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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Patients and Public Health Partnership Act of 2008''. SEC. 2. DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEMS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO PRIMARY AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES FOR THE MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED. Part D of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 259b et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new subpart: ``Subpart XI--Demonstration Project for Integrated Health Systems to Expand Access to Primary and Preventive Services for the Medically Underserved ``SEC. 340H. DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEMS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO PRIMARY AND PREVENTIVE CARE FOR THE MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED. ``(a) Establishment of Demonstration.-- ``(1) In general.--Not later than January 1, 2009, the Secretary shall establish a demonstration project (hereafter in this section referred to as the `demonstration') under which up to 30 qualifying integrated health systems receive grants for the costs of their operations to expand access to primary and preventive services for the medically underserved. ``(2) Rule of construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing grants to be made or used for the costs of specialty care or hospital care furnished by an integrated health system. ``(b) Application.--Any integrated health system desiring to participate in the demonstration shall submit an application in such manner, at such time, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. ``(c) Criteria for Selection.--In selecting integrated health systems to participate in the demonstration (hereafter referred to as `participating integrated health systems'), the Secretary shall ensure representation of integrated health systems that are located in a variety of States (including the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States) and locations within States, including rural areas, inner-city areas, and frontier areas. ``(d) Duration.--Subject to the availability of appropriations, the demonstration shall be conducted (and operating grants be made to each participating integrated health system) for a period of 3 years. ``(e) Reports.-- ``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress interim and final reports with respect to the demonstration, with an interim report being submitted not later than 3 months after the demonstration has been in operation for 24 months and a final report being submitted not later than 3 months after the close of the demonstration. ``(2) Content.--Such reports shall evaluate the effectiveness of the demonstration in providing greater access to primary and preventive care for medically underserved populations, and how the coordinated approach offered by integrated health systems contributes to improved patient outcomes. ``(f) Authorization of Appropriations.-- ``(1) In general.--There is authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 to carry out this section. ``(2) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring or authorizing a reduction in the amounts appropriated for grants to health centers under section 330 for the fiscal years referred to in paragraph (1). ``(g) Definitions.--For purposes of this section: ``(1) Frontier area.--The term `frontier area' has the meaning given to such term in regulations promulgated pursuant to section 330I(r). ``(2) Integrated health system.--The term `integrated health system' means a health system that-- ``(A) has a demonstrated capacity and commitment to provide a full range of primary care, specialty care, and hospital care in both inpatient and outpatient settings; and ``(B) is organized to provide such care in a coordinated fashion. ``(3) Qualifying integrated health system.-- ``(A) In general.--The term `qualifying integrated health system' means a public or private nonprofit entity that is an integrated health system that meets the requirements of subparagraph (B) and serves a medically underserved population (either through the staff and supporting resources of the integrated health system or through contracts or cooperative arrangements) by providing-- ``(i) required primary and preventive health and related services (as defined in paragraph (4)); and ``(ii) as may be appropriate for a population served by a particular integrated health system, integrative health services (as defined in paragraph (5)) that are necessary for the adequate support of the required primary and preventive health and related services and that improve care coordination. ``(B) Other requirements.--The requirements of this subparagraph are that the integrated health system-- ``(i) will make the required primary and preventive health and related services of the integrated health system available and accessible in the service area of the integrated health system promptly, as appropriate, and in a manner which assures continuity; ``(ii) will demonstrate financial responsibility by the use of such accounting procedures and other requirements as may be prescribed by the Secretary; ``(iii) provides or will provide services to individuals who are eligible for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act or for assistance under title XXI of such Act; ``(iv) has prepared a schedule of fees or payments for the provision of its services consistent with locally prevailing rates or charges and designed to cover its reasonable costs of operation and has prepared a corresponding schedule of discounts to be applied to the payment of such fees or payments, which discounts are adjusted on the basis of the patient's ability to pay; ``(v) will assure that no patient will be denied health care services due to an individual's inability to pay for such services; ``(vi) will assure that any fees or payments required by the system for such services will be reduced or waived to enable the system to fulfill the assurance described in clause (v); ``(vii) provides assurances that any grant funds will be expended to supplement, and not supplant, the expenditures of the integrated health system for primary and preventive health services for the medically underserved; and ``(viii) submits to the Secretary such reports as the Secretary may require to determine compliance with this subparagraph. ``(C) Treatment of certain entities.--The term `qualifying integrated health system' may include a nurse-managed health clinic if such clinic meets the requirements of subparagraphs (A) and (B) (except those requirements that have been waived under paragraph (4)(B)). ``(4) Required primary and preventive health and related services.-- ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the term `required primary and preventive health and related services' means basic health services consisting of-- ``(i) health services related to family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, or gynecology that are furnished by physicians where appropriate, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives; ``(ii) diagnostic laboratory services and radiologic services; ``(iii) preventive health services, including prenatal and perinatal care; appropriate cancer screening; well-child services; immunizations against vaccine- preventable diseases; screenings for elevated blood lead levels, communicable diseases, and cholesterol; pediatric eye, ear, and dental screenings to determine the need for vision and hearing correction and dental care; and voluntary family planning services; ``(iv) emergency medical services; and ``(v) pharmaceutical services, behavioral, mental health, and substance abuse services, preventive dental services, and recuperative care, as may be appropriate. ``(B) Exception.--In the case of an integrated health system serving a targeted population, the Secretary shall, upon a showing of good cause, waive the requirement that the integrated health system provide each required primary and preventive health and related service under this paragraph if the Secretary determines one or more such services are inappropriate or unnecessary for such population. ``(5) Integrative health services.--The term `integrative health services' means services that are not included as required primary and preventive health and related services and are associated with achieving the greater integration of a health care delivery system to improve patient care coordination so that the system either directly provides or ensures the provision of a broad range of culturally competent services. Integrative health services include but are not limited to the following: ``(A) Outreach activities. ``(B) Case management and patient navigation services. ``(C) Chronic care management. ``(D) Transportation to health care facilities. ``(E) Development of provider networks and other innovative models to engage local physicians and other providers to serve the medically underserved within a community. ``(F) Recruitment, training, and compensation of necessary personnel. ``(G) Acquisition of technology for the purpose of coordinating care. ``(H) Improvements to provider communication, including implementation of shared information systems or shared clinical systems. ``(I) Determination of eligibility for Federal, State, and local programs that provide, or financially support the provision of, medical, social, housing, educational, or other related services. ``(J) Development of prevention and disease management tools and processes. ``(K) Translation services. ``(L) Development and implementation of evaluation measures and processes to assess patient outcomes. ``(M) Integration of primary care and mental health services. ``(N) Carrying out other activities that may be appropriate to a community and that would increase access by the uninsured to health care, such as access initiatives for which private entities provide non- Federal contributions to supplement the Federal funds provided through the grants for the initiatives. ``(6) Specialty care.--The term `specialty care' means care that is provided through a referral and by a physician or nonphysician practitioner, such as surgical consultative services, radiology services requiring the immediate presence of a physician, audiology, optometric services, cardiology services, magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) services, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans, nuclear medicine studies, and ambulatory surgical services. ``(7) Nurse-managed health clinic.--The term `nurse-managed health clinic' means a nurse-practice arrangement, managed by advanced practice nurses, that provides care for underserved and vulnerable populations and is associated with a school, college, or department of nursing or an independent nonprofit health or social services agency.''.
Patients and Public Health Partnership Act of 2008 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration project under which up to 30 qualifying integrated health systems receive grants for the costs of their operations to expand access to primary and preventive services for the medically underserved.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``National Missile Defense Act of 1997''. SEC. 2. NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE POLICY. (a) National Missile Defense.--It is the policy of the United States to deploy by the end of 2003 a National Missile Defense system that-- (1) is capable of defending the territory of the United States against limited ballistic missile attack (whether accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate); and (2) could be augmented over time to provide a layered defense against larger and more sophisticated ballistic missile threats if they emerge. (b) Cooperative Transition.--It is the policy of the United States to seek a cooperative transition to a regime that does not feature an offense-only form of deterrence as the basis for strategic stability. SEC. 3. NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE. (a) Requirement for Development of System.--To implement the policy established in section 3(a), the Secretary of Defense shall develop for deployment a National Missile Defense (NMD) system which shall achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of 2003. (b) Elements of the NMD System.--The system to be developed for deployment shall include the following elements: (1) Interceptors.--An interceptor system that optimizes defensive coverage of the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii against limited ballistic missile attack (whether accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate). (2) Ground-based radars.--Fixed ground-based radars. (3) Space-based sensors.--Space-based sensors, including the Space and Missile Tracking System. (4) BM/C<SUP>3.--Battle management, command, control, and communications (BM/C<SUP>3). SEC. 4. IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM. The Secretary of Defense shall-- (1) upon the enactment of this Act, promptly initiate required preparatory and planning actions that are necessary so as to be capable of meeting the initial operational capability (IOC) date specified in section 3(a); (2) not later than the end of fiscal year 1999, conduct an integrated systems test which uses elements (including BM/ C<SUP>3 elements) that are representative of, and traceable to, the national missile defense system architecture specified in section 3(b); (3) prescribe and use streamlined acquisition policies and procedures to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of developing the system specified in section 3(a); and (4) develop a national missile defense follow-on program that-- (A) leverages off of the national missile defense system specified in section 3(a); and (B) could augment that system, if necessary, to provide for a layered defense. SEC. 5. REPORT ON PLAN FOR NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT. Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on the Secretary's plan for development and deployment of a national missile defense system pursuant to this Act. The report shall include the following matters: (1) The Secretary's plan for carrying out this Act, including-- (A) a detailed description of the system architecture selected for development under section 3(b); and (B) a discussion of the justification for the selection of that particular architecture. (2) The Secretary's estimate of the amount of appropriations required for research, development, test, evaluation, and for procurement, for each of fiscal years 1998 through 2003 in order to achieve the initial operational capability date specified in section 3(a). (3) A determination of the point at which any activity that is required to be carried out under this Act would conflict with the terms of the ABM Treaty, together with a description of any such activity, the legal basis for the Secretary's determination, and an estimate of the time at which such point would be reached in order to meet the initial operational capability date specified in section 3(a). SEC. 6. POLICY REGARDING THE ABM TREATY. (a) ABM Treaty Negotiations.--In light of the findings in section 232 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (Public Law 102-106; 110 Stat. 228, 10 U.S.C. 2431 note) and the policy established in section 2, Congress urges the President to pursue, if necessary, high-level discussions with the Russian Federation to achieve an agreement to amend the ABM Treaty to allow deployment of the national missile defense system being developed for deployment under section 3. (b) Requirement for Senate Advice and Consent.--If an agreement described in subsection (a) is achieved in discussions described in that subsection, the President shall present that agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent. No funds appropriated or otherwise available for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended to implement such an amendment to the ABM Treaty unless the amendment is made in the same manner as the manner by which a treaty is made. (c) Action Upon Failure To Achieve Negotiated Changes Within One Year.--If an agreement described in subsection (a) is not achieved in discussions described in that subsection within one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President and Congress, in consultation with each other, shall consider exercising the option of withdrawing the United States from the ABM Treaty in accordance with the provisions of Article XV of that treaty. SEC. 7. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ABM treaty.--The term ``ABM Treaty'' means the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems, and signed at Moscow on May 26, 1972, and includes the Protocols to that Treaty, signed at Moscow on July 3, 1974. (2) Limited ballistic missile attack.--The term ``limited ballistic missile attack'' refers to a limited ballistic missile attack as that term is used in the National Ballistic Defense Capstone Requirements Document, dated August 24, 1996, that was issued by the United States Space Command and validated by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council of the Department of Defense.
