Summary: H.J.Res.637 — 96th Congress (1979-1980)All Information (Except Text)

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House receded and concurred with amendment (12/13/1980)

(House receded and concurred in certain Senate amendments with amendments)

Appropriates fiscal year 1981 funds for necessary activities contained in the following appropriation Acts: (1) Department of Defense Appropriation Act, 1981; (2) Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981; and (3) Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriation Act, 1981. Stipulates that such funds shall be available: (1) in the lesser amount as passed by the House of Representatives or the Senate as of October 1, 1980; (2) at rates no higher than the current rates for items included in only one version of an Act passed by both Houses; and (3) at the lower of current rates or the rate permitted by the House of Representatives for activities included in an Act passed only by the House of Representatives as of October 1, 1980, with specified exceptions. Requires provisions to be identical in bills passed by both Houses in order to be applicable, if such provisions were not included in the fiscal year 1980 appropriation Acts and are applicable to more than one appropriation.

Appropriates continuing funds for projects, other than payments to the International Development Association (except for the authorized Fourth Replenishment), conducted during fiscal year 1980 and provided for by the Foreign Assistance and Related Programs Appropriation Act, 1981, at the rate set forth in the House Conference report 96-787. Specifies the amount of funding for: (1) Cyprus; (2) the United Nations Development Program; and (3) Operating Expenses of the Agency for International Development and AID/Washington.

Limits gross obligations for the principal amount of direct loans and total commitments to guarantee loans of the Export-Import Bank. Increases funds for the United Nations Development Program. Sets a ceiling on funding for Foreign Military Credit Sales and an overall ceiling for Foreign Military Credit Sales loans and grants (earmarks funds for Oman and Kenya). Makes specified salary pay cap limitations applicable during fiscal year 1981. Specifies the rate for peacekeeping operations. Earmarks relief funds for victims of the earthquake in southern Italy and funds for the African Development Foundation. Increases funds for the Economic Support Fund to be used only for Jamaica.

Appropriates continuing funds to the extent provided by the House of Representatives' passed version of the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1981.

Exempts the General Accounting Office from specified budgetary reductions. Permits the use of appropriated funds to distribute government publications to the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Iran. Limits salaries for executive, legislative, and judicial employees from October 1, 1980, through December 31, 1980. Appropriates continuing funds, at 90 percent of the current rate, for activities for which disbursements are made by the Secretary of the Senate. Specifies the amount of funding for mileage of Members of the House of Representatives.

Appropriates continuing funds, at the current rate, for: (1) the Council on Wage and Price Stability, subject to specified conditions after January 20, 1981; (2) the Senate; (3) nursing research; (4) health professions education and nurse training; (5) Community Mental Health Centers; (6) the National Arthritis Advisory Board and the National Diabetes Advisory Board; (7) special national programs, youth community conservation and improvement projects, youth employment and training, private sector employment opportunities, and the Young Adult Conservation Corps (at a specified rate); and (8) improvement in local educational practice. Prohibits the use of such appropriations for activities not authorized during fiscal year 1980.

Appropriates funds for necessary payments as provided by fiscal year 1980 appropriation Acts for: (1) black lung benefits; (2) Social Security benefits; (3) retirement pay and medical benefits for Public Health Service officers; (4) student loan programs; (5) unemployment benefits; and (6) Department of Labor special benefits. Makes July 1, 1981, the effective date of all terms and conditions of National Direct Student Loans.

Appropriates the necessary funds to: (1) continue the breeder reactor demonstration project or such project alternative as may be approved by Congress; (2) process Cuban and Haitian entrants but not to exceed a specified amount; and (3) make payments to local government units under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972 (as enacted by Congress). Appropriates additional funds for allocation to Hawaii.

Appropriates additional funds for: (1) Operating Expenses and Plant and Capital Equipment of Atomic Energy Defense Activities in the Department of Energy, with specified conditions; and (2) Operation and Maintenance and Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies by the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers. Authorizes appropriations for law enforcement activities at water resources development projects to continue indefinitely. Modifies the navigation improvement project for Grays Harbor and Chehalis River and Hoquiam River, Washington, in accordance with recommended dimensions. Continues Appalachian Regional Development Programs. Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to acquire interests owned by or held in trust for the Osage Tribe of Indians necessary for the Verdigris River and tributaries project in Oklahoma and Kansas and the Shidler Reservoir project, Oklahoma. Makes available funds for employees to implement the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 during fiscal year 1981.

