10:54 AM EDT

Laura Richardson, D-CA 37th

Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 3978) to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness that are related to preparedness for and response to terrorism, and for other purposes.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.

The text of the Senate amendments is as follows:

Senate amendments:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act''.

SEC. 2. ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS FOR FIRST RESPONDER TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TRAINING.

(a) In General.--The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.) is amended--

(1) in title V (6 U.S.C. 311 et seq.), by adding at the end the following:

``SEC. 525. ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS.

``(a) Authority.--The Secretary may accept and use gifts of property, both real and personal, and may accept gifts of services, including from guest lecturers, for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness that are related to efforts to prevent, prepare for, protect against, or respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

``(b) Prohibition.--The Secretary may not accept a gift under this section if the Secretary determines that the use of the property or services would compromise the integrity or appearance of integrity of--

``(1) a program of the Department; or

``(2) an individual involved in a program of the Department.

``(c) Report.--

``(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate an annual report disclosing--

``(A) any gifts that were accepted under this section during the year covered by the report;

``(B) how the gifts contribute to the mission of the Center for Domestic Preparedness; and

``(C) the amount of Federal savings that were generated from the acceptance of the gifts.

``(2) PUBLICATION.--Each report required under paragraph (1) shall be made publically available.'';

(2) in section 873(b) (6 U.S.C. 453(b)), by striking ``and by section 93'' and all that follows through ``or donations'' and inserting ``by section 93 of title 14, United States Code, or by section 525 or 884 of this Act, gifts or donations''; and

(3) in section 884 (6 U.S.C. 464), by adding at the end the following:

``(c) Acceptance and Use of Gifts.--The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center may accept and use gifts of property, both real and personal, and accept services, for authorized purposes.''.

(b) Technical and Conforming Amendments.--

(1) THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002.--The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.) is amended in the table of contents by inserting after the item relating to section 524 the following:

``Sec..525..Acceptance of gifts.''.

(2) REPEAL.--The matter under the heading ``SALARIES AND EXPENSES'' under the heading ``Federal Law Enforcement Training Center'' under title IV of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004 (6 U.S.C. 464a) is amended by striking ``

Provided, That in fiscal year 2004 and thereafter, the Center is authorized to accept and use gifts of property, both real and personal, and to accept services, for authorized purposes:

Provided further,'' and inserting ``

Provided,''.

Amend the title so as to read: ``An Act to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness that are related to preparedness for a response to terrorism, and for other purposes.''.

10:54 AM EDT

Laura Richardson, D-CA 37th

Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

10:58 AM EDT

Mike Rogers, R-AL 3rd

Mr. ROGERS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of final passage of H.R. 3978, the First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act.

Thanks to strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, we are here today with legislation that provides the CDP with authority to accept donations of items such as railcars, subway cars, emergency response equipment, and other property and services that would help bolster training.

I introduced this bill last November to ensure that first responders who train at East Alabama's Center For Domestic Preparedness have access to all available resources that will strengthen their training activities.

This bill was passed by the House on December 15, 2009 by a vote of 413-1. On August 5, the bill passed the Senate with an amendment by unanimous consent.

I would like to thank Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member King as well as Senators Lieberman and Collins for their support of the bill in moving it forward in both chambers.

The CDP, located in my district in Anniston, Alabama, delivers one-of-a-kind, hands-on training to America's emergency responders. Training at the CDP is fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security. State and local responders from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have trained at this center.

Like other training centers, the CDP often receives offers of donations to assist their training courses. However, the CDP does not have the legal authority to accept those donations, and has been forced to turn them down in the past. My bill fixes this problem.

As amended by the Senate, the bill ensures that CDP may accept donations in support of its entire all-hazards missions. The bill also includes language to ensure that no gifts are accepted if they are determined to compromise the integrity or the appearance of integrity of a program of the department or an individual associated with the department, and the annual report to Congress on donations accepted must be made available to the public.

The bill would also authorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to accept gifts under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as it has been doing under the 2004 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

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Simply put, this legislation is a win-win for our first responders, the American taxpayer and the Center for Domestic Preparedness; and I urge my colleagues to support the bill.

Mr. Speaker, I have no further requests for time, and I yield back the balance of my time.