S.220 - Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013
A bill to create a Citrus Disease Research and Developing Trust Fund to support research on diseases impacting the citrus industry, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.
(1) duties collected on imports of citrus and citrus products have ranged from $32,000,000 to $87,000,000 annually since 2004, and are projected to increase, as United States production declines due to the effects of huanglongbing (also known as ‘HLB’ or ‘citrus greening disease’) and imports increase in response to the shortfall in the United States;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) in cases involving other similarly situated agricultural commodities, notably wool, the Federal Government has chosen to divert a portion of the tariff revenue collected on imported products to support efforts of the domestic industry to address challenges facing the industry;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) in 2012, citrus fruits were produced on approximately 804,300 acres in the United States, yielding approximately 11,373,000 tons of citrus products with a value at the farm of more than $3,443,289,000;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) the United States citrus industry has suffered billions of dollars in damage from disease and pests, both domestic and invasive, over the decade preceding the date of the enactment of this Act, particularly from huanglongbing;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) United States citrus producers working with Federal and State governments have devoted tens of millions of dollars toward research and efforts to combat huanglongbing and other diseases and pests, but more funding is needed to develop and commercialize disease and pest solutions;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) although imports constitute an increasing share of the United States market, importers of citrus products into the United States do not directly fund production research in the United States;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(13) the complex processes involved in discovery and commercialization of safe and effective pest and disease suppression technologies are expensive and lengthy and the need for the technologies is urgent; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(14) research to develop solutions to suppress huanglongbing, or other domestic and invasive pests and diseases will benefit all citrus producers and consumers around the world.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) to authorize the establishment of a trust funded by certain tariff revenues to support scientific research, technical assistance, and development activities to combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive, harming the United States; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) to require the President to notify the chairperson and ranking member of the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives before entering into any trade agreement that would decrease the amount of duties collected on imports of citrus products to less than the amount necessary to provide the grants authorized by section 1001(d) of the Trade Act of 1974, as added by section 3(a) of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. CITRUS DISEASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND.
‘SEC. 1001. CITRUS DISEASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND.
‘(a) Establishment- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the ‘Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund’ (in this section referred to as the ‘Trust Fund’), consisting of such amounts as may be transferred to the Trust Fund under subsection (b)(1) and any amounts that may be credited to the Trust Fund under subsection (d)(2).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Trust Fund, from the general fund of the Treasury, amounts determined by the Secretary to be equivalent to amounts received in the general fund that are attributable to the duties collected on articles that are citrus or citrus products classifiable under chapters 8, 20, 21, 22, and 33 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) for expenditures relating to citrus disease research and development under section 4 of the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013, including costs relating to contracts or other agreements entered into to carry out citrus disease research and development; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Treasury shall invest such portion of the Trust Fund as is not required to meet current withdrawals in interest-bearing obligations of the United States or in obligations guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the United States. Such obligations may be acquired on original issue at the issue price or by purchase of outstanding obligations at the market price. Any obligation acquired by the Trust Fund may be sold by the Secretary of the Treasury at the market price.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) INTEREST AND PROCEEDS FROM SALE OR REDEMPTION OF OBLIGATIONS- The interest on, and the proceeds from the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Trust Fund shall be credited to and form a part of the Trust Fund.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Reports to Congress- Not later than January 15, 2014, and each year thereafter until the year after the termination of the Trust Fund, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall submit to Congress a report on the financial condition and the results of the operations of the Trust Fund that includes--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(f) Remission of Surplus Funds- The Secretary of the Treasury may remit to the general fund of the Treasury such amounts as the Secretary of Agriculture reports to be in excess of the amounts necessary to meet the purposes of the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(g) Sunset Provision- The Trust Fund shall terminate on December 31 of the fifth calendar year that begins after the date of the enactment of the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013 and all amounts in the Trust Fund on December 31 of that fifth calendar year shall be transferred to the general fund of the Treasury.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1002. REPORTS REQUIRED BEFORE ENTERING INTO CERTAIN TRADE AGREEMENTS.
‘The President shall notify the chairperson and ranking member of the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives not later than 90 days before entering into a trade agreement if the President determines that entering into the trade agreement could result--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) in a decrease in the amount of duties collected on articles that are citrus or citrus products classifiable under chapters 8, 20, 21, 22, and 33 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) in a decrease in the amount of funds being transferred into the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund under section 1001 so that amounts available in the Trust Fund are insufficient to meet the purposes of the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘TITLE X--CITRUS DISEASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND
SEC. 4. CITRUS DISEASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND ADVISORY BOARD.
