Text: H.R.546 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/15/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 546


To provide for the issuance of revenue bonds to fund construction of a physical border barrier and related technology, roads, and lighting along the United States border with Mexico.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 15, 2019

Mr. Palazzo (for himself and Mr. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide for the issuance of revenue bonds to fund construction of a physical border barrier and related technology, roads, and lighting along the United States border with Mexico.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Border Bonds for America Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Border bonds.

(a) Issuance.—The Secretary of the Treasury shall, pursuant to subchapter I of chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, issue bonds, to be known as “Border Bonds”.

(b) Transfer of revenue.—Proceeds from the issuance of Border Bonds shall be transferred to the Border Trust Fund as provided in section 9512(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(c) Terms and conditions.—

(1) TERM.—A bond issued under subsection (a) shall have a term of 30 years.

(2) FACE AMOUNT LIMITATION.—The face amount of bonds issued under subsection (a) in any fiscal year shall not exceed $5,000,000,000.

(3) OTHER TERMS.—The bonds authorized by this subsection shall be in such form and denominations, and shall be subject to such terms and conditions of issue, conversion, redemption, maturation, payment, and rate of interest as the Secretary may prescribe, except that no interest shall be payable with respect to such a bond before the date that is 10 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection.

(4) SUNSET.—No bonds may be issued under subsection (a) later than 30 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. Accepting gifts.

Section 3113 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(f) The Secretary of the Treasury may accept for the Government a gift of money made only on the condition that it be transferred to the Border Bonds Trust Fund as provided in section 9512(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”.

SEC. 4. Border Bonds Trust Fund.

Chapter 98 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 9512. Border Bonds Trust Fund.

“(a) Creation of trust fund.—There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the ‘Border Bonds Trust Fund’, consisting of such amounts as may be apportioned or credited to such Trust Fund as provided in this section or section 9602(b).

“(b) Transfers to trust fund.—There are hereby appropriated to the Trust Fund amounts equivalent to—

“(1) proceeds from the issuance of Border Bonds under section 2 of the Border Bonds for America Act of 2019, and

“(2) gifts accepted under section 3113 of title 31, United States Code.

“(c) Expenditures from trust fund.—Amounts in the Trust Fund shall be available, without further appropriation, to construct reinforced fencing and provide for the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors to gain operational control of the southwest border under section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1103 note).”.


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