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Conference report filed in House (12/21/1982)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 97-987)

Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 - Title I: Highway Improvement Act of 1982 - Amends the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to revise the authorization of appropriations for FY 1984 through 1990 for the Interstate Highway System.

Directs the Secretary of Transportation to apportion, for FY 1984, the sums authorized to be appropriated for expenditures on the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways according to specified factors.

Amends the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1982 to conform to provisions of this Act.

Requires that ten percent of amounts authorized by this Act be expended directly with certain small business concerns.

Sets forth limitations on obligations for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs for FY 1983 through FY 1986. Excludes from such limitations obligations for emergency relief and certain accelerated bridge projects. Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 to conform to provisions of this title. Prohibits the Secretary from distributing amounts for administrative expenses and forest highways.

Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 through 1986 for: (1) the Federal-aid primary system in rural areas; (2) the Federal-aid secondary system in rural areas; (3) the Federal-aid urban system; (4) forest highways; (5) public lands highways; (6) Indian reservation roads and bridges; (7) the territorial highway program in the Virgin Islands; and (8) parkways and park highways.

Repeals provisions of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1978 which authorize certain demonstration projects between the States of New Mexico and Texas.

Requires States which receive funds for FY 1983 and 1984 in excess of FY 82 funds to give priority consideration to specified primary routes and highway rehabilitation.

Amends the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978 to increase the authorized funding for FY 1984 for interstate resurfacing and authorizes appropriations for FY 1985 through 1987.

Makes funds available from the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 through FY 1986 for substitute highway projects. Authorizes sums as may be necessary from the general fund of the Treasury for substitute public mass transit projects. Authorizes the Secretary to distribute specified percentages of both substitute project funds, and requires congressional approval of cost estimates for the remaining percentages before apportionment. Requires reapportionment of unobligated funds which remain available for the fiscal year for which apportioned. Makes any route statutorily designated after March 7, 1978, ineligible for substitute highway funding.

Allows the Secretary to extend the approval deadline (September 30, 1983) for substitute projects and withdrawals for any route which on May 12, 1982, is under a judicial injunction prohibiting its construction.

Extends the advance construction procedures and bond retirement provisions applicable to the Interstate System to substitute highway projects.

Changes apportionment formulas for the Federal-aid primary system. Requires, for purposes of primary apportionment, that the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa be considered as one State. Makes the mileage limitations for the Federal-aid systems applicable to such territories.

Increases the Federal share for interstate resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing for highways that the Secretary determines are energy-impacted roads.

Requires the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of the safety cost-effectiveness of geometric design criteria of current standards for construction and reconstruction of certain highways. Requires the Academy to propose standards to preserve and extend the service life of such highways and enhance highway safety. Includes in such study a study of the cost effectiveness of the hot dip galvanizing process for the installation, repair, or replacement of exposed structural and miscellaneous steel. Provides for the submission of such report to Congress for approval.

Directs the Secretary to coordinate a study with the National Bureau of Standards, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and other appropriate organizations, to determine: (1) the existing quality of design, construction, products, use, and systems for highways and bridges; (2) the need for uniform standards and criteria for design, processing, products, and applications, including personnel training and enforcement techniques; and (3) the manpower needs and costs of developing a national system for the evaluation and accreditation of testing and inspection agencies. Requires the submission of such study to Congress not later than one year after the date of enactment of this section.

Permits States to place State-operated vending machines in rest and recreation areas and in safety areas located on rights-of-way of the Interstate System.

Changes the circumstances for suspension of the general requirements of competitive bidding for contracts from a finding by the Secretary that some other method is in the public interest to a demonstration by the State highway department that some other method is more cost-effective.

Changes from January 1, 1978, to January 1, 1983, the date governing the payment of bond interest as an eligible cost of construction for Interstate projects which are under construction in advance of apportionments. Authorizes the Secretary to pay interest on bonds issued after enactment of this Act to the extent that proceeds from the sale of bonds are expended for construction costs.

