What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Expedite Commuter Traffic at the U.S.-Mexico Border. (2003 house Roll Call 307)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Expedite Commuter Traffic at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
house Roll Call 307     Jun 24, 2003
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The subject of this vote was an amendment by Representative Filner (D-CA) to the 2004 Homeland Security Department (DHS) spending bill. Had it passed, Filner's amendment would have transferred $5 million in DHS administrative funding into a program run by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection that allows low-risk commuters to use dedicated commuter lanes when crossing the U.S.-Mexico border (low risk commuters are defined as those drivers who have filed an application proving their residence, job location, and commuter status). Progressives supported Filner's amendment as a way to expedite commuter traffic at the border and allow border officials to dedicate greater attention toward inspecting vehicles driven by non-commuters. Progressives also pointed out that the number of applications for the low-risk commuter tags-which are displayed on the exterior of a car in plain view of customs officials-far exceeded the capacity of the Bureau of Customs to process those claims. The money included in the Filner amendment, they argued, would have helped process those applications more expeditiously. Despite support from Progressives, the Filner proposal was defeated by a 149-274 vote margin.

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