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Legislative History and Digest of H.R. 2099


TITLE: A bill making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other purposes.

Note: Although this legislation was vetoed by the President and did not become law, many of its provisions were incorporated into the Omnibus FY1996 Appropriations bill, H.R. 3019, passed by Congress and signed by the President in April. For more information, see the update on FY1996 appropriations process.

SPONSOR: Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

COSPONSORS: NONE

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

House Action(s)

Feb 6, 95:
Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
Feb 6, 95:
Referred to the Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies.
Feb 22, 95:
First Day of Subcommittee Hearings Held.
May 24, 95:
Final Day of Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Jul 18, 95:
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Jul 18, 95:
Ordered to be Reported.
Jul 18, 95:
First Day of Subcommittee Mark-up.
Jul 18, 95:
Final Day of Subcommittee Mark-up.
Jul 18, 95:
Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee.
Jul 21, 95:
The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 104-201, by Mr. Lewis (CA).
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 103.
Jul 25, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 201 Reported to House.
Jul 27, 95:
HA 680 Amendment Offered by Representative Klug.
HA 679 Amendment Offered by Representative Frank.
HA 680 On agreeing to the Klug amendment (A006) Failed by recorded vote: 76 - 348 (Roll no. 591).
HA 682 Amendment Offered by Representative Stokes, of OH , (11).
HA 682 Mr. Lazio raised a point of order against the Stokes amendment (A008). Mr. Lazio stated that the amendment appropriates funds for unauthorized
programs and is therefore not in order. The Chair sustained the point of order.
HA 681 Amendment Offered by Representative Kaptur. The ChaHA 681 ir sustained the point of order.
HA 688 Amendment Offered by Representative Defazio.
HA 689 Amendment Offered by Representative Weldon, of FL.
HA 689 By unanimous consent, the Weldon (FL) amendment was withdrawn.
HA 690 Amendment Offered by Representative Davis, of VA , (11).
HA 690 On agreeing to the Davis amendment (A016) as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 691 Amendment Offered by Representative Lewis, of CA.
HA 691 On agreeing to the Lewis (CA) amendment (A017) Agreed to by voice vote.
Rule H. Res. 201 passed House.
Called up by House under the provisions of rule H. Res. 201.
Jul 28, 95:
Considered by House as unfinished business.
Jul 31, 95:
HA 703 Amendment Offered by Representative Dornan.
HA 703 By unanimous consent, the Dornan amendment was withdrawn.
HA 704 Amendment Offered by Representative Weldon, of FL.
in violatioHA 704 n of clause 2 of rule XXI of the rules of the House. The Chair sustained the point of order. The Chair sustained the point of order.
HA 701 Amendment Offered by Representative Dingell.
HA 701 On agreeing to the Dingell amendment (A022) Failed by recorded vote: 155 - 261 (Roll no. 603).
HA 702 Amendment Offered by Representative Ensign, of NV , (01).
HA 702 On agreeing to the Ensign amendment (A023) Failed by recorded vote: 121 - 296 (Roll no. 604).
Considered by House as unfinished business.
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by Yea-Nay Vote: 198 - 222 (Roll no. 606).
Passed House (Amended) by Yea-Nay Vote: 228 - 193 (Roll no. 607).
Nov 18, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 280 Reported to House.
Nov 20, 95:
Rule H. Res. 280 passed House.
Dec 6, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 291 Reported to House.
Dec 7, 95:
Rule H. Res. 291 passed House.

Senate Action(s)