Extends the availability of advance construction funding to bridge projects under the highway bridge replacement and rehabilitation program.

Authorizes the Secretary, if after 90 days following notification of a State highway department a project is still not being properly maintained, to withhold project funds for one or more of the other Federal-aid systems or programs in the State. (Presently the Secretary is required to withhold funds from all projects in the State.)

Revises the method of distributing interstate discretionary funds and allows the Secretary to prioritize unobligated sums.

Sets forth a procedure for the transfer of apportioned funds from the Federal-aid primary system to programs for interstate resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing.

Establishes the Federal share payable for interstate resurfacing projects financed with primary funds. Permits a Federal share of 100 percent for certain pavement markings projects.

Authorizes the Secretary to approve projects for fringe and corridor parking.

Authorizes the Secretary to approve projects on the Interstate System for the construction of parking facilities for carpools and vanpools.

Requires provisions of equal employment opportunities for highway projects without regard to sex. Authorizes the Secretary to conduct and finance training and assistance programs for minority business enterprises.

Permits the cost of providing shuttle service to and from fringe and corridor parking facilities constructed with Federal funds to be included in the eligible fees that may be charged for the use of parking facilities.

Revises the apportionment formula for the highway bridge replacement and rehabilitation program. Requires the placement of deficient bridges into specified categories. Sets aside certain amounts from authorized funds for FY 1983 through FY 1986 for the use of the Secretary as discretionary funds. Permits the allocation of discretionary bridge funds for the replacement of the LaSalle Peru bridge in Illinois and a certain bridge in the vicinity of Cloverdale, California.

Sets forth the Federal share for carpool and vanpool projects.

Allows States to transfer funds allocated for a particular urbanized area to another such area.

Extends the eligibility of hazard elimination funds to highway safety improvement projects outside the Federal-aid systems.

Establishes a coordinated Federal Lands Highways Program for the construction and improvement of forest highways, public lands highways, park roads, parkways, and Indian reservation roads and bridges. Sets forth an allocation formula for such program.

Allows Federal-aid highway projects to include construction programs for bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways.

Allows States to include the cost of certain parking ramp construction and frontage roads as part of the interstate cost estimate.

Makes eligible for specified funding safety improvements near the interchanges of certain Interstate System routes and Federal-aid primary routes not on the Interstate System.

Requires the Secretary to establish alternative methods to accelerate the time required to complete highway projects.

Authorizes payment of construction costs for certain two-lane bridges as four-lane bridges upon completion of certain substructures.

Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project in Los Angeles County, California, to demonstrate methods of improving the motor vehicle transportation of freight to and from areas for the transshipment of waterborne commerce. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1983 through 1985 out of the Highway Trust Fund for such project.

Requires the Secretary to carry out a highway project demonstrating state of the art technology connecting a city to the Interstate System using a toll road. Sets forth a timetable for reports to Congress on the results of such project. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 through 1985 for such project.

Requires the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project using state of the art methods of repairing damaged highways and preventing damage to highways resulting from shoreline erosion in the vicinity of Buhne Point, Humboldt Bay, California. Authorizes funds out of the Highway Trust Fund for such project, Directs the Secretary to report to Congress not later than 180 days after such projects' completion.

Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a project in the vicinity of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to demonstrate the efficacy of reducing traffic congestion by connecting a certain highway to the Interstate System. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for such project.

Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a project in the vicinity of Louisville, Kentucky, to demonstrate methods of accelerating construction of traffic sections of highways on the Federal-aid primary system which are directly connected to the Interstate System. Requires a report to Congress not later than 180 days after such projects' completion. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 and FY 1984 for such project.

