Legislation: Relevant text from Conference Report 111-366: “Conference Report on H.R.3288: Division F – Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs appropriations 2010,” a non-binding report by a House-Senate Conference Committee, December 8, 2009.

111TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION

Report

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

111-366
 

DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010
 

CONFERENCE REPORT
 

To accompany
 

H.R. 3288
 

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December 8, 2009- Ordered to be printed

53-477

111TH CONGRESS
 

Report
 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 

1st Session

111-366

–DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010

December 8, 2009- Ordered to be printed
 

Mr. OLVER, from the committee of conference, submitted the following
 

CONFERENCE REPORT
 

[To accompany H.R. 3288]

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 3288), making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate amendment, insert the following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE

 

This Act may be cited as the `Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010′.

 

JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

 

The managers on the part of the House and Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 3288),

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making appropriations for Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010 and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the House and Senate in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

This conference agreement includes the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010; the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010; the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2010; the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010; the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010; and the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010.

 

DIVISION F

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010

 

In implementing this conference agreement, the departments and agencies should be guided by the language and instructions set forth in House Report 111-187 (hereby referred to as `the House Report’) accompanying the bill H.R. 3081 and Senate Report 111-44 (hereby referred to as `the Senate Report’) accompanying the bill S. 1434. In cases where the language and instructions in either report specifically address the allocation of funds, each has been reviewed by the conferees and the agreed upon amounts are detailed in this joint statement. In addition, in cases in which the House or Senate directed the submission of a report, the joint statement directs submission of those reports in which the conferees concur. Finally, the conferees agree that, unless otherwise specifically addressed in this joint statement, direction related to notification, prior consultation, and/or guidance with respect to organizations or other entities contained in either the House or Senate Reports should be adhered to by the relevant departments and agencies.

TITLE I

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND RELATED AGENCY

 

RELATED AGENCY

 

BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING OPERATIONS

 

The conference agreement provides $733,788,000 for the International Broadcasting Operations (IBO) activities of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which is the same as the House and $15,960,000 above the Senate. The conference agreement includes increased funding to support transmission and Internet enhancements to reach audiences in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan; the BBG Foreign Service Officer comparability pay costs; and a transfer to the Broadcasting Capital Improvements account to fully support critical capital maintenance and equipment.

Funds made available under this heading are to be allocated according to the following table, subject to the provisions of section 7019 of this Act:


 

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Program/Activity                                         Budget authority

 

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 International Broadcasting Operations:

 

Voice of America (VOA)                                            204,690

 

Radio and TV Marti                                                 30,474

 

Engineering and Technical Services                                191,256

 

Agency Direction                                                   27,247

 

International Broadcasting Bureau Management and Support           39,809

 

Subtotal, IBO                                                     493,476

 

 Independent Grantee Organizations:

 

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty                                    91,063

 

Radio Free Asia (RFA)                                              36,648

 

Middle East Broadcasting Networks                                 112,601

 

733,788                                                           240,312

 

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The conference agreement provides $30,474,000 for Radio and TV Marti, of which not more than $5,500,000 may be made available for non-salary and benefits expenses for TV Marti. The BBG shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of enactment of this Act a multi-year strategic plan for broadcasting to Cuba that reflects the following: (1) an analysis of the current situation in Cuba and an allocation of resources that is consistent with the relative priority of broadcasting to Cuba as determined by the annual Language Service Review and other factors, including input from the Secretary of State on the relative United States interest of broadcasting to Cuba; (2) the estimated size of the audiences in Cuba for Radio and TV Marti, and the sources and relative reliability of the data on which such estimates are based; (3) the annual operating cost (and total cost over the life of the contract) of–any and all–types of TV transmission and the effectiveness of each in increasing such audience size; (4) the principal obstacles to increasing such audience size; (5) an analysis of other options for disseminating news and information to Cuba including DVDs, the Internet, and cell phones and other handheld electronic devices and a report on the cost effectiveness of each; and (6) an analysis of the program efficiencies and effectiveness that can be achieved through shared resources and cost saving opportunities in radio and television production between Radio and TV Marti and the Voice of America. Within 90 days of the submission of the strategic plan outlined above, the Comptroller General of the General Accountability Office (GAO) shall conduct an assessment of the strategic plan and submit to the Committees on Appropriations its analysis of the data on which the plan is based and the plan’s recommendations.

