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This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for diplomatic and international assistance programs, including the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development and related agencies and programs.
The bill includes funding for the administration of foreign affairs, U.S. contributions to international organizations and commissions, bilateral economic assistance, international security assistance, multilateral assistance, and export and investment assistance.
The bill also includes additional Overseas and Contingency Operations (OCO)/ Global War on Terrorism funding which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.
The bill decreases Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding below FY2017 levels.
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018
Provides FY2018 appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs.
TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND RELATED AGENCY
Provides appropriations to the Department of State for the Administration of Foreign Affairs, including:
Diplomatic and Consular Programs; the Capital Investment Fund; the Office of Inspector General; Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs; Representation Expenses; Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials; Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance; Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service; the Repatriation Loans Program Account; Payment to the American Institute in Taiwan; the International Center, Washington, District of Columbia; and Payment to the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Provides appropriations for International Organizations for: (1) Contributions to International Organizations, and (2) Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities.
Provides appropriations for International Commissions, including:
the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico; Salaries and Expenses; Construction; American Sections, International Commissions; and International Fisheries Commissions. Provides appropriations to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for: (1) International Broadcasting Operations, and (2) Broadcasting Capital Improvements.
Provides appropriations for Related Programs, including:
the Asia Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Program, the Israeli Arab Scholarship Program, and the National Endowment for Democracy. Provides appropriations for Other Commissions, including:
the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China, and the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. TITLE II--UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Provides appropriations to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for:
Operating Expenses, the Capital Investment Fund, and the Office of Inspector General. TITLE III--BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE
Provides appropriations to the President for:
Global Health Programs; Development Assistance; International Disaster Assistance; Transition Initiatives; Development Credit Authority; the Economic Support Fund; the Democracy Fund; and Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia. Provides appropriations to the State Department for Migration and Refugee Assistance.
Provides appropriations to Independent Agencies, including:
the Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. African Development Foundation. Provides appropriations to the Department of the Treasury for International Affairs Technical Assistance.
TITLE IV--INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Provides appropriation to the State Department and the President for International Security Assistance.
Provides appropriations to the State Department for:
International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement; Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs; and Peacekeeping Operations. Provides appropriations to the President for: (1) International Military Education and Training, and (2) the Foreign Military Financing Program.
TITLE V--MULTILATERAL ASSISTANCE
Provides appropriations for International Financial Institutions, including payments to:
the International Development Association; the Asian Development Fund; the African Development Bank; the African Development Fund; and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. TITLE VI--EXPORT AND INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE
Provides appropriations for Export and Investment Assistance to:
the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Trade and Development Agency. TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS
(Sec. 7001) Permits funds provided by title I of this bill to be used for allowances and differentials, the employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, and for hire of passenger transportation.
(Sec. 7002) Requires agencies funded by this bill to submit to Congress reports on unobligated balances.
(Sec. 7003) Limits expenditures for consulting services to contracts where the expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection, except where otherwise provided under existing law, or under existing Executive Order issued pursuant to existing law.
(Sec. 7004) Requires the State Department to notify Congress of each instance in which a federal department or agency is delinquent in providing the full amount of funding required with respect to the share of the costs of constructing and using new diplomatic facilities. Includes an exception for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Prohibits specified funds from being used for site acquisition and mitigation, planning, design, or construction of the new London Embassy in the United Kingdom.
Sets forth reporting requirements for specified projects, including the new Mexico City Embassy and the new Beirut Embassy.
Sets forth congressional notification and consultation requirements with respect to the use of funds for the acquisition of property or award of construction contracts for overseas diplomatic facilities.
Permits Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance funds provided by this bill to be used to address security vulnerabilities at interim and temporary facilities abroad, subject to specified requirements.
Requires congressional notification and consultation prior to the opening, closure, or any significant modification to an interim or temporary diplomatic facility.
Permits specified funds to be transferred to implement the recommendations of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, or to prevent or respond to security situations and requirements, subject to congressional notification and consultation requirements.
Requires specified Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance funds to be used for security upgrades to soft targets.
(Sec. 7005) Requires costs incurred by departments or agencies funded in title I of this bill due to personnel actions in response to funding reductions included in this bill to be absorbed within the resources available under title I. Permits the transfer of funds between accounts to comply with this section, subject to reprogramming procedures.
(Sec. 7006) Specifies reporting requirements and restrictions regarding the use of funds for certain improvements to financial systems, the Working Capital Fund, and sole-source awards.
(Sec. 7007) Prohibits the use of funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill for to finance directly any assistance or reparations for the governments of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, or Syria. Specifies that the prohibition includes direct loans, credits, insurance, and guarantees of the Export-Import Bank or its agents.
(Sec. 7008) Prohibits the use of funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill to finance directly any assistance to the government of a country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military or military-supported coup or decree. Includes exceptions if a democratically elected government has taken office and for assistance to promote democratic elections.
(Sec. 7009) Sets forth limitations, conditions, and reporting requirements for the transfer of funds between appropriations accounts and agencies.
(Sec. 7010) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:
first class travel by employees of agencies funded by this bill; certain computer networks unless access to pornography is blocked; or promoting the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products, or for seeking the reduction or removal by any foreign country of restrictions on the marketing of tobacco or tobacco products, except for restrictions which are not applied equally to all tobacco or tobacco products of the same type. (Sec. 7011) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly provided in this bill, subject to specified exceptions.
(Sec. 7012) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for assistance to the government of any country in default in excess of a year on payments on a U.S. loan unless the President determines the assistance is in the U.S. national interest.
(Sec. 7013) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used to provide assistance to a country unless the assistance is exempt from taxation, or reimbursed, by the foreign government unless the State Department makes certain determinations regarding U.S. foreign policy interests. Includes an exception for de minimis taxes.
Requires funds that are withheld pursuant to this section to be reprogrammed for assistance for countries that: (1) do not assess taxes on U.S. assistance or that have an arrangement to provide substantial reimbursement of such taxes, and (2) can reasonably accommodate the assistance in a programmatically responsible manner.
(Sec. 7014) Permits specifically designated appropriations provided by titles III through VI of this bill to be reprogrammed for other programs within the same account if compliance with the designation is made impossible due to a provision in this or any other Act.
Extends the availability of program-specific appropriations for one fiscal year if the State Department or the USAID reports to Congress that the termination of assistance to a country or a change in circumstances makes it unlikely that funds can be used during the original period of availability.
Provides that: (1) ceilings and specific funding levels included in this bill are not applicable to funds provided by subsequent bills, and (2) specific funding levels or minimum funding requirements contained in other Acts are not applicable to funds provided by this bill.
(Sec. 7015) Sets forth congressional notification requirements and procedures regarding the use, reprogramming, transfer, or withholding of funds provided by this bill.
(Sec. 7016) Requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to notify Congress before: (1) providing certain excess defense articles under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, or (2) issuing a letter of offer to sell certain defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act.
(Sec. 7017) Provides that: (1) certain funds included in titles I and III through V of this bill that are returned or not made available for international organizations shall remain available through FY2019, and (2) specified requirements to withhold funds for programs in Burma (Myanmar) do not apply to funds provided by this bill.
(Sec. 7018) Prohibits funds provided to carry out part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 from being used for abortions and involuntary sterilization.
(Sec. 7019) Requires funds provided by this bill to be made available for programs and countries in the amounts contained in the tables in the report accompanying this bill. Permits certain deviations from the amounts and specifies requirements and restrictions for the deviations.
(Sec. 7020) Prohibits certain funds from being used to pay for alcoholic beverages or entertainment expenses for recreational activities.
(Sec. 7021) Prohibits specified funds from being used for assistance to governments that support international terrorism.
(Sec. 7022) Permits funds provided by this bill for the Trade and Development Agency to be spent, notwithstanding specified provisions that prohibit the obligation of funds for certain foreign assistance, intelligence, and broadcasting activities without a specific authorization of appropriations.
(Sec. 7023) Defines the terms "program," "project," and "activity" for the purposes of this bill.
(Sec. 7024) Provides authority for activities of the Peace Corps, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. African Development Foundation that are authorized by or conducted under specified statutes.
(Sec. 7025) Prohibits specified funds provided by this bill from being used for activities related to establishing or expanding the production of any commodity for export by foreign countries if the commodity is likely to be in surplus on world markets and if the assistance will cause substantial injury to U.S. producers of the same, similar, or competing commodity, subject to specified exceptions.
Prohibits specified funds provided by this bill from being used for or any testing or breeding feasibility study, variety improvement or introduction, consultancy, publication, conference, or training in connection with the growth or production in a foreign country of an agricultural commodity for export which would compete with a similar commodity grown or produced in the United States. Specifies exceptions.
Directs Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of the international financial institutions to oppose assistance for the production or extraction of any commodity or mineral for export, if it is in surplus on world markets and if the assistance will cause substantial injury to United States producers of the same, similar, or competing commodity.
