4775 - Making Supplemental Appropriations
for Further Recovery from and Response to
Terrorist Attacks on the United States, FY 2002
(Rep. Young (R) Florida)
Statement of Administration Policy provides the Administration's
views on the FY 2002 Emergency Supplemental Bill as reported by
the House Appropriations Committee.
Administration 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
proposals 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.
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.
President 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.
Administration 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.
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 of assistance.
Administration 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.
Administration 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
Administration 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.
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Administration 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 Kemp-Kasten provisions.
on Principles in the President's Management Agenda
foundation of the President's Management Agenda is the need to improve
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.
provisions 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.
Executive 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 foreign affairs.
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.