Posted: 11:35 am Friday, December 9th, 2011
By Jamie Dupree
Republicans in the U.S. House have now filed their legislation to extend a payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year – and it includes a lot more than just that provision.
The bill makes changes to long term jobless benefits, requiring drug testing for those receiving that assistance and much more.
Also in the bill, major flood insurance reforms, changes for radio spectrum and how it can be used for emergency communications, and authority for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Here is the section by section thumbnail of what’s in this bill:
TITLE I—JOB CREATION INCENTIVES
Subtitle A—North American Energy Access
Sec. 1001. Short title.
Sec. 1002. Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline.
Subtitle B—EPA Regulatory Relief
Sec. 1101. Short title.
Sec. 1102. Legislative stay.
Sec. 1103. Compliance dates.
Sec. 1104. Energy recovery and conservation.
Sec. 1105. Other provisions.
Subtitle C—Extension of 100 Percent Expensing
Sec. 1201. Extension of allowance for bonus depreciation for certain business assets.
TITLE II—EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING PROVISIONS AND RELATED MEASURES
Subtitle A—Extension of Payroll Tax Reduction
Sec. 2001. Extension of temporary employee payroll tax reduction through end of 2012.
Subtitle B—Unemployment Compensation
Sec. 2101. Short title.
PART 1—REFORMS OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TO PROMOTE WORK AND JOB CREATION
Sec. 2121. Consistent job search requirements.
Sec. 2122. Participation in reemployment services made a condition of benefit receipt.
Sec. 2123. State flexibility to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers.
Sec. 2124. Assistance and guidance in implementing self-employment assistance programs.
Sec. 2125. Improving program integrity by better recovery of overpayments.
Sec. 2126. Data standardization for improved data matching.
Sec. 2127. Drug testing of applicants.
PART 2—PROVISIONS RELATING TO EXTENDED BENEFITS
Sec. 2141. Short title.
Sec. 2142. Extension and modification of emergency unemployment compensation program.
Sec. 2143. Temporary extension of extended benefit provisions.
Sec. 2144. Additional extended unemployment benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.
PART 3—IMPROVING REEMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES UNDER THE EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM
Sec. 2161. Improved work search for the long-term unemployed.
Sec. 2162. Reemployment services and reemployment and eligibility assessment activities.
Sec. 2163. State flexibility to support long-term unemployed workers with improved reemployment services.
Sec. 2164. Promoting program integrity through better recovery of overpayments.
Sec. 2165. Restore State flexibility to improve unemployment program solvency.
Subtitle C—Medicare Extensions; Other Health Provisions
PART 1—MEDICARE EXTENSIONS
Sec. 2201. Physician payment update.
Sec. 2202. Ambulance add-ons.
Sec. 2203. Medicare payment for outpatient therapy services.
Sec. 2204. Work geographic adjustment.
PART 2—OTHER HEALTH PROVISIONS
Sec. 2211. Qualifying individual (QI) program.
Sec. 2212. Extension of Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA).
Sec. 2213. Modification to requirements for qualifying for exception to Medicare prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals.
Sec. 2221. Adjustments to maximum thresholds for recapturing overpayments resulting from certain Federally-subsidized health insurance.
Sec. 2222. Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Sec. 2223. Parity in Medicare payments for hospital outpatient department evaluation and management office visit services.
Sec. 2224. Reduction of bad debt treated as an allowable cost.
Sec. 2225. Rebasing of State DSH allotments for fiscal year 2021.
Subtitle D—TANF Extension
Sec. 2301. Short title.
Sec. 2302. Extension of program.
Sec. 2303. Data standardization.
Sec. 2304. Spending policies for assistance under State TANF programs.
Sec. 2305. Technical corrections.
TITLE III—FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM
Sec. 3001. Short title.
Sec. 3002. Extensions.
Sec. 3003. Mandatory purchase.
Sec. 3004. Reforms of coverage terms.
Sec. 3005. Reforms of premium rates.
Sec. 3006. Technical Mapping Advisory Council.
Sec. 3007. FEMA incorporation of new mapping protocols.
Sec. 3008. Treatment of levees.
Sec. 3009. Privatization initiatives.
Sec. 3010. FEMA annual report on insurance program.
Sec. 3011. Mitigation assistance.
Sec. 3012. Notification to homeowners regarding mandatory purchase requirement applicability and rate phase-ins.
Sec. 3013. Notification to members of congress of flood map revisions and updates.
Sec. 3014. Notification and appeal of map changes; notification to communities of establishment of flood elevations.
Sec. 3015. Notification to tenants of availability of contents insurance.
Sec. 3016. Notification to policy holders regarding direct management of policy by FEMA.
Sec. 3017. Notice of availability of flood insurance and escrow in RESPA good faith estimate.
Sec. 3018. Reimbursement for costs incurred by homeowners and communities obtaining letters of map amendment or revision.
Sec. 3019. Enhanced communication with certain communities during map updating process.
Sec. 3020. Notification to residents newly included in flood hazard areas.
Sec. 3021. Treatment of swimming pool enclosures outside of hurricane season.
