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115th Congress }                                      { Rept. 115-1027
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session   }                                       { Part 1

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    NORTHERN BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018

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               November 14, 2018.--Ordered to be printed

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 Mr. Shuster, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3288]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 3288) to amend title 40, United 
States Code, to promote regional economic and infrastructure 
development, and for other purposes, having considered the 
same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend 
that the bill as amended do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose of Legislation...........................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     3
Legislative History and Consideration............................     3
Committee Votes..................................................     3
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     4
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     4
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     4
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     5
Advisory of Earmarks.............................................     5
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................     6
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................     6
Federal Mandate Statement........................................     6
Preemption Clarification.........................................     6
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     6
Applicability of Legislative Branch..............................     6
Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation, as Amended...........     6
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     7

    The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Northern Border Regional Commission 
Reauthorization Act of 2018''.

SEC. 2. ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF REGIONAL COMMISSIONS.

  Section 15304(c)(3)(A) of title 40, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``unanimous'' and inserting ``majority''.

SEC. 3. ECONOMIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.

  Section 15501 of title 40, United States Code, is amended--
          (1) in subsection (b) by striking ``paragraphs (1) through 
        (3)'' and inserting ``paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (7)''; and
          (2) in subsection (f) by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``, except that financial assistance may be used as 
        otherwise authorized by this subtitle to attract businesses to 
        the region from outside the United States.''.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

  Section 15751(a) of title 40, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``2018'' and inserting ``2023''.

SEC. 5. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS.

  Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of subtitle V of title 40, United States 
Code, are redesignated as chapters 151, 153, 155, and 157, 
respectively.

SEC. 6. VACANCIES.

  Section 15301 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by adding 
at the end the following:
  ``(f) Succession.--Subject to the time limitations set forth in 
section 3346 of title 5, United States Code, the Federal Cochairperson 
may designate a Federal employee of the Commission to perform the 
functions and duties of the office of the Federal Cochairperson 
temporarily in an acting capacity if both the Federal Cochairperson and 
the alternate Federal Cochairperson die, resign, or otherwise are 
unable to perform the functions and duties of their offices.''.

                         Purpose of Legislation

    H.R. 3288, the Northern Border Regional Commission 
Reauthorization Act, amends title 40, United States Code, to 
promote regional economic and infrastructure development, and 
for other purposes.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    H.R. 3288, as amended, reauthorizes the Northern Border 
Regional Commission (NBRC), the Southwest Border Regional 
Commission, and the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission 
through 2023 and makes other necessary changes to the 
commissions.
    The commissions are Federal-State partnerships for economic 
and community development and provide federal funds for 
critical economic and community development projects in 
distressed communities throughout their respective region.
    The Northern Border Regional Commission covers portions of 
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The Southwest 
Border Regional Commission covers portions of Arizona, 
California, New Mexico, and Texas. The Southeast Crescent 
Regional Commission covers Virginia, North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida not 
already covered by the Appalachian Regional Commission or the 
Delta Regional Authority.
    H.R. 3288, as amended, makes several changes to improve 
administration of the commissions. First, the bill changes the 
``unanimous vote'' requirement needed to determine the State 
share of administrative expenses to ``majority vote''. Under 
current law, a unanimous vote of the State members of each 
Commission is required to determine the State share of the 
Commissions' administrative expenses. Unfortunately, this 
requirement has prevented the States in the NBRC region from 
reaching an agreement on the State share of administrative 
expenses.
    Second, the bill, as amended, authorizes the Commissions to 
include promoting the development of renewable and alternative 
energy sources to meet the minimum percentage of grants the law 
requires be allocated for certain activities. Currently, the 
NBRC makes grants for various purposes, including promoting the 
development of renewable and alternative energy sources. The 
Commissions, however, must allocate at least forty percent of 
grant funds to: (1) develop the transportation infrastructure 
of the region; (2) to develop the basic public infrastructure 
of the region; and (3) to develop the telecommunications 
infrastructure of the region. Due to the limited resources 
available to the NBRC and the energy resources and needs of the 
area, the NBRC has had difficulty meeting the forty percent 
requirement while also trying to meet the needs of the region.
    Third, the bill, as amended, reauthorizes the Commissions 
through 2023. Currently, the authorization of appropriations 
for the three Commissions expires at the end of Fiscal Year 
2018.
    Finally, H.R. 3288, as amended, authorizes the Federal Co-
chairperson to appoint a Federal employee of the Commission to 
fulfill the duties of the Office of the Federal Co-chairperson 
in a temporary capacity in the event that the positions of 
Federal Co-chairperson and Alternate Federal Co-chairperson are 
both vacant. Without someone fulfilling the duties of the 
Office of the Federal Co-chairperson, the ability of the 
commissions to function is threatened.

                                Hearings

    On September 13, 2017, the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held a 
hearing titled ``Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for 
America: Economic Development Stakeholders' Perspectives'' and 
received testimony on the important role economic development 
organizations play in creating resilient infrastructure.

                 Legislative History and Consideration

    On July 18, 2017, Representative Ann M. Kuster (D-NH) 
introduced H.R. 3288, amending title 40, United States Code, to 
promote regional economic and infrastructure development, and 
for other purposes. The bill was referred primarily to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition 
to the Committee on Financial Services.
    On April 12, 2018, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session. An amendment was offered by 
Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) and adopted by the Committee 
by voice vote. The Committee ordered the bill, as amended, 
reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a quorum 
present.

                            Committee Votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each record vote 
on a motion to report and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, and the names of those members voting for 
and against. There were no recorded votes taken in connection 
with consideration of H.R. 3288 as amended.

                      Committee Oversight Findings

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

               New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

               Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3288 as amended 
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, April 18, 2018.
Hon. Bill Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3288, the Northern 
Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2017.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Robert Reese.
            Sincerely,
                                                Keith Hall,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 3288--Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 
        2017

    Summary: H.R. 3288 would authorize the annual appropriation 
of $30 million over the 2019-2023 period for the Northern 
Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Under current law, $30 
million is authorized to be appropriated each year for the NBRC 
through 2018.
    Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 3288 would cost $92 million 
over the 2019-2023 period. Enacting the bill would not affect 
direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go 
procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3288 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
    H.R. 3288 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimated 
budgetary effect of H.R. 3288 is shown in the following table. 
The costs of the legislation fall within budget function 450 
(community and rural development).

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                                                         By fiscal year, in millions of dollars----
                                          ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             2018      2019      2020      2021      2022      2023    2019-2023
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                                 INCREASES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION
 
Authorization Level......................         0        30        30        30        30        30        150
Estimated Outlays........................         0         6        12        20        25        29         92
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    Basis of estimate: For this estimate, CBO assumes that H.R. 
3288 will be enacted near the end of 2018 and that the 
authorized amounts will be appropriated for each year. 
Estimated outlays are based on historical spending patterns.
    The NBRC is a federal-state partnership for economic and 
community development in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and 
Vermont. Under current law, $30 million is authorized to be 
appropriated annually through 2018 to the NBRC; in 2018 its 
appropriation was $15 million. H.R. 3288 would extend the $30 
million annual authorization of appropriations through 2023. 
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3288 would cost $92 
million over the 2019-2023 period and $58 million in years 
after 2023.
    Pay-As-You-Go considerations: None.
    Increase in long-term direct spending and deficits: None.
    Mandates: H.R. 3288 contains no intergovernmental or 
private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA.
    Estimate prepared by: Federal costs: Robert Reese; 
Mandates: Andrew Laughlin.
    Estimate reviewed by: Kim P. Cawley, Chief, Natural and 
Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit; H. Samuel Papenfuss, 
Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

                    Performance Goals and Objectives

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation is to amend 
title 40, United States Code, to promote regional economic and 
infrastructure development, and for other purposes.

                          Advisory of Earmarks

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee is required to include a list 
of congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited 
tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of 
rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. No 
provision in the bill includes an earmark, limited tax benefit, 
or limited tariff benefit under clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of 
rule XXI.

                    Duplication of Federal Programs

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(5) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee finds that no provision 
of H.R. 3288 as amended establishes or reauthorizes a program 
of the federal government known to be duplicative of another 
federal program, a program that was included in any report from 
the Government Accountability Office to Congress pursuant to 
section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program related to a 
program identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance.

