Sponsor: WHALEN, Charles William, Jr. (R-OH)
Description: TO AMEND H.R. 6096 BY STRIKING OUT SECTION 3, PROVIDING A WAIVER OF PROHIBITION NOW IN FIVE PUBLIC ACTS AGAINST USE OF ARMED FORCES IN INDOCHINA.
Bill summary: (Conference report filed in Senate, S. Rept. 94-97)
Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act - Provides that funds hereafter made available under the Indochina economic aid provisions of the Foreign Assistance Act may be used as the President deems appropriate for humanitarian assistance to, and evacuation programs from, South Vietnam.
Authorizes, additionally, for fiscal year 1975, $150,000,000 to the President to be used as he determines for humanitarian assistance to refugees and
other needy people who are victims of the conflict in South Vietnam.
Requires that such assistance be provided, to the extent feasible, through international organizations or voluntary relief agencies.
Requires reports by the President at 90-day intervals of the use made of funds under this Act.
Permits the use of the Armed Forces to protect the withdrawal of United States citizens and their dependents. Requires such withdrawal to be completed as rapidly as possible.
Requires the President to submit a report and otherwise comply with the provisions of the War Powers Resolution in the event of the use of Armed Forces. Requires the President to certify to the Congress in the event of the use of Armed Forces that a direct and imminent threat existed to such citizens.
Allows withdrawal, under specified conditions, of endangered foreign nationals.
Requires the President to report each day on the number of citizens in Vietnam and the number of citizens and foreign nationals who have left; and requires a report within 48 hours of enactment of this Act of the President's plans for evacuation of persons described in this Act.
Requests the President to use all appropriate diplomatic means to obtain an updated accounting of Americans listed as missing in action in Southeast Asia; and the return of the remains of known American dead.
Prohibits the use of funds under this Act to aid the Democratic Republic of Vietnam or the Provisional Revolutionary Government.
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Bill titles: A bill to authorize funds for humanitarian assistance and evacuation programs in Vietnam and to clarify restrictions on the availability of funds for the use of U.S. Armed Forces in Indochina.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 121-63, p. H3193;
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