One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on
Wednesday, the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand
To authorize funds for the construction of
a facility in Taipei, Taiwan suitable for the mission of the American Institute in Taiwan.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
- SECTION 1. Short Title
- This Act may be cited as the `American Institute
in Taiwan Facilities Enhancement Act'.
- SECTION 2. Findings
- The Congress finds that--
- (1) in the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 (22 U.S.C.
3301 et seq.), the Congress established the American Institute in Taiwan (hereafter in
this Act referred to as `AIT'), a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the District of
Columbia, to carry out on behalf of the United States Government any and all programs,
transactions, and other relations with Taiwan;
- (2) the Congress has recognized AIT for the
successful role it has played in sustaining and enhancing United States relations with
- (3) the Taipei office of AIT is housed in
buildings which were not originally designed for the important functions that AIT
performs, whose location does not provide adequate security for its employees, and which,
because they are almost 50 years old, have become increasingly expensive to maintain;
- (4) the aging state of the AIT office building in
Taipei is neither conducive to the safety and welfare of AIT's American and local
employees nor commensurate with the level of contact that exists between the United States
- (5) AIT has made a good faith effort to set aside
funds for the construction of a new office building, but these funds will be insufficient
to construct a building that is large and secure enough to meet AIT's current and future
- (6) because the Congress established AIT and has a
strong interest in United States relations with Taiwan, the Congress has a special
responsibility to ensure that AIT's requirements for safe and appropriate office quarters
- SECTION 3. Authorization of Appropriations
- (a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is
authorized to be appropriated the sum of $75,000,000 to AIT--
- (1) for plans for a new facility and, if
necessary, residences or other structures located in close physical proximity to such
facility, in Taipei, Taiwan, for AIT to carry out its purposes under the Taiwan Relations
- (2) for acquisition by purchase or construction of
such facility, residences, or other structures.
- (b) LIMITATIONS- Funds appropriated pursuant to
subsection (a) may only be used if the new facility described in that subsection meets all
requirements applicable to the security of United States diplomatic facilities, including
the requirements in the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Anti-Terrorism Act of 1986 (22
U.S.C. 4801 et seq.) and the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999
(as enacted by section 1000(a)(7) of Public Law 106-113; 113 Stat. 1501A-451), except for
those requirements which the Director of AIT certifies to the Committee on International
Relations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the
Senate are not applicable on account of the special status of AIT. In making such
certification, the Director shall also certify that security considerations permit the
exercise of the waiver of such requirements.
- (c) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS- Amounts appropriated
pursuant to subsection (a) are authorized to remain available until expended.
of the House of Representatives.
President of the United States and
of the Senate.