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

Bread gift for hungry kids

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Feb 2013Close to half of Kiwi kids sent hungry to school will soon be receiving free food, a children’s charity says.KidsCan Charitable Trust will soon be providing free food to about 7000 needy children a day – 2500 more than are fed now.The increase comes after supporter Tip Top announced last night that it would increase its donation from 30,000 loaves to about 100,000 a year.The KidsCan Food for Kids scheme is run in 276 low-decile primary and intermediate schools.Children who are identified as needy get three food items a day from a list including toast, baked beans and fruit.Raincoats, shoes and socks are also provided.KidsCan founder Julie Chapman said the goal was to feed all children in decile one to four primary and intermediate schools that need food – up to 17,000 children a day, or a cost of around $4.5 million a year.The Government has said it is open to considering a national food strategy for low-decile schools as proposed by experts appointed by Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10863464last_img read more

Essien returning to Chelsea with positive ambition

first_imgMichael Essien is targeting a return to Chelsea’s first team after his loan to Real Madrid ends at the end of the season.The Ghanaian midfielder was sent out on loan following his recovery from a serious knee injury in 2011/12.After re-find his form at Madrid, Essien is keen to perform once again at Stamford Bridge and is convinced that his time at Real has shown that he can perform at the highest level.“I will return to Chelsea with my head up and try to win my place back,” said Essien.“I think my loan at Madrid has shown I have still got it at the top level.”last_img read more