[Congressional Record: January 9, 2003 (Senate)]
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MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003
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To: Speaker Hastert
From: Chairman C.W. Bill Young
Re: Impacts of a Long-term Continuing Resolution
Date: October 3, 2002
Pursuant to my October 1st correspondence regarding the
state of the appropriations process, I want to provide you
with further analysis of the potential impacts of a long-term
continuing resolution (CR). These projections assume a
current-rate CR excluding one time expenditures that extends
through February or March.
A long-term continuing resolution (CR) that funds
government operations at FY02 levels would have disastrous
impacts on the war on terror, homeland security, and other
important government responsibilities. It would also be
fiscally irresponsible. It would fund low-priority programs
the President has proposed to eliminate.
Homeland Security--The President has proposed a nearly $40
billion increase for homeland security in his FY03 budget.
None of these funds would be provided under a long-term CR.
Assuming Congress completes work on creating a Department of
Homeland Security, a long-term CR would leave this new agency
with very little resources to carry out its new mission.
Projects--A long-term CR ensures that no Member of Congress
would receive a single project. The Committee has received
tens of thousands of requests for billions of dollars from
almost every Member of Congress.
War Supplemental--It is likely that the first item Congress
will consider when we reconvene after the election is a major
supplemental to fund possible military operations in Iraq.
It would be highly problematic to expect the Congress to
complete work on 11 spending bills while working on an
urgent war supplement.
Homeland Security Impacts of Long-Term CR
Border Patrol/INS--Efforts to deploy an additional Border
Patrol agents and immigration inspectors at land port-of-
entry along both the northern and southern borders would be
stalled. Likewise, construction projects that are necessary
to house these additional Border Patrol agents would be
delayed. No funding would be available to continue planning
and implementation of the INS' Entry Exit system, a program
designed to facilitate more secure and controlled access to
this country by non-U.S. citizens.
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