Aug 1, 95:
Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Sep 11, 95:
Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies. Approved for full committee consideration with amendments favorably.
Sep 13, 95:
Committee on Appropriations. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
Sep 13, 95:
Committee on Appropriations. Reported to Senate by Senator Bond with amendments. With written report No. 104-140.
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 185.
Sep 25, 95:
Measure laid before Senate.
Amendment SP 2776 proposed by Senator Bumpers.
Sep 26, 95:
Considered by Senate.
Amendment SP 2777 proposed by Senator Inouye.
Proposed amendment SP 2777 withdrawn in Senate.
Amendment SP 2778 proposed by Senator Bond.
Amendment SP 2778 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2776 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 35-64. Record Vote No: 463.
Amendment SP 2779 proposed by Senator Stevens.
Amendment SP 2779 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2780 proposed by Senator Chafee.
Amendment SP 2780 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2781 proposed by Senator Mikulski.
Amendment SP 2781 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 47-52. Record Vote No: 464.
Amendment SP 2782 proposed by Senator Sarbanes.
Amendment SP 2783 proposed by Senator Jeffords.
Amendment SP 2783 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2784 proposed by Senator Rockefeller.
Point of order raised in Senate with respect to SP 2784.
Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to SP 2784 made in Senate.
Amendment SP 2785 proposed by Senator Rockefeller.
Point of order raised in Senate with respect to SP 2785.
Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to SP 2785 made in Senate.
Amendment SP 2786 proposed by Senator Baucus.
Amendment SP 2787 proposed by Senator McCain.
Amendment SP 2787 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Sep 27, 95:
Considered by Senate.
Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to SP 2784 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 47-53. Record Vote No: 465.
SP 2784 ruled out of order by the chair.
Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to SP 2785 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51-49. Record Vote No: 466.
SP 2785 ruled out of order by the chair.
Amendment SP 2786 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 39-61. Record Vote No: 467.
Motion to table SP 2782 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52-48. Record Vote No: 468.
Amendment SP 2788 proposed by Senator Lautenberg.
Point of order raised in Senate with respect to SP 2788.
Amendment SP 2789 proposed by Senator Feingold.
Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to SP 2788 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 45-54. Record Vote No: 469.
SP 2788 ruled out of order by the chair.
Amendment SP 2789 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2790 proposed by Senator Chafee.
Amendment SP 2790 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2791 proposed by Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2791 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2792 proposed by Senator Chafee.
Amendment SP 2792 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2793 proposed by Senator Thurmond.
Amendment SP 2793 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2794 proposed by Senator Mikulski for Senator Harkin.
Amendment SP 2794 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2795 proposed by Senator Bond.
Amendment SP 2795 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2796 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Simon.
Amendment SP 2797 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Johnston.
Amendment SP 2798 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2799 proposed by Senator Bond.
Amendment SP 2800 proposed by Senator Bond.
Amendment SP 2801 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Kempthorne.
Amendment SP 2802 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Faircloth.
Amendment SP 2803 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Faircloth.
Amendment SP 2804 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Feinstein.
Amendment SP 2805 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Warner.
Amendment SP 2806 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Moynihan.
Amendment SP 2807 proposed by Senator Bond.
Amendment SP 2808 proposed by Senator Bond for Senator Feingold.
Amendment SP 2796 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2797 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2798 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2799 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2800 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2801 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2802 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2803 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2804 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2805 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2806 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2807 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2808 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 55-45. Record Vote No: 470.
Sep 29, 95:
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Oct 13, 95:
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Dec 7, 95:
Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
Dec 14, 95:
Conference papers: Senate report and managers' statement held at the desk in Senate.
Dec 15, 95:
Message on Senate action sent to the House.

Conference Action(s)

Sep 27, 95:
Senate insists on its amendments asks for a conference, appoints conferees Bond; Gramm; Burns; Stevens; Shelby; Bennett; Hatfield; Mikulski; Leahy;
Johnston; Lautenberg; Kerrey; Byrd.
Oct 12, 95:
Senate appointed conferee Campbell in lieu of Gramm by unanimous consent.
Nov 2, 95:
On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendments, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 227 - 194 (Roll no. 762).
The Speaker appointed conferees: Lewis (CA), DeLay, Vucanovich, Walsh, Hobson, Knollenberg, Frelinghuysen, Neumann, Livingston, Stokes, Mollohan,
Chapman, Kaptur, and Obey.
Nov 16, 95:
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
Nov 17, 95:
Conference report H. Rept. 104-353 filed in House with 1 amendment in disagreement.
Nov 29, 95:
On motion to recommit with instructions to conference committee Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 - 208 (Roll no. 829).
Dec 6, 95:
Conferees agreed to file conference report for a second time.
Conference report H. Rept. 104-384 filed in House with 1 amendment in disagreement.
Dec 7, 95:
House Agreed to Conference Report by the Yeas and Nays: 227 - 190 (Roll no. 844).
On motion that the House recede and concur with amendment in the Senate amendment No. 63 Agreed to by voice vote.
Dec 14, 95:
Conference report considered in Senate.
Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 54-44. Record Vote No: 606.
Senate agreed to House amendment to Senate amendment No. 63 by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Action(s)

Dec 14, 95:
Cleared for White House.
Dec 16, 95:
Presented to President.
Dec 18, 95:
Vetoed by President.

