Summary: H.R.5177 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (09/11/1986)

(Reported to Senate from the Committee on Appropriations with amendment, S. Rept. 99-438)

Title I: Agricultural Programs - Appropriates funds for FY 1987 for the following programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture; (2) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration; (3) rental payments; (4) building operations and maintenance for the Washington, D.C., Agriculture building complex; (5) advisory committees; (6) departmental administration; (7) Working Capital Fund; (8) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Governmental and Public Affairs; (9) Office of Governmental and Public Affairs; (10) Office of the Inspector General; (11) Office of the General Counsel; (12) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Economics; (13) Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service; (14) World Agricultural Outlook Board; (15) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science and Education; (16) Agricultural Research Service; (17) Cooperative State Research Service; (18) Extension Service; (19) National Agricultural Library; (20) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Inspection Services; (21) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (22) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (23) Federal Grain Inspection Service; (24) Agricultural Cooperative Service; (25) Agricultural Marketing Service (with limitations on administrative expenses, and including funds for strengthening markets, payments to States, and the Office of Transportation); (26) Packers and Stockyards Administration; (27) Office of the Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs; (28) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service; and (29) Dairy Indemnity Program.

Authorizes specified amounts to be transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation to support the General Sales Manager in expanding commodity sales abroad.

Authorizes appropriations to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Directs the Commodity Credit Corporation to make specified amounts available for short-term and intermediate export credit.

Title II: Rural Development Programs - Appropriates funds for rural development assistance as follows: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Small Community and Rural Development; (2) Farmers Home Administration (including the Self-Help Housing Land Development Fund); (3) Rural Electrification Administration; (4) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment; (5) Soil Conservation Service (including watershed and flood prevention programs); and (6) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Prohibits funds from being used to combine Soil Conservation Service technical centers in Portland Oregon, Lincoln, Nebraska, Chester, Pennsylvania, and Fort Worth, Texas, into a single national technical center.

Title III: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services; (2) Food and Nutrition Service, including the food stamp program; (3) the temporary emergency food assistance program; and (4) Human Nutrition Information Service.

Prohibits the use of funds to issue regulations before June 1, 1987, modifying the State funding formula under the feeding program for women, infants, and children (WIC), or to implement such regulations before October 1, 1987.

Title IV: International Programs - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service; (2) Public Law 480 (financing the sale of agricultural commodities for convertible foreign currencies); (3) the Office of International Cooperation and Development; and (4) scientific activities overseas.

Title V: Related Agencies - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Food and Drug Administration (providing that should new product review fee authority be enacted, such collections may be credited to appropriations available to the Food and Drug Administration); (2) the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (3) the Farm Credit Administration (with limitations on administrative expenses).

Title VI: General Provisions - Limits the expenditure of specified appropriations made by this Act.

Prohibits the use of funds for production payments to recipients who harvest marihuana or other prohibited drug-producing plants for illegal use.

Limits the amount of transfers to the Working Capital Fund for the purpose of accumulating growth capital for data services and National Finance Center operations.

Prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce any regulation which has been disapproved pursuant to any resolution of disapproval.

Provides that the certificates of beneficial ownership sold by the Farmers Home Administration in connection with specified insurance funds shall not be less than 65 percent of the value of loans closed during the fiscal year.

Prohibits the use of funds to carry out any activity related to phasing out the Resource Conservation and Development Program.

Prohibits the use of funds to prevent or interfere with the right and obligation of the Commodity Credit Corporation to sell surplus agricultural commodities in world trade at competitive prices.

Authorizes the provision of specified commodities to individuals in cases of hardship.

Prohibits the payment of any funds out of the Treasury to any private individual or corporation in satisfaction of a loan guarantee entered into by a Federal agency or corporation with respect to loans made and credits extended to the Polish People's Republic, unless: (1) the Republic has been declared to be in default of its debt to such individual or corporation; or (2) the President has provided a monthly written report to specified congressional leaders justifying any such payments during the previous month.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to initiate construction on not less than 20 new projects under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act and not less than five new projects under the Flood Control Act.

Prohibits appropriations under any Act from being used to relocate the Hawaii State Office of the Farmers Home Administration from Hilo, Hawaii, to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Exempts Department of Agriculture veterinarians from certain personal service contract restrictions.

Prohibits employee reductions below specified levels for the Farmers Home Administration, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, and the Soil Conservation Service.

Authorizes funds to be used for a one-year contract which is to be performed in two fiscal years if such contract's total amount is obligated in the same year for which the funds are appropriated.

States that appropriations shall be applied only to the objects for which the appropriations were made, unless otherwise provided by law.

Prohibits the use of funds to restrict the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation to lease jointly-occupied space for its own use or on behalf of other Department of Agriculture agencies.

States that all Department of Agriculture appropriations that are part of the "extramural budget" for purposes of meeting certain requirements of the Small Business Act shall be available for the small business innovation research program.

Prohibits the Department of Agriculture from using funds appropriated under this Act to release confidential marketing order information. Stipulates that such prohibition shall not apply to milk handlers.

Prohibits the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) from using funds appropriated under this Act to contract with private collection agencies to collect delinquent payments from FmHA borrowers.

Urges the Secretary of Agriculture to implement a 1986 drought payment program using generic certificates for surplus commodities.