COST ESTIMATE ON H.R. 1838, TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT
ACT (House of Representatives - January 31, 2000)
SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Green of Wisconsin).
Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from
New York (Mr. Gilman) is recognized for
GILMAN. Mr. Speaker, set forth below is the cost estimate
of the Congressional Budget Office on H.R. 1838, the `Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act.' This estimate was not available
on October 28, 1999, when the Committee on International
Relations filed its report on H.R. 1838.
Budget Office Cost Estimate--H.R. 1838, Taiwan Security
1838 would emphasize the security relationship between the
United States and Taiwan . Specifically, the bill would
authorize an increase in the technical staff at the American
Institute in Taiwan , and would require the Administration
to report on Taiwan's defense needs, its security situation,
and the United States' ability to respond to contingencies
in the Asia-Pacific region. Also, the bill would require
the Administration to enhance the opportunities for training
and exchanges of Taiwanese officers at U.S. military schools
and academies. CBO estimates that enacting the bill would
have no significant budgetary effect.
to the Department of Defense (DoD), implementing H.R. 1838
would not require any additional staff because DoD has already
increased the number of technical staff at the American
Institute in Taiwan during the last year. CBO estimates
that preparing the required reports would not increase costs
significantly, and any additional officer training and exchanges
would be paid in full by Taiwan . The funds for training
and exchanges would flow through the foreign military sales
trust fund--a direct spending account. Because the bill
could affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures would
apply; however, CBO estimates that the net effect of any
increase in collections and outlays would not be significant.
1838 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates
as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would
not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.
estimate was prepared by Joseph C. Whitehill. The estimate
was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant Director
for Budget Analysis.