
received during fiscal year 2017, so as to result in a final fiscal year 
2017 appropriation from the general fund estimated at not more than $0:  
Provided further, That to the extent that amounts realized from such 
receipts exceed $3,000,000, those amounts in excess of $3,000,000 shall 
be deposited in the ``TSCA Service Fee Fund'' as discretionary 
offsetting receipts in fiscal year 2017, shall be retained and used for 
necessary salaries and expenses in this account, and shall remain 
available until expended:  Provided further, That of the amounts 
provided under this heading by section 101, the Chemical Risk Review and 
Reduction program project

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shall be allocated for this fiscal year, excluding the amount of any 
fees made available, not less than the amount of appropriations for that 
program project for fiscal year 2014.
    Sec. 138.  <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Section 114(f) of the Higher 
Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1011c(f)) shall be applied by 
substituting the date specified in section 106(3) of this Act for 
``September 30, 2016''.

    Sec. 139.  The first proviso under the heading ``Department of 
Health and Human Services--Administration for Children and Families--
Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant'' in 
title II of division H of Public Law 114-113 shall not apply during the 
period covered by this Act.
    Sec. 140. <<NOTE: Applicability.>> (a) The second proviso under the 
heading ``Department of Health and Human Services--Administration for 
Children and Families--Children and Families Services Programs'' in 
title II of division H of Public Law 114-113 shall be applied during the 
period covered by this Act as if the following were struck from such 
proviso: ``, of which $141,000,000 shall be available for a cost of 
living adjustment notwithstanding section 640(a)(3)(A) of such Act''.

    (b) Amounts made available in the third proviso under the heading 
``Department of Health and Human Services--Administration for Children 
and Families--Children and Families Services Programs'' in title II of 
division H of Public Law 114-113 shall not be included in the 
calculation of the ``base grant'', as such term is used in section 
640(a)(7)(A) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9835(a)(7)(A)), during the 
period described in section 106 of this Act.
    Sec. 141. <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  (a) Section 529 of division H of 
Public Law 114-113 shall be applied by substituting ``in the Child 
Enrollment Contingency Fund from the appropriation to the Fund for the 
first semi-annual allotment period for fiscal year 2017 under section 
2104(n)(2)(A)(ii) of the Social Security Act'' for ``or available in the 
Child Enrollment Contingency Fund from appropriations to the Fund under 
section 2104(n)(2)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act''; and

    (b) Section 530 of division H of Public Law 114-113 shall be applied 
by substituting ``$541,900,000'' for ``$4,678,500,000'' and by adding at 
the end the following: ``and of the funds made available for the 
purposes of carrying out section 2105(a)(3) of the Social Security Act, 
$5,669,100,000 are hereby rescinded''.
    Sec. 142.  <<NOTE: Sami A. Takai.>>  Notwithstanding any other 
provision of this Act, there is appropriated for payment to Sami A. 
Takai, widow of Kyle Mark Takai, late a Representative from the State of 
Hawaii, $174,000.

    Sec. 143. (a) Amounts made available by section 101 for ``Department 
of Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--Operating Grants to 
the National Railroad Passenger Corporation'' and ``Department of 
Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--Capital and Debt 
Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation'' shall be 
obligated in the account and budget structure, and under the authorities 
and conditions, set forth for ``Department of Transportation--Federal 
Railroad Administration--Northeast Corridor Grants to the National 
Railroad Passenger Corporation'' and ``Department of Transportation--
Federal Railroad Administration--National Network Grants to the National 
Railroad Passenger Corporation'' in H.R. 5394 and S. 2844, as introduced 
in the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.

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    (b) Amounts made available pursuant to subsection (a) are provided 
for ``Department of Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--
Northeast Corridor Grants to the National Railroad Passenger 
Corporation'' at a rate for operations of $235,000,000, to remain 
available until expended, and for ``Department of Transportation--
Federal Railroad Administration--National Network Grants to the National 
Railroad Passenger Corporation'' at a rate for operations of 
$1,155,000,000, to remain available until expended.
    Sec. 144.  <<NOTE: Allocation.>>  Amounts made available by section 
101 for ``Maritime Administration--Maritime Security Program'' shall be 
allocated at an annual rate across all vessels covered by operating 
agreements, as that term is used in chapter 531 of title 46, United 
States Code, and the Secretary shall distribute equally all such funds 
for payments due under all operating agreements in equal amounts 
notwithstanding title 46, United States Code, section 53106:  Provided, 
That no payment shall exceed an annual rate of $3,500,000 per operating 
agreement.

