What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : S. 4 Legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission (Improving America's Security Act of 2007)/On passage
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S. 4 Legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission (Improving America's Security Act of 2007)/On passage
senate Roll Call 73     Mar 13, 2007
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This vote was on final passage of legislation to implement the unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The mammoth bill addressed intelligence issues, information sharing between agencies, funding for emergency responders and communications equipment as well as provisions to prevent suspected terrorists from entering the country, to strengthen privacy rights and civil liberties and to secure the nation's infrastructure. The bill also would disclose the total funding for the country's intelligence agencies, a figure that is classified under current law. Perhaps the most controversial piece of the legislation is a provision to allow federal airport screeners to have limited collective bargaining rights. A handful of Republicans joined with all of the Democrats in passing the bill. The final vote was 60-38. The House had already passed a version of the legislation. The White House has promised to veto the measure. Following Senate passage, the next step was for it to go to conference committee in order to iron out differences between the two versions. The House's and Senate's respective versions are at odds on a number of issues, including the formula that the Homeland Security Department uses to dole out grant money to states; whether to require the Homeland Security Department to require within five years that all cargo bound for the United States is scanned at foreign; whether to include more countries in a program that would let their citizens come to the United States for up to 90 days without visas; and whether to declassify the country's intelligence budget. Thus, with final passage in the Senate, the bill to implement the unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission moved to a House-Senate conference committee..

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