[House Document 107-194]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]



107th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 107-194 


 
    REQUESTS FOR PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED CONTINGENT EMERGENCY FUNDS

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                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

REQUESTS TO MAKE AVAILABLE PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED CONTINGENT EMERGENCY 
  FUNDS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND A REQUEST TO TRANSFER 
  PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED FUNDS FROM THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND TO THE 
  GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, PURSUANT TO SECTION 251(b)(2)(A) OF 
  THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT OF 1985 AND IN 
  ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC LAW 107-38




April 9, 2002.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered 
                             to be printed

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                    U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
99-012                     WASHINGTON : 2002

                                           The White House,
                                        Washington, March 20, 2002.
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: In accordance with the requirement 
included in Public Law 107-63, the Department of the Interior 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2002, I hereby 
request $346.0 million in emergency appropriations previously 
provided under title II for the Department of Agriculture for 
rehabilitation and wildfire suppression activities of the 
Forest Service.
    I hereby designate these funds as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. The entire amount is 
being designated as an emergency requirement to make $200.0 
million available immediately to repay funds previously 
borrowed for emergency wildland fire suppression activities.
    Furthermore, in accordance with provisions of Public Law 
107-38, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for 
Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United 
States, FY 2001, I hereby authorize a transfer from the 
Emergency Response Fund totaling $27.2 million to the General 
Services Administration.
    I have previously authorized the transfer of over $19.9 
billion in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 
2001. With this action today, all the funds that were made 
available to me from the Emergency Response Fund have been 
transferred for urgent needs.
    The details of these actions are set forth in the enclosed 
letter from the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget. I concur with his comments and observations.
            Sincerely,
                                                    George W. Bush.
    Enclosure.
                [Estimate No. 4, 107th Cong., 2d Sess.]

                 Executive Office of the President,
                           Office of Management and Budget,
                                    Washington, DC, March 18, 2002.
The President,
The White House.
    Submitted for your consideration is a request for 
previously appropriated contingent emergency funds for the 
Department of Agriculture and a request to transfer previously 
appropriated funds from the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) to 
the General Services Administration (GSA).
    Title II of P.L. 107-63, the Department of the Interior and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2002, provided $346.0 
million in contingent emergency funding for the Department of 
Agriculture to repay prior year advances that were used for 
emergency fire suppression, address rehabilitation and 
restoration activities and address future emergency fire 
suppression activities of the Forest Service. The entire $346.0 
million is being designated as an emergency requirement to make 
$200.0 million available immediately to repay funds previously 
borrowed for emergency wildland fire suppression activities.
    I recommend that you designate this request for $346.0 
million as an emergency requirement in accordance with section 
251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985, as amended. No further congressional 
action will be required.
    In addition, P.L. 107-38, the Emergency Supplemental 
Appropriations Act for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist 
Attacks on the United States, FY 2001, made $20.0 billion 
available to you without further action by Congress. To date, 
you have previously authorized the transfer of $19.97 billion 
from ERF. This request represents the final transfer from ERF 
to meet national security, homeland security, and domestic 
recovery requirements arising from the September 11th terrorist 
attacks.
    Your approval of this request would transfer $27.2 million 
from ERF to GSA. This funding will be used for security 
upgrades at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to allow 
the reoccupation of offices in the 17th Street wing of the 
building, which were evacuated in the days following September 
11th. Pursuant to P.L. 107-38, these funds will be made 
available immediately to GSA without further congressional 
review.
    I have carefully reviewed these proposals and am satisfied 
that they are necessary at this time. Therefore, I recommend 
that you sign the enclosed letter to the Speaker of the House 
of Representatives.
            Sincerely,
                                  Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

                        Emergency Appropriations

Department of Agriculture: Forest Service--Wildland Fire 
    Management (appropriated in Title II of P.L. 107-63)    $346,000,000

    Title II of P.L. 107-63, the Department of the Interior and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, provided $346.0 
million in contingent emergency funding for the Department of 
Agriculture to repay prior year advances that were used for 
emergency fire suppression, address rehabilitation and 
restoration activities and address future emergency fire 
suppression activities of the Forest Service. The entire amount 
is being designated as an emergency requirement to make $200.0 
million available immediately to repay funds previously 
borrowed for emergency wildland fire suppression activities. 
The remaining funds will be made available for obligation to 
address emergency requirements as needed.

General Services Administration: Federal Buildings Fund.     $27,209,000

    This funding will be used for security upgrades at the 
Eisenhower Executive Office Building that are necessary in 
order to allow the eventual reoccupation of offices in the 17th 
Street wing of the building.