H.R.3959 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 198498th Congress (1983-1984)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Whitten, Jamie L. [D-MS-1] (Introduced 09/22/1983)|
|Committees:||House - Appropriations | Senate - Appropriations|
|Committee Reports:||S.Rept 98-275; H.Rept 98-375; H.Rept 98-551|
|Latest Action:||11/30/1983 Became Public Law No: 98-181. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There have been 13 roll call votes|
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Summary: H.R.3959 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)
(Senate agreed to House amendments to certain Senate amendment with an amendment,R.C.#374 (67-30))
Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (11/17/1983)
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1984 - Title I: Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, 1984, to limit the interest rate on loans made under the Housing for the Elderly or Handicapped Fund.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to: (1) the Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Environmental Quality to conduct studies to consider and define a National Center for Water Resources Research and a National Clearinghouse for Water Resources Information; (2) the Federal Emergency Management Agency for salaries and expenses, State and local assistance, and a program of grants to private voluntary organizations for emergency shelter and food distribution; and (3) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the construction of certain facilities.
Makes supplemental appropriations to the Veterans Administration for: (1) medical and prosthetic research through FY 1985; (2) veterans job training through FY 1986. Sets aside authorized funds for general operating expenses through FY 1984 for an evaluation of the emergency veterans' job training program.
(The following Titles I through XI constitute the Domestic Housing and International Recovery and Financial Stability Act. Titles I through V also constitute the Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983.
(Following Title XI - and a good portion yet of the original Title I - is Title II. This is not an error. H.R. 3959 as enacted has two Titles I and two Titles II because of an amendment to the conference report, comprising the second Title I through XI, first introduced and passed on the Senate floor on November 17, 1983. The discrepancies among the title numerals were not reconciled.)
Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983 - Title I: Community and Neighborhood Development and Conservation Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to require that a majority of the funds received from community development block grants (CDBG) or as a result of Government guarantees of obligations issued by local governments to finance the acquisition or rehabilitation of real property be used for activities that benefit persons of low and moderate income. Provides that any area classified as a metropolitan city for 1983 for purposes of assistance eligibility under the CDBG program shall not lose such classification for FY 1984 and 1985 as a result of the population data in the 1980 decennial census. Allows a local government that becomes eligible to be classified as a metropolitan city to defer such classification for purposes of the CDBG program through FY 1986 if it continues to have its population included in an urban county. Provides that an area classified as an urban county under such program for FY 1983 shall not lose such classification under such program through FY 1985 (or later as provided in a cooperation agreement entered into in FY 1984) by reason of a decrease in population. Allows the population of a local government that loses its designation as a metropolitan city to be included in the population of an urban county in the second or third program year.
Defines, for purposes of such Act: (1) "low- and moderate-income persons" as persons whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the area median income; and (2) "very low-income persons" as persons whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of median area income.
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 through 1986 for the CDBG program, the urban development action grants (UDAG) program, and the special discretionary fund of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Requires each CDBG recipient to include in its statement of community development objectives and projected use of funds a description of its use of CDBG assistance since FY 1981 or since the last such description was prepared together with an assessment of the relationship of such use to community development objectives. Requires each recipient to certify that it: (1) will affirmatively further fair housing; (2) has developed a community development plan that identifies community development and housing needs and short- and long-term community development objectives; and (3) will recover capital costs of assisted public improvements by assessing amounts against low- and moderate-income persons only under specified conditions. Requires that each recipient's annual performance report: (1) be made available for public comment prior to submission; and (2) include an evaluation of the extent to which CDBG funds were used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Directs the Secretary to encourage the development of, and to establish, uniform reporting requirements.
Permits a local government to retain any program income realized from any CDBG funds if such government agrees to use such income for eligible community development activities while participating in a community development program.
Directs each UDBG recipient to provide benefits to any person displaced as a result of the use of UDBG assistance to acquire or rehabilitate property.
Revises activities eligible for CDBG funding to include the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, or installation of all public facilities, except buildings for the general conduct of government. Increases the percentage of CDBG assistance provided to a local government that may be used for public services activities to 15 percent or the percentage used in FY 1983, whichever is higher. Repeals the Secretary's authority to waive such percentage limitation in FY 1984. Prescribes standards for determining whether eligible activities principally benefit persons of low and moderate income.
Sets forth provisions governing the allocation of CDBG funds to a metropolitan city formed by the consolidation of one or more such cities with an urban county.
Provides for the distribution of CDBG funds to nonentitlement areas of a State by the Secretary only if a State has not elected to distribute such amounts. Repeals the requirement that a State must certify that it will match ten percent of the CDBG funds provided for nonentitlement areas in order to receive such funds. Adds a requirement that the State certify that each local government to receive funds will be required to identify its community development and housing needs and planned activities. Revises the amount a State may deduct from the amount to be distributed to nonentitlement areas to cover its distribution costs. Provides that funds not received by a State because of its failure to comply with performance report or other CDBG program requirements shall be added to amounts to be allocated to all States in the succeeding fiscal year. Sets forth certification requirements for nonentitlement areas for the receipt of CDBG funds.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants from the special discretionary fund to State and local governments that received insufficient CDBG funds as a result of a miscalculation.
Allows the Secretary to guarantee a loan to a local government for the acquisition or rehabilitation of real property only if such government cannot otherwise receive the needed financing. Specifies the loan guarantee authority of the Secretary for FY 1984.
Authorizes a local government to retain program income realized from a CDBG applied toward payment of an urban renewal loan if the local government agrees to use such income for eligible community development activities.
Authorizes appropriations for UDAGs for FY 1984 through 1986.
Provides that any city of less than 50,000 persons that is not a central city of a metropolitan area and that was eligible for a UDAG in FY 1983 shall continue to be eligible until the Secretary revises eligibility standards to include standards for the extent of unemployment, job lag, or labor surplus.
Directs the Secretary to select criteria for a national competition for UDABGs. Authorizes corsortia of geographically proximate cities of less than 50,000 persons to apply for UDAGs.
Authorizes UDAG eligibility for certain unincorporated portions of urban counties that are approved by the Secretary as identifiable communities.
Earmarks a specified amount of UDAG appropriations for technical assistance grants to States, municipal technical advisory services, and State associations of counties or municipalities to assist cities with populations of less than 50,000 that are not central cities of metropolitan areas in developing and implementing programs eligible for UDAGs and in applying for such grants. Authorizes consortia of such cities to apply.
Prohibits the Secretary from discriminating among UDAG programs on the basis of the particular activity involved.
Authorizes appropriations for the urban homesteading program for FY 1984 and 1985. Revises provisions governing eligible programs to require that the person to whom property is conveyed under a program agree to: (1) occupy the property as a principal residence for five years (currently, three years); (2) repair property defects that pose a substantial danger to health and safety within one year after conveyance; and (3) make repairs necessary to meet local housing standards within three years after conveyance (currently, 18 months after initial occupancy). Requires an eligible program to: (1) provide a priority for property applicants whose current housing fails to meet health and safety standards, who currently pay more than 30 percent of their income for shelter, and who have little prospect of obtaining improved housing through means other than homesteading; (2) exclude applicants who are currently homeowners; and (3) consider the capacity of the applicant to contribute labor to the rehabilitation process or to obtain assistance from private sources. Requires the Secretary, the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs, and the Secretary of Agriculture to provide a State or local government, upon request, a listing of all unoccupied residential properties to which such official holds title within that government's jurisdiction.
Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project during FY 1984 and 1985 under which he or she will convey property to a local government for a multifamily homesteading program if: (1) the primary use of such property after rehabilitation will be residential; and (2) at least 75 percent of the occupants will be lower-income individuals.
Directs the Secretary to conduct a program to demonstrate the feasibility of providing assistance to State and local governments for the purchase of unoccupied real property that is improved by a one- to four-family dwelling and designated for use in a single-family homestead program. Requires the property to be conveyed under such program to lower-income families who agree to: (1) repair all dangerous defects within one year; (2) make repairs or improvements necessary to meet applicable local buildings standards; and (3) occupy such property as a principal residence for at least five years.
Directs the Secretary to submit an evaluation and recommendations concerning such demonstration projects to Congress by December 31, 1985.
Directs the Secretary to conduct a demonstration program to determine the feasibility of supporting neighborhood development activities by providing Federal matching funds to certain nonprofit neighborhood development organizations on the basis of monetary support from the private sector. Limits the amount of grants that may be multiyear awards. Directs the Secretary to use a competitive process in selecting program participants. Requires that a selected participant: (1) demonstrate measurable achievements in certain neighborhood development activities; (2) specify a plan for accomplishing one or more of such activities; and (3) specify a strategy for achieving long term private sector support. Directs the Secretary to award matching grants on the basis of: (1) the degree of economic distress of the neighborhood involved; (2) the extent activities will benefit persons of low and moderate income; (3) the extent of neighborhood participation in proposed activities; and (4) the extent of voluntary contributions. Requires the Secretary to: (1) assign each participating organization a program year during which voluntary private contributions shall be eligible for matching funds; and (2) establish a ratio for matching Federal dollars to each dollar privately contributed, which the Secretary shall pay to each organization at the end of each three-month period of the organization's program year. Limits the maximum amount the Secretary may pay to any organization for a year to $50,000. Requires the Secretary to insure that: (1) assistance may be provided only if the local government of the neighborhood to be assisted certifies that such assistance is consistent with such government's plans; and (2) eligible neighborhood development activities comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Directs the Secretary to report to Congress on the activities carried out under the demonstration program, an evaluation of the program, and any findings or recommendations concerning the program. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the Housing Act of 1964 to extend the Secretary's authority to make rehabilitation loans. Prohibits the Secretary from establishing: (1) any requirement that a certain portion of such loan be used for any particular type of dwelling unit; or (2) any priority for receipt of such loan that is based on an applicant's receipt of other Federal assistance under any program other than the urban homesteading program.
Amends the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation Act to authorize appropriations for the Corporation for FY 1984 and 1985.
Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1969 to repeal provisions authorizing the General Services Administration to transfer Federal surplus real property to the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture for sale or lease at fair value for use for low and moderate-income housing. Permits the transfer of property requested before enactment of this Act.
Amends the Housing Act of 1949 to repeal provisions that prohibit an urban renewal plan from providing for the construction of transient housing unless the community involved has obtained a transient housing study indicating a need for such housing.
Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 and the Housing Act of 1961 to repeal provisions requiring the Secretary's approval of the conversion of neighborhood facilities or open space land to uses not originally approved by the Secretary when awarding a grant for acquisition of such facilities or land.
Title II: Housing Assistance Programs - Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to require the Secretary to allocate certain Federal housing assistance on the basis of a formula accounting for the relative needs of different States, areas, and communities.
Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to authorize the Secretary to approve the conversion of public housing development authority for use for comprehensive improvement assistance for existing public housing projects or for the acquisition and rehabilitation of property to be used in public housing under certain conditions.
Authorizes a specified amount of budget authority and designates the use of such authority for housing assistance programs, including public housing, housing for the elderly and handicapped, comprehensive improvement assistance for public housing projects, and the rental rehabilitation and development program.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into a contract involving public housing new construction only if the cost of such new construction is less than the cost of acquisition and rehabilitation. Directs the Secretary to give a priority in the development of public housing to projects for the construction of housing suitable for large families.
Authorizes the Secretary to increase the percentage of public housing units that may be occupied by single persons who are not 62 years old, disabled, handicapped, displaced, or a remaining member of a tenant family, if a unit is not, and is not likely to be, occupied by a person in one of such categories with one year because of the unit's location or condition.
Establishes a priority for receiving public housing assistance for families paying more than 50 percent of their income for rent.
Directs the Secretary to require public housing agencies to: (1) implement an administrative grievance procedure for tenants and applicants; and (2) use leases that do not contain unreasonable terms and conditions, that obligate the agency to maintain the projects in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition, that require the agency to provide specified written notice of termination of the lease, and that prohibit the agency from terminating the lease except for serious or repeated violations or other good cause.
Prohibits the Secretary from imposing any unnecessarily duplicative or burdensome reporting requirements on public housing agencies or tenants.
Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to allow the Secretary to establish an income ceiling higher or lower than 50 percent of the area median income when defining "very low-income families" for purposes of the housing assistance programs if such a variation is necessary because of unusually high or low family incomes. Excludes from a family's income for purposes of such programs: (1) $480 for each dependent minor or each full-time student or handicapped person over the age of 18; (2) $400 for each elderly family; (3) medical expenses over three percent of gross income for an elderly family; and (4) child-care expenses necessary to permit a second person in the household to work or further his or her education.
Prohibits the rent or contribution of a public housing tenant from increasing by more than ten percent in any 12-month period as a result of a change in the definition of income or the conversion of assistance from one housing assistance program to another.
Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration program for providing rental assistance based on the amount by which a payment standard for an area exceeds 30 percent of a family's monthly adjusted income. Defines eligible families as families with incomes under 50 percent of area median income or families previously assisted under the United States Housing Act of 1937, with preference given to those living in substandard housing, involuntarily displaced, or paying more than 50 percent of their income in rent. Requires the Secretary to provide such assistance primarily to families dislocated under the rental rehabilitation and development program and families residing in housing rehabilitated under such program. Limits the duration of contracts for such assistance to 60 months.
Provides that a public housing assistance contributions contract may be attached to a structure in certain cases where the owner of the structure agrees to rehabilitate the structure using other assistance.
Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to repeal provisions concerning assistance payments to owners for the construction or substantial rehabilitation of lower income housing projects, except with respect to projects for the elderly and handicapped.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into annual contribution contracts for dwelling units without bathrooms and kitchens if the local government in which such unit is located and the local public housing agency certify that the unit complies with local health and safety standards.
Authorizes the use of assistance under housing assistance and moderate rehabilitation programs by elderly and handicapped families living in shared housing arrangements.
Authorizes appropriations for operating assistance for public housing projects for FY 1984 and 1985.
Increases from ten to 25 percent the proportion of public housing units that were available for leasing before October 1, 1981, which may be leased to families with incomes of between 50 and 80 percent of the median area income.
Permits the Secretary to approve the demolition of a public housing project or a portion thereof if the project is unusable and cannot be restored feasibly. Allows the Secretary to approve the disposition of such a project or portion if: (1) the property's retention is not in the best interest of the tenants or the public housing agency due to health and safety factors or because disposition allows the acquisition, development, or rehabilitation of more effective or efficient lower-income housing projects; or (2) the portion involved is nonresidential property the disposition of which will not interfere with continued operation of the project; and (3) the proceeds will be used to pay off development and modernization costs of the project and to provide other types of lower income housing assistance. Conditions the approval of such demolition or disposition on requirements that: (1) affected tenants be consulted; and (2) displaced tenants be provided assistance by the agency to relocate to other decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing of their choice to the maximum extent practicable.
Prohibits the Secretary from entering into contracts for: (1) annual contributions regarding obligations financing public housing projects, unless such obligations are exempt from taxation; or (2) periodic payments to the Federal Financing Bank to offset its costs in purchasing obligations issued by public housing agencies.
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 for the Secretary to make grants to States, local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations for the provision of shelter and essential services for individuals who are subject to life-threatening situations because of their lack of housing. Directs the Secretary to consider the special needs of families and single women. Amends the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1978 to provide that operating assistance shall be available to troubled multifamily housing projects: (1) without regard to whether such projects are insured under the National Housing Act; and (2) that are converted from assistance under the rent supplement and rental assistance payments programs to the rental subsidy program under the United States Housing Act of 1937. Amends the National Housing Act to extend through FY 1984 the period during which the Rental Housing Assistance Fund may be utilized for such assistance.
Amends the National Housing Act and the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 to require the Secretary to offer, annually, to amend rental assistance payment contracts and rent supplement payment contracts to provide sufficient payments to cover up to 90 percent of necessary rent increases and changes in the incomes of tenants, regardless of whether project mortgages are federally insured.
Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the status of the program established by the Secretary to provide housing assistance to local governments in areas of concentrated housing and community development activities under the CDBG program.
Declares that utility payments (up to the utility allowance) made by persons living in certain federally-assisted low-income housing projects shall be considered to be rental payments for purposes of determining eligibility or the amount of benefits under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.
Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration program to determine: (1) the feasibility of using public housing facilities to provide child care services for lower-income families residing in public housing; and (2) the extent to which the availability of such services facilitates the employability of the heads of such families and their spouses. Directs the Secretary to report to Congress within two years on conclusions about such demonstration program and any recommendations concerning the establishment of a permanent program.
Amends the Housing Act of 1959 to limit the maximum annual interest rate and administrative allowance charge on loans by the Secretary for the provision of housing for the elderly and handicapped families. Authorizes an increase in the Treasury borrowing authority and establishes a loan limitation for such loan program for FY 1984. Earmarks a specified amount of the funds available for such program for FY 1984 for the development of housing for handicapped persons who have been released from residential health treatment facilities.
Permits up to 25 percent of the units financed with such loan for elderly and handicapped housing to be efficiencies. Authorizes the Secretary to require the sponsor of such a housing project to deposit up to $10,000 in an escrow account to assure the sponsor's commitment and management capabilities. Directs the Secretary to: (1) consider design features for the elderly and handicapped when establishing project unit cost limitations; and (2) adjust such limitations annually to reflect changes in construction costs. Conditions the transfer or prepayment of any such loan on the assurance that the project involved will continue to operate until the original maturity date on terms at least as advantageous to the elderly and handicapped as the terms of the original loan. Prohibits the Secretary from selling any mortgage held as security for such a loan.
Directs the Secretary: (1) when selecting projects to receive such loans, to assure the inclusion of special design features and congregate space necessary for elderly and handicapped residents; and (2) to encourage the provision of small and scattered group homes and independent living centers for non-elderly handicapped persons. Specifies circumstances under which the project sponsor or borrower will determine the basis for selecting a contractor to be employed on an assisted project. Allows any project sponsor to voluntarily provide funds from other sources for appropriate amenities if they are not financed or subsidized with Federal money.
Amends the Congregate Housing Services Act of 1978 to direct the Secretary, by March 15, 1984, to submit to Congress a report evaluating any chagnes, decentralization, or reorganization in the administration of the congregate housing services program and any legislative recommendations for the establishment of a permanent program. Authorizes appropriations for such program for FY 1984 and 1985.
Requires the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project under which the Secretary shall make grants to at least 20 local governments on the basis of applications setting forth administrative plans for government activities designed to: (1) require or encourage owners of rental housing occupied by lower income families to bring such housing into compliance with local housing codes; (2) provide technical and financial assistance to assist such owners to make cost-effective improvements in such housing; (3) work with the State to establish a schedule of local shelter allowances for recipients of assistance under title IV (Aid and Services to Needy Families with Children) of the Social Security Act based on building quality; and (4) coordinate local housing inspection, housing rehabilitation loan or grant assistance, rental assistance, and social service programs for the purpose of improving the quality and affordability of housing for lower income families. Permits the Secretary to make grants to States to provide technical assistance to local governments carrying out such administrative plans. Requires each grant recipient to agree to: (1) contribute an amount equal to 15 percent of the grant amount; and (2) permit the Secretary and the General Accounting Office to audit its books. Requires the Secretary, by October 1, 1985, to transmit to Congress a report concerning such project, along with any legislative recommendations. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 and 1985 for conducting such project.
Amends the National Housing Act to limit to ten years the duration of periodic homeownership assistance payments that may be provided under any contract entered into and funded after FY 1983. Establishes a fund in the Treasury to be used by the Secretary to continue providing such payments after such ten-year period has expired to homeowners who are unable to assume the full payments due. Increases the amount of annual payments authorized under such contracts for FY 1984.
Authorizes the provision of FHA insurance for mortgages for substantially rehabilitated three-family dwellings, provided the owner occupies one of the units. Conditions such insurance on the owner's agreement: (1) not to discriminate against prospective tenants because of their receipt of, or eligibility for, housing assistance under any Federal, State, or local program; and (2) that, for the mortgage term, the rental units will be occupied by, or available to, tenants whose incomes do not exceed the area median income.
Prohibits federally assisted rental housing projects for the elderly and handicapped from forbidding tenants to have pets or discriminating against persons having pets.
Permits a project authority to require the removal of a pet that constitutes a threat to the health or safety of project occupants or other persons in the community.
Title III: Research Housing Rehabilitation and Development Program - Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to authorize the Secretary to make: (1) rental rehabilitation grants to State and local governments to support the moderate rehabilitation of private property for residential purposes; and (2) development grants for the new construction or substantial rehabilitation of real property for residential purposes. Authorizes appropriations for such grants for FY 1984 and 1985.
Directs the Secretary to allocate such rental rehabilitation grants to cities with populations of 50,000 or more, urban counties, and States on the basis of a formula accounting for such factors as low-income renter population, the condition of rental housing stock, and overcrowding of rental housing in each area. Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) establish minimum allocation amounts required for direct allocations to cities or urban counties; (2) adjust an area's allocation on the basis of the area's performance in carrying out its program in a timely manner and achieving low rents in 80 percent of its rehabilitated units; and (3) reallocate grant amounts based on a grantee's progress in carrying out activities on schedule.
Conditions the receipt of such grants on the submission by grantees of satisfactory information in rental rehabilitation program descriptions. Requires that such description describe the proposed program and activities to be assisted, certify that the grantee consulted with the public, show the financial feasibility of the program, and indicate the criteria to be used in selecting projects and the effect of the program on neighborhood preservation.
Lists rental rehabilitation program requirements, including requirements that: (1) grants shall only be used to rehabilitate real property in neighborhoods where the median income does not exceed 80 percent of the median area income; (2) grant assistance shall not exceed 50 percent of the total rehabilitation costs for a structure or, in some cases, the development cost including acquisition; (3) rehabilitation assisted shall include only that necessary to correct substandard conditions, to make essential improvements, and to repair major systems in danger of failure; (4) the assistance provided not exceed $5,000 per structure; (5) the rehabilitation of a structure will not cause displacement of very low-income families by other families; (6) the owner of each assisted structure agrees not to discriminate against tenants because of their receipt of other housing assistance or because they have children and not to convert the structure to condominium ownership for ten years after rehabilitation is completed; (7) the State or local government receiving assistance certifies its compliance with civil rights laws; and (8) 100 percent of the assistance provided is used to benefit lower-income families except where specified reductions are necessary. Directs the Secretary to assure that rehabilitation grants are used to provide housing for families and that priority is given to projects in substandard condition occupied by very low-income families.
Permits grantees to use development grant funds to make grants or loans, or to provide interest reduction payments to support the new construction or substantial rehabilitation of real property for residential purposes in areas experiencing a severe shortage of decent rental housing alternatives in the private market. Directs the Secretary to prescribe minimum standards for determining areas eligible for such assistance and to transmit a list of such areas to Congress. Sets forth grant application requirements. Lists requirements for assisted rental development program requirements, including requirements that: (1) for 20 years after project units are available for occupancy, the owner agrees not to discriminate against prospective tenants because of their receipt of other housing assistance or because of their children and not to convert the units to condominium ownership; and (2) for 20 years after 50 percent of the units are completed, at least 20 percent of the units shall be available for occupancy by families whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the area median income. Sets forth criteria to be used by the Secretary in selecting projects to receive grants. Directs the Secretary to give a priority to proposals involving projects in areas where the waiting lists for housing assistance are relatively long and where families holding housing payment certificates require an excessive length of time to find housing. Requires that rents for units available for lower income families: (1) be approved by the grantee; and (2) not exceed 30 percent of the adjusted income of a family whose income equals 50 percent of the median area income. Limits the amount of a grant to not more than the amount which will provide decent rental or cooperative housing of modest design which is affordable for persons without housing alternatives.
Provides for State administration of rental rehabilitation grant funds in cities with populations of less than 50,000 and in cities and urban counties that are not eligible to receive direct grants (excluding areas eligible for rural housing assistance under the Housing Act of 1949). Allows a State to elect not to administer such funds, in which case the Secretary shall administer the funds.
Directs the Secretary to prescribe standards governing reasonable relocation payments.
Prohibits a grantee from deducting amounts from grants for administrative expenses.
Directs the Secretary to establish procedures that support national historical preservation objectives and that prohibit rehabilitation activities on historical structures unless certain standards are met or the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is offered an opportunity to comment on such activities.
Directs the Secretary to permit consortia of geographically proximate local governments to apply for rental rehabilitation grants. Requires the Secretary to conduct annual audits and reviews of grantee performance. Directs each grantee to submit to the Secretary an annual performance report.
Amends the National Housing Act to set forth coinsurance provisions for federally insured rental rehabilitation or development projects.
Authorizes the Secretary, for purposes of insuring mortgages executed in connection with any purchase or refinancing of rental rehabilitation or development property to: (1) include a specified amount of rehabilitation or development costs; (2) permit subordinated liens securing up to the full amount of mortgage financing provided by State or local governments; and (3) pay benefits in cash unless a mortgagee submits a written request for debenture payment.
Title IV: Program Amendments and Extensions - Amends the National Housing Act to extend the authority of the Secretary to insure mortgage loans and to specify the aggregate principal amount of mortgages to be insured during FY 1984 and 1985.
Authorizes appropriations to cover losses to the General Insurance Fund.
Amends the National Housing Act to require FHA loans and mortgage loans to bear interest at such rate as may be agreed upon by the borrower and the lender. (Currently such rate is prescribed by the Secretary.)
Authorizes the Secretary to agree to extend the term of an insured mortgage for land development and new communities if necessary to avoid undue hardship to the mortgagor resulting from unusual or unforeseen circumstances.
Requires energy performance requirements established by the Secretary for newly constructed homes (other than manufactured homes) subject to FHA-insured mortgages to be as effective in performance as the requirements in effect on September 30, 1982. Authorizes the Secretary to require that each property (other than a manufactured home) subject to a FHA-insured mortgage comply with a nationally recognized model building code or a State or local code based on a nationally recognized code.
Requires payment to the Government of mortgage insurance premiums promptly: (1) upon their receipt from the borrower with respect to mortgages on single-family homes; and (2) when due to the Secretary with respect to mortgages on multifamily housing projects.
Makes FHA insurance programs available for property located in American Samoa.
Authorizes the Secretary to direct mortgagees exercising their option to assign certain insured mortgages to the Secretary, to deliver the mortgages and original credit installments directly to the Government National Mortgage Association in lieu of the Secretary. Authorizes the Association to hold and service such loans as agent for the Secretary. Eliminates the option of mortgagees to assign such insured mortgages to the Secretary with respect to a commitment to insure entered into on or after the effective date of this Act.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure the loan on an existing manufactured home if such home was constructed according to the standards issued under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 and it meets minimum property standards for FHA insurance for existing homes.
Amends the National Housing Act to increase the maximum amounts of loans for purchasing manufactured homes and lots that may be insured under the FHA program. Allows the Secretary to increase such maximum amounts for an area by not to exceed the percentage by which the maximum insurable amount for a one-family home in that area is increased. (Currently, such increase is limited to $7500.) Allows a qualified owner-occupant or a manufactured home and lot purchased without FHA insurance to refinance such home through an FHA-insured loan, provided the home was constructed in accordance with standards established under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.
Requires the Secretary to provide homeownership counseling to persons assisted under the temporary mortgage assistance payments program.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure units of a cooperative housing project constructed more than one year before the application for such insurance was submitted. Eliminates the requirement that projects be nonprofit to qualify for insurance.
Eliminates the requirement that a condominium meet one of the following conditions to qualify for FHA insurance: (1) the project containing the condominium is or has been federally-insured; (2) there are less than 12 units in the project; or (3) if the project has 12 or more units, it is more than one year old. Deletes the additional condition that the mortgagor acquire the condominium for his or her own use and occupancy and not own more than four units covered by insured mortgages. Adds a condition that at least 80 percent of the units with insured mortgages be occupied by the mortgagors or comortgagors. Allows insurable mortgage limits to equal those for a single-family home in the area. Prohibits the provision of insurance for converted rental units unless: (1) the conversion occurred more than one year prior to the application for insurance; (2) the mortgagor was a tenant of the rental unit; or (3) the conversion is sponsored by an organization representing the majority of project households.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure a mortgage on a one- to four-family residence on property located within Hawaiian home lands covered under a homestead lease if: (1) the mortgage is executed by a native Hawaiian; (2) the property will be the principal residence of the mortgagor; and (3) the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is a comortgagor, guarantees to reimburse the Secretary for any insurance claim paid on such property, and offers other security acceptable to the Secretary. Authorizes the Secretary to insure advances made during construction of such a residence if the proposed construction is acceptable and no feasible financing alternative is available.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure a mortgage on a one- to four-family residence on property located on restricted Indian lands if the mortgage is executed by an Indian tribe or a member of an Indian tribe who will use the property as a principal residence. Authorizes the Secretary to insure advances made during construction of such a residence if the proposed construction is acceptable and no feasible financing alternative is available. Permits the Secretary to condition such mortgage insurance on a pledge of income from tribal resources or assets or of grants under other Federal programs to reimburse the Secretary for any mortgage insurance claims paid. Requires an Indian tribe to show that it has adopted eviction procedures before such insurance may be issued.
Permits the maximum amount of an FHA-insured mortgage for a single-family home to be increased by the amount of the mortgage insurance premium paid when the mortgage is secured.
Allows the provision of FHA insurance for a mortgage having a principal obligation of up to 97 percent of the appraised value of not more than $50,000 of property on which a one- to four-family dwelling is located, provided that the Secretary reports to Congress that such loan-to-value ratio will not adversely affect the actuarial soundness of the FHA mortgage insurance program. Increases the amount of the principal obligation of a mortgage executed by a non-occupant mortgagor which is eligible for FHA insurance.
Authorizes the Secretary to provide mortgage insurance benefits to a mortgagee without requiring conveyance of the title to the insured property if: (1) the property is sold at foreclosure for at least its fair market value and the proceeds of the sale are deducted from the value of the mortgage; and (2) all claims of the mortgagee relating to the mortgage are assigned to the Secretary.
Authorizes the Secretary to make expenditures to correct or provide compensation for structural defects in an FHA-insured single-family home for which a Veterans Administration loan guaranty was approved prior to construction.
Authorizes the Secretary, on a demonstration basis, to provide mortgage insurance for certain single-family homes through reinsurance contracts with private mortgage insurance companies. Sets forth contract requirements. Directs the Secretary to evaluate such demonstration program and report to Congress on the possible effect on the characteristics of the pool of mortgages remaining wholly under the applicable insurance funds and the actuarial soundness of such funds under those conditions.
Makes it discretionary (currently, mandatory) for the Secretary to regulate the rents and rate of return on FHA-insured housing projects and to provide such insurance primarily to projects providing for families with children.
Eliminates special limitations on the amount of a mortgage involving refinancing for rehabilitation purposes which qualifies for FHA insurance.
Prohibits the Secretary from accepting an offer from an owner of an assisted multifamily housing project to prepay the project mortgage unless: (1) the Secretary determines that the project no longer meets a need for low-income rental housing in the area or that the needs of the families in the project could be met more effectively through other Federal assistance programs; (2) the tenants are notified of, and provided an opportunity to comment on, such prepayment; and (3) there is a relocation plan to provide comparable housing to displaced tenants. Directs the Secretary to give priority for rental assistance payments to tenants of projects whose owners do not need the Secretary's approval for prepayment. Requires the owners who receive such additional assistance to maintain the low-income character of the project for the remaining term of the mortgage to the extent that assistance is provided.
Provides for the assumption of loss by any mortgagee under a coinsurance contract with the Secretary covering a multifamily housing project.
Permits the Secretary to insure mortgages of manufactured home parks designed exclusively for the elderly.
Makes public hospitals eligible for FHA mortgage insurance.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure any mortgage covering a new or rehabilitated board and care home that is regulated by a State under the Social Security Act as a facility in which a significant number of recipients of supplementary security income benefits reside. Prohibits the Secretary from insuring such mortgage unless he or she has received a statement from the appropriate State licensing agency verifying the State's compliance with regulatory requirements under such Act. Authorizes the Secretary to insure a loan for the purchase and installation of fire safety equipment for such home.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure mortgages and loans with monthly payments and outstanding balances adjusted by a percentage change in a selected price index. Directs the Secretary to give a priority to insuring such mortgages executed by mortgagors who have not owned dwelling units within the preceding three years. Requires the Secretary to conduct a demonstration program for insuring such loans and mortgages during FY 1984 and 1985.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure graduated payment mortgages or loans for multifamily housing upon determining that such loans or mortgages: (1) would expand housing opportunities or meet special needs; (2) can be developed to include any safeguard for mortgagors, tenants, or purchasers that may be necessary to offset the special risks of such loans or mortgages; and (3) have a potential for acceptance in the private market. Limits the principal obligation of a loan or mortgage that may be insured.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure a limited number of adjustable rate mortgages for dwellings designed for occupancy by one to four families (single-family homes). Permits annual interest rate adjustments of not to exceed one percent through adjustments in the monthly payment, the outstanding principal balance, the mortgage term, or a combination of these factors. Prohibits: (1) extending the mortgage term beyond 40 years; or (2) increasing the interest rate by more than five percentage points over the mortgage term. Directs the Secretary to require the mortgagee to provide information to the mortgagor describing the features and maximum possible payment schedule for an adjustable rate mortgage.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure a specified number of shared appreciation mortgages for single-family homes, cooperative housing stock, and multifamily housing projects. Provides that the mortgagee's share of a property's or stock's net appreciated value shall be paid upon the sale or transfer of the property or stock or payment in full of the mortgage, whichever comes first. Excludes a mortgagee's share of the net appreciated value from the mortgagee's insurance benefits in the event of a default. Directs the Secretary: (1) to prescribe consumer protection and disclosure requirements applicable to shared appreciation mortgages; and (2) to encourage the use of insurance of such mortgages by low- and moderate-income tenants affected by the conversion of rental housing to condominium or cooperative ownership. Exempts such mortgages from State authority. Requires a shared appreciation mortgage on a multifamily housing project to have a mortgage term of at least 15 years and to be repayable in monthly installments needed to retire the debt over 30 years.
Directs the Secretary to establish the maximum percentage of net appreciated value of a multifamily housing project that is payable as the mortgagee's share.
Authorizes the Secretary to insure certain housing loans which do not completely amortize over the loan term.
Authorizes the Secretary to fix mortgage insurance premiums separately for the different alternative mortgages, subject to the limitation of one percent of the outstanding principal obligation per year.
Directs the Secretary to evaluate the use of home equity conversion mortgages for the elderly and to report to Congress on the benefits and risks to mortgagors of such mortgages, the potential for acceptance of such mortgages in the private market, and any recommendations for the establishment of a Federal program of insuring such mortgages.
Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to extend the national flood insurance program until September 30, 1985, and to authorize appropriations for various insurance studies during FY 1984 and 1985. Changes the officer designated to carry out such program from the Secretary to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Confers original exclusive jurisdiction upon a U.S. district court to hear and determine actions on flood insurance claims. Extends until September 30, 1985, the deadline for the establishment of flood-risk zones in flood plain areas. Requires the Director to submit to Congress a plan for bringing all communities containing flood-risk zones into full program status by September 30, 1987. Prohibits any increase in premiums charged for flood insurance before September 30, 1984. Directs the Federal Insurance Administrator to submit a report to Congress explaining the premium rate structure and any rate increase anticipated before October 1, 1985.
Amends the National Housing Act to: (1) extend authority for the Federal crime insurance program until September 30, 1984; and (2) to terminate the Federal riot reinsurance program of November 30, 1983. Changes the officer designated to carry out such programs from the Secretary to the Director of FEMA.
Authorizes FEMA to make a grant to a nonprofit agency, educational institution, or state or local agency to finance a study of the feasibility of expanding the national flood insurance program to cover damage or loss arising from sinkholes. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to exempt a controlled business arrangement under which a person who has an ownership interest in, or an affiliate relationship with, a provider of settlement services refers real estate business involving a federally related mortgage to that provider, from the prohibition against kickbacks for referrals of such business if: (1) prior to such referral, a disclosure is made of the existence of such arrangement; (2) the person being referred is furnished a written estimate of the providers charges; (3) such person is not required to use any particular provider; and (4) the only thing of value received under such arrangement is a return on the ownership interest or franchise relationship. Declares that any arrangement which requires the use of an attorney, credit reporting agency, or real estate appraiser chosen by a lender, or under which an attorney representing a client to the transaction issues a title insurance policy directly as an agent or through an agency adjunct to his or her law practice, shall not violate conditions for an exempt controlled business arrangement.
Makes persons who violate the prohibition against kickbacks or referrals jointly and severally liable to the person charged for settlement services for three times the amount charged for such services. Authorizes the attorney general or the insurance commissioner of any State and the Secretary to bring an action to enjoin violations of such prohibition. Sets a three-year statute of limitations for a suit brought by an attorney general, insurance commissioner, or the Secretary. Authorizes the Secretary to conduct investigations and issue subpoenas necessary to enforce such prohibitions.
Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to authorize appropriations for FY 1984 for the National Institute of Building Sciences. Prohibits the expenditure of such appropriations unless a matching amount is received from non-federal sources.
Amends the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank Act to make air conditioning systems having better than average energy efficiency and any commercial or residential energy audit eligible for Bank subsidies. Requires the Solar Energy Advisers Committee and the Energy Conservation Advisory Committee to meet at least twice each year at the call of their chairpersons or a majority of their members.
Permits an owner or tenant of a two- to four-unit residential building, or the owner of a residential building available for rent, whose income exceeds 150 percent of the median area income to receive Bank subsidies of the lesser of 20 percent of the cost of energy conservation measures or $400 per dwelling unit.
Prohibits the Board of Directors of the Bank from limiting the amount of assistance available for energy conservation measures on the basis of the projected energy savings of such measures.
Revises warranty requirements for the supplier of, or contractor who installs, residential or commercial energy conserving improvements.
Authorizes the provision of solar energy grants to buyers of residential energy conserving improvements installed in buildings located in service areas of utilities not included on the residential conservation list or in service areas for which such list has not been made public.
Directs the Board to issue regulations that: (1) permit the provision of assistance for the purchase and installation of active solar energy systems and for the purchase and installation of passive and active solar space heating and water heating systems in residential buildings; (2) permit the use of tax-exempt financing in connection with Bank subsidies; (3) prohibit making an energy audit a prerequisite for the receipt of Bank assistance by the owner or tenant of a residential building, except in specified areas; (4) establish specified limitations on the amount of Bank assistance that may be used for administrative expenses; (5) establish criteria for allocating assistance among eligible financial institutions; and (6) require recaptured assistance to be reallocated among eligible financial institutions.
Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 to increase the amount of appropriations authorized for the Bank for FY 1984.
Amends the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank Act to authorize appropriations for the purchase and installation of residential and commercial energy conservation improvements and of solar energy systems for FY 1985.
Amends the Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings Act of 1976 to earmark for the weatherization program for FY 1984 a specified amount of the funds authorized to be appropriated for energy conservation under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. Authorizes appropriations for such program for FY 1985.
Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to authorize appropriations for FY 1984 for counseling and technical assistance programs for low- and moderate-income families with respect to housing.
Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 to authorize appropriations for FY 1984 and 1985 for research activities of HUD. Earmarks a specified amount of the FY 1984 funds for implementation of a research program to identify and solve problems of public housing management. Directs the Secretary, at least bienially, to survey national, regional, and local economic and housing market conditions in a manner that provides data comparable to the data collected in such survey conducted in 1981.
Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to authorize the national housing partnership to acquire and finance housing. Requires the Secretary to submit to Congress a report which describes: (1) HUD standards for determining whether program requirements and changes are implemented through regulations, memoranda, or other forms of notice; and (2) the system used to assure that program changes affecting the eligibility, rights, or benefits of applicants for, or recipients of, program assistance are subject to notice and publication requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Directs the Secretary to develop a method of accurately reporting to Congress periodically on residential mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.
Prohibits the Secretary from conducting any demonstration program not expressly authorized in law until a description of such program is published in the Federal Register and the public is provided a 60-day comment period.
Amends the Multifamily Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1981 to authorize the Secretary to require the purchaser of any multifamily mortgage foreclosed by the Secretary to continue to operate the property under the terms of the Federal loan or insurance program originally provided with respect to such property.
Amends the Alternative Mortgage Transaction Parity Act of 1982 to partially override the Federal pre-emption of alternative mortgage instrument regulations. (Currently, States are only authorized to override such pre-emption in its entirety.)
Amends the Thrift Institutions Restructuring Act to apply the prohibition against a lender entering into or enforcing a contract containing a due-on-sale clause upon specified transfers or dispositions only with respect to a real property loan secured by a lien on residential real property containing less than five dwelling units or on a residential manufactured home.
Provides for the liquidation of the new communities program authorized by the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and 1970. Cancels the duty of the Secretary to repay the principal and interest on obligations issued to the Treasury to finance such program upon the transfer of the assets and liabilities of the new communities revolving fund to HUD's revolving fund (liquidating programs).
Amends the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act to extend the authority of the GNMA to guarantee mortgage-backed securities issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), subject to the absence of qualified requests.
Provides for the extension of a GNMA commitment to insure a mortgage without the imposition of a fee if the original commitment was for a period shorter than the construction period as estimated by the Secretary.
Repeals specified provisions that authorize special assistance and emergency mortgage purchase functions of GNMA.
Title V: Rural Housing - Rural Housing Amendments of 1983 - Amends the Housing Act of 1949 to revise the definitions of "low-income families and persons," "very low-income families and persons," "income," and "adjusted income" to correspond with such definitions under the United States Housing Act of 1937.
Requires that at least 40 percent of all dwelling units financed by a rural housing loan through the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) and at least 30 percent of such units in each State be available only for very low-income persons and families. Authorizes such loans for manufactured homes and lots meeting specified safety standards and installation, structural, site and energy conserving requirements, whether such homes and lots are real property, personal property, or both.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) to conduct a study and submit a report to Congress that compares the increased construction costs resulting from such energy conserving requirements, the actual energy use, and the projected value of energy saved over the expected life or mortgage term of a home for manufactured homes financed under the National Housing Act or the Housing Act of 1949 and built according to national manufactured housing safety standards with other homes insured under either such Act.
Deletes provisions which limit the interest rate charged on rural housing loans and require loans to be conditioned on the borrower paying any fees and charges specified by the Secretary. Permits (currently, requires) the borrower to prepay certain taxes, insurance, and other expenses to the Secretary as escrow agent. Authorizes the Secretary to extend the period of a rural housing loan by up to five years for a person whose income does not exceed 60 percent of the median area income and who could not otherwise afford the loan payments.
Authorizes the Secretary to make a loan, grant, or combined loan and grant to an eligible very low-income applicant to improve or modernize a rural dwelling, to make the dwelling safer or more sanitary, to remove hazards, regardless of whether such applicant is eligible for rural housing loans for adequate or potentially adequate farms.
Sets maximum loan or grant amounts at limits determined by the Secretary.
Authorizes the Secretary to permit demonstrations involving innovative housing units that do not meet published standards or regulations if the Secretary finds that the health and safety of the population of the area will not be adversely affected. Limits aggregate expenditures for such demonstrations in a fiscal year. Directs the Secretary to report to Congress annually on such demonstrations.
Requires the Secretary to approve a residential building as meeting standards required for rural housing assistance if the building meets the minimum standards prescribed by the Secretary, the minimum property standards required for FHA mortgage insurance, the standards of any of the voluntary national model building codes, or standards for manufactured housing prescribed under this Act. Permits the Secretary to refuse to finance a building that exceeds design or other limitations prescribed by the Secretary to avoid excessive costs.
Authorizes the Secretary to transfer certain rural property purchased at foreclosure sales to nonprofit organizations or public bodies for use as rental or cooperative units for the elderly or handicapped or other low-income persons in rural areas. Provides for mortgages on such properties containing repayment terms of up to 50 years. Permits the transfer of such property at the lesser of the appraised value of the FmHA's investment if the transfer will provide housing for persons of very low-income.
Authorizes the Secretary to use the services of fee inspectors and fee appraisers to expedite the processing of applications for rural housing assistance and to include the cost of such services in the amount of such assistance.
Directs the Secretary, when determining whether to provide housing assistance to domestic farm laborers in an area, to consider the housing needs for only those persons.
Sets forth limitations on, and authorizes appropriations for, specified rural housing programs for FY 1984 and 1985. Extends the authority of the Secretary to: (1) insure loans for rural housing for elderly or handicapped persons and other persons of low income; (2) make and insure loans for housing on adequate farms; and (3) make grants for programs and loans for property acquisition to assist needy low-income families in carrying out mutual or self- help housing efforts.
Prescribes limitations on rent increases for assisted newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated rural housing projects. Permits the Secretary to approve increases in the costs of approved projects only for unforeseen factors beyond the owner's control, design changes required by the Secretary of local government, or approved changes in financing. Directs the Secretary to give preference for assistance to projects to be located on suitable land provided by State or local governments if awarding such preference will be cost effective.
Provides that for the purpose of determining the market feasibility of any rural housing rental assistance project, the Secretary shall require that: (1) applicants for projects requiring Federal rental assistance payments demonstrate that a market exists for persons and families eligible for such payments; and (2) applicants for projects requiring similar State or local assistance payments demonstrate that a market exists for persons eligible for such assistance, that such assistance program will provide rental assistance for not less than five years duration, and that amounts required for such assistance shall be provided not less than annually.
