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                  In the Senate of the United States,

                    September 27 (legislative day, September 25), 1995.
      Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 
2099) entitled ``An Act making appropriations for the Departments of 
Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry 
independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other 
purposes'', do pass with the following

                              AMENDMENTS:

(1)Page 2, line 20, strike out [$25,180,000] and insert: $27,431,000

(2)Page 3, line 15, strike out [$1,345,300,000] and insert: 
$1,352,180,000

(3)Page 3, strike out line 20 and insert: as amended: Provided further, 
That of the amounts appropriated for readjustment benefits, $6,880,000 
shall be available for funding the Service Members Occupational 
Conversion and Training program as authorized by sections 4481-4497 of 
Public Law 102-484, as amended.

(4)Page 8, line 2, strike out [$16,777,474,000] and insert: 
$16,450,000,000

(5)Page 8, line 8, after ``1997'' insert: : Provided further, That 
notwithstanding any other provision of law, any veteran eligible for 
hospital care or medical services under section 1710 of title 38 may be 
treated in the most efficient manner

(6)Page 8, line 13, strike out [$251,743,000] and insert: $257,000,000

(7)Page 8, strike out lines 15 through 19

(8)Page 10, line 5, strike out [$821,487,000] and insert: $872,000,000

(9)Page 11, line 22, strike out [$183,455,000] and insert: $35,785,000

(10)Page 13, line 13, strike out [$152,934,000] and insert: 
$190,000,000

(11)Page 20, after line 15 insert:
    Sec. 109. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs is authorized to transfer, without compensation or 
reimbursement, the jurisdiction and control of a parcel of land 
consisting of approximately 6.3 acres, located on the south edge of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center, 
Wichita, Kansas, including buildings Nos. 8 and 30 and other 
improvements thereon, to the Secretary of Transportation for the 
purpose of expanding and modernizing United States Highway 54: 
Provided, That if necessary, the exact acreage and legal description of 
the real property transferred shall be determined by a survey 
satisfactory to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of 
Transportation shall bear the cost of such survey: Provided further, 
That the Secretary of Transportation shall be responsible for all costs 
associated with the transferred land and improvements thereon, and 
compliance with all existing statutes and regulations: Provided 
further, That the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of 
Transportation may require such additional terms and conditions as each 
Secretary considers appropriate to effectuate this transfer of land.

(12)Page 20, after line 15 insert:
    Sec. 110. Funds available to the Department of Veterans Affairs 
Revolving Supply Fund shall be available until September 30, 1997, for 
expenses necessary to establish a Department wide program to develop 
and implement a Federal acquisition computer network required by 
section 9001 of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 
(Public Law 103-355).

(13)Page 20, after line 15 insert:
    Sec. 111. The Department of Veterans Affairs shall provide hospital 
care and medical services to eligible veterans in the State of Hawaii 
at levels commensurate with levels of care provided in the forty-eight 
contiguous States. The Secretary shall utilize the contract authority 
prescribed in section 1703 of title 38, United States Code, to treat 
eligible veterans residing in the State of Hawaii wherever appropriate.

(14)Page 20, after line 15 insert:
    Sec. 112. Plan for Allocation of Health Care Resources by 
Department of Veterans Affairs.
    (a) Plan.--(1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall develop a 
plan for the allocation of health care resources (including personnel 
and funds) of the Department of Veterans Affairs among the health care 
facilities of the Department so as to ensure that veterans having 
similar economic status, eligibility priority and, or, similar medical 
conditions who are eligible for medical care in such facilities have 
similar access to such care in such facilities regardless of the region 
of the United States in which such veterans reside.
    (2) The Plan shall reflect, to the maximum extent possible, the 
Veterans Integrated Service Network, as well as the Resource Planning 
and Management System developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs 
to account for forecasts in expected workload and to ensure fairness to 
facilities that provide cost-efficient health care, and shall include 
procedures to identify reasons for variations in operating costs among 
similar facilities and ways to improve the allocation of resources so 
as to promote efficient use of resources and provision of quality 
health care.
    (3) The Secretary shall prepare the plan in consultation with the 
Under Secretary of Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    (b) Plan Elements.--The plan under subsection (a) shall set forth--
            (1) milestones for achieving the goal referred to in that 
        subsection; and
            (2) a means of evaluating the success of the Secretary in 
        meeting the goals through the plan.
    (c) Submittal to Congress.--The Secretary shall submit to Congress 
the plan developed under subsection (a) not later than 180 days after 
the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (d) Plan Implementation.--The Secretary shall implement the plan 
developed under subsection (a) within 60 days of submitting such plan 
to Congress under subsection (b), unless within such period the 
Secretary notifies the appropriate committees of Congress that such 
plan will not be implemented along with an explanation of why such plan 
will not be implemented.

