HALL APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. ...Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) voted on a bill that will address some of our most critical homeland security needs. The House passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill before adjourning for the October recess.
"I am pleased that the House and Senate came to an agreement on this important legislation," Hall said. "The bill advances a number of essential needs, including our nation's border and port security, nuclear detection abilities, transportation security, and state and local first responders."
The agreement provides $21.3 billion for border protection and immigration enforcement, including funds for an increased number of Border Patrol agents, construction of border fencing, and support of state and local efforts to enforce immigration law. It also enhances port, container, and cargo security and inspection, and funds firefighter grants and First Responder training programs. In the wake of last year's hurricanes, the bill includes a comprehensive structural overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to require better coordination between federal, state, and local emergency officials.
In addition to the Homeland Security bill, the House passed the conference agreement that funds the Department of Defense. The bill includes funding for the war on terror, weapons procurement, personnel and missile defense programs. "I am particularly pleased that the conference agreement contains a pay increase for troops," Hall stated. "These men and women put their lives on the line for our safety and security, and they deserve recognition for their service."
"As the House and Senate adjourn for the elections, I am pleased that we have passed these important measures to protect our nation, secure our borders, and provide for our troops," Hall said.