National Missile Defense Act of 1997 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to develop for deployment a National Missile Defense (NMD) system which shall achieve operational capability by the end of 2003. Includes as system elements: (1) an interceptor system that optimizes defensive coverage of the United States; (2) fixed ground-based radar; (3) space-based sensors; and (4) battle management, command, control, and communications. Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct an integrated systems test by the end of FY 1999; (2) use streamlined acquisition procedures; (3) develop a follow-on program that leverages off of, and that could augment, the NMD system to provide for a layered defense; and (4) report to the Congress on the plan for carrying out this Act, the appropriations required for FY 1998 through 2003, and the point at which activity would conflict with terms of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. Urges the President, if necessary, to pursue high-level discussions with the Russian Federation to achieve an agreement to amend the ABM Treaty to allow deployment of the NMD system. Requires the President to present any such agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent. Requires the President and the Congress, if such an agreement is not achieved within one year, to consider the option of withdrawing the United States from the ABM Treaty.
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SECTION 1. TREATMENT OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN MULTIPLE EMPLOYER PLANS. (a) In General.--In the case of an applicable pension plan-- (1) if an eligible employer elects the application of subsection (b), any liability of the employer with respect to the applicable pension plan shall be determined under subsection (b), and (2) if an eligible employer does not make such election, any liability of the employer with respect to the applicable pension plan shall be determined under subsection (c). (b) Election to Spin Off Liability.-- (1) In general.--If an eligible employer elects, within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, to have this subsection apply, the applicable pension plan shall be treated as having, effective January 1, 2006, spun off such employer's allocable portion of the plan's assets and liabilities to an eligible spunoff plan and the employer's liability with respect to the applicable pension plan shall be determined by reference to the eligible spunoff plan in the manner provided under paragraph (2). The employer's liability, as so determined, shall be in lieu of any other liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or to the applicable pension plan with respect to the applicable pension plan. (2) Liability of employers electing spinoff.-- (A) Ongoing funding liability.-- (i) In general.--In the case of an eligible spunoff plan, the amendments made by section 401, and subtitles A and B of title I, of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 shall not apply to plan years beginning before the first plan year for which the plan ceases to be an eligible spunoff plan (or, if earlier, January 1, 2017), and except as provided in clause (ii), the employer maintaining such plan shall be liable for ongoing contributions to the eligible spunoff plan on the same terms and subject to the same conditions as under the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as in effect before such amendments. Such liability shall be in lieu of any other liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or to the applicable pension plan with respect to the applicable pension plan. (ii) Interest rate.--In applying section 302(b)(5)(B) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and section 412(b)(5)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as in effect before the amendments made by subtitles A and B of title I of the Pension Protection Act of 2006) and in applying section 4006(a)(3)(E)(iii) of such Act (as in effect before the amendments made by section 401 of such Act) to an eligible spunoff plan for plan years beginning after December 31, 2007, and before the first plan year to which such amendments apply, the third segment rate determined under section 303(h)(2)(C)(iii) of such Act and section 430(h)(2)(C)(iii) of such Code (as added by such amendments) shall be used in lieu of the interest rate otherwise used. (B) Termination liability.--If an eligible spunoff plan terminates under title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 on or before December 31, 2010, the liability of the employer maintaining such plan resulting from such termination under section 4062 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 shall be determined in accordance with the assumptions and methods described in subsection (c)(2)(A). The employer's liability, as so determined, shall be in lien of any other liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or to the applicable pension plan with respect to the applicable pension plan. (c) Liability of Employers Not Electing Spinoff.-- (1) In general.--If an applicable pension plan is terminated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, an eligible employer which does not make the election described in subsection (b) shall be liable to the corporation with respect to the applicable pension plan (in lieu of any other liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or to the applicable pension plan with respect to the applicable pension plan ) in an amount equal to the fractional portion of the adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities of such plan as of December 31, 2005, determined without regard to any adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities to be transferred to an eligible spunoff plan pursuant to subsection (b). (2) Definitions.--For purposes of this subsection-- (A) Adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities.--The term ``adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities'' means the amount of unfunded benefit liabilities (as defined in section 4001(a)(18) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), except that the interest assumption shall be the rate of interest under section 302(b) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and section 412(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as in effect before the amendments made by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, for the most recent plan year for which such rate exists. (B) Fractional portion.--The term ``fractional portion'' means a fraction, the numerator of which is the amount required to be contributed to the applicable pension plan for the 5 plan years ending before December 31, 2005, by such employer, and the denominator of which is the amount required to be contributed to such plan for such plan years by all employers which do not make the election described in subsection (b). (d) Other Definitions.--For purposes of this section-- (1) Applicable pension plan.--The term ``applicable pension plan'' means a single employer plan which-- (A) was established in the State of Alaska on March 18, 1967, and (B) as of January 1, 2005, had 2 or more contributing sponsors at least 2 of which were not under common control. (2) Allocable portion.--The term ``allocable portion'' means, with respect to any eligible employer making an election under subsection (b), the portion of an applicable pension plan's liabilities and assets which bears the same ratio to all such liabilities and assets as such employer's share (determined under subsection (c) as if no eligible employer made an election under subsection (b)) of the excess (if any) of-- (A) the liabilities of the plan, valued in accordance with subsection (c), over (B) the assets of the plan, bears to the total amount of such excess. (3) Eligible employer.--An ``eligible employer'' is an employer which participated in an eligible multiple employer plan on or after January 1, 2000.
Allows an employer participating in an eligible multiple employer plan to elect to have the pension plan treated as having spun off such employer's allocable portion of the plan's assets and liabilities to an eligible spun off plan. Specifies the employer's liability with respect to the spun off plan, which shall be in lieu of any other liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) or to the applicable pension plan. Excludes such spun off plan from the funding requirements of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 until at least January 1, 2017. Provides that the employer maintaining such plan is liable for ongoing contributions to the eligible spun off plan as required before amendments made by such Act. Applies the third segment rate (the rate of interest based on the corporate bond yield curve taking into account only bonds maturing after 20 years) to such plan in lieu of the interest rate otherwise used. Provides that the liability of the employer if such plan terminates shall be determined in accordance with the assumptions and methods described under this Act. Makes employers not making an election under this Act liable to the PBGC in an amount equal to the fractional portion of the adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities of such plan as of December 31, 2005, determined without regard to any adjusted unfunded benefit liabilities to be transferred to an eligible spun off plan. Applies this Act to a single employer pension plan that: (1) was established in the State of Alaska on March 18, 1967; and (2) as of January 2, 2005, had two or more contributing sponsors, at least two of which were not under common control.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds that-- (1) it is appropriate and timely-- (A) to honor the unique Federal republic of 50 States that comprise the United States; and (B) to promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth of the United States about the individual States, their history and geography, and the rich diversity of the national heritage; (2) the circulating coinage of the United States has not been modernized during the 25-year period preceding the date of enactment of this Act; (3) a circulating commemorative 25-cent coin program could produce earnings of $110,000,000 from the sale of silver proof coins and sets over the 10-year period of issuance, and would produce indirect earnings of an estimated $2,600,000,000 to $5,100,000,000 to the United States Treasury, money that will replace borrowing to fund the national debt to at least that extent; and (4) it is appropriate to launch a commemorative circulating coin program that encourages young people and their families to collect memorable tokens of all of the States for the face value of the coins. SEC. 3. ISSUANCE OF REDESIGNED QUARTER DOLLARS OVER 10-YEAR PERIOD COMMEMORATING EACH OF THE 50 STATES. Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting after subsection (k) the following new subsection: ``(l) Redesign and Issuance of Quarter Dollar in Commemoration of Each of the 50 States.-- ``(1) Redesign beginning in 1999.-- ``(A) In general.--Notwithstanding the fourth sentence of subsection (d)(1) and subsection (d)(2), quarter dollar coins issued during the 10-year period beginning in 1999, shall have designs on the reverse side selected in accordance with this subsection which are emblematic of the 50 States. ``(B) Transition provision.--Notwithstanding subpar- agraph (A), the Secretary may continue to mint and issue quarter dollars in 1999 which bear the design in effect before the redesign required under this subsection and an inscription of the year `1998' as required to ensure a smooth transition into the 10-year program under this subsection. ``(2) Single state designs.--The design on the reverse side of each quarter dollar issued during the 10-year period referred to in paragraph (1) shall be emblematic of 1 of the 50 States. ``(3) Issuance of coins commemorating 5 states during each of the 10 years.-- ``(A) In general.--The designs for the quarter dollar coins issued during each year of the 10-year period referred to in paragraph (1) shall be emblematic of 5 States selected in the order in which such States ratified the Constitution of the United States or were admitted into the Union, as the case may be. ``(B) Number of each of 5 coin designs in each year.--Of the quarter dollar coins issued during each year of the 10-year period referred to in paragraph (1), the Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe, on the basis of such factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the number of quarter dollars which shall be issued with each of the 5 designs selected for such year. ``(4) Selection of design.-- ``(A) In general.--Each of the 50 designs required under this subsection for quarter dollars shall be-- ``(i) selected by the Secretary after consultation with-- ``(I) the Governor of the State being commemorated, or such other State officials or group as the State may designate for such purpose; and ``(II) the Commission of Fine Arts; and ``(ii) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee. ``(B) Selection and approval process.--Designs for quarter dollars may be submitted in accordance with the design selection and approval process developed by the Secretary in the sole discretion of the Secretary. ``(C) Participation.--The Secretary may include participation by State officials, artists from the States, engravers of the United States Mint, and members of the general public. ``(D) Standards.--Because it is important that the Nation's coinage and currency bear dignified designs of which the citizens of the United States can be proud, the Secretary shall not select any frivolous or inappropriate design for any quarter dollar minted under this subsection. ``(E) Prohibition on certain representations.--No head and shoulders portrait or bust of any person, living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may be included in the design of any quarter dollar under this subsection. ``(5) Treatment as numismatic items.--For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136, all coins minted under this subsection shall be considered to be numismatic items. ``(6) Issuance.-- ``(A) Quality of coins.--The Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) in uncirculated and proof qualities as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. ``(B) Silver coins.--Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, with a content of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. ``(C) Sources of bullion.--The Secretary shall obtain silver for minting coins under subparagraph (B) from available resources, including stockpiles established under the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act. ``(7) Application in event of the admission of additional states.--If any additional State is admitted into the Union before the end of the 10-year period referred to in paragraph (1), the Secretary of the Treasury may issue quarter dollar coins, in accordance with this subsection, with a design which is emblematic of such State during any 1 year of such 10-year period, in addition to the quarter dollar coins issued during such year in accordance with paragraph (3)(A).''. SEC. 4. UNITED STATES DOLLAR COINS. (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``United States $1 Coin Act of 1997''. (b) Weight.--Section 5112(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking ``and weighs 8.1 grams''. (c) Color and Content.--Section 5112(b) of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in the first sentence, by striking ``dollar,''; and (2) by inserting after the fourth sentence the following: ``The dollar coin shall be golden in color, have a distinctive edge, have tactile and visual features that make the denomination of the coin readily discernible, be minted and fabricated in the United States, and have similar metallic, anti-counterfeiting properties as United States coinage in circulation on the date of enactment of the United States $1 Coin Act of 1997.''. (d) Design.--Section 5112(d)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the fifth and sixth sentences and inserting the following: ``The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Congress, shall select appropriate designs for the obverse and reverse sides of the dollar coin.''. (e) Production of New Dollar Coins.-- (1) In general.--Upon the depletion of the Government's supply (as of the date of enactment of this Act) of $1 coins bearing the likeness of Susan B. Anthony, the Secretary of the Treasury shall place into circulation $1 coins that comply with the requirements of subsections (b) and (d)(1) of section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, as amended by this section. (2) Authority of secretary to continue production.