                  Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings

    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, 115th Cong. (2017), 
the Committee finds that enacting H.R. 3288, as amended, does 
not direct the completion of a specific rulemaking within the 
meaning of section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

                       Federal Mandate Statement

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act (Public Law 104-4).

                        Preemption Clarification

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 3288, as amended, 
does not preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      Advisory Committee Statement

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                  Applicability of Legislative Branch

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (Public Law 
104-1).

         Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation, as Amended


Section 1. Short title

    Section 1 provides that the Act may be cited as the 
``Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 
2017''.

Section 2. Administrative expenses of the regional commissions

    Section 2 amends section 15304 of title 40, United States 
Code, to require a majority vote of the state members of the 
commissions to determine the State shares of the administrative 
costs.

Section 3. Economic and infrastructure development grants

    Section 3 amends the types of projects included in the 
minimum allocation threshold and clarifies that financial 
assistance may be used as otherwise authorized to attract 
businesses to the respective regions from outside the United 
States.

Section 4. Authorization of appropriations

    Section 4 reauthorizes the commissions through 2023.

Section 5. Technical amendments

    Section 5 redesignates certain chapters in subtitle V of 
title 40, United States Code.

Section 6. Vacancies

    Section 6 makes changes to ensure vacancies are filled 
consistent with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (Pub. 
L. 105-277).

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, and existing law in which no 
change is proposed is shown in roman):

                      TITLE 40, UNITED STATES CODE




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SUBTITLE V--REGIONAL ECONOMIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

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CHAPTER [1] 151--GENERAL PROVISIONS

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CHAPTER [2] 153--REGIONAL COMMISSIONS

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Sec. 15301. Establishment, membership, and employees

  (a) Establishment.--There are established the following 
regional Commissions:
          (1) The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.
          (2) The Southwest Border Regional Commission.
          (3) The Northern Border Regional Commission.
  (b) Membership.--
          (1) Federal and state members.--Each Commission shall 
        be composed of the following members:
                  (A) A Federal Cochairperson, to be appointed 
                by the President, by and with the advice and 
                consent of the Senate.
                  (B) The Governor of each participating State 
                in the region of the Commission.
          (2) Alternate members.--
                  (A) Alternate federal cochairperson.--The 
                President shall appoint an alternate Federal 
                Cochairperson for each Commission. The 
                alternate Federal Cochairperson, when not 
                actively serving as an alternate for the 
                Federal Cochairperson, shall perform such 
                functions and duties as are delegated by the 
                Federal Cochairperson.
                  (B) State alternates.--The State member of a 
                participating State may have a single 
                alternate, who shall be appointed by the 
                Governor of the State from among the members of 
                the Governor's cabinet or personal staff.
                  (C) Voting.--An alternate member shall vote 
                in the case of the absence, death, disability, 
                removal, or resignation of the Federal or State 
                member for which the alternate member is an 
                alternate.
          (3) Cochairpersons.--A Commission shall be headed 
        by--
                  (A) the Federal Cochairperson, who shall 
                serve as a liaison between the Federal 
                Government and the Commission; and
                  (B) a State Cochairperson, who shall be a 
                Governor of a participating State in the region 
                and shall be elected by the State members for a 
                term of not less than 1 year.
          (4) Consecutive terms.--A State member may not be 
        elected to serve as State Cochairperson for more than 2 
        consecutive terms.
  (c) Compensation.--
          (1) Federal cochairpersons.--Each Federal 
        Cochairperson shall be compensated by the Federal 
        Government at level III of the Executive Schedule as 
        set out in section 5314 of title 5.
          (2) Alternate federal cochairpersons.--Each Federal 
        Cochairperson's alternate shall be compensated by the 
        Federal Government at level V of the Executive Schedule 
        as set out in section 5316 of title 5.
          (3) State members and alternates.--Each State member 
        and alternate shall be compensated by the State that 
        they represent at the rate established by the laws of 
        that State.
  (d) Executive Director and Staff.--
          (1) In general.--A Commission shall appoint and fix 
        the compensation of an executive director and such 
        other personnel as are necessary to enable the 
        Commission to carry out its duties. Compensation under 
        this paragraph may not exceed the maximum rate of basic 
        pay established for the Senior Executive Service under 
        section 5382 of title 5, including any applicable 
        locality-based comparability payment that may be 
        authorized under section 5304(h)(2)(C) of that title.
          (2) Executive director.--The executive director shall 
        be responsible for carrying out the administrative 
        duties of the Commission, directing the Commission 
        staff, and such other duties as the Commission may 
        assign.
  (e) No Federal Employee Status.--No member, alternate, 
officer, or employee of a Commission (other than the Federal 
Cochairperson, the alternate Federal Cochairperson, staff of 
the Federal Cochairperson, and any Federal employee detailed to 
the Commission) shall be considered to be a Federal employee 
for any purpose.
  (f) Succession.--Subject to the time limitations set forth in 
section 3346 of title 5, United States Code, the Federal 
Cochairperson may designate a Federal employee of the 
Commission to perform the functions and duties of the office of 
the Federal Cochairperson temporarily in an acting capacity if 
both the Federal Cochairperson and the alternate Federal 
Cochairperson die, resign, or otherwise are unable to perform 
the functions and duties of their offices.

