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[Congressional Record: October 24, 2001 (Senate)]
[Page S10981-S10987]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr24oc01-109]                         
 
                           TEXT OF AMENDMENTS

  SA 1957. Mr. LEAHY (for Mr. Byrd) proposed an amendment to the bill 
H.R. 2506, making appropriations for foreign operations, export 
financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2002, and for other purposes; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC. 417. MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS.

       (a) Audits.--The Secretary of State shall--
       (1) perform annual audits of the implementation of section 
     217(c)(2)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 
     1187(c)(2)(B));
       (2) check for the implementation of precautionary measures 
     to prevent the counterfeiting and theft of passports; and
       (3) ascertain that countries designated under the visa 
     waiver program have established a program to develop tamper-
     resistant passports.
       (b) Periodic Reports.--Beginning one year after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, and every year thereafter, the 
     Secretary of State shall submit a report to Congress setting 
     forth the findings of the most recent audit conducted under 
     subsection (a)(1).
       (c) Advancing Deadline for Satisfaction of Requirement.--
     Section 217(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 
     U.S.C. 1187(a)(3)) is amended by striking ``2007'' and 
     inserting ``2003''.
       (d) Waiver.--Section 217(a)(3) of the Immigration and 
     Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(3)) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``On or after'' and inserting the 
     following:
       (A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph (B), on 
     or after''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following:
       (B) Limited waiver authority.--During the period beginning 
     October 1, 2003, and ending September 30, 2007, the Secretary 
     of State may waive the requirement of subparagraph (A) with 
     respect to nationals of a program country (as designated 
     under subsection (c)), if the Secretary of State finds that 
     the program country--
       (i) is making progress toward ensuring that passports 
     meeting the requirement of subparagraph (A) are generally 
     available to its nationals; and
       (ii) has taken appropriate measures to protect against 
     misuse of passports the country has issued that do not meet 
     the requirement of subparagraph (A).''.
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