IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 8, 2011
Mr. Udall of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. Heller, Mr. Bingaman, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed
To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify the definition of aircraft and the offenses penalized under the aviation smuggling provisions under that Act, and for other purposes.
This Act may cited as the
Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling
Prevention Act of 2011.
Clarification of definition of aircraft and offenses under aviation smuggling provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930
Section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1590) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and
by inserting after subsection (f) the following:
Definition of aircraft
In this section, the term aircraft—
has the meaning given that term in section 40102 of title 49, United States Code; and
includes a vehicle described in section 103.1 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations.
Subsection (d) of section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930
(19 U.S.C. 1590(d)) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by
, or attempts or conspires to commit, after
The amendments made by this section apply with respect to violations of any provision of section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 on or after the 30th day after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Congress makes the following findings:
The Department of Defense has worked collaboratively with the Department of Homeland Security to identify equipment, technology, and expertise used by the Department of Defense that could be leveraged by the Department of Homeland Security to help fulfill its missions.
As part of that collaborative effort, the Department of Homeland Security has leveraged Department of Defense equipment, technology, and expertise to enhance the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to detect, track, and engage illicit trafficking across the international borders between the United States and Mexico and the United States and Canada.
Leveraging Department of Defense equipment, technology, and expertise is a cost-effective inter-agency approach to enhancing the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security to protect the United States against a variety of threats and risks.
Sense of Congress
It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should—
continue the broad program of cooperation and collaboration with the Secretary of Homeland Security described in subsection (a); and
ensure that the Department of Homeland Security is able to identify equipment and technology used by the Department of Defense that could also be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to enhance its efforts to combat illicit trafficking across the international borders between the United States and Mexico and the United States and Canada, including equipment and technology that could be used to detect and track the illicit use of ultralight aircraft.