H R 2158 in Congressional Session 105

Official Summary

 

Bill Number : H R 2158

 

Title : Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes.

 

SUMMARY AS OF:
11/1/1997--Line item veto by President.    (There are 4 other summaries) (On June 25, 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that the Line Item Veto Act (Public Law 104-130) is unconstitutional, thus restoring provisions that had been cancelled as summarized below.) (On November 1, 1997, the President exercised his line item veto authority to cancel $14.015 million in discretionary budget authority for the following seven items in this Act: (1) a new national cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; (2) a police training complex in Arab, Alabama; (3) trade and development activities of the Carter County Chamber of Commerce, Montana; (4) a solar aquatic wastewater treatment demonstration project in Burlington, Vermont; (5) the Alabama Water and Wastewater Institute operator training program; (6) wastewater and drinking water system needs in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania; and (7) optical astronomy testbeds. The following revised digest summarizes the enacted version of H.R. 2158 as modified by line item veto.) (Note: The high degree of specificity of the items cancelled precluded their inclusion in the original law's summary. As a result, the original law's summary and the summary of the law after the item vetoes are identical. For more information on the specific items vetoed, see the text of the conference report for H.R. 2158, H. Rept. 105-297, and Presidential Cancellation Numbers 97-65 through 97-71.)) TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Title II:

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Title III:

Independent Agencies

Title IV:

General Provisions

Title V:

HUD Multifamily Housing Reform Subtitle A: FHA-Insured Multifamily Housing Mortgage and Housing Assistance Restructuring Subtitle B: Miscellaneous Provisions Subtitle C: Enforcement Provisions Subtitle D: Office of Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998 - Makes appropriations for FY 1998 for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and for sundry independent agencies.

Title I:

Department of Veterans Affairs - Makes appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs for: (1) veterans' compensation, pensions, and readjustment benefits; (2) veterans' insurance and indemnities; (3) veterans' housing, education, and vocational rehabilitation loan accounts; (4) veterans' medical care; (5) medical and prosthetic research; (6) medical administration; (7) the General Post Fund, national homes; (8) departmental administration; (9) the National Cemetery System; (10) the Office of Inspector General; (11) construction; (12) the parking revolving fund; and (13) grants to States for construction of extended care facilities and cemeteries. Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, such funds.

(Sec. 108)

Makes the enactment of this section contingent upon the enactment of legislation establishing the Medical Collections Fund. Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, if the total amount to be recovered for FY 1998 for deposit to the Fund will be at least $25 million less than the amount contained in the latest Congressional Budget Office baseline estimate for such recovery, to certify the amount of the shortfall to the Secretary of the Treasury. Directs the Secretary of the Treasury, from any unobligated amounts in the Treasury, to deposit an amount equal to that certified in the Fund.

Title II:

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for: (1) public and Indian housing; (2) the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds; (3) drug elimination grants for low-income housing; (4) revitalization of severely distressed public housing; (5) Native American housing block grants; (6) Indian housing loan guarantees; (7) the capital grants-capital loans preservation account; (8) housing opportunities for persons with AIDS; (9) community development block grants; (10) brownfields redevelopment projects; (11) empowerment zones and enterprise communities; (12) the HOME investment partnerships program; (13) homeless assistance grants; (14) housing for special populations; (15) the Federal Housing Administration; (16) the Government National Mortgage Association; (17) housing policy development and research; (18) fair housing activities; (19) management and administration; (20) the Office of Inspector General; and (21) carrying out the Federal Housing Enterprise Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992. Rescinds specified amounts for: (1) annual contributions for assisted housing; (2) the Supportive Housing Demonstration Program; (3) the Shelter Plus Care program; and (4) rental housing assistance. Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, such funds.

(Sec. 201)

Extends certain provisions regarding contributions for low-income housing projects and the demolition, disposition, or conversion to home ownership of public housing. Amends the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996 to extend provisions regarding the streamlining of section 8 tenant-based assistance. Amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to extend specified provisions regarding section 8 rent adjustments through FY 1998. Amends the Balanced Budget Downpayment Act, I to extend provisions regarding: (1) public and assisted housing minimum rents, income adjustments, and preferences; and (2) delays in the reissuance of section 8 vouchers and certificates.

(Sec. 210)

Amends the National Housing Act to authorize HUD to make partial guaranteed mortgage loan payments for health care facilities.