COMPLETE BILL TEXT:
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DIGEST:

(REVISED AS OF 12/07/95 -- House receded and concurred with amendment)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Department of Veterans Affairs
Title II: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Title III: Independent Agencies
Title IV: Corporations

Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996 - Title I: Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes appropriations for FY 1996 to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Provides for the use of such appropriations.

(Sec. 107) Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse the general operating account of the Department, for certain administrative costs, from the National Service, Veterans' Special, and U.S. Government Life Insurance Funds.

(Sec. 108) Authorizes the Secretary to transfer jurisdiction and control of certain land in Wichita, Kansas, to the Secretary of Transportation.

Title II: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes appropriations for FY 1996 to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Provides for the use of such appropriations.

(Sec. 201) Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA), as amended by the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Additional Disaster Assistance, for Anti-terrorism Initiatives, for Assistance in the Recovery from the Tragedy that Occurred at Oklahoma City, and Rescissions Act, 1995, to authorize public housing agencies to provide modernization assistance to mixed-income developments.

(Sec. 202) Revises USHA provisions relating to public and assisted housing rents, income adjustments, and preferences. Sets minimum rents between $25 and $50 per month, at the discretion of public housing agencies (PHAs). Allows PHAs to set ceiling rents which reflect the market value of similar housing in the area and cover monthly operating costs. Permits PHAs to make adjustments to income in determining the rents to be paid by tenants. Revises the basis of fair market rentals established for the Section 8 program. Eliminates Federal preferences rules for occupancy in the section 8 housing and rent supplement programs, and allows local preference rules to be applied.

(Sec. 203) Provides for conversion of certain public housing to vouchers.

Requires each PHA to: (1) identify any distressed public housing developments that meet specified criteria; and (2) develop and carry out a plan in conjunction with the Secretary for their removal from the PHA inventory and the annual contributions contract, over a period of up to five years (with possible extensions for up to another five years in certain circumstances).Directs the Secretary to make authority available to a PHA to provide section 8 tenant-based assistance to families residing in any development that is removed from the PHA inventory and the annual contributions contract.

Requires each conversion plan to require the PHA to notify and counsel families residing in such a development, and ensure that they are offered tenant-based or project-based assistance and relocated, as necessary, to other decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing which is, to the maximum extent practicable, housing of their choice.

(Sec. 204) Repeals a "take one-take all" requirement under USHA that a housing owner who accepts a Section 8 voucher holder as a tenant must accept all others. Exempts housing unit owners participating in the certificate and voucher programs from certain notice requirements relating to rent increases or termination of their assistance payment contracts with a PHA. Limits certain requirements to the duration of a lease.

(Sec. 205) Directs the Secretary to establish section 8 fair market rentals for FY 1996 based on the 40th percentile rent of rental distributions of standard quality rental housing units, considering only the rents for dwelling units occupied by recent movers and not the rents for public housing dwelling units or newly constructed rental dwelling units.

Declares that the administrative fee for each month of FY 1996 for which a dwelling unit is covered by an assistance contract under the section 8 certificate, voucher, or moderate rehabilitation program shall be equal to the monthly fee payable for FY 1995.

Requires PHAs administering section 8 certificate or voucher assistance to delay for three months the use of any amounts of such assistance (or the certificate or voucher representing assistance amounts) made available by the termination during FY 1996 of such assistance on behalf of any family for any reason, with the exception of any certificates assigned or committed to project-based assistance.

(Sec. 206) Directs the Secretary to conduct a demonstration program under which up to 30 selected PHAs (including Indian housing authorities) may administer the public or Indian housing program and the section 8 housing assistance payments program (for a total number of public housing units up to 25,000) in ways which are designed to reduce costs and achieve greater cost-effectiveness in Federal expenditures, provide incentives for heads of households to become economically self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for lower- income families.

(Sec. 207) Repeals the maximum annual limitation on rent increases resulting from employment under the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act and the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (HCDA).