    Sec. 145. (a) In addition to the amount otherwise provided by 
section 101 for the ``Community Planning and Development, Community 
Development Fund'', there is appropriated $500,000,000 for an additional 
amount for fiscal year 2016, to remain available until expended, for 
necessary expenses for activities authorized under title I of the 
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) 
related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of 
infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most 
impacted and distressed areas resulting from a major disaster declared 
in 2016, and which the disaster occurred prior to the date of enactment 
of this Act, pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.):  Provided, That funds 
shall be awarded directly to the State or unit of general local 
government at the discretion of the Secretary: 
<<NOTE: Grants. Certification.>> Provided further, That as a condition 
of making any grant, the Secretary shall certify in advance that such 
grantee has in place proficient financial controls and procurement 
processes and has established adequate procedures to prevent any 
duplication of benefits as defined by section 312 of the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5155), 
to ensure timely expenditure of funds, to maintain comprehensive 
websites regarding all disaster recovery activities assisted with these 
funds, and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of 
funds: <<NOTE: Plan.>>   Provided further, That prior to the obligation 
of funds a grantee shall submit a plan to the Secretary for approval 
detailing the proposed use of all funds, including criteria for 
eligibility and how the use of these funds will address long-term 
recovery and restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic 
revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas:  Provided 
further, That such funds may not be used for activities reimbursable by, 
or for which funds are made available by, the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency or the Army Corps of Engineers:  Provided further, 
That funds allocated under this heading shall not be considered relevant 
to the non-disaster formula allocations made pursuant to section 106 of 
the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5306):  
Provided further, That a State or subdivision thereof may use up to 5 
percent of its allocation for administrative costs:  <<NOTE: Waiver 
requirement.>> Provided further, That in administering the funds under 
this heading, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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may waive, or specify alternative requirements for, any provision of any 
statute or regulation that the Secretary administers in connection with 
the obligation by the Secretary or the use by the recipient of these 
funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, 
nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment), if the 
Secretary finds that good cause exists for the waiver or alternative 
requirement and such waiver or alternative requirement would not be 
inconsistent with the overall purpose of title I of the Housing and 
Community Development Act of 1974:  Provided further, That, 
notwithstanding the preceding proviso, recipients of funds provided 
under this heading that use such funds to supplement Federal assistance 
provided under section 402, 403, 404, 406, 407, or 502 of the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et 
seq.) may adopt, without review or public comment, any environmental 
review, approval, or permit performed by a Federal agency, and such 
adoption shall satisfy the responsibilities of the recipient with 
respect to such environmental review, approval or permit:  Provided 
further, That, notwithstanding section 104(g)(2) of the Housing and 
Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5304(g)(2)), the Secretary 
may, upon receipt of a request for release of funds and certification, 
immediately approve the release of funds for an activity or project 
assisted under this heading if the recipient has adopted an 
environmental review, approval or permit under the preceding proviso or 
the activity or project is categorically excluded from review under the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.): <<NOTE: Federal Register, publication. Notice. Waiver 
requirement. Deadline.>>   Provided further, That the Secretary shall 
publish via notice in the Federal Register any waiver, or alternative 
requirement, to any statute or regulation that the Secretary administers 
pursuant to title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 
no later than 5 days before the effective date of such waiver or 
alternative requirement:  Provided further, That amounts provided under 
this section shall be designated by Congress as being for disaster 
relief pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D) of the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

    (b) Unobligated balances, including recaptures and carryover, 
remaining from funds appropriated to the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development for administrative costs of the Office of Community Planning 
and Development associated with funds appropriated to the Department for 
specific disaster relief and related purposes and designated by Congress 
as an emergency requirement pursuant to a Concurrent Resolution on the 
Budget or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, 
including information technology costs and costs for administering and 
overseeing such specific disaster related funds, shall be transferred to 
the Program Office Salaries and Expenses, Community Planning and 
Development account for the Department, shall remain available until 
expended, and may be used for such administrative costs for 
administering any funds appropriated to the Department for any disaster 
relief and related purposes in any prior or future act, notwithstanding 
the purposes for which such funds were appropriated:  
Provided, <<NOTE: President.>> That the amounts transferred pursuant to 
this section that were previously designated by Congress as an emergency 
requirement pursuant to a Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act are designated by the 
Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) 
of the Balanced

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Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and shall be 
transferred only if the President subsequently so designates the entire 
transfer and transmits such designation to the Congress.

