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H.R. 1626: State Border Security Reimbursement Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1626

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Nehls, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Weber of Texas, Ms. Granger, Mr. Williams of Texas, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Fallon, Mr. Pfluger, Mr. Babin, Mr. Gooden of Texas, Mr. Roy, and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To reimburse the States for border security expenses, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the State Border Security Reimbursement Act of 2021.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Border security is primarily a Federal responsibility.

(2)

Due to failures of the Federal Government, the State of Texas has been forced to provide resources for border security.

(3)

Since the 2008–2009 biennium budget, Texas has allocated more than $3,208,000,000 for border security in Texas’ biennium budget disaggregated, as follows:

(A)

In 2008–2009, Texas allocated more than $110,000,000 for border security.

(B)

In 2010–2011, Texas allocated more than $120,000,000 for border security.

(C)

In 2012–2013, Texas allocated more than $222,100,000 for border security.

(D)

In 2014–2015, Texas allocated more than $510,000,000 for border security.

(E)

In 2016–2017, Texas allocated more than $800,000,000 for border security.

(F)

In 2018–2019, Texas allocated more than $663,100,000 for border security.

(G)

In 2020–2021, Texas allocated more than $782,800,000 for border security.

(H)

For 2022–2023, the State of Texas Legislative Budget Board is currently recommending an additional $797,100,000 for border security.

(4)

Citizens of border States are being taxed twice for the same purpose.

(5)

States using their taxpayer dollars and allocating State budgets to meet public safety obligations, which fall under Federal responsibilities, imposes an undue burden on the State.

3.

Reimbursement

(a)

Qualification

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, States that have expended more than $2,500,000,000 on border security and enforcement in support of Federal efforts in the ten years prior to the date of the enactment of this Act shall have all associated expenses reimbursed.

(b)

Application

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Governors of eligible States shall submit—

(1)

an accounting of all non-federally funded border security expenses incurred by the State and its municipalities; and

(2)

the total sum of such expenses.

(c)

Reimbursement

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the State submits the application pursuant to subsection (b), the Federal Government shall reimburse such expenses pursuant to subsection (a).