H. R. 634
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 24, 2017
Mr. Harper introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To terminate the Election Assistance Commission.
This Act may be cited as the
Election Assistance Commission Termination Act.
Termination of election assistance commission
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20901 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new title:
Termination of Commission
Effective on the Commission termination date, the Commission (including the Election Assistance Commission Standards Board and the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors under part 2 of subtitle A of title II) is terminated and may not carry out any programs or activities.
Office of management and budget to perform transition functions
Except as provided in section 1004, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall, effective upon the Commission termination date—
perform the functions of the Commission with respect to contracts and agreements described in subsection 1003(a) until the expiration of such contracts and agreements, but shall not renew any such contract or agreement; and
take the necessary steps to wind up the affairs of the Commission.
The termination of the Commission under this title shall not affect any contract that has been entered into by the Commission before the Commission termination date. All such contracts shall continue in effect until modified, superseded, terminated, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by an authorized Federal official, a court of competent jurisdiction, or operation of law.
Obligations of recipients of payments
The termination of the Commission under this title shall not affect the authority of any recipient of a payment made by the Commission under this Act prior to the Commission termination date to use any portion of the payment that remains unobligated as of the Commission termination date, and the terms and conditions that applied to the use of the payment at the time the payment was made shall continue to apply.
Special rule for States receiving requirements payments
In the case of a requirements payment made to a State under part 1 of subtitle D of title II, the terms and conditions applicable to the use of the payment for purposes of the State’s obligations under this subsection (as well as any obligations in effect prior to the termination of the Commission under this subtitle), and for purposes of any applicable requirements imposed by regulations promulgated by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall be the general terms and conditions applicable under Federal law, rules, and regulations to payments made by the Federal Government to a State, except that to the extent that such general terms and conditions are inconsistent with the terms and conditions that are specified under part 1 of subtitle D of title II or section 902, the terms and conditions specified under such part and such section shall apply.
No effect on pending proceedings
The termination of the Commission under this title shall not affect any proceeding to which the Commission is a party that is pending on the Commission termination date, including any suit to which the Commission is a party that is commenced prior to such date, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall be substituted or added as a party to the proceeding.
Treatment of orders
In the case of a proceeding described in paragraph (1), an order may be issued, an appeal may be taken, judgments may be rendered, and payments may be made as if the Commission had not been terminated. Any such order shall continue in effect until modified, terminated, superseded, or revoked by an authorized Federal official, a court of competent jurisdiction, or operation of law.
Construction relating to discontinuance or modification
Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to prohibit the discontinuance or modification of any proceeding described in paragraph (1) under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that such proceeding could have been discontinued or modified if the Commission had not been terminated.
Regulations for transfer of proceedings
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget may issue regulations providing for the orderly transfer of proceedings described in paragraph (1).
Orders and actions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the exercise of functions of the Commission under section 1002 shall be subject to judicial review to the same extent and in the same manner as if such orders and actions had been issued or taken by the Commission. Any requirements relating to notice, hearings, action upon the record, or administrative review that apply to any function of the Commission shall apply to the exercise of such function by the Director.
Return to Federal Election Commission of authority to carry out certain functions under National Voter Registration Act of 1993
Effective on the Commission termination date, there are transferred to the Federal Election Commission any functions transferred to the Election Assistance Commission under section 802 (relating to functions described in section 9(a) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993).
Commission termination date
Commission termination date is the first date following the expiration of the 60-day period that begins on the date of the enactment of this title.
Termination of Technical Guidelines Development Committee
Section 221 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20961) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Effective on the Commission termination date described in section 1005, the Development Committee is terminated.
The table of contents of such Act is amended by adding at the end the following:
Title X—Termination of Commission
Sec. 1001. Termination.
Sec. 1002. Office of Management and Budget to perform transition functions.
Sec. 1003. Savings provisions.
Sec. 1004. Return to Federal Election Commission of authority to carry out certain functions under National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
Sec. 1005. Commission termination date.
Conforming amendments relating to return of certain authority to federal election commission
Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971
Section 311(a) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30111(a)) is amended—
and at the end of paragraph (8);
by striking the period at the end of paragraph (9) and inserting a semicolon; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
carry out the duties described in section 9(a) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
National voter registration act of 1993
Section 9(a) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. 20508(a)) is amended by striking
Election Assistance Commission and inserting
Federal Election Commission.
The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the Commission termination date described in section 1005 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (as added by section 2(a)).