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     [Congressional Record: March 31, 2003 (Senate)]
[Page S4579-S4589]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr31mr03-128]                         



 
                     HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 95

  The Senate passed H. Con. Res. 95 on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 as 
follows:

       In the Senate of the United States, March 26, 2003.
       Resolved, That the resolution from the House of 
     Representatives (H. Con. Res. 95) entitled ``Concurrent 
     resolution establishing the congressional budget for the 
     United States Government for fiscal year 2004 and setting 
     forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2003 and 
     2005 through 2013.'', do pass with the following amendment:
       Strike out all after the resolving clause and insert:

     SECTION 1. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL 
                   YEAR 2004.


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SEC. 313. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following: (1) The control of illegal immigration is a Federal responsibility. (2) In fiscal year 2002, however, State and local governments spent more than $13,000,000,000 in costs associated with the incarceration of undocumented criminal aliens. (3) The Federal Government provided $565,000,000 in appropriated funding to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) to reimburse State and local governments for these costs. (4) In fiscal year 2003, the fiscal burden of incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens is likely to grow, however, Congress provided only $250,000,000 to help cover these costs. (5) The 56 percent cut in fiscal year 2003 funding for SCAAP will place an enormous burden on State and local law enforcement agencies during a time of heightened efforts to secure our homeland. (6) The Administration did not include funding for SCAAP in its fiscal year 2004 budget. (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that-- (1) the functional totals underlying this resolution on the budget assumes that the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program be funded at $585,000,000 to reimburse State and local law enforcement agencies for the burdens imposed in fiscal year 2003 by the incarceration of undocumented criminal aliens; and (2) Congress enact a long-term reauthorization of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program beginning with the authorization of $750,000,000 in fiscal year 2004 to reimburse State and county governments for the burdens undocumented criminal aliens have placed on the local criminal justice system.

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