Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010/Division B

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==DIVISION B — OTHER MATTERS==

Sec. 1001.[edit]

There are hereby appropriated such sums as may be necessary, for an additional amount for “Food and Nutrition Service—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” for necessary current year expenses to carry out the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.):
Provided, That such amount shall be used only in such amounts and at such times as may become necessary to carry out program operations:
Provided further, That amounts so appropriated are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 1002.[edit]

(a) In general.—
For the costs of State administrative expenses associated with administering the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), there are hereby appropriated $400,000,000, which shall remain available until September 30, 2011.
(b) Allocation of funds.—
Funds described in subsection (a) shall be made available as grants to State agencies as follows—
(1) 75 percent of the amounts available shall be allocated to States based on the share of each State of households that participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program as reported to the Department of Agriculture for the most recent 12-month period for which data are available, adjusted by the Secretary (as of the date of enactment) for participation in disaster programs under section 5(h) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(h));
(2) 25 percent of the amounts available shall be allocated to States based on the increase in the number of households that participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program as reported to the Department of Agriculture over the most recent 12-month period for which data are available, adjusted by the Secretary (as of the date of enactment) for participation in disaster programs under section 5(h) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(h)); and
(3) Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall make available to States amounts based on paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subparagraph.
(c) Reallocation of funds.—
Funds unobligated at the State level in fiscal year 2010 may be recovered and reallocated to the States in fiscal year 2011.
(d) Emergency designation.—
Amounts in this section are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 1003.[edit]

(a) Amendments to section 119 of title 17, United States Code.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—
Section 119 of title 17, United States Code, is amended—
(A) in subsection (c)(1)(E), by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”; and
(B) in subsection (e), by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”.
(2) TERMINATION OF LICENSE.—
(A) TERMINATION.—
Section 119 of title 17, United States Code, as amended by paragraph (1), shall cease to be effective on February 28, 2010.
(B) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—
Section 4(a) of the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1994 (17 U.S.C. 119 note; Public Law 103-369) is repealed.
(b) Amendments to Communications Act of 1934.—
Section 325(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 325(b)) is amended—
(1) in paragraph (2)(C), by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”; and
(2) in paragraph (3)(C), by striking “January 1, 2010” each place it appears in clauses (ii) and (iii) and inserting “March 1, 2010”.
(c) Emergency designation.—
Amounts in this section are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 1004.[edit]

(a) USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005.—
Section 102(b)(1) of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–177; 120 Stat. 195) is amended by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”.
(b) Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.—
Section 6001(b)(1) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–458; 118 Stat. 3742; 50 U.S.C. 1801 note) is amended by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”.

Sec. 1005.[edit]

Section 129 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2010 (Public Law 111–68) is amended by striking “by substituting” and all that follows through the period at the end, and inserting “by substituting February 28, 2010 for the date specified in each such section.”.

Sec. 1006.[edit]

(a) There is hereby appropriated $125,000,000, for an additional amount for “Small Business Administration—Business Loans Program Account” for fee reductions and eliminations under section 501 of division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) and for the cost of guaranteed loans under section 502 of such division: Provided, That such cost shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

(b) Section 502(f) of division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is amended by striking “the date 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act” and inserting “February 28, 2010”.

(c) Amounts in this section are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 1007.[edit]

(a) Payment.—The Secretary of the Interior may make a payment to Swain County, North Carolina, in an amount of $12,800,000, in connection with the non-construction of the North Shore Road: Provided, That $4,000,000 shall be available for obligation upon enactment of this Act: Provided further, That remaining amounts shall not be available for obligation until 120 days following signature of an agreement between the Secretary of the Interior, Swain County, the State of North Carolina, and the Tennessee Valley Authority that supersedes the agreement of July 30, 1943, related to the construction of North Shore Road between the Secretary, the County, the State, and the Authority. For this payment, there is hereby appropriated $6,800,000, to remain available until expended, and an amount of $6,000,000 from unobligated balances available to the Department of the Interior from prior appropriations to the “Construction” account for the National Park Service.

