2177 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2177
To direct the payment of passport fees to the
Department of State.IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. HIGGINS (for himself and Ms. HOCHUL) introduced the
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To direct the payment of passport fees to the Department
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Passport Acquisition
Savings and Security Act of 2011' or the `PASS Act of 2011'.
2. PAYMENT OF PASSPORT FEES.
(a) In General- Section 1(a) of the
Act of June 4, 1920 (22 U.S.C. 214(a)), is amended, in the first sentence, by
striking `into the Treasury of the United States' and inserting `to the Department
(b) Retention of Fees- Any amount collected by the
Department of State in fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter as a fee
for visas, passports, or other consular services may be credited as an offsetting
collection to the appropriate Department of State appropriation, to remain available
until expended, for the purpose of meeting the costs of providing such services
and shall be available for the same purposes as the appropriation to which such
amounts are credited.
(c) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this
Act shall be construed to affect or limit in any manner any fees collected by
local governments for the purposes of processing passport applications submitted
to the Department of State.
(d) Sense of Congress- It is the sense
of Congress that new revenues directed to the Department of State under this Act
should be used to reduce the costs of passports for consumers.