    (c) <<NOTE: Effective date.>>  This section shall become effective 
immediately upon enactment of this Act.

    This division may be cited as the ``Continuing Appropriations Act, 
2017''.

                    DIVISION D--RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS

    Sec. 101. (a) Of the unobligated balances available from prior year 
appropriations under the heading ``Department of Commerce, Economic 
Development Administration, Economic Development Assistance Programs'' 
designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to the 
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget or the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985, $10,000,000 is rescinded immediately upon 
enactment of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by 
the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 
251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act 
of 1985.
    (b) Of the unobligated balances available from amounts provided 
under the heading ``Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, Operations, Research, and Facilities'' in 
title II of Public Law 111-212 for responding to economic impacts of 
fisherman and fishery dependent businesses, $13,000,000 is rescinded 
immediately upon enactment of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are 
designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985.
    (c) Of the unobligated balances available from amounts provided 
under the heading ``Department of Homeland Security, Office of the 
Secretary and Executive Management'' in Public Law 109-148, $279,045 is 
rescinded immediately upon enactment of this Act:  Provided, That such 
amounts are designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (d) Of the unobligated balances available under the heading 
``Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
Salaries and Expenses'' from emergency funds in Public Law 107-206 and 
earlier laws transferred to the Department of Homeland Security when it 
was created in 2003, $39,246 is rescinded immediately upon enactment of 
this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress as 
an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (e) Of the unobligated balances available from amounts provided 
under the heading ``Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast 
Guard, Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements'' in Public Law 110-
329, Public Law 109-148 and Public Law 109-234, $48,075,920 is rescinded 
immediately upon enactment of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are 
designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to 
section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985.
    (f) Of the unobligated balances available under the heading 
``Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
Administrative and Regional Operations'' in Public Law 109-234, $731,790 
is rescinded immediately upon enactment

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of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress 
as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (g) Of the unobligated amounts made available under section 
1323(c)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 
18043(c)(1)), $168,100,000 is rescinded immediately upon enactment of 
this Act.
    (h) Of the unobligated balances available under the heading 
``Operating Expenses'' in title IX of the Department of State, Foreign 
Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 (division J of 
Public Law 113-235), $7,522,000 is rescinded immediately upon enactment 
of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress 
as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (i) Of the unobligated balances of appropriations made available 
under the heading ``Bilateral Economic Assistance, Funds Appropriated to 
the President'' in title IX of the Department of State, Foreign 
Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 (division J of 
Public Law 113-235), $109,478,000 is rescinded immediately upon 
enactment of this Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by 
the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 
251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act 
of 1985.
    (j) Of the unobligated balances available from amounts provided 
under the heading ``Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Facilities and Equipment'' in Public Law 109-148, 
$4,384,920 is rescinded immediately upon enactment of this Act:  
Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress as an 
emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the 
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (k) Of the unobligated balances available from amounts provided 
under the heading ``Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Facilities and Equipment'' in Public Law 102-368, 
$990,277 is rescinded immediately upon enactment of this Act:  Provided, 
That such amounts are designated by the Congress as an emergency 
requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget 
and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (l) Of the unobligated balances available to the Department of 
Transportation from amounts provided under section 108 of Public Law 
101-130, $37,400,000 is rescinded immediately upon enactment of this 
Act:  Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress as an 
emergency requirement pursuant to section

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 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control 
Act of 1985.

    Approved September 29, 2016.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 5325 (S. 2955):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 114-594 (Comm. on Appropriations).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 114-258 (Comm. on Appropriations) accompanying 
S. 2955.
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
            June 9, 10, considered and passed House.
            Sept. 22, 26, 27, considered in Senate.
            Sept. 28, considered and passed Senate, amended. House 
                concurred in Senate amendment.

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