Conference Report on H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009

Bill Number: 
Conference Report 111-151
Date of Last Action: 
Friday, June 12, 2009
Relevant Text: 

111TH CONGRESS

Report

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st Session

111-151

--MAKING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

June 12, 2009- Ordered to be printed

Mr. OBEY, from the committee of conference, submitted the following

CONFERENCE REPORT

[To accompany H.R. 2346]

    The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2346) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

    That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

    In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment, insert:

    That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes, namely:

    TITLE XI

    DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

    DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

      For an additional amount for `International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement', $487,500,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010: Provided, That not less than $160,000,000 shall be made available for assistance for Mexico to combat drug trafficking and related violence and organized crime, and for judicial reform, institution building, anti-corruption, and rule of law activities: Provided further, That funds made available pursuant to the previous proviso shall be made available subject to prior consultation with, and the regular notification procedures of, the Committees on Appropriations, except that notifications shall be transmitted at least 5 days in advance of the obligation of any funds appropriated under this heading: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this title may be made available for the cost of fuel for aircraft provided to Mexico, or for operations and maintenance of aircraft purchased by the Government of Mexico: Provided further, That in order to enhance border security and cooperation in law enforcement efforts between Mexico and the United States, funds appropriated in this title that are available for assistance for Mexico may be made available for the procurement of law enforcement communications equipment only if such equipment utilizes open standards and is compatible with, and capable of operating with, radio communications systems and related equipment utilized by Federal law enforcement agencies in the United States to enhance border security and cooperation in law enforcement efforts between Mexico and the United INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE

      FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

      .

      FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM

        For an additional amount for `Foreign Military Financing Program', $1,294,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010: Provided, That not less than $260,000,000 shall be made available for assistance for the Mexican Navy and shall be available notwithstanding section 7045(e) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009 (division H of Public Law 111-8): Provided further, That funds made available pursuant to the previous proviso shall be available notwithstanding section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act: Provided further, That of the funds appropriated under this heading, not less than $150,000,000 shall be made available for assistance for Jordan: Provided further, That of the funds appropriated under this heading, not less than $555,000,000, shall be available for grants only for Israel and shall be disbursed not later than October 30, 2009: Provided further, That to the extent that the Government of Israel requests that funds be used for such purposes, grants made available for Israel by this paragraph shall, as agreed by the United States and Israel, be available for advanced weapons systems, of which $145,965,000 shall be available for the procurement in Israel of defense articles and defense services, including research and development: Provided further, That of the funds appropriated under this heading, not less than $260,000,000 shall be made available for grants only for Egypt, including for border security programs and activities in the Sinai: Provided further, That funds appropriated pursuant to the previous proviso estimated to be outlayed for Egypt shall be transferred to an interest bearing account for Egypt in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York not later than October 30, 2009: Provided further, That up to $69,000,000 may be made available for assistance for Lebanon.

        JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

        The managers on the part of the House and Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2346) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the House and Senate in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

        The Senate amendment to the text deleted the entire House bill after the enacting clause and inserted the Senate bill, as amended. This conference agreement includes a revised bill.

        Report language included by the House in the report accompanying H.R. 2346 (H. Rept. 111-105) and included by the Senate in the report accompanying S. 1054 (S. Rept. 111-20) should be complied with unless specifically addressed in this statement of the managers. The statement of the managers, while repeating some report language for emphasis, is not intended to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein.

        TITLE XI

        INTRODUCTION

        The conference agreement provides $9,700,213,000 for Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which is $2,652,069,000 above the request.

        DEPARTMENT OF STATE

        BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

        DEPARTMENT OF STATE

        INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

        The conference agreement includes $487,500,000 for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement, which is $98,000,000 above the request. Funds made available under the heading are to be allocated according to the following table and are subject to the terms and conditions of section 1103 (a) and (b) concerning allocations and notifications:

        INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

        [Budget authority in thousands of dollars]

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        Country/Activity Request House Senate Conference

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        Afghanistan:

        Good Performers Initiative 23,000 23,000 20,000 23,000

        Combating Violence Against Women and Girls 10,000 10,000

        Unallocated 106,000 103,000 100,000

        Subtotal, Afghanistan 129,000 129,000 133,000 133,000

        Iraq 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000

        Mexico 66,000 160,000 66,000 160,000

        Pakistan 65,500 65,500 65,500 65,500

        West Bank and Gaza 109,000 109,000 109,000 109,000

        Total--INCLE 389,500 483,500 393,500 487,500

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        Mexico- The conference agreement includes $160,000,000 for assistance for Mexico, and requires the Department of State to submit to the Committees on Appropriations a spending plan for such funds not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act.

        The conference agreement provides that none of the funds appropriated in this title shall be used for the cost of fuel for aircraft purchased with funds provided in this title for Mexico, or to support the operations and maintenance costs of aircraft purchased by the Government of Mexico.

        The conferees direct the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act detailing actions taken by the Government of Mexico since June 30, 2008, to investigate, prosecute, and punish violations of internationally recognized human rights by members of the Mexican Federal police and military forces, and to support a thorough, independent, and credible investigation of the murder of American citizen Bradley Roland Will.

        MIGRATION AND REFUGEE ASSISTANCE

        The conference agreement includes $390,000,000 for Migration and Refugee Assistance, which is $57,000,000 above the revised request to respond to urgent humanitarian requirements for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, including Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, Africa, Colombia and other refugees and IDPs around the world.

        INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE

        FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

        FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM

        The conference agreement includes $1,294,000,000 for Foreign Military Financing Program (FMF), which is $1,195,600,000 above the request.

        Mexico.--The conference agreement includes $260,000,000 to expand aviation support for the Mexican Navy, and includes language to ensure the expeditious delivery of such equipment.