--If the supply of $1 coins bearing the likeness of Susan B. Anthony is depleted before production has begun of $1 coins which bear a design which complies with the requirements of subsections (b) and (d)(1) of section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, as amended by this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may continue to mint and issue $1 coins bearing the likeness of Susan B. Anthony in accordance with that section 5112 (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act) until such time as production begins. (3) Numismatic sets.--The Secretary may include such $1 coins in any numismatic set produced by the United States Mint before the date on which the $1 coins authorized by this section are placed in circulation. (f) Marketing Program.-- (1) In general.--Before placing into circulation $1 coins authorized under this section, the Secretary of the Treasury shall adopt a program to promote the use of such coins by commercial enterprises, mass transit authorities, and Federal, State, and local government agencies. (2) Study required.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall conduct a study on the progress of the marketing program adopted in accordance with paragraph (1). (3) Report.--Not later than March 31, 2001, the Secretary of the Treasury shall submit a report to the Congress on the results of the study conducted pursuant to paragraph (2). SEC. 5. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to evidence any intention to eliminate or to limit the printing or circulation of United States currency in the $1 denomination. SEC. 6. FIRST FLIGHT COMMEMORATIVE COINS. (a) Coin Specifications.-- (1) Denominations.--The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this section referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue the following coins: (A) $10 gold coins.--Not more than 100,000 $10 coins, each of which shall-- (i) weigh 16.718 grams; (ii) have a diameter of 1.06 inches; and (iii) contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy. (B) $1 silver coins.--Not more than 500,000 $1 coins, each of which shall-- (i) weigh 26.73 grams; (ii) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and (iii) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. (C) Half dollar clad coins.--Not more than 750,000 half dollar coins each of which shall-- (i) weigh 11.34 grams; (ii) have a diameter of 1.205 inches; and (iii) be minted to the specifications for half dollar coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, United States Code. (b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this section shall be legal tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code. (c) Sources of Bullion.--The Secretary shall obtain gold and silver for minting coins under this section pursuant to the authority of the Secretary under other provisions of law, including authority relating to the use of silver stockpiles established under the Strategic and Critical Materials Stockpiling Act, as applicable. (d) Design of Coins.-- (1) Design requirements.-- (A) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this section shall be emblematic of the first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. (B) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted under this section there shall be-- (i) a designation of the value of the coin; (ii) an inscription of the year ``2003''; and (iii) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E Pluribus Unum''. (2) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this section shall be-- (A) selected by the Secretary after consultation with the Board of Directors of the First Flight Foundation and the Commission of Fine Arts; and (B) reviewed by the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee. (e) Period for Issuance of Coins.--The Secretary may issue coins minted under this section only during the period beginning on August 1, 2003, and ending on July 31, 2004. (f) Sale of Coins.-- (1) Sale price.--The coins issued under this section shall be sold by the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of-- (A) the face value of the coins; (B) the surcharge provided in paragraph (4) with respect to such coins; and (C) the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping). (2) Bulk sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins issued under this section at a reasonable discount. (3) Prepaid orders.-- (A) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders for the coins minted under this section before the issuance of such coins. (B) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders under subparagraph (A) shall be at a reasonable discount. (4) Surcharges.--All sales shall include a surcharge of-- (A) $35 per coin for the $10 coin; (B) $10 per coin for the $1 coin; and (C) $1 per coin for the half dollar coin. (g) General Waiver of Procurement Regulations.-- (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), no provision of law governing procurement or public contracts shall be applicable to the procurement of goods and services necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Act. (2) Equal employment opportunity.--Paragraph (1) does not relieve any person entering into a contract under the authority of this section from complying with any law relating to equal employment opportunity. (h) Treatment as Numismatic Items.--For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all coins minted under this subsection shall be considered to be numismatic items. (i) Distribution of Surcharges.-- (1) In general.--Subject to section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all surcharges received by the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under this section shall be promptly paid by the Secretary to the First Flight Foundation for the purposes of-- (A) repairing, refurbishing, and maintaining the Wright Brothers Monument on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and (B) expanding (or, if necessary, replacing) and maintaining the visitor center and other facilities at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including providing educational programs and exhibits for visitors. (2) Audits.--The Comptroller General of the United States shall have the right to examine such books, records, documents, and other data of the First Flight Foundation as may be related to the expenditures of amounts paid under paragraph (1). (j) Financial Assurances.--The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that minting and issuing coins under this section will not result in any net cost to the United States Government. Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.
50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act - Amends Federal law to mandate redesign of quarter-dollar coins issued during the ten-year period beginning 1999, with the reverse side emblematic of five of the 50 States each year during such period, selected in the order of their ratification of the U.S. Constitution or their admission to the Union. United States $1 Coin Act of 1997 - Amends Federal law to mandate that the dollar coin shall: (1) be golden in color, have a distinctive edge, with tactile and visual features making it readily discernible; (2) be minted and fabricated in the United States; and (3) have similar metallic anticounterfeiting properties as U.S. clad coinage in circulation on the date of enactment of this Act. Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place into circulation $1 coins that comply with such mandate upon depletion of the Government's supply of $1 coins bearing the likeness of Susan B. Anthony. Authorizes the Secretary to continue to mint and issue $1 Susan B. Anthony coins if they are depleted before production has begun of the new $1 coins mandated by this Act. Directs the Secretary to: (1) adopt a marketing program promoting the use of $1 coins by commercial enterprises, mass transit authorities, and Federal, State, and local government agencies; and (2) conduct a marketing study and report its progress results to the Congress. Directs the Secretary to mint and issue for a limited period ten-dollar gold coins, one-dollar silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. Precludes this Act from being construed as evidence of any intention to eliminate or limit the printing or circulation of United States currency in the $1 denomination. Mandates prompt payment of all surcharges received from coin sales to the First Flight Foundation to: (1) maintain the Wright Brothers Monument on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and (2) expand and maintain the visitor center and other facilities at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Employee Benefits Protection Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings: (1) The intent of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to protect the pension and welfare benefits of workers is frustrated by the practice of mislabeling or relabeling employees to improperly exclude them from employee benefit plans. Employees are wrongly denied benefits when they are misclassified or reclassified as temporary employees, part- time employees, leased employees, agency employees, staffing firm employees, and independent contractors. If their true employment status were recognized, these misclassified and reclassified employees would be eligible to participate in employee pension and welfare benefit plans because such plans are offered to other employees performing the same or substantially the same work and working for the same employer. (2) Mislabeled employees are often paid through staffing, temporary, employee leasing, or other similar firms to give the appearance that the employees do not work for their employer. Employment contracts and reports to government agencies also are used to give the erroneous impression that mislabeled employees work for staffing, temporary, employee leasing, or other similar firms, when the facts of the work arrangement do not meet the common law standard for determining the employment relationship. Employees are also mislabeled as contractors and paid from non-payroll accounts to give the appearance that they are not employees of their employer. These practices violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. (3) Employers are amending their employee benefit plans to add provisions that exclude mislabeled employees from participation in the plan even in the event that such employees are determined to be common law employees and otherwise eligible to participate in the plan. These plan provisions violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. (4) As a condition of employment or continued service, employees are often required to sign documents that purport to waive their right to participate in employee benefit plans. Such documents inaccurately claim to limit the authority of the courts and applicable Federal agencies to correct the mislabeling and relabeling of employees and to enforce the terms of plans providing for their participation. This practice violates the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. (5) As a condition of continued employment or service, employees are often required to sign documents that purport to waive their right to bring a lawsuit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Such documents inaccurately claim to limit the ability of the courts and applicable Federal agencies to obtain any payments or benefits in the event that the waiver is found not to be knowing and voluntary. This practice violates the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to clarify applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to ensure that employees are not improperly excluded from participation in employee benefit plans as a result of mislabeling or reclassifying their employment status. SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL STANDARDS RELATING TO MINIMUM PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS. (a) Required Inclusion of Service.--Section 202(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1052(a)(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: ``(E) For purposes of this section, in determining years of service and hours of service-- ``(i) service shall include all service for the employer as an employee under the common law, irrespective of whether the individual-- ``(I) is paid through a staffing firm, temporary help firm, payroll agency, employment agency, or other such similar arrangement, ``(II) is paid directly by the employer under an arrangement purporting to characterize an employee under the common law as other than an employee, or ``(III) is paid from an account not designated as a payroll account, and ``(ii) in any case in which an employer, plan sponsor, or fiduciary (including any administrator, officer, trustee, or custodian) changes the job classification of any person from employee to leased employee, agency employee, staffing firm employee, independent contractor, or any similar category, in determining years of service and hours of service, service shall include all service for the employer that the person performs subsequent to such reclassification.''. (b) Exclusion Precluded When Related to Certain Purported Categorizations.--Section 202 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 1052) is amended further by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(c)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a pension plan shall be treated as failing to meet the requirements of this section if the plan excludes from participation any person who performs the same work (or substantially the same work) for the employer as other employees who generally are not excluded from participation in the plan, irrespective of the placement of such person in any category of workers (such as temporary employees, part-time employees, leased employees, agency employees, staffing firm employees, independent contractors, or any similar category) which may be specified under the plan as ineligible for participation. ``(2) Nothing in paragraph (1) shall be construed to preclude the exclusion from participation in a pension plan of individuals who in fact do not meet a minimum service period or minimum age which is required under the terms of the plan and which is otherwise in conformity with the requirements of this section.''. SEC. 4. OBJECTIVE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN PLAN INSTRUMENTS. Section 402 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1102) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(d)(1) The written instrument pursuant to which an employee benefit plan is maintained shall set forth eligibility criteria which-- ``(A) include and exclude employees on a uniform basis; ``(B) are based on reasonable job classifications other than the mere labeling of a job position as something other than an employee; and ``(C) are based on objective criteria stated in the instrument itself for the inclusion or exclusion (other than the mere listing of an employee as included or excluded). ``(2) No employee benefit plan may permit an employer or plan sponsor to exclude any person from participation irrespective of the placement of such employee in any category of workers (such as temporary employees, leased employees, agency employees, staffing firm employees, contractors, or any similar category), if the employee-- ``(A) is an employee of the employer under the common law; ``(B) performs the same work (or substantially the same work) for the employer as other employees who generally are not excluded from participation in the plan; and ``(C) meets a minimum service period or minimum age which is required under the terms of the plan. ``(3) In any case in which the employer of an individual who is a participant in an employee benefit plan, the plan sponsor of such plan, or a fiduciary of such plan requires such individual to convert to the status of a temporary employee, leased employee, agency employee, staffing firm employee, contractor, or any similar category as a condition of continuing in the service of the employer, such individual shall not cease to be treated under such plan or this title as a participant in such plan by reason of such conversion.''