Text: H.R.850 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/29/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 850


To require the appropriation of funds to use a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement received by a Federal agency, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 29, 2019

Mr. Palmer (for himself, Mr. Arrington, Mr. Brady, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Buck, Mr. Budd, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Cloud, Mr. Davidson of Ohio, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Fleischmann, Ms. Foxx of North Carolina, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Hunter, Mr. King of Iowa, Mrs. Lesko, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Moolenaar, Mr. Mooney of West Virginia, Mr. Norman, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Walker, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Posey, Mr. Griffith, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Babin, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. David P. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Carter of Georgia, Mr. Womack, Mr. Cole, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Hice of Georgia, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Harris, Mr. Rice of South Carolina, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Emmer, Mr. Allen, Mr. LaHood, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Rouzer, Mr. Roy, Mr. Walberg, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Wenstrup, Mr. John W. Rose of Tennessee, and Mr. Steube) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, the Budget, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To require the appropriation of funds to use a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement received by a Federal agency, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Agency Accountability Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Appropriation of funds required.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and consistent with subsection (c), an agency that receives a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement shall deposit such amount in the general fund of the Treasury.

(b) Use of amounts subject to appropriation.—Any amounts deposited pursuant to subsection (a) shall only be available to the extent, and in such amounts, as are provided in advance in appropriation Acts.

(c) Exceptions.—This section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) Amounts to be paid to an individual entitled to such amounts as a whistleblower, including any amounts received as a percentage of amounts received by the Government pursuant to a judgment or settlement agreement.

(2) A loan guarantee program.

(3) An insurance program.

(d) USPTO Report to Congress required.—Not later than March 1 of each year, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shall submit to Congress a report that describes any fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement collected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the previous fiscal year.

(e) Agency defined.—The term “agency” has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code, but does not include the United States Postal Service or the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

SEC. 3. Offsetting collections and receipts as revenue.

(a) In general.—The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 621 et seq.) is amended—

(1) in section 3(2)(A)(iv), by inserting “except as provided in section 316,” before “offsetting receipts”; and

(2) by adding after section 315 the following:

    TREATMENT OF OFFSETTING COLLECTIONS AND RECEIPTS

“Sec. 316. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, offsetting receipts and collections shall be treated as revenue for purposes of carrying out this or any other Act. The preceding sentence shall not apply to the United States Postal Service or the United States Patent and Trademark Office.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 315 the following:


“316. Treatment of offsetting collections and receipts.”.

(c) Application.—The amendments made by this section shall apply during budget years (as that term is defined in section 250(c)(12) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 900(c)(12))) beginning one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.