(15)Page 20, after line 15 insert:
    Sec. 113. During fiscal year 1996, not to exceed $5,700,000 may be 
transferred from ``Medical care'' to ``Medical administration and 
miscellaneous operating expenses''. No transfer may occur until 20 days 
after the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides written notice to the 
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.

(16)Page 20, strike out all after line 20, over to and including line 
13 on page 25 and insert:
    For assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as 
amended (``the Act'' herein) (42 U.S.C. 1437), not otherwise provided 
for, $5,594,358,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That 
of the total amount provided under this head, $200,000,000 shall be for 
the development or acquisition cost of public housing for Indian 
families, including amounts for housing under the mutual help 
homeownership opportunity program under section 202 of the Act (42 
U.S.C. 1437bb): Provided further, That of the total amount provided 
under this head, $2,510,000,000 shall be for modernization of existing 
public housing projects pursuant to section 14 of the Act (42 U.S.C. 
1437l), including up to $30,000,000 for the inspection of public 
housing units, contract expertise, and training and technical 
assistance, directly or indirectly, under grants, contracts, or 
cooperative agreements, to assist in the oversight and management of 
public and Indian housing (whether or not the housing is being 
modernized with assistance under this proviso) or tenant-based 
assistance, including, but not limited to, an annual resident survey, 
data collection and analysis, training and technical assistance by or 
to officials and employees of the Department and of public housing 
agencies and to residents in connection with the public and Indian 
housing program, support of a public housing institution to provide 
such training, technical assistance, and education, and training and 
technical assistance to assist public housing agencies in avoiding 
designation as troubled agencies and in qualifying for removal of such 
designation: Provided further, That of the total amount provided under 
this head, $240,000,000 shall be for new incremental rental subsidy 
contracts under the section 8 existing housing certificate program and 
the housing voucher program under section 8 of the Act, except that 
such amounts shall be used only for units necessary to provide housing 
assistance for residents to be relocated from existing federally 
subsidized or assisted housing, for replacement housing for units 
demolished or disposed of (including units to be disposed of pursuant 
to a homeownership program under section 5(h) or title III of the 
United States Housing Act of 1937) from the public housing inventory, 
for funds related to litigation settlements, for the conversion of 
section 23 projects to assistance under section 8, for public housing 
agencies to implement allocation plans approved by the Secretary for 
designated housing, and for funds to carry out the family unification 
program: Provided further, That of the total amount provided under this 
head, $500,000,000 shall be for amendments to section 8 contracts other 
than contracts for projects developed under section 202 of the Housing 
Act of 1959, as amended; $261,000,000 shall be for section 8 assistance 
and rehabilitation grants for property disposition; and $624,000,000 
shall be for assistance for State or local units of government 
(including public housing authorities), tenant and nonprofit 
organizations to purchase projects where owners have indicated an 
intention to prepay mortgages and for assistance to be used as an 
incentive to prevent prepayment or for vouchers (not to exceed 
$74,000,000) to aid eligible tenants adversely affected by mortgage 
prepayment, as authorized in the Emergency Low-Income Housing 
Preservation Act of 1987, as amended: Provided further, That of the 
foregoing $624,000,000, up to $20,000,000 shall be available for 
preservation technical assistance grants pursuant to section 253 of the 
Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, as amended, and that the 
Secretary may designate funding to carry out plans of action approved 
prior to October 1, 1995, to permit purchases of projects by non-profit 
organizations or tenant organizations, which are awaiting funding, and 
which, to the Secretary's satisfaction, will be unable to close without 
immediate obligation of funding heretofore applied for and approved: 
Provided further, That with respect to the foregoing $624,000,000, if 
the Secretary determines that the demand for funding may exceed amounts 
available for such funding, the Secretary (1) may determine priorities 
for distributing available funds, including giving priority funding to 
tenants displaced due to mortgage prepayment and to projects that have 
not yet been funded but to which funding has been committed; and (2) 
may impose a temporary moratorium on applications by potential 
recipients of such funding: Provided further, That during fiscal year 
1996, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may manage and 
dispose of multifamily properties owned by the Secretary and 
multifamily mortgages held by the Secretary as of October 1, 1995 
without regard to any other provision of law: Provided further, That 50 
per centum of the amounts of budget authority, or in lieu thereof 50 
per centum of the cash amounts associated with such budget authority, 
that are recaptured from projects described in section 1012(a) of the 
Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988 (Public 
Law 100-628, 102 Stat. 3224, 3268) shall be rescinded, or in the case 
of cash, shall be remitted to the Treasury, and such amounts of budget 
authority or cash recaptured and not rescinded or remitted to the 
Treasury shall be used by State housing finance agencies or local 
governments or local housing agencies with projects approved by the 
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for which settlement 
occurred after January 1, 1992, in accordance with such section: 
Provided further, That of the total amount provided under this head, 
$171,000,000 shall be for housing opportunities for persons with AIDS 
under title VIII, subtitle D of the Cranston-Gonzalez National 
Affordable Housing Act; and $75,000,000 shall be for the lead-based 
paint hazard reduction program as authorized under sections 1011 and 
1053 of the Residential Lead-Based Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.
    Of the total amount provided under this head, $780,190,000 shall be 
for capital advances, including amendments to capital advance 
contracts, for housing for the elderly, as authorized by section 202 of 
the Housing Act of 1959, as amended, and for project rental assistance, 
and amendments to contracts for project rental assistance, for 
supportive housing for the elderly under section 202(c)(2) of the 
Housing Act of 1959; and $233,168,000 shall be for capital advances, 
including amendments to capital advance contracts, for supportive 
housing for persons with disabilities, as authorized by section 811 of 
the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act; and for project 
rental assistance, and amendments to contracts for project rental 
assistance, for supportive housing for persons with disabilities as 
authorized by section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable 
Housing Act: Provided, That the Secretary may waive any provision of 
section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 and section 811 of the National 
Affordable Housing Act (including the provisions governing the terms 
and conditions of project rental assistance) that the Secretary 
determines is not necessary to achieve the objectives of these 
programs, or that otherwise impedes the ability to develop, operate or 
administer projects assisted under these programs, and may make 
provision for alternative conditions or terms where appropriate.

