Summary: H.R.1239 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

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House receded and concurred with amendment (04/02/1985)

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

Title I - Makes supplemental appropriations for FY 1985 for: (1) Public Law 480 for agricultural commodities for African famine relief programs, provided that funds shall be available for inland transportation if the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (AID) certifies that without such funds the delivery of emergency food would be impossible or inappropriately delayed; (2) AID for international disaster assistance in Africa provided such assistance shall remain available until March 31, 1986, and shall be available for carrying out basic agricultural rehabilitation and provided the congressional appropriations committees are notified five days before the obligation of any such sums; (3) AID for operating expenses in Africa; and (4) the Department of State for the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund and for migration and refugee assistance in Africa, provided the migration and refugee assistance funds shall remain available until March 31, 1986.

Title II - Makes supplemental appropriations to remain available through FY 1986 for Public Law 480 famine relief programs as an Emergency Reserve for African Famine Relief.

Title III - Sets forth general provisions governing the use of funds appropriated by this Act.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make available for calendar year 1985, through private voluntary organizations, to African nations not less than 200,000 metric tons of farm commodities. Requires at least 50 percent of such commodities to be in the form of wheat or wheat products. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, before such commodities are made available, to certify to specified congressional committees that such commodities shall not be distributed through or come under the control of the Government of Ethiopia.