The conferees endorse language in the House Report regarding the maintenance of VOA language services supported in fiscal year 2009, funding for VOA English, and the rejection of proposals to end certain VOA language broadcasts and programs.

The conferees endorse language in the House and Senate Reports regarding the maintenance of the VOA and RFA Tibetan broadcasts at the fiscal year 2009 surge levels.

The conferees concur with the program emphases placed in the House and Senate Reports on Radio Farda, including transmission and Internet enhancements to reach audiences in Iran, and Radio Free Iraq. The conferees endorse the funding priority in the Senate Report concerning Pashto and Dari broadcasts targeted toward Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan.

The conferees note the GAO recommends that as the Administration develops a new comprehensive communication strategy, Federal agencies, including the BBG, should identify and link key agency-level programs, goals, and performance measurements to the strategy. The conferees direct that not later than 60 days after the new strategy is issued, the BBG report to the Committees on Appropriations on the linkages between the BBG’s strategic plan and performance measurement system and the new strategy; BBG’s participation in inter-agency activities related to the implementation of the strategy; and which national communication goals the BBG believes it can support under its mandate and strategic plan and those goals the BBG considers inconsistent and therefore cannot support.

The conference agreement includes a provision requiring the BBG to report to the Committees on Appropriations within 45 days after enactment of this Act on several matters relating to management and editorial controls and to adherence to the relevant journalistic code of ethics, which is similar to that proposed by the House in section 7006. The conference agreement also requires the BBG to notify the Committees on Appropriations within 15 days of any determination by the Board that any of its broadcast entities was found to be in violation of the aforementioned principles, standards, or journalistic code of ethics, as proposed by the House.

The conference agreement also includes a provision, section 7071(f)(2), that provides up to $8,000,000 to maintain VOA and RFA broadcasts to North Korea at the fiscal year 2009 levels.

The conference agreement includes a new provision extending through fiscal year 2010 the personal service contract authority of Section 504(c) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228).

 

TITLE III

 

BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

 

FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

 

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

The conference agreement provides $2,520,000,000 for Development Assistance (DA), which is $30,000,000 above the House and $47,000,000 below the Senate.

The conference agreement does not include language concerning the availability of funds related to water and microenterprise/microfinance programs, as proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes language requiring the relevant USAID bureaus and offices that support cross-cutting development programs, including but not limited to water, food security, and democracy and governance, to coordinate such programs on a regular basis, similar to that proposed by the Senate.

Safe Water.–The conference agreement provides not less than $315,000,000 for water and sanitation supply projects pursuant to the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121), including safe water for communities harmed by oil contamination in the northeastern region of Ecuador. The conferees endorse language in the House and Senate Reports on safe water and water management programs.

Trade Capacity Building.–The conference agreement provides $20,000,000 for trade capacity building programs related to the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and $16,000,000 for United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement labor law capacity building and for implementation of the environmental chapter of such agreement, similar to that proposed by the House.

Climate Change and Environment

Biodiversity.–The conference agreement includes a total of $205,000,000 in title III of this Act for biodiversity programs, particularly to protect forests, wildlife, and water ecosystems. Of this amount, not less than $25,000,000 is for USAID’s conservation programs in the Amazon Basin, of which $15,000,000 is for the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon and $10,000,000 is for such activities in Brazil. In addition, $20,500,000 is for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership; $7,500,000 is for the Coral Triangle Initiative; $5,000,000 is for international programs of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, particularly in central Africa; $2,000,000 is for the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and USAID to support inter-agency outreach and capacity building programs and activities in developing countries related to implementation and enforcement of section 8204 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-246); and $1,000,000 is for conservation and related programs of the Department of Interior in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. The conferees direct USAID to consult with the Committees on Appropriations on a multi-year strategy for forest and archeological conservation in the Peten region of Guatemala. The conferees endorse language in the Senate Report on the protection of orangutan habitat in Borneo and Sumatra, and support wildlife conservation in Southern Sudan and Niger. In addition, the conferees recommend that USAID work with the United States National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protect forests, wildlife, and water ecosystems in developing countries. The conferees direct the agencies administering these funds to consult with the Committees on Appropriations prior to the obligation of funds.

