What is House Bill H.R. 2200?
This bill deals with a number of different issues relating to U.S. territories. Notably, the bill increases the territory of the Northern Mariana Islands to three miles past its shores, creates an "energy action plan" for the territories, disallows a minimum wage raise in the Northern Mariana Islands, and expands turtle conservation under the Turtle Conservation Act. More details about the omnibus bill are offered below. This bill passed Senate on June 17th.
The bill impacts American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2200
The CBO estimates that the Senate version of the bill would increase net direct spending by $20 million over the next ten years.
The bill also:
directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct reports relating to minimum wages increases in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands;
requires the Secretary of the Interior to direct the American Samoa Election Office to have American Samoans vote to see if they want U.S. citizenship;
exempts vessels from a requirement that they be rebuilt in the United States if they off load in American Samoa and were rebuilt outside of the United States before January 1, 2011;
requires departments and agencies, in the case of grants to American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, to waive any requirement for local matching funds (including in-kind contributions) that the area would otherwise be required to provide, including waiver of an entire matching requirement for a grant requiring matching funds of $500,000 or less;
establishes the St. Croix National Heritage Area in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and establishes the Castle Nugent National Historic Site on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, as a unit of the National Park System;
requires the U.S. Virgin Islands to decide about whether or not to add positions to its executive cabinet;
sets a number of different requirements for workers in the Northern Mariana Islands;
lets certain grants relating to territories be paid in cash, and;
states that citizens of Guam receive preference for affordable housing in Guam, ahead of foreign nationals.
Territorial Omnibus Act of 2013
To improve the administration of programs in the insular areas, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular AffairsNational Parks, Forests, and Public LandsCommittee on Education and LaborHigher Education and Workforce InvestmentCommittee on Financial ServicesWorkforce ProtectionsCommittee on Energy and CommerceEnergyCommittee on Natural ResourcesEnergy and Mineral ResourcesCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureCoast Guard and Maritime TransportationIntroducedMay 23rd, 2013
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