(Sec. 208) Amends the Multifamily Housing Finance Improvement Act, under HCDA, to extend the risk-sharing and housing finance agency pilot demonstration programs but reduce the number of units involved in such programs during FY 1996.

(Sec. 209) Authorizes the Secretary of HUD to delegate, during FY 1996, to one or more entities the authority to carry out some or all of the Secretary's responsibilities and functions in connection with the foreclosure of HUD-held mortgages under the National Housing Act (NHA).

(Sec. 210) Authorizes the Secretary, during FY 1996, to sell or otherwise transfer multifamily mortgages held by the Secretary under the National Housing Act to State housing finance agencies, in connection with the risk-sharing or the housing finance agency pilot demonstration program under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, without regard to certain unit limitations.

(Sec. 211) Amends section 8 of the USHA to provide for transfer of budget authority. Directs the Secretary, if a section 8 assistance contract, other than a contract for tenant-based assistance, is terminated, not renewed, or expires, to transfer any budget authority remaining in that contract to another contract, in order to provide continued assistance to eligible families, including those receiving the benefit of the project-based assistance at the time of the termination.

(Sec. 212) Makes certain amendments (made by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995) relating to documentation of multifamily refinancings under the National Housing Act effective during FY 1996 and thereafter.

(Sec. 213) Directs the Secretary, in FY 1996 and 1997, to initiate a demonstration program with respect to multifamily projects: (1) whose owners agree to participate; (2) whose mortgages are insured under the NHA and assisted under section 8 of the USHA; and (3) whose present section 8 rents are, in the aggregate, exceed the fair market rent of the locality in which the project is located. Requires these programs to be designed to test the feasibility and desirability of the goal of ensuring, to the maximum extent practicable, that the debt service and operating expenses, including adequate reserves, attributable to such multifamily projects can be supported with or without mortgage insurance under the NHA and with or without above-market rents and utilizing project-based assistance or, with the consent of the property owner, tenant-based assistance, while taking into account the need for assistance of low- and very low-income families in such projects. Authorizes the Secretary to use arrangements with third parties, under which the Secretary may provide for their assumption of some or all of the Secretary's functions, obligations, and benefits. Sets forth goals and demonstration approaches for such programs.

Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) manage and dispose of multifamily properties and multifamily mortgages for properties assisted under section 8 with rents above 110 percent of fair market rents; and (2) delegate to one or more entities the authority to carry out some or all of the Secretary's functions and responsibilities in connection with the foreclosure of mortgages held under the NHA.

Authorizes the Secretary, subject to the consent of specified parties, to: (1) remove, relinquish, extinguish, modify, or agree to the removal of any mortgage, regulatory agreement, project-based assistance contract, use agreement, or restriction that had been imposed or required by the Secretary, including restrictions on distributions of income which would interfere with the ability of the project to operate without above market rents; (2) require an owner of a property assisted under the section 8 new construction-substantial rehabilitation program to apply any accumulated residual receipts toward effecting program purposes; (3) enter into contracts to purchase reinsurance, or enter into participations or otherwise transfer economic interest in contracts of insurance or in the premiums paid, or due to be paid, on such insurance to third parties; (4) offer project-based assistance with rents at or below fair market rents for the locality and negotiate other terms acceptable to the Secretary and the project owner; (5) offer to pay all or a portion of the project's debt service, including payments monthly from the appropriate Insurance Fund, for the full remaining term of the insured mortgage; (6) forgive and cancel any mortgage debt insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that a demonstration program property cannot carry at market rents while bearing full operating costs; and (7) for demonstration program properties that cannot carry full operating costs (excluding debt service) at market rents, approve project-based rents sufficient to carry such full operating costs (and offer to pay the full debt service in the specified manner).

Directs the Secretary to develop procedures to provide appropriate and timely notice to local government officials, the community, and the tenants of the project.

Limits such demonstration program authority with respect to mortgages to not more than 15,000 units. Prohibits the expansion of such demonstration until specified reports are submitted to the Congress.

