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Laws Passed by the 113th Congress

The list below is sequential, by Public Law identification number.
The listing below identifies the Public Law identification number and the House or Senate bill number that produced the law.
A link is provided to the text of both the Public Law and the enrolled bill. Note that it may take some time for the Government Printing Office to release the text of the public law, but the text of the enrolled bill is usually available at the time the bill is signed.
The Description provides the title of the law, as well as other brief supplementary explanation, as necessary.
Additionally, links are provided to the CRS Summary, the CBO estimate, and House or Senate reports on the bill, if available, and to the Library of Congress legislation summary.
- The Congressional Research Service (CRS) produces a concise summary of each bill, which can be reviewed without getting into all the details of the bill text.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) produces estimates, as appropriate, of the impact of a bill on government spending, government revenues, and the US deficit.
- House and Senate reports are produced by the responsible committee and generally include rationale, minority party opinions, and other background information.
- Legislation summary provides the Library of Congress summary of legislative activity to pass the law.


Public Laws

Public Law 113-1 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 41 Signed into law by the President 1/6/2013.
To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.
Congressional Research Service Summary
(Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief)
Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to increase from $20.725 billion to $30.425 billion the total amount of notes and obligations (federal borrowing authority) which may be issued by the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the President's approval, for the National Flood Insurance program. Designates such increase as an emergency requirement under the the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/4/13, of Direct Spending Effects.
H.R. 41 would increase the maximum level of borrowing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on behalf of the National Flood Insurance Program, could have outstanding at any time by $9.7 billion. Based on historical claims data and other information from FEMA, CBO estimates that more than $5 billion of new borrowing would be used in 2013, mostly to cover expenses related to Superstorm Sandy. Because FEMA sets premium rates below expected cost for some policies, CBO expects that remaining borrowing authority would be used in future years to cover program deficits until total borrowing reaches the proposed limit of $30.4 billion (which CBO projects would occur sometime in fiscal year 2018). The additional borrowing authorized by the bill would increase direct spending by $9.7 billion over the 2013-2018 period, CBO estimates. Amounts provided by the bill would be designated as an emergency pursuant to Section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

Public Law 113-2 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 152 Signed into law by the President 1/29/2013.
"Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013"
"Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013"
Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Makes supplemental appropriations of $50.5 Billion for FY2013 to specified federal agencies and programs for expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy, including:
付he Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Commodity Assistance Program for the emergency food assistance program;
付he Department of the Army for the Corps of Engineers--Civil;
付he Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Office of Inspector General, the Disaster Loans Program Account, and grants to or cooperative agreements with organizations to provide technical assistance related to disaster recovery, response, and long term resiliency to small businesses;
付he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Disaster Relief Fund, and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office;
付he Department of the Interior for the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for construction and for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for oil spill research;
付he Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund;
付he Social Security Administration;
付he Department of Defense (DOD) for the Army National Guard;
付he Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cemetery Administration, and departmental administration;
付he Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Railroad Administration for operating subsidy grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and the Federal Transit Administration for the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program; and
付he Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Fund. Authorizes the HUD Secretary, upon request by a public housing agency, to make temporary adjustments to the section 8 housing choice voucher annual renewal funding allocations and administrative fee eligibility determinations for public housing agencies in an area for which the President declared a disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to avoid significant adverse funding impacts that would otherwise result from the disaster.
Requires the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to develop and use information technology resources and oversight mechanisms to detect and remediate waste, fraud, and abuse in the obligation and expenditure of funds appropriated through FY2015 for purposes related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/16/13.
Total Budget impact = $50.5 Billion.
House Report 113-1
Library of Congress Summary and Status

Public Law 113-3 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 325 Signed into law by the President 2/4/2013.
"No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013"
To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Suspends through May 18, 2013, the current $16.394 trillion public debt limit. Makes a special rule relating to obligations issued during the suspension period. Revises the discretionary increase in the public debt limit by the Secretary of the Treasury, under current law, subject to a congressional resolution of disapproval, upon submission to Congress of required presidential certifications that the debt subject to limit is within $100 billion of the limit and further borrowing is required to meet existing commitments. Substitutes for this discretionary increase, effective May 19, 2013, an automatic increase in the public debt limit, but only to the extent that: (1) the face amount of obligations issued and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the federal government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on May 19, 2013, exceeds (2) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of enactment of this Act. Prohibits an obligation from being taken into account unless its issuance was necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the federal government that required payment before May 19, 2013. Requires the appropriate payroll administrator of each house of Congress to deposit in an escrow account all mandatory payments for compensation of Members of Congress serving in that house if by April 15, 2013, that house has not agreed to a concurrent budget resolution for FY2014. Requires release to those Members of such payments after April 16, 2013, only upon the earlier of: (1) the day on which that house agrees to a concurrent budget resolution for FY2014, or (2) the last day of the 113th Congress.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/23/13.
H.R. 325 would temporarily suspend the limitation on borrowing by the Treasury through May 18, 2013. On the following day, the current debt limit of $16.394 trillion would be raised by the amount of borrowing above that level during the period in which the limitation was suspended. The bill also would provide an incentive for action on a concurrent resolution on the budget. If a version of such a resolution has not been passed by a House of the Congress by April 15, 2013, the salaries of Members of that chamber would be put in an escrow account. The escrow account for a given House would remain in place until a concurrent resolution on the budget was passed for fiscal year 2014 by that chamber, or until the last day of the 113th Congress, whichever was earlier. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 325, by itself, would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 325 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113-2
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-4 Passed Congress as bill S. 47 Signed into law by the President 3/7/2013.
"Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013"
A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Includes: "Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act of 2013"
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act. Modifies or expands grant conditions under such Act, including requirements relating to: (1) nondisclosure of personally identifying information or other client information, (2) information sharing between grantees and subgrantees, (3) civil rights and nondiscrimination, (4) audit requirements for grants, and (5) nonprofit organizations. Requires the Office on Violence Against Women of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a biennial conferral process with state and tribal coalitions, technical assistance providers, and other key stakeholders on the administration of grants and related matters. Requires the Attorney General to authorize in writing expenditures for DOJ conferences that exceed $20,000. Makes specified provisions of this Act effective at the beginning of the fiscal year following the enactment of this Act.
  • Title I: Enhancing Judicial and Law Enforcement Tools to Combat Violence Against Women
  • Title II: Improving Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  • Title III: Services, Protection, and Justice for Young Victims of Violence
  • Title IV: Violence Reduction Practices
  • Title V: Strengthening the Healthcare System's Response to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  • Title VI: Safe Homes for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  • Title VII: Economic Security for Victims of Violence
  • Title VIII: Protection of Battered Immigrants
  • Title IX: Safety for Indian Women
  • Title X: Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act
  • Title XI: Other Matters
  • Title XII: Trafficking Victims Protection
    • Subtitle A: Combating International Trafficking in Persons
    • Subtitle B: Combating Trafficking of Persons in the United States
      • Part I: Penalties Against Traffickers and Other Crimes
      • Part II: Ensuring Availability of Possible Witnesses and Informants
      • Part III: Ensuring Interagency Coordination and Expanded Reporting
      • Part IV: Enhancing State and Local Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons
    • Subtitle C: Authorization of Appropriations
    • Subtitle D: Unaccompanied Alien Children
Note: More detailed summary available at the Congressional Research Service Summary link above.
CBO Estimate, 2/25/13, as passed by Senate.
CBO estimated total outlays of $2.67 Billion for fiscal years 2013 through 2018.
House Report 113-10
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-5 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 307 Signed into law by the President 3/13/2013.
"Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013"
To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
  • Title I: Strengthening National Preparedness and Response for Public Health Emergencies
    • Amends the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit the National Health Security Strategy to the relevant congressional committees in 2014. Revises the Strategy's preparedness goals, in part to specify that the drills and exercises included in periodic evaluations of federal, state, local, and tribal preparedness and response capabilities also include drills and exercises to ensure medical surge capacity for events without notice. Requires the Strategy to include: (1) provisions for increasing the preparedness, response capabilities, and surge capacity of ambulatory care facilities, dental health facilities, and critical care service systems; (2) plans for optimizing a coordinated and flexible approach to the medical surge capacity of hospitals, other health care facilities, critical care, and trauma care and emergency medical systems; (3) provisions taking into account the unique needs of individuals with disabilities in a public health emergency; and (4) strategic initiatives to advance countermeasures to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or treat harm from any biological agent or toxin or any chemical, radiological, or nuclear agent or agents, whether naturally occurring, unintentional, or deliberate. Requires the Secretary to: (1) monitor emerging issues and concerns as they relate to medical and public health preparedness and response for at-risk individuals in the event of a public health emergency; (2) disseminate and update novel and best practices of outreach to and care of at-risk individuals before, during, and following public health emergencies in as timely a manner as is practicable, including from the time a public health threat is identified; and (3) ensure that public health and medical information distributed by HHS during a public health emergency is delivered in a manner that takes into account the range of communication needs of the intended recipients, including at-risk individuals.
  • Title II: Optimizing State and Local All-Hazards Preparedness and Response
    • Allows the Secretary to authorize a state or tribe to temporarily reassign state and local public health department or agency personnel funded through PHSA programs to immediately address a public health emergency in the state or tribe. Requires such reassignments to be voluntary. Requires GAO to evaluate such temporary reassignments. Terminates this temporary reassignment authority on September 30, 2018. Reauthorizes the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Health Professions Volunteers (ESAR-VHP) for FY2014-FY2018, which provides a single national interoperable network of systems to verify the credentials and licenses of health care professionals who volunteer to provide health services during a public health emergency. Reauthorizes for FY2014-FY2018 the Medical Reserve Corps to provide for an adequate supply of volunteers in the case of a public health emergency. Requires training exercises to incorporate the needs of at-risk individuals in the event of such an emergency. Revises and reauthorizes appropriations for FY2014-FY2018 for a program of grants and cooperative agreements to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness.
  • Title III: Enhancing Medical Countermeasure Review
    • Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to revise requirements for special protocol assessments to include agreements on the design and size of animal and any associated clinical trials which, in combination, are intended to form the primary basis of an effectiveness claim for a countermeasure or epidemic or pandemic product when human efficacy studies are not ethical or feasible. Revises the Secretary's authority to allow the use of unapproved medical products or the unapproved use of an approved product. Authorizes the Secretary to make a declaration that the circumstances exist justifying such an authorization and base the determination on: (1) a (general) threat (rather than a specific threat as under current law), (2) a significant potential for a public health emergency, (3) the health and security of U.S. citizens abroad, and (4) the identification of a material threat sufficient to affect national security. Eliminates the one-year expiration date for such an authorization (thus allowing it to continue). Authorizes the Secretary to permit deviations from good manufacturing practice requirements when the circumstances of a domestic, military, or public health emergency or material threat so warrant. Authorizes the Secretary to waive prescription requirements during an emergency and create and issue emergency use instructions to inform health care providers or individuals to whom an eligible product is to be administered concerning the product's approved, licensed, or cleared conditions. Authorizes the Secretary to waive requirements for a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy in the event of a domestic, military, or public health emergency (currently, such waiver authority applies only to a public health emergency) or the identification of a material threat sufficient to affect national security or the health and security of U.S. citizens abroad.
  • Title IV: Accelerating Medical Countermeasure Advanced Research and Development
    • Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts and other agreements that are in the government's best interest in meeting identified security countermeasure needs, including reimbursement of the cost of advanced research and development as a reasonable, allowable, and allocable direct cost of the contract involved. Reauthorizes appropriations for FY2014-FY2018 for the Special Reserve Fund for procurement of security countermeasures and for countermeasure advanced research and development under Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). Prohibits the Secretary from utilizing more than 50% of such amount for research and development. Requires the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees if the amount in the Fund falls below a specified threshold. Revises and reauthorizes for FY2014-FY2018 the Biodefense Medical Countermeasure Development Fund used to support BARDA to accelerate countermeasure and product advanced research and development. Authorizes the Secretary to support innovation under BARDA by promoting dose sparing technologies, efficacy increasing technologies, and platform technologies. Requires the Secretary to provide a clear statement of defined government purpose related to BARDA activities for the awarding of contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for a qualified countermeasure or qualified pandemic or epidemic product. Extends the antitrust exemption to permit meetings and consultations to discuss the development of security countermeasures, qualified countermeasures, or qualified pandemic or epidemic products. Reauthorizes the Strategic National Stockpile for FY2014-FY2018.
Note: Much more detail provided at Congressional Research Service Summary link above.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/21/13.