(Sec. 7026) Directs the USAID to require countries that receive foreign assistance that results in the generation of local currencies or cash transfers to maintain the funds in separate accounts used to finance foreign assistance activities. Sets forth conditions and restrictions for the use of the funds.
(Sec. 7027) Provides that restrictions on assistance for a country included in this or any other Act should not be construed to restrict assistance: (1) in support of nongovernmental organizations included in specified provisions of this bill, and (2) under the Food for Peace Act.
Provides that this section does not alter prohibitions against funding for abortions, involuntary sterilizations, and countries that support international terrorism or violate human rights.
(Sec. 7028) Sets forth the conditions under which the USAID may use funds provided by this bill for limited competitions through local entities.
(Sec. 7029) Requires the Department of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive director of certain international financial institutions to seek to require the institution to meet specified requirements regarding:
evaluations and reports on the effectiveness of loans, grants, and other activities; human rights; fraud and corruption; and whistle-blower protections. Prohibits funds provided under title V of this bill from being used for international financial institutions while the U.S. executive director is compensated above specified levels.
(Sec. 7030) Permits nongovernmental organizations that are USAID grantees or contractors to place local currencies which accrue to the organization as a result of economic assistance provided by title III of this bill in interest bearing accounts in order to enhance the organization's participation in debt-for-development and debt-for-nature exchanges.
(Sec. 7031) Limits direct government-to-government assistance to recipient agencies and ministries that meet specified requirements regarding financial management, budget transparency, corruption, foreign terrorist organizations, and human rights violations.
Sets forth congressional reporting, notification, consultation requirements regarding government-to-government assistance.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used by foreign countries for debt service payments to any international financial institution.
Requires the State Department to continue to update and strengthen the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency for each government receiving assistance provided by this bill.
Specifies that officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members who have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights are ineligible for entry into the United States, subject to specified exceptions and waivers.
Permits funds provided by this bill to be used to support the provision of additional information on U.S. foreign assistance on the Department of State foreign assistance website.
(Sec. 7032) Provides specified funds for democracy programs and specifies requirements for the allocation of the funds.
(Sec. 7033) Provides appropriations for specified programs related to promoting international religious freedom.
(Sec. 7034) Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for:
victims of war, displaced children, displaced Burmese, and to combat trafficking in persons and assist victims of such trafficking; programs to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate into civilian society former members of foreign terrorist organization; the World Food Program; genocide victims memorial sites; innovation incentive awards to encourage solutions related to the alleviation of poverty; the Cultural Antiquities Task Force; a partner vetting program to mitigate the risk of diversion of foreign assistance, contingencies; and loan guarantees for Jordan, Ukraine, Iraq, and Tunisia. Prohibits specified funds provided by this bill from being used for: (1) supporting military training or operations that include child soldiers, and (2) the Green Climate Fund.
Prohibits funds provided by titles I and III of this bill from being used for the preservation of religious sites unless the State Department or the USAID determines and reports to Congress that the sites are historically, artistically, or culturally significant; the purpose of the project is neither to advance nor to inhibit the free exercise of religion; and that the project is in the U.S. national interest.
Requires specified funds provided by this bill to be used for:
forensic anthropology assistance relating to the exhumation of mass graves and identification of victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity; DNA forensic technology programs to combat human trafficking in Central America and Mexico; assistance to eliminate inhumane conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities; and the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. Permits specified funds provided under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to support a nation emerging from instability to include support for a regional, district, municipal, or other sub-national entity emerging from instability.
Requires the State Department to report to Congress on funds spent during FY2017 for specified accounts related to security assistance.
Requires specified Foreign Military Financing Program funds to be used to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of sales programs authorized by the Arms Export Control Act.
Requires the State Department to withhold specified funds for assistance for the central government of any country that is not taking appropriate steps to comply with the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions.
Permits the State Department to transfer specified funds provided for Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials and Diplomatic and Consular Programs.
Extends or provides authorities related to:
passport fees; incentives for critical posts; the USAID civil service annuitant waiver; refugee set-asides for nationals of the former Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania who are current, active members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church or the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; status to a lawfully admitted permanent resident for certain aliens from the former Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia; the inspector general annuitant waiver; and war reserves stock pile authority. Requires the State Department or USAID to submit a specified report to Congress prior to implementing any reorganization.
Permits funds available in the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund to be used for pharmaceuticals and other products for child survival, malaria, and tuberculosis to the same extent as HIV/AIDS pharmaceuticals and other products.
