H. R. 2597 Reduction in Arms Transfer Subsidies


105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2597

To rescind restrictions on welfare and public benefits for legal immigrants enacted by title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, and to reduce arms transfer subsidies.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 1, 1997

Ms. FURSE (for herself, Mr. BECERRA, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. CLAY, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. EVANS, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, Mr. MARKEY, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. WATERS, and Ms. WOOLSEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on International Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To rescind restrictions on welfare and public benefits for legal immigrants enacted by title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, and to reduce arms transfer subsidies.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Equity for Immigrants Act'.

TITLE I--TERMINATION OF PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC LAW 104-193 RESTRICTING WELFARE AND PUBLIC BENEFITS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS

SEC 101. TERMINATION OF PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC LAW 104-193 RESTRICTING WELFARE AND PUBLIC BENEFITS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, on October 1, 1998, the provisions of title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193, as amended by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33)) shall cease to be effective, the amendments made by that title shall be repealed, and any provision of law repealed by that title shall be reenacted.

TITLE II--REDUCTION IN ARMS TRANSFER SUBSIDIES

SEC. 201. LEASED DEFENSE ARTICLES.

(a) REPEAL- Chapter 6 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2796 and following) is repealed.

(b) APPLICABILITY- The repeal made by subsection (a) shall not affect any agreement or contract entered into under chapter 6 of the Arms Export Control Act before the effective date of this title.

SEC. 202. EXCESS DEFENSE ARTICLES.

Section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321j) is repealed.

SEC. 203. RECOUPMENT FEES.

(a) ELIMINATION OF WAIVER AUTHORITY- Section 21(e) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2761(e)) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).

(b) RECOUPMENT OF FEES FOR COMMERCIAL SALES- Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(i)(1) Any sale involving the export of major defense equipment pursuant to a license or other approval granted under this section shall include an appropriate charge for a proportionate amount of the nonrecurring costs incurred by the United States in the research, development, and production of such equipment. Such charge shall be comparable to the charge imposed pursuant to section 21(e)(1)(B) of this Act relating to government-to-government sales of major defense equipment.

(2) The charge provided for in paragraph (1) shall not apply with respect to major defense equipment that is paid for from funds transferred under section 503(a)(3) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2311(a)(3)) or from funds made available on a grant or other nonrepayable basis under section 23 of this Act.'.

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section apply with respect to major defense equipment sold pursuant to a contract entered into on or after the effective date of this title.

SEC. 204. MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM.

No funds to carry out section 23 of the Arms Export Control Act may be made available--

(1) for grants or loans to Greece, Turkey, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Caribbean countries, or any country eligible to participate in the Partnership for Peace Initiative in fiscal year 1997; or

(2) for the Enhanced International Peacekeeping Initiative.

SEC. 205. ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUND.

No funds to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, relating to the economic support fund, may be made available for Turkey, Haiti, or Cambodia to offset costs of purchasing defense articles or defense services from the United States.

SEC. 206. INTERNATIONAL ARMS BAZAARS. No funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to any Act of Congress may be used to offset the cost of a demonstration or exhibition of defense articles or defense services at a trade show or other promotional event in a foreign country for potential purchasers of those defense articles or defense services.

SEC. 207. DEFINITIONS.

As used in this title, the terms `defense article' and `defense service' have the meanings given those terms in section 47 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2794).

SEC. 208. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This title and the amendments made by this title shall take effect on October 1, 1998.


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