110 th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION
of America PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE
Vol. 153 WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007 No. 96—Part II
House of Representatives
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SE- our cameras and UAVs much more ef- The Acting CHAIRMAN (Mr. ROSS).
CURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT, fective because of the loss of that The question is on the amendment of-
2008—Continued cover. But it would also have a con- fered by the gentleman from Texas
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to servation issue in that these weeds, (Mr. CONAWAY).
the order of the House of today, the such as the salt cedar, will use up to The amendment was agreed to.
gentleman from Texas (Mr. CONAWAY) 200 gallons of water a day. If these The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
and a Member opposed each will con- weeds were eliminated along the Rio will read.
trol 5 minutes. Grande, that would put additional The Clerk read as follows:
The Chair recognizes the gentleman water in the Rio Grande, which would AIR AND MARINE INTERDICTION, OPERATIONS,
from Texas. of course make that much better of a MAINTENANCE, AND PROCUREMENT
Mr. CONAWAY. Mr. Chairman, I ap- barrier to folks trying to sneak into For necessary expenses for the operations,
preciate being able to offer this amend- this country. maintenance, and procurement of marine
ment tonight. What I would like to do The safety of our Border Patrol vessels, aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems,
is establish the legislative history for a would be improved as they walk up and and other related equipment of the air and
approach the river. If this cover was marine program, including operational
pilot project that would help eradicate training and mission-related travel, and
eliminated, they would be able to see
a tactical cover along the Rio Grande. rental payments for facilities occupied by
My amendment simply adds $5 mil- what was going on along our border to
the air or marine interdiction and demand
lion to title II and subtracts $5 million better do their job.
reduction programs, the operations of which
This amendment would also ask or
from title II, but would take $5 million include the following: the interdiction of
require that the Border Patrol report narcotics and other goods; the provision of
from the environmental regulatory as-
on how they spent the money and support to Federal, State, and local agencies
sessments funding, which would lower whether or not this is a program that in the enforcement or administration of laws
that back to what the President re- they would want to pursue going for- enforced by the Department of Homeland Se-
quested. ward. curity; and at the discretion of the Secretary
b 2300 Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- of Homeland Security, the provision of as-
man, will the gentleman yield? sistance to Federal, State, and local agencies
The Border Patrol would use this in other law enforcement and emergency hu-
Mr. CONAWAY. I yield to the gen-
money to create a pilot project to manitarian efforts, $477,287,000, to remain
tleman from Kentucky.
eliminate, eradicate, noxious, invasive available until expended: Provided, That no
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
species of weeds along the Rio Grande. aircraft or other related equipment, except
man, I think the gentleman has offered
The Rio Grande creates the border be- aircraft that are one-of-a-kind and have been
a very thoughtful amendment. I think identified as excess to United States Cus-
tween the Republic of Texas, United
it is worthwhile, and I would like to toms and Border Protection requirements
States, and Mexico; and many long
add my name to it and support it. and aircraft that have been damaged beyond
stretches are inundated with a noxious Mr. CONAWAY. Thank you, sir. repair, shall be transferred to any other Fed-
weed such as Russian olive and salt Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance eral agency, department, or office outside of
cedar. These weeds can grow from 10 to of my time. the Department of Homeland Security dur-
15 feet in height. They provide excel- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. ing fiscal year 2008 without the prior ap-
lent tactical cover for anyone trying to Chairman, I move to strike the last proval of the Committees on Appropriations
sneak across the border, or in what is word. of the Senate and the House of Representa-
on this side of the United States, stage Mr. Chairman, I want to thank the tives: Provided further, That none of the
in ways that our Border Patrol agents funds under this heading may be obligated
gentleman for a very useful amend-
for procurement of additional unmanned aer-
can’t see them. ment. The amendment would shift ial systems until the Commissioner of
I have spoken with leadership of the some funding around in ways that I United States Customs and Border Protec-
Border Patrol, along with former sec- think are well justified. It would apply tion certifies to the Committees on Appro-
tor chief Simon Garza for the Marfa $5 million to study the eradication of priations of the Senate and House of Rep-
sector in relation to this project, and it invasive cover species such as Cariso resentatives that they are of higher priority
is an idea that they would support if cane, Russian olive trees, salt cedar. It and more cost effective than other items in-
they were able to get funding for that. is a well-crafted amendment and I am cluded in the Air and Marine Strategic Re-
This is a win on two different levels. capitalization and Modernization plan.
happy to support it.
One, it would eliminate this tactical Mr. CONAWAY. I accept that. AMENDMENT NO. 106 OFFERED BY MR. SOUDER
cover that the folks trying to sneak Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I offer
across could use, and it would make ance of my time. an amendment.
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The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk because of their usage, and it hasn’t cotics terrorism is ripping up this
will designate the amendment. been made a priority because the main- country. We have 20,000 to 30,000 deaths
The text of the amendment is as fol- tenance is going to the helicopters a year. And if we have loads of cocaine
lows: along the border, all 16, and let me re- coming in, loads of heroin coming into
Amendment No. 106 offered by Mr. SOUDER: peat, all 16 air assets that are supposed our society, because we have got all
Page 16, line 20, strike ‘‘Provided, That no to be used in counternarcotics are now our planes lined up on the border and
aircraft’’ and insert ‘‘Provided further, That down for serious maintenance, leaving our P–3s down, it will not function.
no aircraft’’. the counterdrug mission severely im- And with your assurance that you will
Page 16, line 20, insert after the colon the continue to work with this, watch this,
pacted. And if we can’t work out to
following: ‘‘Provided, That of the amount and we continue to talk about it be-
made available under this heading, some degree over in the Florida and
the Gulf of Mexico range, they fixed tween the authorizing and the appro-
$100,000,000 may not be obligated until Con-
gress receives a report detailing the number this short term by having legacy Air priators, I will be happy to withdraw
of requests United States Customs and Bor- and Marine or Customs pilots be the re- my amendment tonight.
der Protection receives for use of air and ma- gional Border Patrol people and man- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Will
rine assets by United States Immigration aging their assets. But along the bor- the gentleman yield?
and Customs Enforcement and other Federal, Mr. SOUDER. I will yield.
der, we don’t have that luxury. Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. It is
State, and local agencies and the number of We have been trying in the author-
such requests that are denied:’’. my expectation that CBP Air and Ma-
izing committee for some time to get a
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- rine with enormous aviation and mari-
report from the agency, and I have time operations, they should have as
man, I reserve a point of order on the spent hours with the relevant people in
gentleman’s amendment. one of their priority missions sup-
my office, as well as questioning at porting the investigative or other DHS
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to hearings, trying to get the data of how
the order of the House of today, the agencies, in particular ICE. That was
exactly they are using these assets. done by the legacy Air and Marine arm
gentleman from Indiana (Mr. SOUDER) What are they denying? ICE can’t get
and a Member opposed each will con- of the old Customs Service, and it
the assets to do the big-risk things. should not decline.
trol 5 minutes. This has been one of the historic con-
The Chair recognizes the gentleman So I appreciate the gentleman’s rais-
flicts between these agencies. ing the matter. I am happy to work
from Indiana. I support a picket fence. We need to with him to further the issue he has
Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I yield have a border fence. But you also have raised.
myself 31⁄2 minutes. to have the ability to go behind and Mr. SOUDER. Thank you.
Ever since we created the Depart- forward and track and take down sys- Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous con-
ment of Homeland Security, we have tems. And Air and Marine is a critical sent to withdraw my amendment.
had a problem of what to do with our part of this, and we need this report. The Acting CHAIRMAN. Is there ob-
air assets. And I hope that if we can’t work this jection to the request of the gentleman
This amendment would hold $100 mil- out tonight, that it can be worked out from Indiana?
lion from the Customs and Border Pro- in conference committee, because this There was no objection.
tection, CBP, Air and Marine interdic- must be resolved. AMENDMENT NO. 98 OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF
tion, operations, maintenance, and pro- May I inquire of the chairman of the TEXAS
curement account until a report is re- subcommittee for a brief, informal col- Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair-
ceived detailing the number of requests loquy here, would you be willing to man, I offer an amendment.
CBP receives from the use of assets and continue to work with me on this sub- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
the number of those requests that are ject and with the Department of Home- will designate the amendment.
denied. land Security, because it is very crit- The text of the amendment is as fol-
One of the problems we had when we, ical to how we are going to do counter- lows:
in effect, set up ICE and CBP was to to narcotics and high-risk terrorism and Amendment No. 98 offered by Mr. MCCAUL
do with the division called Air and Ma- of Texas:
how CBP is going to work with ICE in Page 17, strike the proviso beginning on
rine. Air and Marine Division did not resolving the Air and Marine issue? line 2.
stay parked right along the border. The Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
Air and Marine Division has assets The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
Chairman, will the gentleman yield? the order of the House of today, the
down in Colombia. They have assets in Mr. SOUDER. I yield to the gen-
the Caribbean, assets in the Eastern gentleman from Texas (Mr. MCCAUL)
tleman. and a Member opposed each will con-
Pacific, assets at various points, be- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
cause the whole point of the Air and trol 5 minutes.
Chairman, I thank the gentleman for The Chair recognizes the gentleman
Marine Division was both with boats raising this issue. And I am, of course, from Texas.
and air to be able to follow in par- willing to work with him on this. Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair-
ticular drug traffickers, other traf- I do not believe the withholding of man, H.R. 2638, as currently written,
fickers of contraband in high value or the $100 million is necessary or desir- prohibits the use of funds for addi-
mass targets in the sense of illegal im- able in this case. But I believe we need tional unmanned aerial vehicles, or
migration or of terrorism. to get the confirmation that you are UAVs, until the Customs and Border
But when we put the air assets under- talking about from CBP, and I am not Patrol informs the House and Senate
neath CBP and they put them under eager to delay the release of needed Appropriations Committees that their
Border Patrol, the nature of what we funds, but I certainly am willing to use is cost-effective. I submit today
were doing with our Air and Marine as- work with the gentleman to make cer- that they are worth every penny. My
sets have fundamentally changed. tain that we get the information we amendment would strike that provi-
As the now ranking member of the need and the confirmation that we sion which would otherwise be pro-
Border Subcommittee and a member of need that the agency is on track. tected by the rule.
the Homeland Security Committee Mr. SOUDER. Reclaiming my time, These eyes of the sky bring excep-
since its creation, I have spent a lot of Mr. Chairman, I thank the chairman, tional operational capabilities to the
time on this issue, as well as being and with that assurance, I am not real- table. They can stay airborne for 30 to
head of Speaker HASTERT’s drug task ly anxious to hold up any money in 40 hours and can carry state-of-the-art
force. I have spent my entire career this bill either. But I would like them technology through day and night cam-
working on narcotics issues. This has to be accountable to Congress because eras, radar tracking systems, and other
been a huge issue. In particular, one of they have not resolved how they are
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our problems right now is that many, if going to move and deal with Air and UAVs working the borders have
not all, of the critical assets are now Marine assets related to ICE and inves- flown over 2,000 hours and aided in the
more or less chained to the border; tigations. They sometimes have even arrests of nearly 3,900 illegal immi-
that one of the P–3s, which are critical sent helicopters where we needed a P– grants and the seizure of over 13,000
for long-range surveillance, right now, 3. This just isn’t functioning, and nar- pounds of marijuana.
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UAVs are not in sufficient quantities der Patrol on horseback, you have Bor- pared to an unmanned vehicle that has
to provide economies of scale and, as der Patrol with SUVs, with four-wheel- proven its technology over time and
such, will always be more expensive to drive vehicles. You have all kinds of re- time again, that is able to stay on sta-
operate than a pilot in a small aircraft. sponse mechanisms and all kinds of de- tion, and this is one key along the bor-
But, Mr. Chairman, cost is not the only tection mechanisms. der that most people won’t talk about,
consideration. But to suggest that we shouldn’t they are able to stay on station so that
On March 20, 2007, a UAV detected even ask the question of whether an $8 the smugglers don’t know when they’re
and tracked six illegal aliens trying to million expense is more cost-effective coming off station to switch crews to
cross the southern border. When border than another kind of assets, I think, is go down. A crew actually switches in
officials arrived on the scene, they just ridiculous. the trailer on site. One guy says,
seized 395 pounds of marijuana and ar- And, frankly, that is one thing the you’ve got it now, Joe, I have it now,
rested all six. Among the six was a fu- committee found out, that there isn’t and the smugglers never know when
gitive wanted in Kings County, Wash- all the money you always want to you’re going through. And to do the
ington, on charges of third-degree rape spend on everything here. There have same kind of test to your manned vehi-
of a child. got to be some priorities. And if you cles and other aerial observations that
We should be providing our border have made the priority that of the Cus- you are proposing for this technology,
authorities with more technology and toms and Border Patrol, this is not this technology is the greatest success
tools. We talked a lot about the fence what they would spend it on. in the world.
but this is the technology piece. More Mr. FARR. Will the gentleman yield?
technology and tools, not less. Had a Mr. BILBRAY. I will yield.
UAV not detected the entry of those il- So I think the amendment and the Mr. FARR. First of all, the Predator
legal immigrants, how many more chil- language in the bill is particularly ap- has to be monitored. There is man-
dren may have been victimized by sex- propriate. It doesn’t prohibit the ex- power on the Predator. And as I recall,
ual predators? penditures. It just says before you there are three people that it takes to
I think this is an important piece to come back and spend up to another $8 fly it.
our overall security of the border, and billion, compare this to what other as- But that’s not the issue of this, be-
I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of sets you can buy, and you make the cause you would have money to buy
my amendment. suggestion to us as to what is the best Predators. All it says is that the same
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance expenditure of limited public funds. people that operate them, Customs and
of my time. Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair- Border Patrol, that this isn’t a high
Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, I rise in man, how much time do I have remain- priority for them. That is all it says.
opposition to the amendment. ing? The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentle-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen- man’s time has expired.
tleman from California is recognized tleman from Texas has 21⁄2 minutes re- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
for 5 minutes. maining. Chairman, I move to strike the last
Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, this is an Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair- word.
issue that came up when our com- man, let me simply just say we obvi- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen-
mittee traveled to the border and had ously do not have enough manpower tleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
discussions with the Border Patrol. down at the border. These ‘‘eyes in the Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I am
And what you are talking about here is skies,’’ as we call them, provide the happy to yield such time as he needs to
striking language that gives some abil- surveillance technology that is just ab- Mr. FARR to complete his argument.
ity for comparing the expenditure of solutely critical to surveilling the bor- Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, the lan-
costs on one piece of intelligence der to stop this flood of illegal immi- guage is that the very people that are
equipment versus the other. And what gration and potential terrorism. operating these vehicles, the Customs
the gentleman didn’t tell you is that of Mr. Chairman, with that, I would and Border Patrol, certify that these
all the assets on the border, this is the yield the remainder of my time to the are the higher priority and the more
most expensive, $10 million, $8 to $10 gentleman from California (Mr. cost effective than other items in-
million per unmanned vehicle. The BILBRAY). cluded in the Air and Marine Strategic
other assets that are on the border, Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, I find Recapitalization and Modernization
which everybody agreed was much it hard to believe my dear colleague plan. It puts the burden on them. If
more effective, is the new radar sys- from California can really believe that this is what they think is the most cost
tem, which costs about $700,000, that an unmanned observation platform like effective, fine. It doesn’t block it; it
are portable. the Predator is not more cost effective just says do that analysis.
We have others. We have balloons. than having a rotor wing with twin I am really just surprised, because I
We have helicopters. We have as many crews that have to switch off at least sat here all these days and just heard
assets looking at the border as there every 6 hours. Where you are able to do riling after riling, people getting up on
are in Iraq. And what the language in an unmanned observation, you can the other side talking about money,
the bill says is that before you go out switch off crews while they’re on site. and we need to be very conscientious
and just buy more Predators at 8 mil- You don’t have to take the vehicles off about how we spend money. There is
lion bucks, there is already $50 million station to be able to do the trans- language in there that says, Customs
in the account and we want to know formation from one crew to the other. and Border Patrol, you certify that
before you spend that whether it is And I don’t know what data, where this is a high priority for you and it’s
cost-effective compared to other issues you’re getting the saying that the un- cost effective. What’s wrong with that?
that you have to do. manned vehicle is somehow not as cost Why do you want to strike that lan-
You have on the border not only the effective as having rotor-winged guage? It doesn’t make any sense at
Customs and Border Patrol, and I manned vehicles on site in very remote all.
would submit that the arrests were not areas. It just doesn’t pencil out. This is Mr. BILBRAY. Would the gentleman
made by that unmanned vehicle, and I the same kind of argument we heard 5 yield?
don’t think that was the only system years ago in the military saying un- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I would
they used to discover that. It was just manned vehicles would never work in be happy to yield.
one. It happened to be a very, very ex- some place like Afghanistan, where Mr. BILBRAY. You and I have both
pensive one. The radar systems are the you and I know the great hero of the operated in local and State government
most effective. The most effective. And Afghan war was the Predator. So I’ve and we’ve worked on this. If you really
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you have responding to that Customs just got to say sincerely, you’ve been think that you should place that kind
and Border Patrol that are in aircraft, in government long enough to under- of condition on one technology that is
in different kinds of helicopters, in- stand that putting a rotor wing, a a proven technology that even the
cluding Black Hawk helicopters, you major helicopter up with two individ- military originally did not think was
have all-terrain vehicles, you have Bor- uals to do aerial observations com- going to be cost effective and which
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now admits that they were wrong to he wishes to apply to it, he should pro- AMENDMENT NO. 105 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF
underestimate the cost effectiveness pose that. We are asking simply for a IOWA
of, the fact is, why apply it to this determination that these items are of Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, I
technology and not apply that condi- higher priority and more cost effective offer an amendment.
tion to every other application along than other items included in the Air The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
here? and Marine Strategic Recapitalization will designate the amendment.
The fact is, this technology has been and Modernization plan. The text of the amendment is as fol-
the breakthrough that has shocked the We focused on this system because lows:
world. And it is absolutely astonishing there are particular challenges here. Amendment No. 105 offered by Mr. KING of
that we would pick out the hero and But as Mr. FARR says, it is just a basic Iowa:
the technology that opened the eyes to principle of good responsible govern- Page 17, line 23, after the dollar amount,
the fact that remote technology was a insert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000) (increased by
great break through for effectiveness The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentle-
and cost effectiveness. Why would you man’s time has expired. The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
back off from the fact of doing that and The question is on the amendment the order of the House of today, the
not apply to every other technology offered by the gentleman from Texas gentleman from Iowa (Mr. KING) and
going except for this one? (Mr. MCCAUL). the gentleman from North Carolina
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I’m (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5 min-
The question was taken; and the Act-
happy to yield to Mr. FARR. utes.
ing Chairman announced that the noes
Mr. FARR. Because as the gentleman The Chair recognizes the gentleman
appeared to have it.
knows, this is an almost $10 million per from Iowa.
Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair-
cost item. And you know what? The Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, my
man, I demand a recorded vote.
one we had crashed, and the other one amendment strikes $5 million and puts
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
we have is about to be delivered. And it back in. It is directed to encourage
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro-
there is $50 million in the account. If the promotion of the Basic Pilot Pro-
ceedings on the amendment offered by
they want to come back and use that gram.
the gentleman from Texas will be post-
$50 million to buy more of them, that’s We have had a number of hearings on
what we are asking. You tell us what is this in the subject matter that has
If there are no further amendments
the most cost-effective use. Frankly, come before the Immigration Sub-
to this paragraph, the Clerk will read.
and I wish you were there, the new committee of which I am the ranking
The Clerk read as follows: member. And the statistics on that
equipment that is coming out, this
technology on radar, for 100 miles can look very encouraging to the effective-
For necessary expenses to plan, construct, ness of the Basic Pilot Program, the
detect when even rabbits are crossing
renovate, equip, and maintain buildings and Employment Verification Program, if
the border. It’s very cost effective. The facilities necessary for the administration
Border Patrol is very excited about it. you will, or I will call it the ‘‘Instant
and enforcement of the laws relating to cus-
They would like to have more, but they toms and immigration, $249,663,000, to re- Check Program.’’
can’t because they’re spending money main available until expended. What that program does is it allows
like this. UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS an employer to take the information
So, with all due respect, these are ENFORCEMENT off the I–9 document from an employee
professionals that are on the job every SALARIES AND EXPENSES
applicant and introduces that into an
single day, you want to let them tell Internet page, where that Internet goes
For necessary expenses for enforcement of
you what they think is the most effec- immigration and customs laws, detention
off and checks the database of the So-
tive tool to do their job. That is all and removals, and investigations; and pur- cial Security Administration and the
this language does. I don’t know why chase and lease of up to 3,790 (2,350 for re- Department of Homeland Security and
you would oppose that. placement only) police-type vehicles; comes back and verifies if you have the
Mr. BILBRAY. Would the gentleman $4,146,300,000, of which not to exceed documents before you and the informa-
yield? $10,000,000 shall be available until expended tion from the documents that ensure
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I am for conducting special operations under sec- that that is a legal applicant, at least
tion 3131 of the Customs Enforcement Act of the documents from a legal applicant.
happy to yield. 1986 (19 U.S.C. 2081); of which not to exceed
Mr. BILBRAY. I appreciate your con- $15,000 shall be for official reception and rep-
What we have seen is that 98.6 per-
cern. But again, I come back to the resentation expenses; of which not to exceed cent of the legal applicants are ap-
fact that you do not place the same $1,000,000 shall be for awards of compensation proved in the first try. And when they
condition on the other technologies. to informants, to be accounted for solely have to go back and clean up their
And if you want to do this, then let’s under the certificate of the Secretary of records a little bit, you get to well over
talk about it through the entire tech- Homeland Security; and of which not to ex- 99 percent accuracy within the Basic
nologies, that we are not going to ceed $11,216,000 shall be available to fund or Pilot Program, and yet we don’t have
reimburse other Federal agencies for the enough employers that are using it.
apply that. And the fact is, history has
costs associated with the care, maintenance,
proven, and even though you may not and repatriation of smuggled illegal aliens:
This has been the substance of many
like to admit it, the things like the Provided, That none of the funds made avail- of the proposals for Comprehensive Im-
fence in San Diego that some people able under this heading shall be available to migration Reform on how we are going
thought wouldn’t work and the so- compensate any employee for overtime in an to hold employers accountable and how
called experts said wouldn’t work have annual amount in excess of $35,000, except they are going to verify that the appli-
worked extraordinarily well because that the Secretary of Homeland Security, or cants before them are applying with
we gave it a chance to work before we a designee of the Secretary, may waive that real documents and if those documents
amount as necessary for national security identify real people that are lawful to
started cutting it off. And that is ex-
purposes and in cases of immigration emer-
actly what we are seeing here. This is gencies: Provided further, That of the total
work in the United States.
a technology that has proven itself amount provided, $15,770,000 shall be for ac- And so as much success as we have
around the world, but you don’t want tivities to enforce laws against forced child had with this, I want to ensure that we
to give it a chance to prove itself along labor in fiscal year 2008, of which not to ex- have the Department of Homeland Se-
our national frontier. ceed $6,000,000 shall remain available until curity promoting the Basic Pilot Pro-
Mr. FARR. Don’t read in this lan- expended: Provided further, That at least once gram. They have the dollars in their
guage what isn’t there. That’s not what per month the Secretary of Homeland Secu- budget to do that. This just commits
rity or a designee of the Secretary shall ob- those dollars and dedicates $5 million
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it is about.
tain information from every prison, jail, and
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Re- to promotion of the Basic Pilot Pro-
correctional facility in the United States to
claiming my time, Mr. Chairman, let identify incarcerated aliens who may be de- gram.
me say to the gentleman from Cali- portable and make every reasonable effort to I will say that I have this program. I
fornia that this language, I think, remove such aliens judged deportable upon have run it myself. I have tried to fool
could be widely applied. If he has items their release from custody. it, everything I could do. The longest
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delay I could create was 6 seconds on efforts here, though, could I suggest Pilot is a program which lets employ-
an applicant, and the error rate, of that the amendment be withdrawn and ers check the employment status of
course, is minimal. we work with him as we go to con- people they are hiring. It is not an en-
I would add that if we have flaws in ference to see how we might accommo- forcement program, and it can’t be lo-
our database, it isn’t necessarily a date his concerns. cated in two agencies. So I have no
problem with the Basic Pilot Program. Mr. KING of Iowa. Will the gen- choice but to oppose the amendment.
It may well be that the Social Security tleman yield? Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal-
Administration records are wrong, or Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I will ance of my time.
the Department of Homeland Security yield. Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, I
criminal records in the NCIC perhaps Mr. KING of Iowa. I appreciate the yield 1 minute to the gentlewoman
need to be corrected. So the only way privilege to make another point, and from Tennessee (Mrs. BLACKBURN).
that I can see that you can complete that is that I believe that since we Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I
that narrow area, that less than 1 per- have ICE working all across this coun- thank the gentleman from Iowa, and I
cent that are flawed, is to use the pro- try, working with many of the employ- do rise to support his amendment.
gram. If you use the program, you ers, that the knowledge base and the As a point of clarification, I think
clean up the mistakes. promotion of Basic Pilot would be the gentleman from Iowa, who has
That is what this amendment does, something that would be mobile and worked in the business world and has
Mr. Chairman, is it directs $5 million portable and flexible. dealt with ICE on employment issues,
and encourages the Department of has such a good understanding of how
Homeland Security to promote the this works. To the esteemed chairman
Basic Pilot Program. And this has been Since it is an Internet-based pro- from North Carolina, who has spent
something that has been consistent gram, all of these employers, at least much of his life in academia, I think
with those that promote the Com- the larger employers, have computers that what we have got is apples and or-
prehensive Immigration Reform plan, and Internet access. So the flexibility anges and what we need to do is pull it
as well as those of us who believe we of this and the mobility of it I think is together.
should do enforcement first. clear. The message that comes from Having trained people with ICE who
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance this I don’t think constrains ICE, but are in the field, who actually would
of my time. encourages them to do something I help encourage employers to use this
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. think they should be doing as part of program, it is an important part of in-
Chairman, I yield myself such time as their overall process. ternal enforcement for our employers,
I may consume. I would encourage the chairman to knowing how to use it, having that tool
I mainly am confused about exactly consider my remarks in his response. to be certain that they know how to
what the gentleman is proposing and Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. use the Basic Pilot Program, to be cer-
would like to try to clarify it if I Chairman, is the gentleman saying he tain that individuals who are going to
might. is willing to withdraw the amendment? work for them are indeed who they say
The effort here is to attempt to carve Mr. KING of Iowa. The gentleman be- they are and that they are in the coun-
out $5 million for the ICE Mutual lieves that this is a well thought out try legally. That is important for em-
Agreement Between Government Em- and constructive amendment, and al- ployers. It is an important tool for hav-
ployers Program, which he is, I believe, though I appreciate the sentiment of ing immigration enforcement in this
confusing with the Basic Pilot Pro- the chairman, I would be reluctant to country.
gram. ICE does not administer the withdraw the amendment. Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman,
Basic Pilot Program. The bill already Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. moving forward in my last minute in
includes $30 million for CIS to carry Chairman, reclaiming my time, I can conclusion, I just want to emphasize
out Basic Pilot. understand the need for flexibility and that ICE is out there in the field and
And it is indeed a well-regarded pro- for these programs not to be in totally they are dealing with employers on a
gram to do exactly the same thing as separate spheres, but I just have to say daily basis face-to-face. USCIS is a sta-
the gentleman is describing here. But I that CIS administers the Basic Pilot tionary operation and they operate out
don’t understand the rationale for Program. It can’t be in two agencies. of their offices wherever they might be
carving $5 million out of the ICE budg- The bill has $30 million for this pur- located with the databases they have
et for a program that, as I understand pose. I simply do not, cannot, grasp the and the access that they have to the
it, would be totally duplicative. So rationale for carving $5 million out of information. But USCIS wouldn’t be in
maybe you can clarify. the ICE budget for the same purpose. a position to come out and promote
Mr. KING of Iowa. I appreciate the There does seem to be confusion here. Basic Pilot on a face-to-face basis with
gentleman yielding. That is why I am offering to take the employers.
This is actually an amendment that I concern forward and suggesting the I would say the only entity out there
offered a previous year or two. And I amendment be withdrawn. that has better capability of inter-
don’t recall if it was successful or not, Mr. KING of Iowa. If the gentleman acting with employers, other than ICE,
I actually think it was, but I can’t will yield further, I hope I have made would be the IRS. It may be a good
speak to that factually here tonight. my point that ICE is in a position to idea for us at some point to take up the
But I can say that since ICE has the enforce. They are hands-on with the idea of eliminating the tax deduct-
authority to go in and enforce on the employers in the work site, and that is ibility of wages and benefits paid to
work site, and they do do that, that where the utilization of Basic Pilot illegals and let the IRS help with this
also puts them in a position, in their takes place. I believe it is incumbent enforcement.
cooperative effort with employers, to upon this Congress to encourage that But what this amendment does is it
be able to use these resources to pro- ICE incorporates the promotion and encourages and directs that ICE go out
mote the Employment Verification education of this as part of the work and interact with the employers and
Program, or the Basic Pilot Program, that they do as they interrelate with promote with $5 million the utilization
within the auspices of their regular en- the employers. Not just go in and raid of the Basic Pilot Program.
forcement, where they are inter- and lock people up and haul them off, Mr. Chairman, I urge the adoption of
relating with the employers on the but to help work so employers can have the amendment.
work site. confidence. The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques-
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I’m If we leave this strictly within tion is on the amendment offered by
USCIS, they are not out into the em-
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sorry. I believe the gentleman is mis- the gentleman from Iowa (Mr. KING).
taken about the bureaucratic location ployer workforce. They don’t have that The question was taken; and the Act-
of the Basic Pilot Program. access to employers in the fashion that ing Chairman announced that the noes
The concern he expresses is certainly ICE does. appeared to have it.
a legitimate one. Given the fact that Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, I
we may be talking about duplicative Chairman, reclaiming my time, Basic demand a recorded vote.
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The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to and enforcement of the laws relating to cus- later than 60 days after the date of enact-
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- toms and immigration, $6,000,000, to remain ment of this Act a detailed expenditure plan
ceedings on the amendment offered by available until expended: Provided, That for checkpoint support and explosive detec-
none of the funds made available in this or tion systems refurbishment, procurement,
the gentleman from Iowa will be post-
any other Act may be used to solicit or con- and installations on an airport-by-airport
poned. sider any request to privatize facilities cur- basis for fiscal year 2008: Provided, further,
The Acting CHAIRMAN. If there are rently owned by the United States Govern- That notwithstanding any other provision of
no further amendments to this para- ment and used to detain illegal aliens until law, the acquisition management system
graph, the Clerk will read. the Committees on Appropriations of the shall be subject to the provisions of the
The Clerk read as follows: Senate and the House of Representatives re- Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.).
FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE ceive and approve a plan for carrying out FEDERAL AIR MARSHALS
The revenues and collections of security that privatization. For necessary expenses of the Federal Air
fees credited to this account shall be avail- TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Marshals, $722,000,000.
able until expended for necessary expenses AVIATION SECURITY COAST GUARD
related to the protection of federally-owned For necessary expenses of the Transpor- OPERATING EXPENSES
and leased buildings and for the operations tation Security Administration related to For necessary expenses for the operation
of the Federal Protective Service: Provided, providing civil aviation security services and maintenance of the Coast Guard not oth-
That none of the funds provided in this or pursuant to the Aviation and Transportation erwise provided for; purchase or lease of not
any other Act, and none of the revenues or Security Act (Public Law 107–71; 115 Stat. to exceed 25 passenger motor vehicles, which
collections of security fees credited to this 597; 49 U.S.C. 40101 note), $5,198,535,000, to re- shall be for replacement only; payments pur-
account, may be obligated for any activity main available until September 30, 2009, of suant to section 156 of Public Law 97–377 (42
that reduces the number of in-service Fed- which not to exceed $10,000 shall be for offi- U.S.C. 402 note; 96 Stat. 1920); and recreation
eral Protective Service police officers below cial reception and representation expenses: and welfare; $5,885,242,000, of which
the number of such officers as of October 1, Provided, That of the total amount made $340,000,000 shall be for defense-related ac-
2006, unless— available under this heading, not to exceed tivities; of which $24,500,000 shall be derived
(1) the Director of the Federal Protective $4,218,194,000 shall be for screening oper- from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to
Service provides to the head of the relevant ations, of which $560,000,000 shall be available carry out the purposes of section 1012(a)(5) of
lead State and local law enforcement agen- only for procurement and installation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C.
cies for the jurisdiction concerned a report checked baggage explosive detection sys- 2712(a)(5)); and of which not to exceed $20,000
on the number and type of cases handled by tems; and not to exceed $980,116,000 shall be shall be for official reception and representa-
the Federal Protective Service police in that for aviation security direction and enforce- tion expenses: Provided, That none of the
jurisdiction for the previous two fiscal years; ment: Provided further, That security service funds made available by this or any other
(2) the Director of the Federal Protective fees authorized under section 44940 of title 49, Act shall be available for administrative ex-
Service negotiates a Memorandum of Agree- United States Code, shall be credited to this penses in connection with shipping commis-
ment with the head of each relevant State appropriation as offsetting collections and sioners in the United States: Provided fur-
and local law enforcement agency for the ju- shall be available only for aviation security: ther, That none of the funds made available
risdiction concerned that explains how the Provided further, That the sum appropriated by this Act shall be for expenses incurred for
work identified in the report described in under this heading from the General Fund yacht documentation under section 12114 of
section (1) will be addressed in the future; shall be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis title 46, United States Code, except to the ex-
and as such offsetting collections are received tent fees are collected from yacht owners
(3) the Director of the Federal Protective during fiscal year 2008, so as to result in a and credited to this appropriation.
Service submits copies of each report under final fiscal year appropriation from the Gen- AMENDMENT NO. 107 OFFERED BY MR. SOUDER
paragraph (1) and each memorandum under eral Fund estimated at not more than
paragraph (2) to the Committees on Appro- Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I offer
$2,488,310,000: Provided further, That any secu-
priations of the Senate and the House of rity service fees collected in excess of the
Representatives by not later than 15 days be- amount made available under this heading
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
fore the number of in-service Federal Protec- shall become available during fiscal year will designate the amendment.
tive Service police officers is reduced for the 2009. The text of the amendment is as fol-
concerned jurisdiction. lows:
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY
AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION Amendment No. 107 offered by Mr. SOUDER:
For necessary expenses of the Transpor- Page 25, line 3, after the first dollar
For expenses of immigration and customs tation Security Administration related to
enforcement automated systems, $30,700,000, amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $21,500,000)’’.
providing surface transportation security ac- Page 31, line 13, after the dollar amount,
to remain available until expended: Provided, tivities, $41,413,000, to remain available until
That none of the funds made available under insert ‘‘(reduced by $8,000,000)’’.
September 30, 2009. Page 26, line 10, after the first dollar
this heading may be obligated until the Com-
mittees on Appropriations of the Senate and TRANSPORTATION THREAT ASSESSMENT AND amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $29,500,000)’’.
the House of Representatives receive and ap- CREDENTIALING Page 26, line 22, after the dollar amount,
prove a plan for expenditure prepared by the For necessary expenses for the develop- insert ‘‘(increased by $29,500,000)’’.
ment and implementation of screening pro- Page 26, line 25, after the dollar amount,
Secretary of Homeland Security that—
grams of the Office of Transportation Threat insert ‘‘(increased by $29,500,000)’’.
(1) meets the capital planning and invest-
ment control review requirements estab- Assessment and Credentialing, $49,490,000, to The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
lished by the Office of Management and remain available until September 30, 2009: the order of the House of today, the
Budget, including Circular A–11, part 7; Provided, That if the Assistant Secretary of gentleman from Indiana (Mr. SOUDER)
(2) complies with the Department of Home- Homeland Security (Transportation Security and the gentleman from North Caro-
land Security information systems enter- Administration) determines that the Secure lina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5
prise architecture; Flight program does not need to check air-
line passenger names against the full ter-
(3) complies with the acquisition rules, re-
quirements, guidelines, and systems acquisi- rorist watch list, then the Assistant Sec- The Chair recognizes the gentleman
tion management practices of the Federal retary shall certify to the Committees on from Indiana.
Government; Appropriations of the Senate and the House Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I yield
(4) includes a certification by the Chief In- of Representatives that no security risks are myself 2 minutes.
formation Officer of the Department of raised by screening airline passenger names Mr. Chairman, this amendment in ef-
Homeland Security that an independent only against a subset of the full terrorist fect transfers money from the alter-
verification and validation agent is cur- watch list. ation of bridges account, $8 million,
rently under contract for the project; TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SUPPORT and $21.5 million allocated from the op-
(5) is reviewed and approved by the Depart- For necessary expenses of the Transpor- erating expenses allocated to airborne
ment of Homeland Security Investment Re- tation Security Administration related to use of force account, and moves it over
view Board, the Secretary of Homeland Secu- providing transportation security support
rity, and the Office of Management and to buy a Coast Guard maritime patrol
and intelligence pursuant to the Aviation aircraft.
Budget; and and Transportation Security Act (Public The challenge here in Deepwater,
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(6) is reviewed by the Government Ac- Law 107–71; 115 Stat. 597; 49 U.S.C. 40101
countability Office. which has had admitted problems, but
note), $526,615,000, to remain available until
CONSTRUCTION September 30, 2009: Provided, That the Sec- which is one of the most important
For necessary expenses to plan, construct, retary of Homeland Security shall submit to long-term programs of the Coast Guard
renovate, equip, and maintain buildings and the Committees on Appropriations of the for reaching out into beyond just har-
facilities necessary for the administration Senate and the House of Representatives no bor patrol to be able to protect our
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country, whether it be illegal contra- The amendment would also cut the HITRON helicopter, which is a great
band, such as narcotics or anthrax or alteration of bridges program by $8 helicopter, I have been in it, but it is
whatever, or high risk terrorists, is million. That is half of the budget for not armed. It is outdated and they are
that we don’t have enough assets that that program included in the bill. The moving to the M–65s. They have the M–
are operating and functional, and part amendment would instead move this 65s on line or in production, the ones
of this is aircraft. money to the Coast Guard aircraft ac- that you said that are off-the-shelf hel-
The MH–68, the HITRON, leases have quisitions budget in the Deepwater icopters that they are now adapting, of
expired, and we have moved to the M– Program. which they had eight and they wanted
65s, which are replacing them in the The question is not whether these four more and you gave them two
field. The Coast Guard then requested aircraft are needed. We know that they more.
four more, to bring it up to 12, of assets are. But there is a serious question b 2345
that go out with the Deepwater Pro- about whether the Coast Guard is or
gram. This bill already cuts Deepwater would be prepared to utilize the fund- The money for the account that they
$197 million. This is the only Coast ing that the gentleman is suggesting. don’t want and don’t have people to do
Guard plus-up that we would have re- The Coast Guard’s aircraft acquisitions and the 21.5 for a contract they don’t
lated to Deepwater. They deeply need are behind schedule. The newest planes want would buy the additional heli-
these air assets. that the service is buying have not copter that they do want that’s off the
Now, one of the challenges here is, even been shown to meet the Coast shelf and merely would need to be
what is this $8 million alteration of Guard’s needs through flight testing. added to.
bridges account? The Coast Guard in So, again, as with many items in this I would ask the chairman respect-
the report language here, it suggests budget, the question is not whether fully, can you identify who is request-
that the Coast Guard has asked and this is a worthy expenditure or a wor- ing this, because we haven’t been able
said we don’t have people who main- thy object of expenditure. The question to figure out who’s pushing this MH–68
tain bridges and we don’t want to do is what the traffic will bear in terms of contract of which the amount of money
this. The committee is ordering the next year’s budget and the money that is the exact amount of money. And the
Coast Guard to do the bridges, rather can be wisely and usefully spent. Our lobbyist is all over the Hill saying that
than the Department of Transpor- judgment, after carefully looking at that’s what this is for.
tation. this, is that the bill provides adequate Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
We also have a question of what is funding for aircraft acquisition. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?
this $21.5 million, and it looks like it is Moreover, these items that would be Mr. SOUDER. I yield to the gen-
for an MH–68 that the Coast Guard cut to make room for this funding tleman from North Carolina.
didn’t want in a lease that expired. would have a negative impact on the Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. The
A former Homeland Security Depart- day-to-day operations of the Coast item that the gentleman is discussing,
ment official now works for a lobbying Guard. In particular, they would delay let me just clarify. We’re talking about
firm who has been lobbying the Hill to the replacement of bridges in a major $21.5 million. It requires that the Coast
continue this lease, in spite of the fact way, bridges that are a hazard to mari- Guard shall submit a plan for the use
that the Coast Guard doesn’t want the time safety. of this money to the committee by No-
lease. We have been unable to identify For all these reasons, though we cer- vember 1.
which Members have actually been ad- tainly want to work with the gen- Mr. SOUDER. Reclaiming my time,
vocating renewing the lease that the tleman in trying to push this aircraft can I ask the chairman a follow-up
Coast Guard doesn’t want for a heli- acquisition forward. We want to do question?
copter we don’t need, and they cut the that in a prudent way, and we think Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Well, it
committee request from four to two for this amendment is basically not help- calls for a submission of a plan. It does
a helicopter the Coast Guard des- ful. not say how the money shall be spent
perately needs and wants. This would So we reluctantly urge a no vote. otherwise.
put that back in. Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I yield Mr. SOUDER. I agree with that. My
While it is not absolutely clear myself such time as I may consume. question then would be, given what
whether this is a closet earmark, it Mr. Chairman, I believe that what we’ve been hearing and we have been
hasn’t exactly been coming forward on the chairman was referring to was a suggested and it is all over that this
the helicopter part or the designation general account of the things that I re- amount just happens to be the amount
in this bill, which actually doesn’t des- ferred to which were inside the general that was proposed for the lease and
ignate the $21.5 million. It asks the account. I am not trying to cut funding that it’s intended for a lease.
Coast Guard to submit a plan. But the for personnel. There is $8 million in the Will the chairman assure me that in
lobbyist has been all over the Hill bill for alteration of bridges. The re- fact the Coast Guard is submitting an
today and recently saying this is for port language says the committee de- independent request to you for 21.5 and
the MH–68 helicopter we don’t want. nies the request to transfer personnel it’s not intended to buy an MH–68?
My amendment merely says, let’s devoted to maintaining safe passage of Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Yes, I
help Deepwater. Let’s give them the marine traffic. That means that the can assure you of that.
helicopter they need and want, rather Coast Guard had requested to the com- Mr. SOUDER. Thank you very much.
than giving them money they don’t mittee that they didn’t want these The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentle-
want for something they don’t do that funds. The reason they don’t want the man’s time has expired.
the Department of Transportation does funds is they don’t have personnel that The question is on the amendment
in bridges and for a helicopter they does bridges. They said this should be, offered by the gentleman from Indiana
don’t want with an expired lease. according to your report language, (Mr. SOUDER).
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. within the Department of Transpor- Mr. SOUDER. Mr. Chairman, I ask
Chairman, I yield myself such time as tation’s Maritime Division to do unanimous consent to withdraw my
I may consume in opposition to the bridges. amendment.
amendment. I don’t know what kind of fight is oc- The Acting CHAIRMAN. Without ob-
Mr. Chairman, this amendment curring between Transportation and jection, the amendment is withdrawn.
would cut the Coast Guard operating Coast Guard here, but basically the There was no objection.
expenses account, the budget that pays Coast Guard wants the money to do The Acting CHAIRMAN. If there are
for military officers and personnel, by their mission, not to do bridges, and no further amendments to this para-
$8 million. Given our country’s need for graph, the Clerk will read.
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this amendment tries to address this.
port security, marine environmental Then also in the airborne use of The Clerk read as follows:
protection and search and rescue oper- force, there is a discussion about the ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND
ations, it doesn’t seem like a very good $21.5 million, which just happens to be RESTORATION
time to be cutting back on Coast Guard the amount that the lobbying firm is For necessary expenses to carry out the
personnel. seeking to continue the MH–68 environmental compliance and restoration
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functions of the Coast Guard under chapter Engineering and Logistics is designated as The text of the amendment is as fol-
19 of title 14, United States Code, $15,000,000, the technical authority for all engineering, lows:
to remain available until expended. design, and logistics decisions pertaining to Amendment offered by Mr. BILBRAY:
RESERVE TRAINING the Integrated Deepwater Systems program; Page 26, line 10, after the first dollar
For necessary expenses of the Coast Guard (11) identifies use of the Defense Contract amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $150,000,000)’’.
Reserve, as authorized by law; operations Auditing Agency; and Page 26, line 22, after the dollar amount,
and maintenance of the reserve program; (12) is reviewed by the Government Ac- insert ‘‘(reduced by $150,000,000)’’.
personnel and training costs; and equipment countability Office: Page 39, line 14, after the dollar amount,
and services; $126,883,000. Provided further, That the Commandant of insert ‘‘(increased by $150,000,000)’’.
ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, AND the Coast Guard is authorized to dispose of Page 41, line 7, after the dollar amount, in-
IMPROVEMENTS surplus real property, by sale or lease, and sert ‘‘(increased by $150,000,000)’’.
(INCLUDING RESCISSIONS OF FUNDS) the proceeds shall be credited to this appro- The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
priation as offsetting collections and shall be the order of the House of today, the
For necessary expenses of acquisition, con-
available until September 30, 2010: Provided
struction, renovation, and improvement of gentleman from California (Mr.
aids to navigation, shore facilities, vessels, further, That of amounts made available
under this heading in Public Law 109–90 for BILBRAY) and the gentleman from
and aircraft, including equipment related North Carolina (Mr. PRICE) each will
thereto; and maintenance, rehabilitation, the Offshore Patrol Cutter, $68,841,000 is re-
scinded: Provided further, That of amounts control 5 minutes.
lease and operation of facilities and equip-
made available under this heading in Public The Chair recognizes the gentleman
ment, as authorized by law; $941,767,000, of
which $20,000,000 shall be derived from the Law 109–90 and Public Law 109–295 for un- from California.
Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to carry out manned aerial vehicles, $38,608,000 is re- Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, after
the purposes of section 1012(a)(5) of the Oil scinded: Provided further, That the Secretary the tragedy of 9/11, the 9/11 Commission
Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2712(a)(5)); of of Homeland Security shall submit to the came forth with some very distinct rec-
which $9,200,000 shall be available until Sep- Committees on Appropriations of the Senate ommendations. And one of their most
tember 30, 2012, to acquire, repair, renovate, and the House of Representatives, in con-
junction with the President’s fiscal year 2009
distinct recommendations was that we
or improve vessels, small boats, and related need to have a secure minimum stand-
equipment; of which $113,600,000 shall be budget, a review of the Revised Deepwater
available until September 30, 2010, for other Implementation Plan that identifies any ard for identification within the United
equipment; of which $37,897,000 shall be avail- changes to the plan for the fiscal year; an States. The REAL ID bill was our an-
able until September 30, 2010, for shore facili- annual performance comparison of Deep- swer to that and it was a bipartisan ef-
ties and aids to navigation facilities; of water assets to pre-Deepwater legacy assets; fort to make sure that we correct a de-
which $82,720,000 shall be available for per- a status report of legacy assets; a detailed ficiency that was identified by the 9/11
sonnel compensation and benefits and re- explanation of how the costs of legacy assets Commission. My amendment is very
lated costs; and of which $698,350,000 shall be are being accounted for within the Deep-
water program; and the earned value man-
clear. It strikes $150 million out of the
available until September 30, 2012, for the In-
tegrated Deepwater Systems program: Pro- agement system gold card data for each integrated Deepwater system program
vided, That of the funds made available for Deepwater asset: Provided further, That the which has been identified with major
the Integrated Deepwater Systems program, Secretary shall submit to the Committees on problems, moves it over to a program
$257,400,000 is for aircraft and $219,500,000 is Appropriations of the Senate and the House that we all admit is underfunded and
for surface ships: Provided further, That of Representatives a comprehensive review needs to be addressed and aids in the
$400,000,000 of the funds provided for the Inte- of the Revised Deepwater Implementation implementation of this most essential
grated Deepwater Systems program may not Plan every five years, beginning in fiscal program.
be obligated until the Committees on Appro- year 2011, that includes a complete projec-
All it says is that we now are going
priations of the Senate and the House of tion of the acquisition costs and schedule for
Representatives receive and approve a plan the duration of the plan through fiscal year to commit $150 million to the program
for expenditure directly from the Coast 2027: Provided further, That the Secretary which will raise it up to $200 million to
Guard that— shall annually submit to the Committees on help our States fulfill their responsi-
(1) defines activities, milestones, yearly Appropriations of the Senate and the House bility to provide viable, verifiable iden-
costs, and lifecycle costs for each procure- of Representatives, at the time that the tification for every American and
ment of a major asset, including an inde- President’s budget is submitted under sec- every legal resident within the United
pendent cost estimate for each; tion 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, a States.
(2) identifies lifecycle staffing and training future-years capital investment plan for the Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
needs of Coast Guard project managers and Coast Guard that identifies for each capital
budget line item—
of my time.
of procurement and contract staff;
(3) identifies competition to be conducted (1) the proposed appropriation included in Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
in each procurement; that budget; Chairman, I rise in reluctant opposi-
(4) describes procurement plans that do not (2) the total estimated cost of completion; tion to this amendment.
rely on a single industry entity or contract; (3) projected funding levels for each fiscal Mr. Chairman, the gentleman seeks
(5) contains very limited indefinite deliv- year for the next five fiscal years or until to add $150 million to fund REAL ID
ery/indefinite quantity contracts and ex- project completion, whichever is earlier; grants while cutting the Coast Guard’s
plains the need for any indefinite delivery/in- (4) an estimated completion date at the Deepwater program. I’m certainly sym-
definite quantity contracts; projected funding levels; and pathetic to the gentleman’s basic idea
(6) complies with all applicable acquisition (5) changes, if any, in the total estimated
cost of completion or estimated completion
of providing some funding for REAL
rules, requirements, and guidelines, and in-
corporates the best systems acquisition man- date from previous future-years capital in- ID. In fact, we added in this bill $50
agement practices of the Federal Govern- vestment plans submitted to the Committees million that was not requested by the
ment; on Appropriations of the Senate and the administration in order to put some
(7) complies with the capital planning and House of Representatives: seed funds out there, to get the depart-
investment control requirements established Provided further, That the Secretary shall en- ment in gear to adequately assess what
by the Office of Management and Budget, in- sure that amounts specified in the future- the Federal Government must do to as-
cluding circular A–11, part 7; years capital investment plan are consistent sist States in complying with this Fed-
(8) includes a certification by the Head of to the maximum extent practicable with eral mandate, which many of us have
Contracting Activity for the Coast Guard proposed appropriations necessary to support
and the Chief Procurement Officer of the De- heard concerns about from our home
the programs, projects, and activities of the
partment of Homeland Security that the Coast Guard in the President’s budget as
Coast Guard has established sufficient con- submitted under section 1105(a) of title 31, I am certainly sympathetic with the
trols and procedures and has sufficient staff- United States Code, for that fiscal year: Pro- idea of getting some seed funding out
ing to comply with all contracting require- vided further, That any inconsistencies be- there for REAL ID. But I have to take
ments and that any apparent conflicts of in- tween the capital investment plan and pro- issue with the offset, with the source of
terest have been sufficiently addressed; posed appropriations shall be identified and these funds. The gentleman is pro-
(9) includes a description of the process justified.
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posing to take $150 million from the
used to act upon deviations from the con- AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BILBRAY
tractually specified performance require-
Coast Guard’s Deepwater program.
ments and clearly explains the actions taken Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, I have Now, he rightly notes that the Deep-
on such deviations; an amendment at the desk. water program has had financial man-
(10) includes a certification that the As- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk agement problems. The committee is
sistant Commandant of the Coast Guard for will designate the amendment. well aware of that. We have explored
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them thoroughly both under the these sizable reductions, and may un- This amendment is quite simple. It
former chairman, Mr. ROGERS, and this necessarily prolong the operation of says, you have problems with the Deep-
year. Deepwater is one of the items in antiquated systems, some dating back water project right now, let’s talk
this bill that, while we place great im- to World War II. about it and work those problems out,
portance on it, great emphasis on it, We’re confident the Coast Guard is but we know right now we do not have
we are trying to make a very careful putting in place the right managerial the time to delay at implementing a
decision about the amount provided tools and controls and organizational secure identification system for this
and the conditions under which it is improvements to get Deepwater head- country. Let’s work with our States,
provided. ing in the right direction. But let me let’s give them the grants so they don’t
The bottom line is that this bill is al- be clear. Mr. Chairman, no one has have an excuse not to do the right
ready $197 million below the Presi- been harder on Deepwater than this thing, to make sure that when our citi-
dent’s request for the Coast Guard’s Member. Too much of our national se- zens get on an airplane, we know that
Deepwater acquisition program. There curity is at stake for the Coast Guard everyone who got on that airplane got
are reductions to projects with high to continue to struggle with inad- on with a secure document and that
carryover funding. There are reduc- equate managerial and budgetary con- they can be reassured that it’s safe to
tions in projects where the lead asset, trols. I think the commandant of the fly in America and that America is safe
the first of a series to be purchased, Coast Guard now has seized control of because the Congress did the right
has not yet been tested. In fact, we’ve this program, and I am convinced that thing and gave the resources for secure
been discussing some of those situa- he is on the right track and will have identification so we can have a secure
tions tonight. So we’re reducing the the capability to make it work. Nation.
program. We’re also restoring account- And so while we’re cutting Deep-
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal-
ability. $400 million of Deepwater fund- water in this bill and putting controls
ance of my time.
ing is withheld pending the submission on how they spend their money, they
still need this money, and this amend- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
of a detailed management and expendi- Chairman, I move to strike the last
ture plan. ment would cut too much from the
Deepwater program for a REAL ID pro- word.
So we are well aware of the Deep- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen-
water challenges. But I think in light gram that is flush with money already.
So I oppose the amendment reluc- tleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
of the way we have dealt with them Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield
tantly and congratulate the gentleman
and the level of funding we have pro- to Mr. FARR from California.
for his thoughtful but misplaced
vided, another $150 million cut would
amendment. Mr. FARR. Thank you very much,
be most unwise. So my opposition is I yield back the balance of my time. Mr. Chairman. Thank you for yielding.
more out of a concern for that than it Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, there
is out of any inclination to downplay I wasn’t even going to speak on this
have already been three States that issue, but I have to concur with my
the REAL ID challenge. It’s more in have opted out of REAL ID because
terms of this offset that I have to op- Chair and ranking member, and I’ll tell
they say they don’t have the money to you why, Mr. BILBRAY. The Deepwater
pose this amendment. implement it. The terrorists of 9/11 did
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- project, the first Deepwater vessel is
not slip through the Coast Guard along being delivered to Alameda, California.
ance of my time. our coastline. I represent a coastal dis-
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- As you know, the Alameda office is in
trict. The fact is we need to make some charge of the entire ocean from Cali-
man, I move to strike the last word. priority decisions here. What is the
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen- fornia to the Indian Ocean, half the
real threat to the American people? world. The other half is monitored by
tleman is recognized for 5 minutes. The threat is the use of false identi-
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Like the this side. If you think that that oper-
fication to get on airplanes, to get ac- ation isn’t about national security
chairman, I am sympathetic with the cess into government buildings, to do
gentleman’s concern about funding for with the vessels that are in the entire
other types of wrongful deeds against Pacific and with the drugs that are
REAL ID. It is a mandate that we put the American people is because we do
on the States that we need to match being run up through the ocean from
not have a secure ID today. The 9/11 re- South America, I don’t think we can
money for. And we’ve done that. As the port did not say a critical national de-
chairman indicated, there’s $50 million afford to take the newest vessel which
fense purpose to defend our Nation is going through all its trials and sea
in this bill which was unrequested by from terrorism is that we need Deep-
the administration. In addition to that, trials and is going to be stationed in
water. But they did say we absolutely
there’s $40 million that was put in this our own State and cut funding that’s
need to have secure documentation
program in ’06 and most of that is un- going to affect that. I hear you. I think
within this country.
obligated. So there will be around $90 So we have to make a priority deci- we need to do something about identi-
million that REAL ID has. So there’s sion. And as somebody of a naval fam- fication, but I frankly think that if
plenty of money, I think, in the REAL ily, somebody of a coastal community, you’re thinking that REAL ID is going
ID program. The gentleman, I think, I understand the Coast Guard is impor- to solve that identification problem,
should be pleased with that. tant, but this is a priority decision. all IDs tell you is that you are who you
But at the same time, I must say REAL ID not only should and needs to are. There is no national ID. There is
that we can’t afford to take more be implemented now, it should have no citizenship ID. There’s nobody in
money out of the Deepwater program. been implemented years ago. But the this room that has a card in their wal-
This subcommittee has maintained ag- lack of funding should not be an excuse let that shows that they’re an Amer-
gressive oversight of that program. But for us to do the right thing that is es- ican citizen. You may have a driver’s
this bill also makes, as the chairman sential. If you’re not going to follow license. You don’t have to be an Amer-
said, substantial cuts already of almost the 9/11 report, then why the heck even ican citizen to have a driver’s license.
$200 million to Deepwater that will, in have the committee report? If you’re You may have a Social Security card.
effect, slow down the program’s acqui- going to follow the bureaucracy that You don’t have to be an American cit-
sition schedule and delay the much- says let’s keep defending America the izen to have a Social Security card.
needed modernization of the Coast way we did for the last hundred years There is no card. You may have a pass-
Guard’s ships and aircraft. and not upgrade to the realities of port. Very few Americans have them,
Specifically, the bill cuts $60 million today? but those who have them, that shows
from the National Security Cutter, $70 The 9/11 report has said, one of the that you are an American citizen.
million from the Maritime Patrol Air- The issue is whether these fake IDs
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first priorities must be securing our
craft, and over $50 million from the documentation. With this amendment, which the States are working with can
Fast Response Cutter. Now, those re- we will be saying we will not only be be made more secure, and I think
ductions are made in the name of good economically viable, we will be intel- that’s important to do, but I don’t
oversight, but I fear that the security lectually smart in the way we defend think that’s going to answer your na-
of shores will be further delayed by our country. tional ID issue. It’s not.
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b 0000 The Clerk read as follows: James J. Rowley Training Center, except
ALTERATION OF BRIDGES that total obligations at the end of the fiscal
Frankly, this is a debate worth hav- year shall not exceed total budgetary re-
ing. We are not having it here, we are For necessary expenses for alteration or sources available under this heading at the
not having it on your amendment, we removal of obstructive bridges, as authorized end of the fiscal year: Provided further, That
are not having it tonight because I by section 6 of the Act of July 16, 1952 (chap- none of the funds made available under this
ter 409; 33 U.S.C. 516), $16,000,000, to remain
think the real debate is: Is this the heading shall be available to compensate any
available until expended. employee for overtime in an annual amount
time in the development of our country
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND in excess of $35,000, except that the Secretary
where we really ought to form an ID? I
EVALUATION of Homeland Security, or the designee of the
have been opposed to it. If you look at
For necessary expenses for applied sci- Secretary, may waive that amount as nec-
the politics, the left and the right have essary for national security purposes: Pro-
entific research, development, test, and eval-
been very much opposed to having a uation; and for maintenance, rehabilitation, vided further, That notwithstanding section
national ID program. But if you are lease, and operation of facilities and equip- 503(b) of this Act, none of the funds provided
going to do it, it is going to need to ment; as authorized by law; $22,583,000, to re- to the United States Secret Service by this
make much more sense than 58, our main available until expended, of which or any previous appropriations Act shall be
States plus our territories, all having $500,000 shall be derived from the Oil Spill Li- available for obligation or expenditure for
different measurements and not having ability Trust Fund to carry out the purposes programs, projects, or activities through a
any one way to tell if it is a citizenship of section 1012(a)(5) of the Oil Pollution Act reprogramming of funds in excess of
of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2712(a)(5)): Provided, That $2,500,000 or 5 percent, whichever is less,
issue which you want to talk about, that: (1) augments existing programs,
there may be credited to and used for the
which is what this Border Patrol and purposes of this appropriation funds received projects, or activities; (2) reduces by 5 per-
Customs is all about. This is not the from State and local governments, other cent funding for any existing program,
way to do it, and certainly not cutting public authorities, private sources, and for- project, or activity, or reduces by 5 percent
money from a budget that has already eign countries for expenses incurred for re- numbers of personnel as approved by the
been whacked and oversighted and con- search, development, testing, and evalua- Congress; or (3) results from any general sav-
ditioned more than any other budget tion. ings from a reduction in personnel that
item than in this bill. RETIRED PAY would result in a change in existing pro-
grams, projects, or activities as approved by
Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, will For retired pay, including the payment of
Congress; unless the Committees on Appro-
the gentleman yield? obligations otherwise chargeable to lapsed
priations of the Senate and the House of
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield appropriations for this purpose, payments
Representatives are notified 15 days in ad-
to the gentleman from California. under the Retired Serviceman’s Family Pro-
vance of such reprogramming of funds.
Mr. BILBRAY. The Governor of Cali- tection and Survivor Benefits Plans, pay-
ment for career status bonuses, concurrent AMENDMENT NO. 102 OFFERED BY MR. DENT
fornia supports this legislation. The Mr. DENT. Mr. Chairman, I offer an
receipts and combat-related special com-
fact is, the Fraternal Order of Police, pensation under the National Defense Au- amendment.
because they say we have a standard thorization Act, and payments for medical The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
now, it is REAL ID, but allow us to im- care of retired personnel and their depend- will designate the amendment.
plement it. It is a time-sensitive issue. ents under chapter 55 of title 10, United
The text of the amendment is as fol-
I understand Deepwater needs to be ad- States Code, $1,184,720,000, to remain avail-
dressed. But you have to admit, there able until expended.
UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE Amendment No. 102 offered by Mr. DENT:
are major problems with Deepwater. Page 33, line 15, after ‘‘of which’’ insert the
But right now, there is a major crisis SALARIES AND EXPENSES
following: ‘‘$853,690,000 is for protective mis-
in getting the resources to the local For necessary expenses of the United sions and’’.
States to implement the REAL ID bill. States Secret Service, including purchase of
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
You may not agree with the REAL ID not to exceed 645 vehicles for police-type use
for replacement only, and hire of passenger the order of the House of today, the
bill, but our own Governor and the Fra-
motor vehicles; purchase of motorcycles gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr.
ternal Order of Police understand. This
made in the United States; hire of aircraft; DENT) and a Member opposed each will
is one of those little things that don’t
services of expert witnesses at such rates as control 5 minutes.
seem important, but law enforcement may be determined by the Director of the Se- The Chair recognizes the gentleman
and the Governor say please, this is cret Service; rental of buildings in the Dis- from Pennsylvania.
one of the things that local govern- trict of Columbia, and fencing, lighting, Mr. DENT. Mr. Chairman, I yield my-
ment can do to fulfill. guard booths, and other facilities on private
self such time as I may consume.
