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HR_3940 (Public Status Education)

HR_3940 (Public Status Education)

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TH
CONGRESS1
ST
S
ESSION
 
H. R. 3940
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
D
ECEMBER
8, 2009Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and NaturalResources
AN ACT
To amend Public Law 96–597 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and otherassistance to facilitate political status public educationprograms for the peoples of the non-self-governing terri-tories of the United States.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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HR 3940 RFS
SECTION 1. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
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Congress reaffirms that it is the responsibility of the
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Secretary of the Interior to advance the economic, social,
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and political development of the territories of the United
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States.
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SEC. 2. ASSISTANCE FOR POLITICAL STATUS PUBLIC EDU-
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CATION PROGRAMS.
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(a) I
N
G
ENERAL
.—Section 601 of the Act entitled
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‘‘An Act to authorize appropriations for certain insular
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areas of the United States, and for other purposes’’, ap-
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proved December 24, 1980 (48 U.S.C. 1469d), is amend-
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ed—
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(1) by redesignating subsections (b) through (d)
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as subsections (c) through (e), respectively; and
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(2) by inserting after subsection (a) the fol-
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lowing new subsection:
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‘‘(b) The Secretary of the Interior may extend to the
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governments of American Samoa, Guam, and the United
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States Virgin Islands, and their agencies and instrumen-
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talities, assistance, including assistance in the form of 
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grants, research, planning assistance, studies, and agree-
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ments with Federal agencies, to facilitate public education
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programs regarding political status options for their re-
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spective territories.’’.
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(b) C
ONFORMING
 A 
MENDMENT
.—Section
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19(a)(2)(C) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C.
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