Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 1.djvu/368

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114 STAT. 332 PUBLIC LAW 106-212 —MAY 26, 2000 Public Law 106-212 106th Congress An Act May 26, 2000 To authorize funds for the construction of a facility in Taipei, Taiwan suitable [H R 37071 ^^^ * ' ^® mission of the American Institute in Taiwan. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of American the United States of America in Congress assembled, Institute in Taiwan Facilities SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. Enhancement rm• * i • i i«A • T• • m• Act. This Act may be cited as the American Institute m Taiwan Foreign relations. Facilities Enhancement Act". SEC. 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 Taiwan; (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 and Taiwan; (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 needs; and (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 are met. SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. —T here 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