American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009/Division B/Title I/Subtitle G

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Subtitle G—Other Provisions

SEC. 1601. APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LABOR STANDARDS TO PROJECTS FINANCED WITH CERTAIN TAX-FAVORED BONDS.[edit]

Subchapter IV of chapter 31 of the title 40, United States Code, shall apply to projects financed with the proceeds of—
(1) any new clean renewable energy bond (as defined in section 54C of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act,
(2) any qualified energy conservation bond (as defined in section 54D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act,
(3) any qualified zone academy bond (as defined in section 54E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act,
(4) any qualified school construction bond (as defined in section 54F of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), and
(5) any recovery zone economic development bond (as defined in section 1400U-2 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).

SEC. 1602. GRANTS TO STATES FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROJECTS IN LIEU OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING CREDIT ALLOCATIONS FOR 2009.[edit]

(a) In General.—
The Secretary of the Treasury shall make a grant to the housing credit agency of each State in an amount equal to such State's low-income housing grant election amount.
(b) Low-Income Housing Grant Election Amount.—For purposes of this section, the term "low-income housing grant election amount" means, with respect to any State, such amount as the State may elect which does not exceed 85 percent of the product of—
(1) the sum of—
(A) 100 percent of the State housing credit ceiling for 2009 which is attributable to amounts described in clauses (i) and (iii) of section 42(h)(3)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and
(B) 40 percent of the State housing credit ceiling for 2009 which is attributable to amounts described in clauses (ii) and (iv) of such section, multiplied by
(2) 10.
(c) Subawards for Low-Income Buildings.—
(1) In general.—
A State housing credit agency receiving a grant under this section shall use such grant to make subawards to finance the construction or acquisition and rehabilitation of qualified low-income buildings. A subaward under this section may be made to finance a qualified low-income building with or without an allocation under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except that a State housing credit agency may make subawards to finance qualified low-income buildings without an allocation only if it makes a determination that such use will increase the total funds available to the State to build and rehabilitate affordable housing. In complying with such determination requirement, a State housing credit agency shall establish a process in which applicants that are allocated credits are required to demonstrate good faith efforts to obtain investment commitments for such credits before the agency makes such subawards.
(2) Subawards subject to same requirements as low-income housing credit allocations.—
Any such subaward with respect to any qualified low-income building shall be made in the same manner and shall be subject to the same limitations (including rent, income, and use restrictions on such building) as an allocation of housing credit dollar amount allocated by such State housing credit agency under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except that such subawards shall not be limited by, or otherwise affect (except as provided in subsection (h)(3)(J) of such section), the State housing credit ceiling applicable to such agency.
(3) Compliance and asset management.—
The State housing credit agency shall perform asset management functions to ensure compliance with section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the long-term viability of buildings funded by any subaward under this section. The State housing credit agency may collect reasonable fees from a subaward recipient to cover expenses associated with the performance of its duties under this paragraph. The State housing credit agency may retain an agent or other private contractor to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph.
(4) Recapture.—
The State housing credit agency shall impose conditions or restrictions, including a requirement providing for recapture, on any subaward under this section so as to assure that the building with respect to which such subaward is made remains a qualified low-income building during the compliance period. Any such recapture shall be payable to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit in the general fund of the Treasury and may be enforced by means of liens or such other methods as the Secretary of the Treasury determines appropriate.
(d) Return of Unused Grant Funds.—
Any grant funds not used to make subawards under this section before January 1, 2011, shall be returned to the Secretary of the Treasury on such date. Any subawards returned to the State housing credit agency on or after such date shall be promptly returned to the Secretary of the Treasury. Any amounts returned to the Secretary of the Treasury under this subsection shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.
(e) Definitions.—
Any term used in this section which is also used in section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall have the same meaning for purposes of this section as when used in such section 42. Any reference in this section to the Secretary of the Treasury shall be treated as including the Secretary's delegate.
(f) Appropriations.—
There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of the Treasury such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

SEC. 1603. GRANTS FOR SPECIFIED ENERGY PROPERTY IN LIEU OF TAX CREDITS.[edit]