(Sec. 7035) Expresses the sense of Congress on the Arab League boycott of Israel.
(Sec. 7036) Establishes limitations on the use of funds provided under titles III through VI of this bill to support a Palestinian state.
(Sec. 7037) Restricts the use of funds provided by titles II through VI of this bill to create a U.S. government office in Jerusalem to conduct U.S. government business with the Palestinian Authority over Gaza and Jericho or any successor Palestinian governing entity provided for in the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles.
(Sec. 7038) Prohibits funds from being used for assistance to the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation.
(Sec. 7039) Sets forth restrictions and requirements for assistance provided for the West Bank and Gaza.
(Sec. 7040) Restricts the use of specified funds provided by this bill for assistance to the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.
(Sec. 7041) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa, including:
Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Refugee Assistance in North Africa, Syria, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza. (Sec. 7042) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities in Africa, including:
the African Great Lakes region, addressing the terrorist organization Boko Haram, the Central African Republic, areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army, Malawi, South Sudan, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. (Sec. 7043) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities in East Asia and the Pacific, including:
Burma, Cambodia, North Korea, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Tibet. (Sec. 7044) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities and programs in South and Central Asia, including:
Afghanistan. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Regional Programs. (Sec. 7045) Sets forth limitations, directives, and authorities for funds provided for diplomatic and development activities and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, including:
implementing the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America; El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; Colombia; Cuba; and Haiti. (Sec. 7046) Requires specified funds to be made available for assistance for Ukraine.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being made available for a government of an independent state of the former Soviet Union that directs any action in violation of the territorial integrity or national sovereignty of any other independent state of the former Soviet Union, subject to a waiver for national security.
Specifies exceptions to restrictions on providing assistance to the government of Azerbaijan.
(Sec. 7047) Permits the President to draw down specified funds to support U.N. war crimes tribunals or commissions resolving charges regarding genocide or other violations of international humanitarian law.
(Sec. 7048) Limits the use of funds provided by this bill for contributions to the U.N. or the Organization of American States until specified transparency and accountability measures are taken by the organizations, subject to a waiver for a humanitarian crisis.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:
any U.S. delegation or contribution to any specialized agency, body, or commission of the U.N. that is chaired or presided over by a country that supports international terrorism; the U.N. Human Rights Council unless the State Department determines and reports to Congress that participation in the council is in the U.S. national security interest and that the council is taking significant steps to remove Israel as a permanent agenda item; and the design, renovation, or construction of the U.N. Headquarters in New York. Prohibits funds provided by this bill for Migration and Refugee Assistance from being used for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) until the State Department makes specified certifications to Congress regarding the activities of the UNWRA, subject to a waiver for a humanitarian crisis.
Requires the State Department to report to Congress on funds available for contributions to any organization, department, agency, or program within the U.N. system or any international program that are withheld due to any provision of law.
Prohibits fund provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for certain payments to U.N. members for assessments, arrearages, dues, or the costs for participation of another country's delegation at international conferences held under the auspices of multilateral or international organizations.
Permits funds provided by this bill to be used to implement requirements included in the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 for a U.S. strategy and implementation plan for combating sexual exploitation and abuse in U.N. peacekeeping operations.
(Sec. 7049) Permits funds provided by titles III and IV of this bill to be used to enhance the effectiveness and accountability of civilian police authority through training and technical assistance in human rights, the rule of law, anti-corruption, strategic planning, and through assistance to foster civilian police roles that support democratic governance.
(Sec. 7050) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States that were not authorized before the enactment of this bill. Permits the USAID to use specified funds to provide assistance to private and voluntary organizations engaged in facilitating public discussion of world hunger and other related issues.
(Sec. 7051) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the attendance of more than 50 U.S.-stationed employees at any single conference outside the United States unless Congress is notified in advance that attendance is important to the national interest.
(Sec. 7052) Permits the transfer of certain aircraft between programs, including for the transportation of active and standby Civilian Response Corps personnel and equipment. Specifies requirements for aircraft coordination.
(Sec. 7053) Withholds specified assistance from foreign countries with unpaid property taxes or parking fines and penalties in the District of Columbia or New York City.
(Sec. 7054) Permits demining equipment available to the State Department or the USAID and used for the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance for humanitarian purposes to be disposed of on a grant basis in foreign countries. Restricts furnishing military assistance, issuing export licenses, and transferring or selling technology relating to cluster munitions.
