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108th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 108-18 REQUESTS FOR FY 2003 BUDGET AMENDMENTS __________ COMMUNICATION from THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES transmitting HIS REQUESTS FOR FY 2003 BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, THE INTERIOR, LABOR, AND THE TREASURY; THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS; AS WELL AS THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION AND THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> January 8, 2003.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed The White House, Washington, January 7, 2003. Hon. J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Washington, DC. Dear Mr. Speaker: I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed requests for Fiscal Year 2003 budget amendments for the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, the Interior, Labor, and the Treasury; the Corps of Engineers; as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. The details of these requests are set forth in the enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I concur with his comments and observations. Sincerely, George W. Bush. [Estimate No. 1, 108th Cong., 1st Sess.] Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC, January 3, 2003. The President, The White House. Submitted for your consideration are requests for FY 2003 budget amendments for the Departments of Agriculture, Health and human Services, the Interior, Labor, and the Treasury; the Corps of Engineers; as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. As described below and in more detail in the enclosures, the requests include the following: Department of Agriculture (USDA) <bullet> $332.8 million is proposed for a new Farm Bill Technical Assistance account. This proposal is necessary to ensure that adequate resources are available for USDA to effectively deliver the fully authorized level of grant funding for conservation programs provided in Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The $332.8 million requested would be fully offset by reductions within USDA, as proposed in accompanying amendments. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) <bullet> $361.3 million is proposed for the Health Facilities Construction and Management Fund. This proposal would allow the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to accelerate the construction of specialized biosafety laboratories at universities and research institutions across the country needed for priority bioterrorism and infectious disease research. Further, this proposal reflects the revised facilities request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that would allow NIH to fully fund construction of the second phase of the John Edward Porter National Neuroscience Research Center in FY 2003. The $361.3 million requested would be fully offset within HHS by reductions to various accounts, as proposed in accompanying amendments. Department of the Interior (DOI)/Corps of Engineers <bullet> $34.0 million is proposed for expenses in DOI related to the settlement of a lawsuit with the Sumner Peck plaintiffs in Sumner Peck Ranch, Inc. v. Bureau of Reclamation. The proposal would provide the first of three $34.0 million annual payments to the plaintiffs. This proposal would be fully offset by reducing several Bureau of Reclamation activities within DOI by $24.0 million. The remaining $10.00 million would be provided from funds previously requested in the Corps of Engineers for the Delaware River Main Channel project, which has been delayed pending regulatory approval from the affected States. Department of Labor <bullet> $81.7 million is proposed for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to finance the implementation of the enhanced Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, as amended by the Trade Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-210). The proposal is comprised of $60.5 million for National Emergency Grants (NEGs) for State administration of health insurance tax credits for eligible participants; $16.8 million for increased costs of State administration of trade readjustment allowances; and $4.5 million for increased costs of federal administration of TAA certifications and program oversight. An additional $858.3 million in mandatory funding also is included for TAA training and income support benefits as a result of the expansion in benefits to which trade-displaced workers are entitled under the 2002 Trade Act. The discretionary proposal would be fully offset by reducing unneeded funds for two activities within ETA by $81.7 million. These funds had been requested for administrative costs of proposals for a temporary extended unemployment compensation program and NEGs to address the economic slowdown. Congress did provide administrative funding for extended unemployment benefits but did not act on the Administration's NEG proposal. Department of the Treasury <bullet> $70.0 million is proposed for the IRS to fund the first year implementation of the advance payment feature of the health insurance tax credit program. The tax credit program was included in the Trade Act of 2002 to assist dislocated workers with their health insurance premiums. This increase would be fully offset within IRS by a proposed $70.0 million reduction to the Business Systems Modernization account. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) <bullet> $11.6 million is proposed for the EEOC to support its enforcement of federal anti-discrimination law, including the efficient resolution of its workload of private-sector workplace discrimination charges. This increase would be fully offset by a proposed reduction to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) contingency fund in the Department of Agriculture. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) <bullet> $16 million is proposed for the FTC to create a centralized, national registry for consumers who choose not to receive telemarketing solicitations. This amount would be fully offset within the FTC by fees. Consumers will be able to enroll in the Do Not Call registry via the Internet or by calling a toll-free number. Telemarketers would be required to remove the registered numbers from their lists. I have carefully reviewed these proposals and am satisfied that they are necessary at this time. Therefore, I join the heads of the affected Departments and agencies in recommending that you transmit the amendments to the Congress. Sincerely, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Director. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service FARM BILL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FY 2003 Budget Appendix Pages: 124-126 FY 2003 Pending Request: -- Proposed Amendment: $332,832,000 Revised Request: $332,832,000 (Insert the above heading and the appropriations language that follows after the material under the heading ``Conservation Operations'':) For necessary expenses of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in providing technical assistance and administrative support for programs authorized under subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, $332,832,000, to remain available until expended. This proposal would provide $332.8 million for technical assistance needed to implement the conservation programs authorized in Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. This increase in budgetary resources is fully offset by proposed reductions to: U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Conservation Operations account (-$118.9 million); a number of mandatory conservation programs (-$147.5 million); three rural development programs (-$45.0); the Forest Land Enhancement Program (-$8.0 million); and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program (-$13.4 million). These proposed reductions are provided in accompanying amendments. This proposal is necessary to ensure that adequate resources are available for USDA to effectively deliver the fully authorized level of grant funding for conservation programs provided in the 2002 farm bill. In previous years, technical assistance has been funded primarily through two sources: (1) a portion of the mandatory conservation funding available for farm bill programs, and (2) a portion of the discretionary funding provided to the Conservation Operations account. The Department of Justice has recently determined that USDA is limited in the amount of mandatory Commodity Credit Corporation funding it is authorized to use for government employees to provide technical assistance. This limitation will make it very difficult for USDA to fully implement the farm bill conservation programs without diverting a significant portion of funding in the Conservation Operations account that is not currently devoted to farm bill implementation. In order to mitigate the situation, this proposal establishes a new discretionary Farm Bill Technical Assistance account that would include sufficient resources to deliver the farm bill conservation programs. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service CONSERVATION OPERATIONS FY 2003 Appendix Pages: 124-125 FY 2003 Pending Request: $897,190,000 Proposed Amendment: -$118,914,000 Revised Request: $778,276,000 This proposal would reduce funding available for technical assistance in the Conservation Operations account. In an accompanying proposal, the funding would now be requested as part of the new Farm Bill Technical Assistance account. Currently, the Natural Resources Conservation Service spends approximately $150.0 million providing technical assistance to support farm bill programs. This funding would now be provided in the proposed new Farm Bill Technical Assistance account and merged with the other funding the agency uses to provide technical assistance for the farm bill programs, totaling $332.8 million. Resources remaining in the Conservation Operations account would be available for established uses, including general conservation planning, soil and snow surveys, and plant material centers. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC) FY 2003 Budget Appendix Page: 178 FY 2003 Pending Request: $4,751,000,000 Proposed Amendment: -$25,000,000 Revised Request: $4,726,000,000 This proposal would reduce the contingency fund for the WIC program by $25.0 million (from $150.0 to $125.0 million). This reduction is possible due to lower than anticipated food costs in WIC in FY 2003. A $125.0 million contingency fund in FY 2003 would be sufficient to ensure that WIC can serve all eligible persons seeking services. Funds from this reduction would be used to offset accompanying proposals for the Department of Agriculture ($13,386,000 for a new Farm Bill Technical Assistance account), and for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ($11,614,000 for Salaries and Expenses). DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS FY 2003 Budget Appendix Pages: 195-201 FY 2003 Pending Request: -- Proposed Amendment: -$147,532,000 Revised Request: -$147,532,000 (In the appropriations language under the above heading, insert the following new appropriations language after Section 722:) Sec. 723: None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act shall be used to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out the following programs: (a) an environmental quality incentives program authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3839aa et seq. in excess of $595,000,000; (b) a ground and surface water conservation program authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3839aa-9 in excess of $38,250,000; (c) a water conservation program in the Klamath Basin authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3839aa-9 in excess of $8,118,000; (d) a farmland protection program authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3838h-i in excess of $85,000,000; (e) a grassland reserve program authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3838n-q in excess of $72,250,000; (f) a wildlife habitat incentives program authorized
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