Much Ado About Nothing
By Alan Lidstone
October 08, 2006
Congress and the President lost no time in claiming that they
had authorized $1.2 Billion Dollars for 698 miles of fencing
on the US-Mexico border.
What they did not report was that the legislation passed by Congress
and signed by the President does not limit the use of the funds
to building a physical fence. It gives the President the ability
to use the proceeds for a variety of programs belonging to the
Homeland Security Department. In addition, the bill also gives
Native American tribes, various Members of Congress, and selected
Governors a "say in the placement of any fences.
The bill on 698 miles of fencing provides discretion to the Homeland
Security Secretary to use the proceeds for other projects if
he deems fencing as ineffective or impractical. I wonder what
the Homeland Security Secretary will do since he told Congress
he did not want funds for a physical fence.
Senator Judd Gregg, NH stated that the Department of Homeland
Security already had the authority to build 320 miles of fences,
secure 500 miles by blocking roads, and electronically monitor
the rest of our 2,000 mile border.
Although Congress authorized $1.2 Billion Dollars for fencing,
they only appropriated $250 Million Dollars which can be used
for anything deemed as a suitable alternative by the Department
of Homeland Security.
The result is that while Congress brags about giving $1.2 Billion
Dollars for secure fencing, they simply added $250 Million Dollars
to the Department of Homeland Security to be used anyway Homeland
Security Secretary deems appropriate, and gave themselves (Congress)
the authority to APPROPRIATE THE REMAINING $900 Million Dollars
AT SOME UNDETERMINED TIME IN THE FUTURE.
Venice, FL - USA
Received October 06, 2006 -
Published October 08, 2006
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