Requires the Secretary, in cooperation with the State of Vermont, to carry out a project to demonstrate the feasibility of reducing the time required to complete highway projects by extending the coverage of State certifications to any Federal law, regulation, or policy applicable to such project. Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund for such project. States that the Federal share of any such project shall be 100 percent of the total cost and that authorized funds shall remain available until expended. Requires the Secretary to submit a recommendation and report to Congress within six months of the project's completion.

Authorizes the Secretary to carry out projects in and around Devils Lake, North Dakota, to demonstrate construction techniques to prevent wave erosion on closed basin lakes with grade level highway crossings. Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 for such projects.

Authorizes the Secretary to reimburse North Dakota for funds previously expended on such projects. Sets forth the Federal share for the demonstration projects and makes authorized funding available until expended.

Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project to reduce congestion in a downtown area by the construction of a high-level bridge over a high-volume intercoastal waterway segment and serving a major port. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 for such purpose. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress upon completion of the project.

Directs the Secretary, in cooperation with the State of Idaho, to conduct a demonstration project to study factors contributing to truck accidents. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out such project. States that the Federal share of the project shall be 100 percent of the total cost and that authorized funds shall remain available until expended. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the results of such project not later than 180 days after its completion.

Requires the Secretary to conduct a project in Illinois to demonstrate the benefits of constructing usable segments of high-volume facilities, developing methods to achieve the effective implementation of massive capital investments made under Federal programs being discontinued. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 through 1985 for such purpose.

Sets forth provisions for Federal payments for certain bridge projects in Tennessee.

Revises vehicle weight, length, and width limitations for the Interstate System.

Establishes criteria under which the Martin Luther King Bridge which crosses the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois will be eligible for assistance under the highway bridge replacement and rehabilitation program.

Directs the Secretary to enter into arrangements with the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board to conduct a comprehensive study and investigation of future transportation professional manpower needs. Requests the National Academy of Sciences to report to the Secretary and the Congress not later than two years after enactment of this Act on the result of such study together with recommendations.

Directs the Office of Technology Assessment to conduct a comprehensive investigation and study of the feasibility of a highspeed ferryboat operation over the waters of the Caribbean Sea between Saint Croix and Saint Thomas. Requires the Office to complete and transmit a report on such study to Congress not later than January 1, 1984.

Directs the Secretary to report to Congress not later than one year after enactment of this Act on the need for including weather-related factors, particularly freezing and thawing, in the apportionment formulas for Federal-aid highways.

Requires the Secretary, within one year of enactment of this Act, to submit a detailed report to Congress on the potential benefits and costs associated with the establishment of a national intercity truck route network for the operation of a special class of longer combination commercial motor vehicles.

Authorizes the Secretary to approve a change in location of Interstate segments if the original location meets specified criteria.

Extends the deadline for reports to Congress on specified access control demonstration projects from September 30, 1983, to September 30, 1985.

Authorizes the modification of a project agreement for a highway project in New Jersey to compensate businesses in the vicinity that have suffered economic losses as a result of such project.

Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1983 through 1985 to make grants to States which adopt and implement an effective program that requires use of substances from recycled materials in highway and bridge surfacing.

Reduces the apportionment of highway funds to a State which does not require proof of payment of the heavy vehicle use tax before such vehicle can be registered in the State.

Provides for a study by the National Academy of Sciences to monitor the effects on highways and highway safety from the use of double trailer combinations.

Authorizes a temporary matching fund waiver of non-Federal shares for qualifying highway projects to States which certify the lack of sufficient funds to meet their share of such projects.

Prohibits California from imposing lane restrictions on Federal-aid highways in certain areas of Alameda County.

Makes California eligible for funds to upgrade certain interchanges.

Prohibits the use of materials made by convict labor on Federal-aid highway projects.

Requires the Secretary to insure the payment of the prevailing rate of wage for construction work on highway projects.

Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund, other than the Mass Transit Account, for FY 1983 through FY 1986, to assure a minimum allocation to each State of 85 percent of the estimated tax payments attributable to such State for apportioned programs.