Appropriates a specified amount for the low-income energy assistance program as passed by the House of Representatives, with specified exceptions concerning State allocations and total assistance to any one household.

Appropriates funds for necessary activities contained in the following appropriation Acts: (1) Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress; (2) District of Columbia Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress; (3) Department of Housing and Urban Development-Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress; (4) Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress; (4) Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress; and (5) Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1981, as enacted by Congress, with a specified exception.

Appropriates additional funds equivalent to a specified number of Special Drawing Rights for the U.S. quota in the International Monetary Fund.

Makes such appropriations available until the earlier of enactment of the applicable appropriation Act or June 28, 1981. Exempts such appropriations from specified limitations for submission and approval of apportionments. Charges expenditures made pursuant to this joint resolution to the applicable appropriation Act when enacted. Declares that any fiscal year 1981 appropriation requiring additional authorizing legislation shall not become effective before June 28, 1981.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) prevent the implementation of voluntary prayer and meditation programs in the public schools; or (2) perform abortions, except to save the life of the mother, or for victims of rape or incest reported within 72 hours, unless otherwise restricted by a State.

Limits the amount of funding for: (1) temporary employment assistance, youth employment and training, and special Federal programs; (2) Rental of Space Activity of the Federal Buildings Fund; (3) Real Property Operations Activity of the Federal Buildings Fund; (4) allowances and office staff for the former President; and (5) the purchase of passenger motor vehicles, police-type vehicles, and special heavy duty vehicles for Government use.

Continues funding through September 30, 1982, for the establishment of the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

Specifies the amount of funding for the settlement of claims against the Coast Guard and the settlement of claims by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) replace the current "Lau remedies" for use as a guideline for services to students of limited English-language proficiency; or (2) implement Department of Health and Human Services day care regulations.

Authorizes the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to issue a specified amount of notes to the Secretary of the Treasury for Disaster Loans and to transfer funds to Salaries and Expenses.

Appropriates additional funds: (1) to increase the capital of the General Supply Fund; and (2) for additional capital outlay of the Panama Canal Commission for navigation projects.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) modify the time granted or mode of payment permitted for payment of customs duties or excise taxes as of July 1, 1980; or (2) disqualify or issue an unfavorable advance determination letter with respect to any employee benefit plan under the Internal Revenue Code which has vesting requirements equal to or more stringent than vesting rules currently in effect under Treasury regulations.

Limits the expenditure of appropriated funds by the head of an agency for consulting services, unless such expenditures are a matter of public record.

Earmarks funds for: (1) the Consultative Group on United States-Japan Economic Relations; (2) narcotic cases within the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division; and (3) the Office of Special Counsel.

Specifies additional funding for: (1) Immigration and Naturalization Service salaries and expenses; (2) Federal Prison System salaries and expenses; (3) the Office of Justice Assistance, Research and Statistics, Law Enforcement Assistance; (4) the Department of the Treasury's Office of Inspector General; (5) the Federal Law Enforcement Center; (6) the Office of the Inspector General, General Services Administration; (7) the U.S. Customs Service's Air Interdiction Program; and (8) the volunteer income tax assistance program.

Increases spending limitations for advanced design work for Federal buildings (requires an approved prospectus before funds may be spent other than for advanced design).

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) enforce any regulation, issued on or after August 31, 1980, relating to the Federal income tax treatment of the assumption of indebtedness upon the incorporation of a holding company; or (2) prosecute or defend certain court cases brought against the Office of the Special Counsel beginning seven days after enactment of this Act.

Directs the Secretary of the Senate to transfer a specified amount from the Senate contingent fund to the Senate revolving fund. Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1976, to increase the ceiling on official travel expenses of the Secretary of the Senate during any fiscal year.

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations and Rescission Act, 1980, to allow funds designated for the Presidential Inaugural ceremonies to remain available untl expended.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Senate to appoint and fix the compensation of a Museum Specialist. Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1966, to authorize the Secretary of the Senate to employ substitute and temporary reporters of debates and expert transcribers at specified rates of compensation. Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1979, to continue until December 31, 1985, the Office of Classified National Security Information within the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. Authorizes the Secretary of the Senate as Disbursing Officer of the Senate to make transfers between appropriations of funds available for disbursement for a fiscal year, subject to specified procedures. Increases the allowance for clerical assistance and readjustment of salaries in the Disbursing Office. Requires continuing appropriations for fiscal year 1981 for the Senate to remain available until expended for the same purpose for which appropriated.