Mr. FARR. Will the gentleman yield? or other property not in Government owner-
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield ship or control, as may be necessary to per- I rise today to offer this amendment
to the gentleman from California. form protective functions; payment of per to help the United States Secret Serv-
Mr. FARR. It is very interesting. I diem or subsistence allowances to employees ice meet its protection obligations.
am from California, and I sit on the where a protective assignment during the ac- This Homeland Security appropria-
tual day or days of the visit of a protectee tions bill funds the Secret Service to
committee and I have never heard from
requires an employee to work 16 hours per the tune of $1.39 billion. The plain lan-
the Governor about your amendment, day or to remain overnight at a post of duty;
nor anyone else in California. I support guage of the bill does not specify how
conduct of and participation in firearms
the chairman and the ranking mem- these moneys should be allocated as be-
matches; presentation of awards; travel of
ber’s opposition. United States Secret Service employees on tween the Secret Service’s protection
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. protective missions without regard to the and investigative operations. However,
Chairman, I yield back the balance of limitations on such expenditures in this or the committee report provides that
my time. any other Act if approval is obtained in ad- $849.6 million should go to protective
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- vance from the Committees on Appropria- missions, while approximately $314.5
tions of the Senate and the House of Rep- million is allocated to investigations.
tion is on the amendment offered by
resentatives; research and development; While I sincerely commend the Ap-
the gentleman from California (Mr. grants to conduct behavioral research in sup-
BILBRAY). propriations Committee for providing
port of protective research and operations;
The question was taken; and the Act- and payment in advance for commercial ac- these funds to the Secret Service, I
ing Chairman announced that the noes commodations as may be necessary to per- would respectfully submit that the
appeared to have it. form protective functions; $1,392,171,000, of committee has underestimated the de-
Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, I de- which not to exceed $25,000 shall be for offi- mands placed upon the Service’s pro-
mand a recorded vote. cial reception and representation expenses: tection mission during this Presi-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to Provided, That up to $18,000,000 provided for dential election cycle. Accordingly, my
protective travel shall remain available amendment would add approximately
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clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro-
until September 30, 2009: Provided further,
ceedings on the amendment offered by $4 million to that protection function
That the United States Secret Service is au-
the gentleman from California will be thorized to obligate funds in anticipation of from those moneys that would other-
postponed. reimbursements from Executive agencies, as wise go to investigations.
If there are no further amendments defined in section 105 of title 5, United States This funding upgrade is required be-
to this paragraph, the Clerk will read. Code, receiving training sponsored by the cause of the increased responsibilities
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thrust upon the Secret Service’s pro- TITLE III—PROTECTION, PREPARED- $25,750,000 is for salaries and expenses; and of
tection component within the last few NESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY which $92,183,000 is for biosurveillance,
years. Before 9/11, the Secret Service NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS BioWatch, medical readiness planning,
DIRECTORATE chemical response, and other activities, to
had 20 protectees. Since 9/11, that num- remain available until September 30, 2009:
ber has increased to 54. Just last MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Provided, That not to exceed $3,000 shall be
month, the number of protectees For salaries and expenses of the immediate for official reception and representation ex-
Office of the Under Secretary for National
reached 55 when a Presidential hopeful penses.
Protection and Programs, the National Pro-
was given Secret Service protection, at tection Planning Office, support for oper- FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
an estimated cost of about $44,000 per ations, information technology, and Risk MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
day. This additional expenditure was Management and Analysis, $40,346,000: Pro- For necessary expenses for management
never considered in the President’s vided, That not to exceed $5,000 shall be for and administration of the Federal Emer-
budget request. official reception and representation ex- gency Management Agency, $685,000,000, in-
penses. cluding activities authorized by the National
Now is not the time to strip $4 mil- Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001 et
INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION AND
lion from the Service’s protective mis- INFORMATION SECURITY seq.), the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief
sions, particularly when the cost to For necessary expenses for infrastructure and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C.
protect Senator OBAMA for just the protection and information security pro- 5121 et seq.), the Earthquake Hazards Reduc-
first 4 months of fiscal year 2008 are es- grams and activities, as authorized by title tion Act of 1977 (42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the
timated at $5.456 million. This amend- II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C.
U.S.C. 121 et seq.), $532,881,000, of which App. 2061 et seq.), sections 107 and 303 of the
ment ensures that the Secret Service is National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 404,
not bound by the report language $471,787,000 shall remain available until Sep-
tember 30, 2009. 405), Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 (5
which would transfer $4 million from U.S.C. App.), and the Homeland Security Act
UNITED STATES VISITOR AND IMMIGRANT
the Joint Operations Center relocation of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.): Provided, That
STATUS INDICATOR TECHNOLOGY
to the field investigations account. not to exceed $3,000 shall be for official re-
For necessary expenses for the develop- ception and representation expenses: Pro-
I believe that the actions by the com- ment of the United States Visitor and Immi- vided further, That of the total amount made
mittee have made sure that the Secret grant Status Indicator Technology project, available under this heading, $35,000,000 shall
Service will still be able to perform its as authorized by section 110 of the Illegal Im- be for Urban Search and Rescue, of which
investigatory functions with its usual migration Reform and Immigrant Responsi- not to exceed $1,600,000 may be made avail-
skill and alacrity. In that regard, the bility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1365a), $462,000,000, able for administrative costs: Provided fur-
to remain available until expended: Provided, ther, That no less than $6,000,000 shall be for
committee had the foresight to provide
That of the total amount made available the Office of the National Capital Region Co-
the field investigation units of the Se- under this heading, $232,000,000 may not be
cret Service a plus-up of $10.4 million ordination.
obligated for the United States Visitor and
AMENDMENT NO. 97 OFFERED BY MR. JINDAL
over and above the amount the Presi- Immigrant Status Indicator Technology
dent requested for investigations. project until the Committees on Appropria- Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, I offer
tions of the Senate and the House of Rep- an amendment.
On May 29, 2007, just a few weeks ago, The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
resentatives receive and approve a plan for
the Washington Post reported that the expenditure prepared by the Secretary of will designate the amendment.
Secret Service was transferring agents Homeland Security that— The text of the amendment is as fol-
from investigations to security details (1) meets the capital planning and invest- lows:
and borrowing law enforcement officers ment control review requirements estab- Amendment No. 97 offered by Mr. JINDAL:
from other Federal agencies in order to lished by the Office of Management and Page 38, line 17, after the dollar amount,
meet its protection obligations. Faced Budget, including Circular A–11, part 7; insert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’.
with wartime security needs, the (2) complies with the Department of Home- Page 44, line 20, after the dollar amount,
land Security information systems enter- insert ‘‘(increased by $5,000,000)’’.
threat of terrorism, and a field of 20 prise architecture;
Presidential contenders, the Wash- The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
(3) complies with the acquisition rules, re-
ington Post continued that the Service quirements, guidelines, and systems acquisi- the order of the House of today, the
was ‘‘showing signs of strain’’ even be- tion management practices of the Federal gentleman from Louisiana (Mr. JINDAL)
fore the Department of Homeland Se- Government; and the gentleman from North Caro-
curity ordered protection for Senator (4) includes a certification by the Chief In- lina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5
OBAMA. It is my hope that this amend- formation Officer of the Department of minutes.
Homeland Security that an independent The Chair recognizes the gentleman
ment will help to ease that strain and verification and validation agent is cur-
allow this dedicated group of profes- from Louisiana.
rently under contract for the project; Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, as wit-
sionals to keep performing at the high (5) is reviewed and approved by the Depart-
level to which we have all become ac- nessed in 2005, the response to Hurri-
ment of Homeland Security Investment Re-
canes Katrina and Rita was hampered
customed. view Board, the Secretary of Homeland Secu-
rity, and the Office of Management and by failure of identifying needs, and
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance delays in delivering support. In prepa-
of my time. ration for this year’s hurricane season,
(6) is reviewed by the Government Ac-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Does any countability Office; FEMA has engaged each of the 18 hur-
Member wish to oppose the amend- (7) includes a comprehensive strategic plan ricane impact States, including the
ment? for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the
Mr. DENT. Mr. Chairman, I yield Status Indicator Technology project; Territories, in a focused effort to iden-
back the balance of my time. (8) includes a complete schedule for the
tify strengths and weaknesses in their
full implementation of a biometric exit pro-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- gram or a certification that such program is preparedness capabilities.
tion is on the amendment offered by not possible within five years; and FEMA used a gap analysis tool that
the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. (9) includes a detailed accounting of oper- was developed in coordination with the
DENT). ation and maintenance, contractor services, State of New York Emergency Manage-
The amendment was agreed to. and program costs associated with the man- ment Office and the New York City Of-
agement of identity services: fice of Emergency Management. This
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Are there
Provided further, That quarterly status re- tool was successful in identifying
any other amendments to this para- ports on the US–VISIT program submitted to vulnerabilities in New York, and it is
graph? the Committees on Appropriations of the now being implemented to provide
If not, the Clerk will read. Senate and House of Representatives shall
FEMA, States, and local governments
The Clerk read as follows: include reporting on coordination with West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initiative planning in the hurricane-prone regions of the
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ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, and implementation, the Secure Border Ini- country with a snapshot of asset gaps.
AND RELATED EXPENSES tiative, and other Departmental efforts that Although FEMA has not yet released
For necessary expenses for acquisition, relate to US–VISIT goals and activities. its full analysis, the agency has found
construction, repair, alteration, and im- OFFICE OF HEALTH AFFAIRS significant gaps and shortfalls in hurri-
provement of facilities, $3,725,000, to remain For the necessary expenses of the Office of cane preparedness among the targeted
available until expended. Health Affairs, $117,933,000; of which areas.
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Indeed, according to recent testi- The gentleman is proposing to move agement and administration is the cor-
mony before both the House and Sen- funds from the management and ad- rect account for what the gentleman is
ate Homeland Security Committees, ministration account at FEMA to the talking about.
FEMA Administrator David Paulison disaster relief account. However, b 0015
recognized Louisiana, in particular, as FEMA tells us and I believe this is ac-
having a fragile state of recovery. He curate, the very account that FEMA We’ll need to do a little more work
indicated that the State still needs as- uses to support the activity that the on that. We’ll confer with you. So we
sistance in finding shelter space in ad- gentleman is interested in is the man- will appreciate the chance to collabo-
jacent States, ensuring sufficient agement and administration account. rate going forward.
transportation resources to conduct Now we are providing a good bit of Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, will the
timely and effective evacuation, posi- money here. We are providing adequate gentleman yield?
tioning commodities, and caring for funding, I believe, for identifying hur- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield
those with critical medical needs. ricane-related preparedness gaps with- to the gentleman from Louisiana.
We are already now several days into in the FEMA management and admin- Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, I want
the current hurricane season, and there istration accounts. We are funding it at to thank the chairman, I want to
is an urgent need to assist States and $685 million. That is $150 million above thank the ranking member for their
local governments in addressing their the current fiscal year. But we don’t work with me, not only on this amend-
hurricane preparedness weaknesses. want to take money from that account, ment, but on the stated goal of helping
It makes no sense to identify but not particularly when it is being applied to our States become prepared.
address these gaps. My amendment the very purpose the gentleman identi- Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
adds $5 million to the Disaster Relief fies. man, will the gentleman yield?
Fund, specifically the Disaster Support So here is what I would like to sug- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield
Account, to enable FEMA to begin as- gest, Mr. Chairman. If the gentleman to the gentleman from Kentucky.
sisting these States and local govern- would be willing to withdraw the Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
ments by strengthening their prepared- amendment, I would certainly be happy man, I just wanted to compliment the
ness capabilities. to work with him to ensure that FEMA gentleman. He’s been very hard work-
The initiative would build upon a is fulfilling its responsibilities on iden- ing on these whole issues, and I appre-
joint effort between State Emergency tifying preparedness gaps related to ciate him bringing this to our atten-
Management representatives and hurricanes. tion and appreciate the chairman being
FEMA regional representatives to un- The season is approaching, and we willing to listen further to your re-
derstand and bridge potential disaster need to assure ourselves about that. I quest.
response asset gaps in the critical area fully appreciate that goal. And as the Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
of debris removal, evacuation, shel- conference approaches, if there are fur- Chairman, I yield back my time.
tering, interim housing, health care fa- ther ways that we can address this, we Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, I ask
cilities, commodity distribution, com- should. But I do suggest that the unanimous consent to withdraw the
munications, fuel, or other vulnera- amendment be withdrawn because I amendment.
bilities intrinsic to those areas. think there needs to be some further The Acting CHAIRMAN. Without ob-
The $5 million would be offset by a investigation of exactly which ac- jection, the amendment is withdrawn.
reduction in FEMA management and counts we are talking about to perform There was no objection.
administration. The underlying bill al- the functions that the gentleman is The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
locates $685 million for this purpose, concerned about. will read.
which is $17 million above the re- Mr. JINDAL. Mr. Chairman, will the The Clerk read as follows:
quested amount from the administra- gentleman yield? STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
tion. Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield For grants, contracts, cooperative agree-
In my State, levees and floodwalls to the gentleman from Louisiana. ments, and other activities, including grants
are still under repair and thousands of Mr. JINDAL. I certainly appreciate to State and local governments for terrorism
disaster victims are still housed in the chairman’s support. Based on his prevention activities, notwithstanding any
other provision of law, $3,101,000,000, which
temporary travel trailers. Louisiana commitment, I would like to work with
shall be allocated as follows:
and other impacted States cannot af- him. (1) $550,000,000 for formula-based grants and
ford to exacerbate vulnerabilities with My concern is in talking to FEMA, $400,000,000 for law enforcement terrorism
shortfalls in emergency planning, com- they didn’t think that funds had been prevention grants pursuant to section 1014 of
munication and supplies. It is impera- allocated to actually act on the gaps the USA PATRIOT ACT (42 U.S.C. 3714): Pro-
tive that we provide the resources nec- that have been identified. I know that vided, That the application for grants shall
essary to protect the lives of our citi- in previous instances, we have used be made available to States within 45 days
zens. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita dem- this account, the disaster support ac- after the date of enactment of this Act; that
count, with the disaster relief fund, we States shall submit applications within 90
onstrated the awful consequences of
days after the grant announcement; and the
not being prepared before the next nat- have used that for support activities Federal Emergency Management Agency
ural disaster. previously to support disasters; for ex- shall act within 90 days after receipt of an
I urge my colleagues to support my ample, the National Processing Service application: Provided further, That not less
amendment. Center. than 80 percent of any grant under this para-
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance My intent was to make sure that graph to a State or to Puerto Rico shall be
of my time. there was actually funding to act on made available by the State or Puerto Rico
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. these gaps. Again in our conversations to local governments within 60 days after the
Chairman, I rise in opposition to the with FEMA staff, it had been expressed receipt of the funds.
gentleman’s amendment, but I rise (2) $1,858,000,000 for discretionary grants, as
to us they hadn’t identified funding to
determined by the Secretary of Homeland
mainly to raise questions with him and address these gaps. It is not important Security, of which—
see if we can’t work something out on to me which fund it comes out of. I (A) $800,000,000 shall be for use in high-
this because I very much identify with want to make sure that there is fund- threat, high-density urban areas;
what he is trying to achieve here. After ing and that FEMA understands it is (B) $400,000,000 shall be for port security
all, North Carolina is very hurricane- congressional intent for them to actu- grants pursuant to section 70107 of title 46,
prone. ally act on these gaps now that they United States Code;
We certainly support your goals, sup- have been identified. (C) $10,000,000 shall be for trucking indus-
port the gentleman’s goals in building try security grants;
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Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I can
(D) $11,000,000 shall be for intercity bus se-
up preparedness. But I believe moving assure the gentleman, Mr. Chairman, curity grants;
money around within FEMA, as the that I will work with him in commu- (E) $400,000,000 shall be for intercity rail
gentleman has proposed, is unlikely to nicating that priority. passenger transportation (as defined in sec-
achieve the goal. Let me explain why I We have also had our staff in con- tion 24102 of title 49, United States Code),
think that is so. sultations, and we are told that man- freight rail, and transit security grants;
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(F) $50,000,000 shall be for buffer zone pro- The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to munities continue to benefit from this
tection grants; the order of the House of today, the direct assistance program. The pro-
(G) $20,000,000 shall be for Commercial gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. DAVIS) posed cut I believe is a terrible mes-
Equipment Direct Assistance grants;
and a Member opposed each will con- sage for the new Congress to send to
(H) $50,000,000 shall be for Metropolitan
Medical Response System grants; trol 5 minutes. rural and small communities who ben-
(I) $17,000,000 shall be for Citizen Corps The Chair recognizes the gentleman efit directly from this program despite
grants; from Kentucky. the soundness of the underlying overall
(J) $50,000,000 shall be for interoperable Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- bill.
communications grants; and man, I rise today to offer an amend- With funding at the $50 million level,
(K) $50,000,000 shall be for Real ID grants ment to restore funding that directly the Department issued approximately
pursuant to Public Law 109–13: impacts the emergency response capa- 1,800 CEDAP grants in fiscal year 2006
Provided, That for grants under subparagraph bilities of rural and small community to small town and rural community po-
(A), the application for grants shall be made first responders. lice departments, fire departments,
available to States within 45 days after the The Commercial Equipment Direct EMS units, sheriff departments, cities,
date of enactment of this Act; that States Assistance Program, or CEDAP, is a
shall submit applications within 90 days
towns, counties, universities and oth-
critical resource for equipping first re- ers. If this $20 million number stands
after the grant announcement; and that the sponders in rural and small commu-
Federal Emergency Management Agency for fiscal year 2008, this Congress will
shall act within 90 days after receipt of an
nities around the country, especially in likely be cutting these rural and small
application: Provided further, That no less America’s heartland. For each of the town grants from roughly 1,800 to 720.
than 80 percent of any grant under this para- last 3 fiscal years, Congress has wisely This is the wrong direction for this
graph to a State shall be made available by provided $50 million for CEDAP. Congress and for this important home-
the State to local governments within 60 CEDAP is designed to help first re- land security program, just as the fis-
days after the receipt of the funds: Provided sponders in small and rural commu- cal year 2007 application process is
further, That for grants under subparagraphs nities to purchase much-needed equip-
(B) through (K), the applications for such under way.
ment. The committee increased funding for
grants shall be made available for competi- This year’s bill would cut that fund-
tive award to eligible applicants not later urban grants by $50 million for a total
ing by 60 percent, but increases other
than 75 days after the date of enactment of of $800 million. Certainly we can main-
this Act, that eligible applicants shall sub-
grant programs by over $2.6 billion. It
tain CEDAP for rural communities at a
mit applications not later than 45 days after would cut from $50 million in last
level of $50 million, instead of cutting
the date of the grant announcement, and year’s CEDAP funding to only $20 mil-
it 60 percent. In this year’s bill, fund-
that the Federal Emergency Management lion this year. It’s also worth noting
ing for a majority of programs is
Agency shall act on such applications not that the House-passed bill for fiscal
later than 60 days after the date on which year 2007 would have provided $75 mil- hugely increased, including important
such an application is received. lion, a 50 percent increase to assist our urban programs. I mentioned before
(3) $293,000,000 for training, exercises, tech- small cities and rural communities. $2.6 billion of critical grant increases
nical assistance, and other programs: My amendment will restore funding while cutting this one by 60 percent.
Provided, That none of the grants provided for this vital program to $50 million. My amendment would only reduce
under this heading shall be used for the con- To offset this funding increase, my these programs by $5 million. While the
struction or renovation of facilities, except increases are important, the com-
for emergency operations centers: Provided
amendment would take $5 million from
each of six other very large grant pro- mittee has unreasonably targeted the
further, That the preceding proviso shall not CEDAP account for a 60 percent cut,
apply to grants under subparagraphs (B), (C), grams, totaling a $2.6 billion increase
in grant security spending overall, while finding hundreds of millions of
(D), (F), (G), (H), (I), (J), and (K) of paragraph
(2) of this heading: Provided further, That each of which will still receive a mas- dollars in new spending.
grantees shall provide additional reports on sive increase over last year, even if my Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
their use of funds, as determined necessary amendment is adopted. of my time.
by the Secretary of Homeland Security: Pro- By only approving $20 million in this Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
vided further, That funds appropriated for law year’s bill, we risk severely impacting Chairman, I move to strike the last
enforcement terrorism prevention grants the capabilities for emergency response word.
under paragraph (1) of this heading and dis- I rise to thank the gentleman for his
cretionary grants under paragraph (2)(A) of
in our small and rural communities. In
addition, CEDAP is a program with a amendment and indicate that I’m hope-
this heading shall be available for oper-
proven track record of accountability ful we can work with him on this
ational costs, including personnel overtime
and overtime associated with certified train- and success. CEDAP program. I certainly support it.
ing, as needed. While the committee responsibly pro- Many on our side of the aisle support
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. DAVIS OF posed increasing State and local grant it. We understand the value that it pro-
KENTUCKY programs by hundreds of millions of vides for rural communities in need of
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- dollars and anticipates this will benefit emergency response equipment.
man, I offer an amendment. some of these same communities, that We were frankly surprised that the
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk result is no means a guarantee. CEDAP President zeroed out this program. We
will designate the amendment. is designed to guarantee that our small think that was unwise. As the gen-
The text of the amendment is as fol- communities receive needed first re- tleman has stated, we restored the
lows: sponder equipment. And I believe it’s CEDAP program to $20 million, but we
Amendment offered by Mr. DAVIS of Ken- our mandate from Congress to assure were faced with the challenge of need-
tucky: that small communities are protected. ing to work on a number of the grant
Page 39, line 14, after the dollar amount in- The committee report says it expects programs to bring them up to the lev-
sert ‘‘(increased by $5,000,000)’’ overall increased funding to benefit the els needed.
Page 39, line 16, after the dollar amount in- CEDAP communities, but that is not The gentleman presumably not
sert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’. guaranteed in statute. We must not cut knowing quite where else to turn has
Page 39, line 17, after the dollar amount in-
this critical funding. proposed reducing some of those pro-
sert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’.
Page 40, line 5, after the dollar amount in- If my amendment is adopted, the grams to make up the difference here
sert ‘‘(increased by $15,000,000)’’. House will affirm its commitment to with CEDAP. Some of those offsets
Page 40, line 8, after the dollar amount in- safety and prosperity of our rural com- we’re not particularly happy with, the
sert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’. munities, without severely burdening State grants, the fire grants, the port
Page 40, line 10, after the dollar amount in- any other program. Each of the pro- security grants and so forth.
sert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’. So it’s a difficult problem. The gen-
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grams selected as a part of this offset
Page 40, line 17, after the dollar amount in- tleman knows quite well that this pro-
sert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’.
would still receive a massive increase
Page 40, line 23, after the dollar amount in- over last year’s enacted amount if my gram has strong support in this House.
sert ‘‘(increased by $30,000,000)’’. amendment is adopted. I’m well aware of that. It has strong
Page 42, line 25, after each dollar amount The House should maintain level support in the other body. We will be
insert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’. funding for CEDAP to ensure that com- going to conference and trying to come
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to an understanding of what level we close to 4,000 awards in fiscal 2005 and shall be available to carry out section 33 of
can afford here and what level is wise. 2006, another 2,000 awards for fiscal that Act (15 U.S.C. 2229) and $230,000,000 shall
So while I can’t support the amend- 2007. be available to carry out section 34 of that
ment in its present form, I certainly Act (15 U.S.C. 2229a), to remain available
There is some report language in the until September 30, 2009: Provided, That not
don’t want to downplay the challenge bill that changes how the program is to exceed 5 percent of the amount available
here, and I want to assure the gen- run from a direct assistance program under this heading shall be available for pro-
tleman that going forward we’re aware to a grant program. I don’t necessarily gram administration.
of this need. We’re aware of his concern agree with that, but I think it is very EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE
in particular, and we will work very important to get the level of funding GRANTS
hard to address it. back to the 2007 level of $50 million. For necessary expenses for emergency
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- Listen to what some of the local management performance grants, as author-
man, will the gentleman yield? communities say about this program: ized by the National Flood Insurance Act of
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I yield ‘‘Your program is one of the absolutely 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.), the Robert T.
to the gentleman from Kentucky. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency As-
best run and organized programs I have sistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.), the
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- ever seen in the rescue service. The
man, I respect greatly the work of the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977
equipment you offer to emergency re- (42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), and Reorganization
chairman and the ranking member to sponders for homeland security is right Plan No. 3 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), $300,000,000:
craft I think a very strong bill overall. on target for our needs in the field.’’ Provided, That grants provided under this
We face problems in protecting our heading shall be distributed based on the for-
Another one says: ‘‘The CEDAP pro-
rural communities. I believe the three mula used by the Department of Homeland
gram has allowed us to obtain, train
of us all have many rural communities Security in fiscal year 2007: Provided further,
with, and deploy an essential fire fight-
that face challenges. Working in an- That total administrative costs shall not ex-
ing tool that we would have otherwise ceed 3 percent of the total amount appro-
other committee, we’ve faced chal-
not have had available to us.’’ priated under this heading.
lenges in protecting rural housing
Another one says: ‘‘This award rep- RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
grants for affordable housing programs
resents a purchase that would have not PROGRAM
to make sure they’re not subsumed by
been possible for my agency. Thank The aggregate charges assessed during fis-
the large urban areas in the States.
And I’d ask the gentleman if he you for giving us this ability.’’ cal year 2008, as authorized in title III of the
would consider in this conference proc- So, Mr. Chairman, this is a popular Departments of Veterans Affairs and Hous-
program. It is effective. It helps com- ing and Urban Development, and Inde-
ess finding a way to segment or pro- pendent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999
tect, if not in the form directly of the munities that otherwise are not get-
ting help and there’s no other place for (42 U.S.C. 5196e), shall not be less than 100
CEDAP dollars, but to make sure that percent of the amount the Secretary of
a mechanism is considered to protect them to turn. So I urge our colleagues Homeland Security anticipates is necessary
our rural communities and small towns to support the gentleman’s amendment for the radiological emergency preparedness
to have access to this needed equip- and restore funding for this worthwhile program of the Department of Homeland Se-
ment. program to the previous year’s level curity for the next fiscal year: Provided, That
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Re- and the level it was set at in 2005 and the methodology for the assessment and col-
every year since. lection of fees shall be fair and equitable and
claiming my time, I most certainly do shall reflect the cost of providing such serv-
make that pledge to you both in terms And I want to congratulate Mr.
ices, including the administrative cost of
of looking at the CEDAP dollars and DAVIS for bringing this amendment for- collecting such fees: Provided further, That
also in terms of finding other ways ward. It’s thoughtful, it is needed, and fees received under this heading shall be de-
that we can address this need. it fits the bill; and I congratulate the posited in this account as offsetting collec-
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- gentleman and support his amendment. tions and shall become available for author-
man, I move to strike the last word. Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- ized purposes on October 1, 2008, and remain
I want to first thank the chairman man, I yield myself such time as I may available until expended.
for including $20 million in this pro- consume. UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION
gram when it was zeroed out in the I thank the gentleman from Ken- For necessary expenses of the United
budget request and also to congratu- tucky, I thank the chairman for their States Fire Administration and for other
work on this and the commitment to purposes, as authorized by the Federal Fire
late my colleague from Kentucky (Mr.
Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C.
DAVIS) for this amendment which I work on this problem.
2201 et seq.) and the Homeland Security Act
strongly support. The real issue is not the superficial of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.), $43,300,000.
It increases the funds for this CEDAP presenting question itself in the form DISASTER RELIEF
program by $30 million to get it back that it takes, but ensuring that our For necessary expenses in carrying out the
up to the historic funding level of $50 small towns, our rural communities Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emer-
million. That’s what we’ve always had have access to these funds in some kind gency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.),
in this program. In fact, Mr. Chairman, of a manner that can be protected. For $1,700,000,000, to remain available until ex-
this program was created by this sub- example, in my district along the Ohio pended.
committee in fiscal year 2005, and the Valley, in fact many districts, small DISASTER ASSISTANCE DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM
reason was we found that a lot of small towns sit aside critical infrastructure, ACCOUNT
towns and small communities were not locks, dams, chemical plants, other For activities under section 319 of the Rob-
being able to get grants out of their areas that could be vulnerable to ert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emer-
State allocations or these other grant threats, and they are the only means of gency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5162),
$875,000, of which $580,000 is for administra-
programs because the moneys were response. And by having this access, it
tive expenses to carry out the direct loan
being consumed by the larger cities. will protect them. program under that section and $295,000 is for
And this was the only way we could With that commitment, I thank both the cost of direct loans: Provided, That gross
find to get money directly to those the ranking member and the chairman. obligations for the principal amount of di-
smaller communities. Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous con- rect loans under that section shall not ex-
These are not grants that go to the sent to withdraw my amendment. ceed $25,000,000: Provided further, That the
State. These grants go directly from The Acting CHAIRMAN. Without ob- cost of a modification of such a loan shall be
here to the local community, designed jection, the gentleman’s amendment is as defined in section 502(5)(D) of the Congres-
to target those areas that may not di- withdrawn. sional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 661a).
FLOOD MAP MODERNIZATION FUND
rectly benefit from the large amounts There was no objection.
of grant funding because of competing The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk For necessary expenses under section 1360
of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968
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priorities within the States or larger will read.
(42 U.S.C. 4101), $230,000,000, and such addi-
urban areas. It gets basic first re- The Clerk read as follows: tional sums as may be provided by State and
sponder equipment into all first re- FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS local governments or other political subdivi-
sponder hands. For grants authorized by the Federal Fire sions for cost-shared mapping activities
And it’s been one of the most suc- Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. under subsection (f) of such section, to re-
cessful programs DHS has run. It made 2201 et seq.), $800,000,000, of which $570,000,000 main available until expended: Provided,
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That total administrative costs shall not ex- That collections made pursuant to 8 U.S.C. DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE
ceed 3 percent of the total amount appro- 1356(u) may not be obligated until the Com- MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
priated under this heading. mittees on Appropriations of the Senate and For salaries and expenses of the Domestic
NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE FUND the House of Representatives, and the Com- Nuclear Detection Office as authorized by
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) mittee on the Judiciary of the House of Rep- the second title XVIII of the Homeland Secu-
resentatives, receive a strategic trans- rity Act of 2002 and for management and ad-
For activities under the National Flood In-
formation plan for United States Citizenship ministration of programs and activities,
surance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.) and
and Immigration Services that has been re-
the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (42 $31,176,000: Provided, That not to exceed $3,000
viewed and approved by the Secretary of
U.S.C. 4001 et seq.), $145,000,000, which is shall be for official reception and representa-
Homeland Security and reviewed by the Gov-
available as follows: (1) not to exceed tion expenses.
ernment Accountability Office.