Sec. 3022. Information regarding multiple perils claims.
Sec. 3023. FEMA authority to reject transfer of policies.
Sec. 3024. Appeals.
Sec. 3025. Reserve fund.
Sec. 3026. CDBG eligibility for flood insurance outreach activities and community building code administration grants.
Sec. 3027. Technical corrections.
Sec. 3028. Requiring competition for national flood insurance program policies.
Sec. 3029. Studies of voluntary community-based flood insurance options.
Sec. 3030. Report on inclusion of building codes in floodplain management criteria.
Sec. 3031. Study on graduated risk.
Sec. 3032. Report on flood-in-progress determination.
Sec. 3033. Study on repaying flood insurance debt.
Sec. 3034. No cause of action.
Sec. 3035. Authority for the corps of engineers to provide specialized or technical services.
TITLE IV—JUMPSTARTING OPPORTUNITY WITH BROADBAND SPECTRUM ACT OF 2011
Sec. 4001. Short title.
Sec. 4002. Definitions.
Sec. 4003. Rule of construction.
Sec. 4004. Enforcement.
Sec. 4005. National security restrictions on use of funds and auction participation.
Subtitle A—Spectrum Auction Authority
Sec. 4101. Deadlines for auction of certain spectrum.
Sec. 4102. 700 MHz public safety narrowband spectrum and guard band spectrum.
Sec. 4103. General authority for incentive auctions.
Sec. 4104. Special requirements for incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum.
Sec. 4105. Administration of auctions by Commission.
Sec. 4106. Extension of auction authority.
Sec. 4107. Unlicensed use in the 5 GHz band.
Subtitle B—Advanced Public Safety Communications
PART 1—NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION
Sec. 4201. Licensing of spectrum to Administrator.
Sec. 4202. National Public Safety Communications Plan.
Sec. 4203. Plan administration.
Sec. 4204. Initial funding for Administrator.
Sec. 4205. Study on emergency communications by amateur radio and impediments to amateur radio communications.
PART 2—STATE IMPLEMENTATION
Sec. 4221. Negotiation and approval of contracts.
Sec. 4222. State implementation grant program.
Sec. 4223. State Implementation Fund.
Sec. 4224. Grants to States for network buildout.
Sec. 4225. Wireless facilities deployment.
PART 3—PUBLIC SAFETY TRUST FUND
Sec. 4241. Public Safety Trust Fund.
PART 4—NEXT GENERATION 9–1–1 ADVANCEMENT ACT OF 2011
Sec. 4261. Short title.
Sec. 4262. Findings.
Sec. 4263. Purposes.
Sec. 4264. Definitions.
Sec. 4265. Coordination of 9–1–1 implementation.
Sec. 4266. Requirements for multi-line telephone systems.
Sec. 4267. GAO study of State and local use of 9–1–1 service charges.
Sec. 4268. Parity of protection for provision or use of Next Generation 9–1–1 services.
Sec. 4269. Commission proceeding on autodialing.
Sec. 4270. NHTSA report on costs for requirements and specifications of Next Generation 9–1–1 services.
Sec. 4271. FCC recommendations for legal and statutory framework for Next Generation 9–1–1 services.
Subtitle C—Federal Spectrum Relocation
Sec. 4301. Relocation of and spectrum sharing by Federal Government stations.
Sec. 4302. Spectrum Relocation Fund.
Sec. 4303. National security and other sensitive information.
Subtitle D—Telecommunications Development Fund
Sec. 4401. No additional Federal funds.
Sec. 4402. Independence of the Fund.
Subtitle A—Guarantee Fees
Sec. 5001. Guarantee Fees.
Subtitle B—Social Security Provisions
Sec. 5101. Information for administration of Social Security provisions related to noncovered employment.
Subtitle C—Child Tax Credit
Sec. 5201. Social Security number required to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit.
Subtitle D—Eliminating Taxpayer Benefits for Millionaires
Sec. 5301. Ending unemployment and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for millionaires.
Subtitle E—Federal Civilian Employees
PART 1—RETIREMENT ANNUITIES
Sec. 5401. Short title.
Sec. 5402. Retirement contributions.
Sec. 5403. Amendments relating to secure annuity employees.
Sec. 5404. Annuity supplement.
PART 2—FEDERAL WORKFORCE
Sec. 5421. Extension of pay limitation for Federal employees.
Sec. 5422. Reduction of discretionary spending limits to achieve savings from Federal employee provisions.
Sec. 5423. Reduction of revised discretionary spending limits to achieve savings from Federal employee provisions.
Subtitle F—Health Care Provisions
Sec. 5501. Increase in applicable percentage used to calculate Medicare part B and part D premiums for high-income beneficiaries.
Sec. 5502. Temporary adjustment to the calculation of Medicare part B and part D premiums.
TITLE VI—MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Sec. 6001. Repeal of certain shifts in the timing of corporate estimated tax payments.
Sec. 6002. Repeal of requirement relating to time for remitting certain merchandise processing fees.
Sec. 6003. Points of order in the Senate.
Sec. 6004. PAYGO scorecard estimates.