H.R. 2428 (107th): Insular Areas Oversight Avoidance Act

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Jun 28, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 2428 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2428

To require that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget explain any omission of any insular area from treatment as part of the United States in statements issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 28, 2001

Mr. UNDERWOOD (for himself, Mr. ACEVEDO-VILA, and Mrs. CHRISTENSEN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Government Reform, 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 require that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget explain any omission of any insular area from treatment as part of the United States in statements issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

    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 ‘Insular Areas Oversight Avoidance Act’.

SEC. 2. EXPLANATION OF OMISSION OF ANY INSULAR AREA FROM TREATMENT AS PART OF UNITED STATES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall publish, with respect to each covered statement issued after the date of the enactment of this Act that defines the term ‘United States’, ‘United States of America’, or ‘State’ and that does not include in such term any insular area--

      (1) an explanation of the reasons for that omission; and

      (2) a recommendation of whether the definition should include such insular area.

    (b) DEFINITIONS- In this section:

      (1) COVERED STATEMENT- The term ‘covered statement’ means--

        (A) any Presidential proclamation or Executive order required by section 1505 of title 44, United States Code, to be published in the Federal Register;

        (B) any written Presidential directive, other than a Presidential proclamation or Executive order, that--

          (i) is signed or endorsed by, or is issued at the direction of, the President or an appointee of the President in the Executive Office of the President; and

          (ii)(I) establishes a policy;

          (II) directs the carrying out of law or policy;

          (III) authorizes or requires the use of appropriated funds or other resources (including personnel); or

          (IV) otherwise asserts or appears to assert an authority of the President;

        (C) any treaty presented to the Senate for approval pursuant to section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States;

        (D) any executive agreement executed by the President or a representative of the President that is binding on the United States as a matter of international law;

        (E) any rule, circular, guidance, or statement of administration policy or position that is issued by the Office of Management and Budget; and

        (F) any proposed legislation submitted to the Congress by or on behalf of the President.

      (2) INSULAR AREA- The term ‘insular area’ means Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.