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Summary: 2010 Supplemental Appropriations ActSalem-News.com
The bill fully funds the Administration’s war supplemental request of $37.476 billion, of which $33 billion is for Defense and Military Construction and $4.46 billion is for State and Foreign Assistance.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - This supplemental appropriations bill provides over $37.47 billion to support our troops, conduct the war in Afghanistan, continue to drawdown troops in Iraq, and provide non-military assistance and build up State Department operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
It also provides over $24 billion to keep teachers, firefighters and law enforcement personnel on the job while states continue to recover from the recession; over $13 billion for Vietnam veterans and survivors exposed to Agent Orange; $5.7 billion for PELL; $2.8 billion for Haiti; $677 million, fully offset, for border security; $275 million for the Gulf Coast oil spill; and $725 million, fully offset, for other needs.
The bill fully funds the Administration’s war supplemental request of $37.476 billion, of which $33 billion is for Defense and Military Construction and $4.46 billion is for State and Foreign Assistance. This is in addition to the $130 billion provided in the FY 2010 appropriations bills.
Department of Defense and Intelligence Activities in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Ongoing Military Operations
• $20.4 billion for operations and maintenance, including the costs of the additional 30,000 troops ordered to Afghanistan; $3.4 billion, $500 million above the request for increased fuel costs; and $1.6 billion, $614 million above the request, for the Working Capital Funds to reset prepositioned equipment and meet other Defense logistics needs.
• $2.5 billion for military personnel, $600 million above the request due to better than projected recruiting and retention levels in the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Marine Corps Reserve and an unanticipated increase in mobilization of Air Force Guardsmen and Reservists.
• $68.4 million for defense health programs, including $35 million above the request for improved operating rooms and equipment.
Support for Coalition Partners
• $2.6 billion to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces
Equipment and Force Structure
Military Construction Projects
Assistance and Operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq
Other International Assistance
Afghanistan & Pakistan Performance Assessments: The bill includes language, contained originally in the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill requiring two reports: one on Afghanistan and Pakistan commitment and capabilities, including a new assessment of any actions that could undermine the success of the mission (due with the 2012 budget request) and the other on progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
No Permanent Bases:
The bill prohibits funds to establish a permanent base in Afghanistan or Iraq.
The bill prohibits funds to support any training program if the Secretary of Defense has received credible information that the unit to be trained has committed a gross violation of human rights, unless all necessary corrective steps have been taken. The bill prohibits funds for activities contravening laws or regulations to implement the UN Convention Against Torture or Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The bill provides only $50 million in direct budget support to the government of Afghanistan until the Secretary of State certifies that the government is fully cooperating with the United States.
The bill continues the prohibition on the Administration transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States, other than for the purposes of prosecution and only after a security threat assessment has been provided to the Congress and the Governor of the receiving state.
The bill provides $24.679 billion for education jobs, police jobs and firefighter jobs, and $5.667 billion to meet the current shortfall in the Pell Grant Program:
VETERANS, HAITI, OIL SPILL, BORDER AND OTHER MATTERS
$13.377 billion in mandatory appropriations for the payment of benefits to Vietnam veterans and survivors for exposure to Agent Orange, which has been linked with Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, and hairy cell/B cell leukemia. An estimated 86,069 people will be eligible to receive retroactive payments and 67,259 people will be eligible to receive new benefits.
$2.8 billion, $690,000 below the request, for Haiti, including:
Gulf Oil Spill:
$224 million for the Gulf Coast oil spill. This includes: $83 million for unemployment assistance related to the oil spill and an oil spill relief employment program; allowance for the Coast Guard to receive advances from the Oil Spill Liability Trust fund; $7 million for NOAA oil spill response activities, including scientific investigations and sampling; $14 million to respond to economic impacts on fishermen; $10 million for Justice legal activities; $5 million for economic recovery planning; and $31 million for the Department of the Interior to conduct additional inspections and enforcement and to strengthen oversight and regulation and for the EPA to conduct a long-term risk study.
All costs directly related to the Gulf Coast oil spill must be reimbursed by the responsible parties. Border Security: $677 million, fully offset, to strengthen enforcement on the southern border, including:
Other Security and Urgent Needs:
The following additional items are all fully offset: USDA Rural Loans: $172.8 million for the USDA Section 502 guaranteed single family loan program, supporting $12 billion in loans. This program ran out of money the second week of May due to extraordinarily high demand because of the tight credit market.
$180 million to allow $18 billion in innovative technology energy loans, split evenly between nuclear and renewable energy programs.
Emergency Food Assistance:
$50 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program for food purchases to distribute through local emergency food providers.
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission:
$2.7 million to allow the Commission to investigate the causes of the recent financial crisis. The Commission is tasked with submitting its report by December, 2011.
$58.5 million for the rehabilitation of Coast Guard aircraft.
$48 million to reverse the growing backlog of mine safety enforcement cases while ensuring that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can complete 100% of its mandated mine inspections. The funds will also allow improved MSHA emergency response operations through the purchase and upgrade of emergency response equipment; and testing and research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the most common refuge chambers currently required in all underground mines and on other refuge alternatives.
$15.9 million, as requested, for the ongoing acquisition and installation of a modern digital radio system because of known security threats.
Port of Guam:
$50 million, as requested, to improve, and provide greater access to, port facilities.
Recovery Act Audits:
$20 million for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to continue to audit and review the use of Recovery Act funding to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.
$27 million to support an increase in loan authority of almost $850,000,000 for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide direct loans to family farmers who may not qualify for agricultural credit through other commercial institutions in the tight credit market. The funding provided in the FY 2010 appropriation bill was estimated to meet demand at the time the bill was passed, but demand for the farm ownership and operating loan programs continues to rise above historical levels due to the lack of availability of conventional credit. The increase is fully offset by rescissions of Farm Service Agency appropriations from 2004 through 2007 that are no longer needed.
$100 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help local communities devastated by natural disasters this year.
The following rescissions of funds, from programs that no longer require such funds for the purposes originally appropriated, offset the items above:
The bill prohibits funding from being provided for any new contract unless the contractor has certified that it, and any entities it controls, does not engage in activity that could be sanctioned under section 5 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996.
No Fly List:
The bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to require commercial foreign air carriers to check the list of individuals TSA has prohibited from flying no later than 30 minutes after the list has been updated.
High-Value Detainee Interrogations:
The bill requires the FBI to submit the High-Value Detainee Interrogation procedures, and any updates to those procedures, to the Congress within 30 days.
Defense Jobs Estimates:
The bill requires an assessment of the number of jobs and costs associated with new major defense acquisitions planned for 2011.
Source: News release from the Committee on Appropriations
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