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[Congressional Record: June 23, 2000 (House)]
[Page H5039-H5072]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []

                   AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2001

  The SPEAKER. Pursuant to House Resolution 529 and rule XVIII, the 
Chair declares the House in the Committee of the Whole House on the 
State of the Union for the further consideration of the bill, H.R. 

                     In the Committee of the Whole

  Accordingly, the House resolved itself into the Committee of the 
Whole House on the State of the Union for the further consideration of 
the bill (H.R. 4690) making appropriations for the Departments of 
Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, with 
Mr. Hastings of Washington in the chair.
[[Page H5049]

The CHAIRMAN. The Clerk will read.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Sec. 112. Section 286 of the Immigration and Nationality 
     Act (8 U.S.C. 1356) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new subsections:
       ``(t) Genealogy Fee.--(1) There is hereby established the 
     Genealogy Fee for providing genealogy research and 
     information services. This fee shall be deposited as 
     offsetting collections into the Examinations Fee Account. 
     Fees for such research and information services may be set at 
     a level that will ensure the recovery of the full costs of 
     providing all such services.
       ``(2) The Attorney General will prepare and submit annually 
     to Congress statements of the financial condition of the 
     Genealogy Fee.
       ``(3) Any officer or employee of the Immigration and 
     Naturalization Service shall collect fees prescribed under 
     regulation before disseminating any requested genealogical 
       ``(u) Premium Fee for Employment-Based Petitions and 
     Applications.--The Attorney General is authorized to 
     establish and collect a premium fee for employment-based 
     petitions and applications. This fee shall be used to provide 
     certain premium-processing services to business customers, 
     and to make infrastructure improvements in the adjudications 
     and customer-service processes. For approval of the benefit 
     applied for, the petitioner/applicant must meet the legal 
     criteria for such benefit. This fee shall be set at $1,000, 
     shall be paid in addition to any normal petition/application 
     fee that may be applicable, and shall be deposited as 
     offsetting collections in the Immigration Examinations Fee 
     Account. The Attorney General may adjust this fee according 
     to the Consumer Price Index.''.
       Sec. 113. During the current fiscal year, the Attorney 
     General may not certify any amount for appropriation under 
     section 1817(k)(3)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 1395i(k)(3)(A)(i)) to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse 
     Control Account for any purpose of the Department of Justice, 
     unless the Attorney General has notified the Committees on 
     Appropriations, at least 15 days in advance, of the amount 
     and purpose involved.

          Amendment No. 24 Offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas

  Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.
  The CHAIRMAN. The Clerk will designate the amendment.
  The text of the amendment is as follows:

       Amendment No. 24 offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas:
       Page 39, after line 8, insert the following:
       Sec. 114. Section 286 of the Immigration and Nationality 
     Act (8 U.S.C. 1356) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (d), by striking ``$6'' and inserting 
     ``$8''; and
       (2) by striking subsection (e).

  Mr. ROGERS. Mr. Chairman, I reserve a point of order against the 
  The CHAIRMAN. The gentleman from Kentucky reserves a point of order.
  The gentlewoman from Texas is recognized for 5 minutes on her 
  Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. Chairman, as the summer months begin, 
many more Americans will be traveling overseas, and we have found out 
through the complaints of the travelling public that as they come back 
into the country, the low number of inspectors has caused an enormous 
traffic jam that really makes their trip less enjoyable and less 
efficient and shows that the American Government cannot do our job.
  The President's budget includes language that would increase the 
current user fee from $6 to $8 and would increase the current user fee 
to that amount and would lift the cruise ship exemption and institute 
an $8 cruise ship fee from passengers whose journeys originate in 
Mexico, Canada and the United States, territorial possessions of the 
United States, or any adjacent island in the United States.
  This amendment will pay for 154 inspectors at new airport terminals. 
Current construction at San Francisco, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia 
international airports will increase the number of international gates 
and primary inspection booths. In my own city of Houston, where there 
is a need for as much as 113 inspectors, we have a very small number of 
  With the anticipated increase in international travelers at each 
location, INS will require additional inspectors in order to process 
all passengers within 45 minutes. Mr. Chairman, if you could imagine, 
the lines get longer and longer and longer and the wait gets longer and 
longer and longer; and our United States citizens and others coming 
into this country are inconvenienced more and more and more. They look 
to the United States to be an efficient, well-oiled working machine. I 
think this simple increase is not a burden in order to create a more 
efficient system and to protect the traveling public.
  Mr. Chairman, we need this amendment in order to pay for these 
additional immigration inspectors at these busy airports and hubs. I 
met with the INS Commission, and I know that this is a severe problem. 
As I noted, in my own home city of Houston, Texas, that the lines are 
long and airlines and airports are in serious danger of losing 
business. The lack of the adequate number of immigration inspectors, 
particularly during these summer months when we have the July 4th 
weekend coming up, is an important matter to fix. Let us remedy this 
problem and pass this amendment.

                             Point of Order

  Mr. ROGERS. Mr. Chairman, I make a point of order against the 
amendment because it proposes to change existing law and constitutes 
legislation in an appropriations bill and violates clause 2 of rule 
  The CHAIRMAN. Does any Member wish to be heard on the point of order?
  Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. Chairman, I would like to be heard on 
the point of order.
  Mr. Chairman, let me note that in this legislation, the section that 
I am amending, the Immigration and Nationality Act, is being amended in 
section 111 with a genealogy fee, and I note I am doing the same thing, 
so I would ask that the point of order be lifted and that this 
amendment be allowed to be voted on.
  The CHAIRMAN. Does any Member wish to be heard further on the point 
of order?
  If not, the Chair is ready to rule. The Chair finds that the 
amendment proposes directly to change the Immigration and Nationality 
Act. As such, it constitutes legislation, in violation of clause 2(c) 
of rule XXI.
  The point of order is sustained.