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Title: 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt a conference report for a bill authorizes $46.18 billion in appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2009-2010 (not including the authorization of appropriations that are contingent upon to the amount of revenue available).
- Authorizes $34.28 billion in appropriations for Security, Enforcement, and Investigations to be allocated as follows (Title II):
- $10.13 billion for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection;
- $9.88 billion for the Coast Guard;
- $7.36 billion for the Transportation Security Administration;
- $5.44 billion for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and
- $1.48 billion for the Secret Service.
- Authorizes $8.73 billion in appropriations for Protection, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (not including the authorization of appropriations that are contingent upon to the amount of revenue available) to be allocated as follows (Title III):
- $7.27 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, not including an authorization of an appropriation for Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program that is contingent upon the aggregate charges assessed during fiscal year 2009-2010;
- $1.32 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, not including an authorization of an appropriation for the Federal Protective Service that is contingent upon the revenue and collections of security fees credited to this account; and
- $139.25 million for the Office of Health Affairs.
- Authorizes $1.9 billion in appropriations for Research and Development, Training, and Services, of which (Title IV):
- $1.01 billion for Science and Technology;
- $383.04 million for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office;
- $282.81 million for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; and
- $224 million for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including $137 million for the E-Verify basic pilot program, a voluntary federal program for verifying employment eligibility.
- Authorizes $1.25 billion in appropriations for Departmental Management and Operations (Title I).
- Prohibits funds from being used to transfer a prisoner detained at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the U.S., unless the prisoner is being transferred for the purposes of prosecution or detainment during legal proceedings and the President submits a plan to Congress that includes the following (Sec. 552):
- Determination of the risk that the individual might instigate an act of terrorism in the U.S., and the plan for mitigating the risk;
- Determination of the risk that the individual might advocate, coerce, or incite violent extremism, ideologically motivated criminal activity, or acts of terrorism, among inmate populations at incarceration facilities, and the plan for mitigating the risk;
- Assessment of the risk to the national security of the U.S. or its citizens, and the plan for mitigating the risk;
- Costs associated with transferring the prisoner;
- Legal rationale and associated court demands for transfer; and
- Copy of a notification sent to the Governor of the State to which the individual will be transferred or, in the case of the District of Columbia, a copy of a notification sent to the the Mayor.
- Prohibits funds from being used to transfer or release a prisoner detained at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to another country, unless the President submits the following information to Congress (Sec. 552):
- Name of the individual and the country to which the individual is being transferred or released;
- Assessment of the risk to the national security of the U.S. or its citizens, and the plan for mitigating the risk; and
- The terms of agreement between the United States and the country that accepts the individual.
- Requires any detainee held at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba be put on the No Fly List, unless the President certifies in writing that the individual does not pose a threat to the national security of the U.S., its citizens, or its allies (Sec. 553).
- Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a report that details the implementation-to-date and necessary costs of maintaining and enhancing border fencing in the United States, including vehicle barriers and other forms of tactical infrastructure and technology, to be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office and presented to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees no later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act (Title II).
- Specifies that members of Congress, heads of federal agencies, the U.S. Attorney General, Assistant Attorneys General, U.S. Attorneys, and senior members of the Executive Office are not exempt from Federal passenger and baggage screenings (Title II).
- Requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit the following reports to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations (Title III):
- Disaster readiness expenditure plan within 60 days from the enactment of this bill;
- Quarterly reports detailing to-date-financial obligations and justification for any changes in spending; and
- Monthly disaster relief reports.
- Rescinds $41.27 million from unobligated balances of fiscal year 2008-2009 appropriations (Secs. 573-580).