Summary: H.R.5712 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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House receded and concurred with amendment (08/08/1984)

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

Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1985 - Title I: Department of Commerce - Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1985 - Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for activities of the Department of Commerce, including: (1) general administration; (2) the Bureau of the Census; (3) economic and statistical analysis; (4) the Economic Development Administration; (5) the International Trade Administration; (6) the Minority Business Development Agency; (7) the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration; (8) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (including a transfer of funds); (9) the Fishermen's Contingency Fund; (10) the Foreign Fishing Observer Fund; (11) the Fishermen's Guaranty Fund; (12) the Patent and Trademark Office; (13) National Bureau of Standards; (14) the National Telecommunications Information Service; and (15) the Fisheries Loan Fund.

Directs the Minority Business Development Agency to maintain a permanent position and full-time office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Directs the Secretary of Commerce to establish additional offices of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration in Italy, and the Netherlands, and Australia.

Directs the Secretary of Commerce, upon cost reimbursement by the Secretary of the Navy, and upon determination that the NOAA-D spacecraft is not needed to replace a current NOAA solar orbiting satellite, to make the NOAA-D spacecraft available for the Navy Remote Ocean Sensing System. Requires the Secretary of the Navy to provide the Secretary of Commerce access to civil data the system produces.

Appropriates funds as necessary for FY 1985 for the provision of specified supplies and services for employees and dependents of Federal agencies in Alaska and other remote, nonforeign localities. Makes appropriations available for hiring passenger motor vehicles, uniforms, and other services.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated by this title to sell to private interests, except with the consent of the borrower, or contract with private interests to sell or administer, any loans made under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 or any loans made under the Trade Act of 1974.

Prohibits the use of funds within a two year period after the date of enactment of this Act to transfer title to a specified parcel of real property located on McKown Point, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, unless such transfer is to the State of Maine and contains certain conditions and use restrictions. Requires that the title revert back to the Federal government if the property ceases to be used for public purposes.

Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for the Maritime Administration of the Department of Transportation for operating-differential subsidies, research and development (including a transfer of funds), and operations and training.

Authorizes the Maritime Administration to furnish utilities and services and make necessary repairs in connection with any lease, contract, or occupancy involving Government property under its control. Requires that payments received by the Administration for utilities, services, and repairs so furnished or made be credited to the appropriation charged with such costs.

Prohibits the use of funds for enforcement of any rule with respect to the repayment of construction differential subsidy for permanent release of vessels from certain restrictions of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936.

Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for the: (1) Federal Communications Commission; (2) Federal Maritime Commission; (3) Federal Trade Commission; (4) International Trade Commission; (5) Marine Mammal Commission; (6) Office of the United States Trade Representative; (7) Securities and Exchange Commission; (8) Small Business Administration (including a transfer of funds); (9) White House Conference on Small Business; (10) Business Loan and Investment Fund; and (11) Surety Bond guarantees revolving fund.

Title II: Department of Justice - Department of Justice and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1985 - Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for activities of the Department of Justice, including: (1) general administration; (2) the Working Capital Fund; (3) the Parole Commission; (4) general legal activities; (5) the Antitrust Division; (6) the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission; (7) U.S. Attorneys, marshals, and bankruptcy trustees; (8) support of U.S. prisoners in non-Federal institutions; (9) fees and expenses of witnesses; (10) the Community Relations Service; (11) organized crime drug enforcement; (12) the Federal Bureau of Investigation; (13) the Drug Enforcement Administration; (14) the Immigration and Naturalization Service; (15) the Federal Prison System; and (16) the Office of Justice Assistance. Limits certain expenditures of Federal Prison Industries, Inc.

Provides for Office of Justice Assistance grants to States incarcerating Mariel-Cubans during FY 1985.

Makes a specified amount of funds appropriated in this title available for official reception and representation expenses in accordance with distributions, procedures, and regulations established by the Attorney General.

Permits material produced by convict labor to be used in the construction of any highways or portion of highways located on Federal-aid systems.

Provides that authorities contained in the Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1980, shall remain in effect until the termination date of this Act or until the effective date of a Department of Justice Appropriation Act, whichever is earlier.

Sets forth special provisions concerning such authorization of appropriations with respect to any undercover investigative operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which is necessary for the detection and prosecution of crimes against the United States or for the collection of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence.

Requires written certification of the Director of the FBI or the Administrator of the DEA and the Attorney General that any such undercover investigation is necessary.

Requires the FBI or the DEA to conduct a detailed financial audit of each undercover investigative operation which is closed in FY 1985. Requires such audit to be submitted to Congress and the Attorney General.

Requires the FBI and the DEA to each also submit annual reports to Congress on their respective undercover investigative operations.

Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to state that the authority to make payment for public safety officers' death benefits shall be effective only to the extent provided for in advance by appropriation Acts.

Prohibits such benefits from being paid to anyone but a civilian.

Revises the definitions of firefighter and law enforcement officer to restrict coverage to persons injured in the line of duty.