. SEC. 5. ENFORCEMENT. Section 502 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1132) is amended-- (1) in paragraphs (3)(B) and (5)(B) of subsection (a), by striking ``other appropriate equitable relief'' and inserting ``other appropriate relief, including such additional relief as a court of equity might have awarded in a case involving the enforcement or administration of a trust, other equitable relief, compensatory relief, or remedial relief''; (2) in subsection (a)(3)(B), by striking ``or'' at the end of clause (i) and inserting a comma, by striking the semicolon at the end of clause (ii) and inserting ``, or'', and by adding at the end the following: ``(iii) to provide restitution and other appropriate relief to employees who have been excluded from participation or have been misclassified or reclassified in violation of section 202 or 402''; (3) by striking ``or'' at the end of subsection (a)(8), by striking the period at the end of subsection (a)(9) and inserting ``; or'', and by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(10) by a participant or beneficiary to obtain a judicial declaration concerning whether a waiver of rights arising under this title or a plan, including a waiver of participation in a plan, was knowing and voluntary under the totality of the circumstances.''; (4) in subsection (g)(1), by inserting ``, reasonable expert fees,'' before ``and costs'' and by inserting before the period at the end the following: ``, except that the court shall award such fees and costs to a prevailing party in the case of an action brought to enforce section 510, unless the court determines that it would be unjust to do so under the circumstances''; and (5) by adding at the end of section 502 the following new subsection: ``(n) In an action under this section, if the court finds that any participant or beneficiary has been discharged, fined, suspended, expelled, disciplined, or discriminated against in violation of section 510, relief under this section may include enjoining such unlawful conduct and ordering such affirmative action as may be appropriate. Such action may include, but is not limited to, reinstatement or hiring and an award of back pay and lost benefits.''. SEC. 6. WAIVERS. Section 502 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1132) (as amended by section 5) is amended further by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(o)(1) The rights under this title (including the right to maintain a civil action) may not be waived, deferred, or lost pursuant to any agreement not authorized under this title with specific reference to this paragraph. ``(2)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), paragraph (1) shall not apply to an agreement providing for arbitration or participation in any other non-judicial procedure to resolve a dispute if the agreement is entered into knowingly and voluntarily by the parties involved after the dispute has arisen or is pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. ``(B)(i) No waiver under subparagraph (A) of participation in an employee benefit plan may be considered knowing and voluntary if related, in whole or in part, to the misclassification or reclassification of an individual in one or more categories ineligible for participation in the plan. ``(ii) The party asserting the validity of a waiver under subparagraph (A) shall have the burden of proving that the waiver was knowing and voluntary. ``(iii) A waiver under subparagraph (A) shall not impose any limitation, including any condition precedent or penalty, adversely affecting the right of an individual to challenge the waiver by bringing a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction. Any provision requiring an individual to tender back consideration received and any provision allowing employers, plan sponsors, and fiduciaries (including administrators, officers, trustees, and custodians) to recover attorney's fees or damages because of the filing of a civil action shall be treated as limitations referred to in the preceding sentence. Nothing in this clause shall be construed as precluding recovery of a reasonable attorney's fee or costs of action that may be authorized under subsection (g)(1). ``(iv) No individual who brings a civil action shall be required to tender back any consideration given in exchange for a waiver under subparagraph (A) before bringing such civil action. The retention of any consideration received in exchange for any waiver shall not constitute ratification of a waiver under subparagraph (A) or foreclose a challenge thereto. ``(v) No waiver otherwise permitted under subparagraph (A) may affect the Secretary's rights and responsibilities to enforce this title. No waiver may be used to justify interfering with the protected right of any person to participate in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the Secretary.''. SEC. 7. GENERAL PROVISIONS. (a) In General.--Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2004. (b) Special Rule For Collectively Bargained Plans.--In the case of a plan maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements between employee representatives and one or more employers ratified on or before the date of the enactment of this Act, subsection (a) shall be applied to benefits pursuant to, and individuals covered by, any such agreement by substituting for ``January 1, 2004'' the date of the commencement of the first plan year beginning on or after the earlier of-- (1) the later of-- (A) January 1, 2005; or (B) the date on which the last of such collective bargaining agreements terminates (determined without regard to any extension thereof after the date of the enactment of this Act); or (2) January 1, 2006. (c) Plan Amendments.--If any amendment made by this Act requires an amendment to any plan, such plan amendment shall not be required to be made before the first plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2005, if-- (1) during the period after such amendment made by this Act takes effect and before such first plan year, the plan is operated in good faith compliance with the requirements of such amendment made by this Act; and (2) such plan amendment applies retroactively to the period after such amendment made by this Act takes effect and before such first plan year.
Employee Benefits Protection Act of 2003 - Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to prohibit employers from disqualifying employees from benefits under their pension and welfare plans by misclassifying or reclassifying employee status.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Safe Academic Facilities and Environments for Tribal Youth Act'' or the ``SAFETY Act''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Department.--The term ``Department'' means the Department of the Interior. (2) Indian.--The term ``Indian'' means a member of an Indian tribe. (3) Indian tribe.--The term ``Indian tribe'' has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b). (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. TRIBAL SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. (a) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Construction of replacement tribal school.--The term ``construction of a replacement tribal school'' includes the construction or renovation of-- (A) 1 or more facilities of that school; or (B) the entire campus of that school. (2) Demonstration program.--The term ``demonstration program'' means the Tribal School Construction Demonstration Program carried out under subsection (b). (3) Eligible indian tribe.--The term ``eligible Indian tribe'' means an Indian tribe that submits an application that is approved by the Secretary under subsection (b)(4). (4) Tribal school.--The term ``tribal school'' means-- (A) a school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; (B) a school operated pursuant to the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.); and (C) a tribally controlled school (as defined in section 5212 of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2511)). (b) Demonstration Program.-- (1) In general.--The Secretary shall carry out a demonstration program to be known as the ``Tribal School Construction Demonstration Program'' for fiscal years 2017 through 2021, to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of replacement tribal schools. (2) Purposes.--The purposes of the demonstration program shall be-- (A) to provide additional Indian tribes fair opportunities to construct replacement tribal schools; (B) to accelerate construction of needed educational facilities in Indian country; and (C) to permit additional funds to be provided for the priority list of the Department for construction of replacement tribal schools. (3) Grant recipients.-- (A) In general.--In carrying out the demonstration program, subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall award a grant to each eligible Indian tribe. (B) Priority.--The Secretary shall ensure that an eligible Indian tribe currently on the priority list of the Department for construction of replacement tribal schools receives the highest priority for a grant under this section. (4) Grant applications.--An application for a grant under the section shall-- (A) include a proposal for the construction of a replacement tribal school of the Indian tribe that submits the application; and (B) be in such form as the Secretary determines appropriate. (5) Grant agreement.--As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, the eligible Indian tribe shall enter into an agreement with the Secretary that specifies-- (A) the costs of construction under the grant; (B) that the Indian tribe shall be required to contribute towards the cost of the construction a tribal share equal to at least 25 percent of the cost; and (C) any other term or condition that the Secretary determines to be appropriate. (c) Effect of Grant.--A grant received under this section-- (1) shall be in addition to any other funds received by an Indian tribe under any other provision of law; and (2) shall not affect the eligibility of an Indian tribe receiving funding, or the amount of funding received by the Indian tribe, under-- (A) the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.); or (B) the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.). (d) Report.--At the conclusion of the demonstration program, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on whether the demonstration program has achieved the purposes of the demonstration program, as described in subsection (b)(2). SEC. 4. FUNDING FOR TRIBAL COLLEGES CONSTRUCTION. Section 113 of the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1813) is amended to read as follows: ``SEC. 113. CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FACILITIES. ``(a) Definitions.--In this section: ``(1) Construction.--The term `construction' includes any effort to address the facility construction, maintenance, renovation, reconstruction, and replacement needs of a Tribal College or University. ``(2) Tribal college or university.--The term `Tribal College or University' has the meaning given the term in section 316(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1059c(b)). ``(b) Grants.--With respect to any eligible Tribal College or University that identifies a need for construction, the Secretary shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, provide grants for the construction in accordance with this section. ``(c) Application.--Each eligible applicant desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. ``(d) Eligible Activities.--Activities eligible for a grant under this section shall be activities that address a wide variety of facilities and infrastructure needs, including-- ``(1) building of new facilities, including-- ``(A) classrooms; ``(B) administrative offices; ``(C) libraries; ``(D) health and cultural centers; ``(E) day care centers; ``(F) technology centers; and ``(G) other education-related facilities; ``(2) renovating or expanding existing or acquired facilities; ``(3) providing existing facilities with equipment, including-- ``(A) laboratory equipment; ``(B) computer infrastructure and equipment; ``(C) library books; and ``(D) furniture; and ``(4) property acquisition. ``(e) No Matching Requirement.--A recipient of a grant under this section shall not be required to make a matching contribution for Federal amounts received. ``(f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.''. SEC. 5. HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR EDUCATORS IN SCHOOLS WITH INDIAN STUDENTS. Title V of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1471 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 545. HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR EDUCATORS IN SCHOOLS WITH INDIAN STUDENTS. ``(a) Definitions.--In this section-- ``(1) the term `covered educator' means an individual who is employed full-time as a teacher, principal, administrator, or other licensed professional educator by a covered school; ``(2) the term `covered school' means-- ``(A) a school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; ``(B) a school operated pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.); ``(C) a tribally controlled school (as defined in section 5212 of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2511)); and ``(D) a public elementary school or secondary school in which not less than 25 percent of the students are Indian students; ``(3) the terms `elementary school' and `secondary school' have the meanings given those terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and ``(4) the term `eligible applicant' means-- ``(A) an Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)); ``(B) an Indian organization (as defined in section 1141 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2021)); or ``(C) a tribally designated housing entity (as defined in section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4103)). ``(b) Grant Program.--The Secretary may award grants to eligible applicants to construct, including by reconstructing, renovating, and repairing, and provide housing to covered educators in rural areas. ``(c) Application.--Each eligible applicant desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. ``(d) Non-Federal Share.--A recipient of a grant under this section shall not be required to obtain or provide a non-Federal share in order to receive assistance under this section. ``(e) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2017 and each fiscal year thereafter.''. SEC. 6. BIE AND OMB PLAN. (a) In General.--The Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of Management and Budget shall jointly develop a 10-year plan to bring up to good condition, as determined by the facilities evaluation process of the Department of the Interior, in compliance with all applicable tribal requirements all of the following Bureau of Indian Education school facilities: (1) An elementary or secondary day or boarding school operated by the Bureau of Indian Education. (2) A school operated pursuant to the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.). (3) A tribally controlled school (as defined in section 5212 of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2511)). (4) A dormitory operated by the Bureau of Indian Education for students attending a school other than a school specified in paragraphs (1) through (3). (b) Inclusions.--The plan developed under subsection (a) shall include-- (1) proposed budget requests and timelines; and (2) additional factors such as increasing enrollment capacities. (c) Effect.--For the purpose of developing the plan under subsection (a) only, section 1125(a)(5) of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2005(a)(5)) shall not apply. (d) Report.--As soon as practicable after completion of the plan developed under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit a report describing the plan to-- (1) the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; (2) the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate; (3) the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; and (4) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 7. GAO REPORT. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a comprehensive report describing the implementation of section 8007 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as in effect on December 9, 2015), for fiscal years preceding fiscal year 2017, and section 7007 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as in effect for fiscal year 2017), for fiscal year 2017 and subsequent fiscal years, that-- (1) evaluates the adequacy of the distribution of payments between subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subsection (a)(3) of those sections; (2) evaluates unmet need; and (3) determines the age, condition, and remaining utility of school facilities (as the term is defined in section 7013 of that Act (as in effect for fiscal year 2017)) for those local educational agencies enrolling students described in section 7003(a)(1)(C) of that Act (as so in effect) that are eligible to receive a basic support payment under-- (A) section 8003(b) of that Act (as in effect on December 9, 2015) for fiscal years preceding fiscal year 2017; and (B) section 7003(b) of that Act (as in effect for fiscal year 2017) for fiscal year 2017 and subsequent fiscal years.
