EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR DEFENSE, THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, AND HURRICANE RECOVERY, 2006 -- (House of Representatives - March 16, 2006)
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with me once information is provided from the Louisiana Army National Guard to make sure that these facilities are indeed rebuilt and repaired.
Mr. WALSH. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. JINDAL. I yield to the gentleman from New York.
Mr. WALSH. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I appreciate his great concern for the National Guard facilities in the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. We will continue to work on this issue as we move towards conference, and I am convinced we can resolve all the questions as we complete the work in the conference.
Mr. JINDAL. I want to thank the gentleman and my colleagues. Based on their commitment to work with me to make sure we do provide the funding to rebuild the facilities, my understanding is there are some questions that need to be answered and some additional information that needs to be obtained, but once that information is obtained, that we are confident we can do that before conference.
Based on that, I will seek unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment. Before I do that, I want to thank my colleagues on the committee for working with me on each of my three amendments.
Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Louisiana?
There was no objection.
AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GINGREY
Mr. GINGREY. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk will designate the amendment.
The text of the amendment is as follows:
Amendment offered by Mr. Gingrey:
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The Acting CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to the order of the House of Wednesday, March 15, 2006, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Gingrey) and a Member opposed will each control 5 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Georgia.
Mr. GINGREY. Mr. Chairman, today I rise in an attempt to rein in what some might see as the most modest of items. Certainly the $3 million my amendment would strike is a minute fraction of the $19.1 billion we are going to spend in this emergency supplemental package on Katrina relief. Specifically, my amendment strikes the $3 million for the National Historic Preservation Fund.
It is my understanding, Mr. Speaker, that the money would be used for section 106 reviews. These reviews are required to assets effects of certain undertakings on historic properties by activities of the Federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
Some may ask, why strike this particular program from the bill? The answer is not because I don't like the program or even that the money won't be needed at some point down the line. Rather, I am offering this amendment today to make the point that if we are passing an emergency supplemental, then we should only be including emergency money.
If we need to initiate a project on or near an historic property during a time of emergency, shouldn't the government bureaucracy just get out of the way and waive section 106 reviews, thus saving critical time and money for the vital life needs of those who are and have been affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Mr. Chairman, I will support the overall legislation because I understand the emergency needs of our troops. It was only days ago that I was in Iraq visiting troops and hearing of their needs to ensure continued success in this war on terror. And although I do not believe the two should be coupled together in this particular package, as I previously said, I have personally been to Louisiana twice and I know we are in an emergency situation throughout the gulf coast.
They do need further relief.
My point here today is that we must focus our resources on the true needs of the region, not on a government review program that should be waived anyway. When we have successfully moved beyond this immediate situation, then we can reinstate section 106 requirements for the affected gulf coast States.
I ask my colleagues to support the amendment.
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Is the gentleman from North Carolina opposed to the amendment?
Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina. Mr. Chairman, I oppose the amendment.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina. Mr. Chairman, I oppose the amendment for three reasons. First of all, some $9.5 billion of the $35 billion that has been appropriated will go to food, housing and other critical needs. So we have met those criteria as much as possible.
Secondly, as the gentleman said, this is required by section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act. We don't want to get into amending and trying to put that in the middle of this supplemental. I would suggest if the gentleman wants to take that up at a later time, we could do that.
Thirdly, it is needed because an $18 billion tourist industry is involved here, and getting the assessment of these national historical preserved sites is going to be the first step in trying to get back that $18 billion.
Those are three reasons I would oppose this amendment. I urge a ``no'' vote.
Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Gingrey).
The amendment was rejected.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. If there are no other amendments to title II, the Clerk will read.
The Clerk read as follows:
TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS
SEC. 3001. No part of any appropriation contained in this Act shall remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly so provided herein.
SEC. 3002. Notwithstanding subsection (b) of section 102 of title I of division B of Public Law 109-148 (119 Stat. 2748), the Secretary of Agriculture may provide financial and technical assistance in carrying out such section in an amount up to 100 percent Federal share, as provided in regulations implementing the emergency watershed protection program: Provided, That the amount provided under this heading is designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 402 of H. Con. Res. 95 (109th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006.
SEC. 3003. Funds appropriated pursuant to this Act, or made available by the transfer of funds in or pursuant to this Act, for intelligence activities are deemed to be specifically authorized by the Congress for purposes of section 504 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 414).