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Text of To amend title 38, United States Code, relating to veterans housing programs, and for other purposes.

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on August 1, 1994 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 2, 1994 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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HR 4724 RFS

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4724

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 2 (legislative day, JULY 20), 1994

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


AN ACT

To amend title 38, United States Code, relating to veterans housing programs, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. ELIGIBILITY.

    (a) RESERVISTS DISCHARGED BECAUSE OF A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY- Section 3701(b)(5)(A) of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(i)’ before ‘who has’; and

      (2) by striking out the period at the end thereof and inserting in lieu thereof ‘, or (ii) who was discharged or released from the Selected Reserve before completing 6 years of service because of a service-connected disability.’.

    (b) SURVIVING SPOUSES OF RESERVISTS WHO DIED WHILE IN ACTIVE MILITARY, NAVAL, OR AIR SERVICE- The second sentence of section 3701(b)(2) of such title is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘or service in the Selected Reserve’ after ‘duty’ each place it appears; and

      (2) by striking out ‘spouse shall’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘deceased spouse shall’.

SEC. 2. PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY WATER AND SEWERAGE SYSTEMS.

    Section 3704 of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking out subsection (e); and

      (2) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (e) and (f), respectively.

SEC. 3. REFINANCING LOANS.

    (a) AUTHORITY TO GUARANTEE HOME REFINANCE LOANS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS-

      (1) LOANS- (A) Section 3710(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding after paragraph (10) the following:

      ‘(11) To refinance in accordance with subsection (e) of this section an existing loan guaranteed, insured, or made under this chapter, and to improve the dwelling securing such loan through energy efficiency improvements, as provided in subsection (d) of this section.’.

      (B) Section 3710(e)(1) of such title is amended by inserting ‘or subsection (a)(11)’ after ‘subsection (a)(8)’.

      (2) FEE- Section 3729(a)(2)(E) of such title is amended by inserting ‘3710(a)(11),’ after ‘3710(a)(9)(B)(i),’.

    (b) REFINANCING ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES TO FIXED RATE MORTGAGES- Section 3710(e)(1)(A) of such title is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(i)’ after ‘(A);

      (2) by inserting ‘or’ at the end of clause (i), as designated by paragraph (1) of this subsection; and

      (3) by adding after such clause (i), the following:

      ‘(ii) the loan bears interest at a fixed rate that is agreed upon by the veteran and the mortgagee, and the loan being refinanced is an adjustable rate loan.’.

SEC. 4. MANUFACTURED HOME LOAN INSPECTIONS.

    (a) CERTIFICATION OF CONFORMITY WITH STANDARDS- Section 3712(h) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by amending paragraph (2) to read as follows:

    ‘(2) Any manufactured housing unit properly displaying a certification of conformity to all applicable Federal manufactured home construction and safety standards pursuant to section 616 of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5415) shall be deemed to meet the standards required by paragraph (1) of this subsection.’.

    (b) REPEAL OF INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS- Section 3712(j) of such title is amended--

      (1) by striking out ‘refuses to permit the inspections provided for in subsection (h) of this section; or in the case of manufactured homes which are determined by the Secretary not to conform to the aforesaid standards; or where the manufacturer of manufactured homes’; and

      (2) by striking ‘warranty.’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘warranty; in the case of manufactured homes which are determined by the Secretary not to conform to the standards provided for in subsection (h) of this section; or in the case of a manufacturer who has engaged in procedures or practices determined by the Secretary to be unfair or prejudicial to veterans or the Government.’.

    (c) ELIMINATION OF REPORTING REQUIREMENT- Section 3712(l) of such title is amended--

      (1) by striking out ‘the results of inspections required by subsection (h) of this section,’; and

      (2) by striking out ‘section, and’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘section and’.

SEC. 5. PROCEDURES ON DEFAULT.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Paragraph (7) of section 3732(c) of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking out ‘that was the minimum amount for which, under applicable State law, the property was permitted to be sold at the liquidation sale’ in the matter preceding subparagraph (A);

      (2) by striking out ‘the Secretary may accept conveyance of the property to the United States for a price not exceeding’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘(i) the amount was the minimum amount for which, under applicable State law, the property was permitted to be sold at the liquidation sale, the holder shall have the option to convey the property to the United States in return for payment by the Secretary of an amount equal to’;

      (3) by striking out ‘and’ at the end of clause (i), as so designated by paragraph (2), and inserting in lieu thereof ‘or’;

      (4) by adding after such clause (i) the following:

      ‘(ii) there was no minimum amount for which the property had to be sold at the liquidation sale under applicable State law, the holder shall have the option to convey the property to the United States in return for payment by the Secretary of an amount equal to the lesser of such net value or total indebtedness; and’; and

      (5) in subparagraph (B), by striking out ‘paragraph (6)(B)’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘paragraph (6)’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Paragraph (6) of such section is amended--

      (1) by striking out ‘either’; and

      (2) by striking out ‘sale or acquires’ and all that follows through ‘(B) the’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘sale, the’.

SEC. 6. MINIMUM ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE REQUIREMENT.

    Section 5303A(b)(3) of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking out ‘or’ at the end of subparagraph (E);

      (2) by striking out the period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting in lieu thereof ‘; or’; and

      (3) by inserting after subparagraph (F) the following:

        ‘(G) to benefits under chapter 37 of this title by reason of discharge or release from active duty as a result of a reduction in force, as determined by the Secretary of the military department concerned in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense or by the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy.’.

Passed the House of Representatives August 1, 1994.

Attest:

DONNALD K. ANDERSON,

Clerk.