(Sec. 214)

Amends the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to provide for allocations for affordable housing to local jurisdictions that receive initial formula allocations of less than $500,000. (Currently, only jurisdictions that receive more than such amount are granted an allocation.)

(Sec. 217)

Requires the Secretary of HUD to make a grant for any State that: (1) received an allocation for FY 1997 under the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act; (2) is not otherwise eligible for such allocation for FY 1998 because the State does not have the required number of AIDS cases; and (3) would meet such requirement if the cases in the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for any city within the State (which was not eligible in FY 1997 but is eligible for FY 1998) were considered to be cases outside of such MSAs.

Title III:

Independent Agencies -Makes appropriations for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; (3) the Department of the Treasury's community development financial institutions program; (4) the Consumer Product Safety Commission; (5) the Corporation for National and Community Service; (6) the Office of Inspector General; (7) the Court of Veterans Appeals; and (8) the Department of Defense for Army cemeterial expenses. Appropriates funds for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for: (1) science and technology activities; (2) environmental programs and management; (3) the Office of Inspector General; (4) buildings and facilities; (5) Superfund; (6) the leaking underground storage tank program; (7) oil spill response programs; and (8) assistance to States and Indian tribes for environmental programs and infrastructure. Makes the Working Capital Fund available to EPA for maintenance and operation of administrative services without fiscal year limitation. Appropriates funds for: (1) the Executive Office of the President for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Environmental Quality and to meet unanticipated needs in the national interest, security, or defense; and (2) the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General. Makes appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for: (1) disaster relief; (2) disaster assistance direct loans; (3) salaries and expenses; (4) the Office of Inspector General; (5) emergency management planning and assistance; (6) a specified emergency food and shelter program; and (7) the National Flood Insurance Fund. Amends the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to extend through FY 1998: (1) a certain ceiling on obligations issued under the national flood insurance program; (2) the authority for new flood insurance contracts; and (3) the authorization of appropriations for certain studies. Requires the Director of FEMA to promulgate a methodology for collection of fees applicable to persons subject to FEMA's radiological emergency preparedness regulations. Permits collection of such fees only during FY 1998. Makes appropriations for: (1) the General Services Administration for the Consumer Information Center; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for human space flight, science, aeronautics, and technology research and development, mission support, and the Office of Inspector General; (3) the National Credit Union Administration's Central Liquidity Facility; (4) the National Science Foundation for research, major construction projects, science and engineering education and human resources programs, salaries and expenses, and the Office of Inspector General; (5) the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; and (6) the Selective Service System. Sets forth authorized uses of, and limitations on, such funds.

Title IV:

General Provisions -Sets forth provisions regarding availability, and prohibitions on the use, of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 415)

Expresses the sense of the Congress that all equipment and products purchased with funds made available in this Act should be American-made.

(Sec. 417)

Requires amounts necessary for FY 1998 pay raises for programs funded by this Act to be within levels appropriated.

(Sec. 419)

Authorizes certain corporations and agencies of HUD to make commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as necessary to carry out provisions under the Government Corporation Control Act. Allows any collections by such corporations and agencies to be used for new loan or mortgage purchase commitments to the extent provided under this Act, with specified exceptions.

(Sec. 421)

Makes funds to carry out the termination of the Office of Consumer Affairs available from those appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services for FY 1998.

Title V:

HUD Multifamily Housing Reform - Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 - Subtitle A: FHA-Insured Multifamily Housing Mortgage and Housing Assistance Restructuring - Directs the Secretary of HUD to enter into agreements with participating administrative entities (with preference given to State or local housing finance agencies) to develop and implement mortgage restructuring and rental assistance plans for FHA-insured multifamily housing mortgages in order to: (1) reduce expiring section 8 contracts costs; (2) address troubled projects; and (3) correct management and ownership deficiencies. Includes two-tiered mortgage restructuring among plan incentives. Terminates program authority as of a specified date.

(Sec. 524)

Sets forth authorities regarding renewal of certain section 8 contracts. Subtitle B: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the National Housing Act to authorize the Secretary to make grants for the capital costs of rehabilitation to owners of specified insured or section 8 projects, subject to certain conditions.