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Sec. 15304. Administrative powers and expenses

  (a) Powers.--In carrying out its duties under this subtitle, 
a Commission may--
          (1) hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and 
        places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and 
        print or otherwise reproduce and distribute a 
        description of the proceedings and reports on actions 
        by the Commission as the Commission considers 
        appropriate;
          (2) authorize, through the Federal or State 
        Cochairperson or any other member of the Commission 
        designated by the Commission, the administration of 
        oaths if the Commission determines that testimony 
        should be taken or evidence received under oath;
          (3) request from any Federal, State, or local agency 
        such information as may be available to or procurable 
        by the agency that may be of use to the Commission in 
        carrying out the duties of the Commission;
          (4) adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws and rules 
        governing the conduct of business and the performance 
        of duties by the Commission;
          (5) request the head of any Federal agency, State 
        agency, or local government to detail to the Commission 
        such personnel as the Commission requires to carry out 
        its duties, each such detail to be without loss of 
        seniority, pay, or other employee status;
          (6) provide for coverage of Commission employees in a 
        suitable retirement and employee benefit system by 
        making arrangements or entering into contracts with any 
        participating State government or otherwise providing 
        retirement and other employee coverage;
          (7) accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations or 
        services or real, personal, tangible, or intangible 
        property;
          (8) enter into and perform such contracts, 
        cooperative agreements, or other transactions as are 
        necessary to carry out Commission duties, including any 
        contracts or cooperative agreements with a department, 
        agency, or instrumentality of the United States, a 
        State (including a political subdivision, agency, or 
        instrumentality of the State), or a person, firm, 
        association, or corporation; and
          (9) maintain a government relations office in the 
        District of Columbia and establish and maintain a 
        central office at such location in its region as the 
        Commission may select.
  (b) Federal Agency Cooperation.--A Federal agency shall--
          (1) cooperate with a Commission; and
          (2) provide, to the extent practicable, on request of 
        the Federal Cochairperson, appropriate assistance in 
        carrying out this subtitle, in accordance with 
        applicable Federal laws (including regulations).
  (c) Administrative Expenses.--
          (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the 
        administrative expenses of a Commission shall be paid--
                  (A) by the Federal Government, in an amount 
                equal to 50 percent of the administrative 
                expenses of the Commission; and
                  (B) by the States participating in the 
                Commission, in an amount equal to 50 percent of 
                the administrative expenses.
          (2) Expenses of the federal cochairperson.--All 
        expenses of the Federal Cochairperson, including 
        expenses of the alternate and staff of the Federal 
        Cochairperson, shall be paid by the Federal Government.
          (3) State share.--
                  (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), 
                the share of administrative expenses of a 
                Commission to be paid by each State of the 
                Commission shall be determined by a [unanimous] 
                majority vote of the State members of the 
                Commission.
                  (B) No federal participation.--The Federal 
                Cochairperson shall not participate or vote in 
                any decision under subparagraph (A).
                  (C) Delinquent states.--During any period in 
                which a State is more than 1 year delinquent in 
                payment of the State's share of administrative 
                expenses of the Commission under this 
                subsection--
                          (i) no assistance under this subtitle 
                        shall be provided to the State 
                        (including assistance to a political 
                        subdivision or a resident of the State) 
                        for any project not approved as of the 
                        date of the commencement of the 
                        delinquency; and
                          (ii) no member of the Commission from 
                        the State shall participate or vote in 
                        any action by the Commission.
          (4) Effect on assistance.--A State's share of 
        administrative expenses of a Commission under this 
        subsection shall not be taken into consideration when 
        determining the amount of assistance provided to the 
        State under this subtitle.

