H.R. 2847 (111th): Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act

Jun 12, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 111-147.
Alan Mollohan
Representative for West Virginia's 1st congressional district
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Last Updated
Aug 25, 2010
48 pages
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Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 22, 2010

H.Res. 1137 (Related)
Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2847) making appropriations ...

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Mar 04, 2010


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 18, 2010.

Introduced Jun 12, 2009
Reported by Committee Jun 12, 2009
Passed House Jun 18, 2009
Passed Senate with Changes Nov 05, 2009
House Agreed to Changes Dec 16, 2009
Senate Agreed to Changes Mar 17, 2010
Signed by the President Mar 18, 2010
Full Title

Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.


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Jun 18, 2009 6:25 p.m.
Passed 259/157
Oct 08, 2009 4:26 p.m.
Motion to Recommit Rejected 33/65
Oct 13, 2009 5:32 p.m.
Cloture Motion Rejected 56/38
Nov 05, 2009 6:45 p.m.
Bill Passed 71/28
On the Senate Amendment
Dec 16, 2009 7:04 p.m.
Passed 217/212
Feb 22, 2010 5:29 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 62/30
On the Senate Amendment
Mar 04, 2010 3:30 p.m.
Passed 217/201
Mar 15, 2010 5:31 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 61/30


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3/18/2010--Public Law.
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act -
Title I - Incentives for Hiring and Retaining Unemployed Workers
Section 101 -
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to:
(1) exempt for-profit and nonprofit employers, including public institutions of higher education, from social security and railroad retirement taxes in 2010 (except for the first calendar quarter of such year) for new employees who are hired after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011, and who certify that they have not worked more than 40 hours during the last 60 days; and
(2) allow an increase in the general business tax credit for the retention of such employees for at least one year at specified wage levels.
Prohibits any carryback of unused business tax credit amounts.
Appropriates to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund under title II of the Social Security Act amounts necessary to cover any reduction in revenues resulting from the tax exemptions provided by this Act.
Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to pay to U.S. possessions, including the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, an amount equal to the loss to such possessions resulting from this tax exemption.
Title II - Expensing
Section 201 -
Increases to $250,000 the expensing allowance for depreciable business assets.
Title III - Qualified Tax Credit Bonds
Section 301 -
Allows a refundable tax credit to issuers of specified tax credit bonds. Defines "specified tax credit bond" as a new clean renewable energy bond, a qualified energy conservation bond, a qualified zone academy bond, or a qualified school construction bond.
Title IV - Extension of Current Surface Transportation Program
Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2010 -
Subtitle A - Federal-Aid Highways
Section 411 -
Continues in effect until December 31, 2010, the requirements, authorities, conditions, eligibilities, limitations, and other provisions authorized by specified federal transportation law.
Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) (other than the Mass Transit Account) for FY2010 and the period of October 1 - December 31, 2010 (first quarter of FY2011), for the federal-aid highway, surface transportation research, and transportation planning programs under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), with a limit on obligational authority for the programs equal to the total authorized for such programs for FY2009 (although only one-quarter of such total for the first quarter of FY2011).
Extends the allocation of certain transportation program funds to: (1) states for specific programs, including the Interstate and National Highway System program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program, the highway safety improvement program, the Surface Transportation program, and the Highway Bridge program; and (2) the territories or Puerto Rico.
Extends the authorization of appropriations for certain transportation research programs under title V: Research of SAFETEA-LU at FY2009 funding levels.
Section 412 -
Extends the authorization of appropriations for FY2010 and the first quarter of FY2011 for federal-aid highway program administrative expenses.
Section 413 -
Directs the Secretary of Transportation to restore certain rescinded transportation program funds to the states and to the programs from which they were rescinded. Authorizes appropriations for such programs for FY2010.
Section 414 -
Directs the Secretary, in reconciliation, to reduce the amount of funds allocated for a transportation program, project, or activity under this title by amounts allocated pursuant to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2010.
Subtitle B - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Additional Programs
Section 421 -
Amends SAFETEA-LU to extend through December 31, 2010, the authorization of appropriations for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety programs, including:
(1) highway safety research and development;
(2) the occupant protection incentive grant program;
(3) the safety belt performance grant program;
(4) state traffic safety information system improvements;
(5) the alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures incentive grant program;
(6) the National Driver Register;
(7) the high visibility enforcement program;
(8) motorcyclist safety;
(9) the child safety and child booster seat safety incentive grant program; and
(10) NHTSA administrative expenses.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2011 for: (1) drug-impaired driving enforcement; and (2) older driver safety and law enforcement training.
Section 422 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, the authorization of appropriations for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) programs, including:
(1) motor carrier safety grants;
(2) FMCSA administrative expenses;
(3) commercial driver's license program improvement grants;
(4) border enforcement grants;
(5) performance and registration information system management grants;
(6) commercial vehicle information systems and networks deployment grants;
(7) safety data improvement grants;
(8) a set-aside for high priority activities that improve commercial motor vehicle safety and compliance with commercial motor vehicle safety regulations;
(9) a set-aside for new entrant motor carrier audit grants;
(10) commercial driver's license information system modernization;
(11) FMCSA and NHTSA outreach and education;
(12) the commercial motor vehicle operators grant program;
(13) the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee; and
(14) the working group for development of practices and procedures to enhance federal-state relations.
Section 423 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, the funding for hazardous materials (hazmat) research projects.
Amends the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to extend through December 31, 2010, the authorization of appropriations, and the current requirements for their distribution, for fish restoration and management projects.
Extends the set-aside for administrative expenses for carrying out such projects.
