January 14, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 240), which will provide funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2015. This is the last of the 12 annual funding bills to be approved by the House, and will now move to the Senate for consideration.
In total, the bill provides $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $400 million compared to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The bill prioritizes frontline security – including all operational, counterterrorism, and threat-targeting activities, and essential tactical equipment – and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing overhead costs and cutting funds for lower-priority programs. The bill also includes several approved amendments to limit the President’s recent actions on immigration and to require DHS to enforce current immigration laws.
“Providing for this nation’s defense is one of our chief duties as Members of Congress, and I applaud the House for taking the responsible step to sufficiently fund important Department of Homeland Security programs,” said Chairman Rogers. “By prioritizing frontline operations, supporting around-the-clock border surveillance and disaster preparedness, and boosting law enforcement efforts, this legislation will help maintain our readiness for any threats that may come our way.”
“With the addition of critical amendments aimed at curtailing the President’s recent executive actions, the House has answered the calls of the American people to enforce our current immigration laws, secure our borders, and strengthen the security of our homeland,” Chairman Rogers continued. “Nearly halfway into the fiscal year, I now call on the Senate to pass this bill and the President to sign it; the security of this nation is far too important to operate under the uncertainty and the outdated funding levels of an ongoing continuing resolution.”
For the text of the bill and report, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2015-01-12
For a summary, please visit: /news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393930