(b) Rescission.—Of the funds appropriated in the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106–346), in section 378 for construction of, and improvements to, North Shore Road in Swain County, North Carolina, $6,800,000 is hereby permanently rescinded.

Sec. 1008.[edit]

(a) For purposes of the continued extension of surface transportation programs and related authority to make expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund and other trust funds under sections 157 through 162 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2010, the date specified in section 106(3) of such resolution shall be deemed to be February 28, 2010.

(b) Section 158(c) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting “except for the rescission made by section 123 of division I of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. The amount made available for each of the apportioned Federal-aid highway programs under subsection (a) shall be reduced by an amount equaling $33,401,492 multiplied by the amount calculated under subsection (a) and divided by $23,941,505,262”.

Sec. 1009.[edit]

(a)(1) Section 4007 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110–252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

(A) by striking “December 31, 2009” each place it appears and inserting “February 28, 2010”;

(B) in the heading for subsection (b)(2), by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”; and

(C) in subsection (b)(3), by striking “May 31, 2010” and inserting “July 31, 2010”.

(2) Section 2002(e) of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, as contained in Public Law 111–5 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note; 123 Stat. 438), is amended—

(A) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking “before January 1, 2010” and inserting “on or before February 28, 2010”;

(B) in the heading for paragraph (2), by striking “January 1, 2010” and inserting “February 28, 2010”; and

(C) in paragraph (3), by striking “June 30, 2010” and inserting “August 31, 2010”.

(3) Section 2005 of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, as contained in Public Law 111–5 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note; 123 Stat. 444), is amended—

(A) by striking “January 1, 2010” each place it appears and inserting “February 28, 2010”; and

(B) in subsection (c), by striking “June 1, 2010” and inserting “July 31, 2010”.

(4) Section 5 of the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–449; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended by striking “May 30, 2010” and inserting “July 31, 2010”.

(b) Section 4004(e)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110–252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended by striking “by reason of” and all that follows and inserting the following:“by reason of—

“(A) the amendments made by section 2001(a) of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act;

“(B) the amendments made by sections 2 through 4 of the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009; and

“(C) the amendments made by section 1009 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010; and”.

(c) Amounts in this section are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 1010.[edit]

(a) Extension of eligibility period.—Subsection (a)(3)(A) of section 3001 of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) is amended by striking “December 31, 2009” and inserting “February 28, 2010”.

(b) Extension of maximum duration of assistance.—Subsection (a)(2)(A)(ii)(I) of such section is amended by striking “9 months” and inserting “15 months”.

(c) Rules related to 2009 extension.—Subsection (a) of such section is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(16) RULES RELATED TO 2009 EXTENSION.—

“(A) ELECTION TO PAY PREMIUMS RETROACTIVELY AND MAINTAIN COBRA COVERAGE.—In the case of any premium for a period of coverage during an assistance eligible individual’s transition period, such individual shall be treated for purposes of any COBRA continuation provision as having timely paid the amount of such premium if—

“(i) such individual was covered under the COBRA continuation coverage to which such premium relates for the period of coverage immediately preceding such transition period, and

“(ii) such individual pays, not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this paragraph (or, if later, 30 days after the date of provision of the notification required under subparagraph (D)(ii)), the amount of such premium, after the application of paragraph (1)(A).

“(B) REFUNDS AND CREDITS FOR RETROACTIVE PREMIUM ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY.—In the case of an assistance eligible individual who pays, with respect to any period of COBRA continuation coverage during such individual’s transition period, the premium amount for such coverage without regard to paragraph (1)(A), rules similar to the rules of paragraph (12)(E) shall apply.

“(C) TRANSITION PERIOD.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘transition period’ means, with respect to any assistance eligible individual, any period of coverage if—

“(I) such period begins before the date of the enactment of this paragraph, and

“(II) paragraph (1)(A) applies to such period by reason of the amendment made by section 1010(b) of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.