Safe Academic Facilities and Environments for Tribal Youth Act or the SAFETY Act This bill directs the Department of the Interior to carry out a Tribal School Construction Demonstration Program to award grants to Indian tribes for the construction of replacement tribal schools. The program provides additional funding and opportunities for tribes to construct schools. Tribes on the Interior priority list for construction of tribal schools receive the highest priority for a grant under this program. This bill amends the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 to revise the grant program for construction at tribal colleges and universities. The bill eliminates the requirements for Interior to identify the need for construction and tribal colleges and universities to provide matching funds. Restrictions on grant amounts and the use of constructed facilities are removed. This bill amends the Housing Act of 1949 to authorize the Department of Agriculture to award grants to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal housing entities for the construction or renovation of housing in rural areas for educators at Indian schools and schools where at least 25% of the students are Indian. The Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of Management and Budget must develop a 10-year plan to bring up to good condition certain Bureau of Indian Education school facilities. The Government Accountability Office must report on Impact Aid for construction provided to local education agencies impacted by military dependent children and children who reside on Indian lands.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Senior Citizens' Financial Freedom Act''. SEC. 2. REPEAL OF INCREASE IN TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. (a) In General.--Paragraph (2) of section 86(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to social security and tier 1 railroad retirement benefits) is amended by adding at the end the following new flush sentence: ``This paragraph shall not apply to any taxable year beginning after December 31, 2000.'' (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2000. SEC. 3. ELIMINATION OF EARNINGS TEST FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ATTAINED RETIREMENT AGE. (a) In General.--Section 203 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403) is amended-- (1) in subsection (c)(1), by striking ``the age of seventy'' and inserting ``retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''; (2) in paragraphs (1)(A) and (2) of subsection (d), by striking ``the age of seventy'' each place it appears and inserting ``retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''; (3) in subsection (f)(1)(B), by striking ``was age seventy or over'' and inserting ``was at or above retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''; (4) in subsection (f)(3)-- (A) by striking ``33\1/3\ percent'' and all that follows through ``any other individual,'' and inserting ``50 percent of such individual's earnings for such year in excess of the product of the exempt amount as determined under paragraph (8),''; and (B) by striking ``age 70'' and inserting ``retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''; (5) in subsection (h)(1)(A), by striking ``age 70'' each place it appears and inserting ``retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''; and (6) in subsection (j)-- (A) in the heading, by striking ``Age Seventy'' and inserting ``Retirement Age''; and (B) by striking ``seventy years of age'' and inserting ``having attained retirement age (as defined in section 216(l))''. (b) Conforming Amendments Eliminating the Special Exempt Amount for Individuals Who Have Attained Retirement Age.-- (1) Uniform exempt amount.--Section 203(f)(8)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403(f)(8)(A)) is amended by striking ``the new exempt amounts (separately stated for individuals described in subparagraph (D) and for other individuals) which are to be applicable'' and inserting ``a new exempt amount which shall be applicable''. (2) Conforming amendments.--Section 203(f)(8)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 403(f)(8)(B)) is amended-- (A) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``Except'' and all that follows through ``whichever'' and inserting ``The exempt amount which is applicable for each month of a particular taxable year shall be whichever''; (B) in clauses (i) and (ii), by striking ``corresponding'' each place it appears; and (C) in the last sentence, by striking ``an exempt amount'' and inserting ``the exempt amount''. (3) Repeal of basis for computation of special exempt amount.--Section 203(f)(8)(D) of such Act (42 U.S.C. (f)(8)(D)) is repealed. (c) Additional Conforming Amendments.-- (1) Elimination of redundant references to retirement age.--Section 203 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403) is amended-- (A) in subsection (c), in the last sentence, by striking ``nor shall any deduction'' and all that follows and inserting ``nor shall any deduction be made under this subsection from any widow's or widower's insurance benefit if the widow, surviving divorced wife, widower, or surviving divorced husband involved became entitled to such benefit prior to attaining age 60.''; and (B) in subsection (f)(1), by striking clause (D) and inserting the following: ``(D) for which such individual is entitled to widow's or widower's insurance benefits if such individual became so entitled prior to attaining age 60,''. (2) Conforming amendment to provisions for determining amount of increase on account of delayed retirement.--Section 202(w)(2)(B)(ii) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(w)(2)(B)(ii)) is amended-- (A) by striking ``either''; and (B) by striking ``or suffered deductions under section 203(b) or 203(c) in amounts equal to the amount of such benefit''. (3) Provisions relating to earnings taken into account in determining substantial gainful activity of blind individuals.--The second sentence of section 223(d)(4)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 423(d)(4)(A)) is amended by striking ``if section 102 of the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act of 1996 had not been enacted'' and inserting the following: ``if the amendments to section 203 made by section 102 of the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act of 1996 and by the Senior Citizens' Financial Freedom Act had not been enacted''. (d) Effective Date.--The amendments and repeals made by this section shall apply with respect to taxable years ending after December 31, 2000. SEC. 4. GRADUAL INCREASE IN AGE FOR REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTIONS FROM PENSION PLANS. (a) In General.--Section 401(a)(9)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining required beginning date) is amended-- (1) by striking ``age 70\1/2\'' and inserting ``the applicable age'', and (2) by adding at the end the following new clause: ``(v) Applicable age.--For purposes of this subparagraph, the applicable age shall be determined in accordance with the following table: Applicable ``Calendar year: Age: 2000.......................................... 71 2001.......................................... 72 2002.......................................... 73 2003.......................................... 74 2004.......................................... 75 2005.......................................... 76 2006.......................................... 77 2007.......................................... 78 2008.......................................... 79 2009.......................................... 80 2010.......................................... 81 2011.......................................... 82 2012.......................................... 83 2013.......................................... 84 2014 and thereafter........................... 85.'' (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall apply to years beginning after December 31, 1999.
Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act to repeal the limitation on the amount of outside income which beneficiaries who have attained retirement age may earn (earnings test) without incurring a reduction in benefits. Amends the IRC to provide for a graduated increase in age from calendar year 2000 to 2014 and thereafter for required distributions from qualified trusts.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act''. SEC. 2. RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT. (a) In General.--Title II of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 922 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``SEC. 208. REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT. ``In addition to any preference given under section 201 with respect to a telephone loan made under this Act, the Secretary may give preference to an application for such a loan for a project that, as determined by the Secretary, supports the development of telecommunications services on a multijurisdictional basis. In evaluating such an application, the Secretary shall consider whether-- ``(1) the project that is the subject of the application was developed through the collaboration and participation of multiple stakeholders in the service area of the project, including State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, and private entities; ``(2) the applicant has an understanding of the applicable regional resources that could support the project, including natural resources, human resources, infrastructure, and financial resources; and ``(3) the project has clear objectives and includes a means to establish measurable performance measures and to track progress toward meeting such objectives.''. (b) Exemption From State Agency Requirement.--Section 201 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 922) is amended in the last sentence by inserting ``or the application involved is an application described in section 208'' before the period at the end. (c) Definition of Rural Area.--Section 203(b) of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 924(b)) is amended by striking ``5,000'' and inserting ``20,000''. SEC. 3. RURAL BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT. (a) Award of Grants.--Section 601 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 950bb) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``loans and loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, and grants''; (2) in subsection (c)-- (A) in the subsection heading, by striking ``and Loan Guarantees'' and inserting ``Loan Guarantees, and Grants''; (B) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``, and may make grants,'' after ``loans''; and (C) in paragraph (2)-- (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking ``loans or loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, or grants''; (ii) in subparagraph (A)-- (I) by striking ``loan and loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, and grant''; and (II) by striking ``loans and loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, and grants''; and (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``loans or loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, or grants''; (3) in subsection (d)-- (A) in paragraph (1)(A)-- (i) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (ii) in clause (ii), by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; and (iii) in clause (iii)-- (I) by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; and (II) by striking ``loan made or guaranteed'' and inserting ``loan or grant made or loan guaranteed''; (B) in paragraph (2)-- (i) in subparagraph (A), in the matter preceding clause (i)-- (I) by inserting ``or the funds received through a grant made'' after ``guaranteed''; and (II) by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; and (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (C) in paragraph (3)(A), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (D) in paragraph (4), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (E) in paragraph (5)(A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (F) in paragraph (6)-- (i) by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; and (ii) by striking ``loan involved'' and inserting ``loan or grant involved''; and (G) in paragraph (7), by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; (4) in subsection (f), by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; (5) in subsection (j)-- (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ``loan and loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, and grant''; (B) in paragraph (1)-- (i) by striking ``loans'' and inserting ``loans or grants''; and (ii) by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; (C) in paragraph (2)-- (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``loans and loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, and grants''; and (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``loans and loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, and grants''; and (D) in paragraph (3), by striking ``loan'' and inserting ``loan or grant''; (6) by redesignating subsections (k) and (l) as subsections (l) and (m), respectively; (7) by inserting after subsection (j) the following new subsection: ``(k) Matching Funds Requirement.--The recipient of a grant under this section shall provide funds, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both, from sources other than funds provided through such grant in an amount that is at least equal to 10 percent of the amount of such grant.''; (8) in subsection (l) (as so redesignated)-- (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``section'' and all that follows through ``expended.'' and inserting the following: ``section-- ``(A) $25,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2015, to remain available until expended; and ``(B) $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.''; and (B) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking ``loans and loan guarantees'' and inserting ``loans, loan guarantees, and grants'' each place it appears in clauses (i) and (ii); and (9) in subsection (m) (as so redesignated)-- (A) by striking ``loan or loan guarantee'' and inserting ``loan, loan guarantee, or grant''; and (B) by striking ``2018'' and inserting ``2020''. (b) Priority for Support for Development of Broadband Service.-- Paragraph (2) of section 601(c) of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 950bb(c)), as amended by subsection (a), is further amended-- (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``and'' at the end; (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: ``(E) give priority to applicants that offer in the applications of the applicants to provide support for mutijurisdictional projects for the development of broadband service in rural areas that are developed through the collaboration and participation of multiple stakeholders in the service area of such a project, including State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, and private entities.''.
Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act This bill amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to authorize the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide additional loans and grants for the development of telecommunications and broadband services in rural areas. USDA may give preference to loan applications for projects that support the development of telecommunications services in rural areas on a multijurisdictional basis. In evaluating applications, USDA must consider whether: the project was developed through the collaboration and participation of multiple stakeholders in the service area; the applicant understands the regional resources that could support the project, including natural resources, human resources, infrastructure, and financial resources; and the project has clear objectives and a means to establish performance measures. For the purpose of loans, loan guarantees, and grants, a rural area is any area of the United States not included within the boundaries of any incorporated or unincorporated city, village, or borough having a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants. USDA may provide grants, in addition to loans and loan guarantees permitted under current law, for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural areas. In providing loans, loan guarantees, and grants, USDA may give priority to multijurisdictional projects for the development of broadband service in rural areas that are developed through the collaboration and participation of multiple stakeholders in the service area.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Increasing Homeownership Opportunities Act''. SEC. 2. PERMANENT CONFORMING LOAN LIMIT INCREASE FOR FREDDIE MAC AND FANNIE MAE. (a) Freddie Mac.-- (1) Conforming loan limit increase.--Paragraph (2) of section 305(a) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1454(a)(2)) is amended-- (A) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``(2)''; (B) in the first sentence, by redesignating clauses (A) through (C) as clauses (i) through (iii), respectively; (C) in the second sentence, by striking ``clause (A)'' and inserting ``clause (i)''; (D) in the sixth sentence by striking ``January 1 of each year beginning after the effective date of the Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008'' and inserting ``January 1, 2010, and January 1 of each year thereafter''; and (E) in the last sentence-- (i) by striking ``115 percent'' each place it appears and inserting ``125 percent''; and (ii) by striking ``150 percent'' and inserting ``175 percent''. (2) Discretionary authority.--Paragraph (2) of section 305(a) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1454(a)(2)), as amended by paragraph (1), is further amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs: ``(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) and subject to subparagraph (C), the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may-- ``(i) increase the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage that may be purchased by the Corporation that is otherwise in effect pursuant to the sixth sentence of subparagraph (A) with respect to any particular size or sizes of residences located in any particular area or areas by not more than $100,000; or ``(ii) increase, for any geographic area that is smaller than an area for which a dollar amount limitation on the principal obligation of a mortgage is established pursuant to this paragraph, the limitation otherwise in effect for such size or sizes of residences for such sub-area or sub-areas, but in no case to an amount that exceeds the maximum nationwide amount otherwise permitted under this subparagraph. ``(C) The Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may increase the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage for any area or sub-area pursuant to subparagraph (B) only if the Director makes a determination that-- ``(i) such increase is warranted by higher median home prices in such area or sub-area; and ``(ii) such increase will have a significant impact on the cost or availability of mortgages having principal obligation amounts in the range of such increased limit. ``(D) Notwithstanding the calculation of the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage that may be purchased by the Corporation for an area pursuant to the last sentence of subparagraph (A), if any recalculation of the local median home price for any area would otherwise result in a decrease in the maximum original principal limitation for any size residence in any such area, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may prevent or limit a decrease in such limitation from taking place for any such area. In taking such action, the Director shall consider such factors as market dislocations caused by a decrease in such limitation, the extent of the median home price decline, and the causes for such reduction in median home price.''. (b) Fannie Mae.-- (1) Conforming loan limit increase.--Paragraph (2) of section 302(b) of the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act (12 U.S.C. 1717(b)(2)) is amended-- (A) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``(2)''; (B) in the second sentence, by redesignating clauses (A) through (C) as clauses (i) through (iii), respectively; (C) in the third sentence, by striking ``clause (A)'' and inserting ``clause (i)''; (D) in the seventh sentence by striking ``January 1 of each year beginning after the effective date of the Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008'' and inserting ``January 1, 2010, and January 1 of each year thereafter''; and (E) in the last sentence-- (i) by striking ``115 percent'' each place it appears and inserting ``125 percent''; and (ii) by striking ``150 percent'' and inserting ``175 percent''. (2) Discretionary authority.--Paragraph (2) of section 302(b) of the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act (12 U.S.C. 1717(b)(2)), as amended by paragraph (1), is further amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs: ``(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) and subject to subparagraph (C), the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may-- ``(i) increase the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage that may be purchased by the corporation that is otherwise in effect pursuant to the seventh sentence of subparagraph (A) with respect to any particular size or sizes of residences located in any particular area or areas by not more than $100,000; or ``(ii) increase, for any geographic area that is smaller than an area for which a dollar amount limitation on the principal obligation of a mortgage is established pursuant to this paragraph, the limitation otherwise in effect for such size or sizes of residences for such sub-area or sub-areas, but in no case to an amount that exceeds the maximum nationwide amount otherwise permitted under this subparagraph. ``(C) The Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may increase the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage for any area or sub-area pursuant to subparagraph (B) only if the Director makes a determination that-- ``(i) such increase is warranted by higher median home prices in such area or sub-area; and ``(ii) such increase will have a significant impact on the cost or availability of mortgages having principal obligation amounts in the range of such increased limit. ``(D) Notwithstanding the calculation of the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage that may be purchased by the corporation for an area pursuant to the last sentence of subparagraph (A), if any recalculation of the local median home price for any area would otherwise result in a decrease in the maximum original principal limitation for any size residence in any such area, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency may prevent or limit a decrease in such limitation from taking place for any such area. In taking such action, the Director shall consider such factors as market dislocations caused by a decrease in such limitation, the extent of the median home price decline, and the causes for such reduction in median home price.''. SEC. 3. PERMANENT LOAN LIMIT INCREASE FOR FHA. (a) Loan Limit Increase.--Subparagraph (A) of section 203(b)(2) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709(b)(2)(A)) is amended-- (1) in clause (i) by striking ``115 percent'' and inserting ``125 percent''; and (2) in clause (ii) by striking ``150 percent'' and inserting ``175 percent''. (b) Discretionary Authority.--Subparagraph (A) of section 203(b)(2) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709(b)(2)(A) is amended by inserting after ``; and'' at the end the following: ``except that, if the Secretary determines an increase is warranted by higher median home prices in an area or sub-area and such an increase will have a significant impact on the cost or availability of mortgages having principal obligation amounts in the range of an increased limit, the Secretary may increase the maximum dollar amount limitation that is otherwise in effect pursuant to the preceding provisions of this subparagraph with respect to any particular size or sizes of residences, or with respect to residences located in any particular area or areas, by not more than $100,000, or increase, for any geographic area that is smaller than an area for which a dollar amount limitation is determined pursuant to the preceding provisions of this subparagraph, the limitation otherwise in effect for such size or sizes of residences for such sub-area or sub-areas, but in no case to an amount that exceeds the maximum nationwide amount otherwise permitted under this subparagraph; and except that notwithstanding the calculation of the maximum dollar amount limitation for any area pursuant to clause (i) of this subparagraph, if any recalculation of the local median home price for any area would otherwise result in a decrease in the maximum dollar amount limitation for any size residence in any such area, the Secretary, considering such factors as market dislocations caused by a decrease in such dollar amount limitation, the extent of the median home price decline, and the causes for such reduction in median home price, may prevent or limit a decrease in such dollar amount limitation from taking place for any such area; and''. SEC. 4. EXISTING LOAN LIMITS. This Act may not be construed to affect the loan limits for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation or the Federal National Mortgage Association in effect under section 1203 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) or the FHA mortgage amount limitations in effect under section 1202 of such Act. SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. The amendments made by this Act shall take effect January 1, 2010.
Increasing Homeownership Opportunities Act - Amends the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act and the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act to increase limitations on the maximum original principal obligation of mortgages that may purchased by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Association (Freddie Mac). Increases such limitations in areas where 125% (currently, 115%) of the median price of residences of a particular size exceed existing mortgage purchase limitations for such residence size. Gives the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) discretion to increase existing mortgage purchase limitations where an increase is warranted by higher median home prices in an area or sub-area and will have a significant impact on the cost or availability of mortgages for such homes. Amends the National Housing Act to raise limitations on the maximum principal obligation of mortgages that may be insured by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Gives the Secretary discretion to increase mortgage insurance limitations where an increase is warranted by higher median home prices in an area or sub-area and will have a significant impact on the cost or availability of mortgages for such homes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Act''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Heritage area.--The term ``Heritage Area'' means the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area, established in this Act. (2) Management entity.--The term ``management entity'' means the management entity for the Heritage Area designated by this Act. (3) Management plan.--The term ``management plan'' means the management plan for the Heritage Area required under this Act. (4) Map.--The term ``map'' means the map entitled ``Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Proposed Boundary'', numbered T11/ 101,592, and dated March 2010. (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Texas. SEC. 3. BUFFALO BAYOU NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment.--There is established in the State the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area. (b) Boundaries.--The Heritage Area shall consist of areas included in the map in Harris County, Texas. (c) Map.--A map of the Heritage Area shall be-- (1) included in the management plan; and (2) on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (d) Management Entity.--The management entity for the Heritage Area shall be the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Corporation. SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION. (a) Authorities.--For purposes of carrying out the management plan, the Secretary, acting through the management entity, may use amounts made available under this Act to-- (1) make grants to the State or a political subdivision of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other persons; (2) enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to, the State or a political subdivision of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other interested parties; (3) hire and compensate staff, which shall include individuals with expertise in natural, cultural, and historical resources protection, and heritage programming; (4) obtain money or services from any source including any that are provided under any other Federal law or program; (5) contract for goods or services; and (6) undertake to be a catalyst for any other activity that furthers the Heritage Area and is consistent with the approved management plan. (b) Duties.--The management entity shall-- (1) in accordance with section 5, prepare and submit a management plan for the Heritage Area to the Secretary; (2) assist units of local government, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in carrying out the approved management plan by-- (A) carrying out programs and projects that recognize, protect, and enhance important resource values in the Heritage Area; (B) establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits and programs in the Heritage Area; (C) developing recreational and educational opportunities in the Heritage Area; (D) increasing public awareness of, and appreciation for, natural, historical, scenic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (E) protecting and restoring historic sites and buildings in the Heritage Area that are consistent with Heritage Area themes; (F) ensuring that clear, consistent, and appropriate signs identifying points of public access, and sites of interest are posted throughout the Heritage Area; and (G) promoting a wide range of partnerships among governments, organizations, and individuals to further the Heritage Area; (3) consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Heritage Area in the preparation and implementation of the management plan; (4) conduct meetings open to the public at least semiannually regarding the development and implementation of the management plan; (5) for any year that Federal funds have been received under this Act-- (A) submit an annual report to the Secretary that describes the activities, expenses, and income of the management entity (including grants to any other entities during the year that the report is made); (B) make available to the Secretary for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; and (C) require, with respect to all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the organizations receiving the funds make available to the Secretary for audit all records concerning the expenditure of the funds; and (6) encourage by appropriate means economic viability that is consistent with the Heritage Area. (c) Prohibition on the Acquisition of Real Property.--The management entity shall not use Federal funds made available under this Act to acquire real property or any interest in real property. (d) Cost-Sharing Requirement.--The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using any assistance made available under this Act shall be 50 percent. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General.--Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the management entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a proposed management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Requirements.--The management plan shall-- (1) incorporate an integrated and cooperative approach for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration State and local plans; (3) include-- (A) an inventory of-- (i) the resources located in the core area described in section 4(b); and (ii) any other property in the core area that-- (I) is related to the themes of the Heritage Area; and (II) should be preserved, restored, managed, or maintained because of the significance of the property; (B) comprehensive policies, strategies, and recommendations for conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (C) a description of actions that governments, private organizations, and individuals have agreed to take to protect the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (D) a program of implementation for the management plan by the management entity that includes a description of actions to facilitate ongoing collaboration among partners to-- (i) promote plans for resource protection, restoration, and construction; and (ii) specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the management entity or any government, organization, or individual for the first 5 years of operation; (E) the identification of sources of funding for carrying out the management plan; (F) analysis and recommendations for means by which local, State, and Federal programs, including the role of the National Park Service in the Heritage Area, may best be coordinated to carry out this Act; and (G) an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area; and (4) recommend policies and strategies for resource management that consider and detail the application of appropriate land and water management techniques, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency cooperative agreements to protect the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area. (c) Deadline.--If a proposed management plan is not submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the management entity shall be ineligible to receive additional funding under this Act until the date that the Secretary receives and approves the management plan. (d) Approval or Disapproval of Management Plan.-- (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the management plan under subsection (a), the Secretary, in consultation with the State, shall approve or disapprove the management plan. (2) Criteria for approval.--In determining whether to approve the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the management entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations; (B) the management entity has afforded adequate opportunity, including public hearings, for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan; and (C) the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area. (3) Action following disapproval.--If the Secretary disapproves the management plan under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall-- (A) advise the management entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval; (B) make recommendations for revisions to the management plan; and (C) not later than 180 days after the receipt of any proposed revision of the management plan from the management entity, approve or disapprove the proposed revision. (4) Amendments.-- (A) In general.--The Secretary shall approve or disapprove each amendment to the management plan that the Secretary determines makes a substantial change to the management plan. (B) Use of funds.--The management entity shall not use Federal funds authorized by this Act to carry out any amendments to the management plan until the Secretary has approved the amendments. SEC. 6. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. (a) In General.--Nothing in this Act affects the authority of a Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law. (b) Consultation and Coordination.--The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the management entity to the maximum extent practicable. (c) Other Federal Agencies.--Nothing in this Act-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any law or regulation authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (2) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (3) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. SEC. 7. PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION. Nothing in this Act-- (1) abridges the rights of any property owner (whether public or private), including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) requires any property owner to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner, or to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, or local law; (3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State or local agency, or conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the management entity; (4) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (5) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (6) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any person injured on the private property. SEC. 8. WATER RIGHTS. (a) Statement of Policy.--Nothing in this Act is meant to modify the Rio Grande Natural Area Act. (b) Applicability.--Nothing in this Act-- (1) amends, modifies, or is in conflict with the Act of May 31, 1939 (53 Stat. 785, chapter 155); (2) authorizes the regulation of private land in the Heritage Area; (3) authorizes the imposition of any mandatory streamflow requirements; (4) creates an express or implied Federal reserved water right; (5) imposes any Federal water quality standard within or upstream of the Heritage Area that is more restrictive than would be applicable had the Heritage Area not been established; or (6) prevents the State of Texas from acquiring an instream flow through the Heritage Area under the terms, conditions, and limitations of State law to assist in protecting the natural environment to the extent and for the purposes authorized by State law. SEC. 9. EVALUATION REPORT. (a) In General.--Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall-- (1) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and (2) prepare a report in accordance with subsection (c). (b) Evaluation.--An evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1) shall-- (1) assess the progress of the management entity with respect to-- (A) accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and (B) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (3) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (c) Report.-- (1) In general.--Based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (2) Required analysis.--If the report prepared under paragraph (1) recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of-- (A) ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and (B) the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination. (3) Submission to congress.--On completion of the report, the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (A) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (B) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 10. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be made available for any fiscal year. SEC. 11. TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY. The authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date that funds are first made available to carry out this Act.
Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Act - Establishes the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in Texas. Designates the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Corporation as the management entity for the Heritage Area. Requires the Corporation to submit a management plan for the Heritage Area. Requires the federal cost share of any activity carried out using assistance under this Act to be half of that activity's cost. Sets forth requirements for the approval or disapproval of the management plan by the Secretary of the Interior. Specifies this Act's effect on private property protections and water rights with regard to the Heritage Area. Bars anything in this Act from being meant as modifying the Rio Grande Natural Area Act.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Stealth Lobbyist Disclosure Act of 2002''. SEC. 2. DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYING ACTIVITIES BY CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS. (a) In General.--Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to political organizations) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(k) Disclosure of Certain Lobbying Activities.-- ``(1) In general.--In the case of a coalition or association that is identified as a client on any registration filed under section 4 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and that is not a political organization (determined without regard to this paragraph)-- ``(A) such coalition or association shall be treated for purposes of this title as a separate entity which is a political organization, and ``(B) this section shall be applied to such coalition or association with the following modifications: ``(i) The function of conducting lobbying activities (as defined in section 3(7) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995) shall be treated as its exempt function. ``(ii) The specific deduction under subsection (c)(2)(A) shall not be allowed. ``(iii) Subparagraphs (C) and (D) of subsection (c)(3) shall not apply. ``(iv) The disclosure requirements of paragraph (2) shall apply in lieu of the requirements of subsections (i) and (j). For purposes of subparagraph (B)(i), lobbying activities shall not include any activity described in subparagraph (C), (D), or (E) of section 4911(d)(2). ``(2) Disclosure requirements.-- ``(A) Establishment.--A coalition or association which is treated under paragraph (1) as a political organization shall notify the Secretary, electronically and in writing, of its existence. Such notice shall be transmitted not later than 72 hours after a lobbyist first makes a lobbying contact (or, if earlier, is employed or retained to make a lobbying contact) on behalf of such coalition or association. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the terms `lobbyist' and `lobbying contact' have the respective meanings given to such terms by section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. ``(B) Change in membership.--A coalition or association which is required to provide a notice to the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall also notify the Secretary, electronically and in writing, of any change in its membership since its prior required notice under this paragraph. Such notice shall be transmitted not later than 72 hours after the date of the membership change. ``(3) Contents of notice.-- ``(A) Initial notice.--Each notice required under paragraph (2)(A) shall include information regarding-- ``(i) the name, address, business telephone number, and principal place of business of each of the members of the coalition or association, ``(ii) a general description of the business or activities of each of such members, and ``(iii) the amount reasonably expected to be contributed by each of such members toward the activities of the coalition or association of influencing legislation. ``(B) Notice of membership change.--Each notice required under paragraph (2)(B) shall include-- ``(i) if the notice relates to a new member of the coalition or association, the information described in subparagraph (A) with respect to such new member, and ``(ii) if the notice relates to the cessation of a person's membership, the name of such person. ``(4) Effect of failure.-- ``(A) In general.--In the case of-- ``(i) a failure to give the notice required under paragraph (2) at the time and in the manner prescribed therefor, or ``(ii) a failure to include any of the information required to be included in such notice or to show the correct information, there shall be paid by the coalition or association an amount equal to the rate of tax specified in subsection (b)(1) multiplied by the amount involved. ``(B) Amount involved.--For purposes of subparagraph (A), the amount involved with respect to any failure is-- ``(i) in the case of a failure to file the notice under paragraph (2)(A) at the time and in the manner prescribed therefor, the amount which is reasonably expected to be paid by the coalition or association or its members to the person filing the registration statement, and ``(ii) in the case of a failure to include any of the information required to be included in such notice, or to show the correct information, with respect to any member, the amount reasonably expected to be contributed by such member toward the activities of the coalition or association of influencing legislation. ``(C) Joint and several liability.--All members of the coalition or association shall be jointly and severally liable under this paragraph for any failure. ``(D) Procedures for assessment and collection of penalty.--For purposes of subtitle F, the penalty imposed by this paragraph shall be assessed and collected in the same manner as penalties imposed by section 6652(c). ``(5) Exception for certain tax-exempt associations.--This subsection shall not apply to any association-- ``(A) which is described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt from tax under section 501(a), or ``(B)(i) which is described in any other paragraph of section 501(c) and exempt from tax under section 501(a), and ``(ii) which has substantial exempt activities other than lobbying with respect to the specific issue for which it engaged the person filing the registration statement under section 4 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any association formed or availed of to avoid the purposes of this subsection. ``(6) Exception from disclosure for certain members.-- ``(A) In general.--Information on a member of a coalition or association need not be included in any notice under paragraph (3) if the amount referred to in paragraph (3)(A)(iii) with respect to such member is less than $2,000 per year. ``(B) Expenditures in excess of expected amount.-- If-- ``(i) information on a member of a coalition or association is not included in any notice by reason of subparagraph (A), and ``(ii) the amount contributed by such member toward the activities of the coalition or association of influencing legislation exceeds $2,200 per year, such member shall be treated for purposes of this subsection as a new member of such coalition or association as of the earliest date that clause (ii) is met. ``(7) Look-thru rules.--In the case of a coalition or association which is treated as a political organization under paragraph (1)-- ``(A) such coalition or association shall be treated as employing or retaining other persons to conduct lobbying activities for purposes of determining whether any individual member thereof is treated as a political organization under paragraph (1), and ``(B) information on such coalition or association need not be included in any notice under paragraph (2) of the coalition or association with respect to which it is treated as a political organization under paragraph (1).''. (b) Public Disclosure of Notices.--Subsection (a) of section 6104 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(4) Information available on internet and in person.-- ``(A) In general.--The Secretary shall make publicly available, on the Internet and at the offices of the Internal Revenue Service-- ``(i) a list of all political organizations which file a notice with the Secretary under section 527(k), and ``(ii) the information provided in such notice. ``(B) Time to make information available.--The Secretary shall make available the information required under subparagraph (A) not later than 5 business days after the Secretary receives a notice from a political organization under section 527(k).''. (c) Effective Date.-- (1) In general.--The amendments made by this section shall apply to-- (A) coalitions and associations listed on registration statements filed under section 4 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 after the date of the enactment of this Act, and (B) coalitions and associations for whom any lobbying contact is made after the date of the enactment of this Act. (2) Special rule.--In the case of any coalition or association to which the amendments made by this Act apply by reason of paragraph (1)(B), the time to file the notice under section 527(k)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by this section, shall be 30 days after the date of the enactment of this section.