(Sec. 532)

Requires the Comptroller General to report to the Congress on section 8 assistance for multifamily housing projects, including an analysis of how State and local housing finance agencies have benefited from rental assistance and the effectiveness of project oversight. Subtitle C: Enforcement Provisions - Directs the Secretary to issue implementing regulations.

(Sec. 542)

Amends the Social Security Act to make permanent provisions authorizing disclosure by States of certain income and unemployment records of housing assistance participants or applicants to HUD. Makes a conforming amendment to Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to tax return information of such individuals. Part 1: FHA Single Family and Multifamily Housing -Amends the National Housing Act to expand HUD authorities with respect to: (1) lender sanctions; (2) equity skimming; and (3) civil money penalties. Part 2: FHA Multifamily Provisions - Amends the National Housing Act and the Housing Act of 1937 to expand multifamily housing-related civil money penalties.

(Sec. 563)

Amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987 to extend the double damages remedy. Subtitle D: Office of Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring - Establishes the Office of Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring within HUD.

(Sec. 579)

Terminates Subtitle A (except for section 8 contract renewal provisions) and this subtitle on October 1, 2001.

Votes

Title : Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes.
Votes in the US Senate
Roll NumberVote DateQuestionDescriptionVote Result
1941997-07-22On Passage of the Billh.r.2158 as amended; Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998Passed
Votes in the US House
Roll NumberVote DateQuestionDescriptionVote Result
2801997-07-16On Passage VA-HUD-Independent Agencies AppropriationsP
2791997-07-16On Motion to Recommit with Instructions VA-HUD-Independent Agencies AppropriationsF
2781997-07-16On Agreeing to the Amendment Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin AmendmentF
2771997-07-16On Agreeing to the Amendment Stokes of Ohio AmendmentA
5051997-10-08On Agreeing to the Conference Report VA-HUD-Independent Agencies AppropriationsP

Sponsors

 
Congressional Sponsors of H R 2158
 
Bill Number : H R 2158

Title : Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Lewis, Jerry [CA-40] (introduced 7/11/1997)      

COSPONSOR(S): ****NONE****

Other Info

Bill Number : H R 2158

Title : Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes.

 

 
ALL ACTIONS:
(Floor Actions/Congressional Record Page References)
 
2/6/1997:Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
 
2/6/1997:Referred to the Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies.
 
2/26/1997:First Day of Subcommittee Hearings.
 
5/7/1997:Final Day of Subcommittee Hearings.
 
6/25/1997:First Day of Subcommittee Mark-Up.
 
6/25/1997:Final Day of Subcommittee Mark-Up.
 
6/25/1997:Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee.
 
7/8/1997:Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
 
7/8/1997:Ordered to be Reported.
 
5/1/1997:Committee on Appropriations. Hearings held on the subject prior to committee ordering to be reported an original measure. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 105-427.
 
5/13/1997:Committee on Appropriations. Hearings held on the subject prior to committee ordering to be reported an original measure. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 105-427.
 
7/11/1997 7:05pm:The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 105-175, by Mr. Lewis (CA).
 
7/11/1997 7:06pm:Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 107.
 
7/14/1997 8:06pm:Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 184 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2158 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be read by paragraph. Bill is open to amendments.
 
7/15/1997 6:36pm:Rule H. Res. 184 passed House.
 
7/15/1997 6:37pm:Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 184. (consideration: CR H5251-5266, H5272-5288)
 
7/15/1997 6:37pm:Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2158 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be read by paragraph. Bill is open to amendments.
 
7/15/1997 6:37pm:House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 184 and Rule XXIII.
 
7/15/1997 6:37pm:The Speaker designated the Honorable Larry Combest to act as Chairman of the Committee.
 
7/15/1997 6:38pm:GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate.
 
7/15/1997 7:39pm:Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2158 as unfinished business.
 
7/15/1997 8:53pm:Considered as unfinished business.
 
7/15/1997 8:54pm:The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
 
7/15/1997 9:36pm:At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on the Obey amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Obey objected to the vote on grounds that a quorum was not present and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 184, further proceedings were postponed and the point of no quorum was withdrawned.
 
7/15/1997 10:31pm:Mr. Lewis (CA) moved that the Committee rise.
 
7/15/1997 10:31pm:On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
 
7/15/1997 10:31pm:Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2158 as unfinished business.
 
