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[Congressional Record: October 5, 2000 (House)]
[Page H8922-H9004]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr05oc00-80]                         



 
   CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 4475, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND 
               RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2001

  Mr. YOUNG of Florida submitted the following conference report on the 
bill (H.R. 4475) making appropriations for the Department of 
Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2001, and for other purposes:

                  Conference Report (H. Rept. 106-940)

       The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the 
     two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 
     4475) ``making appropriations for the Department of 
     Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year 
     ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes'', having 
     met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend 
     and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:
       That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
     amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with an 
     amendment, as follows:
       In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
     amendment, insert: That the following sums are appropriated, 
     out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, 
     for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for 
     the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other 
     purposes, namely:
       Section 101. (a) The provisions of the following bill are 
     hereby enacted into law, H.R. 5394 of the 106th Congress, as 
     introduced on October 5, 2000.
       (b) In publishing the Act in slip form and in the United 
     States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 112, of title 1, 
     United States Code, the Archivist of the United States shall 
     include after the date of approval at the end an appendix 
     setting forth the text of the bill referred to in subsection 
     (a) of this section.
       And the Senate agree to the same.

     Frank R. Wolf,
     Tom DeLay,
     Ralph Regula,
     Harold Rogers,
     Ron Packard,
     Sonny Callahan,
     Todd Tiahrt,
     Robert B. Aderholt,
     Kay Granger,
     C.W. Bill Young,
     Martin Olav Sabo
       (except for provisions to withhold highway funds from 
     states that do not adopt 0.08 blood alcohol concentration 
     laws),
     John W. Olver,
     Ed Pastor,
     Carolyn C. Kilpatrick
       (except for provisions to withhold highway funds from 
     states that do not adopt 0.08 blood alcohol concentration 
     laws),
     Jose E. Serrano,
     Michael P. Forbes,
     David R. Obey (with exception to denial of funds to states 
     without 0.08 BAC),
                                Managers on the Part of the House.

[[Page H8923]]

     Richard C. Shelby,
     Pete V. Domenici,
     Arlen Specter,
     Christopher S. Bond,
     Slade Gorton,
     Robert F. Bennett,
     Ben Nighthorse Campbell,
     Ted Stevens,
     Frank R. Lautenberg,
     Robert C. Byrd,
     Barbara A. Mikulski,
     Harry Reid,
     Herb Kohl,
     Patty Murray,
     Daniel K. Inouye,
                               Managers on the Part of the Senate.


 A BILL Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for 
                            other purposes.

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the 
     following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the 
     Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of 
     Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year 
     ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

Northern Border Security

       The conferees have long agreed on the inadequacy of the 
     federal response to smuggling and other threats facing the 
     southern border and ports of entry to the U.S. The security 
     threat to the northern border of the U.S. was made plain last 
     winter following the arrests of suspected terrorists 
     attempting to enter the United States from Canada into 
     Washington State and Vermont. The need for increased 
     vigilance along our long, undefended border with Canada is 
     beyond dispute while at the same time commerce with Canada, 
     our major bilateral trading partner, grows apace.
       Aging infrastructure and staffing shortages have created 
     significant bottlenecks as well as increased vulnerability to 
     potential security threats at a number of northern ports of 
     entry. Yet the conferees perceive inadequate planning for and 
     commitment to provide the necessary personnel, facilities and 
     related infrastructure to keep our border crossings safe and 
     yet facilitate the smooth movement of commerce and 
     passengers. Shortcomings in infrastructure are readily 
     visible to visitors to the border, but so are the sparse 
     staffing levels. The northern border extends nearly 4,000 
     miles, but has only about 300 agents and inspectors, while 
     the 2,000 mile southwest border has 8,000. In addition to 
     increases in agents and inspectors needed to meet the threat 
     of terrorism, additional land border inspectors are called 
     for in the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
     Responsibility Act, which has not been fully implemented.
       The conferees therefore direct the U.S. Customs Service, 
     working with the General Services Administration, the 
     Immigration and Naturalization Service, and other agencies 
     responsible for border inspection and facilities, to address 
     the inadequacies that presently exist in facilities and 
     personnel and submit to the Congress a plan to address them 
     with the submission of the fiscal year 2002 budget.
       
                            
                                                                    

 



 
     


       


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