Stealth Lobbyist Disclosure Act of 2002 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to treat certain associations or coalitions as political organizations and thus require disclosure of their lobbying activities. Sets forth disclosure requirements, including notice requirements. Exempts certain tax-exempt organizations from such provisions.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017''. SEC. 2. COST SAVINGS ENHANCEMENTS. (a) In General.-- (1) Definitions.--Section 4511 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (A) in the section heading, by striking ``Definition'' and inserting ``Definitions''; and (B) in subsection (a)-- (i) by striking ``this subchapter, the term'' and inserting the following: ``this subchapter-- ``(1) the term''; (ii) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and (iii) by adding at the end the following: ``(2) the term `surplus salaries and expenses funds' means amounts made available for the salaries and expenses account, or equivalent account, of an agency-- ``(A) that are identified by an employee of the agency under section 4512(a) as unnecessary; ``(B) that the Inspector General of the agency or other agency employee designated under section 4512(b) determines are not required for the purpose for which the amounts were made available; ``(C) that the Chief Financial Officer of the agency determines are not required for the purpose for which the amounts were made available; and ``(D) the rescission of which would not be detrimental to the full execution of the purposes for which the amounts were made available.''. (2) Authority.--Section 4512 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (A) in subsection (a)-- (i) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting ``or identification of surplus salaries and expenses funds'' after ``mismanagement''; (ii) in paragraph (2), by inserting ``or identification'' after ``disclosure''; and (iii) in the matter following paragraph (2), by inserting ``or identification'' after ``disclosure''; and (B) by adding at the end the following: ``(c)(1) The Inspector General of an agency or other agency employee designated under subsection (b) shall refer to the Chief Financial Officer of the agency any potential surplus salaries and expenses funds identified by an employee that the Inspector General or other agency employee determines meets the requirements under subparagraphs (B) and (D) of section 4511(a)(2), along with any recommendations of the Inspector General or other agency employee. ``(2)(A) If the Chief Financial Officer of the agency determines that potential surplus salaries and expenses funds referred under paragraph (1) meet the requirements under section 4511(a)(2), except as provided in subsection (d), the head of the agency shall transfer the amount of the surplus salaries and expenses funds from the applicable appropriations account to the general fund of the Treasury. ``(B) Any amounts transferred under subparagraph (A) shall be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction, except that in the case of a fiscal year for which there is no Federal budget deficit, such amounts shall be used to reduce the Federal debt (in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate). ``(3) The Inspector General or other agency employee designated under subsection (b) for each agency and the Chief Financial Officer for each agency shall issue standards and definitions for purposes of making determinations relating to potential surplus salaries and expenses funds identified by an employee under this subsection. ``(d)(1) The head of an agency may retain not more than 10 percent of amounts to be transferred to the general fund of the Treasury under subsection (c)(2). ``(2) Amounts retained by the head of an agency under paragraph (1) may be-- ``(A) used for the purpose of paying a cash award under subsection (a) to one or more employees who identified the surplus salaries and expenses funds; and ``(B) to the extent amounts remain after paying cash awards under subsection (a), transferred or reprogrammed for use by the agency, in accordance with any limitation on such a transfer or reprogramming under any other provision of law. ``(e)(1) Not later than October 1 of each fiscal year, the head of each agency shall submit to the Secretary of the Treasury a report identifying the total savings achieved during the previous fiscal year through disclosures of possible fraud, waste, or mismanagement and identifications of surplus salaries and expenses funds by an employee. ``(2) Not later than September 30 of each fiscal year, the head of each agency shall submit to the Secretary of the Treasury a report that, for the previous fiscal year-- ``(A) describes each disclosure of possible fraud, waste, or mismanagement or identification of potentially surplus salaries and expenses funds by an employee of the agency determined by the agency to have merit; and ``(B) provides the number and amount of cash awards by the agency under subsection (a). ``(3) The head of each agency shall include the information described in paragraphs (1) and (2) in each budget request of the agency submitted to the Office of Management and Budget as part of the preparation of the budget of the President submitted to Congress under section 1105(a) of title 31. ``(4) The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit to the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, and the Government Accountability Office an annual report on Federal cost saving and awards based on the reports submitted under paragraphs (1) and (2). ``(f) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall-- ``(1) ensure that the cash award program of each agency complies with this section; and ``(2) submit to Congress an annual certification indicating whether the cash award program of each agency complies with this section. ``(g) Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this subsection, and every 3 years thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the operation of the cost savings and awards program under this section, including any recommendations for legislative changes.''. (3) Technical and conforming amendment.--The table of sections for subchapter II of chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 4511 and inserting the following: ``4511. Definitions and general provisions.''. (4) Sunset.--Effective 6 years after the date of enactment of this Act-- (A) section 4511 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (i) in the section heading, by striking ``Definitions'' and inserting ``Definition''; and (ii) in subsection (a)-- (I) in paragraph (1), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a period; (II) by striking ``this subchapter--'' and all that follows through ``the term `agency' means'' and inserting ``this subchapter, the term `agency' means''; and (III) by striking paragraph (2); (B) section 4512 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (i) in subsection (a)-- (I) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ``or identification of surplus salaries and expenses funds''; (II) in paragraph (2), by striking ``or identification''; and (III) in the matter following paragraph (2), by striking ``or identification''; and (ii) by striking subsections (c) through (g); and (C) the table of sections for subchapter II of chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 4511 and inserting the following: ``4511. Definition and general provisions.''. (b) Officers Eligible for Cash Awards.-- (1) In general.--Section 4509 of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: ``Sec. 4509. Prohibition of cash award to certain officers ``(a) Definitions.--In this section, the term `agency'-- ``(1) has the meaning given that term under section 551(1); and ``(2) includes an entity described in section 4501(1). ``(b) Prohibition.--An officer may not receive a cash award under this subchapter if the officer-- ``(1) serves in a position at level I of the Executive Schedule; ``(2) is the head of an agency; or ``(3) is a commissioner, board member, or other voting member of an independent establishment.''. (2) Technical and conforming amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 4509 and inserting the following: ``4509. Prohibition of cash award to certain officers.''.
Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017 This bill temporarily expands the awards program for cost-saving identifications by federal employees of fraud, waste, or mismanagement to include identifications of surplus salaries-and-expenses funds. Savings resulting from such identifications shall generally be used for deficit reduction, but agencies may retain up to 10% of such savings for the purpose of paying cash awards to employees for making the identifications.
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50, Seventy-ninth Congress. Such regulations shall also grant the option to deduct as expenses intangible drilling and development costs in the case of wells drilled for any geothermal deposit (as defined in section 613(e)(2)) to the same extent and in the same manner as such expenses are deductible in the case of oil and gas wells. This subsection shall not apply with respect to any costs to which any deduction is allowed under section 59(e) or 291. ``(2) Exclusion.-- ``(A) In general.--This subsection shall not apply to amounts paid or incurred by a taxpayer in any taxable year in which such taxpayer is a major integrated oil company (within the meaning of section 167(h)(5)). ``(B) Amortization of amounts not allowable as deductions under subparagraph (a).--The amount not allowable as a deduction for any taxable year by reason of subparagraph (A) shall be allowable as a deduction ratably over the 60-month period beginning with the month in which the costs are paid or incurred. For purposes of section 1254, any deduction under this subparagraph shall be treated as a deduction under this subsection.''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015. SEC. 5064. LIMITATION ON PERCENTAGE DEPLETION ALLOWANCE FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS. (a) In General.--Section 613A is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(f) Application With Respect to Major Integrated Oil Companies.-- In the case of any taxable year in which the taxpayer is a major integrated oil company (within the meaning of section 167(h)(5)), the allowance for percentage depletion shall be zero.''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015. SEC. 5065. LIMITATION ON DEDUCTION FOR TERTIARY INJECTANTS. (a) In General.--Section 193 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(d) Application With Respect to Major Integrated Oil Companies.-- ``(1) In general.--This section shall not apply to amounts paid or incurred by a taxpayer in any taxable year in which such taxpayer is a major integrated oil company (within the meaning of section 167(h)(5)). ``(2) Amortization of amounts not allowable as deductions under paragraph (1).--The amount not allowable as a deduction for any taxable year by reason of paragraph (1) shall be allowable as a deduction ratably over the 60-month period beginning with the month in which the costs are paid or incurred.''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015. TITLE VI--CONSERVATION REAUTHORIZATION SEC. 6001. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL FUND. (a) In General.--Chapter 1049 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``Sec. 104908. National Park Service Centennial Fund ``(a) In General.--There is established in the Treasury a fund, to be known as the `National Park Service Centennial Fund' (referred to in this section as the `Fund'). ``(b) Deposits to Fund.--Notwithstanding any provision of law providing that the proceeds shall be credited to miscellaneous receipts of the Treasury, for each fiscal year, there shall be deposited in the Fund, from revenues due and payable to the United States under section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338), $150,000,000. ``(c) Availability.--Amounts deposited in the Fund shall be made available for expenditure, without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation, in accordance with this section. ``(d) Use of Fund.--The Secretary shall use amounts in the Fund for critical National Park System maintenance and infrastructure needs and other projects and programs that will better enable the National Park Service to protect park resources and provide improved visitor services. ``(e) Land Acquisition Prohibition.--Amounts in the Fund shall not be used for land acquisition.''. (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 1049 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 104907 the following: ``Sec. 104908. National Park Service Centennial Fund.''. SEC. 6002. LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. (a) Permanent Authorization.--Section 200302 of title 54, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (b), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ``During the period ending September 30, 2015, there'' and inserting ``There''; and (2) in subsection (c)-- (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ``through September 30, 2015''; and (3) by striking paragraph (3). (b) Full Funding.--Section 200303 of title 54, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: ``Sec. 200303. Availability of funds ``(a) In General.--Amounts deposited in the Fund under section 200302 on or after the date of enactment of the American Energy Innovation Act shall be made available for expenditure, without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation, to carry out the purposes of the Fund (including accounts and programs made available from the Fund under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235)). ``(b) Additional Amounts.--Amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be in addition to amounts made available to the Fund under section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432) or otherwise appropriated from the Fund. ``(c) Allocation Authority.-- ``(1) Submission of cost estimates.--The President shall submit to Congress detailed account, program, and project allocations to be funded under subsection (a) as part of the annual budget submission of the President. ``(2) Alternate allocation.-- ``(A) In general.--Appropriations Acts may provide for alternate allocation of amounts made available under subsection (a), including allocations by account and program. ``(B) Allocation by president.-- ``(i) No alternate allocations.--If Congress has not enacted legislation establishing alternate allocations by the date that is 120 days after the date on which the applicable fiscal year begins, amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be allocated by the President. ``(ii) Insufficient alternate allocation.-- If Congress enacts legislation establishing alternate allocations for amounts made available under subsection (a) that are less than the full amount appropriated under that subsection, the difference between the amount appropriated and the alternate allocation shall be allocated by the President. ``(3) Annual report.--The President shall submit to Congress an annual report that describes the final allocation by account, program, and project of amounts made available under subsection (a), including a description of the status of obligations and expenditures.''. (c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for title 54 is amended by striking the item relating to section 200303 and inserting the following: ``Sec. 200303. Availability of funds.''. (d) Public Access.--Section 200306 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(c) Public Access.--Not less than 1.5 percent of the annual authorized funding amount shall be made available each year for projects that secure recreational public access to existing Federal public land for hunting, fishing, or other recreational purposes.''. SEC. 6003. HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND. (a) Authorization.--Section 303102 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by striking ``of fiscal years 2012 to 2015'' and inserting ``fiscal year''. (b) Use and Availability.--Section 303103 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by striking the first sentence and inserting the following: ``Amounts deposited in the Historic Preservation Fund on or after the date of enactment of the American Energy Innovation Act shall only be used to carry out this division and shall be available for expenditure without further appropriation.''.
American Energy Innovation Act This bill encourages and establishes requirements concerning: energy efficiency in the electricity grid, the manufacturing sector, certain vehicles and trucks, buildings, homes, and the federal government; protection of the bulk-power system from cybersecurity threats; the security and resiliency of the energy network and applications, including electric, natural gas, and oil exploration, transmission, and delivery; the modernization of energy infrastructure at the federal and state level; the development or deployment of alternative energies; and water conservation measures. The bill establishes: (1) a nonbinding goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 2% per year on average through 2025, and (2) a federal energy efficiency resource standard for retail electricity and natural gas suppliers. The bill repeals royalty relief for leases in the Outer Continental Shelf with respect to the production of oil or gas from deep water production or ultra deep wells in shallow waters. The Department of Interior must: (1) prevent venting and flaring of gases in oil and natural gas production operations on federal land, and (2) promote the capture of beneficial use or reinjection of gas in those operations. Interior must establish an annual production incentive fee with respect to public land that is subject to a lease for production of oil or natural gas under which production is not occurring. The bill reauthorizes through FY2020 the Department of Energy's: (1) Weatherization Assistance Program, (2) State Energy Program, (3) basic research, and (4) the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The bill also revises and reauthorizes the Water Desalination Act of 1996. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) provide tax incentives for producing clean energy and for reducing energy use in homes or commercial buildings, (2) extend through 2017 energy-related tax credits, (3) subject oil derived from tar sands to an excise tax, and (4) repeal certain oil and gas tax subsidies for major integrated oil companies. The bill: (1) establishes the National Park Service Centennial Fund, and (2) permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Historic Preservation Fund.
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Dataset Card for "Scored-Summarization-datasets"

A collection of Text summarization datasets geared towards training a multi-purpose text summarizer.

Each dataset is a parquet file with the following features.

default

  • text: a string feature. The source document
  • summary: a string feature. The summary of the document
  • provenance: a string feature. Information about the sub dataset.
  • t5_text_token_count: a int64 feature. The number of tokens the text is encoded in.
  • t5_summary_token_count : a int64 feature. The number of tokens the summary is encoded in.
  • contriever_cos: a float64 feature. The Cosine Similarity of the Contriever text embedding and Contriever summary embedding.

Sub-datasets

  • billsum
  • cnn_dailymail/3.0.0
  • multixscience
  • newsroom
  • samsum
  • scitldr/AIC
  • tldr-challenge
  • wikihow
  • xsum

Information about the Contriever model can be found here: https://github.com/facebookresearch/contriever.

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