H.R. 307 would amend the Public Health Service Act and the United States Code to authorize funding for certain activities carried out by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA) that would support the readiness of the public health system to address public health and medical emergencies. Based on information provided by HHS and VA, CBO estimates that implementing the act would cost about $11 billion over the 2014-2018 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, included funding totaling about $2 billion in fiscal year 2012 for activities similar to those that would be authorized by H.R. 307. CBO assumes that amounts appropriated through the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, for those activities are similar to 2012 levels. H.R. 307 also would change the terms for Project Bioshield contracts, which would result in a change in direct spending. Assuming H.R. 307 is enacted this spring, it would decrease direct spending by $58 million over the 2013-2018 period, but would result in no net change in direct spending over the 2013-2023 period.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-6 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 933 Signed into law by the President 3/26/2013.
"Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013"
An Act making consolidated appropriations and further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 - Appropriates funds for FY2013 to the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military personnel; (2) operation and maintenance, including for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, environmental restoration, overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid, former Soviet Union cooperative threat reduction, and the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund; (3) procurement, including for aircraft, missiles, weapons, tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and purchases under the Defense Production Act of 1950; (4) research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); (5) Defense Working Capital Funds and the National Defense Sealift Fund; (6) the Defense Health Program; (7) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (8) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (9) the Office of the Inspector General; (10) the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund; (11) the Intelligence Community Management Account; and (12) overseas contingency operations, including regular, reserve, and National Guard personnel, operation and maintenance, the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund, the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, procurement, RDT&E, and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund.
Specifies authorized, restricted, and prohibited uses of appropriated funds. Rescinds specified funds from various accounts under prior defense appropriations Acts.
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 - Appropriates funds for FY2013 for DOD for: (1) military construction for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force (military departments), DOD, the Army and Air National Guard, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force reserves; (2) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program; (3) family housing construction and related operation and maintenance for the military departments and DOD; (4) the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund; (5) DOD chemical demilitarization construction; and (6) the Department of Defense Base Closure Accounts of 1990 and 2005.
Appropriates funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: (1) the Veterans Benefits Administration; (2) readjustment benefits; (3) veterans insurance and indemnities; (4) the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund; (5) the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program; (6) the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program; (7) the Veterans Health Administration; (8) the National Cemetery Administration; (9) the Office of Inspector General; (10) construction for major and minor projects; and (11) grants for the construction of extended care facilities and veterans cemeteries.
Appropriates funds for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission, (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, (3) DOD cemeterial expenses, (4) the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and (5) overseas contingency operations for military construction for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Specifies restrictions and authorities regarding the use of funds appropriated in this Act.
Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes continuing appropriations for FY2013.
Appropriates amounts for continuing operations, projects, or activities which were conducted in FY2012 and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available in: (1) the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; (2) the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; (3) the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; (4) the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012; (5) the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012; (6) the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; (7) the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; (8) the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012; (9) the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012; (10) the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012; and (11) the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012. Establishes levels of funding for FY2013 for departments and agencies included under such Acts.
Specifies authorized, restricted, and prohibited uses of appropriated funds.
Rescinds, except as specified, defined applicable percentages of: (1) the budget authority provided (or obligation limit imposed) for FY2013 for any of the preceding discretionary accounts, (2) the budget authority provided in any advance appropriation for FY2013 for any discretionary account in any prior fiscal year appropriation Act, and (3) the contract authority provided in FY2013 for any program subject to limitation incorporated or otherwise contained in the preceding provisions this Act.
CBO estimate, dated 3/20/13, of H.R. 933 as passed by the Senate. Total budget authority (for discretionary spending covered within this bill) = $1.2 Trillion.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-7 Passed Congress as bill S. 716 Signed into law by the President 4/15/2013.
A bill to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.
Congressional Research Service summary
Nullifies the effectiveness of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) with respect to mandatory public, on-line financial disclosure reporting by congressional staff (except Members of Congress and congressional candidates) and executive branch officers and employees (except the President, the Vice President, and officers at levels I and II of the Executive Schedule who require nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate).
Applies the financial disclosure reporting requirements and restrictions of the STOCK Act only to Members of Congress, congressional candidates, the President, the Vice President, and executive branch officers at levels I and II of the Executive Schedule who require nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate.
Extends the deadline until January 1, 2014, for:
  • the Secretary, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Clerk to develop systems to enable the electronic filing of financial disclosure reports as well as their on-line public availability;
  • the Director of the Office of Government Ethics to develop such systems for financial disclosure forms filed by covered executive branch officials.
Repeals: (1) the prohibition against requiring a login to search or sort the data contained in the publicly available financial disclosure systems, and (2) the requirement that a login protocol with the name of the user be utilized by a person downloading data contained in the reports.
No CBO Estimate.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-8 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1246 Signed into law by the President 5/1/2013.
"District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act"
To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to provide that the District of Columbia Treasurer or one of the Deputy Chief Financial Officers of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia may perform the functions and duties of the Office in an acting capacity if there is a vacancy in the Office.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to require the District of Columbia Treasurer (who is a Deputy Chief Financial Officer) to serve as acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the event that there is a vacancy in the Office of Chief Financial Officer because the CFO has died, resigned, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the Office.
Authorizes the Mayor, as an alternative to the District of Columbia Treasurer, to direct another Deputy CFO to serve as acting CFO.
Limits the service of an acting CFO to 210 days after the vacancy occurs.
Prohibits an individual from serving as acting CFO if he or she did not serve as the District of Columbia Treasurer or as a Deputy CFO for at least 90 days during the one-year period immediately preceding the occurrence of the vacancy.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/27/13. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1246 would have no effect on the federal budget. The bill would amend District of Columbia law to allow the District痴 Treasurer or one of the Deputy Chief Financial Officers to perform the functions and duties of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia in an acting capacity in the event of a vacancy. H.R. 1246 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-9 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1765 Signed into law by the President 5/1/2013.
"Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013"
To provide the Secretary of Transportation with the flexibility to transfer certain funds to prevent reduced operations and staffing of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (DOT), notwithstanding the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), any other provision of law, or sequestration order, to transfer for FY2013 to any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) appropriations accounts (such as the one for air traffic control operations) a certain amount from funds otherwise made available for discretionary grants-in-aid under the airport improvement program or any other FAA program.
Makes any transferred amount available immediately for obligation and expenditure as directly appropriated budget authority.
Prohibits any such transfer of funds unless the Secretary notifies Congress at least five days in advance.
No CBO Estimate.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-10 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1071 Signed into law by the President 5/17/2013.
To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act to modify the requirements for the production of gold and silver coins commemorating the National Baseball Hall of Fame to require such coins to be struck on planchets of specified diameters.
No CBO Estimate.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-11 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 360 Signed into law by the President 5/24/2013.
To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, in recognition of the 50th commemoration of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where the 4 little Black girls lost their lives, which served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley (children who lost their lives in the September 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, an incident recognized as a catalyst for the civil rights movement).
Requires such medal to be given to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL, where it shall be available for display or temporary loan to other appropriate places.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell bronze duplicates of such medal, with amounts received from the sale to be deposited in the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
No CBO Estimate.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-12 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 258 Signed into law by the President 6/3/2013.
"Stolen Valor Act of 2013"
To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to fraudulent representations about having received military declarations or medals.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Reference: Title 18, USC, is "Crimes and Criminal Procedure"
Amends the federal criminal code to rewrite provisions relating to fraudulent claims about military service to subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds himself or herself out to be a recipient of:
- a Congressional Medal of Honor,
- a distinguished-service cross,
- a Navy cross,
- an Air Force cross,
- a silver star,
- a Purple Heart,
- a Combat Infantryman's Badge,
- a Combat Action Badge,
- a Combat Medical Badge,
- a Combat Action Ribbon,
- a Combat Action Medal, or
- any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/19/13. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 258 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending and revenues; however, CBO estimates that any effects would be insignificant for each year.
Library of Congress Summary and Status
House Report 113-84

113-13 Passed Congress as bill S. 982 Signed into law by the President 6/3/2013.
"Freedom to Fish Act"
A bill to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Requires the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to: (1) cease implementing and enforcing, until two years after enactment of this Act, any restricted area for hazardous waters at dams and other civil works structures in the Cumberland River Basin that the Chief established or modified between August 1, 2012, and the day before the enactment of this Act; and (2) remove any permanent physical barriers constructed in connection with such area.
Requires the Chief, before establishing any such restricted area after this Act's enactment, to: (1) ensure that any restrictions are based on operational conditions that create hazardous waters, and (2) publish and seek and consider public comment on a draft describing the restricted area. Prohibits the Chief from: (1) implementing or enforcing the restricted area until two years after this Act's enactment, or (2) taking any action to establish a permanent physical barrier in connection with such area. (Excludes the installation and maintenance of measures for alerting the public of hazardous water conditions as such a permanent physical barrier.)
Makes enforcement of a restricted area the sole responsibility of the state in which such area is located.
Prohibits the Chief from assessing any penalty for entering a restricted area of public park and recreational facilities at water resource development projects.
No CBO Estimate.
Library of Congress Summary and Status

113-14 Passed Congress as bill S. 622 Signed into law by the President 6/13/2013.
"Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013"
An original bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Title I: Fees Relating to Animal Drugs - Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to extend for FY2014-FY2018 the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect animal drug user fees, specifically new animal drug application or supplemental animal drug application fees, animal drug product fees, animal drug establishment fees, and animal drug sponsor fees.
Establishes the amount of revenue such fees can generate. Specifies percentages of the total revenue that shall be derived from each type of user fee.
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adjust the total revenue amounts for FY2015 and subsequent fiscal years for inflation.
Requires the total fees collected for FY2016-FY2018 to be increased by the cumulative amount, if any, by which the amount of user fees collected and appropriated for prior fiscal year falls below the cumulative amount of fees authorized.
Extends requirements for the FDA to report to Congress on achieving goals related to animal drug development and review processes and implementation of authority to collect animal drug user fees.
Title II: Fees Relating to Generic Animal Drugs - Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013
Extends for FY2014-FY2018 the authority of the FDA to collect generic animal drug user fees, specifically abbreviated application fees for generic new animal drugs, generic new animal drug product fees, and generic new animal drug sponsor fees.
Subjects generic animal drug applications to a fee 50% of the amount of the normal fee if the application is for an animal drug which contains more than one active ingredient, or the labeling of the drug prescribes, recommends, or suggests use of the drug in combination with one or more other animal drugs, and the active ingredients or drugs intended for use in the combination have previously been separately approved.
Establishes the total amount of revenue each type of generic user fee shall generate.
Extends requirements for the FDA to report to Congress on achieving goals related to the generic animal drug development and review process and the implementation of the authority to collect generic animal drug fees.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/21/13. S. 622 would authorize the collection and spending of fees by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain activities to expedite the development and marketing approval of drugs for use in animals. Fees would supplement appropriated funds to cover FDA痴 costs associated with reviewing certain applications and investigational submissions for brand and generic animal drugs. Such fees could be collected and made available for obligation only to the extent and in the amounts provided in advance in appropriation acts. The legislation would extend through fiscal year 2018, and make several technical changes to, FDA痴 existing fee programs for brand and generic animal drugs, which expire at the end of fiscal year 2013.
CBO estimates that implementing S. 622 would reduce discretionary outlays, on net, by $7 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation actions consistent with the bill.
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113-15 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 475 Signed into law by the President 6/25/2013.
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to add vaccines against seasonal influenza to the list of those vaccines subject to the excise tax on taxable vaccines.
Makes this Act applicable to sales and uses of such vaccines on or after the later of: (1) the first day of the first month which begins more than four weeks after the enactment of this Act, or (2) the date on which the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) lists any vaccine against seasonal influenza for purposes of compensation for any vaccine-related injury or death through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-16 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 324 Signed into law by the President 7/12/2013.
To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to make appropriate arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold medal to the First Special Service Force (a joint American-Canadian volunteer unit), collectively, in recognition of their World War II service.
Directs that the gold medal be given to the First Special Service Force Association in Helena, Montana, for display there and elsewhere, including Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell bronze duplicates with proceeds deposited in the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
Declares that the medal struck under this Act is a national medal for purposes of specified coins and currency provisions.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-17 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1151 Signed into law by the President 7/12/2013.
To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Secretary of State to: (1) develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the next triennial International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly to be held in September 2013 in Montreal, Canada; and (2) instruct the U.S. Mission to the ICAO to officially request observer status for Taiwan at the Assembly and other related meetings, activities, and mechanisms, and urge ICAO member states to support Taiwan observer status and participation in the ICAO.
Directs the Secretary to report to Congress, in unclassified form, describing the U.S. strategy to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial ICAO Assembly and at any subsequent ICAO Assemblies and other related meetings.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-18 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2383 Signed into law by the President 7/12/2013.
To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge".
Congressional Research Service Summary
Designates the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River that connects St. Louis, Missouri, to southwestern Illinois as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."
No CBO Estimate.
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113-19 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 251 Signed into law by the President 7/18/2013.