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                 CHAPTER [3] 155--FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


Sec. 15501. Economic and infrastructure development grants

  (a) In General.--A Commission may make grants to States and 
local governments, Indian tribes, and public and nonprofit 
organizations for projects, approved in accordance with section 
15503--
          (1) to develop the transportation infrastructure of 
        its region;
          (2) to develop the basic public infrastructure of its 
        region;
          (3) to develop the telecommunications infrastructure 
        of its region;
          (4) to assist its region in obtaining job skills 
        training, skills development and employment-related 
        education, entrepreneurship, technology, and business 
        development;
          (5) to provide assistance to severely economically 
        distressed and underdeveloped areas of its region that 
        lack financial resources for improving basic health 
        care and other public services;
          (6) to promote resource conservation, tourism, 
        recreation, and preservation of open space in a manner 
        consistent with economic development goals;
          (7) to promote the development of renewable and 
        alternative energy sources; and
          (8) to otherwise achieve the purposes of this 
        subtitle.
  (b) Allocation of Funds.--A Commission shall allocate at 
least 40 percent of any grant amounts provided by the 
Commission in a fiscal year for projects described in 
[paragraphs (1) through (3)] paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (7) of 
subsection (a).
  (c) Sources of Grants.--Grant amounts may be provided 
entirely from appropriations to carry out this subtitle, in 
combination with amounts available under other Federal grant 
programs, or from any other source.
  (d) Maximum Commission Contributions.--
          (1) In general.--Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), 
        the Commission may contribute not more than 50 percent 
        of a project or activity cost eligible for financial 
        assistance under this section from amounts appropriated 
        to carry out this subtitle.
          (2) Distressed counties.--The maximum Commission 
        contribution for a project or activity to be carried 
        out in a county for which a distressed county 
        designation is in effect under section 15702 may be 
        increased to 80 percent.
          (3) Special rule for regional projects.--A Commission 
        may increase to 60 percent under paragraph (1) and 90 
        percent under paragraph (2) the maximum Commission 
        contribution for a project or activity if--
                  (A) the project or activity involves 3 or 
                more counties or more than one State; and
                  (B) the Commission determines in accordance 
                with section 15302(a) that the project or 
                activity will bring significant interstate or 
                multicounty benefits to a region.
  (e) Maintenance of Effort.--Funds may be provided by a 
Commission for a program or project in a State under this 
section only if the Commission determines that the level of 
Federal or State financial assistance provided under a law 
other than this subtitle, for the same type of program or 
project in the same area of the State within region, will not 
be reduced as a result of funds made available by this 
subtitle.
  (f) No Relocation Assistance.--Financial assistance 
authorized by this section may not be used to assist a person 
or entity in relocating from one area to another[.], except 
that financial assistance may be used as otherwise authorized 
by this subtitle to attract businesses to the region from 
outside the United States.

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CHAPTER [4] 157--ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

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SUBCHAPTER III--AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

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Sec. 15751. Authorization of appropriations

  (a) In General.--There is authorized to be appropriated to 
each Commission to carry out this subtitle $30,000,000 for each 
of fiscal years 2008 through [2018] 2023.
  (b) Administrative Expenses.--
          (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), 
        not more than 10 percent of the funds made available to 
        a Commission in a fiscal year under this section may be 
        used for administrative expenses.
          (2) Limited funding.--In a case in which less than 
        $10,000,000 is made available to a Commission for a 
        fiscal year under this section, paragraph (1) shall not 
        apply.

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