Pres. Bush signs HR5441: Provides $1.2 billion for border fence

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    One major obstacle overcome. There is now money to pay for approx. 300 miles of fence. Not a complete solution, but a good start IMHO.

    However, has the President signed HR6061 that authorizes 700 miles of fence? That's the other obstacle. And I haven't heard about any such signing of that bill. Anybody know? I thought BOTH bills had to get signed into law, for us to get a fence.

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15131303/

    Bush signs bill paying for new U.S. border fence

    $1.2 billion for border part of $33.8 billion domestic security package

    Updated: 12:20 a.m. PT Oct 4, 2006

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - President Bush on Wednesday signed a law that will pay for hundreds of miles of new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move against illegal immigration that Republicans had sought before next month’s congressional elections.

    Under the legislation, about $1.2 billion would be spent during the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 for southwest border fencing and other barriers. The money is part of a $33.8 billion package for domestic security programs that are being bolstered following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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    Text of the bill Bush signed today:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c109:7:./temp/~c109oxqucq:e14047:

    H.R.5441
    Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

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    BORDER SECURITY FENCING, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY

    For expenses for customs and border protection fencing, infrastructure, and technology, $1,187,565,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of the amount provided under this heading, $1,159,200,000 is designated as described in section 520 of this Act: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, $950,000,000 shall not be obligated until the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives receive and approve a plan for expenditure, prepared by the Secretary of Homeland Security and submitted within 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, to establish a security barrier along the border of the United States of fencing and vehicle barriers, where practicable, and other forms of tactical infrastructure and technology, that--

    (1) defines activities, milestones, and costs for implementing the program;

    (2) demonstrates how activities will further the goals and objectives of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), as defined in the SBI multi-year strategic plan;

    (3) identifies funding and the organization staffing (including full-time equivalents, contractors, and detailees) requirements by activity;

    (4) reports on costs incurred, the activities completed, and the progress made by the program in terms of obtaining operational control of the entire border of the United States;

    (5) includes a certification by the Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security that procedures to prevent conflicts of interest between the prime integrator and major subcontractors are established and a certification by the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security that an independent verification and validation agent is currently under contract for the project;

    (6) complies with all applicable acquisition rules, requirements, guidelines, and best systems acquisition management practices of the Federal Government;

    (7) complies with the capital planning and investment control review requirements established by the Office of Management and Budget, including Circular A-11, part 7;

    (8) is reviewed and approved by the Department of Homeland Security Investment Review Board, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget; and

    (9) is reviewed by the Government Accountability Office.


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    Ever the cynic, I see it as a bone being tossed to calm down the pound until the voting's over.
     
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    Yep, I wouldn't be surprised to see is rescinded, after the election. In any case, there are well over 2k miles of border, not to mention Canada, which is at least as serious of a problem.
     
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    I doubt rescinded, but watered down even worse than the bandaid on an artery that it is I can easily see.
     
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    Needs a frickin' tourniquet, just say no to Democrats and other RINO's. Speaking of which, this fence thing has stirred up the eco-terrorists:

    From commonnightmares,uh, dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1003-08.htm

    They're obviously enviromentalists AND immigration experts, those progressives sure seem to be real smart!
     
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    Seems that may be happening, pocket veto, yeah, links:

    http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/008239.php

     
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    Then, ever the cynic, you'd be correct:

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15693546.htm

    The House had to practically fold, the GOP Senate and Bush insisted on the heavy dilution of the bill you mentioned in another post.

    Pork no equal fence. A virtual fence, maybe you can see it with your third eye.
     

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