“(ii) CONSTRUCTION.—Any period during the period described in subclauses (I) and (II) of clause (i) for which the applicable premium has been paid pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be treated as a period of coverage referred to in such paragraph, irrespective of any failure to timely pay the applicable premium (other than pursuant to subparagraph (A)) for such period.

“(D) NOTIFICATION.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—In the case of an individual who was an assistance eligible individual at any time on or after October 31, 2009, or experiences a qualifying event (consisting of termination of employment) relating to COBRA continuation coverage on or after such date, the administrator of the group health plan (or other entity) involved shall provide an additional notification with information regarding the amendments made by section 1010 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, within 60 days after the date of the enactment of such Act or, in the case of a qualifying event occurring after such date of enactment, consistent with the timing of notifications under paragraph (7)(A).

“(ii) TO INDIVIDUALS WHO LOST ASSISTANCE.—In the case of an assistance eligible individual described in subparagraph (A)(i) who did not timely pay the premium for any period of coverage during such individual’s transition period or paid the premium for such period without regard to paragraph (1)(A), the administrator of the group health plan (or other entity) involved shall provide to such individual, within the first 60 days of such individual’s transition period, an additional notification with information regarding the amendments made by section 1010 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, including information on the ability under subparagraph (A) to make retroactive premium payments with respect to the transition period of the individual in order to maintain COBRA continuation coverage.

“(iii) APPLICATION OF RULES.—Rules similar to the rules of paragraph (7) shall apply with respect to notifications under this subparagraph.”.

(d) Clarification that eligibility and notice is based on timing of qualifying event.—Subsection (a) of such section is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3)(A)—

(A) by striking “at any time” and inserting “such qualified beneficiary is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage related to a qualifying event occurring”; and

(B) by striking “, such qualified beneficiary is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage”; and

(2) in paragraph (7)(A), by striking “become entitled to elect COBRA continuation coverage” and inserting “have a qualifying event relating to COBRA continuation coverage”.

(e) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the provisions of section 3001 of division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to which they relate.

(f) Emergency designations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Amounts in this section are designated as emergency requirements and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403 and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

(2) PAYGO.—All applicable provisions in this section are designated as an emergency for purposes of pay-as-you-go principles.

Sec. 1011.[edit]

(a) In general.—Section 1848(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(10) UPDATE FOR PORTION OF 2010.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraphs (7)(B), (8)(B), and (9)(B), in lieu of the update to the single conversion factor established in paragraph (1)(C) that would otherwise apply for 2010 for the period beginning on January 1, 2010, and ending on February 28, 2010, the update to the single conversion factor shall be 0 percent for 2010.

“(B) NO EFFECT ON COMPUTATION OF CONVERSION FACTOR FOR REMAINING PORTION OF 2010 AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS.—The conversion factor under this subsection shall be computed under paragraph (1)(A) for the period beginning on March 1, 2010, and ending on December 31, 2010, and for 2011 and subsequent years as if subparagraph (A) had never applied.”.

(b) Funding from Medicare Improvement Fund.—Section 1898(b)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395iii(b)(1)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A)—

(A) by striking “$22,290,000,000” and inserting “$20,740,000,000”; and

(B) by striking “and” at the end;

(2) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(3) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

“(B) fiscal year 2015, $550,000,000; and”.

Sec. 1012.[edit]

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not publish updated poverty guidelines for 2010 under section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)) before March 1, 2010, and the poverty guidelines published under such section on January 23, 2009, shall remain in effect until updated poverty guidelines are published.

Sec. 1013.[edit]

From the “National Telecommunications and Information Administration—Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program” in the Department of Commerce, $128,000,000 is hereby rescinded.

Sec. 1014.[edit]

The explanatory statement regarding this Act printed in the House of Representatives section of the Congressional Record on or about December 16, 2010, by the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives shall have the same effect with respect to the allocation of funds and implementation of this Act as if it were a joint explanatory statement of a committee of conference.