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H.R. 13261 (93rd): A bill to amend the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended, to provide for the timely determination of certain claims of American nationals settled by the United States-Hungarian Claims Agreement of March 6, 1973, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 20, 1974 (Passed Congress).


1386                                            PUBLIC LAW 93-460-OCT. 20, 1974                  [88 STAT.

                              Public Law 93-460
 October 20, 1974                                               AN ACT
  [H. R.13261]                To amend the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended, to
                               provide for the timely determination of certain claims of American nationals
                                settled by the United States-Hungarian Claims Agreement of March 6, 1973,
                                and for other purposes.

                                 Be is enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
  International
Claims Settle-
                              United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Interna-
ment Act of 1949,             tional Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended, is further amended
amendments.                   as follows:
  22 u s e 1621                   (1) Section 302, title I I I , is amended by adding a new subsection
note.
  Claims funds.                (c) as follows:
  22 u s e 1641a.                '•(c) The Secretary of the Treasury shall cover into the Hungarian
                              Claims Fund, such sums as may be paid to the United States by the
  24 UST 522.                 Government of Hungary pursuant to the terms of the United States-
                              Hungarian Claims Agreement of March 6,1973.".
  22 u s e 1641b.                 (2) Section 303, title I I I , is further amended by striking out
                              the word "and" at the end of paragraph (3), and by striking out
                              the period at the end of paragraph (4) and inserting in lieu thereof
                              a semicolon and the word "and".
  Claims of U.S.                  (3) Section 303, title I I I , is further amended by adding a new
nationals.
                              paragraph (5) as follows:
                                           "(5) pay effective compensation for the nationalization, com-
                                     pulsory liquidation, or other taking of property of nationals
                                     of the LTnited States in Hungary, between August 9, 1955, and
                                      the date the United States-Hungarian Claims Agreement of
                                      March 6,1973, enters into force.".
    Filing of
c l a i m s , time                (4) Section 306, title I I I , is further amended—
limit; n o t i c e .                     (A) by inserting in subsection ( a ) , immediately before "this
    22 u s e 1641e.                  title", the following: "paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of section
                                      303of"; and
                                         (B) by adding at the end thereof the following:
                                 "(c) Within thirty days after enactment of this subsection, or thirty
                              days after enactment of legislation making appropriations to the
                              Commission for payment of administrative expenses incurred in carry-
                              ing out its functions under paragraph (5) of section 303, whichever
  P u b l i c a t i o n in    date is later, the Commission shall publish in the Federal Register the
Federal Register.
                              time when, and the limit of time within which, claims may be filed
                              with the Commission under paragraph (5) of section 303, which limit
                              shall not be more than six months after such publication.
                                  " ( d ) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, any
                              national of the United States who was mailed notice by any depart-
                              ment or agency of the Government of the United States with respect
                              to filing a claim against the Government of Hungary arising out of any
                              of the failures referred to in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of section 303
                              of this title, and who did not receive the notice as the result of admin-
                              istrative error in placing a nonexistent address on the notice, may file
   P u b l i c a t i o n in   with the Commission a claim under any such paragraph. The Com-
F e d e r a l Register.
                              mission shall publish in the Federal Register, within thirty days after
                              enactment of this paragraph, when the limit of time within which any
                              such claim may be filed with the Commission, which limit shall not
                               be more than six months after such publication.".
   Payment of                     (5) Section 310, title I I I , is further amended by adding at the
 awards.
   22 u s e 16411.             end of subsection (a) thereof a new paragraph (7), as follows:
                                 " (7) (A) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph ( D ) , when-
                              ever the Commission is authorized to settle claims by enactment of
                              paragraph (5) of section 303 of this title with respect to Hungary,
                              no further payments shall be authorized by the Secretary of the

STAT. ] PUBLIC LAW 93-461-OCT. 20, 1974 1387 Treasury on account of awards certified by the Commission under paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 303 out of the Hungarian Claims 22 u s e 1641b. Fund until payments on account of awards certified under paragraph (6) of section 303 with respect to such fund have been authorized in equal proportions to payments previously authorized on existing awards certified under paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 303. " ( B ) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph ( D ) , with respect to awards previously certified under paragraph (1) of section 303, the Secretary of the Treasury shall not authorize any further payments until payments on account of awards certified under para- graphs (2), ( 3 ) , and (5) of section 303 have been authorized in equal proportions to payments previously authorized on existing awards certified under paragraph (1) of section 303. " ( C ) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph ( D ) , the Secre- retary of the Treasury shall not authorize any further payments on account of awards certified under paragraph (3) of section 303 based on Kingdom of Hungary bonds expressed in United States dollars or upon awards to Standstill creditors of Hungary that were the subject matter of the agreement of December 5,1969, between the Government of Hungary and the American Committee for Standstill creditors of Hungary. " ( D ) No payments shall be authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury on account of awards certified by the Commission under paragraph (5) of section 303 of this title, and no further payments shall be so authorized under paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) of section 303 (except payments certified as the result of claims filed under sub- section (d) of section 306), until payments on account of awards certi- 22 use i64ie. fied under such paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) as the result of a claims filed under subsection (d) of section 306 have been authorized in equal proportions to payments previously authorized on existing awards certified under such paragraphs and arising out of claims filed other than under such subsection ( d ) . " ( E ) The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to eiafm'"'"' °' '''^' deduct the sum of $125,000 from the Hungarian Claims Fund and cover such amount into the Treasury to the credit of miscellaneous receipts in satisfaction of the claim of the United States referred to in article 2, paragraph 4 of the United States-Hungarian Claims 24 UST 522. Agreement of March 6,1973, Such amount shall be deducted in annual installments over the period during which the Government of Hungary makes payments to the Government of the United States as provided in article 4 of the agreement.", (6) Section 316, title I I I , is amended by adding a new subsection ^^ ^^'^ ^^^^°- (c) as follows: "(c) The Commission shall complete its affairs in connection with the settlement of claims pursuant to paragraph (5) of section 303 of this title not later than two years following the deadline established under subsection (c) of section 806 of this title.". Approved October 20, 1974. Public Law 93-461 AN A C T October 20, 1974 To repeal the "cooly t r a d e " laws. [s. 2220] Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assemhled^ That sections 2158- "Cooiy trade" 2163, Revised Statutes, and sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Act of March 3, ^^^' ^^^^^ ' 1875 (ch. 141, 18 Stat. 477) (8 U.S.C. 331-339), are hereby repealed. Approved October 20, 1974.