"South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Requires the Secretary of the Interior, insofar as the Strawberry Water Users Association conveyed its interest in an electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, to convey and assign to the District: (1) all interest of the United States in all fixtures owned by the United States as part of the electric distribution system and the federal lands and interests where the fixtures are located, (2) license for use in perpetuity of the shared power poles, and (3) licenses for use and access in perpetuity to specified project lands and interests and corridors where federal lands and interests are abutting public streets and roads and can provide access to facilities.
Requires the District to assume all liability from the United States for the administration, operation, maintenance, and replacement of such electric distribution system.
Requires the Secretary, before conveying such lands, interests, and fixtures, to be in compliance with all applicable requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and any other law applicable to such land and facilities.
Prohibits anything, except for the uses as granted by license in the shared power poles, from being construed as granting or conveying to the District or any other party, any interest in any facilities comprising a part of the Strawberry Valley Project power generation system or the federally owned parts of the 46 kilovolt transmission system, the ownership of which shall remain in the United States.
Prohibits, upon conveyance of any land or facility under this Act: (1) the conveyed and assigned land and facilities from any longer being considered as part of a federal reclamation project; (2) the District from being entitled to receive any future Bureau of Reclamation benefits respecting such land and facilities, except for those that would be available to other non-Bureau facilities; and (3) the United States from being liable for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence related to the land and facilities, including the transaction specified above between the Association and the District.
Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the status of such conveyance, any obstacles to completing it, and the anticipated date for its completion, if the conveyance is not completed within one year of enactment of this Act.
House Report 113-78
CBO Estimate, dated 4/30/13.
H.R. 251 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to transfer title to the electric distribution system located in Spanish Fork, Utah, to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 251 would have an insignificant impact on direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. The legislation would not affect revenues.
The electric distribution system was developed as part of the Strawberry Valley Project in the 1920s. The Strawberry Water Users Association, the nonfederal sponsor of the project, satisfied all federal repayment obligations associated with the project in 1974. In 1986, the Bureau of Reclamation transferred financial responsibility for operating and maintaining the system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. Under current law, the bureau oversees those activities.
Under the legislation, transfer to the district of title to the electric distribution system would include all federally owned fixtures and the underlying federal land not shared by other facilities. In instances where the underlying federal land is also occupied by other facilities and in the case of shared power poles, permanent access and licensing privileges would be granted to the district to perform required maintenance.
Under H.R. 251, the Bureau of Reclamation would no longer oversee the facilities or collect licensing fees from utilities seeking easements. Based on information from the bureau, CBO estimates that the loss of those collections would not be significant.
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113-20 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 254 Signed into law by the President 7/18/2013.
"Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act"
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Declares that, in order to facilitate hydropower development on the Diamond Fork System (Utah), a certain amount of reimbursable costs allocated to project power in the Power Appendix of the October 2004 Supplement to the 1988 Bonneville Unit Definite Plan Report shall be considered final costs, as well as specified costs in excess of the total maximum repayment obligation, subject to the same terms and conditions.
States that: (1) this Act does not obligate the Western Area Power Administration to purchase or market any of the power produced by the Diamond Fork power plant; and (2) none of the costs associated with development of transmission facilities to transmit power from the Diamond Fork power plant shall be assigned to power for the purpose of Colorado River Storage Project ratemaking.
Prohibits any hydroelectric power generation or transmission facility on the Diamond Fork System from being financed or refinanced with any obligation: (1) whose interest enjoys federal tax-exempt status; or (2) which enjoys certain federal tax credits.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to report to certain congressional committees if hydropower production on the Diamond Fork System has not commenced 24 months after enactment of this Act, stating the reasons such production has not commenced, and presenting a detailed timeline for future hydropower production.
Prohibits the use of Western Area Power Administration borrowing authority under the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 to fund any study or construction of transmission facilities developed as a result of this Act.
House Report 11325, Pt 1
CBO Estimate, dated 4/3/13.
CBO expects that enacting H.R. 254 would lead to the development of hydropower facilities at the Diamond Fork Project in Utah by a nonfederal entity within a few years, sooner than expected under current law. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation, CBO estimates that the federal government would receive payments from the hydropower developer of about $4 million over the 2014-2023 period. Enacting the bill would decrease direct spending (by increasing offsetting receipts); therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
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113-21 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 588 Signed into law by the President 7/18/2013.
"Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2013"
To provide for donor contribution acknowledgments to be displayed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Extends, to November 17, 2018, the legislative authority of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. (Fund) to establish a Vietnam Veterans Memorial visitors center. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow the Fund to acknowledge donor contributions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center by displaying, inside the Center, an appropriate statement or credit.
Requires the Fund to: (1) bear all display expenses; and (2) prior to such display, submit to the Secretary for approval a display plan.
Requires the Secretary to approve such plan if it: (1) allows only short, discrete, and unobtrusive acknowledgments or credits; (2) does not permit any advertising slogans or company logos; and (3) conforms to applicable National Park Service guidelines for indoor donor recognition.
Allows the Fund, if a plan is not approved, to resubmit a revised plan.
House Report 113-28
CBO Estimate, dated 4/1/13.
H.R. 588 would authorize the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to acknowledge donor contributions to the visitor center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through a display in the visitor center. Based on information provided by the National Park Service, CBO estimates that the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 588 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
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113-22 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2289 Signed into law by the President 7/25/2013.
To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to rename the section heading of Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to the individual retirement accounts (IRAs) of married individuals as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-23 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 267 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013"
To improve hydropower, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to increase from 5,000 to 10,000 kilowatts the size of small hydroelectric power projects which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may exempt from its license requirements.
Amends the Federal Power Act to revise the limitation on the maximum installation capacity of qualifying conduit hydropower facilities that are eligible for an exemption from licensing requirements.
Requires any person, state, or municipality proposing to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility to file with FERC a notice of intent to do so. Requires FERC, within 15 days after receiving such a notice of intent, to make an initial determination as to whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria.
Waives license requirements for any conduit hydroelectric facility that: (1) uses for electric power generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit, (2) has a maximum installed capacity of 5 megawatts, and (3) is not currently licensed or exempted from license requirements.
Redefines "conduit" to specify any tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity.
Authorizes FERC to: (1) exempt from license requirements any electric power generation facility that utilizes for such generation only the hydroelectric potential of a conduit, and has an installed capacity or 40 megawatts or fewer; and (2) extend the preliminary permit period for up to 2 additional years beyond the 3 years otherwise allowed if it finds that the permittee has implemented activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence.
Directs FERC to: (1) investigate the feasibility of issuing a license for hydropower development at nonpowered dams and closed loop pumped storage projects during a two-year period, and (2) hold workshops and develop hydropower pilot projects.
Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to study: (1) the technical flexibility that existing pumped storage facilities can provide to support intermittent renewable electric energy generation, including the potential for such facilities to be upgraded or retrofitted with advanced commercially available technology; and (2) the technical potential of existing pumped storage facilities and new advanced pumped storage facilities to provide grid reliability benefits.
House Report 113-6
Senate Report 113-38
CBO Estimate, dated 5/14/13.
Under the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues licenses and regulates hydroelectric facilities, regardless of size. H.R. 267 would amend current law to allow FERC to extend certain permits related to hydroelectric facilities and exempt small hydroelectric facilities with a generating capacity of 10 megawatts or less from FERC痴 licensing requirements. In addition, the legislation would direct the Secretary of Energy to study the feasibility of generating hydroelectric power using water flowing through conduits or at facilities that store water. Finally, H.R. 267 would authorize FERC to carry out pilot projects to demonstrate the potential of generating hydroelectric power at nonpowered dams and water-storage facilities.
Based on information from FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE), CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 267 would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. CBO anticipates that the proposed changes to FERC痴 permitting and licensing requirements would reduce the commission痴 workload. We also estimate that FERC would spend about $1 million on pilot projects authorized under the legislation, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. However, because FERC recovers 100 percent of its costs through user fees, any change in the agency痴 costs (which are controlled through annual appropriation acts) would be offset by an equal change in fees that the commission charges, resulting in no net change in federal spending. Finally, CBO estimates that any increased costs to DOE to prepare the study that would be required under H.R. 267 would be negligible because the proposed study is similar to ongoing efforts to analyze the potential for developing hydropower resources. Enacting H.R. 267 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-24 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 678 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act"
To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior (acting through the Bureau of Reclamation) to contract for the development of small conduit hydropower at Bureau facilities.
Defines: (1) "small conduit hydropower" as five megawatts or less; and (2) "conduit" as a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance.
Requires that power privilege leases be offered first to an irrigation district or water users association operating or receiving water from the applicable transferred or reserved conduit.
Defines: (1) reserved conduit as any conduit included in project works whose care, operation, and maintenance has been reserved by the Secretary (through the Bureau); and (2) transferred conduit as any conduit included in project works whose care, operation, and maintenance has been transferred to a legally organized water users association or irrigation district.
Requires the Secretary to offer the lease of power privilege to other parties if the irrigation district or water users association elects not to accept a lease of power privilege offer.
Requires the Bureau to apply its categorical exclusion process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) to small conduit hydropower, except with respect to siting of associated transmission on federal lands.
Makes the Bureau's Power Resources Office the lead office for such small conduit hydropower policy and procedure-setting activities. (Thus excludes such activities from the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC].)
Declares that nothing in this Act shall: (1) obligate specified power administrations to purchase or market the power produced by such facilities, (2) alter or impede the delivery and management of water for original project purposes, or (3) alter or affect any existing agreements for conduit hydropower development projects or disposition of revenues. Deems water used for conduit hydropower generation to be incidental to use of water for the original project purposes.
House Report 113-24
Senate Report 113-39
CBO Estimate, dated 5/20/13.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 678 would increase federal offsetting receipts by about $1 million over the 2014-2023 period because it would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to permit private entities to develop hydropower at certain facilities owned by the bureau. Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would increase offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending). Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
H.R. 678 would clarify that the jurisdiction over small hydropower development by private entities on all bureau irrigation canals and conduits lies solely with the bureau. Under current law, the bureau or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over hydropower development at such facilities. CBO expects that this change would result in a small increase in receipts from hydropower development because the federal government collects no funds from project developers if a project is authorized by FERC.
Typically the bureau痴 agreements with private developers of hydropower facilities on small conduits generate annual receipts to the federal government ranging from about $10,000預t most facilities蓉p to $100,000 for a few larger sites. Selecting the lessee, negotiating the leasing contract, and constructing new facilities usually takes two to four years depending on the size of the project. Under the legislation, CBO expects that the federal government would receive some additional receipts beginning two years after enactment and that those additional collections would grow to about $200,000 a year by 2023.
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113-25 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1092 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
To designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the "Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center".
Congressional Research Service Summary
Designates the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the "Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center."
House Report 113-97
No CBO Estimate.
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113-26 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1171 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service (FOR VETS) Act of 2013"
To amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Authorizes the transfer of federal surplus property to a state agency for distribution through donation within the state for purposes of education or public health for organizations whose membership comprises substantially veterans and whose representatives are recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Secretary.
House Report 113-126
No CBO Estimate.
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113-27 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1344 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Helping Heroes Fly Act"
To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to provide expedited air passenger screening to severely injured or disabled members of the Armed Forces and severely injured or disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration [TSA]) to develop and implement a process to ease travel and to the extent possible provide expedited passenger screening services for severely injured or disabled Armed Forces members and veterans, and their accompanying family members or nonmedical attendants.
Requires the Assistant Secretary also to maintain an operations center to provide for the movement of such members and veterans through screening before boarding a domestic or foreign passenger aircraft.
Directs the Assistant Secretary to establish and publish certain protocols for severely injured or disabled Armed Forces members and veterans or their family members and others to contact the operations center to request expedited screening services for the member or veteran.
Declares that nothing in this Act shall affect the Assistant Secretary's authority to require additional screening of such individuals if intelligence, law enforcement, or other information indicates that it is necessary.
Directs the Assistant Secretary to report annually to Congress on implementation of the program.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-28 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1911 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013"
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013, to direct the Secretary of Education to convene the Advisory Committee on Improving Postsecondary Education Data to conduct a study on improvements to postsecondary education transparency at the Federal level, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to set the annual interest rate on Direct Stafford loans and Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans issued to undergraduate students at the rate on high-yield 10-year Treasury notes plus 2.05%, but caps that rate at 8.25%. Sets the annual interest rate on Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans issued to graduate or professional students at the rate on high-yield 10-year Treasury notes plus 3.6%, but caps that rate at 9.5%. Sets the annual interest rate on Direct PLUS loans at the rate on high-yield 10-year Treasury notes plus 4.6%, but caps that rate at 10.5%. Limits the applicability of the preceding provisions to loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013. Fixes the interest rate on Direct Stafford loans, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans, and Direct PLUS loans for the period of the loan. Sets the annual interest rate on Direct Consolidation loans for which an application is received on or after July 1, 2013, at the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans consolidated, rounded to the nearest higher one-eighth of 1%.
Provides that the budgetary effects of this Act shall not be entered on specified PAYGO scorecards.
Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to conduct a study and report to Congress on the actual cost to the federal government of carrying out the federal student loan programs authorized under title IV of the HEA.
H. Rept. 11382, Pt. 1
CBO Estimate, dated 7/22/13. CBO estimates this legislation will increase federal government spending by $31.8 billion through FY 2016.
The draft legislation would amend the Higher Education Act to change the interest rate on all new subsidized, unsubsidized, gradPLUS, and parent loans made on or after July 1, 2013. All interest rates would be a fixed rate set for the academic year during which the loan is made and it would be based on the 10-year Treasury rate. The interest rate for subsidized loans and unsubsidized loans to undergraduate students would be the 10-year Treasury rate plus 2.05 percentage points, but capped at 8.25 percent; the interest for unsubsidized loans to graduate students would be the 10-year Treasury rate plus 3.60 percentage points, but capped at 9.50 percent; and the interest rate for gradPLUS and parent loans would be the 10-year rate plus 4.60 percentage points, but capped at 10.50 percent. In addition, the interest rate on consolidation loans would not be capped.
Under current law, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans have a fixed rate of 6.80 percent and gradPLUS and parent loans have a fixed rate of 7.90 percent and the interest rates on consolidation loans is the lesser of weighted average rates on the loans consolidated rounded, upward to the nearest one-eighth or 8.25 percent, which ever is lower.
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113-29 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2167 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
"Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013"
To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the home equity conversion mortgage insurance program.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the National Housing Act, with respect to mortgage insurance for home equity conversion mortgages (reverse mortgages) of elderly homeowners, to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish, by notice or mortgagee letter, any additional or alternative requirements determined necessary to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the reverse mortgage program. Declares that such requirements shall take effect upon issuance.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-30 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2576 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
To amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Revises certain minimum pipeline safety standards requirements to delay from January 3, 2012, to January 3, 2015, the requirement that the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) issue a regulation that incorporates by reference any pipeline safety regulatory documents or portions only if such documents are made available to the public, free of charge, on an Internet website.
Eliminates the prohibition against issuing guidance unless such requirements are met.
Eliminates also the restriction that such documents be made available to the public only on the Internet.
House Report 113152, Pt. 1
CBO Estimate, dated 7/11/13.
H.R. 2576 would change certain requirements applicable to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the Department of Transportation regarding the publication of guidance and regulations. The bill would postpone, until 2015, the requirement that PHMSA only use publicly available technological standards that are free of charge in formulating certain safety regulations. The bill would also remove the requirement that the documents describing those technological standards be available on the Internet.
CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget because it would give PHMSA more time to comply with an existing requirement. Enacting H.R. 2576 would not affect direct spending or revenues
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113-31 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2611 Signed into law by the President 8/9/2013.
To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the "Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building", and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Designates the Coast Guard headquarters building on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, S.E., in the District of Columbia as the "Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building."
House Report 113153
CBO Estimate, dated 7/15/13.
CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-32 Passed Congress as bill S. 130 Signed into law by the President 9/18/2013.
"Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act"
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming.
Congressional Research Service summary
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the Powell Recreation District in Wyoming, without consideration, the land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Wind River District and identified as the Powell Gun Club for use as: (1) a shooting range, or (2) for any other public purpose consistent with the uses allowed under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.
Instructs the Secretary to require the District to pay all survey and other administrative costs necessary for the preparation and completion of any patents for, and transfers of title to, such land.
Requires the conveyed land to revert, at the discretion of the Secretary, to the United States if such land ceases being used for a public purpose.
Requires the District to agree in writing to: (1) pay administrative costs associated with such conveyance, including the costs of environmental, wildlife, cultural, or historical resources studies; and (2) release and indemnify the United States from claims or liabilities that may arise from the uses carried out on such land on or before this Act's enactment.
Senate Report 113-18
House Report 113-190
CBO Estimate, dated 7/26/13.
S. 130 would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey 322 acres of federal land near Powell, Wyoming, to the Powell Recreation District. Based on information provided by BLM, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting S. 130 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
The act would require BLM to convey the affected lands, without consideration, to the Powell Recreation District, which currently operates a shooting range on those lands. Because the act requires the district to pay all administrative costs associated with the conveyance, CBO estimates that implementing S. 130 would have no significant impact on discretionary spending. In addition, the affected lands are not expected to generate receipts over the next 10 years under current law.
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113-33 Passed Congress as bill S. 157 Signed into law by the President 9/18/2013.
"Denali National Park Improvement Act"
A bill to provide for certain improvements to the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for specified microhydro projects in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve (the Park) in Alaska. Defines "microhydro project" as a hydroelectric power generating facility with a maximum power generation capability of 100 kilowatts and includes any distribution or transmission lines required to serve such area.
Requires the Secretary to complete, no later than 180 days after the submission of a permit application, any analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 respecting any proposed or existing microhydro projects in such area.
Directs the Secretary to exchange Park land near or adjacent to land owned by Doyon Tourism, Inc., located at the mouth of Eureka Creek for approximately 18 acres of land owned by Doyon Tourism within the Galena patented mining claim. Instructs the Secretary to seek to complete such exchange by February 2015. Permits, if the values of the tracts proposed for exchange are determined not to be equal, an equalization of such values to be achieved by adjusting the quantity of the acreage owned by Doyon Tourism.
Requires the land acquired by the Secretary to be administered as part of the Park.
Authorizes the Secretary to issue right-of-way permits, subject to certain terms and conditions, for: (1) a high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline (including appurtenances) in nonwilderness areas within the boundary of the Park within, along, or near the approximately seven-mile segment of the George Parks Highway that runs through the Park; and (2) any distribution and transmission pipelines and appurtenances that the Secretary determines to be necessary to provide natural gas supply to the Park.
Designates the Talkeetna Ranger Station that is on B Street in Talkeetna, Alaska, and that is approximately 100 miles south of the entrance to the Park, as the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.
Senate Report 113-19
House Report 113-192
CBO Estimate, dated 7/26/13.
Based on information provided by the National Park Service (NPS), CBO estimates that implementing S. 157 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The act would:
- Authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for microhydroelectric projects in the Kantishna Hills area of the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska;
- Authorize an exchange of land between the Department of the Interior and Doyon Tourism, Inc.;
- Authorize the NPS to issue permits to construct a natural gas pipeline in the Denali National Park; and
- Redesignate the Talkeetna Ranger Station as the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.
Enacting S. 157 could increase offsetting receipts (from permit fees) and associated direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. If potential owners or operators of a pipeline seek permits from the NPS, the agency could collect a fee to recover any costs associated with issuing such permits. NPS would retain and spend those amounts to process the permit without further appropriation, and any excess receipts would be deposited in the Treasury. CBO estimates that the total collections under the legislation would be insignificant over the 2014-2023 period, and the net effect on direct spending would be negligible. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues.
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113-34 Passed Congress as bill S. 256 Signed into law by the President 9/18/2013.
A bill to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Congressional Research Service summary
Conveys to the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) submerged lands surrounding such Islands and extending three geographical miles outward from their coastlines.
Includes the CNMI among the islands where the President may establish naval defensive sea areas and airspace reservations when necessary for national defense.
Amends the Fair Minimum Wage Act to provide for no CNMI minimum wage increases in 2013 and 2015.
Senate Report 113-55
CBO Estimate, dated 5/24/13.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 256 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. The bill would convey ownership of submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) from the mean high tide seaward to the point that is three geographical miles from its coast line. The legislation also would include CNMI among the islands where the United States may establish a naval defensive perimeter. Finally, S. 256 would amend the process for changing the minimum wage in American Samoa and CNMI.
Based on information from the Department of the Interior, CBO estimates that implementing S. 256 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-35 Passed Congress as bill S. 304 Signed into law by the President 9/18/2013.
"Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013"
A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Requires the Secretary of the Interior to convey to Mississippi, by quitclaim deed and without consideration, all interest of the United States in two parcels of identified land totaling approximately 67 acres.
Requires the deed of conveyance to the parcel of land located southeast of U.S. route 61/84, and which is commonly known as the bean field property, to reserve an easement to the United States that restricts the use of such parcel only to uses which are compatible with the Parkway.
Adjusts the boundary of the Parkway to exclude the conveyed land and provides for inclusion in the Parkway of the approximately 10 acres identified as the proposed addition.
Senate Report 113-25
House Report 113-191
CBO Estimate, dated 7/26/13.
S. 304 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to convey about 67 acres of property in the Nachez Trace Parkway to the state of Mississippi. The legislation also would adjust the boundaries of the parkway to include 10 additional acres. Based on information provided by NPS, CBO estimates that implementing the act would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting S. 304 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-36 Passed Congress as bill S. 459 Signed into law by the President 9/18/2013.
"Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act"
A bill to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1999 to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota by including in the Historic Site a visitor facility and administrative site located on a specified parcel of land that consists of: (1) approximately 25 acres of land within the Buffalo Gap National Grassland in Jackson County, South Dakota, and (2) approximately 3.65 acres of land at the Delta 1 Launch Control Facility for the construction and use of a parking lot and for other administrative uses.
Transfers administrative jurisdiction over such land from the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to the Secretary of the Interior.
Modifies the boundary of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland to exclude the transferred land.
Senate Report 113-32
House Report 113-193
CBO Estimate, dated 7/26/13.
S. 459 would approve the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of about 29 acres of the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands from the Forest Service to the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS would use the land for a visitor center, administrative site, and parking lot for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota.
Based on information provided by the NPS, CBO estimates that implementing S. 459 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Authority to transfer the land and to build and operate a facility was provided in the legislation that established the park unit in 1999. At that time, CBO estimated that the cost of constructing the facility would be about $5 million. That amount has already been appropriated for the project. Enacting S. 459 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-37 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1412 Signed into law by the President 9/30/2013.
"Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013"
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring authorities affecting veterans and their families, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for a certain four-year period, to require training establishments applying for state approval of on-the-job training programs to certify that the wages to be paid an eligible veteran or person upon entrance into training will be increased in regular periodic increments until, by the last full month of the training period, they will be at least 75% (currently 85%) of the wages paid for the job for which such eligible veteran or person is being trained.
Requires the Secretary to enter into agreements with the heads of other federal departments and agencies to operate similar on-the-job training programs to train eligible veterans or persons to perform skills necessary for employment by the department or agency operating the program.
Extends from November 30 through December 31, 2016, the requirement of a reduced pension ($90 per month) for veterans (with neither spouse nor child) or surviving spouses (with no child) covered by Medicaid plans under title XIX of the Social Security Act for services furnished by nursing facilities.
House Report 113-64
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/13.
H.R. 1412 would extend for one month an expiring provision of law that limits pensions paid to certain veterans who are receiving Medicaid coverage in Medicaid-approved nursing homes. The bill also would modify the conditions for veterans to receive education benefit payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for participating in on-the-job training and require VA to enter into agreements with other federal agencies to promote on-the-job training opportunities for veterans.
If enacted, CBO estimates that, on net, the bill would decrease direct spending by $14 million over the 2014-2018 period and by $12 million over the 2014-2023 period. Enacting H.R. 1412 would not affect revenues. In addition, implementing H.R. 1412 would have an insignificant effect on discretionary spending.
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113-38 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3092 Signed into law by the President 9/30/2013.
"Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013"
To amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Missing Children's Assistance to declare that many missing children are runaways.
Requires the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to send the Office's annual report to the President and Congress specifically to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate.
Requires the Administrator also to coordinate with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to ensure that homeless services professionals are aware of educational resources and assistance provided by the Center regarding child sexual exploitation.
Adds to the authorized uses of the annual grant to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: (1) giving technical assistance and training to state and local law enforcement agencies and statewide clearinghouses to coordinate with state and local educational agencies in identifying and recovering missing children; (2) assisting the efforts of law enforcement agencies in coordinating with child welfare agencies to respond to foster children missing from the state welfare system; and (3) giving technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and first responders in identifying, locating, and recovering victims of, and children at risk for, child sex trafficking.
Prohibits the use of federal funds to pay the compensation of any Center employee exceeding 110% of the maximum annual salary payable to a member of the federal government's Senior Executive Service (SES) for that year. Allows the Center to compensate an employee at a higher rate provided the amount exceeding this limitation is paid with non-federal funds. Excludes from the meaning of such compensation any health, medical, or life insurance payments, disability or retirement pay, or pensions benefits.
Requires the Administrator to conduct national incidence studies triennially (currently, periodically) to determine for a given year the actual number of children reported missing, the number who are victims of abduction by strangers, the number who are the victims of parental kidnappings, and the number who are recovered each year.
