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H.R. 1678 (115th): To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of May 4, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1678

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 4, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

AN ACT

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes.

1.

Statute of limitations

(a)

In general

Section 705 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5205) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1)—

(A)

by striking Except and inserting Notwithstanding section 3716(e) of title 31, United States Code, and except; and

(B)

by striking report for the disaster or emergency and inserting report for project completion as certified by the grantee; and

(2)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (1) by striking report for the disaster or emergency and inserting report for project completion as certified by the grantee; and

(B)

in paragraph (3) by inserting for project completion as certified by the grantee after final expenditure report.

(b)

Applicability

(1)

In general

With respect to disaster or emergency assistance provided to a State or local government on or after January 1, 2004—

(A)

no administrative action may be taken to recover a payment of such assistance after the date of enactment of this Act if the action is prohibited under section 705(a)(1) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5205(a)(1)), as amended by subsection (a); and

(B)

any administrative action to recover a payment of such assistance that is pending on such date of enactment shall be terminated if the action is prohibited under section 705(a)(1) of that Act, as amended by subsection (a).

(2)

Limitation

This section, including the amendments made by this section, may not be construed to invalidate or otherwise affect any administration action completed before the date of enactment of this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives May 3, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk