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5/10/2012--Passed House amended. Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, for science-related programs, and related agencies.
Title I: Department of Commerce - Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Commerce for FY2013 for: (1) the International Trade Administration; (2) the Bureau of Industry and Security; (3) the Economic Development Administration; (4) the Minority Business Development Agency; (5) economic and statistical analysis programs; (6) the Bureau of the Census; (7) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; (8) the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); (9) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); (10) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and (11) departmental management, including for the Office of Inspector General.
(Sec. 105) Adopts by reference provisions of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 that: (1) set forth determinations that must be made by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere in order for NOAA to enter a contract for development of a major program (an activity approved to proceed to implementation that has an estimated life cycle cost of more than $250 million), and (2) require the Under Secretary to annually submit a Major Program Annual Report that includes such required information for the satellite development program for which NOAA proposes to expend funds in the subsequent year.
(Sec. 109) Directs the Department of Commerce to provide a monthly report to the Appropriations Committees on any official travel to China by any employee of the Department.
Title II: Department of Justice - Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2013 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Justice (DOJ) for FY2013 for: (1) general administration, including for the Office of Inspector General; (2) the United States Parole Commission; (3) legal activities, including for reimbursement from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for processing cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the Offices of the United States Attorneys, the United States Trustee Program, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, the Community Relations Service, and the Assets Forfeiture Fund; (4) the United States Marshals Service; (5) the National Security Division; (6) interagency crime and drug enforcement; (7) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (8) the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); (9) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); (10) the federal prison system, including for Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated; (11) the Office on Violence Against Women for violence against women prevention and prosecution programs, including for establishment of a national clearinghouse to provide training and technical assistance on issues relating to sexual assault of American Indian and Alaska Native women; (12) Office of Justice programs, including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, a veterans treatment courts program, the Capital Litigation Improvement Grant Program, the National Criminal History Improvement Program, and a program to monitor prescription drugs and scheduled listed chemical products; and (13) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS program).
(Sec. 202) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) pay for an abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or in the case of rape; or (2) require any person to perform or facilitate an abortion.
(Sec. 217) Prohibits the use of funds by a federal law enforcement officer to facilitate the transfer of an operable firearm to an individual known or suspected to be an agent of a drug cartel, unless U.S. law enforcement personnel continuously monitor or control the firearm at all times.
(Sec. 219) Prohibits the use of funds to require a person licensed to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms or importing or manufacturing ammunition to report information to DOJ regarding the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person.
Title III: Science - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for: (1) the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and (3) the National Science Foundation (NSF), including for the Office of the National Science Board.
Title IV: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY2013 for: (1) the Commission on Civil Rights, (2) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), (3) the International Trade Commission, (4) the Legal Services Corporation, (5) the Marine Mammal Commission, (6) the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and (7) the State Justice Institute.
Title V: General Provisions - (Sec. 501) Sets forth requirements, restrictions, and limitations on the use of funds appropriated by this Act.
(Sec. 506) Makes any person who mislabels a product sold in or shipped to the United States as "Made in America" ineligible to receive any contract or subcontract funded by this Act.
(Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products or to seek the removal by any foreign country of restrictions on marketing of such products, except for restrictions which are not applied equally to all tobacco products of the same type.
(Sec. 517) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) support or justify the use of torture by any official or contract employee of the U.S. government, or (2) authorize or issue a national security letter in contravention of specified statutes authorizing the FBI to issue national security letters.
(Sec. 526) Rescinds specified amounts of unobligated balances available to DOJ for specified accounts.
(Sec. 529) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) transfer or release to or within the United States Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other detainee who is not a U.S. citizen or a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is or was held on or after June 24, 2009, at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the Department of Defense (DOD); or (2) construct, acquire, or modify any facility in the United States, its territories, or possessions to detain or imprison such a detainee.
(Sec. 531) Prohibits the distribution of funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.
(Sec. 534) Prohibits the use of funds for NASA or OSTP to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order or contract to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally with China or any Chinese-owned company unless such activities are specifically authorized by a law enacted after this Act's enactment. Specifies that such limitations shall not apply to activities which NASA or OSTP has certified: (1) pose no risk of resulting in the transfer of technology, data, or other information with national security or economic security implications to China or a Chinese-owned company; and (2) will not involve knowing interactions with officials who have been determined by the United States to have direct involvement with violations of human rights.
(Sec. 535) Directs the head of any department, agency, board, or commission funded by this Act to submit quarterly reports regarding the costs and contracting procedures relating to each conference held by it during FY2013 for which the cost to the government exceeded $20,000.
(Sec. 536) Prohibits the use of funds to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to deny, or fail to act on, an application for the importation of any model of shotgun if: (1) all other legal requirements with respect to the proposed importation are met; and (2) no application for the importation of such model of shotgun, in the same configuration, had been denied by the Attorney General prior to January 1, 2011, on the basis that the shotgun was not particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
(Sec. 542) Prohibits the use of funds by the Attorney General to originate or join in any lawsuit that seeks to overturn, enjoin, or invalidate specified immigration laws in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah.
(Sec. 547) Prohibits the use of funds: (1) to defend against any action challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or specified provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, or (2) to litigate against any of the states on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pertaining to secret ballot union elections.
(Sec. 549) Prohibits the use of funds by DOJ: (1) to be a party to a single or multi-state court settlement where funds are removed from any residential mortgage-backed securitization trust, or (2) to bring any action against a state for implementation of a state law requiring voter identification.
(Sec. 551) Prohibits the use of funds: (1) to conduct the American Community Survey, (2) to enforce provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 prohibiting federal agency procurement of an alternative or synthetic fuel for any mobility-related use, other than for research or testing, unless the contract specifies that the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with such fuel must be less than or equal to such emissions from the equivalent conventional fuel, or (3) to implement the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order 13547.
(Sec. 557) Reduces amounts available under specified headings under this Act and increases the amounts available to DOJ for emergency federal law enforcement assistance and to the Department of Commerce for NIST industrial technology services.
(Sec. 561) Prohibits the use of funds: (1) in contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act, or (2) to carry out the activities of the Climate Change education program or the functions of the Political Science Program in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of NSF.