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S. 2444: Border Officers Utilization for National Defense Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 9, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2444

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 9, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Leahy, Mrs. Gillibrand, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To establish a minimum staffing level of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the northern border, and for other purposes.

1.

Short titles

This Act may be cited as the Border Officers Utilization for National Defense Act of 2019 or the BOUND Act.

2.

Minimum U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffing along the northern border

(a)

In general

Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall ensure that not fewer than the maximum number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers deployed along the international border between the United States and Canada (referred to in this Act as the northern border) at any time between January 1, 2016 and the date of the enactment of this Act are always deployed along the northern border, including ports of entry along the northern border.

(b)

Limitation on transfers

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection may not transfer any U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer away from an assignment along the northern border if such transfer would reduce the number of such officers assigned to the northern border below the level required under subsection (a).