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Appropriations Committee Introduces Legislation to Address the Southwest Border Crisis


Washington, Jul 29 -

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced legislation to provide funding to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border.

The bill, H.R. 5230, contains a total of $659 million for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance, and illegal immigration prevention. This funding is targeted to meet the immediate needs surrounding the current border crisis, and will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of these activities for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year. The legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within federal agencies, and will result in no new or additional federal spending.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers issued the following statement on the introduction of the bill:

“The situation on our southern border is dire, and additional resources are needed to respond to the crisis at hand. The bill introduced today will help address the urgent needs of our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies to strengthen our border, enforce our laws, care for and process the thousands of unaccompanied children and immigrant families already in the United States, and help stem the illegal immigration tide for the future – all while keeping a tight rein on taxpayer dollars.

“This border problem has been exacerbated by the President’s current immigration policies, and it will be up to the White House to take the lead in reversing the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. The funding included in the bill today will provide the tools necessary for our agency personnel to ensure immediate needs are met, but the Administration must implement changes to their border policies and fully enforce existing immigration law if we are to adequately address this crisis.

“In the meantime, Congress has a duty to pass this bill quickly to provide immediate assistance for thousands of unaccompanied children, to strengthen our borders, and to bolster the enforcement of our laws. This is a good bill, and I urge its swift passage in both the House and Senate before Congress adjourns for the August recess. Any future funding needs can and should be addressed as part of the regular 2015 fiscal year Appropriations process, and be subject to the budget caps put into place by the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.”

Funding and Provisions Included in H.R. 5230:

Protecting our Southwest Border and Enforcing our Laws -

Providing Humanitarian Assistance –

Preventing Future Crisis

Offsets –

The funding in the legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within various federal agencies. Many of these offset accounts have been previously used for savings as part of past Appropriations bills. The savings include:

Policy Provisions –

The legislation includes several policy provisions recommended by the “Speaker’s Working Group on the Border Crisis,” led by Rep. Kay Granger. These provisions include:

For the text of the legislation, please visit: /UploadedFiles/07.29.14_FY_2014_Supplemental_Appropriations_Bill.pdf

 

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