Directs the Secretary to establish standards for housing rehabilitated with rural housing assistance that are comparable to standards prescribed by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for rehabilitated housing. Prohibits the Secretary from: (1) denying rural housing loans because a project is to be located on more than one site or because rental assistance payments may be required; or (2) promulgating any regulation that would deny occupancy to eligible persons because they require rental assistance payments.
Limits the percentage of financed project units that may be leased to individuals other than individuals of very low income. Directs the Secretary to consider the value of a person's assets in determining the person's income and eligibility for rural housing assistance.
Authorizes the Secretary to make loans to owners to convert single-family residences to two or more rental units. Eliminates certain loan interest rate limitations. Authorizes the Secretary to insure loans for detached units for cooperative housing. Includes as housing which qualifies for assistance any manufactured home park where the lots or lots and homes are available to eligible occupants.
Directs the Secretary to use a specified amount of the funds available for rural housing assistance for financial assistance to nonprofit agencies to encourage the development of domestic and migrant farm labor housing projects.
Limits the amount of a loan for housing on an adequate farm to the amount necessary to provide adequate housing that is of modest size, design, and cost.
Provides that a rural area with a population of between 10,000 and 20,000 people that was classified as a rural area before the 1980 census shall continue to be classified as such an area and, therefore, be eligible for rural housing assistance through the end of FY 1984 as long as it has a serious lack of mortgage credit for lower- and moderate-income families.
Authorizes the Secretary to provide rental housing assistance for elderly or handicapped persons living under a shared housing arrangement in a single-family dwelling.
Establishes the rent contribution of tenants receiving rental assistance or interest credits under rural housing programs to the highest of: (1) 30 percent of monthly adjusted income; (2) ten percent of monthly income; or (3) the portion of a person's welfare payment specifically designated for housing costs. Prohibits any annual increase of over ten percent in a tenant's contribution or rent unless the increase is attributable to an increase in the tenant's income. Lists priorities for the use of funds available for rental assistance authority.
Repeals provisions that: (1) permit the Secretary to cancel repayment of part of a loan provided for the expenses of planning and obtaining financing for the rehabilitation or construction of housing under a rural housing program; and (2) provide for the continued availability of funds appropriated for such loans.
Authorizes the Secretary to act as an agent of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to recommend insurance of any mortgage meeting FHA mortgage insurance requirements.
Requires the Secretary to give priority to providing rural housing assistance to applicants with the greatest housing assistance needs because of their low incomes and inadequate dwellings and applicants residing in the most rural areas.
Requires the Secretary to process requests for insured and guaranteed loans, interest credits, and rental assistance payments in a manner providing for a preliminary reservation of assistance at the time of initial approval of a project.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants for the rehabilitation of: (1) a single-family housing in rural areas that is owned by low- and very low-income persons; and (2) rental properties or cooperative housing serving low- and very low-income persons in rural areas. Authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance payments at the request of grantees to minimize the displacement of very low-income tenants of units to be rehabilitated.
Directs the Secretary to allocate grant funds among States on the basis of the rural population and the extent of poverty and substandard housing in rural areas of each State relative to all States. Requires each grant applicant to submit a statement of its activities containing a description of its proposed rehabilitation program. Includes among the criteria the Secretary shall use to evaluate the statements the extent to which: (1) the programs will assist persons of low income lacking adequate shelter; (2) other organizations will provide assistance; (3) activities will take place in areas having populations below 10,000; (4) activities will achieve the greatest results at the lowest costs; and (5) the programs would minimize displacement and alleviate overcrowding in rural residences inhabited by low- and very low-income families. Directs the Secretary to provide the least amount of assistance necessary to provide decent rental and cooperative housing of modest design that is affordable for persons of low income.
Lists conditions for the receipt of such assistance. Requires the owner of rental or cooperative housing to agree that for the first 15 years that housing units are available for occupancy: (1) savings resulting from reduced debt service payments will be passed on to tenants; (2) prospective tenants will not be discriminated against because of their receipt of, or eligibility for, other Federal, State, or local housing assistance; and (3) units will not be converted to condominium or cooperative ownership that is not eligible for such assistance. Requires the repayment of assistance plus interest if such conditions are violated. Requires the local government or organization that receives assistance to: (1) certify that program assistance will be provided in accordance with fair housing laws; (2) review proposed rent increases; (3) supervise and have an independent party inspect repairs and rehabilitation.
Directs the Secretary to review each grantee's performance at least annually and to adjust, reduce, or withdraw assistance provided as appropriate. Sets forth special requirements for proposed rehabilitation involving historic structures. Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress annual reports on the success and use of funds under such grant and assistance program.
Prohibits FmHA rules from becoming effective unless they have been published for public comment in the Federal Register for at least 60 days and published in final form for at least 30 days. Requires the Secretary to transmit to specified congressional committees a copy of each such rule at least 15 days before it is sent to the Federal Register. Provides an exemption for rules certified as emergency rules.
Requires the Secretary, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and the Administrator of Veterans Affairs to accept an administrative approval of any housing subdivision made by any of the others so that not later than January 1, 1984, there is total reciprocity for housing subdivision approvals among the agencies which they head.
Title VI: Export-Import Bank Act Amendments of 1983 - Export-Import Bank Act Amendments of 1983 - Amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to extend the authorization for the Bank until September 30, 1986.
Directs the Bank to provide guarantees, insurance, and extensions of credit at rates and terms which are fully competitive with those available to foreign competitors of U.S. exporters. Declares that loans made by the Bank shall bear interest at rates determined by the Board of Directors in order to support U.S. exports at rates and on terms and conditions which are fully competitive with exports of other countries. Declares that such rates, terms, and conditions need not be equivalent to those offered by foreign countries but should have the effect of neutralizing the effect of such foreign credit on international sales competition. Declares that the Bank shall accord equal opportunity to export agents and managers, independent export firms, export trading companies, and small commercial banks in the formulation and implementation of its programs.
States that the Advisory Committee, established under such Act, shall consist of 12 members (currently nine.) Requires that at least three of the members of the Committee shall represent the small business community. Requires the Advisory Committee to meet at least once each quarter (currently once or more each year). Requires the Committee to submit a report to Congress concerning the extent to which the Bank is providing competitive financing to expand U.S. exports and suggestions for improvements. Authorizes members of the Committee to attend meetings of the Board of Directors on a rotating basis.
Sets forth the terms of office for members of the Board of Directors. Requires that at least one member of the Board shall represent the interests of the small business community.
Requires the Bank to determine, by March 31 of each year, whether the authority available to the Bank for its current fiscal year will be sufficient to meet the Banks's needs. Requires the Bank to report its findings to Congress by April 15 of each year.
Requires that the Bank, if it finds that the amount of direct loan authority or guarantee authority for any fiscal year exceeds the amount which it will need during such year, shall request Congress to eliminate the amount of such excess authority.
Makes facilitating exports, imports, and the exchange of services a purpose of the Export-Import Bank. Declares that it is U.S. policy to foster the delivery of U.S. services in international commerce. Requires the bank to include in its annual report a summary of its programs regarding services.
Amends the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 to add specified types of accounts receivable to the list of items which the Export-Import Bank will accept as collateral for loans to export trading companies.
Directs the Bank to work to ensure that U.S. companies have an equal and nondiscriminatory opportunity to bid for insurance in connection with transactions assisted by the Bank. Requires the Chairman of the Bank to review Bank policies and programs related to this issue and in coordination with the U.S. Trade Representative and other Federal departments to undertake actions to promote opportunities to bid for insurance in connection with all aspects of international trade activities. Directs the Bank to report to the Senate Banking Committee by May 15, 1984, on: (1) obstacles to competitive insurance related to transactions assisted by the Bank; (2) the Bank's efforts to address such obstacles; and (3) the Bank's recommendations for additional action.
Declares that it is U.S. policy to encourage the participation of small business in international commerce. Directs the Bank to develop a program which gives fair consideration to making loans and providing guarantees for the export of goods and services by small businesses. Requires the Bank Director appointed to represent the interests of small business to assure that the needs of small businesses are adequately met by the Bank. Sets forth a schedule for FY 1984 through 1986 requiring that specified minimum percentages of the loan, guarantee, and insurance authority available to the Bank shall be used to finance exports by small businesses. Requires the Bank to use part of the amounts so set aside to provide lines of credit or guarantees to consortia of financing institutions to finance small business exports. Directs the Bank to promote small business exports and its small business export financing programs.
Requires the Bank's annual report to Congress to include: (1) a description of the activities of the member of the Board appointed to represent small business interests; and (2) a report on the allocation of the sums set aside for small business exports.
Directs the Bank to urge the Foreign Credit Insurance Association to provide coverage against 100 percent of any loss with respect to exports worth $100,000 or less.
Authorizes the Bank to establish facilities not to exceed 18 months duration consisting of guarantees and insurance in support of export transactions to Brazil and Mexico in specified amounts. Requires the Bank to give Congress notice of and specified information concerning any general guarantee or insurance facility before the Bank's final approval of such facility.
Sets forth certain technical amendments.
Requires the Board to report to Congress if, at the end of any quarter of any fiscal year after FY 1983, the value of the total capital stock and retained earnings of the Bank falls below 50 percent of the capital stock and retained earnings of the Bank at the end of FY 1983.