Authorizes funds for FY 1985 for: (1) the Commission on Civil Rights; (2) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and (3) the Legal Services Corporation (earmarking funds to increase quality legal services to the elderly).

Title III: Department of State - Department of State and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 1985 - Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for activities of the Department of State, including: (1) administration of foreign affairs; (2) reopening of consulates; (3) representation allowances for the U.S. missions to the United Nations and the Organization of American States and protection of foreign missions and officials; (4) acquisition, operation, and maintenance of buildings abroad (5) special foreign currency program; (6) emergencies in the diplomatic and consular service; (7) payment to the American Institute in Taiwan; (8) payment to the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund; (9) international organizations and conferences; (10) contributions for international peacekeeping activities; (11) international conferences and contingencies; (12) International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico; (13) American sections, international commissions; (14) international fisheries commissions; (15) the Asia Foundation; (16) contribution to the U.S.- India Fund for Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation; and (17) Soviet-East European Research and Training.

Prohibits the use of any of the funds appropriated in this title for: (1) paying the U.S. contribution to any international organization which engages in the direct or indirect promotion of the principle or doctrine of one world government or of one world citizenship; or (2) the promotion by any means of such principle or doctrine.

Permits the availability of funds appropriated under this title for: (1) expenses of international arbitration arising under treaties or other international agreements; and (2) salaries and expenses of personnel and dependents authorized by the Foreign Service Act of 1980.

Authorizes funds for FY 1985 for: (1) the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; (2) the Board for International Broadcasting; (3) the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; (4) the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission; (5) the United States Information Agency; (6) special foreign currency program; (7) educational and cultural exchange programs; (8) acquisition and construction of radio facilities; (9) radio broadcasting to Cuba; and (10) the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange between East and West.

Prohibits the use of the funds provided in this Act for the U.S. Information Agency for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the National Republican Institute for International Affairs, or any other organization connected in any manner with any political party operating in the United States.

Declares that specified provisions of the Clayton Act dealing with restraints of trade shall not apply to any valid law or action of a city, village, town, township, county, or other general function unit of local government in the exercise of its regulatory powers. States that such Clayton Act provisions shall apply to the purchase or sale of goods or services on a commercial basis by a local government in competition with private persons.

Permits the use of funds by the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission to issue, implement, administer, conduct or enforce any antitrust action against a municipality or other unit of local government.

Title IV: Judiciary - Judiciary Appropriation Act, 1985 - Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for activities of the Judiciary, including: (1) the Supreme Court; (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; (3) the U.S. Court of International Trade; (4) the Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and judicial services; (5) public defender services; (6) fees of jurors and commissioners; (7) expenses of operation and maintenance of the courts; (8) Bankruptcy Courts; (9) space and facilities; (10) court security; (11) the Administrative Office of the United States Courts; and (12) the Federal Judicial Center.

Makes appropriations in this title available for salaries and expenses of the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals.

Declares that the position of trustee coordinator in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States shall not be limited to person with formal legal training.

Prohibits the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, or any other agency or instrumentality of the United States, from restricting solely to staff of the Clerks of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts the issuance of notices to creditors and other interested parties. Requires the Administrative Office to permit and encourage the preparation and mailing of such notices at the expense of the debtors, trustees, or such other interested parties. Requires the Administrator of the U.S. Courts to make appropriate provisions for the use of and accounting for any postage required pursuant to such directives. Terminates such directives on October 1, 1985.

Title V: General Provisions - Prohibits the use of any appropriation for publicity or propaganda purposes not authorized by the Congress.

Prohibits the use of any appropriation to administer any program funded in whole or in part from foreign currencies or credits for which a specific dollar appropriation has not been made, except the U.S.-India fund for Cultural, Educational, and Scientific Cooperation under Public Law 98-164.

Prohibits any part of any appropriation from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided in this Act.

Limits any expenditure for consulting services through a procurement contract to those contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.

Prohibits the use of any of the funds appropriated under this Act for: (1) the implementation, administration, or enforcement of any regulation which has been disapproved pursuant to a resolution of disapproval; or (2) any action by the Attorney General or by the Secretary of State which is not in compliance with the provisions of the Refugee Act of 1980.

Prohibits the use of any of the funds appropriated under this Act for payment of that portion of Standard Level User Charges for space owned by the Government that is in excess of a seven percent increase over the amounts paid in FY 1984.

Sets forth restrictions on the reprograming of funds appropriated by this Act.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated by this Act to the Federal Trade Commission, unless specifically authorized by law, to issue, implement, administer, conduct or enforce any antitrust action against a municipality or other unit of local government, except for private antitrust actions.

Declares that it is the sense of Congress that the authority under the Agricultural Act dealing with U.S. surplus wheat and dairy products shall be used on an expedited basis to make these commodities available to help feed the Guatemalan refugees in Mexico.

Prohibits the use of funds appropriated by this Act to enforce or give effect to any restriction on the export of unprocessed western red cedar harvested from State lands pursuant to a harvesting contract entered into before October 1, 1979.