Requires that the Administrator's duty to provide to state and local governments, public and private nonprofit agencies, and individuals information to facilitate the lawful use of school records and birth certificates to identify and locate missing children be performed in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Authorizes the Administration to make grants or enter into contracts with the Center and with public agencies or nonprofit private organizations for research, demonstration projects, or service programs designed to: (1) educate schools, school leaders, teachers, state and local educational agencies, homeless shelters, and service providers in ways to prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children; and (2) aid schools in the collection of materials useful to parents in assisting others in the identification of missing children.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2014-FY2018, including specified funds each year for the annual grant to the Center.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-39 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3210 Signed into law by the President 9/30/2013.
"Pay Our Military Act"
Making continuing appropriations for military pay in the event of a Government shutdown.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Appropriates for FY2014, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for any period during which interim or full-year appropriations for FY2014 are not in effect, such sums as are necessary to provide pay and allowances to: (1) members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, who perform active service during such period; and (2) civilian personnel and contractors of the Department of Defense (DOD) (and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] in the case of the Coast Guard) whom the Secretary concerned determines are providing support to such members of the Armed Forces.
Requires the appropriations and funds made available and authority granted pursuant to this Act to remain available until whichever of the following first occurs: (1) enactment of an appropriation (including a continuing appropriation) for any purpose for which amounts are made available in this Act, (2) enactment of the applicable regular or continuing appropriations resolution or other Act without any appropriation for such purpose, or (3) January 1, 2015.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-40 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 527 Signed into law by the President 10/2/2013.
"Helium Stewardship Act of 2013"
To amend the Helium Act to complete the privatization of the Federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion that ensures stability in the helium markets while protecting the interests of American taxpayers, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Helium Act to define the "Federal Helium Reserve" as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cliffside Gas Field and supporting infrastructure, including: (1) the Cliffside Gas Field helium storage reservoir; and (2) all associated infrastructure owned, leased, or managed under contract by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) for helium storage, transportation, withdrawal, purification, or management.
Revises requirements for the sale of helium by dividing sales into three phases: (1) Phase A: Finalizing Debt Payoff, (2) Phase B: Maximizing Total Recovery of Helium and Increasing Returns to the American Taxpayer, and (3) Phase C: Access for Federal Users.
Directs the Secretary (who currently is merely authorized) to offer for sale crude helium for federal, medical, research, scientific, and commercial uses (stated uses) in such quantities, at such times, and under such conditions (stated conditions) as necessary to carry out Phase A with minimum market disruption. Requires the Secretary, during Phase A, to offer for sale during each fiscal year a quantity of crude helium equivalent to the quantity of crude helium produced from the Federal Helium Reserve during FY2012.
Terminates Phase A one year after this Act's enactment.
Requires the Secretary, during Phase B, to offer for sale at auction crude helium for the stated uses and under the stated conditions as necessary to: (1) maximize total recovery and conservation of helium from the Reserve; (2) manage crude helium sales according to the Secretary's ability to extract and produce helium from the Reserve; (3) respond to helium market supply and demand and minimize market disruption; and (4) give priority to meeting the helium demand of federal users through certain in-kind purchases by federal agencies and grantees.
Authorizes federal agencies and holders of federal research grants, during Phase B, to purchase refined helium for federal, medical, research, and scientific uses from a helium distributer registered with the Secretary. Requires the Secretary then to provide an equivalent volume of crude helium to the distributer as if the distributer was the successful bidder for the helium at auction, and at the minimum price established for the most recent auction or another price specified by the Secretary.
Terminates Phase B when the volume of recoverable crude helium at the Reserve (other than privately owned quantities of crude helium stored there temporarily) is 3 billion standard cubic feet.
Authorizes the Secretary during Phase C to offer crude helium for sale for federal uses (including medical, research, and scientific uses) under the stated conditions as necessary to carry out Phase C.
Additional details available at CRS Summary link above.
House Report 113-42
CBO Estimate, dated 4/5/13.
H.R. 527 would authorize the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to retain proceeds from the sale of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve to pay for the costs of operating the reserve. The bill also would require BLM to conduct domestic and global assessments of the supply of helium and to prepare several reports related to helium production on federal lands.
Based on information provided by BLM, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 527 would increase net offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending) by $340 million over the 2014-2023 period. In addition, CBO estimates that completing the assessments and additional reports required under the bill would cost $11 million over the 2014-2023 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting H.R. 527 would not affect revenues.
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113-41 Passed Congress as bill S. 793 Signed into law by the President 10/2/2013.
"Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013"
A bill to support revitalization and reform of the Organization of American States, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
States that it is U.S. policy to: (1) promote democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in the Western Hemisphere; and (2) support the practices and principles expressed in the Charter of the Organization of American States, the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and other fundamental instruments of democracy.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Organization of American States (OAS) should be the primary multi-lateral diplomatic entity for regional dispute resolution and promotion of democratic governance; (2) the Summit of the Americas process should be formally and more effectively integrated into the work of the OAS, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other Members of the Joint Summit Working Group; (3) the OAS has historically accepted too many member state mandates creating unclear priorities and loss of institutional focus; and (4) it is in the interest of the United States and the OAS and its member states to move toward an assessed fee structure that assures financial sustainability and establishes, within five years, that no member state pays more than 50% of the organization's assessed fees.
Directs the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy that: (1) leads to such assessed fee structure, (2) identifies a path toward the adoption of necessary reforms that prioritize the core competencies of the OAS, (3) outlines a results-based budgeting process to prioritize current and future mandates and transparent hiring and promotion practices, and (4) reflects the inputs and coordination from other executive branch agencies.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out diplomatic engagement to build support for reforms and budgetary burden sharing among OAS member states and observers, and (2) promote donor coordination among OAS member states.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/24/13.
S. 793 would require the Secretary of State to develop a multiyear strategy to bolster the Organization of American States (OAS) and improve the OAS痴 processes for managing its budget and personnel. The bill would require the Secretary to provide quarterly briefings to the Congress on the progress of implementing that strategy. CBO estimates that implementing S. 793 would have discretionary costs of less than $500,000 each year and total $1 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds.
Senate Report 113-43
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113-42 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3233 Signed into law by the President 10/4/2013.
To extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 to provide that the total number of aliens eligible for special immigrant status (Iraqis who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq) during the first three months of FY2014 shall be the sum of: (1) the number of such aliens whose applications were pending on September 30, 2013, and (2) 2000. Imposes a deadline of December 15, 2013, for applications for special immigrant status.
Directs the Secretary of State to increase the fee or surcharge authorized under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 by $1 for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas and machine-readable combined border crossing identification cards and nonimmigrant visas. Requires amounts collected as a result of the fee increase to be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-43 Passed Congress as bill S. 1348 Signed into law by the President 10/4/2013.
"Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013"
A bill to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Congressional Award Act to extend the date for termination of the Congressional Award Board from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2018.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/9/13.
S. 1348 would extend authorization for the Congressional Award Act through fiscal year 2018. The Congressional Award Program recognizes excellence in public service and personal development among young people. The program is overseen by the Congressional Award Board, a nonprofit organization that does not receive any appropriated federal funds.
Under S. 1348, the Congressional Award Board would continue to receive free office space in a Congressional office building. In addition, young people recognized by the Congressional Award Program are awarded medals produced by the U.S. Mint. Based on information from the board, CBO estimates that extending authorization for the program would increase direct spending from the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund by less than $500,000 annually.
Senate Report 113-109
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113-44 Passed Congress as bill H.J.Res. 91 Signed into law by the President 10/10/2013.
"Department of Defense Survivor Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014"
Making continuing appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Makes appropriations, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for death gratuities and related benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY2014, and for other purposes, such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided for FY2013 in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 (division C of P.L. 113-6), for "Operation and Maintenance" and "Military Personnel" accounts for continuing the following projects and activities that are not otherwise specifically provided for in this joint resolution or the Pay Our Military Act (P.L. 113-39), and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013:
- payment of death gratuities to certain survivors of deceased military service members, including for the death of members on active duty or inactive duty training, the death of members after discharge or release from duty or training, members and employees dying outside the United States while assigned to intelligence duties, and other eligible survivors;
- funeral and burial expenses;
- authorized funeral travel and travel related to the dignified transfer of remains and unit memorial services; and
- temporary continuation of a basic allowance of housing for certain dependents of members dying on active duty.
Requires the rate of operations to be calculated to reflect the full amount of any reduction required in FY2013 pursuant to: (1) the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), and (2) the presidential sequestration order dated March 1, 2013, except as attributable to budget authority made available by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-2).
Makes appropriations and funds made available and authority granted under this joint resolution available until whichever of the following first occurs: (1) enactment into law of an appropriation for any project or activity provided for in this joint resolution, (2) enactment into law of the applicable appropriations Act for FY2014 without any provision for such project or activity, or (3) December 15, 2013.
Requires implementation of this joint resolution so that only the most limited funding action be taken in order to provide for continuation of projects and activities.
Expresses the sense of Congress that this joint resolution may also be referred to as the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/10/13.
H. J. Res. 91 would provide funding through 12/15/13. CBO estimates outlays of $30 Million for period of 10/1/13 through 12/15/13.
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113-45 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3095 Signed into law by the President 10/15/2013.
To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to implement or enforce a requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders (including obstructive sleep apnea) only if it is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding. Applies this Act only to a requirement adopted on or after September 1, 2013.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/24/13.
H.R. 3095 would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the Department of Transportation to complete a formal rulemaking process if the agency decides to establish requirements for commercial truckers to address certain sleep disorders among drivers. Under current law, the agency could issue such requirements without going through a formal rulemaking process by issuing guidance to trucking companies. Based on information from FMCSA, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not have a significant effect on the federal budget. The agency has announced that it will complete a rulemaking on this issue under current law. CBO estimates that the bill would not affect revenues or direct spending.
H. Rept. 113225
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113-46 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2775 Signed into law by the President 10/17/2013.
"Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014"
An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
- Includes: "Default Prevention Act of 2013"
Congressional Research Service Summary
Division A: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014
* Makes continuing appropriations for FY2014 through January 15, 2014.
Note: More detail of continuing appropriations provisions available at Congressional Research Service Summary link above.
Division B: Other Matters
* Requires the Secretary of HHS to: (1) ensure that American Health Benefit Exchanges (health care exchanges) verify that individuals applying for premium tax credits and reductions in cost-sharing for the purchase of qualified health benefit plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are eligible for such credits and cost sharing reductions consistent with PPACA requirements; and (2) prior to making such credits and reductions available, certify to Congress that the Exchanges verify such eligibility. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress detailing the procedures employed by Exchanges to verify such eligibility.
* Default Prevention Act of 2013 - Allows the President, within three days after enactment of this Act, to certify to Congress that absent a suspension of the public debt limit, the Secretary of the Treasury would be unable to issue debt to meet existing commitments. Suspends the debt limit for the period beginning on the date on which the President submits to Congress such a certification and ending on February 7, 2014.
Increases the debt limit, effective February 8, 2014, to the extent that:
(1) the face amount of public debt obligations and those whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the U.S. government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on such date exceeds
(2) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of enactment of this Act.
Excludes an obligation under the first clause (above) from being taken into account unless its issuance was necessary to fund a commitment incurred that required payment before February 8, 2014.
Establishes procedures for congressional disapproval, by enactment of a joint resolution within 22 days after receipt of a certification by the President, of the exercise of authority to suspend the debt limit under this Act. Includes in such a measure an alternate debt limit suspension period. Provides for expedited consideration of such a joint resolution in the House and Senate.
No CBO Estimate of the final version of the bill.
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113-47 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3190 Signed into law by the President 10/31/2013.
"United States Parole Commission Extension Act of 2013"
To provide for the continued performance of the functions of the United States Parole Commission, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
No CBO Estimate.
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113-48 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2094 Signed into law by the President 11/13/2013.
"School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act"
To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements).
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Public Health Service Act, with respect to asthma-related grants for child health services, to give an additional preference to a state that allows self-administration of asthma and anaphylaxis medication and makes a certification concerning the adequacy of the state's civil liability protection law to protect trained school personnel who may administer epinephrine to a student reasonably believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction.
Requires elementary and secondary schools in such a state to: (1) permit trained personnel to administer epinephrine to a student reasonably believed to be having such a reaction, (2) maintain a supply of epinephrine in a secure location that is easily accessible to trained personnel for such treatment, and (3) have in place a plan for having on the school premises during operating hours one or more designated personnel trained in administration of epinephrine.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/22/13.
H.R. 2094 would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in awarding asthma-treatment grants, to give preference to states that require schools to:
- Maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine,
- Permit trained personnel of the school to administer epinephrine, and
- Have a plan for ensuring trained personnel are available to administer epinephrine during all hours of the school day.
In addition, to obtain the preference for grants under the bill, states would have to certify that their laws provide civil liability protection to school personnel that administer epinephrine.
The bill would not change the purposes for which the Secretary makes asthma-related grants or the amount of funding available. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2094 would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2094 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-49 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3302 Signed into law by the President 11/13/2013.
To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as the "C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center".
Congressional Research Service Summary
No CBO Estimate.
