Senate OKs Leahy’s Amendment To Delay Border-Crossing Requirements

first_imgSenate OKs Leahys AmendmentTo Delay Border-Crossing Requirements,As Leahy Also Beats Back BidTo Curb 1st Responder Grants To Smaller States Leahy says the lack of sufficientcoordination on the Pass Card (or Passport Card) system betweenDHS and State, and between the Bush Administration and the Government ofCanada, spells trouble for the system.  This has been shaping up asa bureaucratic nightmare that could clog our borders while making us even lesssecure, said Leahy.  We need to prod these agencies to cometo grips with these problems and fix them beforehand, not afterward. In the home stretch to the bills Senate passage Thursday evening,Leahy successfully led the effort to beat back an attempt to weaken the fundingformula he authored for first-responder grants his all-state minimumformula that has brought more than $65 million to Vermont in the last fouryears.  The Leahy grant formula, which he included in the USA PATRIOT Act of2001, assures that Vermont and other states receive basic grants for their firstresponder agencies the police, fire and rescue departments that areresponsible for homeland security and emergency preparedness.  The bid toweaken the Leahy formula lost in a vote of 34 to 66. The certification requirements in LeahysWHTI amendment require the two departments to:1.     Ensure that thetechnology for any Passport Card meets certain security standards andthat DHS and State agree on that technology.2.     Share the technologywith the governments of Canada and Mexico.3.     Justify the fee setfor the Passport Card.  4.     Develop analternative procedure for groups of children traveling across the border underadult supervision with parental consent. WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 13) Vermont Thursday scored twosignificant policy wins engineered by Sen. Patrick Leahy as the U.S. Senate passedthe annual homeland security budget bill. Install all necessary technological infrastructure at the ports of entry to process the cards and train U.S. agents at the border crossings in all aspects of the new technology. 6.     Make the PassportCard available for international land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean and Bermuda.7.     Establish a unified implementationdate for all sea and land borders.  The bill also includes Leahys legislation to postpone andimprove implementation of the controversial Pass Card system for bordercrossings, which will require new identity cards and methods for crossing U.S. borders, including the Northern Border with Canada.  Leahy and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) earlier had added tothe bill their amendment to delay implementation of the Pass Card system part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) — for 17 months, untilJune 1, 2009, and to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and theSecretary of State to certify to Congress that several standards are met beforethe program moves forward.  Leahy is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of itsHomeland Security Subcommittee, which handled the Senates work indrafting the annual appropriations bill for the Department of HomelandSecurity.  The bill now goes to conference with the House version of thebill, which does not include Leahys WHTI amendment but which does alsomaintain the Leahy formula for first-responder grants. # # # # #last_img read more

Eagles shot-stopper ready to dump PSL for Europe adventure

first_img Loading… The Nigerian international has shown his quality for the Glamour Boys with a number of acrobatic saves and has taken the number one spot at the goals under coach, Middendorp, surpassing one of Africa’s best goalkeepers, Itumeleng Khune.The 33-year-old has reportedly attracted clubs from Belgium and Saudi Arabia according to his agent.“If the opportunity comes, yes I will consider the move, when the opportunity presents itself why not? I would like to finish my career in Europe. There’s a possibility it could happen and I look forward to it,” the goalkkeoer  was quoted as saying. Read Also: La Liga: Messi on fire as Barca step up preparations for restartAkpeyi, who played for Warri Wolves in Nigeria’s topflight also revealed that the competition for the number one spot between him and Khune has made him the goalkeeper he is today.The Glamour boys are currently on a two year transfer ban from FIFA and it could prove to be a stumbling block for the Nigerian as he won’t be able to move abroad if Chiefs lose the case.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles and Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi has revealed there’s a possibility of him moving to Europe from South Africa’s PSL to continue his career.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more