Requires the Bank, in order to be competitive with the financing programs of other countries, to: (1) provide medium-term financing at interest rates equal to the rates established by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and in amounts up to 85 percent of the costs of the exports involved; and (2) cooperate with the Secretary of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to inform small businesses about such medium-term financing.
Requires the Bank to include in its annual report to Congress a description of actions that have been or will be taken with regard to industries, jobs, and small businesses.
Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to complete an inquiry into the existence of foreign noncompetitive financing within 30 days following the receipt of information concerning such financing. Authorizes the Secretary to issue an authorization to the Bank to provide matching financing to U.S. exporters upon a determination that the availability of such foreign noncompetitive financing is likely to be a significant factor in a proposed transaction. Requires the Bank to provide such matching financing upon receipt of the Secretary's authorization.
Amends the Export-Import Bank Act Amendments of 1978 to authorize appropriations for FY 1984 for the report by the Bank on adverse effects of loans and guarantees on domestic industries.
Trade and Development Enhancement Act of 1983 - Requires the President to pursue negotiations to limit and set rules for the use of tied aid for exports. Lists the negotiating objectives of the United States in reaching agreements on the use of such financing.
Requires the Chairman of the Bank to establish a tied aid credit program for U.S. exports within the Bank. Requires such program to be carried out in cooperation with the Agency for International Development and with appropriate private financial entities. Lists the types of financing the program may include. Declares that the purpose of the program shall be to offer financing for U.S. exports which is as concessional as financing offered by a foreign government to a bona fide foreign competitor of a U.S. export sale.
Authorizes the Chairman to establish a fund to carryout this program. Requires that concessional grants or financing offered by the Agency for International Development (AID) for purposes of the mixed financing program shall be available under specified conditions.
Requires the Administrator of AID to establish a program of tied aid credits for U.S. exports. Directs that the program be carried out in cooperation with the Bank and with private financial entities. Lists the financing authorized for such program. Authorizes the combination of AID funds with Bank or private financing to provide financing for U.S. exports which is substantially as concessional as that offered by a foreign government to a bona fide competitor for a U.S. export sale. Requires that AID funds be offered only to finance U.S. exports which will contribute to the advancement of the development objectives of the importing country and which will be consistent with the criteria used to establish country allocations of Economic Support Funds. Authorizes the Administrator of AID to establish a fund for carrying out a tied aid credit financing program. Authorizes the Administrator to draw on Economic Support Funds allocated for Commodity Import Programs to finance a tied aid credit activity.
Directs the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies to coordinate the implementation of the tied aid credit programs. Prohibits the financing of such programs without the unanimous consent of members of the Council.
Title VII: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 and the Depository Institutions Management Interlocks Act with regard to reporting requirements of depository institutions in certain metropolitan areas.
Provides that members of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board shall serve after their term expires until a successor is appointed.
Amends the Defense Production Act of 1950 to extend certain provisions until March 30, 1984.
Title VIII: International Monetary Fund - Amends the Bretton Woods Agreement Act to set forth provisions to promote conditions for exchange rate stability. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of the Treasury: (1) initiate discussions with other countries regarding the economic dislocations which result from structural exchange rate imbalances; and (2) instruct the U.S. Executive Director of the Fund to work for adoption of policies in the Fund which promote the stability of exchange rates.
Prohibits the President, the Secretary of the Treasury, or any other person from instructing the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to consent to any amendments to the Decision of February 24, 1983, of the Executive Directors of the Fund if such amendment would significantly alter the amount, terms, or conditions of participation by the United States in the General Arrangements to Borrow.
Increases the amount which the Secretary is authorized to lend to the Fund from $2,000,000,000 to $4,250,000,000 Special Drawing Rights. Requires that the Secretary, before making a loan to the Fund, shall certify that supplementary resources are needed to forestall or cope with an impairment of funding. Authorizes appropriations.
Authorizes the U.S. Governor of the Fund to consent to a specified increase in the U.S. quota in the Fund.
Directs the Secretary to consult with specified Members of Congress to discuss international negotiations concerning any future quota increase for the International Monetary Fund which may involve an increased U.S. contribution, subscription, or loan.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that: (1) the lack of sufficient information currently available to international lenders threatens the stability of the international monetary system; and (2) the Fund should adopt measures to ensure the availability of more complete and timely financial information.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to: (1) initiate relevant discussions with other directors of the Fund and with the Fund management; and (2) propose and vote for certain information collection and publication procedures. Authorizes the President to require persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to provide information to the Fund.
Amends the Special Drawing Rights Act to prohibit any representative of the United States from approving a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights unless Congress authorizes such action.
Amends the Bretton Woods Agreements Act to require the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to oppose any credit drawings on the Fund or any of its facilities by countries which practice apartheid or Communist dictatorship.
Directs the Secretary to instruct the U.S. Executive Director of the Fund to work for the adoption of a policy requiring that Fund borrowers, before receiving any Fund assistance, must eliminate all predatory agricultural export subsidies which might result in the reduction of other member countries' exports.
Directs the President to instruct the appropriate Federal officials to encourage countries to formulate economic adjustment programs to deal with their balance of payment difficulties and external debts. Directs the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to recommend and work for changes in Fund guidelines which would: (1) convert short-term bank debt into long-term, lower-interest debt; (2) assure that the annual external debt service is a manageable percentage of the projected annual export earnings of such country; and (3) require the Fund, in approving any economic adjustment program to take into account the number of countries applying for such programs and the aggregate effects of such programs.
Requires the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to oppose Fund assistance for an economic adjustment program for a country in which the annual external debt service exceeds 85 percent of the annual export earnings of such country unless the Director first determines and notifies Congress that the program meets specified conditions. Prohibits the Director from opposing such a program if the Director notifies Congress that: (1) an emergency exists that requires an immediate short-term loan to avoid disrupting orderly financial markets; (2) a sudden decrease in export earnings in the country applying for assistance has increased the ratio of the annual debt service to annual export earnings to greater than 85 percent; or (3) other extraordinary circumstances exist.
Directs the Secretary to instruct the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund, except in specified circumstances, to: (1) oppose any Fund drawing by a member country where the Fund resources would be used mainly to repay loans which have been imprudently made by banking institutions to member countries; and (2) work to insure that the Fund encourages debt rescheduling negotiations where consistent with sound banking practices and the country's ability to pay.
Requires the general policy objectives of U.S. representatives to the Fund and the Bank to take into account the effect that country development assistance loans have upon individual industry sectors and international commodity markets.
Directs the Secretary to instruct the U.S. Executive Director of the Fund to propose that the Fund adopt these policies with respect to international lending: (1) intensification of the Fund's examination of the trend and volume of external indebtedness of private and public borrowers in a member country when consulting with such country's government on its economic policies; (2) consideration of limiting public sector external short- and long-term borrowing as part of any Fund-approved stabilization program; and (3) publication of the Fund's evaluation of the trend and volume of international lending.
Requires the Secretary to instruct the U.S. Executive Director to the Fund to propose and work for the adoption of Fund policies regarding the remuneration paid on use of member's quota subscriptions and the rate of charges on Fund drawings to bring those rates in line with market rates.
Prohibits any person or agency, on behalf of the United States, from consenting to any borrowing by the Fund of funds denominated in U.S. dollars unless the Secretary notifies Congress of the proposed borrowing at least 60 days before the date on which such borrowing is scheduled to occur.
Directs the Secretary to instruct the Director to propose that the Fund adopt specified policies relating to international trading.
Sets forth provisions for reports to Congress by the Secretary of the Treasury and the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies.
Title IX: International Lending Supervision - International Lending Supervision Act of 1983 - Requires each appropriate Federal banking agency to evaluate banking institution foreign country exposure and transfer risk. Requires each such agency to establish examination and supervisory procedures to assure that factors such as foreign country exposure and transfer risk are considered in evaluating the adequacy of the capital of banking institutions. Requires each such agency to require a banking institution to establish and maintain a special reserve whenever the agency determines that: (1) the institution's assets have been impaired by a protracted inability of a foreign country's public or private borrowers to make payments on their external indebtedness; or (2) there is a substantial likelihood that such debt cannot reasonably be expected to be repaid according to its original terms without additional borrowing or a major restructuring.
Requires each appropriate Federal banking agency to promulgate regulations to account for fees charged by a banking institution in connection with international lending.
Requires each appropriate Federal banking agency to require each banking institution with foreign country exposure to submit, at least four times each year, information regarding that exposure. Requires each such agency to require banking institutions to publish information regarding material foreign country exposure in relation to assets and to capital.
Requires each appropriate Federal banking agency to achieve and maintain adequate capital by establishing minimum levels of capital for such institutions. Declares that failure of a banking institution to maintain its established level of capital shall constitute an unsafe and unsound practice within the meaning of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Requires each such agency to require any banking institution which does not maintain its prescribed capital level to adhere to a plan to achieve its prescribed level. Authorizes each appropriate Federal banking agency to deny a proposal which would divert earnings, diminish capital, or otherwise impede progress toward achieving minimum capital.
Directs the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and the Secretary of the Treasury to encourage governments, central banks, and regulatory authorities of other major banking countries to work toward maintaining and strengthening the capital bases of banking institutions involved in international lending.
Provides that when banking institutions extend more than $20,000,000 in credit to finance a project involving the construction or operation of any mining, processing, or manufacturing facility located outside the United States, a written economic feasibility evaluation of such foreign project must be prepared and approved by a senior official of such institution. Sets forth the factors to be included in the evaluation. Requires such evaluations to be reviewed by the appropriate Federal banking agencies.
Sets forth the general authorities of the appropriate Federal banking agencies. Sets forth penalties for violations of this Act.
Directs the Comptroller General to audit the appropriate Federal banking agencies but permits the Comptroller General to carry out an onsite examination of an open insured bank or bank holding company only if the appropriate Federal banking agency has consented in writing. Prohibits audits of the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve banks from including specified transactions.
Prohibits employees of the General Accounting Office from disclosing information identifying an open bank, an open bank holding company, or a customer of a bank or bank holding company. Exempts certain information from such prohibition.
Sets forth the method which the Comptroller General shall use in carrying out an audit.
Requires the Secretary to report to the Congress, not later than six months after the statutes, regulations, and examination and supervisory procedures governing international banking in each of the Group of Ten Nations and Switzerland. Requires the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and the Secretary to report to the Congress on the progress made in strengthening the capital bases of banking institutions involved in international lending. Requires each appropriate Federal banking agency to report to Congress on the actions taken to implement this title.
Requires that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation shall be given equal representation with the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on the Committee on Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices of the Group of Ten Countries and Switzerland.
Title X: Multilateral Development Banks - Amends the Inter-American Development Bank Act to authorize the U.S. Governor of the Bank to vote for certain pending resolutions which were proposed at a special meeting in February 1983 and which provide for increases in the Bank's authorized capital stock and subscriptions and in the resources for the Fund for Special Operations. Authorizes the U.S. Governor of the Bank, upon adoption of the resolutions, to subscribe to a specified number of shares of the Bank's capital stock and to contribute a specified amount to the Fund for Special Operations. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the Asian Development Bank Act to authorize the U.S. Governor of the Bank to: (1) subscribe to a specified number of shares of the Bank's capital stock; and (2) contribute a specified amount to the Asian Development Fund. Authorizes appropriations.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States will not countenance attempts to expel the Republic of China from full membership in the Asian Development Bank.
Amends the African Development Fund Act to authorize the U.S. Governor of the Fund to contribute a specified amount to the Fund. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the International Financing Institutions Act to require the U.S. Government to try to channel multilateral assistance to countries other than those whose governments: (1) engage in a pattern (current law refers to a "consistent" pattern) of gross violations of human rights; or (2) provide refuge to international terrorists.
Requires that, within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter, the Secretary of the Treasury shall issue the quarterly report to Congress on the instances of U.S. opposition to multilateral assistance to a country based on the country's human rights record.
Requires the Secretary to conduct a study to be submitted to Congress on how the multilateral development institutions could more actively encourage foreign direct investment and commercial capital flows and channel such investment and capital flows to developing countries for sound and productive development projects through a new investment banking facility at one or more of these institutions. Requires the study to evaluate whether the multilateral institutions could help increase foreign direct investment and commercial capital flows by insuring that the interests of investors and host governments are adequately protected. Directs the Secretary to solicit comments on the study from multilateral development institutions.
Declares that it is the policy of the United States that no personnel actions of the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank or the Asian Development Bank shall be based on the political philosophy or activity of the individual under consideration.
Requires the Secretary to consult specified Members of Congress prior to any recommendations or discussions concerning the placement or removal of any principal officer of the Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, or African Development Bank management.
Title XI: I M F Appropriation - Appropriates specified amounts for increases: (1) in the United States quota in the International Monetary Fund; and (2) in loans to the Fund under the General Arrangements to Borrow.
Expresses the sense of the Senate concerning the condition of the international financial system. Urges the Secretary of the Treasury to call for an international conference on the monetary system to investigate its systemic problems. Urges the International Monetary Fund to: (1) make fuller use of its current assets, including its gold holdings; and (2) revise the conditions placed on its loans so as to encourage economic growth. States that any additional financial resources made available during the current crises should be made available on a temporary basis, preferably through bilateral arrangements.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Senate for: (1) payment to widows and heirs of deceased Members of Congress; (2) the officers of the majority and minority leaders; and (3) the Secretary of the Senate.
Authorizes the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate to designate one or more employees to approve vouchers on behalf of such office. Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1968, to revise disbursement procedures for changes in rates of compensation for Senate employees. Makes employees in the Offices of the Secretary of the conference of the Majority and the Secretary of the conference of the Minority eligible for official travel expenses. Directs the Sergeant at Arms to provide for each Senator local and long-distance telecommunications services in Washington, D.C. Repeals existing law covering such service.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the House of Representatives for payments to widows and heirs of deceased Members of Congress.
Makes supplemental appropriations to the Railroad Accounting Principles Board.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Department of the Interior for a construction program of the Bureau of Reclamation in Yuma, Arizona.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Department of Energy for: (1) energy supply, research and development activities, including the four atoll health care plan, and the construction and operation of a second small community solar energy project in Hawaii; (2) atomic energy defense activities; (3) the Nuclear Waste Disposal Fund; and (4) fossil energy research and development.
Authorizes the Department to purchase additional helicopters. Rescinds appropriations for a certain weapons production project.
Requires the Department of Energy to use specified funds to terminate the use of seepage basins in the fuel fabrication area at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina.
Makes supplemental appropriations to the Appalachian Regional Commission for the Appalachian Development Highway System.
Authorizes the use of funds available to the Corps of Engineers to rehabilitate, restore, and refurbish the dredge vessel Kennedy for its operation, maintenance, and display at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition.
Prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to represent the Tennessee Valley Authority in litigation unless requested by the Authority.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Army, with the concurrence of the Director of the National Park Service and the South Florida Water Management District, to modify the schedule for delivery of water from the central and southern Florida project to the Everglades National Park and to conduct an experimental program for scheduling such water delivery. Makes such authorization effective for a period of two years after enactment of this Act. Authorizes the Secretary to acquire interests in lands currently in agriculture production which are adversely affected by and schedule modification. Authorizes the Secretary to construct necessary flood protection for homes in the area affected by any schedule modification.
Directs the Secretary to utilize available funds to: (1) complete bank protection works at Wheeling Island, West Virginia; (2) complete the local flood protection at Russell, Kentucky; (3) study alternatives to the Mentone Dam in California; and (4) study the flood control project between Henry and Naples, Illinois.
Provides that funds made available for the Red River Waterway Project shall be used for the construction of a replacement bridge for the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Company near Alexandria, Louisiana.
Amends the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1970 to require the excavation of a certain river channel in Niles, Illinois.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Department of the Interior for: (1) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service for resource management; and (2) the National Park Service for land acquisition and State assistance. Requires the National Park Service to reimburse the estate of Bess W. Truman for expenses incurred during a specified period for the Harry S. Truman National Historical Site. Increases authorized appropriations for the construction of a specified memorial.
Makes supplemental appropriations for the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund for the relocation of families and individual residents of the Borough of Centralia and the Village of Byrnesville in Pennsylvania because of the mine fire burning in and around such area. Provides that funds remaining available after such relocation may be used by the State for other reclamation projects. Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for pre-kindergarten programs.
Allows the State of Alaska to use previously authorized funds for the reconstruction of day schools formerly operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Requires the Department, when contracting for services of privately owned aircraft, to use aircraft certified as airworthy by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
States that the one-year oil and gas leasing moratorium regarding submerged lands in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico shall not apply to a specified area.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Smithsonian Institution for special exhibitions.
Declares that the Congress disapproves the proposed deferral of budget authority for the United States Railway Association.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Department of Agriculture to recapitalize the revolving fund established for the Federal Grain Inspection Service. Directs the Food and Nutrition Service to discontinue the withholding of funds from day care centers in New York. Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 for the emergency conservation program of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to donate the USDA Plant Introduction Station (Bamboo Research Station) in Savannah, Georgia, to the University of Georgia.
Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1984 to the Department of Education for higher education.
Title II: Prohibits appropriations made under this Act from remaining available for obligation beyond September 30, 1984, unless expressly so provided.
Includes poultry, eggs, and perishable poultry and egg products in the definition of "meat" for purposes of the Prompt Payment Act. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to pay claims for losses resulting from the 1980 embargo on agricultural sales to the Soviet Union sustained by businessmen dealing in such products or in pork and frozen hog carcasses.
Redesignates time zones for Alaska and Hawaii.
Amends the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973 to extend from December 31, 1983, until December 31, 1985, the term of office of the Chairman of the Board of the United States Railway Association. Extends from November 1, 1983, until November 1, 1984, the authority of the Consolidated Rail Corporation to file with the Interstate Commerce Commission notices of insufficient revenues for any line in the corporation's system.
Commends the United States armed forces for their rescue of American citizens on Grenada.
Amends the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act to provide for ten additional weeks of benefits for rail workers with less than ten years of seniority. Extends the authorization for such benefits from June 30, 1983, until June 30, 1984.
Retains the urban county designation under the Community Development Block Grant Program for any unit of local government (including Anaka County, Minnesota) so classified in FY 1983.