4:39 PM EDT

Jack Quinn, R-NY 30th

Mr. QUINN. Mr. Chairman, today I rise to urge my colleagues to support funding for courthouse construction projects in the fiscal year 2001 Treasury, Postal and General Government Appropriations bill.

Specifically, I want to highlight a local concern of ours up in Buffalo, New York, and ask that we consider providing $3.6 million for site acquisition and design work on a Federal courthouse in my district in western New York.

The President's fiscal year 2001 budget resolution includes funding for eight Federal courthouse projects nationwide, totalling over $480 million. However, the bill before us today contains no funding for courthouse construction projects.

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has ranked the project in Buffalo, New York, as seventh highest as a priority across the country, seventh highest; and yet it has not been included in the President's budget.

So I have actively lobbied colleagues of ours up in New York, the gentleman from New York (Mr. LAFALCE) and others, to assist us in making certain that people here in our Nation's capital know of the importance. Unfortunately, because of tight budget constraints, our pleas have not been answered.

So I would like to take this opportunity today to stress the importance of the project and to ask the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. KOLBE), the distinguished chairman, to agree to work with us on this project.

4:40 PM EDT

Jim Kolbe, R-AZ 5th

Mr. KOLBE. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the gentleman from New York yielding to me, and I appreciate the comments that he has made.

I share the concern that the gentleman has, first, that we are not able to do any of the courthouse funding and construction that we would like to do. We have a significant need for infrastructure in this country, and the longer we postpone building courthouses, the more difficult it gets. So I am concerned about that. I hope that perhaps an additional allocation of funds might make it possible for us to do some of the courthouse construction.

We also know that courthouse construction is a priority for a number of Members whose districts are affected by that. Buffalo, while it is number six on the priority list for the courts, was not included in one of the seven projects which the administration recommended be funded, a moot point, as I said, because we did not recommend funding any of these.

But I look forward very much to working with the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) and with other Members of his delegation as we move forward on the construction to be sure that this priority that the courts have held for this is adhered to and that we are able to fund this in a timely fashion.

4:42 PM EDT

Steny Hoyer, D-MD 5th

Mr. HOYER. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

Mr. Chairman, the reason I do so is, I understand that the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is on his way. He is going to offer an amendment and withdraw it. But he wants to make the point similar to the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) with reference to the FDA consolidation at White Oak, which is in his district.

The President included over $100 million for the FDA consolidation in his request. That is a consolidation which was supported by the Reagan administration, by the Bush administration, and now the Clinton administration to save very substantial dollars in terms of leases that exist all over the Washington metropolitan region with respect to the FDA.

Some of those leaseholds are very aged and very inefficient. The fact that FDA is spread over such a wide area leads to a lack of efficiency in the operations of its responsibilities.

I know the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN), when he gets here, will make it very clear that this is something that we think is supported in a bipartisan fashion. [Page: H6653]

This is an item that was not included in the budget, as was the Buffalo courthouse project that the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) just referred to because of the fact that we had insufficient funds. However, I know that the administration will be looking very carefully at this bill as it moves through the process and is very supportive of adding the FDA money back in as it is in adding the courthouse money back in as well as I know the chairman is. So I am hopeful that we will have

the requisite dollars to get there.

The facility in question, which, again, is in the district of the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is a facility which is vitally needed. It is a facility that has been in this administration's plans and certainly the Bush administration's in terms of planning.

To delay this, as I said in my opening comments, will cost millions of dollars because it will prolong the payment to leaseholds and leasehold expenses as we fail to consolidate and provide space at the White Oak site.

The particular project in question is a little over $100 million for lab space for FDA and additional office space as well. It will be a more efficient and effective use of space than currently exists.

[Time: 16:45]

So that I would hope that we could see that amount added to the bill at the appropriate time.

4:42 PM EDT

Steny Hoyer, D-MD 5th

Mr. HOYER. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

Mr. Chairman, the reason I do so is, I understand that the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is on his way. He is going to offer an amendment and withdraw it. But he wants to make the point similar to the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) with reference to the FDA consolidation at White Oak, which is in his district.

The President included over $100 million for the FDA consolidation in his request. That is a consolidation which was supported by the Reagan administration, by the Bush administration, and now the Clinton administration to save very substantial dollars in terms of leases that exist all over the Washington metropolitan region with respect to the FDA.

Some of those leaseholds are very aged and very inefficient. The fact that FDA is spread over such a wide area leads to a lack of efficiency in the operations of its responsibilities.

