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H.R. 2805: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 8, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 194

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2805

[Report No. 115–274]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 7, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Donovan, Mr. Reichert, and Mr. Larsen of Washington) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

August 8, 2017

Additional sponsors: Mr. Royce of California, Mr. Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Heck, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Williams, and Mrs. Wagner

August 8, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on June 7, 2017


A BILL

To permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017.

2.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards

(a)

In general

Subtitle B of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 417 the following new section:

418.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards

(a)

In general

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is authorized to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards (referred to in this section as an ABT Card) to an individual described in subsection (b).

(b)

Card issuance

An individual described in this subsection is an individual—

(1)

who—

(A)

is a citizen of the United States; and

(B)

has been approved and is in good standing in an existing international trusted traveler program of the Department; and

(2)

who—

(A)

is engaged in business in the Asia-Pacific region, as determined by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; or

(B)

is a United States Government official actively engaged in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation business, as determined by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

(c)

Integration with existing travel programs

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall integrate application procedures for, and issuance, renewal, and revocation of, ABT Cards with existing international trusted traveler programs of the Department.

(d)

Cooperation with private entities and nongovernmental organizations

In carrying out this section, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection may consult with appropriate private sector entities and nongovernmental organizations, including academic institutions.

(e)

Fee

(1)

In general

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(2)

Limitation

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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, including the costs associated with operating and maintaining the ABT Card issuance and renewal processes.

(3)

Account for collections

There is established in the Treasury of the United States an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 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 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account described in paragraph (3) shall—

(A)

be credited to the appropriate account of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for expenses incurred in carrying out this section; and

(B)

remain available until expended.

(f)

Notification

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall notify the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate within 60 days of any expenses incurred to operate and provide ABT Card services beyond the amounts collected pursuant subsection (e).

(g)

Trusted traveler program defined

In this section, the term trusted traveler program means a voluntary program of the Department that allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to expedite clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States.

.

(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 417 the following new item:

Sec. 418. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards.

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3.

Account

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding the repeal of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 (Public Law 112–54; 8 U.S.C. 1185 note) pursuant to section 4(b) of this Act, amounts deposited into the APEC Business Travel Card Account established pursuant to such Act as of the date of the enactment of this Act are hereby transferred to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account established pursuant to subsection (e) of section 418 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by section 2 of this Act), and shall be available without regard to whether such amounts are expended in connection with expenses incurred with respect to an ABT Card issued at any time before or after such date of enactment.

(b)

Availability

Amounts deposited in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account established pursuant to subsection (e) of section 418 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 shall, in addition to the purposes for which such amounts are available pursuant to such subsection, also be available for expenditure in connection with expenses incurred with respect to ABT Cards issued at any time before the date of the enactment of such section.

(c)

Termination

After the transfer described in subsection (a) has been carried out, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account established pursuant to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 is closed.

4.

Conforming amendments and repeal

(a)

Conforming amendments

Subsection (c) of section 411 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (17), by striking and after the semicolon at the end;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (18) as paragraph (19); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (17) the following new paragraph:

(18)

carry out section 418, relating to the issuance of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards; and

.

(b)

Repeal

(1)

In general

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 (Public Law 112–54; 8 U.S.C. 1185 note) is repealed.

(2)

Saving clause

Notwithstanding the repeal under paragraph (1), an ABT Card issued pursuant to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 before the date of the enactment of this Act that, as of such date, is still valid, shall continue to remain valid on and after such date until such time as such Card would otherwise expire.

August 8, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed