Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/189

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PUBLIC LAW 106-398—APPENDIX 114 STAT. 1654A-147 "(1) The term 'Secretary concerned'means— "(A) the Secretary of Defense; and "(B) the Secretary of Transportation, with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy. "(2) The terms 'allotment' and 'household' have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977(7 U.S.C. 2012). "(3) The term 'food stamp program' means the program established pursuant to section 4 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2013). "(h) TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY.—No supplemental subsistence allowance may be provided under this section after September 30, 2006. ". (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 402 the following: "402a. Supplemental subsistence allowance for low-income members with dependents.". (b) EFFECTIVE DATE. —Section 402a of title 37, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall take effect on the first day of the first month that begins not less than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 605. BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING. (a) CALCULATION OF RATES.— Subsection (b) of section 403 of title 37, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking paragraph (2); (2) by redesignating paragraph (1) as paragraph (2); and (3) by inserting after the subsection heading the following: "(1) The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe the rates of the basic allowance for housing that are applicable for the various military housing areas in the United States. The rates for an area shall be based on the costs of adequate housing determined for the area under paragraph (2).". (b) MINIMUM ANNUAL AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING ALLOW- ANCES.— Subsection (b) of such section is further amended— (1) by striking paragraphs (3) and (5); and (2) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph: "(3) The total amount that may be paid for a fiscal year for the basic allowance for housing under this subsection may not be less than the product of— "(A) the total amount authorized to be paid for such allowance for the preceding fiscal year; and "(B) a fraction— "(i) the numerator of which is the index of the national average monthly cost of housing for June of the preceding fiscal year; and "(ii) the denominator of which is the index of the national average monthly cost of housing for June of the second preceding fiscal year.". (c) LIMITATIONS ON REDUCTION IN MEMBER'S ALLOWANCE. — (1) Paragraph (6) of such subsection is amended by striking ", changes in the national average monthly cost of housing,". (2) Paragraph (7) of such subsection is amended by striking "without dependents".