IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 24, 2022
Ms. Ernst (for herself, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Daines, and Mr. Scott of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To terminate certain contracts relating to the construction of the border fence and to transfer unused border fence material to the States along the southwest border.
This Act may be cited as the
Border's Unused Idle and Lying Dormant Inventory Transfer Act or the
BUILD IT Act.
Transfer of unused border fence material to border States
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Government shall deliver to the governments of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, upon request, any materials associated with the construction of the barrier along international border between the United States and Mexico that—
are in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, or any other Federal agency; or
have been purchased by the Federal Government, but remain in the possession of any contractor or vendor.
Prohibition of fees and delivery charges
The Federal Government may not charge any fee or other delivery charge to any of the States referred to in subsection (a) for the delivery of the materials described in subsection (a).
Use of materials
Any State receiving materials pursuant to subsection (a) shall use such materials for the purpose of barrier construction along the international border between the United States and Mexico.
Termination of existing contracts
The Federal Government shall terminate, at the convenience of the Government, any contract relating to the maintenance and security of the materials intended for the construction referred to in subsection (a) that—
is in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act; and
must be terminated in order to comply with subsection (a).