H.R. 1983: Food Aid Reform Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of May 15, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1983

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 15, 2013

(for himself and Ms. Bass) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Armed Services, 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 amend the Food for Peace Act to reform the food assistance programs under that Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Food Aid Reform Act.

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Amendments to the Food for Peace Act

101.

Food aid to developing countries

Section 3(b)(1)(C) of the Food for Peace Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1691a(b)(1)(C) ) is amended—

(1)

by striking , provision of funds and inserting and provision of funds; and

(2)

by striking , and monetization of commodities,.

102.

Emergency and private assistance programs

(a)

In general

Title II of the Food for Peace Act is amended as follows:

(1)

In the title heading, by striking and private .

(2)

In section 201 (7 U.S.C. 1721)

(A)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking agricultural commodities and inserting assistance, including agricultural commodities,; and

(B)

in paragraph (4), by inserting inclusive and sustainable after promote.

(3)

In section 202 (7 U.S.C. 1722)

(A)

in the section heading, by striking agricultural commodities and inserting emergency assistance ;

(B)

in subsection (a), by striking agricultural commodities and inserting assistance, including agricultural commodities,;

(C)

by striking subsections (b), (c), (d), and (e); and

(D)

in subsection (h)(3)

(i)

by striking section 207(f) and inserting section 207; and

(ii)

by striking fiscal years 2009 through 2011 and inserting fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

(4)

By striking section 203 (7 U.S.C. 1723).

(5)

By striking section 204 (7 U.S.C. 1724).

(6)

In section 205 (7 U.S.C. 1725)

(A)

in subsection (a), by striking that may involve eligible organizations described in section 202(d)(1); and

(B)

in subsection (f), by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting September 30, 2018.

(7)

In section 207(f) (7 U.S.C. 1726a(f))

(A)

in paragraph (2)

(i)

by striking subparagraph (D); and

(ii)

by redesignating subparagraphs (E) and (F) as subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively; and

(B)

in paragraph (3), by striking Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and inserting Food Aid Reform Act.

(8)

In section 207 (7 U.S.C. 1726a)

(A)

by striking subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e);

(B)

in subsection (f)(2)

(i)

by striking subparagraph (D); and

(ii)

by redesignating subparagraphs (E) and (F) as subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(h)

Applicability of administrative authorities under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

The administrative authorities contained in chapter 2 of part III of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 ( 22 U.S.C. 2381 et seq. ) shall apply to programs carried out under this title to the same extent and in the same manner as such administrative authorities apply to programs carried out under such Act.

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(b)

Retroactive effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (6)(B) shall take effect as of December 31, 2012.

103.

General authorities and requirements

(a)

In general

Title IV of the Food for Peace Act is amended as follows:

(1)

In section 402 (7 U.S.C. 1732)

(A)

in paragraph (2)

(i)

by striking produced in the United States; and

(ii)

by striking the second sentence; and

(B)

in paragraph (3)

(i)

by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as subparagraphs (C) and (D), respectively; and

(ii)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

(B)

the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;

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(2)

In section 403(l)(1)(A) (7 U.S.C. 1733(l)(1)(A)), by striking titles I and II and inserting title I.

(3)

In section 404(c)(1) ( 7 U.S.C. 1734(c)(1) ), by striking eligible organizations and all that follows through under title II and inserting eligible organizations may be made available under titles I and III.

(4)

In section 406(a) ( 7 U.S.C. 1736(a) ), by inserting may make available funds and before may acquire.

(5)

In section 407(c) (7 U.S.C. 1736a)

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking subparagraph (B);

(B)

in paragraph (4)(A), by striking for fiscal years 2001 through 2012; and

(C)

in paragraph (5)

(i)

in the heading, by striking Nonemergency or multiyear and inserting Multiyear ; and

(ii)

by striking for ongoing nonemergency or.

(6)

In section 408 (7 U.S.C. 1736b), by striking December 31, 2012 and inserting September 30, 2018.

(b)

Retroactive effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (6) shall take effect as of December 31, 2012.

104.

Effective date

Except as otherwise provided in this title, the amendments made by this title shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall apply with respect to the provision of assistance under title II of the Food for Peace Act (as so amended) beginning on the date that is 180 days after such date of enactment.

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Cargo preferences

201.

Cargo preferences

(a)

Exemption

Section 55313 of title 46, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking Sections 55304 and 55305 of this title do not apply and inserting the following:

(a)

In general

Sections 55304 and 55305 of this title do not apply

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(b)

Additional exempted activities

In addition to the exemption under subsection (a) and notwithstanding any other provision of law, sections 55304 and 55305 of this title do not apply to activities carried out under title II of the Food for Peace Act (7 U.S.C. 1721 et seq.).

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 55314(b)(1) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by inserting , except for activities carried out under title II of that Act before the semicolon.