 

Country Issues

 

Countries of Central America.–The conferees are concerned with the lack of due process and a transparent judiciary in Nicaragua and Honduras. The conferees direct the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act on the Department of State’s efforts to effectuate due process with respect to claims against American companies in these countries.

 

Guatemala.–The conference agreement provides up to $2,000,000, of the funds made available for assistance for Guatemala, for legal reform programs and gender-based violence programs, as proposed in the House Report.

 

Mexico.–The conference agreement provides $10,000,000 for assistance for Mexico.

 

Peru.–The conferees direct that $500,000, of the funds made available for assistance for Peru, shall be made available for continued forensic assistance for Peru where as many as 15,000 persons are missing as a result of armed conflict, to be administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

 

ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUND

 

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

 

The conference agreement provides $6,337,000,000 for Economic Support Fund, which is $33,096,000 below the House and $33,000,000 below the Senate. Funds in this account shall be allocated according to the following table, subject to the provisions of section 7019 of this Act:

ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUND

 

[Budget authority in thousands of dollars]

 

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Country/Program                                                                   Budget authority

 

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 Western Hemisphere:

 

Colombia                                                                                   209,790

 

Cuba                                                                                        20,000

 

Haiti                                                                                      160,750

 

Mexico                                                                                      15,000

 

Western Hemisphere Regional                                                                 62,000

 

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

 

Colombia.–The conferees are concerned with the dire condition of large numbers of Colombian refugees in neighboring countries, as well as Colombians who have been internally displaced as a result of armed conflict. Within sums provided for assistance for Colombia under this heading, $45,000,000 shall be made available to support internally displaced persons. Additionally, not less than $8,000,000 is transferred to the Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) heading for emergency assistance through nongovernmental and international organizations for Colombian refugees in neighboring countries.

The conference agreement provides that up to $15,000,000 of the funds made available for Colombia under this heading be used for programs which specifically benefit Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities. In addition, the conference agreement provides not less than $3,000,000 for programs to protect Colombia’s biodiversity through the Colombian National Parks Service and indigenous communities living in buffer zones. The USAID Administrator shall consult with the Committees on Appropriations prior to the obligation of these funds.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

 

TITLE IV

 

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

 

INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

The conference agreement provides $1,597,000,000 for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE), which is $33,000,000 below the House and $72,000,000 above the Senate. In order to better align security assistance funding, the conference agreement moves the INCLE account to title IV, instead of title III, as proposed by the House and Senate. The conference agreement merges the Andean Counterdrug Program account within the INCLE account and includes language exempting funds, subject to the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations, from the provisions of section 482(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

The conferees endorse language related to the exercise of notwithstanding authority, as proposed by the House, and direct the Secretary of State to provide the Committees on Appropriations a written justification within five days when such authority is used.

Bolivia.–The conference agreement includes conditions on assistance to Bolivian police and military forces, similar to that proposed by the House.

Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).–The conferees endorse the budget request in INCLE for the CBSI, and direct that such funds shall be derived from amounts made available under Western Hemisphere Regional.

Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).–The conferees remain concerned with youth violence, criminal gangs, organized crime, drug trafficking and other forms of criminal activity and violence in Central America. The conferees support the budget request under the INCLE heading for the Central America portion of the Merida Initiative and direct that such funds shall be made available from Western Hemisphere Regional funds for CARSI. The conferees direct the Secretary of State to undertake a comprehensive review of regional security assistance programs and submit a report not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act to the Committees on Appropriations detailing the threats or problems to be addressed, goals and objectives, planned uses of assistance, and expected results. The conferees expect the report to include all countries of Central America, including the Dominican Republic and Haiti, that have received assistance under the Merida Initiative.

Colombia.–The conference agreement includes a provision that prohibits the use of any funds appropriated by this Act or prior Acts for assistance for the Colombian Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS), similar to that proposed by the Senate. The conferees intend that, should the DAS be dismantled, such prohibition shall also apply to any successor organization. The conferees are aware of reports that the DAS has repeatedly engaged in phone tapping, email interception, and other illegal activities against law-abiding citizens, including collusion with illegal armed groups.

The conferees endorse language in the House and Senate Reports regarding Colombia’s Center for Coordination of Integrated Action.

