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H.R. 2099 (eh) Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and [Engrossed in House] ...
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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