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113-50 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2747 Signed into law by the President 11/21/2013.
"Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act"
To amend title 40, United States Code, to transfer certain functions from the Government Accountability Office to the Department of Labor relating to the processing of claims for the payment of workers who were not paid appropriate wages under certain provisions of such title.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Transfers authority from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Department of Labor for processing claims for wages due to laborers and mechanics hired by contractors on public works projects.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/4/13.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2747 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The legislation would amend federal law to transfer some administrative functions under the Davis-Bacon Act that are currently performed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Department of Labor (DOL). Under current law, DOL is responsible for investigating violations and enforcing compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act. GAO processes payments to individuals making claims under that act pursuant to DOL痴 investigations. Under the bill, CBO expects that GAO would realize some administrative savings, while DOL would see a corresponding increase. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-51 Passed Congress as bill S. 330 Signed into law by the President 11/21/2013.
"HIV Organ Policy Equity Act"
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish safeguards and standards of quality for research and transplantation of organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Public Health Service Act to repeal the requirement that the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network adopt and use standards of quality for the acquisition and transportation of donated organs that include standards for preventing the acquisition of organs infected with the etiologic agent for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Replaces this requirement with authorization for the Network to adopt and use such standards with respect to organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), provided that any such standards ensure that organs infected with HIV may be transplanted only into individuals who are: (1) infected with such virus before receiving such an organ; and (2) participating in clinical research approved by an institutional review board under the criteria, standards, and regulations regarding organs infected with HIV developed under this Act or, if participation in such research is no longer warranted, receiving a transplant under such standards and regulations.
Revises similarly the requirement that organ procurement organizations arrange for testing to prevent the acquisition of organs infected with the AIDS etiologic agent to require that they arrange for testing to identify organs infected with HIV.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and publish guidelines for the conduct of research relating to transplantation of organs from HIV-infected donors.
Requires the Network to revise its standards of quality regarding HIV-infected organs and the Secretary to revise related regulations.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) review annually the results of scientific research in conjunction with the Network to determine whether they warrant revision of quality standards relating to donated HIV-infected organs and to the safety of transplantation of organs with a particular strain of HIV into a recipient with a different strain; and (2) direct the Network, if the review so warrants, to revise its standards in a way that ensures the changes will not reduce the safety of organ transplantation.
Amends the federal criminal code to declare that an organ donation does not violate the prohibition against a knowing organ donation by an HIV-infected individual if the donation is made in accordance with this Act.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/22/13.
S. 330 would amend provisions of the Public Health Service Act that authorize the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish guidelines and quality standards for conducting research relating to donated organs and for acquiring and procuring such organs.
The bill would remove a provision in current law that prohibits the acquisition and procurement of donated organs that are infected with the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome. S. 330 also would require the Secretary of HHS to develop guidelines for conducting research relating to organ transplants from donors who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Secretary would be required to annually review the results of the research to determine whether the results warrant revising the quality standards for acquiring and procuring donated organs. Finally, the bill would authorize the Secretary to establish standards for acquiring and procuring donated organs that are infected with HIV, provided that any such standards ensure that an organ infected with HIV may be transplanted only into individuals who are infected with HIV before receiving such organ.
To implement S. 330, CBO estimates that HHS would incur administrative costs of less than $500,000 annually and about $1 million over the 2014-2018 period. Any such costs would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-52 Passed Congress as bill S. 893 Signed into law by the President 11/21/2013.
"Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013"
A bill to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2013, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase, as of December 1, 2013, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children.
Requires each such increase to be the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act, on the same effective date.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/8/13.
S. 893 would increase the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) by the same cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) payable to Social Security recipients. The increase would take effect on December 1, 2013.
The COLA that would be authorized by this bill is assumed in CBO痴 baseline, consistent with section 257 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. Because the COLA is assumed in CBO痴 baseline, the COLA provision would have no budgetary effect relative to the baseline. Relative to current law, CBO estimates that enacting this bill would increase spending for those programs by $0.9 million in fiscal year 2014. This estimate assumes that the COLA effective on December 1, 2013, would be 1.5 percent. (The annualized cost would be about $1.2 billion in subsequent years. CBO previously estimated that the COLA change relative to current law would be about $2.6 billion on an annualized basis in contrast to that corrected figure of about $1.2 billion.)
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Senate Report 113-87

113-53 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1848 Signed into law by the President 11/27/2013.
"Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013"
To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes, and the continued development of the general aviation industry, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a final rule to advance the safety and continued development of small airplanes by reorganizing the certification requirements to streamline the approval of safety advancements.
Requires the final rule to meet certain consensus-based standards and FAA Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee objectives, including: (1) establishment of a regulatory regime for small airplane safety; (2) the establishment of broad, outcome-driven objectives that will spur small plane innovation and technology adoption; (3) the replacement of current, prescriptive requirements under Part 23 with performance-based regulations; and (4) the use of FAA-accepted consensus standards to clarify how Part 23 safety objectives may be met using specific small plane safety designs and technologies.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/15/13.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating and overseeing civil air transportation. H.R. 1848 would require the agency to issue a final rule related to certification and safety requirements of small airplanes by December 31, 2015. According to the agency, the rule required under the bill would build on efforts already under way to develop a regulatory regime for small airplanes, and CBO does not expect that meeting the deadline specified under H.R. 1848 would significantly affect the agency痴 costs to complete those proceedings. As a result, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1848 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-54 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3204 Signed into law by the President 11/27/2013.
"Drug Quality and Security Act"
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human drug compounding and drug supply chain security, and for other purposes.
- Includes: "Compounding Quality Act"; and "Drug Supply Chain Security Act"
Congressional Research Service Summary
- Compounding Quality Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) with respect to the regulation of compounding drugs. Exempts compounded drugs from new drug requirements, labeling requirements, and track and trace requirements if the drug is compounded by or under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a registered outsourcing facility and meets applicable requirements. Establishes annual registration requirement for any outsourcing facility. Requires a facility to report biannually to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on what drugs are compounded in the facility and to submit adverse event reports. Subjects such facilities to a risk-based inspection schedule. Requires the Secretary to: (1) publish a list of drugs presenting demonstrable difficulties for compounding that are reasonably likely to lead to an adverse effect on the safety or effectiveness of the drug, taking into account the risk and benefits to patients; and (2) convene an advisory committee on compounding before creating the list. Requires the Secretary to assess an annual establishment fee on each outsourcing facility and a reinspection fee, as necessary. Prohibits the resale of a compounded drug labeled 渡ot for resale, or the intentional falsification of a prescription for a compounded drug. Deems a drug to be misbranded if the advertising or promotion of a compounded drug is false or misleading in any particular. Requires the Secretary to receive submissions from state boards of pharmacy: (1) describing any disciplinary actions taken against compounding pharmacies or any recall of a compounded drug, and (2) expressing concerns that a compounding pharmacy may be violating the FFDCA. Revises compounding pharmacy requirements to remove prohibitions on advertising and promotion by compounding pharmacies and remove requirement that prescriptions filled by a compounding pharmacy be unsolicited. Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to report on pharmacy compounding and the adequacy of state and federal efforts to assure the safety of compounded drugs.
- Drug Supply Chain Security Act - Establishes requirements to facilitate the tracing of prescription drug products through the pharmaceutical supply distribution chain. Requires the Secretary to establish standards for the exchange of transaction documentation, which shall include transaction information, transaction history, and transaction statements. Requires the Secretary to establish processes to: (1) provide waivers of requirements, including for undue economic hardship or emergency medical reasons; (2) provide exceptions to requirements relating to product identifiers if a product is packaged without sufficient space to bear the information; and (3) determine other products or transactions that should be exempt from the requirements of this Act. Establishes requirements for drug manufacturers, wholesalers, dispensers, and repackagers to ensure that all prior transaction information is provided at each transfer of ownership. Requires a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, dispenser, and repackager, in the event of a recall or for the purpose of investigating a suspect product or an illegitimate product, to provide within a reasonable time the applicable transaction documentation upon request by the Secretary or other appropriate federal or state official. Requires a manufacturer or repackager to affix or imprint a product identifier on each package and homogenous case intended to be introduced in a transaction into commerce except for products that are required to have a standardized numerical identifier. Requires a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, dispenser, or repackager to ensure that each of its trading partners is authorized. Requires a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, dispenser, and repackager to implement systems to: (1) investigate suspect products; and (2) handle illegitimate products, including through quarantine, disposal, and appropriate notice to the Secretary and, as necessary, trading partners. Requires manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and repackagers to verify returned products before further distribution. Implements additional requirements related to the tracing of products at the package level ten years after enactment of this Act. Requires the Secretary to establish projects and hold public meetings to enhance the safety and security of the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain. Requires the Secretary to establish standards for the licensing of wholesale distributors and third party logistics providers. Preempts state and local requirements related to tracing drugs through the distribution system, and licensure of wholesale distributors and third party logistics providers.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/27/13.
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113-55 Passed Congress as bill S. 252 Signed into law by the President 11/27/2013.
"Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization (PREEMIE Reauthorization) Act"
An act to reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act to revise and reauthorize requirements for research on prematurity and preterm births. Authorizes the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to: (1) conduct epidemiological studies (as currently required) on the clinical, biological, social, environmental, genetic, and behavioral factors related to prematurity, as appropriate; (2) conduct activities to improve national data to facilitate tracking preterm births; and (3) continue efforts to prevent preterm birth through the identification of opportunities for prevention and the assessment of their impact.
Requires the Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth to give preference in awarding grants to an eligible entity that proposes to use the grant funds to develop plans for, or to establish, telehealth networks that provide prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies. Revises and reauthorizes through FY2017 the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct demonstration projects related to preterm births. Includes as activities under such projects programs to test and evaluate various strategies to provide information and education to health care providers and the public on: (1) the core risk factors for preterm labor and delivery, medically indicated deliveries before full term, (2) the importance of preconception and prenatal care, (3) treatments and outcomes for premature infants, (4) meeting the informational needs of families during the stay of an infant in a neonatal intensive care unit, and (5) utilization of evidence-based strategies to prevent birth injuries. Authorizes as additional activities under such projects the establishment of programs to increase the availability, awareness, and use of pregnancy and post-term information services that provide evidence-based, clinical information through counselors, community outreach efforts, electronic or telephonic communication, or other appropriate means regarding causes associated with prematurity, birth defects, or health risks to a post-term infant.
Repeals establishment of the Interagency Coordinating Council on Prematurity and Low Birthweight. Authorizes the Secretary to establish the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. Directs the Advisory Committee (or an existing advisory committee designated by the Secretary) to develop, and periodically review and revise, a plan for conducting and supporting research, education, and programs on preterm birth through HHS. Requires the Secretary to designate an appropriate agency within HHS to coordinate existing studies and report to the Secretary and Congress on hospital readmissions of preterm infants.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/14/13.
S. 252 would amend provisions of the Public Health Service Act that authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct research and education activities relating to preterm labor and delivery and infant mortality. Those activities would be implemented by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The bill also would authorize the Secretary to establish a council that would provide advice and recommendations on research, education, and programs on preterm birth through the Department of Health and Human Services.
For the activities described above, the bill would authorize the appropriation of about $10 million a year for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $4 million in 2014 and $42 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-56 Passed Congress as bill S. 1545 Signed into law by the President 12/2/2013.
"PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013"
A bill to extend authorities related to global HIV/AIDS and to promote oversight of United States programs.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 to extend through FY2018 requirements that: (1) the Inspectors General of the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly develop oversight plans to combat global HIV/AIDS.
Extends through September 30, 2019, the requirement that the Global AIDS Coordinator complete an annual study of treatment providers. Requires that the 2013-2018 studies include: (1) a plan for conducting cost studies of U.S. assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to combat HIV/AIDS in each partner country, and (2) an expenditure analysis by partner country. Defines "partner country" as a country with a minimum U.S. government investment of HIV/AIDS assistance of at least $5 million in the prior fiscal year.
Extends through FY2018: (1) the 33% cap on U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; (2) the requirement that 20% of Fund contributions be withheld unless the Fund meets certain transparency requirements; and (3) the requirement to withhold from Fund contributions an amount equal to the amount expended by the Fund to the government of each country that supports international terrorism.
Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to revise the annual HIV/AIDS report requirements. Requires the report to describe program evaluations completed during the reporting period, including whether all completed evaluations have been published on a publicly available Internet website, and whether any of them did not adhere to the common evaluation standards of practice. Directs the Global AIDS Coordinator to publish on a publicly available Internet website by February 1, 2014, the common evaluation standards of practice.
Extends through FY2018 the 10% funding set-aside for orphans and other children affected by, or vulnerable to, HIV/AIDS. Extends through FY2018 the requirement that more than half of the amounts appropriated for bilateral global HIV/AIDS assistance be expended for: (1) antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS, (2) clinical monitoring of HIV-seropositive people not in need of antiretroviral treatment, (3) care for associated opportunistic infections, (4) nutrition and food support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and (5) other essential HIV/AIDS-related medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/15/13.