Amends the Second Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1976, to increase the ceiling on official travel expenses of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1946, to treat service performed in other Senate positions by former employees of the Senate Appropriations Committee as service on such Committee.

Specifies additional funding for the Offices of the Secretaries for Majority and the Minority.

Allows a Senator to elect to transfer from the Administrative, Clerical, and Legislative Assistance Allowance to such Senator's Official Office Expense Account any amount remaining at the close of the fiscal year, subject to specified conditions.

Specifies additional funding for the General Accounting Office for salaries and expenses.

Directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to save a specified sum by: (1) allocating reductions in the amounts obligated in the fiscal year 1981 Federal Budget for non-essential travel and transportation and experts and consultants among all executive departments; and (2) reviewing the savings made by the reductions by Federal agencies of overpayments and delinquencies and the debt collection procedures required by this Act. Exempts the Coast Guard and certain activities of the Justice Department from reductions in travel and transportation. Limits the reduction in funds for each department. Requires the Director to report to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees on such reductions and savings.

Appropriates funds for: (1) the National Institutes of Health; and (2) the National Health Service Corps. Continues funding at a specified rate for grants and services to States under the Public Health Services Act.

Makes continuing appropriations for fiscal year 1980 for the Commission on Proposals for the National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution available until September 30, 1981.

Provides additional funding for the Center for Disease Control for studies of the health consequences to former residents of the Love Canal area of New York and continuation of the Mount Saint Helens health study.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) enforce any Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 rule regarding anyone engaged in surface mining of specified materials; or (2) enforce the proposed Conditions of Participation for Skilled Nursing or Intermediate Care Facilities. Earmarks funds for aging services and centers.

Makes funds available for: (1) educational services for refugees; (2) the Robert A. Taft Institute; (3) the Mobile, Alabama, County School System; (4) a dormitory at Coahoma Junior College in Mississippi; (5) increased payments by the Secretary of Education to qualifying local education agencies; (6) the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance; (7) the National Institute of Handicapped Research; and (8) rural housing activities. Sets the maximum amount reimbursable for the subsidy for Railroad Retirement Account costs.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) take final action on a State application to designate a wild, scenic, or recreational river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act until 60 days after the Senate and House authorizing committees have been notified; or (2) enforce the final Central Arizona Project water allocations before February 1, 1981.

Appropriates additional funding for: (1) the National Railroad Passenger Corporation for operating losses; and (2) Coast Guard operating expenses. Raises the ceiling on administrative expenses for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Appropriates additional funds for: (1) highway construction in the vicinity of the Trident Submarine Base, Washington; and (2) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service salaries and expenses. Appropriates funds for: (1) the William Levi Dawson Chair of Public Affairs at Fisk University in Tennessee; and (2) specified Federal building projects (with limitations on funds for certain projects).

Authorizes the securing of individuals who provide patient care as necessary.

Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to: (1) process imported potatoes until specified measures are taken; (2) implement any regulation disapproved in accordance with U.S. law; (3) apply acreage limitations to land holdings receiving benefits from Federal water resource projects, with specified exceptions, or to lands in the Imperial Irrigation District in California (also prohibits application of residency provisions); (4) provide employment or training to persons advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government; (5) implement a nine-digit ZIP code system prior to June 1, 1981; and (6) implement a specified Internal Revenue Regulation concerning the valuation of certain rental property for estate tax purposes.

Prohibits the Farm Credit Administration from adopting regulations permitting certain loans in excess of specified amounts.

Makes available funds for: (1) the Hostage Relief Act of 1980; (2) additional members of the Benefits Review Board of the Department of Labor; (3) the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee; (4) roof repairs to the National Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.; and (5) the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Makes the full loan guarantee authority immediately available for small business pollution control facilities.

Directs the Attorney General to approve any transfer to the United States of specified land to be held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. Authorizes improvements on such land after such transfer.

Extends the period for public comment on regulations governing grazing administration and trespass on public lands until February 1, 1981.

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1977, to authorize each of the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to appoint an additional individual consultant.