Amends the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 to authorize appropriations for FY 1983 through 1986 for demonstration projects at rail-highway crossings.

Directs the Secretary to conduct a study on methane conversion for highway fuel use and report to Congress on the results not later than one year after enactment of this Act.

Prohibits the use of emergency relief funds for the repair or reconstruction of certain bridges that have been permanently closed to vehicular traffic. Requires that emergency relief funds be appropriated from the Highway Trust Fund. Revises the Federal share payable for emergency repairs or reconstruction.

Amends the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 to allow limited truck traffic on the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia.

Requires defense access roads to be funded from monies appropriated for defense maneuvers and exercises.

Combines highway planning and research funds into a single fund for administration by the Secretary. Establishes the Federal share for any project financed by such fund.

Allows the State of Alaska to expend Federal-aid highway funds on portions of an Alaskan highway that extend into Canada.

Revises the definition of construction to include costs incurred by a State in performing Federal-aid project related audits which directly benefit the Federal-aid highway program.

Directs the Secretary to report to Congress in January 1983, and biennially thereafter on estimates of future highway needs.

Directs the Secretary of Transportation to develop a selection process for discretionary bridges according to certain criteria.

Directs the Secretary to approve the designation of specified highway segments in New Jersey and the New Jersey Turnpike as Interstate Route 95.

Prohibits the appropriation of funds for the construction or resurfacing of Federal-aid highways which have designated carpool lanes unless the use of such lanes includes motorcycles. Exempts States from such prohibition upon certification to the Secretary that motorcycles on such lanes would create a safety hazard.

Authorizes the Committee on Public Works and Transportation to contract for the design and preparation of a National Public Works Inventory and Assessment and a preliminary analysis of relevant existing data.

Prohibits the Secretary from imposing limitations on assistance which restrict a State from imposing more stringent Buy America requirements. Prohibits the Secretary from obligating funds for any project unless the steel, cement, and manufactured products are produced in the United States. Exempts from such provision the procurement of buses, other rolling stock, and support equipment under the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. Allows such products to be of foreign origin to the extent of 50 percent of the cost of their component parts. Requires that final assembly take place in the United States.

Title II: Highway Safety Act of 1982 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1983 through FY 1986 out of the Highway Trust Fund for: (1) bridge replacement and rehabilitation; and (2) projects for elimination of hazards.

Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1985 and 1986 for highway safety programs administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Requires that specified amounts be obligated to enforce the 55 mph speed limit and requires States to expend specified amounts to encourage the use of safety belts in motor vehicles. Sets forth limitations on amounts to be obligated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration for highway safety programs for FY 1983 through FY 1986. Amends the Highway Safety Act of 1978 to extend certain highway safety program authorizations until September 30, 1986. Makes a specified amount previously authorized under the Highway Safety Act of 1978, no longer available for obligation.

Directs the Secretary to arrange with the National Academy of Sciences to study the benefits of the 55 mile per hour national speed limit and whether State laws constitute a deterrent to violations of such speed limit.

Amends the Highway Safety Act of 1973 to extend until September 30, 1986, the authorization to carry out projects for the elimination of hazards at rail-highway crossings.

Amends the Highway Safety Act of 1978 to make certain of its provisions relating to highway safety and information applicable to certain authorization provisions of Federal-aid primary highway funds.

Requires the Secretary to report annually, beginning on December 31, 1983 to Congress on the highway safety performance of each State in the preceding calendar year.

Eliminates provisions of the highway safety program which require a different apportionment for the territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Declares that Congress encourages each State to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons who are less than 21 years of age.

Title III: Federal Public Transportation Act of 1982 - Amends the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 to authorize appropriations for FY 1983 through 1986 for: (1) the discretionary capital grant program; (2) the innovative methods and techniques grant program; (3) the planning program; (4) the block grant program; (5) the program to meet the special needs of the elderly and handicapped; and (6) the formula grant program for other than urbanized areas. Requires that a specified percentage of such funding be available from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out certain programs.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1983 through FY 1986 for: (1) the research and development program; (2) the training grant program; (3) the university research grant program; (4) administrative expenses; and (5) the human resource grant program. Requires research and development funding to remain available until expended.