S. 1545 would reauthorize through 2018 certain recently expired provisions of foreign assistance programs to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis (commonly known as the U.S. President痴 Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR). CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have discretionary costs of $15 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Senate Report 113-112
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113-57 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3626 Signed into law by the President 12/9/2013.
To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Extends the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years (the Act prohibits the manufacture or possession of firearms that are not detectable by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports).
No CBO Estimate.
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113-58 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 185 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
To designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the "Paul Brown United States Courthouse".
Congressional Research Service Summary
Designates the U.S. courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the "Paul Brown United States Courthouse."
CBO Estimate, dated 7/23/13.
CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113-232
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113-59 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 1402 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
"VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013"
To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law, and for other purposes.
Reference: Title 38, USC, is "Veterans' Benefits"
Congressional Research Service Summary
Extends, until FY2018, the yearly: (1) $2 million appropriations authorization for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team; and (2) $8 million appropriations authorization, with amounts appropriated remaining available without fiscal year limitation, for grants to U.S. Paralympics, Inc.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/9/13.
The legislation would extend expiring authorities for programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those provisions would have effects on spending subject to appropriation, but would not have any effect on direct spending or revenues.
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113-60 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2251 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
To designate the United States courthouse and Federal building located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the "Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building".
Congressional Research Service Summary
Designates the U.S. courthouse and federal building located at 118 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the "Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building."
CBO Estimate, dated 7/23/13.
CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113234
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113-61 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2871 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
To amend title 28, United States Code, to modify the composition of the southern judicial district of Mississippi to improve judicial efficiency, and for other purposes.
Reference: Title 28, USC, is "Judiciary and Judicial Procedure"
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the federal judicial code to realign the southern judicial district of Mississippi into four (currently, five) divisions with court to be held for:
- the Northern Division at Jackson,
- the Southern Division at Gulfport,
- the Eastern Division at Hattiesburg, and
- the Western Division at Natchez.
Sets forth the Mississippi counties comprising each realigned division.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/24/13.
H.R. 2871 would consolidate the southern judicial district in the state of Mississippi from five divisions to four. Based on information provided by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Department of Justice, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The courthouse in Meridian, Mississippi, is the sole courthouse for the existing eastern division and is scheduled to close under current law.
CBO estimates that the cost of consolidation and any potential savings from operating fewer courthouses would not be significantly different from the costs to the district under the scheduled closing of the Meridian courthouse. Enacting H.R. 2871 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113258
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113-62 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2922 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
To extend the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Extends through December 29, 2019, the authority of the Marshal of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Police to protect, in any state, the Justices of the Supreme Court, any official guest of the Supreme Court, and any officer or employee of the Supreme Court performing official duties.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/24/13.
H.R. 2922 would extend the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court Police to provide security beyond the Supreme Court buildings and grounds for justices, other court employees, and official guests through December 29, 2019. The current authority to provide such services expires on December 29, 2013. Based on information provided by the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2922 would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2922 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Under current law, the Supreme Court Police spend about $15 million annually, and the U.S. Marshals Service would continue to provide protection for the Supreme Court justices, staff, and official guests off the Supreme Court grounds when the authorization for the Supreme Court Police expires. Consequently, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
House Report 113259
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113-63 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3458 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
"Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act of 2013"
To treat payments by charitable organizations with respect to certain firefighters as exempt payments.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Treats payments made on or after December 24, 2012, and before the later of January 1, 2014, or 30 days after the enactment of this Act, by a tax-exempt organization to any firefighter who was injured as a result of the ambush of firefighters responding to an emergency on December 24, 2012, in Webster, New York, and the spouse or any dependent of any firefighter who died as a result of such ambush, as related to the purpose or function forming the basis of such organization's tax-exempt status, if such payments are made in good faith using a reasonable and objective formula which is consistently applied.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-64 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3588 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
"Community Fire Safety Act of 2013"
To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from the prohibition on the use of lead pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from certain prohibitions against the use of lead pipes, solder, and flux. Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) consult with and seek the advice of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council on potential changes to federal regulations pertaining to lead; and (2) request the Council to consider sources of lead throughout drinking water distribution systems, including through components used to reroute drinking water during distribution system repairs.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-65 Passed Congress as bill S. 1471 Signed into law by the President 12/20/2013.
"Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act"
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of the Army to reconsider decisions to inter or honor the memory of a person in a national cemetery, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Authorizes the appropriate federal official (either the Secretary of Veterans Affairs or the Secretary of the Army) to reconsider a decision to inter or honor the memory of a person in the National Cemetery Administration or in Arlington National Cemetery upon receiving information that such person may have committed a federal or state capital crime but was not convicted by reason of unavailability for trial due to death or flight to avoid prosecution.
Requires the appropriate federal official, upon finding, after an opportunity for a hearing, that the person committed but was not convicted of such crime, to provide notice to the individual's next of kin or other authorized person. Allows such next of kin or other person 60 days to file a notice of disagreement, which shall be decided in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary of Defense shall prescribe. Authorizes the appropriate federal official, when a decision becomes final, to disinter the remains or remove the memorial headstone.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs: (1) to disinter the remains of Michael LaShawn Anderson from Fort Custer National Cemetery (Michigan); (2) to notify his next of kin of the impending disinterment; and (3) upon disinterment, to relinquish the remains to the next of kin or, if the next of kin of record in unavailable, arrange for the appropriate disposition of the remains.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-66 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3304 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
"National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014"
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
- Includes: "Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014"; "Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013"
Congressional Research Service Summary
As of 1/1/14, CRS summary describes previous version of bill.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-67 Passed Congress as bill H.J.Res. 59 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.

Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
- Includes: "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013"; "Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013"
Congressional Research Service Summary
  • Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
    • Division A: Bipartisan Budget Agreement / Budget Enforcement and Deficit Reduction
      • Title I: Budget Enforcement
        • Subtitle A: Amendments to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act
          • Amends the Balanced Budget Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) to establish (increased) discretionary spending limits (spending caps) for the revised security and nonsecurity categories for FY2014-FY2015. Continues the existing spending limits in such categories for FY2016-FY2021 imposed under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). (Pursuant to BCA procedures, the initial limits for FY2014-FY2021 are to be lowered (sequestered) by the Office of Management and Budget [OMB] each fiscal year to achieve certain budgetary savings.)
        • Subtitle B: Establishing a Congressional Budget
          • Sets forth the congressional budget for the federal government for FY2014, including appropriate budgetary levels for FY2015-FY2023.
        • Subtitle C: Technical Corrections
          • Makes technical corrections to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act and to the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
      • Title II: Prevention of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
        • Amends title III (Unemployment Insurance) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to require all states to use a specified mechanism (Treasury Offset Program) under the Internal Revenue Code for collecting unemployment compensation debts to recover any such debt remaining uncollected one year after the date when it was finally determined to be due and collected.
      • Title III: Natural Resources
        • Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and and Other Petroleum Resources program. Rescinds unobligated funds appropriated for it.
        • Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to: (1) reduce by 2%, beginning in FY2014, the amount of payments to the states for administrative costs incurred by the United States in implementing the program for leasing and prospecting on federal land; and (2) require the amount of such reduction to be deposited to miscellaneous receipts of the Treasury.
        • Approves the Agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico, signed at Los Cabos, February 20, 2012.
        • Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary in this title) to implement any transboundary hydrocarbon agreement for the management of transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs entered into by the President and approved by Congress after enactment of this Act.
        • Authorizes the Secretary to take necessary action to implement the Transboundary Agreement with Mexico.
        • Amends the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 regarding royalty management and enforcement.
        • Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to repeal the authority of the Secretary to acquire in-kind royalty crude oil.
      • Title IV: Federal Civilian and Military Retirement
      • Title V: Higher Education
      • Title VI: Transportation
        • Repeals, effective October 1, 2014, the Aviation Infrastructure Security Service Fee imposed on domestic and foreign air carriers. Revises aviation passenger security fee requirements. Increases such fees, beginning July 1, 2014.
      • Title VII: Miscellaneous Provisions
  • Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013
    • Division B: Medicare and Other Health Provisions
      • Title I: Medicare Extenders
        • Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish an update to the single conversion factor in the formula for the physician payment of 0.5% for January through March of 2014.
      • Title II: Other Health Provisions

Note: More details available at Congressional Research Service Summary link above.
No CBO Estimate of the final version of the bill.
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113-68 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 623 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
"Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act"
To provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to convey by warranty deed to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) specified property in Anchorage, Alaska, for use in connection with health and related programs. Requires the property to be conveyed without requiring any consideration from, or imposing any obligations, terms, or conditions on, the ANTHC. Describes the property as Tract A-3A, Tudor Centre, according to plat number 2013-43, recorded on June 20, 2013 in Anchorage recording district, Alaska. Absolves the ANTHC from liability for any environmental contamination or hazard on the property on or before the date on which the property was conveyed by quitclaim deed.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-69 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 767 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to revise the list of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project offices. Replaces the Miles City, Montana, field office with the Montana/Dakotas State Office, Montana (Billings). Replaces the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming, with the High Plains District Office, Wyoming.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/6/13.
H.R. 767 would authorize the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to expand a pilot program that aims to accelerate and enhance the federal oil and gas permitting process at certain BLM offices. Under current law, 50 percent of onshore oil and gas rental payments received by BLM (excluding those from Alaska) is available to fund the pilot program at seven BLM offices through 2015. The bill would allow the Secretary to use those funds at additional offices in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.
Because CBO expects that any funds spent at the offices added to the pilot project under the bill would be spent at other offices under current law, we estimate that implementing the legislation would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 767 could affect direct spending if expanding the pilot program resulted in BLM spending funds faster than it would under current law. However, CBO estimates that any such impacts would be small over the 2014-2023 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
House Report 113-55
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113-70 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2319 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
"Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013"
To clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 to authorize the construction of the National Native American Veterans' Memorial on the property under the jurisdiction of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall. (Currently, its location is restricted to the interior structure of the Museum.) Authorizes the Museum to participate in the selection of the Memorial's design, on more than a consultative basis, with the National Congress of American Indians. Makes the Museum and the National Congress of American Indians responsible for accepting contributions for, and paying the expenses of, establishing the Memorial. (Currently, the National Congress of American Indians is solely responsible for those duties.)
CBO Estimate, dated 12/9/13.
H.R. 2319 would amend the Native American Veterans Memorial Establishment Act of 1994. The bill would authorize the memorial to be built on the property of the National Museum of the American Indian (part of the Smithsonian Institution) in lieu of the current requirement that the memorial be placed inside of that museum. Additionally, the legislation would make the museum, along with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), responsible for accepting contributions for and paying the expenses of the memorial. Under current law, the NCAI is solely responsible for those activities.
Based on information provided by the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2319 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2319 would not affect direct spending or revenues because the receipt and expenditure of gifts to the Smithsonian are not recorded in the federal budget.
House Report 113287
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113-71 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3343 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the District of Columbia Home Rule Act with respect to the compensation of the District of Columbia's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prohibits the CFO's total compensation (including allowances, differentials, bonuses, awards, or other similar cash payments) in a calendar year from exceeding the total annual compensation payable to the Vice President. (Currently, the CFO is paid at an annual rate equal to the rate of basic pay payable for level I of the Executive Schedule.)
CBO Estimate, dated 11/4/13.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3343 would have no effect on the federal budget. The legislation would amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to increase the maximum pay for the chief financial officer (CFO) of the District of Columbia from $199,700 to the salary of the Vice President of the United States (currently $230,700). The salary of the District痴 CFO is paid for with local funds raised by the District of Columbia. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113267
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113-72 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3487 Signed into law by the President 12/26/2013.
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to extend through 2018 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission, to expand such authority to certain other violations, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through December 31, 2018, the authority of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties it has established and published. Applies such penalties to violations of qualified campaign contribution and expenditure disclosure requirements.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-73 Passed Congress as bill H.J.Res. 106 Signed into law by the President 1/15/2014.
Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-46) to extend through January 18, 2014, specified continuing appropriations for FY2014 (was January 15,2014 per P.L. 113-46).
No CBO Estimate.
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113-74 Passed Congress as bill S. 1614 Signed into law by the President 1/16/2014.
"Accuracy for Adoptees Act"
A bill to require Certificates of Citizenship and other Federal documents to reflect name and date of birth determinations made by a State court and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require that a certificate of citizenship or other federal document issued, or requested to be amended, reflect the child's name and date of birth as indicated on a state court order, birth certificate, certificate of foreign birth, certificate of birth abroad, or similar state vital records document issued by the child's U.S. state of residence after the child has been adopted or readopted in that state.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-75 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 667 Signed into law by the President 1/16/2014.
To redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Redesignates: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, as the "NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center," and (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Western Aeronautical Test Range in California as the "NASA Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range."
