I attempted to read HR 240 too, and so I wrote to Rep. Trott so that he could clarify a few issues for me. My letter follows:
April 11, 2015
Rep. David Trott
625 East Big Beaver Road, Suite 204
Troy, MI 48083
Dear Rep. Trott:
Thank you sincerely for reading HR 240 before voting in favor of it. Many of us truly believe that to vote for a huge, difficult to follow, nearly impossible to understand, potentially unconstitutional bill like HR 240 before reading it would be a violation of your sacred Oath of Office to protect and defend the Constitution, a truly remarkable document that is easy to understand in its’ limitations of government public servant duties and responsibilities, and delineation of many of the people’s rights that come from God.
I also am attempting to read HR 240 and have found references to so many previous pieces of legislation, programs, plans, operations, systems and facilities that I hardly feel able to actually decipher its true intended meaning, even though I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management; I have a lifetime of real estate sales experience, having achieved Associate-Broker designation for the last 8 years of my sales career, where I read and studied, created and negotiated contracts for residential home purchases and sales. I also have over 20 years in concurrent mortgage financing background, where I spend my workday instructing borrowers on detailed and often complex financial transactions and, as you know, I was the mayor of Troy for 12 months where I gained some great, and some horrifying, in-depth political experience.
In an effort to gain an understanding of how $40 billion dollars is being allocated throughout the many facets of the Department of Homeland Security, I have listed the references that I was able to extract from HR 240 that seem to govern the allocation of the peoples’ monies (money that rightfully belongs to your and our children).
I would sincerely appreciate your insight, being as I am certain that in order to gain a contextual understanding of a spending bill that you voted in favor of, you studied all of the background documentation that apparently justifies this huge expenditure of our limited resources:
Section 102 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 112).
Section 103 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 113) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 701 through 705 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 341 through 345).
Section 1511 (e) (1) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 551 (e) (1).
Section 2003 Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 604).
Section 2004 Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 605).
Subsection (c) (1) of Section 2004 Homeland Security Act of 2002.
Section 2008 (a) (11) Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 609 (a) (11).
Title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 121) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 181) (reference twice in HR 240).
Title XIX of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 591).
Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 101) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 7208 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (8 USC 1365b) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 1105 (a) of Title 31 USC Future Years Homeland Security Program (referenced at least three times in HR 240).
Title 1 Division D Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2012 (PA 112-74).
Section 874 PA107-296 (6 USC 454).
Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 USC App).
Section 9505 (c) (3) Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund of the IRS Code of 1986 (26 USC).
Section 13031 (f) (3) Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (19 USB 58c (f) (3).
Section 5 (c) (1) ACT of February 13, 1911 (19 USC 267 (c) (1).
Public Law 112-74.
Section 3131 Customs Enforcement Act of 1986 (8 USC 1357 (g)) (referenced twice).
Section 101 (a) (17) Customs Enforcement Act of 1986 (8 USC 1101 (a) (17).
Section 287 (g) Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USC 1357 (g)) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 101 (a) (17) Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USC 1101 (a) (17).
Aviation and Transportation Security Act (Public Law 107-71; 115 Stat 597; 49 USC 40101 note) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 44940 Title 49 USC
Section 44923 Title 49 USC 2015
Section 44923 (h) Title 49
Section 44923 (a) Title 49
Section 156 Public Law 97-377 (42 USC 402 note; 96 Stat 1920).
Section 251 (b) (2) (A) Balanced Budget Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
Section 251 (b) (2) (D) (iii) Balanced Budget Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
Section 1012 (a) (5) Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 USC 2712 (a) (5).
Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (referenced three times in HR 240).
Section 12114 of Title 46 USC
Chapter 19 Title 14 USC (Coast Guard).
Section 1105 (a) Title 31 USC (referenced four times in HR 240).
Subsection (a) and (b) Section 6402 Public Law 110-28.
National Defense Authorization Act
Chapter 55 Title 10 USC
Section 105 Title 5 USC
National Flood Insurance Act of 1968:
Section 1366 (42 USC 4104 (c)) notwithstanding Section 102 (f) (8), Section 1366 (e) and paragraphs (1) through (3) Section 1367 (h) (42 USC 4012 a (f) (8), 4101 c (e), 4104 d (b) (1) – (3).
