Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill. The bill provides $50.72 billion in discretionary funding, including $48.1 billion in nondefense discretionary funding, the same level as fiscal year 2020, and $2.8 billion in defense funding, $250 million more than in fiscal year 2020. The bill also provides an additional $5.1 billion in funding for disaster relief and $215 million for overseas contingency operations.
The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“With the nation facing threats ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to terrorism and targeted violent extremism, our bill provides DHS with the funding it needs to protect American communities, including vital investments in disaster preparedness, secure seaports and borders, safety for air travelers, and cybersecurity,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. “Our bill fights for a more humane immigration approach, including the more restricted use of civil detention, expanded alternatives to detention, and the phase-out of family detention this year. We also include new measures to keep the Administration accountable and transparent – including a prohibition on diverting any new money for President Trump’s racist border wall boondoggle.”
“This bill will strengthen our security and keep Americans safe while upholding our American values of fairness and respect,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “Strong investments in modern, effective technologies will improve homeland security missions, from cybersecurity and disaster preparedness to border and maritime security. Our bill also provides resources to meet the humanitarian needs of migrants and, critically, it prohibits the administration from raiding funds for the President’s wasteful border wall.”