WASHINGTON, D.C.óToday Congressman Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R. 3422 the Send Equipment for National Defense (SEND) Act. This legislation mandates that the Secretary of Defense transfer 10% of eligible returning equipment from Iraq to state and local law enforcement agencies for border security purposes. Eligible equipment would include: humvees, night vision equipment and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. This equipment would be made available to the officials through an already existing DOD program.  Other equipment could also be sent to officials at the discretion of the Department of Defense.

ìThe American people have invested billions of dollars in equipment used to secure Iraq; now itís time to use that equipment to secure the United Statesî, said Poe.  ìState and local officials are doing the job of the federal governmentódefending the international border with Mexico. Itís time that Washington gives them the resources they need to protect Americans from cross border crime. Sending this equipment to the southern border would give Americans a return on their investment by enhancing our national security.î

Over the next several months, a massive draw down of U.S. Forces in Iraq will occur. More than 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already been shipped out of Iraq over the last year and nearly 900,000 remain. Much of this equipment would be useful to the federal, state and local law enforcement in their efforts to secure the border with Mexico. There is also a waiver in the bill that states that if the Department of Defense certifies to Congress that there is an urgent need for the equipment then DOD will keep the equipment.