No CBO Estimate.
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113-76 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3547 Signed into law by the President 1/17/2014.
"Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014"
An act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
- Includes:
"Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Labor Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of the Treasury Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act"
"District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Executive Office of the President Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Judiciary Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014"
"Science Appropriations Act, 2014"
Congressional Research Service Summary
As of 2/4/2014, CRS summary applies to previous version of bill.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/14/14, estimates total outlays of $1.2 Trillion for FY 2014.
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113-77 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 3527 Signed into law by the President 1/24/2014.
"Poison Center Network Act"
To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize through FY2019: (1) a poison control nationwide-toll free phone number; and (2) a national media campaign to educate the public and health care providers about poison prevention and the availability of poison control center resources in local communities and to conduct advertising campaigns about the nationwide toll-free number.
Revises and reauthorizes through FY2019 a grant program for accredited (currently, certified) poison control centers. Allows grant funds to be used to research, improve, and enhance the communications and response capability and capacity of the poison control centers to facilitate increased access to such centers through the integration and modernization of communications and data systems.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/7/14.
H.R. 3527 would reauthorize the poison control program, currently scheduled to expire in 2014, for the 2015-2019 period. The program, which is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides grants to poison centers and other organizations that focus on poison control, funds a national media campaign, and maintains a national toll-free number.
The bill would authorize the appropriation of about $30 million a year for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2019 for the poison control program. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost about $125 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113321
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113-78 Passed Congress as bill S. 230 Signed into law by the President 1/24/2014.
A bill to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Authorizes the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate the mission of the Peace Corps and the ideals on which it was founded.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/9/13.
S. 230 would authorize a nonprofit organization to establish a commemorative work on federal lands in the District of Columbia. Enacting the legislation would affect direct spending. However, CBO estimates that the net effect on the budget would not be significant in any year. Enacting S. 230 would not affect revenues.
The legislation would authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a memorial to honor the Peace Corps. The memorial project, which would be completed without the use of federal funds, would be subject to the requirements of the Commemorative Works Act. Under that act, any entity that receives a permit to construct a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs must donate to the National Park Foundation (a nonprofit organization) an amount equal to 10 percent of the memorial痴 estimated construction cost. That amount, as well as any project funds remaining after construction of the memorial, would be available in future years for maintenance of the memorial.
Based on the experience of similar commemorative projects, CBO expects that any amounts collected by the federal government would not be received for several years and would be offset by a transfer to the National Park Foundation (a nonfederal entity) soon thereafter.
Senate Report 113-21
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113-79 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2642 Signed into law by the President 2/7/2014.
"Agricultural Act of 2014"
To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary

Agricultural Act of 2014 (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $956.4 Billion)
  • Title I: Commodities (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $44.5 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Repeals and Reforms
      • Part I: Repeals
      • Part II: Commodity Policy
    • Subtitle B: Marketing Loans
    • Subtitle C: Sugar
    • Subtitle D: Dairy
      • Part I: Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers
      • Part II: Repeal or Reauthorization of Other Dairy-Related Provisions
      • Part III: Dairy Product Donation Program
    • Subtitle E: Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
    • Subtitle F: Administration
  • Title II: Conservation (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $57.6 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Conservation Reserve Program
    • Subtitle B: Conservation Stewardship Program
    • Subtitle C: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
    • Subtitle D: Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
    • Subtitle E: Regional Conservation Partnership Program
    • Subtitle F: Other Conservation Programs
    • Subtitle G: Funding and Administration
    • Subtitle H: Repeal of Superseded Program Authorities and Transitional Provisions; Technical Amendments
  • Title III: Trade (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $3.6 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Food for Peace Act
    • Subtitle B: Agricultural Trade Act of 1978
    • Subtitle C: Other Agricultural Trade Laws
  • Title IV: Nutrition (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $756.4 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    • Subtitle B: Commodity Distribution Programs
    • Subtitle C: Miscellaneous
  • Title V: Credit (Total Outlays 2014-2023: -$2.2 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Farm Ownership Loans
    • Subtitle B: Operating Loans
    • Subtitle C: Emergency Loans
    • Subtitle D: Administrative Provisions
    • Subtitle E: Miscellaneous
  • Title VI: Rural Development (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $0.2 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act
    • Subtitle B: Rural Electrification Act of 1936
    • Subtitle C: Miscellaneous
  • Title VII: Research, Extension, and Related Matters (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $1.3 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977
    • Subtitle B: Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990
    • Subtitle C: Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998
    • Subtitle D: Other Laws
    • Subtitle E: Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
      • Part I: Agricultural Security
      • Part II: Miscellaneous Provisions
    • Subtitle F: Miscellaneous Provisions
  • Title VIII: Forestry (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $0.01 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Repeal of Certain Forestry Programs
    • Subtitle B: Reauthorization of Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 Programs
    • Subtitle C: Reauthorization of Other Forestry-Related Laws
    • Subtitle D: Miscellaneous Provisions
  • Title IX: Energy (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $1.1 Billion)
  • Title X: Horticulture (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $1.8 Billion)
  • Title XI: Crop Insurance (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $89.8 Billion)
  • Title XII: Miscellaneous (Total Outlays 2014-2023: $2.4 Billion)
    • Subtitle A: Livestock
    • Subtitle B: Socially Disadvantaged Producers and Limited Resource Producers
    • Subtitle C: Other Miscellaneous Provisions
    • Subtitle D: Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training

CBO Estimate, dated 1/28/14.
CBO has prepared an estimate of the effects on direct spending and revenues of the conference agreement on H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, as reported on January 27, 2014. The legislation would authorize agricultural, nutrition, and other programs over the 2014-2018 period.
CBO estimates that direct spending stemming from the programs authorized by the conference agreement would total $956 Billion over the 2014-2023 period, of which $756 Billion would be for nutrition programs. Yearly outlays vary from high of $99.6 Billion to low of $92.7 Billion.
Relative to spending and revenues projected under CBO痴 May 2013 baseline, CBO estimates that enacting the conference agreement would lower budget deficits by $16.6 Billion over that 10-year period.
Detailed yearly estimates are provided in the full CBO estimate at the above link.
Conference report House Report 113-333
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113-80 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2860 Signed into law by the President 2/12/2014.
"OPM IG Act"
To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management may use amounts in the revolving fund of the Office to fund audits, investigations, and oversight activities, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Authorizes funding for the cost of audits, investigations, and oversight activities conducted by the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of the OPM revolving fund and activities financed by the fund. Requires OPM to include in its budget submission an estimate by the Inspector General of the amount required to pay the expenses to audit, investigate, and provide other oversight activities with respect to the revolving fund.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/4/13.
H.R. 2860 would permit the Office of Personnel Management痴 (OPM痴) Office of the Inspector General (IG) to receive funding through the OPM Revolving Fund. The bill also would set a limit on the funds available. Under current law, the OPM Revolving Fund provides about $2 billion a year for a variety of functions, including background investigations to determine an individual痴 suitability for a security clearance, but the IG is not permitted to use those funds to audit and provide oversight of the fund痴 finances.
Based on information from the OPM IG, CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would enable the IG to begin auditing the OPM Revolving Fund at a cost of $13 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary funds. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113268
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113-81 Passed Congress as bill S. 1901 Signed into law by the President 2/12/2014.
"Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act"
A bill to authorize the President to extend the term of the nuclear energy agreement with the Republic of Korea until March 19, 2016.
Congressional Research Service summary
Authorizes the President to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic Energy to a date that is not later than March 19, 2016.
Directs the President to report to Congress every 180 days on the progress of negotiations on a new U.S.-Korea civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/24/14.
S. 1901 would authorize the President to extend the current nuclear cooperation agreement with the Republic of Korea for up to two years. That agreement is scheduled to expire in March of 2014. Under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, such agreements are required for U.S. companies to be permitted to export commercial nuclear materials, technologies, and services to foreign nations. Extending the agreement would maintain ongoing civil nuclear cooperation with the Republic of Korea, and allow joint commercial activities to continue.
CBO estimates that the issuance of export licenses and continued certification and reporting requirements under the two-year extension would cost less than $500,000 over the 2014-2019 period, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting S. 1901 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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113-82 Passed Congress as bill S. 25 Signed into law by the President 2/15/2014.
To ensure that the reduced annual cost-of-living adjustment to the retired pay of members and former members of the Armed Forces under the age of 62 required by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 will not apply to members or former members who first became members prior to January 1, 2014, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, with respect to the implementation of direct spending reductions, to require the President to order a sequestration for FY2024 on the date the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues its sequestration preview report for such fiscal year.
Makes the reduction in annual cost-of-living adjustments of military retired pay for armed forces members under age 62 enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 inapplicable to those who first became members before January 1, 2014. (That Act reduced the cost-of-living adjustments from the full Consumer Price Index [CPI] to the CPI less 1%.)
Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to replace the requirement to establish a Medicare Improvement Fund with one that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a Transitional Fund for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform, available to provide funds to pay for physicians' services under part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) to supplement the conversion factor for 2017 if the conversion factor for that year is less than that for 2013. Makes $2.3 billion available to the Fund from the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund for expenditures during or after 2017.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/25/13.
CBO estimate is for original version of bill relating to South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act. No CBO estimate for final amended version of bill relating to cost-of-living adjustments of military retired pay.
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113-83 Passed Congress as bill S. 540 Signed into law by the President 2/15/2014.
"Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act"
An act to temporarily extend the public debt limit, and for other purposes.
Congressional Research Service summary
Suspends the public debt limit for the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on March 15, 2015.
Increases the debt limit, effective March 16, 2015, to the extent that:
- the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of enactment of this Act is exceeded by
- the total of the face amount of public debt obligations and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the U.S. government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on March 16, 2015.
Excludes an obligation under clause 2 (above) from being taken into account unless its issuance was necessary to fund a commitment incurred pursuant to law that required payment before March 16, 2015.
Prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury from issuing obligations during the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on March 15, 2015, for the purpose of increasing the cash balance above normal operating balances in anticipation of the expiration of such period.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/11/14.
Upon enactment, S. 540 would suspend the current debt limit through March 15, 2015. On the following day, the debt ceiling would be raised by the amount of obligations incurred up to that point.
The legislation also would extend across-the-board cuts (known as sequestration) in certain direct spending programs for an additional year beyond 2023葉he last year for which sequestration will apply under current law. CBO estimates that those provisions would reduce direct spending by about $9.2 billion in fiscal year 2024.
Section 5 would revise section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-67), as modified by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which reduced the annual cost-of-living adjustment for annuities paid to certain military retirees and survivors by up to one percent. Section 5 would apply the changes from P.L. 113-67 only to those who first became members of the uniformed services after January 1, 2014, and would increase direct spending by about $6.8 billion over the 2014-2024 period, CBO estimates.
Section 6 would create a fund to be used by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to pay for physicians services under Part B of Medicare. CBO estimates that provision would increase direct spending by about $2.4 billion, with that effect falling in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
On balance, enacting S. 540 would reduce direct spending by a total of $34 million over the 2014-2024 period, by CBO痴 estimation.
The legislation would have additional effects after 2024 because the repeal of section 403 of P.L. 113-67 would continue to have costs in all subsequent years. The additional year of sequestration under section 6 would partially offset those costs by yielding several billion dollars of budgetary savings in fiscal year 2025. In combination, those effects would increase direct spending, CBO estimates, by more than $5 billion in at least one of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2024.
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113-84 Passed Congress as bill S. J. Res. 28 Signed into law by the President 2/21/2014.
A joint resolution providing for the appointment of John Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Congressional Research Service summary
Appoints John Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-85 Passed Congress as bill S. J. Res. 29 Signed into law by the President 2/21/2014.
A joint resolution providing for the appointment of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Congressional Research Service summary
Appoints Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
No CBO Estimate.
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113-86 Passed Congress as bill H.R. 2431 Signed into law by the President 3/6/2014.
"National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2014"
To reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System.
Congressional Research Service Summary
Amends the National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 to specify that the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program's purpose shall be to better inform and provide for more timely decisionmaking to reduce drought related impacts and costs.
Revises NIDIS functions to require the NIDIS, among other things, to: (1) provide an effective drought early warning system consisting of certain information, forecasts, and assessments on both national and regional levels; (2) build upon existing forecasting and assessment programs and partnerships through designation of one or more cooperative institutes to assist with NIDIS functions; and (3) continue ongoing research and monitoring activities related to drought and the role of extreme weather events and climate variability in drought.
Requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (who is also the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]) to report to Congress on the NIDIS Program.
Reauthorizes NIDIS through FY2018.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/20/13.
H.R. 2431 would amend the National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $13.5 million annually over the 2014-2018 period for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to maintain a system to provide early warnings of droughts by collecting and disseminating information and coordinating research on drought conditions.
Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $60 million over the 2014-2018 period and $8 million after 2018. Enacting H.R. 2431 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
House Report 113-348
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