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108th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 108-70 REQUESTS FOR FY 2004 BUDGET AMENDMENTS __________ COMMUNICATION from THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES transmitting REQUESTS FOR FY 2004 BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE INTERIOR, JUSTICE, LABOR, AND TRANSPORTATION; THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; AND THE FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> May 9, 2003.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed The White House, Washington, May 9, 2003. Hon. J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Washington, DC. Dear Mr. Speaker: I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed amendments to the Administration's FY 2004 budget submission for the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation; the Office of Personnel Management; and the Farm Credit Administration. I also ask the Congress to consider the enclosed proposals for the Department of the Interior and the Social Security Administration. This transmittal also contains FY 2004 budget amendments for the Legislative Branch. Appropriations requests of the Legislative Branch are historically transmitted without change. Further, in accordance with provisions of Public Law 108- 11, the FY 2003 Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, I hereby request and make available $280.0 million for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security. Consistent with the Act, TSA would utilize these resources solely for expenses incurred to hire, train, and deploy initial passenger screeners. The details of this proposal 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. 10, 108th Cong., 1st Sess.] Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC, May 8, 2003. The President, The White House. Submitted for your consideration are requests for FY 2004 budget amendments for the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation; the Office of Personnel Management; the Farm Credit Administration; and the Legislative Branch. In addition, this transmittal includes a proposal for the Department of the Interior and the Social Security Administration and makes available previously appropriated funds for the Department of Homeland Security. Overall, the discretionary budget authority proposed in your FY 2004 Budget would increase by $6.0 million, excluding the budget authority changes for the Legislative Branch. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Other Proposals <bullet> $6.0 million is proposed for the Central Utah Project (CUP) to mitigate project impacts. Previously, this funding was appropriated to the Department of Energy's Western Area Power Administration for payment to DOI. This amendment is necessary to correctly reflect the policy proposed in your FY 2004 Budget to transfer the authority and appropriation for payments to CUP from the Department of Energy directly to DOI. <bullet> Several other technical language amendments to your FY 2004 Budget are included in this transmittal for the Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation; as well as the Office of Personnel and the Farm Credit Administration. Each proposal is described in detail in the enclosures. <bullet> Language is proposed for DOI that would adjust the Endangered Species program spending caps for critical habitat designations to comply with listing obligations as directed by the courts. <bullet> Language is also proposed for the Social Security Administration that would permit implementation of the Black Lung Consolidation of Responsibility Act. FY 2003 Contingent Release <bullet> A request to make available $280.0 million in previously appropriated contingent funds for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also submitted for your consideration. These funds were made contingent upon your submission of a budget request to the Congress, and on TSA's transmittal of an approved FY 2003 execution plan that includes this funding. TSA's plan will be sent to the Congress separately by DHS. Legislative Branch <bullet> This transmittal also includes FY 2004 amendments for the Legislative Branch. Appropriations requests for the Legislative Branch are historically transmitted without change. In total, these amendments would increase discretionary resources included in the FY 2004 Budget by $26.9 million. Recommendation I have 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 proposals to the Congress. Sincerely, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Director. Enclosures. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service DISTANCE LEARNING, TELEMEDICINE, AND BROADBAND PROGRAM FY 2004 Budget Appendix Pages: 154-155 FY 2004 Pending Request: $196,465,000 Proposed Amendment: $139,498,000 Revised Request: $335,963,000 This proposal would amend the pending appropriations language to reflect correctly the rule and subsidy rates for the authorized Broadband Program assumed in the FY 2004 Budget. The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this technical language amendment. