H.R. 1558 (106th): Panama Canal Commission Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000

106th Congress, 1999–2000. Text as of Apr 26, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 1558 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1558

To authorize expenditures by the Panama Canal Commission for fiscal year 2000, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 26, 1999

Mr. BATEMAN (for himself and Mr. UNDERWOOD) (both by request) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To authorize expenditures by the Panama Canal Commission for fiscal year 2000, 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. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCES TO PANAMA CANAL ACT OF 1979.

    (a) SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the ‘Panama Canal Commission Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000’.

    (b) REFERENCES TO PANAMA CANAL ACT OF 1979- Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this title an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Panama Canal Act of 1979 (22 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.).

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION OF EXPENDITURES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Subject to subsection (b), the Panama Canal Commission is authorized to use amounts in the Panama Canal Revolving Fund to make such expenditures within the limits of funds and borrowing authority available to it in accordance with law, and to make such contracts and commitments, as may be necessary under the Panama Canal Act of 1979 (22 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.) for the operation, maintenance, improvement, and administration of the Panama Canal for fiscal year 2000 through noon on December 31, 1999, at which point responsibility for such maintenance, improvement, and administration will be transferred to the Republic of Panama by authority of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977.

    (b) LIMITATIONS- For fiscal year 2000 through noon on December 31, 1999, the Panama Canal Commission may expend from funds in the Panama Canal Revolving Fund not more than $100,000 for official reception and representation expenses, of which--

      (1) not more than $28,000 may be used for official reception and representation expenses of the Supervisory Board of the Commission;

      (2) not more than $14,000 may be used for official reception and representation expenses of the Secretary of the Commission; and

      (3) not more than $58,000 may be used for official reception and representation expenses of the Administrator of the Commission.

SEC. 3. PURCHASE OF VEHICLES.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the funds available to the Commission shall be available for the purchase and transportation to the Republic of Panama of passenger motor vehicles, the purchase price of which shall not exceed $26,000 per vehicle.

SEC. 4. OFFICE OF TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) EXPENDITURES FROM PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION DISSOLUTION FUND- The office established under section 1305 of the Panama Canal Act of 1979 as amended (22 U.S.C. 3714a) to close out the affairs of the Commission, known as the Office of Transition Administration, is hereby authorized to expend or obligate funds from the Panama Canal Commission Dissolution Fund established under such section for the purposes enumerated in such section until October 1, 2004, the termination date of said Fund.

    (b) OPERATION OF THE OFFICE OF TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION- Relevant provisions of the Panama Canal Act of 1979, as amended (22 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.), shall continue to govern the Office of Transition Administration. For purposes of exercising authority under the procurement laws of the United States, the director of such offices shall have the status of the head of an agency. The Office of Transition Administration shall have offices in the Republic of Panama and in Washington, D.C. Such Office in Panama shall be subject to the Chief of Mission authority of the United States Embassy in Panama.