7/16/1997 11:44am:Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5309-5371)
 
7/16/1997 11:44am:The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
 
7/16/1997 12:19pm:At the conclusion of debate the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Stokes amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Lewis (CA) demanded a recorded vote and further proceedings were postponed.
 
7/16/1997 12:30pm:At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Sensenbrenner amendment and announced that, by voice vote the amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Sensenbrenner objected to the vote on grounds that a quorum was not present and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 184, further proceedings were postponed and the point of no quorum was withdrawn.
 
7/16/1997 3:52pm:Mr. Shuster raised a point of order against the content of the measure. Mr. Shuster stated that the provisions contained in section 420 of the bill made changes to existing law and, therefore, constituted legislation on an Appropriations bill, a violation of clause 2, rule XXI of the rules of the House. The Chair sustained the point of order.
 
7/16/1997 7:12pm:The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2158.
 
7/16/1997 7:13pm:The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
 
7/16/1997 7:13pm:The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
 
7/16/1997 7:14pm:Mr. Kennedy (MA) moved to recommit with instructions to Appropriations.
 
7/16/1997 7:14pm:DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kennedy motion.
 
7/16/1997 7:21pm:The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
 
7/16/1997 7:41pm:On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 193 - 235 (Roll no. 279). (consideration: CR H5369-5370)
 
7/16/1997 7:51pm:On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 397 - 31 (Roll no. 280).
 
7/16/1997 7:51pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
7/17/1997:Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 119.
 
7/22/1997:Measure laid before Senate. (consideration: CR S7856-7857)
 
7/22/1997:Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 1034 amended.
 
7/22/1997:Passed Senate in lieu of S. 1034 with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 99-1. Record Vote No: 194.
 
7/22/1997:Senate insists on its amendment asks for a conference, appoints conferees Bond; Burns; Stevens; Shelby; Campbell; Craig; Cochran; Mikulski; Leahy; Lautenberg; Harkin; Boxer; Byrd. (consideration: CR S7857)
 
7/24/1997:Message on Senate action sent to the House.
 
9/3/1997 12:40pm:Mr. Lewis (CA) asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.
 
9/3/1997 12:41pm:On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection. (consideration: CR H6724)
 
9/3/1997 12:41pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
9/3/1997 12:41pm:Mr. Stokes moved that the House instruct conferees.
 
9/3/1997 12:42pm:DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion to instruct conferees on the part of the House to insist on the House postion bill regarding the total funding levels for the Hazardous Substance Superfund account.
 
9/3/1997 12:42pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
9/3/1997 12:44pm:On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by voice vote. (consideration: CR H6725)
 
9/3/1997 12:44pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
9/3/1997 12:45pm:The Speaker appointed conferees: Lewis (CA), DeLay, Walsh, Hobson, Knollenberg, Frelinghuysen, Neumann, Wicker, Livingston, Stokes, Mollohan, Kaptur, Meek, Price (NC), and Obey.
 
9/26/1997:Conference held.
 
9/30/1997:Conferees agreed to file conference report.
 
10/6/1997 2:01pm:Conference report H. Rept. 105-297 filed. (text of conference report: CR H8323-8361)
 
10/7/1997 6:22pm:Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 261 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of the conference report to H.R. 2158. Waiving all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration.
 
10/8/1997 3:14pm:Rule H. Res. 261 passed House.
 
10/8/1997 3:14pm:Mr. Lewis (CA) brought up conference report H. Rept. 105-297 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 261.
 
10/8/1997 3:15pm:DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 261, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report.
 
10/8/1997 4:10pm:The previous question was ordered without objection.
 
10/8/1997 4:31pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
10/8/1997 4:31pm:On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 405 - 21 (Roll no. 505). (consideration: CR H8669-8686)
 
10/8/1997:Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
 
10/9/1997:Conference report considered in Senate.
 
10/9/1997:Senate agreed to conference report by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S10733-10751)
 
10/9/1997:Message on Senate action sent to the House.
 
10/9/1997:Cleared for White House.
 
10/15/1997:Presented to President.
 
10/27/1997:Signed by President.
 
10/27/1997:Became Public Law No: 105-65. 1
 
1/4/1997 12:22pm:The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President. 1
 
1/4/1997 12:22pm:For actions pursuant to the Line Item Veto Act (P.L. 104-130), see House Document 105-167.