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Power Marketing Administrations CONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION FY 2004 Budget Appendix Page: 390 FY 2004 Pending Request: -- Proposed Amendment: Language Revised Request: -- (In the appropriations language under the above heading, delete the proviso beginning with the colon, up to the period.) This proposal is necessary to correctly reflect the policy proposed in the FY 2004 Budget to transfer the authority and appropriation for payments to the Central Utah Project from the Secretary of Energy directly to the Secretary of the Interior. This amendment would not affect FY 2004 outlays. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION, SECTION 201 FY 2004 Budget Appendix Page: 520 FY 2004 Pending Request: -- Proposed Amendment: Language Revised Request: -- (In the appropriations language under the above heading, delete the word ``striking'' and substitute ``inserting'' the first time it appears. Delete the words ``, and inserting in lieu thereof the words, `at least',''.) This proposal would correctly reflect the fixed minimum rent requirement of $50 for non-elderly, non-disabled recipient households assumed in the FY 2004 Budget. The minimum rent provision would apply only to households headed by an able- bodied working age individual and is intended to promote work and increase equity in the treatment of recipient households with similar needs. This amendment would not affect FY 2004 outlays. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Water and Science CENTRAL UTAH PROJECT COMPLETION ACCOUNT FY 2004 Budget Appendix page: 553 FY 2004 Pending Request: $36,363,000 Proposed Amendment: $6,000,000 Revised Request: $42,463,000 (In the appropriations language under the above heading, delete ``$36,463,000'' and substitute $42,463,000; delete ``$9,423,000'' and substitute $15,423,000, and insert the language that follows after ``Commission''.) : Provided, That section 402(b)(3)(B) of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 (P.L. 102- 575), is amended to read as follows: ``(B) $6,000,000 annually by the Secretary of the Interior from funds authorized to be appropriated by section 12 of the Colorado River Storage Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. Sec. 620k)''. This amendment would correct an inadvertent omission from the FY 2004 Budget. The FY 2004 Budget policy assumed that the authority--and associated appropriations--for the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), to mitigate for impact related to Central Utah Project (CUP) facilities, would be transferred to the Department of the Interior (DOI). While the appropriations language in the FY 2004 Budget for WAPA reflected this realignment, the appropriations language for DOI did not. Currently, WAPA pays $6 million annually to CUP, and through them to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, to mitigate CUP project impacts. The current WAPA payment is not reimbursable from project beneficiaries; rather, these funds are appropriated directly from the General Fund of the Treasury. Although P.L. 102-575 intended that project beneficiaries should pay for project mitigation costs, by making the costs non-reimbursable, the law resulted in general taxpayer rather than beneficiary payments. Absent a revision in the law to make these payments reimbursable by project beneficiaries, there is no compelling reason to have the mitigation costs come from WAPA. The $6 million will be more reliably appropriated if the mitigation funds are directly included in the CUP request, instead of the WAPA request, since in WAPA's view the payments do not mitigate any of WAPA's project impacts. This proposal would increase FY 2004 outlays by $1.8 million. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE General Administration DETENTION TRUSTEE FY 2004 Budget Appendix Page: 611 FY 2004 Pending Request: $785,689,000 Proposed Amendment: $16,508,000 Revised Request: $802,197,000 This technical amendment would correctly reflect the funding to be available for transfer to the Salaries and Expenses, United States Marshals Service account, to pay for the cost of boarding federal detainees in State and local jails and private institutions before and during trials, and prior to transporting to federal prisons after conviction. The proposed budget totals would not be affected by this amendment. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration SALARIES AND EXPENSES FY 2004 Budget Appendix Page: 659 FY 2004 Pending Request: -- Proposed Amendment: Language Revised Request: -- (In the appropriations language under the above heading, delete ``2003'' from the reference to the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, and substitute 2004.) Section 630 of the FY 2004 Budget's proposed Government- wide general provisions, authorizes the Department of Labor (DOL) to bill Federal agencies for their share of Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) administrative costs. DOL's proposed FY 2004 Employment Standards Administration, Salaries and Expenses appropriations language provides authority to spend the surcharge revenue. However, this language incorrectly cites the proposed surcharge authority as section 630 of the FY 2003 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, rather than the FY 2004 Act. This amendment would correct this error. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary SALARIES AND EXPENSES
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