May 18, 2005(Key vote)
Title: Homeland Security Department Authorization Act FY06
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that appropriates $34.2 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, to restructure and consolidate Homeland Security programs, streamline federal, state and local activities and to develop an effectiveness reporting system.
Appropriates $6.9 billion for Custom and Border Protection (Sec. 102).
Appropriates funds for recruitment and training of 2,000 new border agents (Sec. 102).
Appropriates $650 million for departmental management and operations (Sec. 103).
Appropriates $465 million for critical infrastructure grants (Sec. 104).
Appropriates $311 million for research and development (Sec. 105).
Appropriates $1 billion for Border and Transportation Security (Sec. 106).
Appropriates $2 billion for state and local terrorism preparedness (Sec. 107).
Appropriates $160 million for immigration resources (Sec. 108).
Appropriates $40 million for training of state and local personnel performing immigration functions (Sec. 109).
Authorizes use of incentives to recruit top intelligence analysts (Sec. 221).
Changes Advisory System to communicate specific threats more directly to local and regional agencies while making color system optional for conveying information concerning threat (Sec. 223).
Forms the Technology Clearinghouse to help disseminate anti-terror technology to federal, state, local and private sector officials (Sec. 302).
Calls for risk assessments of foreign ports to indicate the best use of resources (Sec. 305).
Stipulates that reports be submitted to Congress and the President concerning progress in implementing new programs created in this bill (Sec. 401).
Requires review of Customs Border Patrol and Immigration Customs Enforcement in order to develop a new plan to create a more efficient and coordinated system of border enforcement (Sec. 501).