(a) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to establish an orderly procedure and financing mechanism for the development of an effective and coordinated program of research and product development relating to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research funded through the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund established under section 1001 of the Trade Act of 1974, as added by section 3(a) of this Act, or through other research projects intended to solve problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) PERSON- The term ‘person’ means any individual, group of individuals, firm, partnership, corporation, joint stock company, association, cooperative, or other legal entity.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) TRUST FUND- The term ‘Trust Fund’ means the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund established under section 1001 of the Trade Act of 1974, as added by section 3(a) of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) STATUS- Members of the Board represent the interests of the citrus industry and shall not be considered officers or employees of the Federal Government solely due to membership on the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) CONSULTATION- Prior to making appointments to the Board, the Secretary shall consult with organizations composed primarily of citrus producers to receive advice and recommendations regarding Board membership.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(II) prior to making an appointment, consult with organizations in that State composed primarily of citrus producers to receive advice and recommendations regarding the vacancy.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) DISQUALIFICATION FROM BOARD SERVICE- If a member or alternate of the Board who was appointed as a domestic producer ceases to be a producer in the State from which the member was appointed, or fails to fulfill the duties of the member according to the rules established by the Board under paragraph (4)(A)(ii), the member or alternate shall be disqualified from serving on the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) TRAVEL EXPENSES- A member of the Board shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of the duties of the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) VOLUNTEER SERVICES- Notwithstanding
(D) TECHNICAL AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT- Subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary shall provide to the Board technical and logistical support through contract or other means, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) procuring the services of experts and consultants in accordance with
(ii) entering into contracts with departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government, State agencies, and private entities for the preparation of reports, surveys, and other activities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Board on a reimbursable basis administrative support and other services for the performance of the duties of the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES- Departments and agencies of the United States may provide to the Board such services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as may be appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) to meet, organize, and select from among the members of the Board a chairperson, other officers, and committees and subcommittees, as the Board determines to be appropriate;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(vii) to engage in regular consultation and collaboration with the Department and other institutional, governmental, and private actors conducting scientific research into the causes or treatments of citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive, so as to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) a plan for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research funded through the Trust Fund; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) AFFIRMATIVE SUPPORT REQUIRED- A research and development agenda and budget may not be submitted by the Board to the Secretary without the affirmative support of at least 7 members of the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after receiving the proposed research and development agenda and budget from the Board and consulting with the Board, the Secretary shall finalize a citrus research and development agenda and Trust Fund budget.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(I) due to the proximity of citrus producers to the effects of diseases such as huanglongbing and the quickly evolving nature of scientific understanding of the effect of the diseases on citrus production, give strong deference to the proposed research and development agenda and budget from the Board; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) REPORT TO CONGRESS- Each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Committee on Finance of the Senate a report that includes--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS- To ensure the efficient use of funds, the Secretary may enter into contracts or agreements with public or private entities for the implementation of a plan or project for citrus research.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Administrative Costs- Each fiscal year, the Secretary may transfer up to $2,000,000 of amounts in the Trust Fund to the Board for expenses incurred by the Board in carrying out the duties of the Board.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. TIME FOR PAYMENT OF CORPORATE ESTIMATED TAXES.
Notwithstanding section 6655 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, in the case of a corporation with assets of not less than $1,000,000,000 (determined as of the end of the preceding taxable year)--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the amount of any required installment of corporate estimated tax which is otherwise due in July, August, or September of 2018 shall be increased by 0.25 percent of such amount (determined without regard to any increase in such amount not contained in such Code); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the amount of the next required installment after an installment referred to in paragraph (1) shall be appropriately reduced to reflect the amount of the increase by reason of such paragraph.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. EXTENSION OF CUSTOMS USER FEES.
‘(C)(i) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), fees may be charged under paragraphs (9) and (10) of subsection (a) during the period beginning on October 23, 2021, and ending on November 6, 2021.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) Notwithstanding subparagraph (B)(i), fees may be charged under paragraphs (1) through (8) of subsection (a) during the period beginning on October 30, 2021, and ending on November 13, 2021.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink