July 9, 2009, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1454 proposed by Senator Murray for Senator Sanders to Amendment SA 1373.
July 9, 2009, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1454 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Full Text of this Amendment
At the appropriate place, insert the following:
Sec. __. (a) In General.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the entities specified in subsection (c), submit to Congress a report on improving cross-border inspection processes in an effort to reduce the time to travel between locations in the United States and locations in Ontario and Quebec by intercity passenger rail.
(b) Contents.--The report required by subsection (a) shall include--
(1) an evaluation of potential cross-border inspection processes and methods that comply with Department of Homeland Security requirements that would--
(A) reduce the time to travel on routes between locations in the United States and locations in Ontario and Quebec by intercity passenger rail; and
(B) increase the frequency of on-time arrivals by intercity passenger trains traveling on those routes;
(2) an assessment of the extent to which improving or expanding infrastructure and increasing staffing could increase the efficiency with which intercity rail passengers are screened at border crossings without decreasing security;
(3) an updated evaluation of the potential for pre-clearance by the Department of Homeland Security of intercity rail passengers at locations along routes between locations in the United States and locations in Ontario and Quebec, including through the joint use of inspection facilities with the Canada Border Services Agency, based on the report required by section 1523 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53; 121 Stat. 450);
(4) an estimate of the timeline for implementing the methods for reducing the time to travel between locations in the United States and locations in Ontario and Quebec by intercity passenger rail based on the evaluations and assessments described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3); and
(5) a description of how such evaluations and assessments would apply with respect to--
(A) all existing intercity passenger rail routes between locations in the United States and locations in Ontario and Quebec, including designated high-speed rail corridors;
(B) any intercity passenger rail routes between such locations that have been used over the past 20 years and on which cross-border passenger rail service does not exist as of the date of the enactment of this Act; and
(C) any potential future rail routes between such locations.
(c) Entities Specified.--The entities to be consulted in the development of the report required by subsection (a) are--
(1) the Government of Canada, including the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada and other agencies of the Government of Canada with responsibility for providing border services;
(2) the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec;
(3) the States of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont;
(4) the National Railroad Passenger Corporation; and
(5) the Federal Railroad Administration.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 9, 2009.)