Guatemala.–The conference agreement does not include a provision concerning certain organizations in Guatemala, as proposed by the Senate. However, the conferees are concerned with reports of threats and violent attacks against human rights defenders and the lack of resources to protect them and their families, investigate these crimes, and punish those responsible. The conferees direct that not less than $2,000,000 shall be made available to support the Ministry of Interior’s Institute for Attacks Against Human Rights Defenders, officers within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Police who are assigned to work with the Institute, and the Department for the Protection of Personalities of the Police including its Unit of Risk Analysis.

Mexico.–The conferees endorse the reporting requirements on the uses of Merida Initiative funds in Mexico, including on the Mexican Federal Registry of Police Personnel, as proposed in the Senate Report. The report shall be submitted not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act. The report should also address the specific uses of all prior appropriations, including the status of obligations.

The conference agreement does not include a provision, proposed by the House and Senate, concerning compatibility of law enforcement communications equipment. However, the conferees direct that any funds appropriated under this heading that are available for assistance for Mexico may be made available for the procurement of law enforcement communications equipment if, where appropriate, such equipment utilizes encryption technology, open standards, and is compatible with and capable of operating with radio communications systems and related equipment utilized by relevant law enforcement agencies in the United States, to enhance border security and cooperation in law enforcement efforts between Mexico and the United States. Such funds shall be awarded through full and open competition in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.

The conferees are concerned that the report submitted pursuant to section 1406(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252) and section 7045(e)(1) of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-8) relating to human rights in Mexico did not include the requisite findings by the Secretary of State that the Government of Mexico had met the requirements in the law. The conferees remain concerned with the lack of progress on these issues, and the lack of transparency in cases involving allegations against Mexican military personnel, and direct that future reports submitted pursuant to section 7045(e)(2) of this Act include the necessary findings.

Funds in this account are allocated according to the following table, subject to the provisions of section 7019 of this Act:

INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

[Budget authority in thousands of dollars]

 

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Country/Program                                                          Budget authority

 

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Afghanistan                                                                       420,000

 

Bolivia                                                                            20,000

 

Colombia                                                                          248,900

 

Costa Rica                                                                            500

 

Dominican Republic                                                                  4,450

 

Egypt                                                                               1,000

 

Guatemala                                                                           7,500

 

CICIG                                                             4,000

 

Haiti                                                                              21,107

 

Indonesia                                                                          11,570

 

Iraq                                                                               52,000

 

Jordan                                                                              1,500

 

Lebanon                                                                            20,000

 

Mexico                                                                            190,000

 

Nepal                                                                               3,700

 

Pakistan                                                                          130,000

 

Paraguay                                                                              500

 

Peru                                                                               40,000

 

Philippines                                                                         1,365

 

Thailand                                                                            1,740

 

West Bank/Gaza                                                                    100,000

 

Western Hemisphere Regional                                                        81,607

 

Alien Smuggling/Border Security                                                     1,000

 

Anticrime Programs                                                                  4,150

 

Combating Copyright Piracy--Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Rights            5,000

 

Critical Flight Safety Program                                                     20,750

 

Civilian Police Programs                                                            4,000

 

Combating Criminal Youth Gangs                                                      8,000

 

Demand Reduction                                                                   14,000

 

Fighting Corruption                                                                 4,750

 

International Law Enforcement Academies                                            37,200

 

Shared Security Partnership                                      17,200

 

Roswell, New Mexico                                               5,000

 

International Organizations                                                         4,500

 

Combating International Organized Crime                                             1,000

 

Interregional Aviation Support                                                     60,088

 

Program Development and Support                                                    24,523

 

Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative                                           5,000

 

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons                                 9,262

 

Unallocated                                                                        36,338

 

Total--INCLE                                                                    1,597,000

 

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FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

 

INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

The conference agreement provides $108,000,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET), which is $2,283,000 below the House and $2,850,000 above the Senate.

The conference agreement includes a provision requiring that funds made available for Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka may only be provided through the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations and any such notification shall include a detailed description of the proposed activities, similar to that proposed by the House and Senate.

The conference agreement includes language in section 7070 prohibiting IMET assistance for Equatorial Guinea, as proposed by the House. The Senate included a similar provision under this heading.

The conferees direct the GAO to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the IMET program in building professionalism and respect for human rights within foreign military forces in selected countries, and to submit the results of such evaluation to the Committees on Appropriations not later than September 30, 2010. The evaluation should include a representative sampling of countries from each geographical region.

