Highlights of this bill include:
Department of Transportation Appropriations
the use of funds to issue regulations on the integration of unmanned
aerial systems (drones) into the national airspace, until the Secretary
reports to Congress on the privacy implications of drones.
of Transportation would be authorized to lobby states and state
legislators to consider proposals aimed at reducing motorcycle
Directs the Transportation
Secretary to evaluate and adjust existing current helicopter routes
above Los Angeles if they would lessen impacts on residential areas and
noise-sensitive landmarks. Additionally, the Secretary would be directed
Analyze whether helicopters could safely fly at higher altitudes in certain areas above Los Angeles.
Develop and promote best practices for helicopter hovering and electronic news gathering.
Work with local stakeholders to develop a more comprehensive noise complaint system.
Continue to participate in collaborative engagement between community representatives and helicopter operators.
The DOT’s Working Capital fund would
be authorized to provide advanced payments to vendors who observe commuter benefits (the federal transit pass transportation fringe benefit program) for
Declares that funds
provided in S.1243 for Amtrak shall cease to be available to Amtrak if it contracts to
provide service from any location outside the U.S. using an Amtrak
employee who’s based in the U.S. Bars the use of funds to pay overtime
costs in excess of $35,000 for any Amtrak employee. The president of
Amtrak can waive this cap if it poses a risk to safety or operational
efficiency of the Amtrak system.
the availability of the funds in S. 1243 for salaries and expenses of
more than 110 political and presidential appointees in DOT. Prohibits
assignment of any such appointees on temporary detail outside DOT.
recipients of funds made available in S. 1243 from disseminating
personal information obtained by a state department of motor vehicles in
connection with a motor vehicle record, except as permitted under
federal criminal law.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations
Prohibits section eight housing assistance
to any individual who is enrolled as a student at an institution of
higher education, is under age 24, is not a veteran, is unmarried, has
no dependent children, is not disabled, or is otherwise not eligible for
assistance. Declares that any financial assistance for education
purposes will be considered income as part of section eight eligibility,
unless the applicant is over age 23 with dependent children.
Extends the authorization of
appropriations for the demolition, site revitalization, replacement
housing, and tenant-based assistance grants for severely distressed
public housing projects. This is in addition to grants for assisting
affordable housing developed through main street projects in smaller
Prohibits the use of
funds during FY2014 to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful activity. This includes the filing or
maintaining of a non-frivolous legal action to prevent or achieve action
by a government official or entity.
available for legal services and payment for services and facilities
provided to the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae),
Ginnie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Financing Bank, Federal Reserve
banks, Federal home Loan banks, and any bank insured under the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation Act.
Requires public housing agencies (PHAs) to
establish a flat rental amount for dwelling units at levels no
lower that 80% of the applicable fair market rental established under S. 1243. This requirement shall not be construed to require rental
amounts to be set equal to 80% of the fair market rental in years when
market rental rates decrease. Requires the base pay for PHA employees to
be based on the Federal General Schedule, including locality
the HUD Secretary to insure and enter into home equity conversion
mortgages (HECMs or reverse mortgages) for elderly homeowners.
Defines “extremely low-income families” as families whose incomes do not exceed the higher of:
Specified poverty guidelines updated periodically by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), or
of the median family income for the area, with adjustments for smaller
and larger families. Authorizes the Secretary to establish income
ceilings higher or lower than 30% if necessary because of unusually high
or low family incomes.
Appropriations for Other Agencies
the use of funds to support any federal, state, or local projects that
seek to use the power of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is
employed only for a public use.
Prohibits the use of funds
to enter into a contract, memorandum of understanding, or cooperative
agreement with, make a grant to, or provide a loan or loan guarantee to
any corporation that was convicted of a felony in the past 24 months.
Applies when the awarding agency is aware of the conviction. This
prohibition is also extended to corporations with unpaid federal taxes.
An agency would be allowed to make such an award if it has:
expenditure of funds appropriated under this Act by an entity unless
that entity agrees to comply with Buy American requirements. Prohibits
the availability of funds to any person or entity that has been
convicted of violating Buy American requirements.
The Week in Congress
White House Statement of Administration Policy (In Favor)
Reason Foundation (Partially Opposed)
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