Congress has passed and the President signed into law House Joint Resolution 2
(also known as the Consolidated Appropriations
Resolution, 2003), which is an omnibus federal appropriations bill
FY2003. Following is a summary of maritime aspects of the measure.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been appropriated
$244,800,000 for maritime and land transportation security grants. Of that
amount, at least $150 million must be utilized as port security grants. $4
million is to be used for radiation detection and monitoring system
evaluation and procurement. $30 million is to be used for grants,
contracts, and interagency agreements for the purpose of deploying Operation
Safe Commerce. An additional $110.2 million has been appropriated for
research and development, with at least $10 million to be used for R&D
related to port security.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been appropriated $4.322 billion for operating
expenses, with not less than $15.6 million to be for increasing staff at
search and rescue stations and related facilities. $742 million has been
appropriated for acquisition, construction, and improvements (AC&I), with
$478 million to be made available, under various conditions, for the
Integrated Deepwater Systems program.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has been appropriated $98.7 million for
the Maritime Security Program (MSP). $92.7 million has been appropriated
for operations and training, of which $13 million is to be used for capital
improvements at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. $11.2 million has been
appropriated for disposal of obsolete ships in the National Defense Reserve
Fleet. $4.1 million has been appropriated for administrative expenses to
carry out the Title XI loan guarantee program, but no new money has been
appropriated for direct use in the program.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development
Corporation has been appropriated $14
million for necessary expenses, to be derived from the Harbor Maintenance
The U.S. Customs Service has been appropriated $2.5 billion for necessary
expenses. $182 million has been appropriated for the agency's Air and
Marine Programs. $435 million has been appropriated for operation and
modernization of the agency's automated systems, including development of
the Automated Commercial Environment.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has been appropriated $2.9
billion for necessary expenses. The agency is prohibited from expending
monies on its Entry Exit System until it submits a plan to Congress.
The Federal Maritime Commission has been appropriated $16.7 million for
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been appropriated $1.94 billion for
general operations and maintenance, with some of the monies to be derived
from the Harbor Maintenance Trust
The National Transportation Safety Board has been appropriated $72.45
million for necessary expenses.
The Commission on Ocean Policy
has been appropriated $2 million for
Included in the general provisions for the Department of Commerce is a
section directing that $50,000 from the Operations and Training account be
made available to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for administrative
expenses to oversee implementation of a special program allowing, under
certain conditions, the vessels originally contracted under the statute
providing exclusive cruise ship operating rights
in the Hawaiian Islands to
be documented with a coastwise endorsement without regard to whether they
are built in the United States. The owner of such a cruise ship may
document with a coastwise endorsement one additional foreign-built cruise
ship. Any non-warranty shipyard work on these ships must be performed in
Included in the general provisions for the Department of Transportation is a
section addressing funds for ferry boat service in Alaska and Hawaii.
Another section requires that funds used to procure Coast Guard ships,
including main diesel engines, be in compliance with the Buy American Act.
Included in the general provisions for the Department of Justice is a
section requiring that a charge of $3 per individual be assessed and
collected for immigration inspection or pre-inspection of each commercial
vessel passenger whose journey originated in the United States or certain
other places, except for persons arriving by ferry or by Great Lakes
vessels. The Attorney General is also directed to provide Congress with a
full report on the National Security Entry Exit Registration System.
Source: HK Law