Appropriates funds for the cost of modifying loans held or guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

(Sec. 214) Authorizes the Secretary to use amounts available for the renewal of assistance under section 8 of USHA, upon termination or expiration of a section 8 assistance contract (other than one for tenant-based assistance), to provide section 8 assistance for the eligible families assisted under the contracts at termination or expiration. Directs the Secretary, at the request of the owner, to renew for one year at the current rent levels section 8 assistance contracts that expire or terminate during FY 1996. Authorizes the Secretary to extend expiring contracts for USHA section 8 project-based loan management assistance to the extent necessary to prevent displacement of low-income families receiving such assistance as of September 30, 1996.

Amends NHA with regard to the rental charge for each dwelling unit to state that the rental ceiling (representing 30 per cent of the tenant's adjusted income) may not exceed the lower of the fair market rental charge determined under NHA or that established under section 8 of USHA for the market area in which the housing is located.

(Sec. 215) Extends through FY 1996 the home equity conversion mortgage program under NHA. Increases from 25,000 to 30,000 the number of mortgages that may be insured under the program.

(Sec. 216) Revises assessment collection dates for the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, to replace the semiannual payment due dates from September 1 and March 1 with October 1 and April 1.

(Sec. 217) Requires all remaining obligated and unobligated balances in the Renewal of Expiring Section 8 Subsidy Contracts account on September 30, 1995, to be transferred to and merged with the obligated and unobligated balances, respectively, of the Annual Contributions for Assisted Housing account.

(Sec. 218) Directs the Secretary to cancel the indebtedness of the Hubbard Hospital Authority of Hubbard, Texas, of the Groveton Texas Hospital Authority, and of the Hepzibah Public Service District of Hepzibah, West Virginia, relating to specified public facilities loans under title II of the Housing Amendments of 1955.

(Sec. 219) Determines the Paul Mirabile Center, San Diego, California, to satisfy HUD continuum care requirements. Treats such Center as entirely residential rental property consisting solely of residential units used exclusively to facilitate the transition of homeless individuals to independent living within 24 months.

(Sec. 220) Limits to no more than seven Assistant Secretaries and 77 schedule C and 20 non-career senior executive service employees the number of such Assistant Secretaries and employees in HUD by the end of FY 1996.

(Sec. 221) Requires specified funds to be made available to: (1) the County of San Bernardino in California to assist with the expansion of the Los Padrinos Gang Intervention Program and the Unity Home Domestic Violence Shelter (from remaining funds made available to Bethlehem House in Highland, California, for site planning and loan acquisition); and (2) the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, for the renovation and rehabilitation of an industrial building (from specified funds for removal of asbestos from an abandoned public school building in that city).

(Sec. 222) Amends the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to revise eligibility criteria to determine which housing qualifies for lead-based paint abatement grants.

(Sec. 223) Amends USHA to repeal the six-year limitation on the extension period for Federal sharing of utility cost savings with PHAs under the program of annual contributions for operation of low-income housing.

(Sec. 223A) Amends NHA, with respect to the housing program for moderate income and displaced families, to extend through FY 1996 the period for mortgage note sales.

(Sec. 223B) Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development--Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1988, to repeal the prohibition (Frost-Leland) against the use of funds for demolishing certain historic buildings in Dallas and Houston, Texas.

(Sec. 223C) Amends NHA to authorize the Secretary to assist mortgagors in default by: (1) paying insurance benefits to the mortgagee to recompense the mortgagee for certain actions to provide an alternative to foreclosure of a mortgage that is in default; (2) establishing, in lieu of the current program of temporary mortgage assistance payments and acquisition of mortgages to avoid foreclosure, an optional program for payment of a partial claim to a mortgagee that agrees to apply the claim amount to payment of a mortgage on a one- to four-family residence that is in default (if the mortgagor agrees to repay the amount of the insurance claim to the Secretary); and (3) establishing a program for assignment to the Secretary, under certain conditions and upon request of the mortgagee, of a mortgage on an insured one- to four-family residence.

(Sec. 223D) Prohibits the use of any funds in this Act: (1) by the Secretary to impose any sanction or penalty because of the enactment of any State or local law or regulation declaring English as the official language; or (2) for lobbying activities as prohibited by law.

(Sec. 223E) Transfers to the Department of Justice all HUD functions, activities, and responsibilities relating to title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and the Fair Housing Act, including any rights guaranteed under the Fair Housing Act and any functions relating to the Fair Housing Initiatives program under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, along with adequate personnel and resources allocated to any such activity.

