This bill would direct the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to complete the required fencing along the southwest U.S. border by December 31, 2017 and impose restrictions on DHS spending until the fence is complete. DHS was required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006 to build 700 miles of double chain link and barbed wire fencing with poles for lighting and infrared cameras.
The Secure Fence Act would be amended to direct DHS to take operational control over U.S. international borders — whether land or maritime — by the same date.
Until the fence is complete, the following restrictions would be put in place on DHS:
DHS may no obligate or spend any funding that was appropriated or made available for construction and maintenance of its facilities, vehicle purchases, or other non-essential purchases or acquisitions;
No politically appointed DHS official or senior executive service employee may travel using government aircraft, receive any non-essential training, or receive any bonus pay salary increase.