Overall, it's not that impressive, and not nearly as 'threatening' as many have made it out to be. All it really does is neutralize any Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) debate that has been floating around out there.
The most significant things in the bill are as follows:
- Authorizes the use of CAP Assets along the Border in "Reconnaissance and Communications" abilities.
- Provides for an MOU between DOD and DHS for CAP use in Border and Disaster Relief efforts.
- Requires DHS to reimburse DOD for the use of CAP assets.
And that's about it. Nothing too radical, but a large change at the same time. Provided it passes, this bill would merely make DHS 'rent' us from DOD as opposed to DOD footing the bill. And again, it nullifies any PCA debate about our being on the border.
I like it, but I think it's material covered already.
UPDATE: the full text can be downloaded at http://captalk.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1647.0;attach=426. It's a .pdf so be sure you have Adobe Reader.