Committee on Homeland Security Accepts Payne Amendment to “Border Security Results Act of 2013”

May 15, 2013 Issues: National Security
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Committee on Homeland Security overwhelmingly accepted Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s Amendment to H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013, companion legislation to S. 683 in the Senate. 
 
Rep. Payne, Jr.’s Amendment provides that a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) border security implementation plan must specify protections that will ensure that staffing and resources necessary for the maintenance of operations at land, air, and sea ports of entry are not diverted to their detriment in favor of operations between ports of entry. 
 
“I am pleased at the overwhelming acceptance of my Amendment by my colleagues today,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “Because Newark Liberty Airport and Port Newark-Elizabeth play such a critical role in securing our nation and facilitating travel and commerce in New Jersey, it is paramount that these resources are protected.  ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’ would undermine our Nation’s border security as a whole and it would hurt our economy, but my Amendment ensures that both our security and our economy are strengthened.”
 
The Border Security Results Act of 2013 unanimously passed the House Committee on Homeland Security by a 28-0 vote. The bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to devise a strategy to achieve operational control of our nation’s international border and requires DHS to develop metrics to determine the failure and successes of its implementation plan. Additionally, the bill calls for DHS to increase border security technologies as well as coordinate between federal, state, and local stakeholders to achieve operational control – all while protecting the privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights protections of the American people.  
 
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