APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARDS REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 154
(Senate - September 26, 2017)

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         APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARDS REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017

  Mr. CORNYN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate 
proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar 190, S. 504.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Daines). The clerk will report the bill by 
title.
  The bill clerk read as follows:

       A bill (S. 504) to permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific 
     Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.

  There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.
  Mr. CORNYN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Hirono 
substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to; that the 
bill, as amended, be read a third time and passed; and that the motion 
to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no 
intervening action or debate.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The amendment (No. 1104) in the nature of a substitute was agreed to, 
as follows:

                (Purpose: In the nature of a substitute)

       Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
     following:

     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

       This Act may be cited as the ``Asia-Pacific Economic 
     Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017''.

     SEC. 2. ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION BUSINESS TRAVEL 
                   CARDS.

       (a) In General.--Subtitle B of title IV of the Homeland 
     Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211 et seq.) is amended by 
     inserting after section 417 the following:

     ``SEC. 418. ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION BUSINESS TRAVEL 
                   CARDS.

       ``(a) In General.--The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and 
     Border Protection is authorized to issue an Asia-Pacific 
     Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (referred to in 
     this section as an `ABT Card') to any individual described in 
     subsection (b).
       ``(b) Card Issuance.--An individual described in this 
     subsection is an individual who--
       ``(1) is a citizen of the United States;
       ``(2) has been approved and is in good standing in an 
     existing international trusted traveler program of the 
     Department; and
       ``(3) is--
       ``(A) engaged in business in the Asia-Pacific region, as 
     determined by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border 
     Protection; or
       ``(B) a United States Government official actively engaged 
     in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation business, as determined 
     by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
       ``(c) Integration With Existing Travel Programs.--The 
     Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall 
     integrate application procedures for, and issuance, renewal, 
     and revocation of, ABT Cards with existing international 
     trusted traveler programs of the Department.
       ``(d) Cooperation With Private Entities and Nongovernmental 
     Organizations.--In carrying out this section, the 
     Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection may 
     consult with appropriate private sector entities and 
     nongovernmental organizations, including academic 
     institutions.
       ``(e) Fee.--
       ``(1) In general.--The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and 
     Border Protection shall--
       ``(A) prescribe and collect a fee for the issuance and 
     renewal of ABT Cards; and
       ``(B) adjust such fee to the extent the Commissioner 
     determines necessary to comply with paragraph (2).
       ``(2) Limitation.--The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and 
     Border Protection shall ensure that the total amount of the 
     fees collected under paragraph (1) during any fiscal year is 
     sufficient to offset the direct and indirect costs associated 
     with carrying out this section during such fiscal year, 
     including the costs associated with operating and maintaining 
     the ABT Card issuance and renewal processes.
       ``(3) Account for collections.--There is established in the 
     Treasury of the United States an `Asia-Pacific Economic 
     Cooperation Business Travel Card Account' into which the fees 
     collected under paragraph (1) shall be deposited as 
     offsetting receipts.
       ``(4) Use of funds.--Amounts deposited into the Asia 
     Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account 
     established under paragraph (3) shall--
       ``(A) be credited to the appropriate account of the U.S. 
     Customs and Border Protection for expenses incurred in 
     carrying out this section; and
       ``(B) remain available until expended.
       ``(f) Notification.--The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and 
     Border Protection shall notify the Committee on Homeland 
     Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate not 
     later

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     than 60 days after the expenditures of funds to operate and 
     provide ABT Card services beyond the amounts collected under 
     subsection (e)(1).
       ``(g) Trusted Traveler Program Defined.--In this section, 
     the term `trusted traveler program' means a voluntary program 
     of the Department that allows U.S. Customs and Border 
     Protection to expedite clearance of pre-approved, low-risk 
     travelers arriving in the United States.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents in section 
     1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 417 the 
     following new item:

``Sec. 418. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards.''.

     SEC. 3. ACCOUNT.

       (a) In General.--Notwithstanding the repeal of the Asia-
     Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 
     2011 (Public Law 112-54; 8 U.S.C. 1185 note) pursuant to 
     section 4(b)(1), amounts deposited into the APEC Business 
     Travel Card Account established pursuant to such Act as of 
     the date of the enactment of this Act are hereby transferred 
     to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card 
     Account established pursuant to section 418(e) of the 
     Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by section 2(a) of 
     this Act), and shall be available without regard to whether 
     such amounts are expended in connection with expenses 
     incurred with respect to an ABT Card issued at any time 
     before or after such date of enactment.
       (b) Availability.--Amounts deposited in the Asia-Pacific 
     Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Account established 
     pursuant to section 418(e) of the Homeland Security Act of 
     2002, in addition to the purposes for which such amounts are 
     available pursuant to such subsection, shall also be 
     available for expenditure in connection with expenses 
     incurred with respect to ABT Cards issued at any time before 
     the date of the enactment of such section.
       (c) Termination.--After the completion of the transfer 
     described in subsection (a), the Asia-Pacific Economic 
     Cooperation Business Travel Card Account established pursuant 
     to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel 
     Cards Act of 2011 shall be closed.

     SEC. 4. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS AND REPEAL.

       (a) Conforming Amendments.--Section 411(c) of section 411 
     of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211(c)) is 
     amended--
       (1) in paragraph (17), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (2) by redesignating paragraph (18) as paragraph (19); and
       (3) by inserting after paragraph (17) the following:
       ``(18) carry out section 418, relating to the issuance of 
     Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards; 
     and''.
       (b) Repeal.--
       (1) In general.--The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 
     Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-54; 8 
     U.S.C. 1185 note) is repealed.
       (2) Saving clause.--Notwithstanding the repeal under 
     paragraph (1), an ABT Card issued pursuant to the Asia-
     Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 
     2011 before the date of the enactment of this Act that, as of 
     such date, is still valid, shall remain valid on and after 
     such date until such time as such Card would otherwise 
     expire.
  The bill (S. 504), as amended, was ordered to be engrossed for a 
third reading, was read the third time, and passed.

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