H.R.2642, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008, includes provisions to meet the needs of our troops and fund ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while also addressing critical international and domestic needs. The bill provides a 21st century G.I. bill that honors the service and sacrifice of our service members and veterans; ensures extended unemployment insurance benefits; places a moratorium on harmful Medicaid regulations; and funds continued Hurricane Katrina recovery for the Gulf Coast. The Senate version of the legislation provides a total of $212.2 billion for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009, which is $28 billion above the President’s request and $10.5 billion above the House-passed bill.
Amendment #1 provides emergency funding for critical domestic and humanitarian priorities. Amendment #2 provides $165.4 billion for DOD funding to fund ongoing military and intelligence operations related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $99.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2008 funding and $65.9 billion in “bridge funding” for Fiscal Year 2009. Today, the Senate passed Amendment #1 by a vote of 75-22 and Amendment #2 by a vote of 70-26.
Title I – Military Construction, International, And Other Security Matters
Chapter 1: Department of Agriculture
International Food Assistance. The bill would provide a total of $1.245 billion in P.L. 480 Title II grants, including $850 million in Fiscal Year 2008 funds and an additional $395 million available beginning October 1, 2008. This amount is $500 million above the requested amount.
Chapter 2: Department of Justice
Inspector General.H.R.2642 would provide $4 million for the Inspector General to continue reviewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of National Security Letters (NSL) and section 215 orders for business records.
DOJ Criminal Division. The bill would provide$1.648 million for DOJ Criminal Division to investigate and prosecute corruption in Iraq reconstruction.
U.S. Attorneys. H.R.2642 includes$5 million for U.S. attorneys for litigation expenses associated with terrorism prosecutions in the United States.
U.S. Marshalls Service. The bill includes $18.62 million for the United States Marshals Service, including $7.95 million for enhanced security at high-threat terrorist trials in the United States; $3.7 million for increased court and witness security in Afghanistan Court Security and Witness security programs, protective equipment and training for U.S. Marshalls, and assistance for extradition of individuals who finance terrorism through the illegal sale of opium and heroin; and $6.97 million for Adam Walsh Act enforcement.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).H.R.2642 would provide $164.965 million for the FBI for Fiscal Year 2008, including $139.965 million to support counterterrorism and counter-proliferation activities and equipment, terrorism intelligence gathering efforts, and law enforcement training in Iraq and Afghanistan; $20 million to reduce forensic backlogs; and $5 million to investigate contract fraud investigations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also includes $82.6 billion in bridge funding for Fiscal Year 2009.
The bill also includes funding as follows: