Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Approved by Subcommittee

Apr 12, 2011
Press Release

Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Approved by Subcommittee
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security today approved spending legislation to provide Fiscal Year 2010 funds to agencies and programs within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The subcommittee approved proposal provides $42.4 billion in total funding which is $2.4 billion - or 5.9% - above last year’s level and $446 million below the President’s request.
 
The bill essentially funds border security and immigration enforcement at the President’s request, with slight increases for ICE’s investigations, Southwest Border enforcement, and Coast Guard counternarcotics operations.  In addition, the bill fully funds the E-Verify program – a program that allows U.S. employers to check the citizenship eligibility of employees – and provides $3.95 billion for grants for state and local first responders.
 
House Appropriations Ranking Republican Jerry Lewis supported the subcommittee-approved bill, but expressed concerns about the small overall increase in funding. When factoring in advance funding for the Bio-shield program, the bill represents only a 1% increase above last year’s level - which is less than the rate of inflation.
 
“Funding for important national priorities – such as the security of our homeland – are being put on the back burner to provide massive, double digit increases in other areas. While the bill contains necessary funding for needed programs, as we move forward with the Appropriations process we must work to realign our priorities to reflect the real and urgent security needs of our nation,” Lewis said.
 
Homeland Subcommittee Ranking Republican Hal Rogers also expressed concerns with the prioritization of funding, noting that the Homeland Security allocation is $446 million below the budget estimate.
 
“Given the current threat environment, now is not the time to shortchange our investment in security and leave our operators in the field wanting for the tools required to fulfill their mission,” Rogers said.

112th Congress