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H.R. 3940 (111th): To clarify the availability of existing funds for political status education in the Territory of Guam, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 7, 2009 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 209

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3940

[Report No. 111–357]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 27, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

December 7, 2009

Additional sponsors: Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Pierluisi, Mr. Sablan, and Mrs. Christensen

December 7, 2009

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on October 27, 2009


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and other assistance to facilitate a political status public education program for the people of Guam.


1.

Sense of Congress

Congress reaffirms that it is the responsibility of the Secretary of the Interior to advance the economic, social, and political development of the territories of the United States.

2.

Assistance for political status public education programs

(a)

In general

Section 601 of the Act entitled An Act to authorize appropriations for certain insular areas of the United States, and for other purposes, approved December 24, 1980 (48 U.S.C. 1469d), is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (b) through (d) as subsections (c) through (e), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsection:

(b)

The Secretary of the Interior may extend to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands, and their agencies and instrumentalities, assistance, including assistance in the form of grants, research, planning assistance, studies, and agreements with Federal agencies, to facilitate public education programs regarding political status options for their respective territories.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 19(a)(2)(C) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2028(a)(2)(C)) is amended by striking section 601(c) of Public Law 96–597 (48 U.S.C. 1469d(c)) and inserting section 601(d) of Public Law 96–597 (48 U.S.C. 1469d(d)).

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend Public Law 96–597 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and other assistance to facilitate political status public education programs for the peoples of the non-self-governing territories of the United States..

December 7, 2009

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed