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[Congressional Record: October 28, 2000 (Senate)]
[Page S11305-S11314]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []



[[Page S11307]]

 Mr. HATCH. Mr. President I rise again today to urge President Clinton 
not to veto the Commerce, Justice, State appropriations bill that the 
Senate passed yesterday.
  President Clinton has threatened a veto because we did not include 
his so-called Latino fairness act. But have included something much 
better--the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act, the LIFE Act. This act 
reunites families and restores due process to those who have played by 
the rules. Our proposal does not pit one nationality against another, 
nor does it pit one race against another. Our legislation provides 
relief to immigrants from all countries. A veto of CJS would be a blow 
against immigrant fairness.
  But a veto would do far more than that. A veto would cut off funding 
for some of our most important programs.
  CJS appropriations allocates: $4.8 billion for the INS and an 
additional $15.7 million for Border Patrol equipment upgrades, $3.3 
billion for the FBI, and $221 million for training, equipment, and 
research and development programs to combat domestic terrorism, $4.3 
billion for the federal prison system; $1.3 billion for the Drug 
Enforcement Administration; and $288 million for the Violence Against 
Women Act program--legislation that I have strongly supported and that 
provides assistance to battered women and children.
  Actions have consequences. If President Clinton vetoes this bill, 
he's putting the public's safety and well-being at risk both at home 
and abroad. and he's doing this all in an effort to play wedge 
politics. the President's veto threats ring especially hollow because 
this appropriations bill provides many proposals to help immigrants. 
The President himself has stated that he wants ``to keep families 
together and to make our immigration policies more equitable.'' Well, 
this is exactly what the LIFE Act does.
  So, please, I ask Mr. Clinton, sign CJS appropriations so we can keep 
all of these programs funded for the American people.........