Section 1366 (e)
Section 1310 (42 USC 4017)
Section 1310 (a) (7) (42 USC 4104 c (e) 4017)
Section 1308 (d) (42 USC 4015 (d)
(42 USC 4001) (referenced three times in HR 240)
(42 USC 4101 (referenced twice in HR 240)
Section 1360 (f) (2) (42 USC 4101 (f) (2)
Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 USC 5121) (referenced four times in HR 240).
Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 USC 5187 and 5172).
Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 USC 5122 (1) and 5122 (2).
Cerro Grande Fire Assistance Act of 2000 (Division C, title I, 114 Stat 583).
Earthquake Hazard Reduction Act of 1977 (42 USC 7701) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 USC App 2061).
Section 107 and 303 of National Security Act of 1947 (50 USC 404, 405).
Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 (5 USC app).
National Dam Safety Program Act (33 USC 467).
Implementing Recommendations of 9/11 Commission Act 2007 (Public Law 110-53).
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act 1974 (15 USC 2201).
Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act 2006 (Public Law 109-395); 102 Stat 1394.
Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012 (Public Law 112-141; 126 Stat 916).
Sections 100215, 100216, 100261, 100230, 100246 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012.
Homeowners Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012 (subtitle A of title II of division F of Public Law 112-14); 126 Stat 916.
Section 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service Act of 1986.
9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53 (6 USC 1135, 1163, 1182).
Amtrak Security ($10 million dollars – is this in addition to HR 749 that you voted in favor of to fund Amtrak)?
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 USC 2201) (referenced twice in HR 240).
Section 33 Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 USC 2229).
Section 34 Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 USC 229 a).
Reorganization Plan No. 3 1978 (5 USC App).
Title III of Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act 1999 (42 USC 5196 c).
Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (42 USC 4001 and 4012a).
Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-89); 128 Stat 1020.
Title III McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11331) – ($120 Million Available Until Expended).
Section 403 (a) Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 USC 1324 a note).
Section 3109 Title 5 USC
Section 1202 (a) of Public Law 107-200 (42 USC 3771 note).
Division F of Public Law 113-76.
e-Government Act of 202 (Public Law 107-347).
Section 3606 Title 44 USC
Programs, plans, operations, systems and facilities:
Information Integration and Technology Transformation Program
Next Generation Networks Program
Strategic Human Capital Plan
BioWatch Operations – Office of Health Affairs
Mount Weather Emergency Operation Center
Office of National Capital Region Coordination
State Homeland Security Grant Program
Future years Homeland Security Program
Urban Search and Rescue Response System
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program
Pre Disaster Mitigation Grant Program ($25 Million Available Until Expended).
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
National Bio and Agro Defense Facility
As you know (having read the bill yourself), the final 20 pages consist of General Provisions (including rescissions of funds) that include curious sections, as follows:
Section 507 lists a number of reasons why funds cannot be made available (except as provided in subsection (b) and (c) … unless the “secretary of DHS” determines that compliance with this section would pose a substantial risk to life, health or safety, then an award can be made without notification). This seems like yet another instance of extraordinary power given to an unelected person called “the secretary.”
Section 529 states that “none of the funds made available in this Act may be used for planning, testing, piloting, or developing a national identification card” (Is there some other federal Act that does provide funding for this potentially lawless endeavor)?
Section 533 states that “none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this or any other Act may be used to transfer, release, or assist in the transfer or release to or within the US, its territories, or possessions Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other detainee who (1) is not a US citizen or a member of the Armed Forces of the US, and; (2) is or was held on or after June 24, 2009, at the US Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the DoD.” (Why is this monster KSM mentioned by name? Are there plans in the works to release him into the US?).
Your assistance in understanding the bill HR 240 that you voted in favor of, will be greatly appreciated.
Do you have notes, questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations that you developed while reading the bill, as well as reading all of the underlying legislation that combines to give us the full scope of how our money has been allocated in HR 240? I would like a copy of your notes, please.
It was great to see you on April 9. Oh, BTW, I didn’t “twist” your words; I made an honest misinterpretation of the written words on your flier. I wish you could give your conservative constituents the same benefit of cordiality that you spoke of when chit chatting with the democrats in congress (who actually should represent your opposition if you intend to legislate using true Republican principles).
Your humble constituent,