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S. 1487 (112th): Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 2, 2011 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

II

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1487

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 2, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Akaka, Mr. Inouye, and Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to establish a program to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011.

2.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of State, is authorized to establish a mechanism by which the Secretary of Homeland Security may issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards (referred to in this section as ABT Cards) to any eligible person, including business leaders and United States Government officials who are actively engaged in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation business. An individual may not receive an ABT Card under this section unless the individual has been approved and is in good standing in an international trusted traveler program of the Department of Homeland Security.

(b)

Integration with existing travel programs

The Secretary of Homeland Security may integrate application procedures for, and issuance, suspension, and revocation of, ABT Cards with other appropriate international trusted traveler programs of the Department of Homeland Security.

(c)

Cooperation with private entities

In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security may consult with appropriate private sector entities.

(d)

Rulemaking

The Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of State, may prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out this section, including regulations regarding conditions of or limitations on eligibility for an ABT Card.

(e)

Fee

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security may—

(A)

prescribe and collect a fee for the issuance of ABT Cards; and

(B)

adjust such fee to the extent the Secretary determines to be necessary to comply with paragraph (2).

(2)

Limitation

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that the total amount of the fees collected under paragraph (1) during any fiscal year is sufficient to offset the direct and indirect costs associated with carrying out this section during such fiscal year.

(3)

Account for collections

There is established in the Treasury of the United States an APEC Business Travel Card Account into which the fees collected under paragraph (1) shall be deposited as offsetting receipts.

(4)

Use of funds

Amounts deposited into the APEC Business Travel Card Account—

(A)

shall be credited to the appropriate account of the Department of Homeland Security for expenses incurred in carrying out this section; and

(B)

shall remain available until expended.

(f)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Homeland Security such sums as may be necessary to implement this section.

(g)

Termination of program

The Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of State, may terminate activities under this section if the Secretary of Homeland Security determines such action to be in the interest of the United States.