The conferees direct that of the funds appropriated under this heading, $5,000,000 shall be made available for assistance for Pakistan; $5,000,000 for assistance for Turkey; $400,000 for assistance for Vietnam; and $1,900,000 for assistance for Egypt. The conferees do not endorse language proposed under this heading in the House Report regarding Argentina.

FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM

 

The conference agreement provides $4,195,000,000 for the Foreign Military Financing Program, which is $65,000,000 below the House and $206,000,000 above the Senate. The conference agreement includes a provision that grants the Secretary of State authority to initiate the procurement of defense articles or services for foreign security forces subject to prior consultation with the Committees on Appropriations, as proposed by the Senate and similar to that proposed by the House.

The conference agreement includes a provision restricting funding under this heading for follow-on activities of programs initiated under the authority of section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163) unless the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, has justified the program to the Committees on Appropriations, similar to that proposed by the House and Senate.

The conference agreement does not include a provision to transfer funds from this heading to the D&CP; heading, as proposed by the Senate. However, the conference agreement includes funds within the D&CP; heading for monitoring activities.

The conference agreement includes a provision requiring that assistance for Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka may be provided through the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations, similar to that proposed by the House and Senate.

Colombia.–The conference agreement provides not more than $55,000,000 for assistance for Colombia, of which up to $12,500,000 is for maritime interdiction and riverine operations, as proposed by the House.

Western Hemisphere Maritime Cooperation.–The conferees direct that up to $18,000,000 is available to continue maritime security cooperation programs in the Caribbean and in the countries of Central America.

Training and Equipment Report.–The conference agreement does not include a provision, as proposed by the Senate, concerning an annual foreign military training report. The conferees direct the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense to submit the report required by section 656 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 by the date specified in that section.

The conference agreement does not include a provision, as proposed by the Senate, concerning a report on equipment. The conferees direct the Secretary of State, in consultation with other relevant Federal agencies, to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act detailing the equipment to be purchased with funds appropriated or otherwise made available under the INCLE and FMF headings. The report shall include a description of the anticipated costs associated with the operation and maintenance of such equipment in subsequent fiscal years. For purposes of the report, `equipment’ shall be defined as any aircraft, vessel, boat or vehicle.

The conference agreement does not include a provision, as proposed by the Senate, which would have amended section 656 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The conferees direct the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 180 days after enactment of this Act detailing, for each country that received assistance under chapter 5 or part II of such Act during the reporting period specified in that section, the net savings to that country for training purchased at a reduced cost or incremental rate through the Foreign Military Sales program, as authorized by section 21(a)(1)(C) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended by section 108 of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-83).

Vetting.–The conferees endorse the reporting requirement on embassy personnel conducting human rights vetting, as proposed in the Senate Report.

Funds in this account are allocated according to the following table, subject to the provisions of section 7019 of this Act:

FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM

 

[Budget authority in thousands of dollars]

 

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Country/Program                         Budget authority

 

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Armenia                                            3,000

 

Azerbaijan                                         3,000

 

Bahrain                                           19,000

 

Cambodia                                           1,000

 

Colombia                                          55,000

 

Dominican Republic                                 1,000

 

Egypt                                          1,040,000

 

Ethiopia                                             843

 

Georgia                                           16,000

 

Guatemala                                          1,000

 

Haiti                                              1,600

 

Indonesia                                         20,000

 

Israel                                         2,220,000

 

Jordan                                           150,000

 

Kazakhstan                                         3,000

 

Kyrgyz Republic                                    3,500

 

Lebanon                                          100,000

 

Malta                                                455

 

Mexico                                             5,250

 

Morocco                                            9,000

 

Pakistan                                         238,000

 

Philippines                                       32,000

 

Poland                                            47,000

 

Tajikistan                                         1,500

 

Thailand                                           1,600

 

Tunisia                                           18,000

 

Turkmenistan                                       2,000

 

Ukraine                                           11,000

 

Vietnam                                            2,000

 

Yemen                                             12,500

 

Western Hemisphere Maritime Cooperation           18,000

 

FMF Administrative Costs                          54,464

 

Unallocated                                      104,288

 

Total--FMF                                     4,195,000

 

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TITLE VII

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Sec. 7008. Coups d’Etat

The conference agreement changes the heading from `Military Coups’ to `Coups d’Etat’. While there is no substantive change to the provision, the conferees are concerned that the previous title implied an unintended limitation of the provision’s application, and direct the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Advisor to undertake a review of events necessary to trigger the provisions of this section and submit a report on such events to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act.

Sec. 7045. Western Hemisphere

The conference agreement includes funding and legislative requirements for a Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes a provision, similar to that proposed by the Senate, providing authority for USAID to continue support for an Economic and Social Development Fund for Central America, which is intended to address unemployment and other root causes of drug trafficking and criminal gangs, particularly among youth, in vulnerable communities. The conference agreement does not provide a specific funding level from under the ESF heading, as proposed by the Senate. The provision continues funding allocations and legislative requirements for Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, Central America, and trade capacity building. The conferees intend that the pilot project required in subsection (h) will inform the findings and recommendations of the report required on passport cards, which should also include an analysis of the effect that expanding passport cards to air travelers may have on the fees for both the passport cards and passport books.

Sec. 7046. Colombia

The conference agreement includes language similar to prior years except that it continues by reference the prior year funding restrictions and reporting requirements with the exception that (b)(1)(B)(iv) of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-8) is modified to include human rights defenders, journalists, trade unionists, political and religious leaders. The provision provides not more than $521,880,000 for assistance for Colombia from funds made available under the headings ESF, NADR, INCLE, IMET, and FMF. The conferees note that the cap established by this section includes funds that may be derived from regional accounts.

Funds made available in this Act for Colombia are to be allocated according to the following table, subject to the provisions of section 7019 of this Act:

COLOMBIA

 

[Budget authority in thousands of dollars]

 

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Programs/Accounts                                                                      Budget authority

 

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Foreign Military Financing                                                                       55,000

 

International Military Education and Training                                                     1,695

 

Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining and Related Programs                                   6,495

 

Economic Support Fund:

 

Support for Democracy                                                                            20,250

 

Alternative Development                                                                         116,484

 

Afro-Colombian/Indigenous Communities                                          15,000

 

Biodiversity Conservation                                                       3,000

 

Support for Vulnerable Groups/IDPs                                                               45,000

 

OAS Mission                                                                                         250

 

Demobilization and Reintegration                                                                 18,606

 

Transfer to MRA                                                                                   8,000

 

209,790                                                                                           1,200

 

 International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Support for Rule of Law Programs:

 

Human Rights (USAID)                                                                              8,000

 

Judicial Reforms Programs                                                                         8,000

 

Procuraduria General de la Nacion                                                                 3,000

 

Defensoria del Pueblo                                                                             1,000

 

Office of the Attorney General:

 

Human Rights Unit                                                                                 8,500

 

Justice and Peace Unit                                                                            5,000

 

Witness/Victims Protection Program                                                                5,000

 

Investigations and Mass Graves                                                                    1,500

 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights                                                               500

 

Carabineros                                                                                       3,000

 

Individual Deserter Program                                                                         500

 

Demand Reduction                                                                                    500

 

Money Laundering                                                                                    750

 

Subtotal--Support for Rule of Law Programs                                                       45,250

 

Interdiction, Eradication and Support:

 

Support to the Colombian Military:

 

Army Counterdrug Mobile Brigade                                                                   2,000

 

Army Aviation Support                                                                            35,000

 

Air Bridge Denial Program                                                                         1,000

 

43,000                                                                                            5,000

 

Support to the Colombian National Police:

 

Aviation Support                                                                                 50,000

 

Support for Eradication                                                                          53,000

 

128,000                                                                                          25,000

 

Program, Development and Support:

 

United States Personnel                                                                           2,029

 

LES                                                                                               2,151

 

ICASS Costs                                                                                       1,010

 

6,700                                                                                             1,510

 

Critical Flight Safety Program:

 

Huey-II Engines                                                                                   1,800

 

Spray Aircraft procurement                                                                            0

 

Huey-II procurement                                                                               3,500

 

Huey-II wiring                                                                                    1,500

 

C208 Depot                                                                                          700

 

UH-60L Depot                                                                                      6,000

 

Huey-II Depot                                                                                     4,000

 

C-27 Depot                                                                                        2,600

 

AT-802 Depot                                                                                      2,600

 

248,900                                                                                         203,650

 

Total--Colombia                                                                                 521,880

 

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