Creates a block grant program for mass transportation projects in urbanized areas. Sets forth a formula for distribution of funds for such areas with populations of less than 200,000 and of more than 200,000. Provides certification procedures for persons in receipt of such grants.

Prohibits the Secretary from making a discretionary capital grant or loan unless the applicant has sufficient capability to maintain the facilities and equipment purchased with such grant or loan.

Requires the Secretary to notify the appropriate congressional committees prior to the issuance of a letter of intent to obligate future appropriation Act funds for a project.

Makes funds available under the urban mass transit program available for expenditure through FY 1985.

Extends the authorization for grants for research and training in urban transportation problems from FY 1982 until 1986. Permits matching funds for university operating grants to consist of any non-Federal funds (in lieu of State funds).

Permits contracts for the purchase of rolling stock to be based on a competitive procurement process. Directs the Secretary to report to Congress within one year of enactment of this Act on any legislative or administrative revisions required to ensure that procurement procedures are fair and competitive.

Revises the definition of "fixed guideway" to include a public transportation facility which uses a fixed catenary system and utilizes a right-of-way usable by other forms of transportation.

Directs the Secretary to report to Congress in January 1984 and biennially thereafter on the current performance and condition of public mass transportation systems and an assessment of the future needs of such facilities.

Sets forth conditions applicable for Federal assistance to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Exempts the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from repaying a certain percentage of a transit loan to acquire rail properties. Grants the Secretary discretionary authority relative to the remaining percentage.

Authorizes advance acquisition of transit rights-of-way.

Directs the Secretary to make a grant to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to conduct a feasibility study of new transit technology.

Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of the possibility of providing long-term contracts with local or State transit authorities for use in leveraging further capital assistance from State or local government or private sector sources.

Reduces from three years to two years the time available for States to obligate apportioned sums for nonurbanized areas.

Requires the Secretary to issue regulations establishing criteria for handicapped and elderly transportation services.

Repeals the safety authority provisions of the National Mass Transportation Assistance Act of 1974. Authorizes the Secretary to investigate any facility financed under the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 to determine the safeness of its operations. Authorizes the Secretary to withhold financial assistance from the appropriate public body until plans to improve any unsafe operations are implemented.

Title IV: Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to States for the development or implementation of programs for the enforcement of Federal and State rules, regulations, standards, and orders applicable to commercial motor vehicle safety. Sets a Federal share of 80 percent of State program costs. Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund for FY 1984 through 1988 for such assistance.

Sets forth provisions for protection of employees who file complaints or institute proceedings relating to violations of commercial motor vehicle safety rules.

Amends the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 to extend from two years to three and one-half years the time during which the Secretary may reduce the minimum level of financial responsibility for motor carriers. Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of the Treasury to deny entry into the United States to any foreign motor carrier which does not have evidence of required financial responsibility. States that financial responsibility provisions do not apply to vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds unless such vehicles are used to transport hazardous substances.

Prohibits States from establishing commercial vehicle length limitations that do not conform to specifications of this Act. Prohibits States from enacting or enforcing any law denying such vehicles reasonable access between the Interstate System and terminals, facilities, and points for loading and unloading of household goods.

Directs the Secretary to institute civil action for injunctive relief to assure compliance with this title.

Sets forth a timetable for the Secretary to require that all trucks operating on the Interstate System be equipped with splash and spray suppressant devices.

Requires the Secretary, within 18 months of enactment of this title, to report to Congress on the potential benefits and costs from the establishment of a national intercity truck route network for longer combination commercial motor vehicles.

Amends the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 to authorize the Secretary to enter into contracts for State recreational boating programs.

Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to expend all available amounts for reforestation programs.

Revises the allocation of fund monies for fisheries.

Amends the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 to set forth terms and conditions under which a permit may be issued that authorizes ocean dumping of radioactive waste. Requires congressional approval by resolution before the granting of such permit.

Amends the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, to prohibit additional limitations from being imposed on new commitments to guarantee loans for any fiscal year, except amounts established in advance in annual authorization Acts.

Amends the Airport Airway Improvement Act of 1982 to establish a supplementary discretionary fund for projects involving construction, reconstruction, or repair. Requires the Secretary to give priority to such projects that increase the safety or capacity of an airport. Increases appropriated funds for credit to the supplementary fund.

Title V: Highway Revenue Act of 1982 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the excise tax on gasoline, diesel fuel, and special motor fuels from four cents per gallon to nine cents per gallon. Exempts methanol and ethanal fuels from such tax. Exempts fuels consumed in off-highway business use. Imposes a four cent per gallon tax on gasohol. Taxes gasoline or other fuels used in taxicabs at four cents per gallon. Allows a refund of motor fuels taxes to aerial and other applicators of agricultural substances. Increases the tariff on alcohol imported for use as a fuel from 40 cents to 50 cents per gallon.

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury, not later than January 1, 1984, to report to Congress on a study of the reduced rate of fuel taxes provided for taxicabs.

Revises the existing manufacturers excise tax on heavy trucks. Excludes from such tax trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 33,000 pounds or less and trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less.

Repeals the tax on truck and bus parts and accessories. Terminates the manufacturers excise tax on trucks and buses as of April 1, 1983. Imposes a 12 percent retail tax on the sale of heavy trucks and trailers as of April 1, 1983.

Revises the high-use tax for heavy trucks. Exempts trucks with a taxable gross weight of less than 33,000 pounds. Provides for a graduated tax on trucks based on weight beginning at 33,000 pounds. Exempts from such tax trucks used for less than 5,000 miles on public highways. Requires the Secretary of Transportation (in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury) to conduct a study of alternatives to the highway-use tax on heavy trucks,

Revises the excise tax on tires, tubes, and tread to provide for a graduated rate of tax based on weight.

Repeals the excise tax on lubricating oil.

Treats as a corporation for tax purposes certain motor carrier operating authorities acquired by taxpayers other than corporations.

Imposes a floor stock tax on gasoline, tires and tread rubber held by a dealer for sale.

Extends for four years until 1988 the Highway Trust Fund. Transfers statutory authority for such Trust Fund to the Internal Revenue Code. Sets forth administrative provisions for such Trust Fund. Appropriates to such Trust Fund amounts equivalent to the taxes on: (1) diesel fuel and special motor fuels; (2) heavy trucks and trailers; (3) trucks and truck parts; (4) tires and tread rubber; (5) gasoline; (6) lubricating oil; and (7) highway use. Allows expenditures from such Trust Fund for the Federal-Aid Highway Program in accordance with specified authorizations.

Establishes within such Trust Fund a Mass Transit Account. Transfers to such Account one-ninth of the amounts appropriated to the Trust Fund which are attributable to the excise taxes on gasoline, diesel fuels and special motor fuels. Authorizes expenditures from such Account.

Revises the tax treatment of public utility property.

Declares that an income tax return is not required of an individual whose only gross income is a grant of $1,000 from the State of residence.

Allows a business expense deduction for certain conventions on cruise ships and sets forth reporting requirements for such conventions.

Provides additional weeks of Federal Supplemental Compensation benefits to States in accordance with State levels of unemployment.

Excludes home energy assistance provided by private nonprofit organizations or by utilities from income for purposes of the supplemental security income and the aid to families with dependent children programs.

Allows an energy investment credit for modifications to chlor-alkali electrolytic cells.

Provides an exemption for interest on certain governmental obligations under provisions other than the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.