$45,642,000 for salaries and expenses associ- RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND OPERATIONS
ated with flood mitigation and flood insur- FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
CENTER For necessary expenses for radiological and
ance operations; and (2) no less than nuclear research, development, testing, eval-
$99,358,000 for flood hazard mitigation, which SALARIES AND EXPENSES
uation and operations, $316,900,000, to remain
shall be derived from offsetting collections For necessary expenses of the Federal Law available until expended.
assessed and collected under section 1307 of Enforcement Training Center under section
the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 884 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6
U.S.C. 4014), to remain available until Sep- U.S.C. 464), including materials and support For expenses for the Domestic Nuclear De-
tember 30, 2009, including up to $34,000,000 for costs of Federal law enforcement basic train- tection Office acquisition and deployment of
flood mitigation expenses under section 1366 ing; purchase of not to exceed 117 vehicles for radiological detection systems in accordance
of that Act (42 U.S.C. 4104c), which shall be police-type use and hire of passenger motor with the global nuclear detection architec-
available for transfer to the National Flood vehicles; expenses for student athletic and ture, $168,000,000, to remain available until
Mitigation Fund under section 1367 of that related activities; the conduct of and partici- September 30, 2010: Provided, That none of
Act (42 U.S.C. 4104) until September 30, 2009: pation in firearms matches and presentation the funds appropriated under this heading
Provided, That any additional fees collected of awards; public awareness and enhance- shall be obligated for full-scale procurement
pursuant to section 1307 of that Act shall be ment of community support of law enforce- of Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Monitors
credited as an offsetting collection to this ment training; room and board for student until the Secretary of Homeland Security
account, to be available for flood hazard interns; a flat monthly reimbursement to submits to the Committees on Appropria-
mitigation expenses: Provided further, That employees authorized to use personal mobile tions of the Senate and the House of Rep-
in fiscal year 2008, no funds shall be available phones for official duties; and services as au- resentatives a report certifying that a sig-
from the National Flood Insurance Fund thorized by section 3109 of title 5, United nificant increase in operational effectiveness
under section 1310 of that Act (42 U.S.C. 4017) States Code, $219,786,000, of which up to will be achieved by that procurement.
in excess of: (1) $70,000,000 for operating ex- $43,910,000 shall remain available until Sep- TITLE V—GENERAL PROVISIONS
penses; (2) $773,772,000 for commissions and tember 30, 2008 for materials and support SEC. 501. No part of any appropriation con-
taxes of agents; (3) such sums as are nec- costs of Federal law enforcement basic train- tained in this Act shall remain available for
essary for interest on Treasury borrowings; ing; of which $300,000 shall remain available obligation beyond the current fiscal year un-
and (4) $90,000,000 for flood mitigation ac- until expended for Federal law enforcement less expressly so provided herein.
tions with respect to severe repetitive loss agencies participating in training accredita- SEC. 502. Subject to the requirements of
properties under section 1361A of that Act (42 tion, to be distributed as determined by the section 503 of this Act, the unexpended bal-
U.S.C. 4102a) and repetitive insurance claims Federal Law Enforcement Training Center ances of prior appropriations provided for ac-
properties under section 1323 of that Act (42 for the needs of participating agencies; and tivities in this Act may be transferred to ap-
U.S.C. 4030), which shall remain available of which not to exceed $12,000 shall be for of- propriation accounts for such activities es-
until expended: Provided further, That total ficial reception and representation expenses: tablished pursuant to this Act: Provided,
administrative costs shall not exceed 4 per- Provided, That section 1202(a) of Public Law That balances so transferred may be merged
cent of the total appropriation. 107–206 (42 U.S.C. 3771 note) is amended by with funds in the applicable established ac-
NATIONAL FLOOD MITIGATION FUND striking ‘‘December 31, 2007’’ and inserting counts and thereafter may be accounted for
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) ‘‘December 31, 2008’’. as one fund for the same time period as origi-
Notwithstanding subparagraphs (B) and (C) ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, nally enacted.
of subsection (b)(3), and subsection (f), of sec- AND RELATED EXPENSES SEC. 503. (a) None of the funds provided by
tion 1366 of the National Flood Insurance Act For acquisition of necessary additional this Act, provided by previous appropriations
of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4104c), $34,000,000, to remain real property and facilities, construction, Acts to the agencies in or transferred to the
available until September 30, 2009, for activi- and ongoing maintenance, facility improve- Department of Homeland Security that re-
ties designed to reduce the risk of flood dam- ments, and related expenses of the Federal main available for obligation or expenditure
age to structures pursuant to such Act, of Law Enforcement Training Center, in fiscal year 2008, or provided from any ac-
which $34,000,000 shall be derived from the $43,270,000, to remain available until ex- counts in the Treasury of the United States
National Flood Insurance Fund under sec- pended: Provided, That the Center is author- derived by the collection of fees available to
tion 1310 of that Act (42 U.S.C. 4017). ized to accept reimbursement to this appro- the agencies funded by this Act, shall be
NATIONAL PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION FUND priation from Government agencies request- available for obligation or expenditure
For a predisaster mitigation grant pro- ing the construction of special use facilities. through a reprogramming of funds that: (1)
gram under title II of the Robert T. Stafford SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY creates a new program; (2) eliminates a pro-
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance gram, project, office, or activity; (3) in-
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Act (42 U.S.C. 5131 et seq.), $120,000,000, to re- creases funds for any program, project, or ac-
For salaries and expenses of the Office of tivity for which funds have been denied or
main available until expended: Provided, the Under Secretary for Science and Tech-
That grants made for predisaster mitigation restricted by the Congress; (4) proposes to
nology and for management and administra- use funds directed for a specific activity by
shall be awarded on a competitive basis sub-
tion of programs and activities, as author- either of the Committees on Appropriations
ject to the criteria in section 203(g) of such
ized by title III of the Homeland Security of the Senate or House of Representatives for
Act (42 U.S.C. 5133(g)): Provided further, That
Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), $130,787,000: a different purpose; or (5) enters into a con-
the total administrative costs associated
Provided, That not to exceed $10,000 shall be tract for the performance of any function or
with such grants shall not exceed 3 percent
for official reception and representation ex- activity for which funds have been appro-
of the total amount made available under
penses. priated for Federal full-time equivalent posi-
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, ACQUISITION AND tions; unless the Committees on Appropria-
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER
OPERATIONS tions of the Senate and the House of Rep-
To carry out an emergency food and shel-
For necessary expenses for science and resentatives are notified 15 days in advance
ter program pursuant to title III of the
technology research, including advanced re- of such reprogramming of funds.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
search projects; development; test and eval- (b) None of the funds provided by this Act,
(42 U.S.C. 11331 et seq.), $153,000,000, to re-
uation; acquisition; and operations; as au- provided by previous appropriations Acts to
main available until expended: Provided,
thorized by title III of the Homeland Secu- the agencies in or transferred to the Depart-
That total administrative costs shall not ex-
rity Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 181 et seq.); ment of Homeland Security that remain
ceed 3.5 percent of the total amount made
$646,325,000, to remain available until ex- available for obligation or expenditure in fis-
available under this heading.
pended: Provided, That none of the funds cal year 2008, or provided from any accounts
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TITLE IV—RESEARCH AND DEVELOP- made available under this heading shall be in the Treasury of the United States derived
MENT, TRAINING, AND SERVICES obligated for the Analysis, Dissemination, by the collection of fees available to the
UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION Visualization, Insight, and Semantic En- agencies funded by this Act, shall be avail-
SERVICES hancement program until the Secretary of able for obligation or expenditure for pro-
For necessary expenses for citizenship and Homeland Security completes a Privacy Im- grams, projects, or activities through a re-
immigration services, $30,000,000: Provided, pact Assessment. programming of funds in excess of $5,000,000
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or 10 percent, whichever is less, that: (1) aug- in excess of $1,000,000, or to announce pub- that the Secretary will certify the program
ments existing programs, projects, or activi- licly the intention to make such awards, un- under subsection (a); and (2) the method-
ties; (2) reduces by 10 percent or more the less the Secretary of Homeland Security no- ology to be followed to support the Sec-
total amount of funding for any existing pro- tifies the Committees on Appropriations of retary’s certification, as required under sub-
gram, project, or activity, or numbers of per- the Senate and the House of Representatives section (a).
sonnel by 10 percent or more as approved by at least three full business days in advance: (d) During the testing phase permitted by
the Congress; or (3) results from any general Provided, That no notification shall involve subsection (a), no information gathered from
savings from a reduction in personnel that funds that are not available for obligation: passengers, foreign or domestic air carriers,
would result in a change in existing pro- Provided further, That the Administrator of or reservation systems may be used to screen
grams, projects, or activities as approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency aviation passengers, or delay or deny board-
the Congress; unless the Committees on Ap- shall brief the Committees on Appropria- ing to such passengers, except in instances
propriations of the Senate and the House of tions of the Senate and the House of Rep- where passenger names are matched to a
Representatives are notified 15 days in ad- resentatives five full business days in ad- Government watch list.
vance of such reprogramming of funds. vance of announcing publicly the intention (e) None of the funds provided in this or
(c) Not to exceed 5 percent of any appro- of making an award of formula-based grants, any other Act to any part of the Department
priation made available for the current fiscal law enforcement terrorism prevention of Homeland Security may be utilized to de-
year for the Department of Homeland Secu- grants, or high-threat, high-density urban velop or test algorithms assigning risk to
rity by this Act or provided by previous ap- areas grants: Provided further, That such no- passengers whose names are not on Govern-
propriations Acts may be transferred be- tification shall include a description of the ment watch lists.
tween such appropriations, but no such ap- (f) None of the funds provided in this or
project or projects to be funded including the
propriations, except as otherwise specifically any other Act may be used for data or a
city, county, and state.
provided, shall be increased by more than 10 SEC. 509. Notwithstanding any other provi- database that is obtained from or remains
percent by such transfers: Provided, That any sion of law, no agency shall purchase, con- under the control of a non-Federal entity:
transfer under this section shall be treated struct, or lease any additional facilities, ex- Provided, That this restriction shall not
as a reprogramming of funds under sub- cept within or contiguous to existing loca- apply to Passenger Name Record data ob-
section (b) and shall not be available for ob- tions, to be used for the purpose of con- tained from air carriers.
SEC. 514. None of the funds appropriated by
ligation unless the Committees on Appro- ducting Federal law enforcement training
this Act may be used to process or approve a
priations of the Senate and the House of without the advance approval of the Com-
competition under Office of Management and
Representatives are notified 15 days in ad- mittees on Appropriations of the Senate and Budget Circular A–76 for services provided as
vance of such transfer. the House of Representatives, except that of June 1, 2004, by employees (including em-
(d) Notwithstanding subsections (a), (b), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Cen- ployees serving on a temporary or term
and (c), no funds shall be reprogrammed ter is authorized to obtain the temporary use basis) of United States Citizenship and Im-
within or transferred between appropriations of additional facilities by lease, contract, or migration Services of the Department of
after June 30, 2008, except in extraordinary other agreement for training which cannot Homeland Security who are known as of that
circumstances which imminently threaten be accommodated in existing Center facili- date as Immigration Information Officers,
the safety of human life or the protection of ties. Contact Representatives, or Investigative
property. SEC. 510. The Director of the Federal Law Assistants.
SEC. 504. None of the funds appropriated or Enforcement Training Center shall schedule SEC. 515. None of the funds appropriated to
otherwise made available to the Department basic or advanced law enforcement training the United States Secret Service by this or
of Homeland Security may be used to make at all four training facilities under the con- any other Act may be made available for the
payments to the ‘‘Department of Homeland trol of the Federal Law Enforcement Train- protection of the head of a Federal agency
Security Working Capital Fund’’, except for ing Center to ensure that these training cen- other than the Secretary of Homeland Secu-
the activities and amounts allowed in the ters are operated at the highest capacity rity: Provided, That the Director of the
President’s fiscal year 2008 budget, excluding throughout the fiscal year. United States Secret Service may enter into
sedan service, shuttle service, transit sub- SEC. 511. None of the funds appropriated or an agreement to perform such a service on a
sidy, mail operations, parking, and competi- otherwise made available by this Act may be fully reimbursable basis.
tive sourcing: Provided, That any additional used for expenses for any construction, re- SEC. 516. (a) Section 513 of the Department
activities and amounts shall be approved by pair, alteration, or acquisition project for of Homeland Security Appropriations Act,
the Committees on Appropriations of the which a prospectus, if required under chapter 2005, is amended by striking ‘‘triple’’ and in-
Senate and the House of Representatives 30 33 of title 40, United States Code, has not serting ‘‘double’’.
days in advance of obligation. been approved, except that necessary funds (b) The amendment made by subsection (a)
SEC. 505. Except as otherwise specifically may be expended for each project for re- shall apply to the percentage of cargo in-
provided by law, not to exceed 50 percent of quired expenses for the development of a pro- spected as required by Security Directives in
unobligated balances remaining available at posed prospectus. effect as of the date of enactment of this
the end of fiscal year 2008 from appropria- SEC. 512. None of the funds in this Act may Act.
tions for salaries and expenses for fiscal year be used in contravention of the applicable SEC. 517. (a) The Secretary of Homeland
2008 in this Act shall remain available provisions of the Buy American Act (41 Security shall research, develop, and procure
through September 30, 2009, in the account U.S.C. 10a et seq.). new technologies to inspect and screen air
and for the purposes for which the appropria- SEC. 513. (a) None of the funds provided by cargo carried on passenger aircraft at the
tions were provided: Provided, That prior to this or previous appropriations Acts may be earliest date possible.
the obligation of such funds, a request shall obligated for deployment or implementation, (b) Existing checked baggage explosive de-
be submitted to the Committees on Appro- on other than a test basis, of the Secure tection equipment and screeners shall be
priations of the Senate and the House of Flight program or any other follow on or used to screen air cargo carried on passenger
Representatives for approval in accordance successor passenger prescreening program, aircraft to the greatest extent practicable at
with section 503 of this Act. until the Secretary of Homeland Security each airport until technologies developed
SEC. 506. Funds made available by this Act certifies, and the Government Account- under subsection (a) are available.
for intelligence activities are deemed to be ability Office reports, to the Committees on (c) Not later than 45 days after the end of
specifically authorized by the Congress for Appropriations of the Senate and the House the quarter, the Transportation Security Ad-
purposes of section 504 of the National Secu- of Representatives, that all 10 conditions ministration shall submit to the Committees
rity Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 414) during fiscal under paragraphs (1) through (10) of section on Appropriations of the Senate and the
year 2008 until the enactment of an Act au- 522(a) of the Department of Homeland Secu- House of Representatives a report on air
thorizing intelligence activities for fiscal rity Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law cargo inspection statistics by airport and air
year 2008. 108–334; 118 Stat. 1319) have been successfully carrier, including any reason for non-compli-
SEC. 507. The Federal Law Enforcement met. ance with section 516.
Training Accreditation Board shall lead the (b) The report required by subsection (a) SEC. 518. None of the funds made available
Federal law enforcement training accredita- shall be submitted within 90 days after the in this Act may be used by any person other
tion process, to include representatives from Secretary provides the requisite certifi- than the Privacy Officer appointed under
the Federal law enforcement community and cation, and periodically thereafter, if nec- section 222 of the Homeland Security Act of
non-Federal accreditation experts involved essary, until the Government Accountability 2002 (6 U.S.C. 142) to alter, direct that
in law enforcement training, to continue the Office confirms that all ten conditions have changes be made to, delay, or prohibit the
implementation of measuring and assessing been successfully met. transmission to Congress of any report pre-
the quality and effectiveness of Federal law (c) Within 90 days after the date of enact- pared under paragraph (6) of such section.
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enforcement training programs, facilities, ment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland SEC. 519. No funding provided in this or any
and instructors. Security shall submit to the Committees on other Act shall be available to pay the salary
SEC. 508. None of the funds in this Act may Appropriations of the Senate and the House of any employee serving as a contracting of-
be used to make grant allocations, discre- of Representatives a detailed plan that de- ficer’s technical representative (COTR), or
tionary grant awards, discretionary contract scribes: (1) the dates for achieving key mile- anyone acting in a similar capacity, who has
awards, or to issue a letter of intent totaling stones, including the date or timeframes not received COTR training.
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SEC. 520. Except as provided in section cally reminded of Department of Homeland contract, for the acquisition or modification
44945 of title 49, United States Code, funds Security policies on— of an asset under a procurement subject to
appropriated or transferred to Transpor- (1) the detailed information required in subsection (b) unless the Coast Guard and
tation Security Administration ‘‘Aviation supporting documentation for reimburse- the contractor concerned have formally
Security’’, ‘‘Administration’’ and ‘‘Transpor- ments; and agreed to all terms and conditions or the
tation Security Support’’ for fiscal years (2) the necessity for timeliness of agency head of contracting activity of the Coast
2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 that are recovered or billings. Guard determines that a compelling need ex-
deobligated shall be available only for the SEC. 524. Within 45 days after the close of ists for the award or issue of such instru-
procurement or installation of explosive de- each month, the Chief Financial Officer of ment.
tection systems, for air cargo, baggage, and the Department of Homeland Security shall (b) CONTRACTS, SUBCONTRACTS, TASK AND
checkpoint screening systems, subject to no- submit to the Committees on Appropriations DELIVERY ORDERS COVERED.—Subsection (a)
tification: Provided, That quarterly reports of the Senate and the House of Representa- applies to—
shall be submitted to the Committees on Ap- tives a monthly budget and staffing report (1) any major procurement contract, first-
propriations of the Senate and the House of that includes total obligations and on-board tier subcontract, delivery or task order en-
Representatives on any funds that are recov- versus funded full-time equivalent staffing tered into by the Coast Guard;
ered or deobligated. levels. (2) any first-tier subcontract entered into
SEC. 521. Section 525 of the Department of SEC. 525. Section 532(a) of Public Law 109– under such a contract; and
Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 295 is amended by striking ‘‘2007’’ and insert- (3) any task or delivery order issued pursu-
(Public Law 109–295), is amended— ing ‘‘2008’’. ant to such a contract or subcontract.
(1) in subsection (a)(2)(A) by inserting SEC. 526. None of the funds made available (c) REPORTS.—Not later than 30 days after
‘‘identifies and describes the specific risk to by this Act shall be used in contravention of the date of enactment of this Act, the Com-
the national transportation system and the Federal buildings performance and re- mandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to
therefore’’ after ‘‘information’’; porting requirements of Executive Order No. the Committees on Appropriations of the
(2) in subsection (d) by striking ‘‘like that’’ 13123, part 3 of title V of the National Energy Senate and the House of Representatives, the
and inserting ‘‘identical to those’’; and Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8251 et Committee on Commerce, Science, and
(3) by adding at the end the following: seq.), or subtitle A of title I of the Energy Transportation of the Senate, and the Com-
‘‘(e) For the purposes of this section, the Policy Act of 2005 (including the amend- mittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
term ‘party’s counsel’ includes any employee ments made thereby). of the House of Representatives: (1) a report
who assists counsel in legal proceedings and SEC. 527. The functions of the Federal Law on the resources (including training, staff,
who is so designated by counsel and approved Enforcement Training Center instructor and expertise) required by the Coast Guard
by the judge overseeing the legal pro- staff shall be classified as inherently govern- to provide appropriate management and
ceedings.’’. mental for the purpose of the Federal Activi- oversight of the Integrated Deepwater Sys-
SEC. 522. The Department of Homeland Se- ties Inventory Reform Act of 1998 (31 U.S.C. tems program; and (2) a report on how the
curity Working Capital Fund, established 501 note). Coast Guard will utilize full and open com-
pursuant to section 403 of Public Law 103–356 SEC. 528. None of the funds made available petition for any contract entered into after
(31 U.S.C. 501 note), shall continue oper- in this Act may be used in contravention of the date of enactment of the Act that pro-
ations during fiscal year 2008. section 303 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 vides for the acquisition or modification of
SEC. 523. (a) The report required by Public (42 U.S.C. 13212). assets under, or in support of, the Integrated
Law 109–62 and Public Law 109–90 detailing SEC. 529. None of the funds made available Deepwater Systems program.
the allocation and obligation of funds for by this Act may be used to take an action SEC. 531. None of the funds provided by this
‘‘Disaster Relief’’ shall hereafter be sub- that would violate Executive Order No. 13149 or any other Act may be obligated for the de-
mitted monthly and include: (1) status of the (65 Fed. Reg. 24607; relating to greening the velopment, testing, deployment, or oper-
Disaster Relief Fund including obligations, Government through Federal fleet and trans- ation of any system related to the MAX–HR
allocations, and amounts undistributed/ portation efficiency). project, or any subsequent but related
unallocated; (2) allocations, obligations, and SEC. 530. (a) IN GENERAL.—Any contract, human resources management project, until
expenditures for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, subcontract, task or delivery order described any pending litigation concerning such ac-
and Wilma; (3) information on national flood in subsection (b) shall contain the following: tivities is resolved, and any legal claim or
insurance claims; (4) information on manu- (1) A requirement for a technical review of appeal by either party has been fully re-
factured housing data; (5) information on all designs, design changes, and engineering solved.
hotel and motel data; (6) obligations, alloca- change proposals, and a requirement to spe- SEC. 532. (a) AMENDMENTS.—Section 550 of
tions, and expenditures by State for unem- cifically address all engineering concerns the Department of Homeland Security Ap-
ployment, crisis counseling, inspections, identified in the review before the obligation propriations Act, 2007 (6 U.S.C. 121 note) is
housing assistance, manufactured housing, of further funds may occur. amended—
public assistance, and individual assistance; (2) A requirement that the Coast Guard (1) in subsection (c), by striking ‘‘con-
(7) mission assignment obligations by agen- maintain technical warrant holder author- sistent with similar’’ and inserting ‘‘iden-
cy, including: (A) the amounts reimbursed to ity, or the equivalent, for major assets. tical to the protections given’’;
other agencies that are in suspense because (3) A requirement that no procurement (2) in subsection (c), by striking ‘‘, site se-
the Federal Emergency Management Agency subject to subsection (b) for lead asset pro- curity plans, and other information sub-
has not yet reviewed and approved the docu- duction or the implementation of a major mitted to or obtained by the Secretary under
mentation supporting the expenditure; and design change shall be entered into unless an this section, and related vulnerability or se-
(B) a disclaimer if the amounts of reported independent third party with no financial in- curity information, shall be treated as if the
obligations and expenditures do not reflect terest in the development, construction, or information were classified material’’ and
the status of such obligations and expendi- modification of any component of the asset, inserting ‘‘and site security plans shall be
tures from a government-wide perspective; selected by the Commandant of the Coast treated as sensitive security information (as
(8) the amount of credit card purchases by Guard, determines that such action is advis- that term is used in section 1520.5 of title 49,
agency and mission assignment; (9) specific able. Code of Federal Regulations, or any subse-
reasons for all waivers granted and a descrip- (4) A requirement for independent life- quent regulations relating to the same mat-
tion of each waiver; and (10) a list of all con- cycle cost estimates of lead assets and major ter)’’; and
tracts that were awarded on a sole source or design and engineering changes. (3) by adding at the end of the section the
limited competition basis, including the dol- (5) A requirement for the measurement of following:
lar amount, the purpose of the contract and contractor and subcontractor performance ‘‘(h) This section shall not preclude or
the reason for the lack of competitive award. based on the status of all work performed. deny any right of any State or political sub-
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security For contracts under the Integrated Deep- division thereof to adopt or enforce any reg-
shall, at least quarterly, obtain and report water Systems program, such requirement ulation, requirement, or standard of per-
from each agency performing mission assign- shall include a provision that links award formance with respect to chemical facility
ments each such agency’s actual obligation fees to successful acquisition outcomes security that is more stringent than a regu-
and expenditure data and include such data (which shall be defined in terms of cost, lation, requirement, or standard of perform-
in the report referred to in subsection (a). schedule, and performance). ance issued under this section, or otherwise
(c) For any request for reimbursement (6) A requirement that the Commandant of impair any right or jurisdiction of any State
from a Federal agency to the Department of the Coast Guard assign an appropriate offi- with respect to chemical facilities within
Homeland Security to cover expenditures cer or employee of the Coast Guard to act as that State.’’.
under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief chair of each integrated product team and (b) REGULATORY CLARIFICATION.—Not later
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and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. higher-level team assigned to the oversight than 30 days after the date of the enactment
5121 et seq.), or any mission assignment or- of each integrated product team. of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Secu-
ders issued by the Department of Homeland (7) A requirement that the Commandant of rity shall update the regulations adminis-
Security for such purposes, the Secretary of the Coast Guard may not award or issue any tered by the Secretary that govern sensitive
Homeland Security shall take appropriate contract, task or delivery order, letter con- security information, including 49 CFR 1520,
steps to ensure that each agency is periodi- tract modification thereof, or other similar to reference all information required to be
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protected under section 550(c) of the Depart- Homeland Security when it was created in My amendment would strike section
ment of Homeland Security Appropriations 2003, excluding mandatory appropriations, 531 of this bill and allow current regu-
Act, 2007 (6 U.S.C. 121 note), as amended by $55,273,000 is rescinded, of which $12,084,003 lations to continue until the courts
subsection (a). shall be rescinded from Departmental Oper-
SEC. 533. The Commissioner of United make their final judgment.
States Customs and Border Protection shall, SEC. 541. None of the funds provided by this Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
not later than July 1, 2008, establish for the or previous appropriation Acts shall be used of my time.
United States Customs and Border Protec- to fund any position designated as a Prin- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
tion Officer (CBPO) position, a new classi- cipal Federal Official during any declared Chairman, I yield myself such time as
fication (‘‘CBPO/LEO’’), which shall be iden- disasters or emergencies. I may consume.
tical to the current position description for a SEC. 542. Section 46301(a) of title 49, United Mr. Chairman, this amendment
CBPO, and include, but not be limited to, eli- States Code, is amended by adding at the end would remove a restriction that the
gibility for treatment accorded to law en- the following: committee included in order to prevent
forcement officers under subchapter III of ‘‘(6) FAILURE TO COLLECT AIRPORT SECU- the Department of Homeland Security
chapter 83, and chapter 84 of title 5, United RITY BADGES.—Notwithstanding paragraph
States Code. In developing the new classi- from wasting more money developing a
(1), any employer (other than a govern-
fication, the Commissioner shall consult mental entity or airport operator) who em- human capital system that would, we
with the Office of Personnel Management, as ploys an employee to whom an airport secu- believe, be judged illegal. DHS has not
well as employee groups that represent rity badge or other identifier used to obtain been willing to negotiate with its em-
CBPOs. The option to elect to serve as a access to a secure area of an airport is issued ployees unions to develop a human cap-
CBPO/LEO shall be available to all CBPOs before, on, or after the date of enactment of ital system that lines up with the ne-
who enter into service on or after July 1, this paragraph and who does not collect or gotiated labor contracts.
2008, as well as to incumbent CBPOs cur- make reasonable efforts to collect such That becomes our committee’s prob-
rently serving on July 1, 2008, who meet the badge from the employee on the date that lem, when money that gets appro-
maximum age requirements to serve in a law the employment of the employee is termi-
enforcement officer position. priated is wasted on projects that are
nated and does not notify the operator of the
SEC. 534. In fiscal year 2008, none of funds airport of such termination within 24 hours
judged illegal and in violation of con-
made available in this or any other Act may of the date of such termination shall be lia- tractual agreements. DHS shouldn’t be
be used to enforce section 4025(1) of Public ble to the Government for a civil penalty not spending millions of dollars on systems
Law 108–458 if the Assistant Secretary to exceed $10,000.’’. that will need to be thrown away sim-
(Transportation Security Administration) ply to frustrate unions and to intimi-
determines that butane lighters are not a
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina (during
the reading). Mr. Chairman, I ask date their employees. It’s a waste of
significant threat to civil aviation security:
unanimous consent that the remainder taxpayers’ money and from what I have
Provided, That the Assistant Secretary
(Transportation Security Administration) of the bill through page 74, line 10, be heard, Mr. Chairman, has led to many
shall notify the Committee on Appropria- considered as read, printed in the morale problems at the Department.
tions of the Senate and the House of Rep- RECORD and open to amendment at any I will remind Members that unfortu-
resentatives 15 days in advance of such de- point. nately the Department of Homeland
termination including a report on whether The Acting CHAIRMAN. Is there ob- Security ranked dead last in employee
the effectiveness of screening operations is
jection to the request of the gentleman morale across government agencies in
enhanced by suspending enforcement of the a survey taken recently. We need to re-
prohibition: Provided further, That if the As- from North Carolina?
There was no objection. ject this amendment, and I ask my col-
sistant Secretary has previously submitted a leagues to do so.
report pursuant to Section 530 of Public Law AMENDMENT NO. 99 OFFERED BY MR. MCCAUL OF
Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair-
108–458, no further report shall be required.
SEC. 535. None of the funds provided in this Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair- man, I respect the distinguished gen-
Act may be used to alter or reduce oper- man, I offer an amendment. tleman from North Carolina, but I
ations within the Civil Engineering Program The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk would say I believe it’s important that
of the Coast Guard nationwide, including the will designate the amendment. we let the courts decide this matter.
civil engineering units, facilities, design and The text of the amendment is as fol- It’s under judicial review, just a small
construction centers, maintenance and logis- part of the human resources program
tics command centers, and the Coast Guard
Amendment No. 99 offered by Mr. MCCAUL at the Department of Homeland Secu-
Academy, except as specifically authorized rity.
by a statute enacted after the date of enact- of Texas:
Strike section 531 (page 69, beginning at I think it would be a tremendous
ment of this Act.
SEC. 536. None of the funds appropriated in line 4). mistake for us in the Congress, as a
this Act may be used for a grant or contract The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to separate branch of government, to es-
for any project that does not comply with the order of the House of today, the sentially enjoin, essentially enjoin the
the requirements of subchapter IV of chapter gentleman from Texas (Mr. MCCAUL) executive branch in the human re-
31 of title 40, United States Code: Provided, and the gentleman from North Caro- source program that has combined 22
That the President may suspend the provi- agencies, developed the human re-
sions of such subchapter during a national
lina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5
minutes. sources program that has been efficient
SEC. 537. (a) None of the funds appropriated The Chair recognizes the gentleman in many respects, only because the
in this Act may be obligated for a grant or from Texas. courts have enjoined a very small por-
contract awarded by a means other than full Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair- tion. Again, let’s let the courts decide
and open competition, other than a grant man, section 531 prohibits the imple- this issue, and let’s let the rest of the
distributed by a formula or other mechanism mentation of MAX-HR. MAX-HR is the program go forward.
that is required by statute. The Secretary of human resources program that allows I know that our colleagues on the
Homeland Security may waive the applica- other side of the aisle would like to
DHS wide latitude in personnel mat-
tion of this subsection during a national move the Department into a more
emergency. ters such as transferring workers to
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security areas where they may be needed during unionized system that is not merit
shall establish an objective of awarding at a national emergency. Congress gave based. My view is that that would crip-
least 3 percent of the total value of all con- the Department this ability so that it ple our ability to respond in emergency
tracts to be carried out with amounts appro- could move quickly to protect the situations. That was the view of the
priated in this Act to small business con- country from terrorist threats. Congress at the time that we developed
cerns. While some authority is currently the Department of Homeland Security,
SEC. 538. None of the funds provided in this and that is the view of this Congress-
Act shall be available to carry out section under judicial review, the bill as cur-
872 of Public Law 107–296. rently written would enjoin the entire man at this time.
SEC. 539. Section 44940(a)(2) of title 49, program until courts decide. The Acting CHAIRMAN (Mr.
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United States Code, is amended by striking MCDERMOTT). The question is on the
b 0030 amendment offered by the gentleman
the last sentence of subparagraph (A), and
clause (iv) of subparagraph (B). If this section were to pass as writ- from Texas (Mr. MCCAUL).
(RESCISSION OF FUNDS) ten, it would result in an action that is The question was taken; and the Act-
SEC. 540. From the unobligated balances of not consistent with the purposes of ing Chairman announced that the noes
funds transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. appeared to have it.
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Mr. MCCAUL of Texas. Mr. Chair- the seven airports selected to implement a about $5 million per year for this type
man, I demand a recorded vote. pilot program to screen airport workers who of security. The Miami program has re-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to enter or re-enter secure airport space. duced smuggling by all employees.
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- Under this program, all airport and air-
ceedings on the amendment offered by man, I reserve a point of order. line employees are screened, though
the gentleman from Texas will be post- The Acting CHAIRMAN. A point of not at the same area as the passengers
poned. order is reserved. or flight crews.
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. THOMPSON OF Pursuant to the order of the House of The Miami program also includes a
MISSISSIPPI today, the gentlewoman from Florida provision that allows screening to in-
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. (Ms. CORRINE BROWN) and a Member op- stantly send a suspect’s image to a
Chairman, I offer an amendment. posed each will control 5 minutes. New York center that operates around-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk The Chair recognizes the gentle- the-clock with a staff of former NYPD
will designate the amendment. woman from Florida. technicians.