(Sec. 7055) Requires the State Department to be responsible for: (1) the continuous supervision and general direction of economic assistance, law enforcement and justice sector assistance, military assistance, and military education and training programs; and (2) coordinating all assistance provided by the U.S. government to support international efforts to combat illicit narcotics production or trafficking.
(Sec. 7056) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the United Nations Population Fund.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill for global health assistance from being made available to any foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.
(Sec. 7057) Permits the USAID to use specified funds provided by this bill for:
hiring individuals in the United States and overseas on a limited appointment basis, subject to specified terms and conditions; individuals detailed or employed to USAID to respond to disasters; hiring personal services contractors in the United States to support new or expanded overseas programs and activities managed by the agency until permanent direct hire personnel are hired and trained. Permits extensions of up to four years for limited-appointment Foreign Service personnel.
Permits the USAID to provide exceptions to the fair opportunity process for placing task orders under multiple award indefinite-quantity contracts when the order is placed with a small or small disadvantaged business.
Continues the authority for the USAID to appoint into the Senior Foreign Service and employ up to 10 individuals for programs in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
(Sec. 7058) Permits funds provided by this bill for bilateral assistance for child survival activities or disease programs, including activities relating to HIV/AIDS, to be made available notwithstanding any other provision of law except for provisions under the heading "Global Health Programs" and the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003.
Limits the funds provided by this bill that may be used for family planning and reproductive health.
Withholds specified funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria until the State Department reports to Congress that the fund is:
implementing a policy of transparency, providing resources to maintain an independent Office of Inspector General, protecting whistle-blowers from retaliation, and implementing recommendations contained in the Consolidated Transformation Plan. Provides specified funds for responding to: (1) contagious infectious diseases outbreaks, and (2) malaria and other infectious diseases.
(Sec. 7059) Provides specified funds for programs related to:
gender equality; increasing leadership opportunities for women; preventing and responding to gender-based violence; empowering women as equal partners in conflict prevention, peace building, transitional processes, and reconstruction efforts in countries affected by conflict or in political transition; and ensuring the equitable provision of relief and recovery assistance to women and girls. (Sec. 7060) Allocates specified funds for:
basic and higher education, conservation programs, development programs, food security and agricultural development, microenterprise and microfinance, programs to combat trafficking in persons, and water and sanitation. (Sec. 7061) Provides funds from the Development Assistance and Economic Support Fund accounts for specified programs in countries affected by significant populations of internally displaced person or refugees.
(Sec. 7062) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate ratifies the treaty.
(Sec. 7063) Requires agencies funded by this bill to provide an Inspector General with timely access to all records, documents, and other materials. Requires each Inspector General funded by this bill to: (1) comply with statutory limitations on the disclosure of information provided by departments and agencies, and (2) report to Congress regarding failures by any U.S. department or agency to provide its Inspector General with access to all requested records, documents, and other materials.
(Sec. 7064) Requires the State Department to notify Congress after concluding an agreement with a country to receive individuals detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Guantanamo). Requires the notification to include the terms of the agreement, including whether appropriations will be used. Requires the State Department to report to Congress regarding negotiations with foreign governments regarding the transfer of individuals detained at Guantanamo.
(Sec. 7065) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to make any pledge for future year funding for multilateral or bilateral programs funded in titles III through VI unless the pledge was justified in a congressional budget justification, the pledge was included in an appropriations Act, and congressional notification or consultation requirements have been met.
(Sec. 7066) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to support or justify the use of torture, cruel, or inhumane treatment by any official or contract employee of the U.S. government.
(Sec. 7067) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to assist the governments of certain countries that have refused to extradite to the United States any individual indicted for: (1) a criminal offense for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or (2) killing a law enforcement officer. Specifies exceptions and permits the State Department to waive the restrictions based on the national interest.
(Sec. 7068) Permits financing to be provided to Israel, Egypt, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and major non-NATO allies for commercial leasing of certain defense articles from U.S. commercial suppliers, if the President determines that there are compelling foreign policy or national security reasons for providing the articles by commercial lease rather than by government-to-government sale.
(Sec. 7069) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided for Development Assistance, the North American Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank, and the Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
(Sec. 7070) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for assistance for the central government of: (1) the Russian Federation, or (2) a country that has taken affirmative steps intended to support the Russian Federation annexation of Crimea. Permits a waiver for the national interest.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for:
implementation of any action or policy that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea; facilitation, financing, or guarantee of U.S. government investments in Crimea if the activity includes the participation of Russian government officials, and Russian owned and controlled banks or financial entities; or assistance for Crimea that includes the participation of Russian government officials, and Russian owned and controlled banks or financial entities. Requires Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of each international financial institution to vote against assistance for any program that violates the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Specifies that the requirements and limitations described above shall cease to be in effect if the government of Ukraine has reestablished sovereignty over Crimea.
Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for: (1) assistance for the central government of a country that has recognized the independence of, or has established diplomatic relations with, the Russian occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, or (2) support for the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
Requires Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of each international financial institution to vote against any assistance by such institution for any program that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Permits specified funds to be used for: (1) assistance to counter Russian influence and aggression in countries in Europe and Eurasia, and (2) to advance the implementation of Association Agreements and trade agreements with the European Union (EU), and to reduce their vulnerability to external economic and political pressure from Russia.
Permits funds provided by this bill to be used to support the advancement of democracy and the rule of law in the Russian Federation, including promoting Internet freedom.
(Sec. 7071) Extends certain International Monetary Fund (IMF) transparency, accountability, and lending requirements to this bill. Directs Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director of the IMF to ensure that any loan will be repaid to the IMF before other private creditors.
(Sec. 7072) Specifies funds that may be obligated for the purposes of the Special Defense Acquisition Fund, including the provision of defense articles and defense services to foreign countries or international organizations.
(Sec. 7073) Permits funds provided by titles III and IV of this bill to be used for programs and activities to counter and defeat violent extremism and foreign fighters abroad.
(Sec. 7074) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for Enterprise Funds unless Congress is notified in advance. Establishes reporting requirements related to Enterprise Funds.
(Sec. 7075) Requires the head of the relevant agency to notify Congress if the President decides not to comply with any provisions of this bill based on constitutional grounds. Requires the notification to include: (1) the basis for the determination, and (2) any resulting program and policy changes.
(Sec. 7076) Sets forth requirements for operating and reorganization plans, spending plans, spending reports, and congressional budget justifications for agencies funded by this bill.
(Sec. 7077) Requires agencies to post reports required to be submitted to Congress on their public websites if it is in the national interest, subject to exceptions for national security or proprietary, privileged, or sensitive information. Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for email accounts or email servers created outside of the .gov domain or not fitted for automated records management as part of a federal government records management program. Establishes reporting and other requirements related to federal records management.
(Sec. 7078) Provides specified funds to be used for programs to promote Internet freedom globally, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 7079) Prohibits funds provided by titles III through VI of this bill from being used for:
any financial incentive to a business for purposes of inducing it to relocate outside the United States if it will reduce the number of U.S. employees, assistance for any program that contributes to the violation of internationally recognized workers' rights in the recipient country, any assistance to an entity outside the United States for the purpose of relocating or transferring jobs from the United States to other countries, or to implement specified policies that would have the effect of prohibiting any coal-fired or other power-generation project the purpose of which is to increase exports of goods and services from the United States or prevent the loss of jobs in the United States. (Sec. 7080) Extends an exception to the requirement that a quorum of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States consist of at least three members. (The exception permits the entire membership of the board to constitute a quorum if there are fewer than three people holding office on the board.)
TITLE VIII--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM
Provides additional FY2018 appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism, which are exempt from discretionary spending limits.
Provides appropriations to the State Department for Administration of Foreign Affairs, including:
Diplomatic and Consular Programs; the Office of Inspector General; and Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance. Provides appropriations for: (1) Contributions to International Organizations, and (2) Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities.
Provides appropriations to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for International Broadcasting Operations.
Provides appropriations to the USAID for: (1) Operating Expenses, and (2) the Office of Inspector General.
Provides appropriations for Bilateral Economic Assistance, including:
International Disaster Assistance, Transition Initiatives, the Economic Support Fund, and Migration and Refugee Assistance. Provides appropriations for International Security Assistance, including:
International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement; Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs; Peacekeeping Operations; and the Foreign Military Financing Program. (Sec. 8001) Specifies that funds provided by this title are in addition to other FY2018 funds provided by this bill.
(Sec. 8002) Specifies that funds provided by this title are subject to the same authorities and conditions that are otherwise applicable to the appropriations accounts, unless otherwise noted.
(Sec. 8003) Specifies transfer authorities for funds provided by this title.
(Sec. 8004) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided for the Economic Support Fund.
(Sec. 8005) Specifies that each amount designated by this bill for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism is only available if the President subsequently designates all the amounts and transmits the designations to the Congress.
TITLE IX--ADDITIONAL GENERAL PROVISION
(Sec. 9001) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.)