public housing demolition, site revitalization, and replacement housing 
                                 grants

    For grants to public housing agencies for the purposes of enabling 
the demolition of obsolete public housing projects or portions thereof, 
the revitalization (where appropriate) of sites (including remaining 
public housing units) on which such projects are located, replacement 
housing which will avoid or lessen concentrations of very low-income 
families, and tenant-based assistance in accordance with section 8 of 
the United States Housing Act of 1937 for the purpose of providing 
replacement housing and assisting tenants to be displaced by the 
demolition, $500,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, 
That the Secretary shall award such funds to public housing agencies by 
a competition which includes among other relevant criteria the local 
and national impact of the proposed demolition and revitalization 
activities and the extent to which the public housing agency could 
undertake such activities without the additional assistance to be 
provided hereunder: Provided further, That eligible expenditures 
hereunder shall be those expenditures eligible under section 8 and 
section 14 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f 
and l): Provided further, That the Secretary may impose such conditions 
and requirements as the Secretary deems appropriate to effectuate the 
purposes of this paragraph: Provided further, That the Secretary may 
require an agency selected to receive funding to make arrangements 
satisfactory to the Secretary for use of an entity other than the 
agency to carry out this program where the Secretary determines that 
such action will help to effectuate the purpose of this paragraph: 
Provided further, That in the event an agency selected to receive 
funding does not proceed expeditiously as determined by the Secretary, 
the Secretary shall withdraw any funding made available pursuant to 
this paragraph and that has not been obligated by the agency and 
distribute such funds to one or more other eligible agencies: Provided 
further, That of the foregoing $500,000,000, the Secretary may use up 
to .67 per centum for technical assistance, to be provided directly or 
indirectly by grants, contracts or cooperative agreements, including 
training and cost of necessary travel for participants in such 
training, by or to officials and employees of the Department and of 
public housing agencies and to residents: Provided further, That any 
replacement housing provided with assistance under this head shall be 
subject to section 18(f) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as 
amended by section 201(b)(2) of this Act.

   assistance for the renewal of expiring section 8 subsidy contracts

                     (including transfer of funds)

    For assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 
U.S.C. 1437) not otherwise provided for, for use in connection with 
expiring section 8 subsidy contracts, $4,350,862,000, to remain 
available until expended: Provided, That to the extent the amount in 
this appropriation is insufficient to fund all expiring section 8 
contracts, the Secretary may transfer to and merge with this 
appropriation such amounts from the ``Annual contributions for assisted 
housing'' appropriation as the Secretary shall determine, and amounts 

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