H.R. 6080: Making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

H.R. 6080

Making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

Sponsor
Rep. David E. Price

Date
August 10, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 6080 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. David Price (D-NC) on August 9, 2010, and referred to the Committee on Appropriations and the Budget Committee, neither took any official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6080 would appropriate a total of $600 million in emergency funding to provide for various operations of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In addition, the bill increases the filing fee and the fraud prevention fee associated with certain types of worker visas.  The bill also rescinds $100 million in U.S. Customs and Border Protection funding for Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology.

Appropriations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection:  Provides $305.9 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection as follows:

  • $253.9 million for salaries and expenses.  From the amount appropriated for salaries and expenses, $39 million must be used for staffing on the Southwest border, $29 million to be used for officers at ports of entry on the Southwest border, and $175.9 million to be used for hiring additional Border Patrol agents for deployment to the Southwest border.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.
  • $14 million for border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.
  • $32 million for air and marine interdiction, operations, maintenance, and procurement.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.
  • $6 million for construction and facilities management.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:  Provides $80 million to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for salaries and expenses.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center:  Provides $8.1 million to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for salaries and expenses.  These funds will remain available through September 30, 2011.

Department of Justice:  Provides $196 million for the Department of Justice for “necessary expenses for increased law enforcement activities related to Southwest border enforcement” to remain available through September 30, 2011.

Courts of Appeals, District Courts, and Other Judicial Services:  Provides $10 million for the Judiciary to meet increased workload requirements resulting from immigration and other law enforcement initiatives through September 30, 2011.

 

 

Offsets

Border Security Rescission:  The bill rescinds $100 million in U.S. Customs and Border Protection funding for Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology.

Worker Visa Fees Increase: The bill would increase the worker visa filing fee and the fraud prevention and detection fee which are required to be submitted with applications for L-1 and H-1B nonimmigrant visas.  Specifically the bill would increase the filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee for L-1 visas by $2,250 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S. and at least 50 percent of their employees are non-immigrant foreign workers. The increased fee would remain in place until September 30, 2014.  L-1 visas are typically short-term visas (often three years) and are usually made available to employees of an international company with offices both abroad and in the U.S.

In addition, the bill would increase filing fees and fraud prevention and detection fees for H-1B visas by $2,000 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S. and at least 50 percent of their employees are non-immigrant foreign workers.  The increased fee would remain in place until September 30, 2014.  H-1B visas are issued to employers in the U.S. in order to allow them to hire foreign workers with specific training or specialty skills.

According to CBO, these fee increases would raise $552 million in revenue over the next ten years.

Background

According to CBO, the bill provides $600 million in emergency spending which is offset with $100 million in rescissions and $552 million in revenue increases.  The net effect of the bill, according to CBO would be a $52 million deficit reduction.