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PUBLIC LAW 107-000—MMMM. DD, 2003

117 STAT. 32

PUBLIC LAW 108–7—FEB. 20, 2003 of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 935 and 936), as follows: cost of rural electric loans, $11,025,000, and the cost of telecommunication loans, $1,433,000: Provided, That notwithstanding section 305(d)(2) of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, borrower interest rates may exceed 7 percent per year. In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $37,833,000 which shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ‘‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’’. RURAL TELEPHONE BANK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

(INCLUDING

TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The Rural Telephone Bank is hereby authorized to make such expenditures, within the limits of funds available to such corporation in accord with law, and to make such contracts and commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as provided by section 104 of the Government Corporation Control Act, as may be necessary in carrying out its authorized programs. During fiscal year 2003 and within the resources and authority available, gross obligations for the principal amount of direct loans shall be $174,615,000. For the cost, as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, including the cost of modifying loans, of direct loans authorized by the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 935), $2,410,000. In addition, for administrative expenses, including audits, necessary to carry out the loan programs, $3,082,000, which shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ‘‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’’. DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM

For the principal amount of direct distance learning and telemedicine loans, $300,000,000; and for the principal amount of broadband telecommunication loans, $80,000,000. For the cost of direct loans and grants, as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa et seq., $56,941,000, to remain available until expended, to be available for loans and grants for telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas: Provided, That $10,000,000 may be available for grants to finance broadband transmission and local dial-up Internet service in areas that meet the definition of ‘‘rural area’’ used for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa: Provided further, That the cost of direct loans shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. TITLE IV DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS OFFICE

OF THE

UNDER SECRETARY FOR FOOD, NUTRITION CONSUMER SERVICES

AND

For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services to administer the laws enacted by the Congress for the Food and Nutrition Service, $603,000.

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