U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today helped pass legislation to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security while increasing oversight and cutting wasteful spending at the agency. The FY2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill passed the House on a 245-182 vote with bipartisan support.
"This legislation streamlines waste and increases congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security -- all without compromising our national security and our ability to respond to disasters. In addition to strengthening our borders, it addresses security issues identified after the Boston Marathon attacks and fully funds FEMA's disaster relief needs to help those recovering from recent natural disasters," said Rokita.
The bill fully funds FEMA's stated requirement for disaster relief at $6.2 billion. Along with $11 billion in existing funds, this ensures that Oklahoma and other regions recovering from disasters can begin the recovery process. The overall amount of the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill does not exceed the budgetary cap Rokita authored in the FY2014 budget as a member of the House Budget Committee.