The text of the amendment is as fol- Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida. As you know, the State of Florida, in
lows: Mr. Chairman, I rise today to ask sup- particular, thrives on tourism, which
Amendment offered by Mr. THOMPSON: port for my amendment to allow Or- forms the backbone of the State econ-
In section 537 of the bill, strike subsection lando International Airport and Miami omy. Obviously, those traveling in the
(b). International Airport to be named as State need to feel safe during their
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to two of the seven airports selected to commute, and increasing and enforcing
the order of the House of today, the implement a pilot program to screen the security process for airline employ-
gentleman from Mississippi (Mr. airport workers who enter or reenter ees would serve as an important step
THOMPSON) and a Member opposed each security airport space. toward achieving this goal.
will control 5 minutes. My interest in this stems from a very I realize it is necessary to withdraw
The Chair recognizes the gentleman serious security breach which occurred this amendment, and I am willing to do
from Mississippi. at the Orlando International Airport, so, but this is a very, very serious situ-
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. OIA, earlier this year. ation not just for Florida, but for the
Chairman, the amendment I offer to- On March 5, a Comair customer serv- entire country. I want all of us to work
night will ensure that businesses can ice employee boarded a Delta flight together to ensure that our system
continue their current level of partici- from Orlando International to San does not allow these huge security gaps
pation in contracting opportunities Juan, carrying 13 handguns, 1 assault to continue.
with the Department of Homeland Se- weapon and 8 pounds of marijuana. Al- POINT OF ORDER
curity. though passengers and flight crews are Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
The current governmentwide goal for required to pass through screening to man, I make a point of order against
small minority and disadvantaged obtain access to gates, mechanics and the amendment because it proposes to
business’s participation established by other airline employees move through change existing law and constitutes
the SBA is 23 percent. The current lan- the airport without being screened. legislation in an appropriation bill and
guage of this bill places that con- In fact, the men that were arrested
therefore violates clause 2 of rule XXI,
tracting goal within the Department of had employee identification that al-
which states, in pertinent part: An
Homeland Security at 3 percent. lowed them to bypass screening alto-
Small businesses are often best able amendment to a general appropriations
gether when they brought a duffel bag
to provide the kind of innovative tech- bill shall not be in order if changing ex-
full of handguns into the airport. This
nologies we need to protect this Na- isting law.
serves as a perfect example of a strik- I ask for a ruling from the Chair.
tion. This language would strike the 3 ing gap in airline security, not only at The Acting CHAIRMAN. Does any
percent language, returning small busi- OIA, but at airports nationwide. other Member wish to be heard?
ness participation at DHS to the gov- Moreover, given an employee was Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida.
ernmentwide goals. willing to take the risk of smuggling Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous con-
Mr. Chairman, I urge my colleagues illegal weapons and drugs into a flight sent to withdraw my amendment.
to adopt this amendment. for a few thousand dollars, one would
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance The Acting CHAIRMAN. Is there ob-
certainly imagine that it would be pos- jection to the request of the gentle-
of my time. sible that the airline employee could
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. woman from Florida?
be bribed by well-financed terrorists to There was no objection.
Chairman, I move to strike the last obtain access to the airport infrastruc-
word. The Acting CHAIRMAN. If there are
ture. no further amendments to this section,
I commend my friend, the chairman In response to this incident, report
of the Homeland Security authorizing the Clerk will read.
language in the bill required a pilot The Clerk read as follows:
committee, for a fine amendment, and program for seven airports nationwide
I am pleased to suggest that it be SEC. 543. None of the funds made available
to mandate the screening of all em- in this Act may be used by U.S. Citizenship
adopted. ployees as prescribed in H.R. 1314. and Immigration Services to grant an immi-
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Of the seven airport pilot projects gration benefit to any individual unless all
Chairman, I yield back the balance of mentioned in the report language, my criminal history and other background
my time. amendment would require that the Or- checks required for the benefit have been
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- lando International Airport and the completed, the results of such checks have
tion is on the amendment offered by Miami International Airport be named been received by U.S. Citizenship and Immi-
the gentleman from Mississippi (Mr. two of the designated programs. Miami gration Services, and the results do not pre-
THOMPSON). clude the grant of the benefit.
International, in fact, already had a
The amendment was agreed to. program in place, while Orlando Inter-
AMENDMENT NO. 2 OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF
AMENDMENT NO. 18 OFFERED BY MS. CORRINE KENTUCKY
national has undertaken a plan to
BROWN OF FLORIDA Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
screen 100 percent of all of its employ-
Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida. man, I offer an amendment.
ees. Given the heavy international
Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment. The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
traffic at both of these airports, I
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk will designate the amendment.
strongly believe that they serve as per-
will designate the amendment. The text of the amendment is as fol-
fect places to begin a program which
The text of the amendment is as fol- lows:
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eventually needs to be implemented at
lows: Amendment No. 2 offered by Mr. ROGERS of
all airports nationwide.
Amendment offered by Ms. CORRINE BROWN Kentucky:
The reason I include Miami is be- At the end of the bill (before the short
Page 61, after line 11, insert the following: cause Miami can be used as a model, title), insert the following:
(d) Orlando International Airport and since the airport has had a program in SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
Miami International Airport shall be two of place for nearly a decade and spends under this Act may be used to recruit or hire
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a total of more than 45,000 full-time equiva- gage of passengers. The 45,000 screener less people dependent and more tech-
lent airport screeners. limit works. TSA now is placing the nology driven in the near term. But I
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to machines in airports. just want to stress that I agree with
the order of the House of today, the This committee, this subcommittee, the gentleman on that point, that pri-
gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. ROG- has now appropriated many hundreds ority.
ERS) and the gentleman from North of millions of dollars in this bill, along I should also say, Mr. Chairman, that
Carolina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5 with others, to buy more machinery. our authorizers oppose this cap.
minutes. But the cap on screeners needs to be They’ve specifically asked us not to in-
The Chair recognizes the gentleman kept in place. It’s been there since we clude this bill language in fiscal 2008.
from Kentucky. first began TSA 5 years ago. You take I’m more than willing to work with
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- that screener cap off, as this bill does, the gentleman to ensure that the com-
man, this is a simple amendment. and TSA will go back to their old ways. mittee is kept well informed of screen-
It would restore to the bill the tradi- I guarantee it. They’ll go back to their er staffing levels at airports. And if it
tional historic 45,000-person cap on the old ways of hiring screeners to run appears that TSA is out of control re-
number of screeners that the TSA can trace detection machines, very unreli- garding staffing, we will be the first to
employ. able, insecure, and disruptive, actually, get on the case. But I cannot support
The reason for this is simple. This of people trying to get on the airplane. this amendment.
So I urge our colleagues to keep in Speaking of authorizers, I yield such
screener cap has been in place since be-
time as she may consume to the gen-
fore there was a Department of Home- place, put back in place the 45,000
tlewoman from Texas (Ms. JACKSON-
land Security. screener limit that’s been in the bill
When we first created the Transpor- ever since we’ve had a Department of Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr.
tation Security Administration in 2001, Transportation, TSA in the Depart- Chairman, I thank the gentleman from
I think it was, or 2002, TSA was in the ment of Transportation and now Home- North Carolina, and I thank the rank-
Department of Transportation. At the land Security. ing member. I agree with the ranking
time, I chaired the subcommittee that I know the bill contains funds only member’s assessment that we can im-
funded that Department. for some 44,000 screeners, and the argu- prove the training and the, if you will,
When we first began to place feder- ment can be made that we can control work performance in many instances of
ally employed screeners in the air- the number of screeners by the amount the TSA screeners. But we also note
ports, TSA came to us and said we need of money we appropriate. And this bill that there are many hardworking
35,000 screeners. We said, okay, here is starts us along that line. screeners.
the money, hire them. But we all know that these agencies I chair the subcommittee that over-
They came back a few days later, a can come back to the Appropriations sees the work of TSA as it relates to
few months later, and said no, we’re Committee and request a reprogram- airport screeners. And the reason the
going to need 40,000. Then they came ming of funds from one account to the authorizers wanted to not have a cap is
back a few months later and said no, next, and the pressure would be great if because, first of all, the Transportation
we have to have 45,000. Then it was they came to us to assign that reappro- Security Administration and the
50,000 and 60,000, and then finally they priation of monies. But the limit screeners staffing are engaging in what
said we need to have 70,000. We said, works. Keep the limit. we call a spot program. They’re dealing
wait a minute, time out. We can’t af- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. with the traveler document checking
ford this many. Where are you going to Chairman, the amendment, as the gen- system. New programs need new per-
stop? tleman has stated, would impose a sonnel, new trained personnel.
What they did at the outset, TSA was statutory cap of 45,000 on the number The cap was lifted in the 9/11 bill for
poorly managed, poorly run, and was of aviation screeners. I’m reluctantly a very important reason. It sends the
not operating properly. They made up opposed to this, because under the wrong message for us to cap screeners
for their difference, their short- Committee mark, we fund considerably of airports. Our airports are expanding.
comings, by hiring more people. I re- fewer than that amount, that number. Air travel is growing. In fact, we have
member going to an airport in the We fund only 43,688 screeners. So we’re been looking at the utilization of
South, a moderate-sized airport. The nowhere close to the statutory cap screening employees in the airport to
lobby was full of the trace detection that the gentleman would impose. make the entire airport, front and
machines where they swab your brief- The budget is what really controls back, safe. So we all can work toward
case and then run it through the ma- how many screeners TSA can fund, as more professional development for the
chine, very time-consuming, very 53 percent of TSA’s aviation security screeners, the airport screeners; but
budget goes to screener salaries and our work is too important now, and our
labor-intensive, and not very accurate.
benefits. work is too important going forward,
b 0045 Now, I agree with the gentleman that after 9/11, to send this message of cap-
And the lobby was full, passengers our goal should be to provide more effi- ping these employees.
having trouble getting through the cient explosive detection systems, ones I would respectfully oppose the
doorway to get to the boarding gates. that rely less on humans and more on amendment because of the work that
And I called over the Federal director, machines that identify possible we still have to do in securing the Na-
security director for that airport and I tion’s airports.
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
said, when are you going to apply for Instead of the cap, I think a better
Chairman, I yield back my time.
an x-ray machine to more efficiently way to provide the funding for addi- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques-
and more securely search people as tional explosive detection systems for tion is on the amendment offered by
they go to board the airplane? They passengers and carry on baggage and the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr.
said, oh, we don’t need, we don’t want checked baggage and air cargo is to ROGERS).
an x-ray machine to replace these trace fund those systems adequately. And The question was taken; and the Act-
detection machines in the lobby. I said, the bill before us does that. It has $251 ing Chairman announced that the noes
why not? The person said, our people million more than the President’s re- appeared to have it.
are perfectly happy. I said, you mean quest for these systems. Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
the passengers? No, the screeners. Of To make sure that DHS spends fund- man, I demand a recorded vote.
course they were perfectly happy. One ing for better detection systems, we’ve The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
machine, Mr. Chairman, would have withheld funding from a key asset, clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro-
taken the place of all of those trace de- namely, their new headquarters build- ceedings on the amendment offered by
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tection machines in that lobby. ing, until the Department submits an the gentleman from Kentucky will be
And so we came up with a screener expenditure plan for checkpoint and postponed.
cap mainly to force TSA to bring tech- explosive detection systems. We do be- AMENDMENT NO. 30 OFFERED BY MR. ELLSWORTH
nology to bear on the detection of ex- lieve that this will provide a rather Mr. ELLSWORTH. Mr. Chairman, I
plosive devices in briefcases and bag- powerful incentive for TSA to become offer an amendment.
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The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk wrong for government contractors who contractor certification included in the
will designate the amendment. owe millions and accumulated billions eventual conference report.
The text of the amendment is as fol- of dollars in unpaid taxes to continue Again, I’d like to thank the chairman
lows: to be awarded Federal contracts when for his support, but I do ask unanimous
Amendment No. 30 offered by Mr. ELLS- their taxes are not paid. Not only do consent to withdraw this amendment.
WORTH: these bad actors cheat our government The Acting CHAIRMAN. Without ob-
At the end of the bill (before the short of tax revenue; they gain an unfair ad- jection, the amendment is withdrawn.
title), add the following new section: There was no objection.
SEC. 544. None of the funds appropriated in
vantage over the businesses that play
this Act may be used to enter into a contract by the rules. AMENDMENT NO. 96 OFFERED BY MR. DEAL OF
in an amount greater than the simplified ac- Not all contractors are into gaming GEORGIA
quisition threshold unless the prospective the system. Most are doing terrific Mr. DEAL of Georgia. Mr. Chairman,
contractor certifies in writing to the agency work and putting our tax dollars to I offer an amendment.
awarding the contract that the contractor good use. But we have a responsibility The Acting CHAIRMAN (Mr. ROSS).
owes no Federal tax debt. For purposes of to protect those businesses and the The Clerk will designate the amend-
the preceding sentence, the certification re- taxpayers’ dollars by weeding out the ment.
quirement of part 52.209–5 of the Federal Ac- The text of the amendment is as fol-
corrupt contractors. The only way you
quisition Regulation shall also include a re-
quirement for a certification by a prospec- do this is through increased oversight. lows:
tive contractor of whether, within the three- At a time when our fiscal house is, Amendment No. 96 offered by Mr. DEAL of
year period preceding the offer for the con- some say, in complete disarray and Georgia:
tract, the prospective contractor— deficits continue to grow, we cannot At the end of the bill (before the short
(1) has or has not been convicted of or had continue to allow companies to receive title) insert the following new section:
a civil judgment rendered against the con- SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
Federal tax dollars while shirking their in this Act may be used to destroy or put to
tractor for violating any tax law or failing to own tax responsibilities.
pay any tax; pasture any horse or mule belonging to the
Mr. Chairman, I respectfully ask my United States that has become unfit for serv-
(2) has or has not been notified of any de-
colleagues to support this amendment. ice.
linquent taxes for which the liability re-
mains unsatisfied; or
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
(3) has or has not received a notice of a tax of my time. the order of the House of today, the
lien filed against the contractor for which Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. gentleman from Georgia (Mr. DEAL)
the liability remains unsatisfied or for which Chairman, I move to strike the last and a Member opposed each will con-
the lien has not been released. word. trol 5 minutes.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to Mr. Chairman, I want to commend
The Chair recognizes the gentleman
the order of the House of today, the the gentleman from Indiana for this
gentleman from Indiana (Mr. ELLS- very well-conceived amendment, Mr. Mr. DEAL of Georgia. Mr. Chairman,
WORTH) and a Member opposed each ELLSWORTH’s proposing that the De- I realize it’s late, and I’ll be brief.
will control 5 minutes. partment of Homeland Security be pro- We’ve talked about a lot of things
The Chair recognizes the gentleman hibited from awarding contracts to today. I’d like to talk about horses and
from Indiana. those that owe the Federal Govern- mules for a few minutes. Under the
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- ment money. It seems pretty straight- current law, when a horse or a mule is
man, I reserve a point of order on the forward and sensible, and a rule that deemed no longer fit for service in
gentleman’s amendment. we need to adopt. agencies such as the Border Patrol or
The Acting CHAIRMAN. A point of This would apply to contractors that Customs, the law requires that they ei-
order is reserved. violate tax laws, that fail to pay Fed- ther be turned out to pasture on Fed-
Mr. ELLSWORTH. Mr. Chairman, eral taxes, that have an unsatisfied eral lands, where they usually are sub-
this amendment seeks to ensure that Federal liability. ject to predators, or that they be de-
none of the funds appropriated in this The Federal Acquisition Regulation,
stroyed. This amendment would simply
bill may be used to enter into a con- fortunately, does have a rule-making
say that they would be allowed to be
tract greater than the simplified acqui- under way that we believe will eventu-
adopted by their handlers.
sition threshold unless the prospective ally provide similar coverage to all This is an animal equity amendment,
contractor certifies in writing to the Federal agencies, including DHS. But Mr. Chairman. We do the same thing
agency awarding the contract that the the gentleman has anticipated that for dogs who have been in the service
contractor owes no Federal tax debt. ruling. He’s got language here that and are allowed to be adopted by their
The Federal Acquisition Regulation would offer protection earlier and handlers. This would simply allow the
already requires prospective contrac- would confirm what we hope will be handlers of horses and mules to do ex-
tors to certify within a 3-year period more general policy. actly the same thing. And I would urge
preceding the offer that they have not So it’s a very well-conceived amend-
been convicted or had a civil judgment ment, and I commend him for it and
Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Chairman, will
rendered against them for the various hope that we can adopt it. I urge its
the gentleman yield?
legal infractions such as tax evasion, adoption. Mr. DEAL of Georgia. I yield to the
forgery and bribery. This amendment POINT OF ORDER
gentleman from Ohio.
simply adds the following three tax Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- Mr. KUCINICH. I want to thank the
debt-related offenses: the prospective man, I make a point of order against gentleman. I want to thank him for
contractor must certify that they, one, the amendment because it proposes to sponsoring this. I think it is a very hu-
have or have not been convicted of a change existing law and constitutes mane and proper thing to do, and I ap-
civil judgment rendered against the legislation in an appropriations bill preciate that you offered it.
contractor for violating tax law or fail- and, therefore, violates clause 2 of rule Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
ing to pay any tax; two, have or have XXI. man, will the gentleman yield?
not been notified of any delinquent I ask for a ruling from the Chair. Mr. DEAL of Georgia. I yield to the
taxes for which the liability remains The Acting CHAIRMAN. Does any gentleman from Kentucky.
unsatisfied; and, three, have or have Member wish to be heard?
not received a tax notice or tax lien Mr. ELLSWORTH. Mr. Chairman, I’d b 0100
filed against the contractor for which like to thank Chairman PRICE for his Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
the liability remains unsatisfied or for support of this important amendment man, I want to commend the gen-
that would have taken an important tleman for the amendment. This is a
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which the lien has not been released.
Mr. Chairman, my constituents, like step to address waste, fraud and abuse horse of a different color that you have
many of yours, sent me to Washington in the contracting process at the De- brought up here. And I think it is a hu-
to ensure their tax dollars are spent partment of Homeland Security. It’s mane thing to do, and I congratulate
wisely. And I guard their tax dollars my hope that we can work together to the gentleman. And being from horse
wisely. They believe, as I do, that it’s have this commonsense approach to country, I doubly appreciate it.
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Mr. DEAL of Georgia. Mr. Chairman, It seems bureaucrats implementing actly as he stated. There are too many
I yield back the balance of my time. the Western Hemisphere Travel Initia- documents to allow people to travel
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- tive continue to spend large amounts back and forth across U.S. borders. The
tion is on the amendment offered by of time and money to come up with United States discriminates against
the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. other ‘‘alternative documents to pass- citizens from other nations because we
DEAL). ports’’ to comply with this law. The require all those people that enter the
The amendment was agreed to. answer is why? We have a secure docu- United States to have a passport. Be-
AMENDMENT NO. 28 OFFERED BY MR. POE ment, the passport, that has been im- cause of the different special interest
Mr. POE. Mr. Chairman, I offer an plemented and is being used. But the groups that have thwarted the imple-
amendment. Department of Homeland Security and mentation of passports by having other
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk the Department of State, even though types of documents, those documents
will designate the amendment. they continue to say the passport is are unproven. In fact, Homeland Secu-
The text of the amendment is as fol- the ‘‘gold standard’’ for identity and rity is still studying those, which
lows: citizenship documents because of its means they are spending money on try-
Amendment No. 28 offered by Mr. POE: security, have come up with all dif- ing to come up with various systems.
At the end of title V, add the following new ferent types of forms and documents So rather than have three or four or
section: that they are studying. All of these five systems, I think it is important
SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
in this Act may be used by the Secretary of
documents are unproven. They are that we have one system, as the 9/11
Homeland Security to implement a plan called the Pass card, the BCC card, the Commission recommended. And that
under section 7209 of the Intelligence Reform SENTRI card, the Nexus card, the Fast passport system is the one that is the
and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public card. And we are spending taxpayer most foolproof. It will take time to im-
Law 108–458; 8 U.S.C. 1185 note) that permits money experimenting on these, while plement, but these other systems
travel into the United States from foreign not implementing the proven docu- haven’t been implemented at all.
countries using any document other than a ment like the passport. So the purpose of this is to make
passport to denote citizenship and identity. So this bill would require the Depart- sure that we are on the same page: Re-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to ment of Homeland Security to use and quire a simple document, a passport
the order of the House of today, the implement only passports and quit document, one that I have here; one
gentleman from Texas (Mr. POE) and spending money on documents that are that is faster than trying to examine
the gentleman from North Carolina unproven. And that is the purpose of numerous documents; one that you
(Mr. PRICE) each will control 5 min- this amendment: to spend money on can, as we say, slide and glide by com-
utes. passports only. ing across the border. It won’t take any
The Chair recognizes the gentleman Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance more time. In fact, it will take less
from Texas. of my time. time than some of these other unse-
Mr. POE. Mr. Chairman, the amend- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. cured documents.
ment I offer today will help reduce the Chairman, this amendment prohibits So with that, I ask the approval of
lengthy delays consumers are facing funds in the act from implementing a this amendment.
when applying for passports, while at plan to permit entry into the U.S. Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
the same time strengthening security using any identification document of my time.
at our borders. other than a passport. I understand the Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
The Intelligence Reform and Ter- security concerns that underlie this Chairman, I yield to our colleague from
rorism Prevention Act of 2004 man- amendment, but I believe it over- New York (Mr. SERRANO).
dated that the U.S. Secretaries of reaches considerably, and I will take Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Chairman, I
Homeland Security and State develop just a minute to explain why I think thank the gentleman for yielding.
and implement a plan to require all so. I think you said it well. The problem
U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to This amendment would effectively here is that we have in place docu-
present a passport or some other docu- prohibit DHS efforts to develop infra- mentation that is acceptable for these
ment when entering the United States, structure or systems to process State kinds of crossings. Yes, as we go for-
as of January 1, 2008. Department passport cards for U.S. ward, we have to make sure that we se-
For many years United States citi- citizens living near and commuting cure our borders. But to undo that
zens and citizens from other countries across the land borders of the U.S., which has been working for a while and
in the Western Hemisphere have not thus requiring all U.S. citizens who that which is accepted by our State De-
been required to present a passport to leave the U.S. to possess a passport, partment is just to take a step back-
enter the United States. They were ad- which currently costs $97 for adults, $82 wards. And rather than doing that, we
mitted by stating verbally that they for children. A passport card would should accept what we have now and
were from a country that didn’t require cost less than half of that. build on it. And what you are proposing
passports or by presenting a wide vari- In addition, the language would effec- is really to take a step that would only
ety of less secure documentation, in- tively prohibit anyone who did not hurt us.
cluding up to 5,000 documents that our have a valid passport, such as perma- Throughout the years, the State De-
border agents must be versed in. nent residents who lack other citizen- partment has worked, in the case of
The 9/11 Commission in their findings ship documents, from reentering the the Mexican Government, to bring
highlighted ‘‘for terrorists travel docu- U.S. If I read it correctly, that is ex- about a proper crossing of the border
ments are as important as weapons. actly what it would do. And it would for work purposes and family visits and
. . . In their travels terrorists use eva- effectively invalidate millions of Mexi- so on. That has been in place for years.
sive methods, such as altered and coun- can border crossing cards issued by the That has worked. That is not the issue
terfeit documents, and they study and State Department. that we deal with when we talk about
exploit America’s vulnerabilities.’’ The So it is an overreach, I would say, undocumented immigration into the
9/11 Commission rightfully rec- Mr. Chairman. It represents a draco- country. That is not the issue we deal
ommended we end the practice of trav- nian approach to border security. It with when we talk about terrorist acts.
eling without passports. I am glad Con- would adversely affect the ability of This is the crossing of the border in a
gress took action on that recommenda- U.S. citizens and workers and residents proper and safe and legal manner, and
tion. However, here we are 21⁄2 years to move easily across the border. that is what we have in place, and we
later, and it seems we are still going So I urge the House to reject the shouldn’t be reinventing the wheel at
further and further away from putting
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amendment. this stage.
this policy in place due to the bureauc- Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
racy in the Department of Homeland of my time. Chairman, I yield back the balance of
Security and the State Department Mr. POE. Mr. Chairman, with all due my time.
through the Western Hemisphere Trav- respect to the chairman, I understand Mr. POE. Mr. Chairman, just in sum-
el Initiative. his concerns, but the problem is ex- mary, we are requiring people who fly
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into the United States to have pass- go to phase 2. Phase 2 says that we Mr. LATOURETTE. I thank my col-
ports. Even people from Mexico who fly need to have documents as we cross the league.
into the United States will have to border by land into Canada. Where Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
have passports. And when we fly to Congressman KUCINICH and I are from, Chairman, I move to strike the last
Mexico or Canada, we have to have we go through Detroit or Buffalo and word.
passports. The same is true of people the southern border as well. But that Mr. Chairman, I want to commend
coming in by sea. And now it is appro- hasn’t been the case. our colleagues for this amendment. I
priate that we have that same rec- On Friday the two agencies an- certainly will not be objecting to it and
ommendation for those people who nounced, reluctantly, that, you know will be happy if it is adopted. It is not
travel into the United States by land. what? We have got it wrong, and as a exactly the same approach that was
That is why I recommend and ask for result we are not going to require pass- taken in our bill. I must say that. But
the adoption of this amendment, that ports for air travel to the Caribbean or I do think it is consistent with the bill.
the universal document for entry into to Canada anymore, and that a photo The amendment would prohibit funds
another nation be adopted. ID will be sufficient. However, even in the act from being used to imple-
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- with this chaos, the administration has ment a plan before June 1, 2009, to com-
ance of my time. vowed that it will move forward with ply with the Intelligence Reform Act of
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- phase 2 on January 1. 2004 requirement to require all who
tion is on the amendment offered by Now, I want to commend the chair- enter the U.S. to have passports or
the gentleman from Texas (Mr. POE). man of the Rules Committee, Congress- equally valid identification. The West-
The question was taken; and the Act- woman SLAUGHTER, for the work that ern Hemisphere Travel Initiative is in-
ing Chairman announced that the noes she has done to put in this bill triggers tended to reduce the likelihood of
appeared to have it. that say maybe we don’t have it right. entry by people who mean us ill.
Mr. POE. Mr. Chairman, I demand a Let’s do some pilot programs and We believe this could be done effec-
recorded vote. things of that nature. But those provi- tively in a way that doesn’t sacrifice
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to sions were put in this bill before this good relations with our neighbors, that
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- disaster happened. And I don’t assume doesn’t cause undue hardship for U.S.
ceedings on the amendment offered by that I am the only Member of this body citizens or doesn’t affect legitimate
the gentleman from Texas will be post- that has received angry phone calls travel and commerce.
poned. from their constituents and say, you b 0115
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. LATOURETTE know what? Maybe, maybe, we just But we are certainly not there yet.
Mr. LATOURETTE. Mr. Chairman, I need to slow it down. Our bill fences $100 million of the $225
offer an amendment. So this is a complete prohibition. It million in funding until the Depart-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk says to the Department of Homeland ment reports on the results of pilot
will designate the amendment. Security in this bill, and we will do it projects in Washington State, until it
The text of the amendment is as fol- again in the State Department bill, provides an update on project mile-
lows: saying we gave you until June of 2009 stones, until it demonstrates that stat-
Amendment offered by Mr. LATOURETTE: to get this right, to come up with the utory requirements are met and the
At the end of title V, add the following new Pass card, to come up with whatever system has been operationally tested,
section: you are going to come up. But please, and until it reports on privacy safe-
SEC. ll. None of the funds made available please, don’t do this to our constitu- guards. So we do have those kinds of
in this Act may be used to implement any ents on January 1, 2008. protections in this bill. We have not in-
plan developed under section 7209(b)(1) of the Mr. Chairman, at this time it is my
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Preven- cluded a date certain, but as I said, I
pleasure to yield 2 minutes to my good believe the inclusion of a date is com-
tion Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–458; 8 U.S.C. friend and colleague from Cleveland,
1185 note) before June 1, 2009. patible with what we’ve suggested, and
Ohio, Congressman KUCINICH. so we will not object to this amend-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Chairman, as my
the order of the House of today, the ment. We commend the gentleman for
colleague Mr. LATOURETTE points out,
gentleman from Ohio (Mr. offering it.
our offices are getting deluged with re- Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal-
LATOURETTE) and a Member opposed quests and complaints from constitu- ance of my time.
each will control 5 minutes. ents who are suffering under this back- Mr. LATOURETTE. Mr. Chairman,
The Chair recognizes the gentleman log that has been created, and some of may I inquire as to how much time is
from Ohio. the action that has been taken by our remaining.
Mr. LATOURETTE. First of all, Mr. Federal Government is only going to The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen-
Chairman, I want to compliment you compound it. So the amendment is tleman from Ohio has 11⁄2 minutes re-
on the way you have conducted this de- aimed at being constituent-sensitive maining.
bate. In happier times I had the privi- and also sensible with respect to the Mr. LATOURETTE. I would like to
lege of being where you are, and I have border crossings, particularly at Can- thank Chairman PRICE for not only ac-
to tell you, you have done a tremen- ada. cepting this amendment, but also for
dous job and I appreciate it very much. I think that Members realize, and all the work that he has done on this bill.
I am pleased to offer this amendment of us are here as legislators, but an- This has been a very difficult process.
with my friend, a colleague from Cleve- other important part of our responsi- And just like you, Mr. Chairman, he
land, Ohio, Congressman KUCINICH. bility is constituent service. And every has also had a tough go of it. It’s tough
This amendment basically recognizes one of us knows that we have been to lead, it’s tough to be in the major-
what I think that every Member of this swamped. ity, it’s tough to govern, and I think
House should recognize: that the imple- So this amendment that I am proud Chairman PRICE has done great work.
mentation of the passport travel re- to work with Mr. LATOURETTE on is I commend the committee for the
quirements in the Western Hemisphere aimed at not just deferring a problem, work they have done on this bill. And
has been a disaster. The State Depart- but at really taking a sound and sen- I mentioned Chairwoman SLAUGHTER
ment and Department of Homeland Se- sible approach to what has become a for the work that she put in, and that
curity made an estimate, and they nightmare in terms of our constituents was her language, that $100 million.
have been swamped. My constituents not being able to get the kind of re- I don’t want to be an obstructionist,
call me on a regular basis saying that sponsiveness they have the right to ex- but because the Republicans and Demo-
they have applied for passports 12, 14,
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pect on these issues that relate to visas crats are being killed on this passport
20 weeks. They don’t have their pass- and passports. issue, even though the chairman has
ports. Their trips are canceled. And So thank you very much, Mr. indicated he will accept the amend-
this is a bad thing. LATOURETTE, for your work on this, ment, I will ask for a recorded vote.
You would think in the face of that and I am very grateful that I have a Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal-
track record that perhaps we wouldn’t chance to work with you on it. ance of my time.
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The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- clude a thorough vetting of those seek- with the State Department, maintain-
tion is on the amendment offered by ing access to the United States. ing records of these visa-waiver appli-
the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Would-be ‘‘shoe bomber’’ terrorist cations. Remember, you have to apply
LATOURETTE). Richard Reid exploited the Visa Waiver for that. You would prohibit the ad-
The question was taken; and the Act- Program to board the flight he tried to ministering of programs which air car-
ing Chairman announced that the ayes bomb. The London subway bombing riers use relating to verifying travelers
appeared to have it. was executed in large part by British as qualified, visa-waiver residents.
Mr. LATOURETTE. Mr. Chairman, I citizens with known ties to terrorism. So what you are going to do is you
demand a recorded vote. Under the Visa Waiver Program, any are not going to stop the program. You
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to British citizen can travel to the United are just going to stop the sharing of in-
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- States without having to apply for a side information. And I think it’s a
ceedings on the amendment offered by visa and without giving our govern- fear that hasn’t been demonstrated as
the gentleman from Ohio will be post- ment the ability to do even a cursory a problem. Therefore, nothing is bro-
poned. investigation as to whether he or she ken that needs fixing. There isn’t sup-
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. TANCREDO may have ties to a terrorist group. port for this program among the travel
British citizen Hemant Lakhani is just and tourism industry, and particularly
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I
such an example. He was busted in a the air carriers. And I think the fact
offer an amendment.
sting in New Jersey in 2003 when he that all these visitors have to have a
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
tried to sell shoulder-fire surface-to-air passport and those passports have to
will designate the amendment.
missiles to a Federal operative who he meet our standards, that these Visa
The text of the amendment is as fol-
believed to be a Somali terrorist plot- Waiver Program visitors are very well
ting against American jetliners. protected.
Amendment offered by Mr. TANCREDO: Mr. Chairman, we cannot give those Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
At the end of the bill (before the short
who wish to harm us open access to Chairman, I reserve the balance of my
title), insert the following:
SEC. 544. None of the funds made available America under the cloak of the Visa time.
in this Act may be used to carry out the visa Waiver Program. We need to suspend Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, if
waiver program under section 217 of the Im- the program until we are equipped to passports alone provided the kind of se-
migration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. check the criminal and terrorist back- curity that the gentleman suggests
1187). ground of every visitor who arrives at they provide, then of course we would
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to any port of entry to confirm the iden- not need visas at all. Why would we im-
the order of the House of today, the tity of each visitor using the biometric pose this particular kind of background
gentleman from Colorado (Mr. identifiers. check if passports alone gave us the
TANCREDO) and the gentleman from Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance kind of security that we need to make
North Carolina (Mr. PRICE) each will of my time. sure that the people entering this
control 5 minutes. Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. country are, number one, who they say
The Chair recognizes the gentleman Chairman, I yield to our colleague, sub- they are, and more importantly, that
from Colorado. committee member, Mr. FARR. their backgrounds do not show any-
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, my Mr. FARR. Thank you, Mr. Chair- thing that might suggest that they
amendment simply suspends the Visa man, for yielding. should not be allowed into the country.
I rise as one of the cochairs of the But don’t just take my word for it.
Waiver Program for fiscal year 2008.
Travel and Tourism Caucus, and I rise Listen to what former DHS Inspector
The Visa Waiver Program was estab-
because I think you are trying to fix General Clark Kent Ervin recently
lished in 1986 as a temporary, and I un-
something here that isn’t broken. said: ‘‘We ought to be ending the Visa
derline temporary, program to allow We have not had problems with the Waiver Program, not expanding it.
tourists or short-term business visitors Visa Waiver Program. In fact, it has There is a reason why terrorists are
to enter the United States for 90 days worked very well. And the reason you keen to obtain passports from visa-
or less without obtaining a visa. The get qualified as a country for the Visa waiver countries. They don’t have to
program was later made permanent by Waiver Program is because the visitors undergo extensive security checks.’’
Congress and currently allows nation- from that country, all who have pass- So when you say there is no opposi-
als of 27 countries into the United ports, those passports all are screened tion to the program, I would suggest
States with a simple stamp. and have to pass the screening before that that is not correct. There cer-
The Visa Waiver Program ill advised- they get on an airplane. And so if there tainly are people involved with the pro-
ly trusts the security of our Nation to is such a traveler that is on the ‘‘no gram who feel as I do, that we need to
the background check capabilities and fly’’ list, they would be selected out at abandon this particular visa-waiver
passport procedures of foreign govern- that point. idea.
ments. There are numerous instances The reason these countries have And the IG isn’t alone. Last Sep-
of terrorists and would-be terrorists qualified is because they haven’t had tember, the Government Account-
who have exploited this program, or people visiting our country who have ability Office found that stolen pass-
easily could have. skipped, who have stayed on, who have ports from visa-waiver countries are
September 11 conspirator Zacharias violated. The visa is time certain. prized travel documents among terror-
Moussaoui is a great example of this. These are frequent travelers; they are ists, criminals and immigration law
He exploited the Visa Waiver Program from the countries that are our allies, violators. Based on a State Department
to travel to the United States. The 9/11 most of whom are members of NATO or report from January 2002 until June
Commission stated that ‘‘a maximum other security forces. I think it is a 2004, 28 foreign governments reported
U.S. effort to investigate Moussaoui very bad way to go. One is it’s going to 56,943 stolen blank foreign passports.
conceivably could have unearthed his alienate the travel and tourism indus- The Director of the U.S. National Cen-
connections. Those connections might try in the United States that relies a tral Bureau of Interpol has said that
have brought investigators to the core lot on foreign travelers; they spend a for 55 of the 181 Interpol countries,
of the 9/11 plot.’’ lot of money in this country. And, there were probably over 10 million
It’s an interesting case because, of frankly, right now visiting America is lost and stolen passports that might be
course, he was actually under inves- a bargain. It is one of the best vacation in circulation. In August of 2004, ac-
tigation at the time by the French packages you can buy compared to cording to CBP, their database con-
Government, by their secret service. costs in Europe and so on. And what tains 1.2 million records of stolen pass-
Had we required a visa program that
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you do by cutting these funds, you ports. Notably, between January and
allowed for us to conduct that kind of would prohibit funds from this act June of 2005, DHS confiscated 298 pass-
background check, we may very well from carrying out the Visa Waiver Pro- ports issued by visa-waiver countries
have identified those connections and gram. that travelers were attempting to use
not allowed him the visa. It seems Now, within that program is also the at ports of entry to fraudulently enter
clear that a maximum effort would in- ability of DHS sharing information the United States.
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I encourage the adoption of the Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. important for the Department of
amendment. Chairman, might I add my appreciation Homeland Security to adhere to its di-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentle- for the manner in which the chairman rective and to recognize that the re-
man’s time has expired. has conducted this process with the ap- sponsibility of security of pipelines and
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. propriations of the Homeland Security critical infrastructure remains in the
Chairman, I yield the balance of our Appropriations Committee. Department of Homeland Security.
time to Mr. FARR. Let me thank the ranking member of It is interesting as to whether or not
Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, none of the committee and the chairman of the beyond the question of impacting our
the facts stated by the gentleman have subcommittee for working with the au- security and our lives, that this dam-
anything to do with the amendment. thorizers. And let me thank my chair- age to critical infrastructure can gen-
The amendment cuts the ability for us man, Chairman THOMPSON of the full erate increased oil prices, something
to manage a program which is working committee, the Homeland Security that many Americans are now saying,
very well. Every one of these travelers Committee, for creating the committee enough is enough.
has to get a passport; those passports which I Chair, the Transportation, Se- I would ask my colleagues to recog-
have to meet our standards. They have curity and Critical Infrastructure. nize that our responsibility, the Home-
to go through the screening at air- This amendment speaks directly to land Security Appropriations Com-
ports. If they are on a ‘‘no fly’’ list, the immediacy of our concerns about mittee that has put together a very in-
they won’t be allowed on an airplane. pipeline security, refineries and other clusive appropriations bill, to answer
This is not the way to try to prevent critical infrastructure. the questions of the needs of America’s
good visitors to this country who are A CRS report indicates that there are homeland security. But we also have to
allies of the United States. now nearly half a million miles of oil recognize that we have to be diligent,
And, frankly, adopting this amend- and gas transmission pipelines across we have to be vigilant, and we have to
ment is not only going to create an in- America. We got a wake-up call just a make sure that we are in front of the
credible bureaucracy for us; it is going few weeks ago with the discovery of a ideas, the threats, of those perpetra-
to create an alienation among coun- possible plot to blow up the fuel lines tors who would want to do us harm.
tries that we get along with very well at John F. Kennedy Airport. Now we The half a million miles of pipelines,
and have allowed a visa waiver. With- understand that we have a dilemma, the many, many refineries, speaks
out it, every one of these would have to and that dilemma requires the Depart- loudly and volumes to the necessity of
flood a foreign council. And you would ment of Homeland Security to consider creating a vulnerability assessment of
have frequent travelers unable to get assessing the vulnerability of pipelines, those pipelines and refineries and other
to the United States and be a good refineries and other critical infrastruc- critical infrastructure around the
tourist and good visitors of our country ture around America. United States.
and good friends. Natural gas, gasoline, petroleum and I would ask that my colleagues sup-
I don’t think in nation building that other pipelines can produce cata- port this amendment, and I would ask
this is the way that you want to attack strophic fires and explosions when they additionally that the Department of
the problem. So I ask for a ‘‘no’’ vote fall, and it is imperative that we begin Homeland Security have as one of its
on this amendment. to assess the vulnerabilities of such. chief responsibilities the vulnerability
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. A weekly bulletin from the U.S. De- assessment of these critical infrastruc-
Chairman, I yield back the balance of partment of Homeland Security and ture sites.
my time. FBI told law enforcement officials and Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- businesses this week that the Inde- of my time.
tion is on the amendment offered by pendence Day holiday might make an Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
the gentleman from Colorado (Mr. attack more appealing. Chairman, I move to strike the last
b 0130 Mr. Chairman, I want to commend
The question was taken; and the Act-
ing Chairman announced that the noes This was an article in 2005. The bul- our colleague for her effective focus on
appeared to have it. letin said important economic infra- this issue of pipeline safety and her
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I de- structure like refineries are possible good work on the authorizing com-
mand a recorded vote. targets for terrorists. mittee and her coming here at this
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to We need to assess the vulnerabilities very late hour to offer this very fine
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- of our refineries and pipelines. amendment. I am pleased on behalf of
ceedings on the amendment offered by Another article said, apparently the majority to accept the amendment.
the gentleman from Colorado will be some international terrorists have tar- Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr.
postponed. geted our oil refining assets in the Chairman, I am absolutely delighted. It
United States as potential targets. FBI means America will be safer.
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON-LEE OF
Director Mueller said between 1999 and I thank the Chair for this opportunity to ex-
2001, the FBI prevented 10 possible do- plain my amendment to H.R. 2638, the
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr.
mestic terrorist incidents, including ‘‘Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fis-
Chairman, I offer an amendment.
two potentially large scale, high cas- cal Year of 2008.’’ As a member of the Home-
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
ualty attacks by right wing groups, land Security Committee and the chair of the
will designate the amendment.
and the planned bombing of a trans- Transportation Security and Infrastructure Pro-
The text of the amendment is as fol-
Alaska pipeline in 1999. Our pipelines tection Subcommittee, I am pleased to offer
are on the front lines of terrorists. this amendment, which enhances the bill by
Amendment offered by Ms. JACKSON-LEE of A New York Post article said for requiring the Department of Homeland Secu-
At the appropriate place, insert the fol-
years, city residents have questioned rity to conduct a security vulnerability study of
lowing: the safety of the 40 year old artery that the Nation’s pipelines and refineries.
SEC. ll. Critical Infrastructure Vulner- pumps jet fuel, heating and diesel oil Less than two weeks ago, four would-be ter-
ability and gasoline into the city, and some rorists were arrested for hatching a plot to
None of the funds in this Act may be used have even cited the pipeline as a poten- blow up John F. Kennedy Airport and swaths
to limit the implementation of Homeland tial terrorist attack. of Queens by attacking fuel tanks and an un-
Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD–7). We saw what happened when this al- derground pipeline in the hope of igniting a
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to legation of terrorism that is still being catastrophic explosion that would surpass the
the order of the House of today, the investigated was uncovered regarding
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horrific devastation visited upon the Nation on
gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. JACK- the John F. Kennedy pipeline. We have September 11.
SON-LEE) and a Member opposed each to get in front of this. We have to be Because of their length, ubiquity, and re-
will control 5 minutes. preventive. Our committee will go for- moteness, pipelines can be nearly impossible
The Chair recognizes the gentle- ward having oversight hearings on to defend. Natural gas, gasoline, petroleum,
woman from Texas. these important questions. But it is and other pipelines can produce catastrophic
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fires and explosions when they fail. ‘‘Environ- Unfortunately, there are no provi- it renders unclear why this amendment
mental’’ damage aside, these events can kill sions for enforcement. Therefore, many is necessary or what effect it is likely
and injure people, and the casualties can be local governments adopt policies that to have.
worse when pipelines are located near popu- explicitly prevent their police officers I would yield to the gentleman, and I
lated areas. from cooperating with immigration would appreciate his responding to a
We need to ensure that everything that can and Customs enforcement agents. few questions that would help us un-
be done to secure the Nation’s pipelines and A recent example of this increasingly derstand the thrust of this amendment.
refineries is being done. There may be, of brazen defiance of Federal law is the Does the gentlemen know of any DHS
course, other actions that pipeline and refinery City of San Francisco. Just a couple of funding today that is used in con-
operators can and must do to reduce the months ago, Mayor Gavin Newsome as- travention of section 642(a) of the 1996
threats terrorists could present. sured a concerned audience that he Immigration Act?
My aim of my amendment is to increase the would ‘‘not allow any of his depart- Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, the
knowledge base pertaining to potential ment heads or anyone else associated issue is not whether DHS funding is
vulnerabilities of a critically important segment with the city to cooperate in any way, used in contravention. It is whether or
of the Nation’s economic infrastructure so that shape or form with these immigration not there is any penalty to be assessed
effective countermeasures can be taken to raids.’’ Unfortunately, San Francisco is to enforce the law that is on the books.
protect the public health, safety, and welfare. not is not the only jurisdiction in this Naturally there has been no suit
For these reasons, I urge the adoption of category. brought or whatever because there is
this amendment. When local governments refuse to no penalty in the law itself. What we
Mr. Chairman, I am very happy to share information with Federal immi- are doing here is providing a penalty
yield back the balance of my time. gration authorities, police departments for the violation of the law.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- often stop and/or arrest criminal aliens Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. The
tion is on the amendment offered by time and time again, only to release question is, do you know of any viola-
the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. them without ever checking their im- tions that have occurred?
JACKSON-LEE). migration status. As a result, instead Mr. TANCREDO. Yes, I most cer-
The amendment was agreed to. of being deported, these aliens move on tainly do, and I have brought them to
AMENDMENT NO. 7 OFFERED BY MR. TANCREDO to commit other crimes. the attention of the body. There are
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I The City of Denver also has a sanc- many, many more like this.
offer an amendment. tuary city policy that violates Federal Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. You
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk law. Their police manual explicitly are aware of DHS funding that has
will designate the amendment. prohibits officers from initiating ac- been used in contravention?
The text of the amendment is as fol- tions whose objective is to ‘‘discover Mr. TANCREDO. No. The question
lows: the immigration status of a person.’’ was am I aware of any violations of the
Mr. Chairman, I can tell you from my law, and the answer is yes, many viola-
Amendment No. 7 offered by Mr.
TANCREDO: own experience that there have been tions of the law.
At the end of the bill (before the short numerous occasions where this sanc- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I am
title), insert the following: tuary city policy in Denver alone has asking about DHS funding, Homeland
SEC. 544. None of the funds made available resulted in the deaths of individuals, Security funding, which, after all, is
in this Act may be used in contravention of and certainly other kinds of crimes the department we are appropriating
section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Re- being perpetrated, because people that for.
form and Immigrant Responsibility Act of were involved with these murders and/ Mr. TANCREDO. That is correct. I
1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373(a)). am trying to assess a penalty for a vio-
or manslaughter charges that were
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to brought against them were illegal lation of the law, and this is the pen-
the order of the House of today, the aliens. They had come in contact at alty that I believe is appropriate.
gentleman from Colorado (Mr. some time in the past with the authori- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Let me
TANCREDO) and a Member opposed each ties, but because of these sanctuary maybe phrase this another way. Is dis-
will control 5 minutes. city policies, none of the authorities aster relief funding being used in con-
The Chair recognizes the gentleman were able to communicate with ICE travention of this section?
from Colorado. and therefore, of course, these people Mr. TANCREDO. At the present time,
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I went undetected and otherwise almost it is not. But if we pass this amend-
yield myself such time as I may con- certainly would have been taken into ment, it would be, yes. There has to be
sume. custody and deported and those crimes some sort of penalty assessed to the
Mr. Chairman, this is an amendment would not have been committed. law that is already on the books or, of
that I offered many times in the past. Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance course, it is of no value. That is why so
It was actually passed by the House, I of my time. many cities have adopted these sanc-
believe, in the last session. The fact is Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. tuary city programs, and that is why
that we need to, unfortunately, run at Chairman, I move to strike the last we have to do something about it.
it again. word. Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Let me
My amendment would prevent State Mr. Chairman, section 642(a) of the ask about DHS grant dollars generally.
and local governments who refuse to Illegal Immigration Reform and Immi- Have they been used in contravention
share information with Federal immi- grant Responsibility Act of 1996 pro- of this section?
gration authorities from obtaining hibits governments from withholding Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, any
Federal funds under this act. These are immigration-related data when it is re- first responder money, any of the
so-called sanctuary policies, and they quested by other government entities money we are talking about here in
are not only misguided and dangerous, with a legitimate need for the informa- San Francisco, is currently appro-
but they also are illegal. tion. This amendment, which our priated in violation of the law, actu-
That is an interesting aspect of this friend from Colorado has offered many ally, and what this would do is estab-
that we have brought to the attention times before, would prevent DHS from lish that fact.
of the Congress many times in the awarding funds to any government en- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. I am
past. There is in fact a law. It has been tity that fails to comply with the law. asking though what evidence exists
on the books now for over 10 years. Now, as far as I know, Mr. Chairman, that this is actually a problem.
Section 642 of the Illegal Immigration the Department of Homeland Security Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, if
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility has never reported a failure to comply the gentleman would yield further,
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Act of 1996 already makes it illegal for with the law, with this underlying law. there are innumerable cases we could
a State or local government to block The Justice Department has never filed cite, and certainly I did, of where cities
communications between State and suit against any entity for violating were in contravention of the law. They
local police and Federal immigration this statute. So I don’t know how our described themselves as sanctuary cit-
enforcement authorities. friend would explain that. I would say ies. They have said they will not in
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fact obey the law, the 1996 law that I Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Chairman, this temporarily, their whole sanctuary
have already described, that we have may be one of those classic moments city policy, and they did take it away
laid out, section 642 of the Illegal Im- where we are dealing with something for a while because of that. They have
migration Reform and Immigrant Re- that really isn’t broken. The fact of life sort of reimposed it.
sponsibility Act. is that everybody at every local gov- Also, the 9/11 hijackers, had we
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Re- ernment and in every locality through- known that they had been stopped be-
claiming my time, New York City has out this country knows what the law is fore, which they actually had, if they
a law on the books, for example, that and knows how to react to that law. had come in contact with the police,
prohibits the provision of Immigration People are not withholding informa- which they did, we may have been able
information to the Federal Govern- tion from the Federal Government. to stop them had we not had sanctuary
ment, I understand. Would this amend- What happens, however, on many oc- city policies in place, not just in New
ment prohibit any DHS funding to New casions, is that local communities will York but throughout the country.
York City? make a statement, and basically it is a These are cities violating the law at
Mr. TANCREDO. Yes. The fact is if statement in many cases, in most the present time. Honestly, I am not
they chose to maintain this particular cases, saying that that area is a sanc- trying to make new law, just enforce
program, it would prohibit the funding. tuary, meaning that they look at the existing law.
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. The immigration issue differently than you The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques-
answer is yes. Reclaiming my time, it may in other parts of the country. But tion is on the amendment offered by
is a simple straightforward question. it doesn’t mean that they flaunt the the gentleman from Colorado (Mr.
Border Patrol agents are funded in this law, that they laugh at the law, that TANCREDO).
bill. If DHS were to find that a border they will not participate. The question was taken; and the Act-
city or county were in contravention of I assure you that in the case of New ing Chairman announced that the noes
section 642(a), would this provision re- York City, where the scene of the appeared to have it.
quire them to remove all Border Patrol crime took place on September 11, no Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I de-
agents from that city or county? one in that city government, no one in mand a recorded vote.
Mr. TANCREDO. They are not pro- that State government, is interested in The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
tecting the city. They are protecting doing anything else but complying clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro-
the border. with every law that will help us secure ceedings on the amendment offered by
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentle- our borders and protect our city. the gentleman from Colorado will be
man’s time has expired. The gentleman postponed.
from Colorado has 2 minutes remain- AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE
ing. But we in that city look at immigra-
Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Chairman, I offer an
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, I tion different than other people in
would like to yield 1 minute to the gen- other parts of the country, perhaps. We
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
tleman from Iowa (Mr. KING). don’t see immigrants as a problem to
will designate the amendment.
Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, I society that we have to somehow cre-
The text of the amendment is as fol-
thank Mr. TANCREDO for yielding. ate a problem for them.
Mr. Chairman, I would take it to So sanctuary movements, which inci-
Amendment offered by Mr. ROYCE:
this, that one thing that has happened dentally are growing throughout
At the end of the bill (before the short
with these sanctuary policies is the cit- churches of all denominations through- title), insert the following:
ies have gotten together, I think I out the country in very conservative SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
looked at the same attorney opinion, and in very liberal areas, those move- in this Act for customs and border protec-
and tried to find a loophole, and in ments are simply statements by com- tion fencing, infrastructure, and technology
many of these sanctuary policies it munities saying we see the immigra- may be used for anything but at least two
says if you are an employee of the city, tion issue from a humane point of view. layers of reinforced fencing and roads pursu-
you shall not gather information. If We see it differently than other people. ant to section 102 of Public Law 104–208.
you are prohibited from gathering, We don’t think these people are prob- The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to
then you don’t have any information to lems for the country. Let’s work to re- the order of the House of today, the
share with the law enforcement people solve the problem in a proper way. gentleman from California (Mr. ROYCE)
who do enforce our Immigration laws. This, again, is a classic case of com- and the gentleman from California (Mr.
That is one of the loopholes that is ing to the House floor and saying, one, FARR) each will control 5 minutes.
there. we are going to tell local governments The Chair recognizes the gentleman
But the philosophy here is really the what to do, something that side does from California.
difference. There are two trains of not usually like to do, and in this case Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Chairman, I yield
thought. One of them says if you en- freedom of speech. Simply a statement myself such time as I may consume.
force immigration law in my commu- by many communities that they see I want to start off by thanking Mrs.
nity, people won’t come forward and immigration in a different way and we BLACKBURN, Messrs. KING, HUNTER,
report other laws, like domestic abuse should not be badgering them and cre- FRANKS, BILBRAY, Ms. GINNY BROWN-
or whatever. And the other side is, how ating issues where issues do not exist. WAITE, Mrs. CAPITO, and Mrs. DRAKE
in the world can you enforce some laws Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- for all coming together and working
and not others? ance of my time. towards this amendment.
This is a statute that is clear on the Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Chairman, talk- This amendment will give badly
books. Mr. TANCREDO is seeking to en- ing about not telling local commu- needed funding to the border security
force that statute. And the decision nities what they should do, we have a fence as provided by the law in the Se-
needs to be made by the cities, do you law. It is on the book. I am not impos- cure Fence Act. Congress authorized it
like your Homeland Security funding? ing new legislation telling commu- last year, provided funding to get it
Is the funding that comes from the nities what to do, I am simply assess- started in the 2007 DHS spending bill.
Federal Government that provides that ing a penalty for the law that already The point I would like to make, al-
security in those cities worth more to exists. though Congress mandated the con-
you than your sanctuary policy? That It is interesting that the gentleman struction of 847 miles of fencing, to
is the bottom line. Federal law has got would bring up New York City. As a date only 13.01 miles have been com-
to prevail. matter of fact, in New York City there pleted. And as you know, it is supposed
was a case where there was a woman to be a double-border fence, and only
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Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Chairman, I am
opposed to the bill, and I claim the brutally raped by five people, four of one-half of the 13.01 miles is completed
time in opposition. whom were illegal immigrants and had in the sense it is only one side of the
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen- already come in contact with the po- fence.
tleman from New York is recognized lice many times. It was that case that So the amendment being offered
for 5 minutes. made New York City rethink, albeit today takes funding made available in
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the bill for border protection and di- must say it has been very interesting and infrastructure development. With-
rects it to the fencing. tonight. There has been a lot of discus- out a problem, you don’t need to fix it.
This amendment will give the admin- sion about fences and very little dis- If you want to build a fence where
istration, I think, what it needs to con- cussion about Homeland Security the terrorists are coming, then build
struct the remaining portions of the which is what this budget is all about. that fence across the Canadian border.
border fence. It is vital to national se- It is interesting, in traveling the bor- Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
curity. I had a number of hearings der and talking to the Border Patrol, of my time.
down on the border when I was chair- there was never, never a request for Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Chairman, yielding
man of the Terrorism and Non- this. What you are doing, very inter- myself the time, I chaired the com-
proliferation Subcommittee. But Bor- esting in this amendment, you say mittee meetings down on the border.
der Patrol told me about the effective- ‘‘none of the funds made available in Mahmoud Qurani crossed that border
ness of the fence. There are over 400 at- this act for customs and border protec- in the trunk of a car, an agent for
tacks on Border Patrol agents a year. tion fencing, infrastructure, and tech- Hezbollah, whose brother, by the way,
They need this fence. They find it is a nology may be used for anything but at was in charge of the southern front in
great force multiplier. It extends their least two layers of reinforced fencing the attack on Israel recently. He came
capacity. It allows them the discretion and roads.’’ across in the trunk of a car.
to redeploy agents to areas where they No technology, no infrastructure, I have talked to Border Patrol agents
are not vulnerable or at risk. just got to build two fences. Wait a who have made apprehensions on that
Frankly, I think we have a difference minute. This committee went to a lot border, and I can tell you the San
of opinion on how important it is to of effort to find out how to prioritize Diego fence has not only cut the crime
follow the law under the Secure Fence spending. What we heard from the ex- rate by half in San Diego, but also on
Act with the administration. perts is follow risk management prin- the Mexican side, and nobody has de-
Mr. Chairman, I yield 2 minutes to ciples. signed a way to get around the San
the gentleman from Iowa (Mr. KING). And the question was asked in com- Diego fence. This double-border fence
Mr. KING of Iowa. Mr. Chairman, I mittee: Where is the risk on our bor- works. It is what the Border Patrol has
thank the gentleman from California der? Where have we seen terrorism? asked me for and testified up here for.
for yielding. And guess what the head of the Border And 69 percent in the polling last
I want to clarify what this amend-
Patrol said, the Customs and Border night by Rasmussen, actually the poll-
ment does. It does really two things.
Patrol Commissioner said, when asked ing was on the 12th, 69 percent of the
One is it directs the $1 billion already
about how many terrorists we have ap- public say they want, they favor an ap-
in the bill to go to the 854 miles of the
prehended or found on the Mexico-U.S. proach focusing on securing the border
most critical areas of the border that
border? The answer was zero. How with this kind of approach. Only 20 per-
were identified in the Secure Fence
much material have you apprehended cent of people want Congress to try to
Act. The first thing is put the re-
on that border? The answer was zero. pass the immigration reform bill that
sources where they are the most crit-
ical, where Congress has, by more than When asked about the northern bor- failed in the Senate last week.
der the answer was yes, we have appre- Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, this gold-
a 2-to-1 margin in the House, said let’s
hended terrorists coming across that plated fence costs $3 million a mile. To
do this. And the Senate has said by a
border, and we have apprehended mate- do that takes money away from tech-
more than 4-to-1 margin, 80–19, let’s
build this 854 miles. rial coming across that border. nology and infrastructure. It takes
The second thing that the bill does is So based on risk management, if this money from effective border control.
that it confines the billion dollars to is about terrorism, the fence is not an Effective control is where they detect
fence and access roads. You have to issue. I think this fence discussion here and apprehend. That is what they want
have roads to build it, and you have to has created fence bulimia. That is all the money spent on, being able to de-
have roads to maintain it. What the ad- we can talk about, and it is only one tect and apprehend. This takes money
ministration has demonstrated is out fence, and now you want to build it away from doing effective border secu-
of the $1.187 billion that we appro- double when the customs people don’t rity. I oppose the amendment.
priated last year, they spent perhaps even ask for that. Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal-
$30 million on real fence, the 13.01 We are sitting here as fence man- ance of my time.
miles that Mr. ROYCE addressed. The agers here in Washington and have Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
balance of that is on virtual tech- nothing to do with trying to patrol Chairman, I move to strike the last
nology. that border. This is cutting off funds word.
Now we need some virtual tech- for technology and infrastructure. If I am intrigued by the suggestion that
nology; but overall, this will provide in there is anything that is needed along Border Patrol officials have come re-
the end $2.2 billion. And of that, $1 bil- that border, it is infrastructure. This is questing this kind of approach for pro-
lion is set aside for physical structures, like building a huge levee on one side tecting the border. I have never heard
fence and roads. The balance of that, of the river and not taking care of any- any Border Patrol official make such a
the decision can be made by DHS as to thing on the other side. request.
whether that is virtual and real or I will tell you, if you are going to On the contrary, during our travels
whatever combination. have security, you are going to have to on the southwest borders and in talk-
So we are asking for $1 billion of the have a much more comprehensive ap- ing to officials here in Washington, Mr.
overall $2.2 billion to go to physical proach. Mexico is our important ally. FARR is absolutely correct. The first
fence and access roads. That is con- It is our neighbor. It is our leading thing they say is this isn’t an enforce-
sistent with what Congress has passed trade partner with the State of Cali- ment problem alone, it requires a com-
by a large margin. fornia which the gentleman is from. It prehensive immigration reform effort.
What is so important about this that has the busiest border between Cali- The second thing they say is that one
isn’t brought into this debate is the fornia and Mexico. More people cross size does not fit all in terms of border
fact that there are $65 billion worth of that border every day and more legiti- protection. The gentleman cites the
illegal drugs coming across that south- mate commerce cross that border than San Diego example. Yes, that may well
ern border. Ninety percent of the ille- any other place in the world. be a situation where a fence is called
gal drugs that come into America come And we are doing that with existing for. But the people who know the most
there. The force of that $65 billion is resources. Guess what, they are work- about this and who are charged with
overpowering, and no amount of vir- ing because the committee has put in protecting us every day invariably say
that different technologies, different
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tual fence is going to stop a real drug some very good detection systems
cartel that is pushing on all 2,000 miles using smart cards and other things. kinds of barriers, vehicle barriers, pe-
of that border and will find the weak I think this amendment does abso- destrian barriers, barriers that might
spots. lutely the opposite of what you want to be suited to one kind of terrain rather
Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, I rise in do. This doesn’t secure the border, this than another, electronic surveillance,
opposition to the amendment, and takes money away from technology there are a range of technologies that
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are required here. This is an incredible aliens, usually illegal immigrants, Mr. Chairman, I rise to oppose this
amendment. This amendment forgoes from particular countries under tem- amendment and in the strongest pos-
any kind of analytical effort and exam- porary protected status. Congress in- sible terms. The amendment would pro-
ination of differences and simply says tended this provision to live up to its hibit funds made available in the Act
two-layer fences will be erected every- name and be temporary. Unfortu- from being used to extend temporary
where. nately, a pattern of abuse has emerged protected status for countries covered
And by the way, this is far more ex- in the temporary protected status, or under that program.
pensive than other kinds of barriers. So TPS, program. DHS can grant TPS sta- Temporary protected status is a spe-
whatever it is, we would build less of tus to the nationals of a country for as cial immigration benefit for citizens of
it. The number of miles we are talking long as 18 months and can later extend countries with severe hardships: civil
about here, to build that with the kind the TPS period indefinitely by adding wars, massive natural disasters, hu-
of fencing that the gentleman wants to extensions up to 18 months each. manitarian crises, some of those trou-
see would cost $2 billion. That is twice The administration has begun to uti- bled places in the world where people
what we have in this bill; so, of course, lize TPS as a de facto amnesty for ille- are fleeing absolutely horrendous con-
it would protect far less of the border. gal immigrants from certain Central ditions. This program offers the citi-
The Department needs some discre- American countries. TPS status was zens of those countries temporary
tion here, some discretion for the best granted to Honduran and Nicaraguan sanctuary in our country until their
minds in law enforcement and tech- nationals at the end of 1998 following countries’ troubles are resolved.
nology to decide what sort of protec- Hurricane Mitch. The administration In total, 4,198 people currently in the
tion makes sense in what portions of has extended TPS for these individuals U.S. could be deported if their tem-
the border. multiple times, the latest extension porary protected status were not ex-
lasting until January 2009, more than tended. These individuals would be sent
b 0200 back to countries with extreme condi-
10 years after the hurricane. TPS sta-
Our bill does that. Our bill has gen- tus for Salvadoran nationals was tions, places like Burundi, Somalia,
erous funding, but it also has some re- granted early in 2001 as a result of the Sudan. Of course, we hope that
quirements about documenting the earthquakes hitting the region. The these troubles will end and that these
cost-effectiveness, the effectiveness in latest TPS extension for Salvadoran people could eventually return to their
protecting the border, as well as the nationals lasts until September 2007, home countries. This is temporary sta-
kind of effects we’ve talked about ear- again, long after temporary disloca- tus, but the notion that we would
lier this evening on the communities in tions caused by the earthquakes. defund this program or refuse to extend
the path of this. There are currently some 248,000 Sal- it where it’s called for.