I know the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN), when he gets here, will make it very clear that this is something that we think is supported in a bipartisan fashion. [Page: H6653]

This is an item that was not included in the budget, as was the Buffalo courthouse project that the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) just referred to because of the fact that we had insufficient funds. However, I know that the administration will be looking very carefully at this bill as it moves through the process and is very supportive of adding the FDA money back in as it is in adding the courthouse money back in as well as I know the chairman is. So I am hopeful that we will have

the requisite dollars to get there.

The facility in question, which, again, is in the district of the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is a facility which is vitally needed. It is a facility that has been in this administration's plans and certainly the Bush administration's in terms of planning.

To delay this, as I said in my opening comments, will cost millions of dollars because it will prolong the payment to leaseholds and leasehold expenses as we fail to consolidate and provide space at the White Oak site.

The particular project in question is a little over $100 million for lab space for FDA and additional office space as well. It will be a more efficient and effective use of space than currently exists.

[Time: 16:45]

So that I would hope that we could see that amount added to the bill at the appropriate time.

4:42 PM EDT

Steny Hoyer, D-MD 5th

Mr. HOYER. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

Mr. Chairman, the reason I do so is, I understand that the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is on his way. He is going to offer an amendment and withdraw it. But he wants to make the point similar to the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) with reference to the FDA consolidation at White Oak, which is in his district.

The President included over $100 million for the FDA consolidation in his request. That is a consolidation which was supported by the Reagan administration, by the Bush administration, and now the Clinton administration to save very substantial dollars in terms of leases that exist all over the Washington metropolitan region with respect to the FDA.

Some of those leaseholds are very aged and very inefficient. The fact that FDA is spread over such a wide area leads to a lack of efficiency in the operations of its responsibilities.

I know the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN), when he gets here, will make it very clear that this is something that we think is supported in a bipartisan fashion. [Page: H6653]

This is an item that was not included in the budget, as was the Buffalo courthouse project that the gentleman from New York (Mr. QUINN) just referred to because of the fact that we had insufficient funds. However, I know that the administration will be looking very carefully at this bill as it moves through the process and is very supportive of adding the FDA money back in as it is in adding the courthouse money back in as well as I know the chairman is. So I am hopeful that we will have

the requisite dollars to get there.

The facility in question, which, again, is in the district of the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. WYNN) is a facility which is vitally needed. It is a facility that has been in this administration's plans and certainly the Bush administration's in terms of planning.

To delay this, as I said in my opening comments, will cost millions of dollars because it will prolong the payment to leaseholds and leasehold expenses as we fail to consolidate and provide space at the White Oak site.

The particular project in question is a little over $100 million for lab space for FDA and additional office space as well. It will be a more efficient and effective use of space than currently exists.

[Time: 16:45]

So that I would hope that we could see that amount added to the bill at the appropriate time.

4:45 PM EDT

Jim Kolbe, R-AZ 5th

Mr. KOLBE. Mr. Chairman, since the gentleman from Maryland, I know, is trying very well to use up some time here while he is waiting for his colleague to arrive, I would just suggest we do have one Member here who does have a colloquy prepared, if he would like to yield back.

4:45 PM EDT

Brian P. Bilbray, R-CA 49th

Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word. I would like to engage in a colloquy with the gentleman from Arizona (Chairman KOLBE).

Mr. Chairman, I rise today to commend the chairman and the ranking member for increasing funding that they have included in this bill for firearm-related issues, specifically: $62.2 million to expand the Integrated Violence Reduction Strategy; 76.4 million to expand the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, which will expand to 12 more cities, a total of 50 now, which includes the rapid gun tracing analysis to allow State and local law enforcement and new ATF agents to work in a task force

operation with local law enforcement for illegal arms investigation; $26.4 million to support ATF's Ballistic Identification System; and $25 million for a nationwide comprehensive gun tracing.

4:46 PM EDT

Jim Kolbe, R-AZ 5th

Mr. KOLBE. Mr. Chairman, I want to compliment the gentleman from Wisconsin for his work in this area. In fact, I can say with absolute certainty, no issue in this bill has been raised more times by any Member in this body than this issue has by the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. RYAN). So his defense of the interests of Racine, Wisconsin have been tremendous.

I appreciate the comments that he has made and understand what he is talking about, and I am very pleased that we could include statutory language, which I believe addresses this issue for him.