(Sec. 224) Prohibits the use of any funds provided in this Act during FY 1996 to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful activity engaged in by one or more persons, including the filing or maintaining of non-frivolous legal action, that is engaged in solely for the purposes of achieving or preventing action by a Government official, entity, or court of competent jurisdiction.

(Sec. 225) Prohibits the use of any funds provided in this Act to take any enforcement action with respect to a complaint of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status and which involves an occupancy standard established by the housing provider, except to the extent that it is found that there has been discrimination in contravention of the standards provided a specified HUD Memorandum, or until such time that HUD issues a final rule.

(Sec. 226) Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 with respect to the eligibility of housing reconstruction costs for expenditure of Community Development Block Grant funds.

Title III: Independent Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 1996 to the: (1) American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) Consumer Product Safety Commission; (3) Court of Veterans Appeals; (4) Department of Defense-Civil for cemeterial expenses, Army; (5) Environmental Protection Agency; (6) Executive Office of the President for the Office of Science and Technology Policy; (7) Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Environmental Quality; (8) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); (9) General Services Administration for the Consumer Information Center; (10) National Aeronautics and Space Administration; (11) National Credit Union Administration for the obligations of the Central Liquidity Facility; (12) National Science Foundation; (13) Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; and (14) Selective Service System.

Makes appropriations for FY 1996 for necessary expenses for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to terminate all programs, activities, and initiatives under the National and Community Service Act of 1990, and to resolve all responsibilities and obligations in connection with the CNCS and its Office of Inspector General.

Authorizes exemption from categorical pretreatment standards under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, if specified conditions are met, of an industrial discharger that is a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility which discharged to the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant (an advanced wastewater treatment plant with activated carbon) before enactment of this Act.

Requires the Director of FEMA to promulgate a methodology, based on specified criteria, for assessment and collection of fees applicable to persons subject to the FEMA radiological emergency preparedness regulations. Authorizes such fee assessment and collection only during FY 1996.

Directs NASA to convey, without reimbursement, to the State of Mississippi, all U.S. right, title and interest in the property known as the Yellow Creek Facility, near Iuka, Mississippi. Requires that specified appropriated funds be used for this conveyance and transition.

(Sec. 301) Prohibits EPA use of any funds provided in this Act to: (1) carry out any final action by the EPA Administrator or delegate for promulgation of a rule concerning any new standard for radon in drinking water; (2) sign, promulgate, implement or enforce a proposed regulation relating to individual foreign refinery baseline requirements for reformulated gasoline; (3) implement a provision of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (or any pending EPA action to implement such provision) for denial or restriction of the use of defined areas as disposal sites for dredged or fill material; or (4) implement specified requirements of the Clean Air Act with respect to any moderate nonattainment area in which the average daily winter temperature is below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Declares that this last prohibition does not preclude EPA assistance to the State of Alaska to make progress toward meeting the carbon monoxide standard in such areas and to resolve remaining issues regarding the use of oxygenated fuels in such areas.

Title IV: Corporations - Authorizes certain corporations and agencies of HUD to make commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as necessary to carry out provisions under the Government Corporation Control Act. Allows any collections by such corporations and agencies to be used for new loan or mortgage purchase commitments to the extent provided under this Act, with specified exceptions.

Makes funds available for the Office of Inspector General of the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Title V: General Provisions - Specifies certain uses, limitations, and prohibitions on uses of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 514) Requires FY 1996 pay raises to be absorbed within the levels appropriated in this Act.

(Sec. 516) Expresses the sense of the Congress that, to the greatest extent practicable, all equipment and products purchased with funds made available under this Act should be American-made.

(Sec. 517) Prohibits the use of funds to implement any cap on reimbursements to grantees for indirect costs, except as published in a specified Office of Management and Budget Circular.

(Sec. 519) Requires the Director of FEMA to sell the disaster housing inventory of mobile homes and trailers, and deposit the proceeds in the Treasury.

(Sec. 520) Requires that funds necessary to terminate the Office of Consumer Affairs be made available from funds appropriated to the Department ofHealth and Human Services for FY 1996.

(Source: Library of Congress)


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