- Making Supplemental Appropriations
for Further Recovery from and Response to
Terrorist Attacks on the United States, FY 2002
(Rep. Young (R) Florida)
of Administration Policy provides the Administration's views on
the FY 2002 Emergency Supplemental Bill as reported by the House
applauds the Committee's efforts to provide most of the funding
requested by the Administration and to stay within the discretionary
spending caps agreed to by Congress and the Administration. Consistent
with the intent of the President's request, this bill provides $27
billion and additional spending offset by $1.8 billion in reductions
and an additional $1.9 billion in contingent emergency defense funds.
All of the requests in the Administration's transmittal were necessary
to fulfill known and urgent FY 2002 requirements, requirements that
could not reasonably be met through the use of existing agency funds.
The Administration strongly supports the bill as reported by the
House Appropriations Committee and will strongly oppose efforts
to add resources above this net spending level.
for emergency funding included in this bill will provide critical
resources to support the war on terrorism, secure the homeland,
and help dislocated workers as the Nation continues to recover and
rebuild following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. We
look forward to working with the Congress to ensure this bill is
enacted as expeditiously as possible.
The bill provides
critical funds for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence
community to prosecute the global war on terrorism for the balance
of FY 2002 and to enable DoD to fulfill related national security
missions. Overall, the Committee provides an increase of $1.8 billion
over the President's request for national defense. This additional
funding is provided on a contingent emergency basis. The Administration
currently has no need for additional funding in these areas.
has made transformation of the military a top defense priority.
Consistent with this policy, the Secretary of Defense has determined
that the Crusader artillery program is no longer relevant to future
requirements. The Committee version of the bill includes objectionable
report language that prevents any action on the Crusader artillery
program until Congress acts. The President's senior advisors would
recommend that he veto any bill that included statutory restrictions
limiting his ability to cancel this program.
is greatly concerned that the Committee funded the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) at $4 billion, $350 million less than
our request. With additional unrequested items within that total,
the Committee bill leaves $1 billion of the Administration's request
unfunded. Unless Congress wishes to revisit the specific statutory
mandates for passenger and baggage screening contained in the Aviation
and Transportation Security Act, the funding proposal and the 45,000
person cap on hiring could seriously undermine the ability of TSA
to meet these requirements. The Administration looks forward to
working with the House to address these concerns.
While the Committee
provided much of the funding requested for the Administration's
Homeland Security initiatives, the Administration is disappointed
that the $175 million for First
Responders was provided through the Justice Department and not under
the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), as requested. The Administration urges
the Congress to consolidate terrorism preparedness assistance for
first responders under FEMA and to ensure that this funding is used
for planning at the state and local level. Responsibility has been
fragmented among a number of agencies, something that many members
of Congress, GAO and outside studies have criticized. The Administration
continues to believe that FEMA's relationship with the entire first
responder community will help ensure better overall coordination
strongly opposes language that would prohibit the use of funds to
transfer functions, missions, or activities of the U.S. Customs
Service to the Justice Department. The Administration is committed
to working with the Congress to determine the best option to support
strong border enforcement and an efficient flow of cross-border
commerce. The proposed language would unnecessarily restrict the
Executive Branch in its review of the full range of options available
for future organizational changes related to protecting our borders
and enhancing our Nation's security.
appreciates the Committee support of the request for additional
disaster relief efforts for New York in response to the September
11th terrorist attacks.
to Dislocated Workers
is pleased that the Committee provided $300 million of the President's
$750 million request to help dislocated workers return to work.
However, the Administration believes that additional resources are
needed. The Administration looks forward to working with the House
to ensure that adequate assistance is available to displaced workers,
through National Emergency Grants, and to distressed communities
so that these workers can get the jobs they need.
Population Fund (UNFPA)
supports the language included in this bill regarding the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which will ensure that the Administration
and Congress have additional information before the appropriate
funding level for UNFPA is determined. On May 12, 2002, a three-member
team left for a two-week investigation of UNFPA activities in China.
Upon their return, they will complete a report describing the UNFPA
program in China, which the Administration will use in determining
whether funding of UNFPA would be consistent with the long-standing
on Principles in the President's Management Agenda
of the President's Management Agenda is the need to improve agency
management. The President is committed to empowering agency employees
with the tools they need to serve the American people and has made
every effort to eliminate obstacles to efficient management throughout
the Executive Branch. The Administration objects to language included
in the Committee version of the bill that would prevent the Department
of Health and Human Services from organizing its public affairs
and legislative affairs personnel in an efficient manner. Giving
agencies the flexibility to manage themselves, and to manage human
capital strategically are cornerstones of the President's Management
Agenda and the House is urged to delete this restriction.
in the Act, including provisions for the INS Entry Exit System or
approval for Defense Emergency Response Fund, purport to require
congressional committee approval before Executive Branch execution
of aspects of the bill. The Administration will interpret such provisions
to require notification only, since any other interpretation would
contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha.
Branch shall construe Title II of the bill, relating to the International
Criminal Court, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional
powers as commander in chief and the Nation's representative in
Administration is committed to working with the Congress to enact
an emergency supplemental appropriations bill as expeditiously as
possible and to ensuring that these important programs receive the
funding requested. The Administration looks forward to working with
the House to address its concerns.
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