(a) In General.—
Upon application, the Secretary of the Treasury shall, subject to the requirements of this section, provide a grant to each person who places in service specified energy property to reimburse such person for a portion of the expense of such property as provided in subsection (b). No grant shall be made under this section with respect to any property unless such property—
(1) is placed in service during 2009 or 2010, or
(2) is placed in service after 2010 and before the credit termination date with respect to such property, but only if the construction of such property began during 2009 or 2010.
(b) Grant Amount.—
(1) In general.—
The amount of the grant under subsection (a) with respect to any specified energy property shall be the applicable percentage of the basis of such property.
(2) Applicable percentage.—
For purposes of paragraph (1), the term "applicable percentage" means—
(A) 30 percent in the case of any property described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (d), and
(B) 10 percent in the case of any other property.
(3) Dollar limitations.—
In the case of property described in paragraph (2), (6), or (7) of subsection (d), the amount of any grant under this section with respect to such property shall not exceed the limitation described in section 48(c)(1)(B), 48(c)(2)(B), or 48(c)(3)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, respectively, with respect to such property.
(c) Time for Payment of Grant.—
The Secretary of the Treasury shall make payment of any grant under subsection (a) during the 60-day period beginning on the later of—
(1) the date of the application for such grant, or
(2) the date the specified energy property for which the grant is being made is placed in service.
(d) Specified Energy Property.—
For purposes of this section, the term "specified energy property" means any of the following:
(1) Qualified facilities.—
Any qualified property (as defined in section 48(a)(5)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) which is part of a qualified facility (within the meaning of section 45 of such Code) described in paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), (9), or (11) of section 45(d) of such Code.
(2) Qualified fuel cell property.—
Any qualified fuel cell property (as defined in section 48(c)(1) of such Code).
(3) Solar property.—
Any property described in clause (i) or (ii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code.
(4) Qualified small wind energy property.—
Any qualified small wind energy property (as defined in section 48(c)(4) of such Code).
(5) Geothermal property.—
Any property described in clause (iii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code.
(6) Qualified microturbine property.—
Any qualified microturbine property (as defined in section 48(c)(2) of such Code).
(7) Combined heat and power system property.—
Any combined heat and power system property (as defined in section 48(c)(3) of such Code).
(8) Geothermal heat pump property.—
Any property described in clause (vii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code.
Such term shall not include any property unless depreciation (or amortization in lieu of depreciation) is allowable with respect to such property.
(e) Credit Termination Date.—
For purposes of this section, the term "credit termination date" means—
(1) in the case of any specified energy property which is part of a facility described in paragraph (1) of section 45(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, January 1, 2013,
(2) in the case of any specified energy property which is part of a facility described in paragraph (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), (9), or (11) of section 45(d) of such Code, January 1, 2014, and
(3) in the case of any specified energy property described in section 48 of such Code, January 1, 2017.
In the case of any property which is described in paragraph (3) and also in another paragraph of this subsection, paragraph (3) shall apply with respect to such property.
(f) Application of Certain Rules.—
In making grants under this section, the Secretary of the Treasury shall apply rules similar to the rules of section 50 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. In applying such rules, if the property is disposed of, or otherwise ceases to be specified energy property, the Secretary of the Treasury shall provide for the recapture of the appropriate percentage of the grant amount in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury determines appropriate.
(g) Exception for Certain Non-Taxpayers.—
The Secretary of the Treasury shall not make any grant under this section to—
(1) any Federal, State, or local government (or any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof),
(2) any organization described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code,
(3) any entity referred to in paragraph (4) of section 54(j) of such Code, or
(4) any partnership or other pass-thru entity any partner (or other holder of an equity or profits interest) of which is described in paragraph (1), (2) or (3).
(h) Definitions.—
Terms used in this section which are also used in section 45 or 48 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall have the same meaning for purposes of this section as when used in such section 45 or 48. Any reference in this section to the Secretary of the Treasury shall be treated as including the Secretary's delegate.
(i) Appropriations.—
There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of the Treasury such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.
(j) Termination.—
The Secretary of the Treasury shall not make any grant to any person under this section unless the application of such person for such grant is received before October 1, 2011.

SEC. 1604. INCREASE IN PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT.[edit]

Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting "$12,104,000,000,000".