Subtitle C - Public Transportation Programs
Section 431 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, the allocation of capital investment grant funds for federal transit programs, including the metropolitan planning program and the state planning and research program.
Section 432 -
Extends the authority of the Secretary of Transportation to award urbanized area formula grants to finance the operating cost of equipment and facilities for use in public transportation in an urbanized area with a population of at least 200,000.
Section 433 -
Allocates amounts for formula and bus grants and capital investment grants for:
(1) certain new fixed guideway capital projects;
(2) new fixed guideway ferry systems and extension projects in Alaska and Hawaii;
(3) payments to the Denali Commission for docks, waterfront development projects, and related transportation infrastructure;
(4) ferry boats or ferry terminal facilities;
(5) a set-aside for the national fuel cell bus technology development program;
(6) projects in nonurbanized areas;
(7) intermodal terminal projects; and
(8) bus testing.
Section 434 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, the apportionments of: (1) nonurbanized area formula grants for public transportation on Indian reservations; and (2) capital investment grant funds for certain fixed guideway modernization projects.
Section 436 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, the authorization appropriations from the HTF Mass Transit Account for:
(1) formula and bus grant projects, including allocations for specified projects;
(2) capital investment grants;
(3) transit research, including allocations for transit cooperative research programs, the National Transit Institute, the university centers program, transportation projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the National Technical Assistance Center for senior transportation, and national research programs; and
(4) administration expenses.
Section 437 -
Extends through December 31, 2010, certain SAFETEA-LU programs, including: (1) the contracted paratransit pilot program; (2) the public-private partnership pilot program; (3) project authorizations for final design and construction and preliminary engineering of specified fixed guideway projects; and (4) the elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities pilot program.
Increases the obligation ceiling of amounts made available from the HTF Mass Transit Account.
Extends through December 31, 2010, certain allocations for national research and technology programs.
Subtitle D - Revenue Provisions
Section 441 -
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal provisions requiring obligations in the HTF to be U.S. obligations that are not interest-bearing.
Section 442 -
Appropriates specified amounts as foregone interest to the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account in the HTF.
Section 443 -
Allows amounts appropriated to the HTF to remain available without fiscal year limitation.
Section 444 -
Repeals requirements for payments from the HTF to the Treasury for: (1) certain amounts paid before July 1, 2012, relating to gasoline used on farms, gasoline used for certain non-highway purposes or by local transit systems, and fuels not used for taxable purposes; and (2) specified credits allowed for certain uses of fuel before October 1, 2011.
Section 445 -
Extends through 2010 authorities for expenditures from the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account.
Section 446 -
Amends the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: Legacy for Users to set forth obligation limitations in the Highway Category and the Mass Transit Category through December 31, 2010. Prohibits any budget adjustment in the federal-aid highway program in FY2010 or FY2011.
Subtitle E - Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
Section 451 -
Requires at least 10% of federal-aid highway, public transportation, and transportation research program funds under SAFETEA-LU and highway safety research and development program funds to be expended through small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (disadvantaged business enterprises).
Requires states to:
(1) compile a list of small business concerns annually; and
(2) notify the Secretary of Transportation of the percentage of such concerns that are controlled by women, by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (other than women), and by individuals who are women and socially and economically disadvantaged.
Requires the Secretary to establish minimum uniform criteria for state governments to use in certifying a small business concern as a disadvantaged business enterprise.
Title V - Offset Provisions
Subtitle A - Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Part I - Increased Disclosure of Beneficial Owners
Section 501 -
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to revise and add reporting and other requirements relating to income from assets held abroad, including by: (1) requiring foreign financial and nonfinancial institutions to withhold 30% of payments made to such institutions by U.S. individuals unless such institutions agree to disclose the identity of such individuals and report on their bank transactions; and (2) denying a tax deduction for interest on non-registered bonds issued outside the United States.
Part II - Under Reporting With Respect to Foreign Assets
Section 511 -
Requires any individual who holds more than $50,000 in a depository or custodial account maintained by a foreign financial institution to report on any such account.
Section 512 -
Imposes an enhanced tax penalty for underpayments attributable to undisclosed foreign financial assets.
Section 513 -
Extends the limitation period for assessment of underpayments with respect to assets held outside the United States.
Part III - Other Disclosure Provisions
Section 521 -
Requires U.S. shareholders of a passive foreign investment company to file annual informational returns.
Section 522 -
Allows the Secretary of the Treasury to require certain financial institutions to file returns related to withholding on transactions involving foreign persons on magnetic media (currently, electronic filing is required only for taxpayers filing at least 250 returns).
Part IV - Provisions Related to Foreign Trusts
Section 531 -
Deems a foreign trust as having a U.S. beneficiary if such beneficiary's interest in the trust is contingent on a future event or such beneficiary directly or indirectly transfers property to such trust or uses trust property without paying compensation to the trust. Imposes reporting requirements on owners of foreign trusts and sets forth tax penalties for failure to report on transfers to and distributions from such trusts.
Part V - Substitute Dividends and Dividend Equivalent Payments Received by Foreign Persons Treated as Dividends
Section 541 -
Treats a dividend equivalent payment as a dividend from a source within the United States for purposes of taxation of income from foreign sources and tax withholding rules applicable to foreign persons.
Subtitle B - Delay in Application of Worldwide Allocation of Interest
Section 551 -
Delays until 2021 the application of special rules for the worldwide allocation of interest for purposes of computing the limitation on the foreign tax credit.
Subtitle C - Budgetary Provisions
Section 561 -
Increases the required estimated tax payments for corporations with assets of not less than $1 billion in specified calendar quarters.
Section 562 -
Provides criteria for compliance with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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