Mr. TRAFICANT. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.

The Clerk read as follows:

Amendment offered by Mr. Traficant: At the end of title III, add the following:


No funds appropriated pursuant to this Act may be expended by an entity unless the entity agrees that in expending the assistance the entity will comply with sections 2 through 4 of the Act of March 3, 1933 (41 U.S.C. 10a-10c, popularly known as the `Buy American Act').


(a) Purchase of American-Made Equipment and Products: In the case of any equipment or products that may be authorized to be purchased with financial assistance provided under this Act, it is the sense of the Congress that entities receiving such assistance should, in expending the assistance, purchase only American-made equipment and products.

(b) Notice to Recipients of Assistance: In providing financial assistance under this Act, the head of the appropriate element of the Intelligence Community shall provide to each recipient of the assistance a notice describing the statement made in subsection (a) by the Congress.


If it has been finally determined by a court or Federal agency that any person intentionally affixed a fraudulent label bearing a `Made in America' inscription, or any inscription with the same meaning, to any product sold in or shipped to the United States that was not made in the United States, such person shall be ineligible to receive any contract or subcontract made with funds provided pursuant to this Act, pursuant to the debarment, suspension, and ineligibility procedures described in sections 9.400 through 9.409 of title 48, Code of Federal Regulations.

Mr. TRAFICANT (during the reading). Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous consent that the amendment be considered as read and printed in the Record.

The CHAIRMAN. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Ohio?

There was no objection.

Mr. TRAFICANT. Mr. Chairman, we have the stealth budget. This could be a stealth Buy American type of program.

Mr. Chairman, before I yield to the distinguished ranking member, I would just like to say this. I think it is important today that the Conyers amendment be passed. I think it is absolutely necessary, as indicated by previous debate.

I am here pledging to work with the chairman and the ranking member in supporting this budget and to give John Deutsch a real chance. John Deutsch's word has always been good. I have dealt with many bureaucrats down here. I think he is top flight. He deserves a chance to bring this in order.

My amendment, I think everybody understands it. I want to make sure that if we are going to be making these stealth purchases, that these stealth purchases take place in the United States of America.

Mr. DICKS. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. TRAFICANT. I yield to the gentleman from Washington.

Mr. DICKS. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the gentleman yielding.

Mr. Chairman, I want to say to my friend from Ohio, he has offered a similar amendment in years past, with the goal of ensuring that the intelligence community maximizes its purchase of American-made products. As the gentleman knows, we are the leader in stealth technology. This is a goal I support.

We have worked with the gentleman from Ohio on other occasions to preserve the spirit of his amendment in conference, even though the committee is aware that the record of the intelligence community on the procurement of U.S. products is exemplary. We will do so again this year, and we are pleased, at least I am pleased for the minority, to accept the amendment. I yield to the chairman.

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Mr. COMBEST. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?

Mr. TRAFICANT. I yield to the gentleman from Texas.

Mr. COMBEST. Mr. Chairman, as we traditionally have been on this bill, we are very happy to accept the gentleman's amendment, and appreciate his continued work on this for all of these 12 years.

Mr. TRAFICANT. Mr. Chairman, reclaiming my time, the only thing I can say is if the Conyers amendment passes, we will know the aggregate amount, we will not know the line items, the public will not, but I am going to go up and check to see if these intelligence agency sleuths are buying American.

Mr. Chairman, with that, I urge an `aye' vote on the amendment.

The CHAIRMAN. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Ohio [Mr. Traficant].

The amendment was agreed to.