So it’s a sensible approach. It’s one This amendment would also be detri-
vadorans, 81,000 Hondurans and 4,000
that draws on the best expertise we’ve mental to the effective administration
Nicaraguans, mostly aliens who came
been able to engage, and I strongly and enforcement of immigration laws.
illegally to the United States, bene-
urge that it be retained in the bill, and It would create confusion about the de-
fiting from TPS status. Our Nation
therefore, this amendment be rejected. gree to which the U.S. government can
currently has a growing gang problem,
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- be trusted to maintain its commitment
and we have had testimony in the Judi-
ance of my time. to those for whom it offers immigra-
ciary Committee that 60 to 85 percent
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- tion benefits.
of some of the most violent gang mem- So I urge a ‘‘no’’ vote on this amend-
tion is on the amendment offered by bers in the United States are here ille- ment.
the gentleman from California (Mr. gally. Of 5,000 gang members in a data- Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Chairman, I’m
ROYCE). base that ICE compiled for Operation opposed to the amendment, and I rise
The question was taken; and the Act- Community Shield, 291 El Salvadoran to claim the time in opposition.
ing Chairman announced that the noes nationals, 43 Hondurans, and 1 Nica- The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen-
appeared to have it. raguan had been granted temporary tleman from New York is recognized
Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Chairman, I demand protected status, 6.7 percent of the for 5 minutes.
a recorded vote. total. Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Speaker, I yield
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to At least one of the suspected MS–13 myself such time as I may consume.
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- members accused in the 2002 rape of Mr. Chairman, this may go down as
ceedings on the amendment offered by two deaf girls in Massachusetts had the meanest and most misguided
the gentleman from California will be been in our country protected by TPS. amendment of the evening. TPS has
postponed. In fact, currently, a criminal gang been known and worked as a proper
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FORBES member could literally stand on a legal statement by the U.S. govern-
Mr. FORBES. Mr. Chairman, I offer street corner and announce that they ment to give protection to people who
an amendment. were a member of a violent criminal are in situations where they cannot go
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk gang and that they came here illegally, back home. These people did not come
will designate the amendment. and if protected under TPS, no law en- into the country illegally. In fact, in
The text of the amendment is as fol- forcement officer could touch them many cases, our actions being involved
lows: until they had actually committed a in those countries invited them to
Amendment offered by Mr. FORBES: crime. come here, and this is why we offer
At the end of the bill (before the short TPS is being used to grant long-time that protection.
title), insert the following: residence, a perpetual amnesty, to ille- The countries that would be affected
SEC. 544. None of the funds made available gal immigrants of certain favored na- are countries where we either have had
in this Act may be used to extend the des- tionalities. This amendment will re- a standing tradition of being involved
ignation of any foreign state under section turn TPS to its original intent of pro- in trying to resolve some difficulties in
244(b)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nation- viding temporary refuge during tem- those countries and participated mili-
ality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C)). tarily and otherwise in those countries
porary periods of crisis. It would bar
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to any funds made available in this Act and, as a result, gave them this protec-
the order of the House of today, the from being used to extend TPS for na- tion. And secondly, there are also a set
gentleman from Virginia (Mr. FORBES) tionals of a country beyond the origi- of countries which are going through
and a Member opposed each will con- nal period of not more than 18 months. very difficult situations.
trol 5 minutes. I urge my colleagues to support this I’m thinking, as I hear the gentleman
The Chair recognizes the gentleman speak, if Mr. FRANK WOLF was here now
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from Virginia. Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance he would be up on our side talking to
Mr. FORBES. Mr. Chairman, as you of my time. you about the Sudan and talking to
know, Congress has granted the Sec- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. you about other places where we
retary of Homeland Security the au- Chairman, I move to strike the last should continue to give the temporary
thority to grant temporary refuge to word. protection status.
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But here’s the main point which I’ve The other one had applied for it and recovery. It could slow the pace of as-
already mentioned and needs to be was in the process of getting it. sistance and significantly increase non-
mentioned again. This is a situation The second thing, Mr. Chairman, we Federal cost-share requirements. This
where these folks should not be looked heard it mentioned that these individ- section would likely cost already cash-
at as people who are here illegally. uals are here and we’re protecting strapped States and localities addi-
They’re here legally. They’re here be- them on a temporary basis. It’s mighty tional funds.
cause this Congress, this administra- hard to look into the eyes of the Amer- The Congressional Budget Office says
tion and other administrations, have ican people, and say that when we have that Davis-Bacon will cost taxpayers
seen fit to give them this protection. extended something for 10 years, that more than $9.5 billion from 2002 to 2011.
They’re here because they can’t go that is a temporary situation. This expansion would only greater the
back home. And Mr. Chairman, I would just sug- burden on taxpayers.
And again, we may disagree on this, gest to you when we talk about they’re This expansion further disadvantages
and frankly, there might be people on here legally, it is true they’re here le- small, emerging and minority busi-
this side that disagree with me, but in gally because we’ve put this shield of nesses new to the complex, inefficient
some of those countries our policies protection around them. If we’re going wage and work restrictions which
have played a role in creating a situa- to truly deal with the law and be hon- make it nearly impossible for them to
tion where they can’t go back home. So est with the American people and what compete with better capitalized cor-
to lump them in with the undocu- this law says, we need to either take porations, disadvantaging the very
mented immigrant situation of the the word ‘‘temporary’’ out and just tell companies we often seek to help fol-
country is totally unfair because it’s them it’s protected status, or we need lowing a disaster.
two different issues. This one is sanc- to let the law do what it’s intended to And so I urge my colleagues to sup-
tioned. do, which is to truly be temporary by port this amendment and strike this
Interestingly enough, I notice that onerous restriction on the Nation’s
being an 18-month period of time, not a
there’s always a little bit of politics in- communities.
10-year period of time.
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
volved in this because the gentleman Mr. Chairman, once again, I hope
of my time.
doesn’t suggest that all Cubans go back that it will be the pleasure of my col- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
to Cuba and that they should not get leagues to support this amendment. Chairman, I yield myself such time as
special treatment as they do under the Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- I may consume.
Cuban Adjustment Act. We never touch ance of my time. The amendment would eliminate the
that one. We touch this one. The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- requirement that the funding provided
Well, that’s sad. It shouldn’t be, and tion is on the amendment offered by in this bill comply with the prevailing
we should continue to protect these the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon
folks and try to make situations back FORBES). Act. Nobody remembers who Davis and
home bearable for them. In the mean- The question was taken; and the Act- Bacon were, but the Act was enacted
time, we should not be throwing them ing Chairman announced that the noes back in 1931 by a Republican Congress
out of the country. appeared to have it. and a Republican administration, that
And lastly, we’re not talking about 12 Mr. FORBES. Mr. Chairman, I de- of one Herbert Hoover.
million people. We’re not talking about mand a recorded vote. It sets minimum labor standards for
15 or 20 million people. We’re talking The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to workers employed in Federal contract
about a much smaller number of people clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- construction. It simply says that
who need our protection. ceedings on the amendment offered by they’ve got to pay their employees, if
There’s a lady in the harbor to the the gentleman from Virginia will be they’re using Federal funds, not less
city where I live and where I’ve grown postponed. than the locally prevailing wage.
up. That lady, known as the Statue of AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF
Liberty, tells us to bring to these KENTUCKY
shores the people that are hurting. Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- The Department of Homeland Secu-
This is a fine example of America at man, I offer an amendment. rity interpreted the application of
its best. Don’t lump it in with any The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk Davis-Bacon far too narrowly. They
other problem. That’s not fair and will designate the amendment. said it applies only to Stafford Act
that’s not right. The text of the amendment is as fol- grant programs, virtually no other
Mr. Chairman, I yield back my time. lows: DHS programs, despite the fact that a
Mr. FORBES. Mr. Chairman, could Amendment offered by Mr. ROGERS of Ken- lot of these programs do involve con-
you tell me how much time I have re- tucky: struction projects like State and urban
maining? At the end of the bill (before the short area Homeland Security grants, buffer
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gen- title), insert the following: zone protection grants, port security
tleman from Virginia has 2 minutes re- Sec. 544. None of the funds made available grants, airport security grants, transit
maining. in this Act may be used to implement sec- security grants, and so forth.
Mr. FORBES. Mr. Chairman, I yield tion 536 of this Act. Our belief simply is that there is no
myself the remaining time. The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to good reason for denying prevailing
Mr. Chairman, the gentleman stated the order of the House of today, the wage protection to jobs involved in
that this would perhaps be the meanest gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. ROG- these activities. There is a waiver that
and most misguided amendment of the ERS) and the gentleman from North the President can employ in situations
night, but I would suggest that the Carolina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5 where Davis-Bacon requirements would
gentleman look in the eyes of the fa- minutes. truly have a detrimental impact, but
ther who had his deaf daughter raped The Chair recognizes the gentleman for most jobs most of the time, car-
and assaulted by individuals who were from Kentucky. rying out the intent of this bill, fair,
here illegally, protected only because Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- locally prevailing wages should prevail.
we shielded them with temporary pro- man, this amendment is simple. It If you are talking about the quality
tected status, where they could have strikes the Davis-Bacon section in the of construction, I think that adds an
literally been standing on the street bill. That section has consequences argument as well. Davis-Bacon encour-
and have said, I’m a member of a vio- that I’m not sure the majority has ages a higher quality of workmanship.
lent criminal gang, I was here illegally, thoroughly thought through. It encourages enhanced productivity. It
and there would have been nothing law Requiring all DHS contract and reduces the need for remedial work,
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enforcement could have done to have grant funds to comply with Davis- probably saving dollars in many in-
gotten rid of those individuals until Bacon could unfairly disadvantage stances. So there are many, many ar-
they’d actually raped that little girl. communities that are unfortunate guments for this which I won’t belabor
One of those individuals was here pro- enough to be struck by a disaster. It at this late hour. I believe the inclu-
tected by temporary protected status. could reduce funds available for their sion of the Davis-Bacon requirements
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is prudent and fair, and I urge the re- billion increase in spending, more than would be hard to come by. It would
jection of this amendment. $2 billion above the President’s re- make it very, very difficult to increase
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the bal- quest. Nobody on this side is proposing the amount of cargo that is carried on
ance of my time. that we cut Homeland Security, not passenger aircraft that is screened and
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- our President, not this Member, cer- so forth. These cuts would be con-
tion is on the amendment offered by tainly not this amendment. sequential.
the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. I agree with the funding level re- Although our friends on the other
ROGERS). quested by the administration. It’s a side of the aisle have been rather selec-
The question was taken; and the Act- responsible 7.2 percent increase from tive in their treatment of the Presi-
ing Chairman announced that the noes the base 2007 level, a rate that is al- dent’s budget request, the chairman
appeared to have it. ready over double the rate of inflation. has repaired that request in this meas-
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- As I said before, the public is de- ure. But I do need to point out that we
man, I demand a recorded vote. manding accountability and fiscal re- have not, under his leadership in past
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to sponsibility. I don’t think we can ex- years, or in our deliberations this year,
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- clude any Federal agency, even Home- taken the President’s requests as seri-
ceedings on the amendment offered by land Security, from fiscal discipline. ous requests, but we have not hesitated
the gentleman from Kentucky will be Otherwise, there will be no discipline to alter them when we felt that was re-
postponed. at all. quired. It’s not unusual for the Home-
I urge my colleagues to vote for this land Security bill in the House of Rep-
AMENDMENT NO. 1 OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF
amendment, a fiscally disciplined resentatives to increase President
amendment still providing a 7.2 percent Bush’s request. In fact, we have done it
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- increase in Homeland Security secu-
man, I offer an amendment. every time we have brought a bill to
rity. this floor.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
will designate the amendment. In 2004, the House bill contained $1
of my time.
The text of the amendment is as fol- Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. billion more than the Bush request; in
lows: Chairman, I yield myself such time as 2005, $900 million more than the Bush
Amendment No. 1 offered by Mr. ROGERS of I may consume. request; in 2006, $1.3 billion more than
Kentucky: The gentleman’s amendment would the Bush request; in 2007, $1.1 billion
At the end of the bill (before the short reduce the funding in this bill by just more than the Bush request.
title), insert the following: over $2 billion, or 5.7 percent. As this So we are in that mode once again.
SEC. ll. Each amount appropriated or There is no reason to be surprised that
debate began, we did discuss the com-
otherwise made available by this Act that is in some respects we found the Bush re-
not required to be appropriated or otherwise parison of the bill that we have re-
ported to last year’s level of funding, quests inadequate, and we have in-
made available by a provision of law is here-
and I am going to just repeat those fig- creased them. In other respects, we
by reduced by 5.7 percent.
ures here, because I think it is impor- have reduced them. We have done both.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to But there is a net increase, and I think
the order of the House of today, the tant to put the increase in perspective.
The fiscal 2007 bill, with the emer- a net increase that is amply justified.
gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. ROG- The hour is late, I believe that the
gency funding included that was adopt-
ERS) and the gentleman from North funding levels in this bill are quite
ed at the time that bill was passed,
Carolina (Mr. PRICE) each will control 5 carefully considered. This amendment
when that is considered as the baseline
minutes. for 2007, our bill represents a 7.5 per- would do some real damage to some
The Chair recognizes the gentleman cent increase over last year’s funding. things that we need to improve.
from Kentucky. If the supplemental funding is included So I ask my colleagues to vote
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- in the 2007 base, then, actually, our bill against this amendment.
man, this is the final amendment, and represents a 7.5 percent decrease in Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair-
it is the fiscal responsibility amend- funding. man, I urge an ‘‘aye’’ vote on the
ment. This amendment would imple- But the point is not just to throw ab- amendment.
ment an across-the-board cut in the stract numbers around. The point of Before yielding back, I want to thank
bill of 5.7 percent, thereby limiting the the considerable deliberation our sub- the Chair for being a very responsible
increase of this bill to 7.2 percent over committee has undertaken is to match and fair-minded chair tonight. We
the current year, the amount the up the available resources with this thank you for that service. I want to
President requested, instead of the cur- country’s needs. congratulate the chairman of the sub-
rent 13.6 percent in the current bill. I believe we have done that in a con- committee, who has been easy to work
Let me emphasize that point again. scientious way. I think it’s extremely with and understanding of issues on
This amendment does not cut any- hard to find anything in this bill that this side of the aisle, and he has been
thing. It provides a more than generous is funded to excess, funded lavishly. very forthcoming and cooperative, but,
and responsible 7.2 percent increase in That’s the reason that the gentleman at the same time, disciplined in his
Homeland Security funding over the has chosen not to focus on specific own approach, and to the staff on both
current year. It’s a small downpayment items, but, rather, to propose an across sides of the aisle. This has been a long
on fiscal discipline, an issue we heard a the board cut, indiscriminately ap- week for them, as well as a long several
lot about last November. plied, across the country, of 5.7 per- months now. I want to thank the staff
The national debt is burgeoning, the cent. It would have consequences, even for the great work that they have done.
public is demanding that we gain con- spread across all the accounts. It would Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance
trol of Federal spending. Despite the mean a reduced level of funding for a of my time.
President’s overall budget request of number of things that we have put in Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr.
$933 billion for fiscal year 2008, and an this bill for very good reason. The Chairman, I simply want to echo his
already generous $63 billion over the SAFE Port Act, the authorization, has kind words. It’s a pleasure to work
current year’s level, the majority plans required that we apply more funding to with him, it has been for these last 4
to add another $20 billion on top of port security. This cut would reduce years, as he has chaired this com-
that at the minimum. Where will it that substantially. It would, in all like- mittee, and it has been a pleasure to
stop? lihood, mean that we could provide work with him this year, a real profes-
This year’s $20 billion could become very limited additional programs for sional who takes oversight seriously
$40 billion next year and on and on and
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fire grants or transit emergency secu- and who takes writing this budget seri-
on. The only thing this does is ensure rity grants, or emergency grants, State ously.
our children and their children will be and urban grants, other important pro- Mr. ROGERS and his staff, the staff
paying for this generations to come. grams to our hometowns. here on this side, I won’t ask how many
The Homeland Security bill before us It would mean that border and immi- hours of sleep they have had in the last
today represents 10 percent of that $20 gration enforcement improvements several days.
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But it has been a real pleasure. I 2209. A letter from the Executive Director, 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on
hope we will have a chance in the pres- Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Transportation and Infrastructure.
ence of the whole body tomorrow transmitting the Commission’s final rule — 2219. A letter from the Program Analyst,
Corrections to Regional Office Information Department of Transportation, transmitting
morning to pay tribute a bit more for-
— received May 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. the Department’s final rule — Airworthiness
mally. But we are grateful. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Agri- Directives; Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP),
We are also grateful to see this culture. Cylinder Assemblies Part Numbers Series:
evening come to a close. We will, of 2210. A letter from the Chief Counsel, SA47000L, SA47000S, SA52000, SA55000,
course, with our colleagues tomorrow, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, SL32000W, SL32000WH, SL32006W,
be having, I think, probably a record transmitting the Department’s final rule — SL36000TW, SL36000W, and SL36006W [Docket
number of roll call votes in rapid se- Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations No. FAA-2006-25948; Directorate Identifier
quence. — received May 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 2006-NE-32-AD; Amendment 39-15005; AD 2007-
With that, we are ready to conclude, 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Financial 04-19R1] (RIN: 2120-AA64) received May 10,
Services. 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the
and I yield back my time. 2211. A letter from the Chief of Staff, Media Committee on Transportation and Infra-
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. I thank Bureau, Federal Communications Commis- structure.
the chairman, and I am glad that he is sion, transmitting the Commission’s final 2220. A letter from the Program Analyst,
continuing the tradition of this sub- rule — Amendment of Section 73.202(b), Department of Transportation, transmitting
committee in being a bipartisan, Table of Allotments, FM Broadcast Stations. the Department’s final rule — Airworthiness
strong oversight subcommittee to see (Roma, Texas) [MB Docket No. 05-142 RM- Directives; Empresa Brasileira de
this new Department to a success one 11220] received May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on En- 135BJ Airplanes [Docket No. FAA-2006-26685;
of these days, we hope.
ergy and Commerce. Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-200-AD;
Mr. Chairman, I urge an ‘‘aye’’ vote, 2212. A letter from the Chief of Staff to the Amendment 39-15015; AD 2007-07-14] (RIN:
and I yield back the balance of my Bureau Chief, Media Bureau, Federal Com- 2120-AA64) received May 10, 2007, pursuant to
time. munications Commission, transmitting the 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The ques- Commission’s final rule — Amendment of Transportation and Infrastructure.
tion is on the amendment offered by Section 73.202(b), Table of Allotments, FM 2221. A letter from the Program Analyst,
the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Broadcast Stations. (Wofford Heights, Cali- Department of Transportation, transmitting
ROGERS). fornia) [MB Docket No. 03-91 RM-10693] re- the Department’s final rule — Airworthiness
The question was taken; and the Act- ceived May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Directives; Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 Se-
ing Chairman announced that the noes 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Energy and ries Airplanes Equipped With General Elec-
Commerce. tric CF6-50 Engines [Docket No. FAA-2006-
appeared to have it. 2213. A letter from the Chief of Staff, Media
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Chair- 25965; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-127-AD;
Bureau, Federal Communications Commis- Amendment 39-15013; AD 2007-07-08] (RIN:
man, I demand a recorded vote. sion, transmitting the Commission’s final 2120-AA64) received May 10, 2007, pursuant to
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to rule — Amendment of Section 73.202(b), 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on
clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- Table of Allotments, FM Broadcast Stations. Transportation and Infrastructure.
ceedings on the amendment offered by (Glen Arbor, Michigan) [MB Docket No. 03- 2222. A letter from the Program Analyst,
the gentleman from Kentucky will be 142 RM-10539] received May 8, 2007, pursuant Department of Transportation, transmitting
postponed. to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on the Department’s final rule — Revision of
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. Energy and Commerce. Class E Airspace; Valdez, AK [Docket No.
2214. A letter from the Chief of Staff, Media
Chairman, I move that the Committee FAA-2006-26719; Airspace Docket No. 06-AAL-
Bureau, Federal Communications Commis-
do now rise. 41] received May 10, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.
sion, transmitting the Commission’s final
The motion was agreed to. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Transpor-
rule — Amendment of Section 73.202(b),
Accordingly, the Committee rose; tation and Infrastructure.
Table of Allotments, FM Broadcast Stations.
2223. A letter from the Program Analyst,
and the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. (Jackson, Wyoming) [MB Docket No. 05-101
Department of Transportation, transmitting
SERRANO) having assumed the chair, RM-11159] received May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5
the Department’s final rule — Standard In-
Mr. ROSS, Acting Chairman of the U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on En-
strument Approach Procedures; Miscella-
Committee of the Whole House on the ergy and Commerce.
neous Amendments [Docket No. 30546; Amdt.
2215. A letter from the Deputy Bureau
State of the Union, reported that that Chief, CGB, Federal Communications Com-
No. 3215] (RIN: 2120-AA65) received May 10,
Committee, having had under consider- 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the
mission, transmitting the Commission’s
ation the bill (H.R. 2638) making appro- Committee on Transportation and Infra-
final rule — Rules and Regulations Imple-
priations for the Department of Home- structure.
menting Minimum Customer Account
land Security for the fiscal year ending Record Exchange Obligations on All Local f
September 30, 2008, and for other pur- and Interexchange Carriers [CG Docket No.
02-386] received May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
poses, had come to no resolution there-
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on En- Under clause 2 of rule XII, public
ergy and Commerce. bills and resolutions were introduced
f 2216. A letter from the Program Analyst,
Department of Transportation, transmitting and severally referred, as follows:
LEAVE OF ABSENCE By Mr. SHERMAN (for himself, Mr.
the Department’s final rule — Standard In-
By unanimous consent, leave of ab- strument Approach Procedures, Weather TOM DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. PETERSON
sence was granted to: Takeoff Minimums; Miscellaneous Amend- of Minnesota, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska,
Mr. WESTMORELAND (at the request of ments [Docket No. 30545 Amdt. No. 3214] re- Mr. THOMPSON of California, Mr.
Mr. BOEHNER) for today on account of ceived May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. COHEN, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. GRIJALVA, Ms.
illness in the family. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Transpor- HIRONO, Mr. KIRK, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr.
tation and Infrastructure. MILLER of North Carolina, Mr.
f 2217. A letter from the Assistant Chief GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr.
ADJOURNMENT Counsel, Department of Transportation, MOORE of Kansas, Mr. MORAN of Vir-
transmitting the Department’s final rule — ´
ginia, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of Cali-
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. Hazardous Materials Transportation; Mis- fornia, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. SMITH
Speaker, I move that the House do now cellaneous Revisions to Registration and Fee of New Jersey, and Mr. BERMAN):
adjourn. Assessment Program [Docket No. PHMSA- H.R. 2711. A bill to amend title 18, United
The motion was agreed to; accord- 2006-25589 (HM-208F)] (RIN: 2137-AE11) re- States Code, to prohibit certain computer-
ingly (at 2 o’clock and 30 minutes ceived May 8, 2007, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. assisted remote hunting, and for other pur-
a.m.), the House adjourned until today, 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Transpor- poses; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Friday, June 15, 2007, at 9 a.m. tation and Infrastructure. By Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN (for herself,
2218. A letter from the Program Analyst, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. BURTON of Indiana,
f Department of Transportation, transmitting Mr. CHABOT, Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of
mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with HOUSE
EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS, the Department’s final rule — Airworthiness Virginia, Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of
ETC. Directives; Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, Florida, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of
and A321 Airplanes [Docket No. FAA-2007- Florida, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. FORTUNO, ˜
Under clause 8 of rule XII, executive 26812; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-199-AD; Mr. MACK, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr.
communications were taken from the Amendment 39-15006; AD 2007-07-09] (RIN: MCCAUL of Texas, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr.
Speaker’s table and referred as follows: 2120-AA64) received May 10, 2007, pursuant to SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. PENCE, Mr.
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POE, Mr. ROHRABACHER, and Mr. By Mr. CARDOZA: 25762 Madison Avenue in Murrieta, Cali-
ROYCE): H.R. 2721. A bill to amend title 10, United fornia, as the ‘‘Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and
H.R. 2712. A bill to promote transparency, States Code, to require the Secretary of Vet- George F. Azrak Border Patrol Station‘‘; to
accountability, and reform within the United erans Affairs to develop, and the Secretary the Committee on Transportation and Infra-
Nations system, and for other purposes; to of Defense to distribute to members of the structure.
the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Armed Forces upon their discharge or re- By Mr. LOBIONDO (for himself, Mr.
By Mr. PICKERING (for himself, Mr. lease from active duty, information in a HOLDEN, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
POMEROY, and Mr. CANTOR): compact disk read-only memory format that Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Ms.
H.R. 2713. A bill to amend title II of the So- lists and explains the health, education, and BORDALLO, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. BUR-
cial Security Act to authorize waivers by the other benefits for which veterans are eligible TON of Indiana, Mr. SESTAK, Mr.
Commissioner of Social Security of the 5- under the laws administered by the Sec- COHEN, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. HOLT, and
month waiting period for entitlement to ben- retary of Veterans Affairs; to the Committee Mr. MARSHALL):
efits based on disability in cases in which the on Armed Services, and in addition to the H.R. 2729. A bill to amend the Public
Commissioner determines that such waiting Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for a period Health Service Act to extend preventive-
period would cause undue hardship to termi- to be subsequently determined by the Speak- health and research programs with respect
nally ill beneficiaries, and to provide for a er, in each case for consideration of such pro- to prostate cancer; to the Committee on En-
study by the Commissioner regarding pos- visions as fall within the jurisdiction of the ergy and Commerce.
sible improvements in disability claims proc- committee concerned. By Mr. LUCAS:
essing; to the Committee on Ways and By Mr. CUMMINGS (for himself and H.R. 2730. A bill to amend title 31, United
Means. Mr. OBERSTAR): States Code, to provide a clear line of demar-
By Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina H.R. 2722. A bill to restructure the Coast cation with regard to private ownership of
(for himself, Mr. REGULA, Mr. Guard Integrated Deepwater Program, and any coin, medal, or numismatic item made
SPRATT, and Mr. NEAL of Massachu- for other purposes; to the Committee on or issued by the United States Government
setts): Transportation and Infrastructure. before January 1, 1933, and of any piece pro-
H.R. 2714. A bill to require the President to By Ms. DEGETTE (for herself and Mrs. duced by the United States Mint before such
delay or reverse the implementation of a de- BONO): date, that is not in the possession of the
cision of a World Trade Organization dispute H.R. 2723. A bill to amend title XIX of the United States Government, to establish re-
settlement panel or the Appellate Body that Social Security Act to establish programs to quirements with respect to the inventory of
is adverse to the United States involving the improve the quality, performance, and deliv- certain United States coins, medals, numis-
calculation of dumping margins and weight- ery of pediatric care; to the Committee on matic items, and other pieces produced by
ed average dumping margins, and for other Energy and Commerce. the United States Mint that are owned by
purposes; to the Committee on Ways and By Mr. EMANUEL (for himself and Mr. the Department of the Treasury, and for
Means. RAMSTAD): other purposes; to the Committee on Finan-
By Mr. BLUMENAUER (for himself, H.R. 2724. A bill to amend the Internal Rev-
Mr. MARKEY, Mr. EMANUEL, and Ms. enue Code of 1986 to modify the saver’s cred-
it; to the Committee on Ways and Means. By Mr. PALLONE (for himself and Mr.
SCHWARTZ): GENE GREEN of Texas):
H.R. 2715. A bill to amend the Internal Rev- By Mr. ENGEL (for himself and Mr.
H.R. 2731. A bill to improve the oversight
enue Code of 1986 to include heavier vehicles STEARNS):
H.R. 2725. A bill to require the Federal and regulation of tissue banks and the tissue
in the limitation on the depreciation of cer- donation process, and for other purposes; to
tain luxury automobiles; to the Committee Communications Commission to adopt regu-
lations to protect subscribers to Internet the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
on Ways and Means. By Mr. SIMPSON:
By Mr. BURTON of Indiana: protocol telephone services concerning the
use of such services with alarm, security, H.R. 2732. A bill to amend the Act of July
H.R. 2716. A bill to direct the Secretary of 3, 1890, to provide for the granting to a State
Health and Human Services to require the and personal emergency response systems; to
the Committee on Energy and Commerce. of a parcel of land for use as an agricultural
incorporation of counterfeit-resistant tech- college and to proscribe the use of earnings
nologies into the packaging of prescription By Mr. FORBES (for himself, Mr.
GOHMERT, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. and proceeds thereof; to the Committee on
drugs, and for other purposes; to the Com- Agriculture, and in addition to the Com-
mittee on Energy and Commerce. CHABOT, Mr. BUCHANAN, and Mr.
BOOZMAN): mittee on Natural Resources, for a period to
By Mr. BURTON of Indiana: be subsequently determined by the Speaker,
H.R. 2717. A bill to permit an individual to H.R. 2726. A bill to amend title 18, United
States Code, to improve the provisions relat- in each case for consideration of such provi-
be treated by a health care practitioner with
ing to the carrying of concealed weapons by sions as fall within the jurisdiction of the
any method of medical treatment such indi-
law enforcement officers, and for other pur- committee concerned.
vidual requests, and for other purposes; to
poses; to the Committee on the Judiciary. By Mr. THOMPSON of California (for
the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
By Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey (for himself and Mr. GEORGE MILLER of
By Mr. BURTON of Indiana:
H.R. 2718. A bill to ensure that the goals of himself, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. BACHUS, California):
Mr. BAKER, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. PAUL, H.R. 2733. A bill to establish the Trinity
the Dietary Supplement Health and Edu-
Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. River Restoration Fund, and for other pur-
cation Act of 1994 are met by authorizing ap-
HENSARLING, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. poses; to the Committee on Natural Re-
propriations to fully enforce and implement
HERGER, Mr. MCHENRY, Mr. AKIN, Mr. sources.
such Act and the amendments made by such
DAVIS of Kentucky, Mr. WESTMORE- By Mr. WALBERG (for himself, Mr.
Act, and for other purposes; to the Com-
mittee on Energy and Commerce. LAND, Mr. PRICE of Georgia, Mr. ADERHOLT, Mr. AKIN, Mrs. BACHMANN,
By Mr. BURTON of Indiana: BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. HELLER, Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina, Mr.
H.R. 2719. A bill to amend the Internal Rev- Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. BARRETT of South BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. BILBRAY,
enue Code of 1986 to provide that amounts Carolina, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. BISHOP of Utah,
paid for foods for special dietary use, dietary Mr. LUCAS, Mr. FORTUNO, Mr. ˜ Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. BLUNT, Mr.
supplements, or medical foods shall be treat- LAMBORN, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr.
ed as medical expenses; to the Committee on GINGREY, Mr. PITTS, Mr. BILBRAY, BUCHANAN, Mr. BURTON of Indiana,
Ways and Means. Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. RYAN of Wis- Mr. CAMP of Michigan, Mr. CAMPBELL
By Mr. KIND (for himself, Mr. FLAKE, consin, Mr. ROSKAM, Mrs. MUSGRAVE, of California, Mr. CANTOR, Mr.
Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. REICHERT, Ms. Mr. PENCE, Mr. KIRK, Mrs. BOYDA of CARTER, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. COLE of
BERKLEY, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. KIRK, Kansas, Mr. PUTNAM, Mr. PEARCE, Oklahoma, Mr. CONAWAY, Mrs. CUBIN,
Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. PETRI, Mr. Mr. SOUDER, Mr. FOSSELLA, Mr. Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. DAVID DAVIS of
RYAN of Wisconsin, Mr. SHAYS, and CAMPBELL of California, Mrs. Tennessee, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky,
Mr. SMITH of Washington): BACHMANN, and Mrs. BIGGERT): Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida,
H.R. 2720. A bill to amend the Farm Secu- H.R. 2727. A bill to extend the current mor- Mrs. DRAKE, Mr. DUNCAN, Ms. FALLIN,
rity and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to re- atorium for small businesses complying with Mr. FEENEY, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. FORBES,
form commodity programs and to increase section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ˜
Mr. FORTUNO, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona,
nutrition, conservation, and energy pro- by 1 year; to the Committee on Financial Ms. FOXX, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. GAR-
grams of the Department of Agriculture, to Services. RETT of New Jersey, Mr. GINGREY,
reduce the national budget deficit, and for By Mr. ISSA (for himself, Mrs. BONO, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr.
other purposes; to the Committee on Agri- Mr. CALVERT, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. HELLER, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. HOEK-
culture, and in addition to the Committees ROHRABACHER, Mr. CAMPBELL of Cali- STRA, Mr. JONES of North Carolina,
mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with HOUSE
on Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, fornia, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. WELCH of Mr. JORDAN, Mr. KING of Iowa, Mr.
and Ways and Means, for a period to be sub- Vermont, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. GARY G. KINGSTON, Mr. KLINE of Minnesota,
sequently determined by the Speaker, in MILLER of California, and Mr. JONES Mr. KNOLLENBERG, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr.
each case for consideration of such provi- of North Carolina): LEWIS of California, Mr. LINDER, Mr.
sions as fall within the jurisdiction of the H.R. 2728. A bill to designate the station of MACK, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. MCCARTHY
committee concerned. the United States Border Patrol located at of California, Mr. MCCAUL of Texas,
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Mr. MCHENRY, Mr. GARY G. MILLER of the City of Detroit and the State of Michi- H.R. 1439: Mr. PUTNAM.
California, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. gan their first trip to the World Series in 22 H.R. 1448: Ms. WOOLSEY and Mr. BRADY of
NEUGEBAUER, Mr. PAUL, Mr. PENCE, years; to the Committee on Oversight and Pennsylvania.
Mr. PEARCE, Mr. PITTS, Mr. POE, Mr. Government Reform. H.R. 1459: Ms. GINNY BROWN-WAITE of Flor-
PRICE of Georgia, Mr. RADANOVICH, ida, Mr. RUSH, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. CROWLEY,
Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. Mr. HILL, Mr. KELLER, and Mr. SESTAK.
ROSKAM, Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin, Mr. ADDITIONAL SPONSORS H.R. 1491: Ms. HOOLEY.
SALI, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. SES- H.R. 1498: Mr. MATHESON.
SIONS, Mr. SHADEGG, Mr. SIMPSON, Under clause 7 of rule XII, sponsors H.R. 1506: Ms. CARSON, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of
Mr. SMITH of Nebraska, Mr. SOUDER, were added to public bills and resolu- Texas, Mr. HARE, Mr. SNYDER, Mr. UDALL of
Mr. WAMP, Mr. WELDON of Florida, tions as follows: New Mexico, Mr. DICKS, Ms. HARMAN, and
Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, and H.R.
174: Ms. CASTOR. Mr. PASCRELL.
Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida): 196: Mr. BOSWELL.
H.R. H.R. 1518: Mr. PICKERING, Mr. ALLEN, and
H.R. 2734. A bill to make the Economic 197: Mr. MEEHAN and Mr. SESTAK.
H.R. Mr. ORTIZ.
Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 274: Mr. CANTOR.
H.R. H.R. 1552: Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. MACK, Mr.
2001 and certain other tax benefits perma- 303: Mr. INSLEE.
H.R. TURNER, Mr. BARROW, Mr. MILLER of North
nent law; to the Committee on Ways and 380: Mr. MEEHAN.
H.R. Carolina, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, and
503: Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr.
H.R. Mr. MEEHAN.
By Mr. YOUNG of Alaska (for himself H.R. 1576: Mr. HINCHEY.
TAYLOR, Mr. MURTHA, Mr. HILL, and Mr.
and Mr. THOMPSON of California): H.R. 1582: Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS.
DAVIS of Illinois.
H.R. 2735. A bill to provide additional fund- H.R. 1589: Mr. BACHUS.
H.R. 506: Mr. FILNER, Mr. MOORE of Kansas,
ing for operation of national wildlife refuges; H.R. 1621: Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. BONNER,
and Mr. ALEXANDER.
to the Committee on Natural Resources, and Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr.
H.R. 530: Mr. SESTAK, Mr. BISHOP of Geor-
in addition to the Committees on Oversight DOGGETT, and Ms. DELAURO.
gia, and Mr. SIRES.
and Government Reform, and Ways and H.R. 1644: Mr. DINGELL, Mr. RYAN of Ohio,
H.R. 566: Mr. SESTAK.
Means, for a period to be subsequently deter- and Mr. DAVIS of Illinois.
H.R. 579: Mr. MCNULTY. H.R. 1645: Ms. NORTON and Mrs.
mined by the Speaker, in each case for con-
H.R. 583: Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. CHRISTENSEN.
sideration of such provisions as fall within
H.R. 601: Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD. H.R. 1647: Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Mrs.
the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
H.R. 621: Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. BARROW, BLACKBURN, Mr. SHIMKUS, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr.
By Ms. LEE (for herself and Ms. WA-
and Mr. MEEHAN. BARROW, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. BERRY, and Mr.
H. Con. Res. 169. Concurrent resolution H.R. 648: Mr. ROSS. HASTINGS of Florida.
supporting the goals and ideals of National H.R. 654: Mr. LYNCH and Ms. KAPTUR. H.R. 1673: Mr. CALVERT.
HIV Testing Day, and for other purposes; to H.R. 660: Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. H.R. 1674: Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas and
the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H.R. 661: Mr. MEEHAN. Mr. INGLIS of South Carolina.
By Mr. EHLERS (for himself, Mr. H.R. 690: Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida. H.R. 1687: Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas and
MCCARTHY of California, Mr. H.R. 697: Mr. MICA. Ms. DELAURO.
GINGREY, Mr. LAMPSON, Mr. KUHL of H.R. 718: Mr. WALBERG and Mr. COHEN. H.R. 1693: Mr. MCDERMOTT and Mr.
New York, and Mr. AKIN): H.R. 748: Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida KUCINICH.
H. Res. 485. A resolution expressing appre- and Mrs. BACHMANN. H.R. 1713: Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. SESTAK, Mr.
ciation for the profound public service and H.R. 750: Ms. NORTON. BOSWELL, and Mr. MEEHAN.
educational contributions of Donald Jeffry H.R. 784: Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida H.R. 1727: Ms. GINNY BROWN-WAITE of Flor-
Herbert, fondly known as ‘‘Mr. Wizard’’; to and Mr. BACHUS. ida, Mr. MARSHALL, Ms. KAPTUR, Ms.
the Committee on Education and Labor. H.R. 819: Mr. KLEIN of Florida and Mr. HERSETH SANDLIN, Mr. PATRICK MURPHY of
By Mr. HILL (for himself and Mr. TOM BECERRA. Pennsylvania, Mr. TIBERI, and Mr. WOLF.
DAVIS of Virginia): H.R. 821: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. H.R. 1767: Mr. UPTON, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr.
H. Res. 486. A resolution supporting the H.R. 869: Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. GOHMERT, Mrs. BOYDA of Kansas, and Mr.
goals and ideals of the National Anthem H.R. 891: Mr. MEEHAN. MARCHANT.
Project, which has worked to restore Amer- H.R. 900: Mr. SALI. H.R. 1772: Mr. SNYDER.
ica’s voice by re-teaching Americans to sing H.R. 920: Mr. PAYNE and Ms. CORRINE H.R. 1780: Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey.
the national anthem; to the Committee on BROWN of Florida. H.R. 1783: Mr. REYNOLDS.
Oversight and Government Reform. H.R. 926: Mr. MCCOTTER. H.R. 1797: Mr. KUHL of New York.
By Mr. FORBES (for himself, Mrs. H.R. 943: Mr. MEEHAN. H.R. 1813: Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Mr. KANJORSKI,
DRAKE, Mr. FEENEY, Mrs. JO ANN H.R. 954: Mr. KUHL of New York. and Mr. MCNULTY.
DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. KELLER, Mr. H.R. 998: Mr. HOLT. H.R. 1825: Mr. LUCAS.
CONAWAY, Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia, H.R. 1078: Mr. MCDERMOTT. H.R. 1834: Ms. SHEA-PORTER.
Mrs. WILSON of New Mexico, and Mr. H.R. 1084: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. H.R. 1843: Mr. BISHOP of Utah.
ORTIZ): H.R. 1108: Ms. BERKLEY and Ms. CLARKE. H.R. 1845: Mrs. BONO, Mr. MCCAUL of Texas,
H. Res. 487. A resolution recognizing the H.R. 1110: Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. PRICE of Geor- Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. TIBERI,
contribution of modeling and simulation gia, Mr. LINCOLN DAVIS of Tennessee, Mr. Mr. MILLER of North Carolina, and Mrs. MIL-
technology to the security and prosperity of TIBERI, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. SULLIVAN, Ms. LER of Michigan.
the United States, and recognizing modeling GIFFORDS, Mr. CALVERT, and Mr. RODRIGUEZ. H.R. 1878: Mr. DAVIS of Illinois and Ms.
and simulation as a National Critical Tech- H.R. 1157: Mr. HELLER, Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, NORTON.
nology; to the Committee on Science and Mr. HILL, and Mr. COURTNEY. H.R. 1881: Mr. ROTHMAN, Mrs. MALONEY of
Technology. H.R. 1199: Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS. New York, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California,
By Mr. ROGERS of Michigan (for him- H.R. 1225: Mr. MEEHAN. Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. BERMAN, and Mr. PAT-
self, Mr. DINGELL, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. H.R. 1228: Ms. HIRONO. RICK MURPHY of Pennsylvania.
LEVIN, Mr. CRENSHAW, Mr. CAMP of H.R. 1229: Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. H.R. 1893: Mr. PRICE of North Carolina and
Michigan, Mr. BOUSTANY, Mrs. H.R. 1232: Mr. GORDON, Mr. MILLER of Mr. MCHUGH.
BLACKBURN, Mr. KNOLLENBERG, Mr. North Carolina, Mr. HINCHEY, and Mr. WYNN. H.R. 1927: Mr. BACHUS and Mr. JINDAL.
MCCOTTER, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. SHAYS, H.R. 1245: Ms. BERKLEY. H.R. 1937: Mrs. CAPITO, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr.
Mr. WALBERG, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. BU- H.R. 1250: Mr. MARCHANT. ALLEN, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California,
CHANAN, Mr. KIRK, Mrs. MILLER of H.R. 1304: Mr. SOUDER. Mr. WU, Mr. ROYCE, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr.
Michigan, Mr. EHLERS, Mr. TERRY, H.R. 1314: Mr. SHAYS. REHBERG, Mr. EVERETT, Mr. MELANCON, and
Mr. REYNOLDS, Mr. SESSIONS, Mrs. H.R. 1338: Mr. MEEHAN, Ms. CASTOR, and Mr. THOMPSON of California.
BONO, Mr. UPTON, Mr. MACK, Mr. SUL- Mr. TOWNS. H.R. 1938: Mr. PRICE of North Carolina.
LIVAN, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. KELLER, Mr. H.R. 1346: Ms. LEE. H.R. 1964: Mr. MEEHAN.
SHIMKUS, Mr. KILDEE, Ms. KIL- H.R. 1394: Mr. HINOJOSA and Mr. CONYERS. H.R. 1971: Mr. PATRICK MURPHY of Pennsyl-
PATRICK, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. HASTINGS H.R. 1406: Mr. PATRICK MURPHY of Pennsyl- vania, Ms. CLARKE, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms.
of Florida, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. HAYES, vania. SUTTON, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, and Ms.
Mr. SHUSTER, Mr. WILSON of South H.R. 1415: Ms. HIRONO and Mr. NEAL of Mas- CASTOR.
Carolina, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART sachusetts. H.R. 1983: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida and Mr.
mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with HOUSE
of Florida, Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, Mr. H.R. 1416: Ms. HIRONO and Mr. CAPUANO. MCGOVERN.
RADANOVICH, Mr. FERGUSON, Mr. H.R. 1418: Mr. THOMPSON of California. H.R. 1990: Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota and
BOOZMAN, and Mr. HALL of Texas): H.R. 1420: Mr. LARSEN of Washington. Mr. TANCREDO.
H. Res. 488. A resolution congratulating H.R. 1422: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. H.R. 2027: Mr. JINDAL.
the Detroit Tigers for winning the 2006 MCGOVERN, and Mr. PUTNAM. H.R. 2060: Mr. ROSS and Ms. DEGETTE.
American League Pennant and for bringing H.R. 1428: Mr. MCHUGH. H.R. 2066: Ms. NORTON.
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H.R. 2091: Mr. PLATTS. H. Con. Res. 122: Mr. MEEHAN and Ms. Health Organization to approve the extend-
H.R. 2111: Ms. CLARKE. DEGETTE. ing of an invitation to Taiwan to participate
H.R. 2129: Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. BERMAN, H. Con. Res. 131: Mr. FOSSELLA. in the World Health Organization’s annual
Mr. ROTHMAN, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mrs. H. Con. Res. 135: Mr. SESTAK. World Health Assembly meeting as an ob-
TAUSCHER, Mr. DEFAZIO, Ms. ESHOO, and Mr. H. Con. Res. 136: Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART server; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
SCHIFF. of Florida. 65. Also, a petition of the Common Council
H.R. 2137: Mr. JORDAN and Mr. WAMP. H. Con. Res. 137: Mr. WU, Ms. ROS- of the City of York, relative to a Resolution
H.R. 2138: Ms. DELAURO, Mrs. BOYDA of LEHTINEN, and Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of urging the federal government States of
Kansas, Mr. COLE of Oklahoma, Mr. TIAHRT, Florida. America to seek positive diplomatic rela-
and Mr. GOHMERT. H. Con. Res. 160: Ms. WATSON and Mr. tions with Committee on Foreign Affairs.
H.R. 2139: Mr. KIRK, Mr. LINCOLN DAVIS of MCCOTTER. 66. Also, a petition of the Board of Super-
Tennessee, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Ms. MOORE H. Con. Res. 163: Mr. THOMPSON of Cali- visors of Los Angeles County, California, rel-
of Wisconsin, Mr. CHANDLER, Mr. ELLSWORTH, fornia. ative to a Resolution opposing H.R. 811, the
and Mr. WILSON of Ohio. H. Res. 111: Ms. HARMAN and Mr. RYAN of Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility
H.R. 2147: Mr. MOORE of Kansas. Ohio. Act and S. 559, the Vote Integrity and
H.R. 2183: Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia H. Res. 121: Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Mr. MOLLOHAN, Verification Act; to the Committee on House
and Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland. Mr. WALSH of New York, Mr. DICKS, and Mr. Administration.
H.R. 2185: Ms. BORDALLO. WAMP. 67. Also, a petition of the City of Key Col-
H.R. 2204: Mr. CONYERS and Mr. MEEHAN. H. Res. 231: Mr. INGLIS of South Carolina. ony Beach, Florida, relative to a Resolution
H.R. 2205: Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. H. Res. 257: Mr. TIBERI. requesting that the Congress of the United
H.R. 2210: Mr. FORTUNO, Mr. GONZALEZ, and States appropriate funds necessary to bring
H. Res. 282: Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. NEAL of Mas-
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. sachusetts, Mr. CAPUANO, and Mr. SHULER. the Herbert Hoover Dike into compliance
H.R. 2214: Mr. LARSEN of Washington. with current levee protection safety stand-
H. Res. 287: Ms. LEE, Mr. WEXLER, and Mr.
H.R. 2234: Mr. PAYNE, Ms. CASTOR, Ms. ards; to the Committee on Transportation
JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Ms. SUTTON, and Mr. and Infrastructure.
H. Res. 335: Mr. MCDERMOTT and Mr.
BRADY of Pennsylvania. 68. Also, a petition of the Board of County
H.R. 2236: Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Commissioners of Glades County, Florida,
H.R. 2247: Mr. STUPAK and Mrs. JO ANN H. Res. 356: Ms. DELAURO, Mr. Lincoln
Diaz-Balart of Florida, and Ms. LEE. relative to Resolution No. 2007–7 requesting
DAVIS of Virginia. that the Congress of the United States ap-
H.R. 2266: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. H. Res. 378: Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York,
Mr. UPTON, Ms. HARMAN, Mr. COBLE, Mr. propriate the funds necessary to bring the
WAXMAN, Mr. LARSEN of Washington, and
Courtney, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Flor- Herbert Hoover Dike into compliance with
Mrs. DAVIS of California.
ida, Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California, and Ms. current levee protection safety standards; to
H.R. 2287: Mr. HOLT and Mr. MCNERNEY.
ROS-LEHTINEN. the Committee on Transportation and Infra-
H.R. 2303: Mr. BAKER.
H.R. 2305: Mr. WALBERG. H. Res. 384: Mr. HUNTER, Mr. HALL of structure.
H.R. 2313: Mr. WU and Mr. MILLER of North Texas, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. SES- 69. Also, a petition of the InterCounty As-
Carolina. SIONS, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. INSLEE, Mr. BAIRD, Mr. sociation of Western New York, relative to
H.R. 2320: Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California. CRENSHAW, Mr. RENZI, Ms. ESHOO, and Mr. Resolution No. 18–07 urging the United
H.R. 2327: Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. BISHOP of Utah. States House of Representatives and the
KIRK, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Mr. BRADY of H. Res. 389: Mr. RANGEL. United States Senate to support mandatory
Pennsylvania, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. H. Res. 415: Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. funding for veterans’ healthcare services; to
BLUMENAUER, and Mr. BURGESS. H. Res. 424: Mr. SESTAK. the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
H.R. 2343: Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. H. Res. 425: Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. f
CARNAHAN, Ms. WOOLSEY, and Mr. GRIJALVA. H. Res. 433: Mr. DAVIS of Illinois.
H.R. 2353: Mr. NADLER. H. Res. 447: Mr. BURTON of Indiana and Mr. AMENDMENTS
H.R. 2397: Mr. BRALEY of Iowa and Mr. GUTIERREZ. Under clause 8 of rule XVIII, pro-
WYNN. H. Res. 456: Mr. LATOURETTE. posed amendments were submitted as
H.R. 2400: Ms. SHEA-PORTER. H. Res. 457: Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. follows:
H.R. 2405: Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas and H. Res. 477: Mr. JEFFERSON, Mrs. MCMORRIS
Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. RODGERS, Mr. MARSHALL, Mr. WILSON of H.R. 2638
H.R. 2425: Mr. REICHERT. South Carolina, and Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. OFFERED BY: MR. KING OF NEW YORK
H.R. 2435: Ms. CASTOR. AMENDMENT NO. 132: Page 2, line 16, after
H.R. 2457: Ms. SUTTON. f
the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by
H.R. 2508: Mr. KINGSTON and Mr. GINGREY. PETITIONS, ETC. $35,000,000)’’.
H.R. 2539: Mr. ARCURI. Page 31, line 18, after the dollar amount,
H.R. 2542: Ms. GIFFORDS. Under clause 3 of rule XII, petitions insert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’.
H.R. 2549: Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Mr. NEAL of and papers were laid on the clerk’s Page 51, line 17, after the dollar amount,
Massachusetts, and Mr. PORTER. desk and referred as follows: insert ‘‘(increased by $40,000,000)’’.
H.R. 2550: Mr. PUTNAM, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr.
60. The SPEAKER presented a petition of H.R. 2638
DUNCAN, Mr. BUCHANAN, and Mr. SPACE.
the Selectboard of Roxbury, Vermont, rel- OFFERED BY: MR. KING OF IOWA
H.R. 2564: Mr. DONNELLY.
H.R. 2578: Mr. BAKER and Mr. REYNOLDS. ative to a Resolution supporting the men the AMENDMENT NO. 133: At the end of the bill
H.R. 2580: Ms. NORTON. Town of and women serving in all branches (before the short title), insert the following:
H.R. 2592: Mr. ENGEL. of the United States Armed Forces in Iraq; SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
H.R. 2617: Ms. CASTOR. to the Committee on Armed Services. in this Act for customs and border protec-
H.R. 2630: Mr. JINDAL and Mr. LOBIONDO. 61. Also, a petition of the Legislature of tion fencing, infrastructure, and technology
H.R. 2670: Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Monroe County, New York, relative to Reso- may be used for anything but at least two
Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. WESTMORELAND, and lution No. 07–0125 memorializing the Con- layers of reinforced fencing and roads pursu-
Mr. CAMPBELL of California. gress of the United States to pass legislation ant to section 102 of Public Laws 104–208.
H.R. 2677: Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts and to decrease the disparity in military benefits
between military reservists and enlisted H.R. 2638
H.R. 2694: Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Ms. servicemen and women; to the Committee on OFFERED BY: MR. KING OF IOWA
ESHOO, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. GEORGE MIL- Armed Services. AMENDMENT NO. 134: At the end before the
LER of California, and Mr. LATOURETTE. 62. Also, a petition of the San Luis Coastal short title, insert the following new section:
H.R. 2707: Mrs. SCHMIDT and Mrs. JONES of Unified School District, California, relative SEC. ll. (a) Clause 6(b) of rule XIII of the
Ohio. to Resolution No. 11–06–07 urging the Con- Rules of the House of Representatives is
H. Con. Res. 3: Mr. TIAHRT, Ms. SOLIS, Ms. gress of the United States to review and ad- amended by striking the period and inserting
MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, and Mr. RANGEL. dress the necessary amendments to the No ‘‘; or’’ at the end of subparagraph (2) and by
H. Con. Res. 28: Mr. OBERSTAR. Child Left Behind Act so that schools can adding at the end the following new subpara-
H. Con. Res. 50: Mr. PENCE and Ms. ROS- successfully implement the Act; to the Com- graph:
LEHTINEN. mittee on Education and Labor. ‘‘(3) a rule or order that would limit any
H. Con. Res. 70: Mr. ALLEN, Mr. ROTHMAN, 63. Also, a petition of Mr. Gavin Newsom, amendment that would otherwise be in order
Mr. BISHOP of New York, and Mrs. BIGGERT. Mayor of the City Francisco, California, rel- to a rescission bill.’’.
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H. Con. Res. 87: Mr. MEEHAN. ative to supporting House Resolution recog- (b) Clause 4(b) of rule X of the Rules of the
H. Con. Res. 91: Mr. MEEHAN. nizing the Armenian Genocide of 1915; to the House of Representatives is amended by in-
H. Con. Res. 97: Mr. BISHOP of New York. Committee on Affairs. serting ‘(1)’ after ‘(b)’, by redesignating sub-
H. Con. Res. 104: Mr. OLVER. 64. Also, a petition of the Board of Super- paragraphs (1) through (6) as subdivisions (A)
H. Con. Res. 108: Ms. BORDALLO and Ms. visors of Santa Clara County, California, rel- through (F), respectively, and by adding at
WATSON. ative to a Resolution urging the World the end the following:
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H6478 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE June 14, 2007
‘‘(2)(A) Whenever a rescission bill passes H.R. 2638 H.R. 2642
the House, the Committee on the Budget OFFERED BY: MR. WALZ OF MINNESOTA OFFERED BY: MS. JACKSON-LEE OF TEXAS
shall immediately reduce the applicable allo- AMENDMENT NO. 9: Page 30, line 14, after
cations under section 302(a) of the Congres- AMENDMENT NO. 15: At the appropriate
the dollar amount, insert the following: ‘‘(re- place, add the following new section:
sional Budget Act of 1974 by the total duced by $1,000,000)’’.
amount of reductions in budget authority SEC. ll. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF
Page 32, line 22, after the dollar amount, DEFENSE MEDICAL CENTERS SPE-
and in outlays resulting from such rescission insert the following: ‘‘(increased by CIALIZING IN POST TRAUMATIC
bill. $1,000,000)’’. STRESS DISORDER IN UNDER
‘‘(B) As used in this subparagraph, the Page 32, line 23, insert after 2009 the fol- SERVED AREAS.
term ‘rescission bill’ means a bill or joint lowing: ‘‘, of which $1,000,000 is for the Sec- (a) INCREASE.—The Secretary of Veterans
resolution which only rescinds, in whole or retary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary Affairs shall increase the number of medical
in part, budget authority and which includes of Defense to develop performance measures centers specializing in post-traumatic stress
only titles corresponding to the most re- for determining progress toward the sharing disorder in underserved urban areas, which
cently enacted appropriation bills that con- of Department of Veterans Affairs and De- shall include using the services of existing
tinue to include unobligated balances.’’. partment of Defense health care resources health care entities.
(c) Rule XIII of the Rules of the House of pursuant to section 8111 of title 38, United (b) SPECIFIC CRITERIA.—At least one of the
Representatives is amended by adding at the States Code, and to submit to Congress a re- existing health care institutions used by the
end the following new clause: port on such performance measures’’. Secretary pursuant to subsection (a) shall
‘‘8. (a) By February 1, May 1, July 30, and H.R. 2638 be—
November 11 of each session, the majority (1) located in an area defined as a HUBzone
leader shall introduce a rescission bill. If OFFERED BY: MRS. CAPITO
AMENDMENT NO. 10: Page 31, line 6, after (as the term is defined in section 3(p) of the
such bill is not introduced by that date, then Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)) on the
whenever a rescission bill is introduced dur- ‘‘Philippines’’, insert ‘‘: Provided further,
That of the amount appropriated under this basis of one or more qualified census tracts;
ing a session on or after that date, a motion (2) located within a State that has sus-
to discharge the committee from its consid- heading, $10,000,000 may not be obligated or
expended until the Secretary of Veterans Af- tained more than five percent of the total
eration shall be privileged after the 10-legis- casualties suffered by the United States
lative day period beginning on that date for fairs submits a report to the Committee on
Appropriations and the Committee on Vet- Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Free-
the first 5 such bills. dom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as May 1,
‘‘(b) It shall not be in order to offer any erans Affairs of the House of Representatives
outlining the progress and plan for imple- 2007; and
amendment to a rescission bill except an (3) have at least 20 years experience and
amendment that increases the amount of mentation of the Office of Rural Health
within the Office of the Under Secretary for significant expertise in providing treatment
budget authority that such bill rescinds. and counseling services with respect to sub-
‘‘(c) As used in this clause and in clause 6, Veterans Health, which shall be fully imple-
mented by January 1, 2008’’. stance abuse, alcohol addiction, and psy-
the term ‘rescission bill’ has the meaning chiatric or stress-related disorders to popu-
given such term in clause 4(b)(2)(B) of rule H.R. 2642
lations with special needs, including vet-
X.’’. OFFERED BY: MRS. CAPITO erans and members of the Armed Forces
(d) Rule XXI of the Rules of the House of AMENDMENT NO. 11: Page 32, line 8, after serving on active duty.
Representatives (as amended by subsection ‘‘appropriation’’, insert ‘‘: Provided further,
(d)) is further amended by adding at the end H.R. 2642
That $10,000,000 of such funds may not be ob-
the following new clause: ligated or expended until the Secretary of OFFERED BY: MS. JACKSON-LEE OF TEXAS
‘‘8. (a) It shall not be in order to consider Veterans Affairs submits to the House of AMENDMENT NO. 16: At the appropriate
any rescission bill, or conference report Representatives an executable plan, to be place, add the following new section:
thereon or amendment thereto, unless— implemented not later than January 1, 2010, SEC. ll. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF
‘‘(1) in the case of such bill or conference for maintaining medical records that are VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CEN-
report thereon, it is made available to Mem- interoperable between the Department of TERS SPECIALIZING IN POST TRAU-
bers and the general public on the Internet Veterans Affairs and the Department of De- MATIC STRESS DISORDER IN UNDER
for at least 48 hours before its consideration; SERVED AREAS.
or (a) INCREASE.—The Secretary of Veterans
‘‘(2)(A) in the case of an amendment to Affairs shall increase the number of medical
such rescission bill made in order by a rule, OFFERED BY: MR. DONNELLY centers specializing in post-traumatic stress
it is made available to Members and the gen- AMENDMENT NO. 12: Page 44, after line 22, disorder in underserved urban areas, which
eral public on the Internet within one hour insert the following new section: shall include using the services of existing
after the rule is filed; or SEC. ll. Not later than 30 days after the health care entities.
‘‘(B) in the case of an amendment under an date of the enactment of this Act, the Sec- (b) SPECIFIC CRITERIA.—At least one of the
open rule, it is made available to Members retary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to existing health care institutions used by the
and the general public on the Internet imme- Congress a report explaining what is being Secretary pursuant to subsection (a) shall
diately after being offered; in a format that done to implement the eight open rec- be—
is searchable and sortable. No amendment to ommendations made to the Secretary by the (1) located in an area defined as a HUBzone
an amendment to a rescission bill shall be in Government Accountability Office for im- (as the term is defined in section 3(p) of the
order unless germane to the amendment to proving the timeliness, accuracy and consist- Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)) on the
which it is offered. ency of disability claims processing by the basis of one or more qualified census tracts;
‘‘(b) No amendment to an amendment to a Department of Veterans Affairs, as recorded (2) located within a State that has sus-
rescission bill shall be in order unless ger- in a letter dated May 25, 2007, sent by the tained more than five percent of the total
mane to the amendment to which it is of- Government Accountability Office to the casualties suffered by the United States
fered.’’. President’s Commission on Care for Amer- Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Free-
ica’s Returning Wounded Warriors (GAO–07– dom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as May 1,
H.R. 2638 906R). 2007; and
OFFERED BY: MR. BURGESS H.R. 2642 (3) have at least 20 years experience and
AMENDMENT NO. 135: Page 2, line 16, after OFFERED BY: MRS. BLACKBURN significant expertise in providing treatment
the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by AMENDMENT NO. 13: In section 405 (page 48, and counseling services with respect to sub-
$15,000,000)’’. beginning on line 11), strike ‘‘encouraged’’ stance abuse, alcohol addiction, and psy-
Page 23, line 16, after the dollar amount, and insert ‘‘directed’’. chiatric or stress-related disorders to popu-
insert ‘‘(increased by $15,000,000)’’. lations with special needs, including vet-
H.R. 2638 erans and members of the Armed Forces
OFFERED BY: MR. PENCE serving on active duty.
OFFERED BY: MR. KING OF NEW YORK AMENDMENT NO. 14: At the end of the bill H.R. 2642
AMENDMENT NO. 136: Page 2, line 16, after (before the short title), insert the following
the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by new section: OFFERED BY: MR. PRICE OF GEORGIA
$35,000,000)’’. SEC. 409. None of the funds appropriated or AMENDMENT NO. 17: Page 10, line 17, after
Page 31, line 18, after the dollar amount, otherwise made available by this Act may be the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by
insert ‘‘(reduced by $5,000,000)’’. used for construction of a structure or pur- $50,000,000)’’.
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Page 51, line 17, after the dollar amount, chase of equipment for the purpose of per- Page 27, line 6, after the dollar amount in-
insert ‘‘(increased by $40,000,000)’’. forming abortions. sert ‘‘(increased by $22,000,000)’’.
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