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Text of the American Natural Resources and Taxpayer Protection Act of 1999

This bill was introduced on March 18, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 1207 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1207

To prohibit the United States Government from entering into certain agreements or arrangements related to public lands without the express prior approval of Congress.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 18, 1999

Mr. VENTO (for himself, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. FARR of California, and Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To prohibit the United States Government from entering into certain agreements or arrangements related to public lands without the express prior approval of Congress.

    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 ‘American Natural Resources and Taxpayer Protection Act of 1999’.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION.

    (a) IN GENERAL- No department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States may enter into any lease, contract, patent, bond, or other financial agreement or arrangement related to public lands or natural resources of the United States with any foreign person without the express prior approval of the Congress by law.

    (b) COST ESTIMATE- Whenever any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States proposes to enter into any lease, contract, patent, bond, or other financial agreement or arrangement that requires the approval of Congress under subsection (a)--

      (1) such agreement or arrangement shall be submitted to the Congressional Budget Office and to the Congress, and

      (2) the Congressional Budget Office shall prepare and submit to the Congress an estimate of the value or the public lands or natural resources involved in such agreement or arrangement.

    (c) DEFINITION- The term ‘foreign person’ means each of the following--

      (1) Any individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States.

      (2) Any person (other than an individual or government) which is created or organized under the laws of a foreign government or which has its principal place of business outside the United States.

      (3) Any person (other than an individual or government) in which, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior under regulations which the Secretary shall prescribe, a significant interest or substantial control is directly or indirectly held by any individual referred to in paragraph (1) or any person referred to in paragraph (2) or any combination of any such individuals or persons.