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House Proceeding 06-24-09 on Jun 24th, 2009 :: 1:38:10 to 1:41:55
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Gus Bilirakis

1:38:04 to 1:38:24( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: the chair: pursuant to house resolution 573, the gentlema from florida, mr. bilirakis, and a member opposed will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i rise to offer this important amendment will

Gus Bilirakis

1:38:10 to 1:41:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gus Bilirakis

Gus Bilirakis

1:38:25 to 1:38:45( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: increase visa screening capabilities overseas to stop the entry and to our country of terrorists, criminals and others who may wish to do us harm. as a member of the homeland security committee and ranking member of the subcommittee on management, investigations and oversight, i have come to understand the importance of

Gus Bilirakis

1:38:46 to 1:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: being proactive in strengthening our homeland security. at the same time, i have become concerned about the inadd qua background checks on those seeking temporary admission to a country. want to come here and study and work and comply with the terms

Gus Bilirakis

1:39:09 to 1:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: of their visas, some do not and some we tragically saw on 9/11, want to enter our country to wage war against us. that's why we need to strengthen the process by which temporary visitors are screened prior to their entry into the united states. congress recognized this

Gus Bilirakis

1:39:32 to 1:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: waningness and places customs and enforcement personnel at risk locations to more carefully screen and invtigate visa applicants. this important terrorist program allows i.c.e. to proactively investigate and review visa applications to identify potential terrorists or criminal

Gus Bilirakis

1:39:53 to 1:40:13( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: suspects before they gain entry into the united states. that's the key. unfortunately, the administration did not seek increased funding for this valuable program in its budget request. while i'm pleased that the bill we are considering today ensures a portion of the funding for this program -- will be reserved to open several new visa

Gus Bilirakis

1:40:14 to 1:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: security units in high risk locations, i think we should provide additional resources to accelerate i.c.e.'s plan for expanding to other critical locations, which is what my amendment does. i.c.e. currently operates 14 visa security units overseas. my amendment increases funding

Gus Bilirakis

1:40:35 to 1:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: for the visa security program by $1.7 million, which will allow i.c.e. to stand up an additional security unit. i.c.e. has identified additional locations for new units but has not yet opened its units in these areas largely due to the resource constraints. to offset this increase, madam

Gus Bilirakis

1:40:58 to 1:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: speaker, my amendment would take an amount from the office of the secretary, which under this bill receives $147 million, a $24 million increase over fiscal year 2009, including a $3 million for establishing a new intermodal security coordination office that largely will

Gus Bilirakis

1:41:19 to 1:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: duplicate existing department's efforts. we must be mindful of the way we spend our scarce resources. when it comes to security, we must avoid creating more bureaucracy and ensure we are allocating funds where the risk is greatest. this amendment will help do that and ensure that the department is operating as efficiently and

Gus Bilirakis

1:41:40 to 1:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: if he cantively as possible. my amendment will provide needed resources to keep terrorists out of the country while still allowing sufficient funding for establishing an office for which the need is questionable. i urge all my colleagues to help

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