$2.3T Bill: ‘$250,000,000…for Enhanced Border Security’—In Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman

By CNSNews.com Staff | December 22, 2020 | 12:18pm EST
The U.S.-Mexico border fence between Tijuana and San Diego County, Dec. 27, 2018. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The U.S.-Mexico border fence between Tijuana and San Diego County, Dec. 27, 2018. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The 5,593-page, $2.3 trillion bill that Congress passed on Tuesday to fund the government and provide for COVID-19 relief includes a passage on pages 415 and 416 that provides $250 million of “enhanced border security” in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt Tunisia and Oman.

“Of the amounts appropriated in this title under the heading ‘Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wide,’ for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, $250,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2022, shall be available to reimburse Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman under section 1226 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (22 23 U.S.C. 2151 note), for enhanced border security, of which not less than $150,000,000 shall be for Jordan,” says the text of the bill.

The section of the bill providing the border security funding for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman, further stipulates that “the Secretary of Defense shall provide quarterly reports to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate on the use and status of funds made available in this section.”

Here is the text of the section of the bill that provides $250 million for “enhanced border security” in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman:

“SEC. 9026. Of the amounts appropriated in this title under the heading “Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wide”, for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, $250,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2022, shall be available to reimburse Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman under section 1226 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (22 23 U.S.C. 2151 note), for enhanced border security, of which not less than $150,000,000 shall be for Jordan: Provided, That the Secretary of Defense shall, not less than 15 days prior to obligating funds made available in this section, notify the congressional defense committees in writing of the details of any planned obligation and the nature of the expenses incurred: Provided further, That the Secretary of Defense shall provide quarterly reports to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate on the use and status of funds made available in this section.”

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