Increased security on the border, additional oversight of the Obama Administration and job growth through trade are key priorities for Rep. John Carter, (R-TX31) Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, in the FY 2014 Omnibus Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The bill (H.R. 3547) provides $39.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Chairman Carter is instituting greater accountability and transparency over DHS and the Obama Administration and how they spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The bill will cut DHS headquarters funding and denies the President's request to create three new, unnecessary standalone headquarter offices at a proposed cost of more than $9.5 million.
"I'm not going to allow President Obama and his administration to continue kingdom building, with more big government centralized DHS bureaucracy offices. We're going to be fiscally responsible while putting our resources with the men and women on the frontlines protecting our border and this great nation," said Chairman Carter. "This administration has proven time and again failure to provide fiscally responsible spending especially through the President's damaging sequester cuts and unnecessary requests for DHS bureaucracy offices. We must continue to provide our men and women protecting our borders with the funds they need to keep our nation safe."
The bill will also establish a public-private partnership pilot program that will support growing passenger and trade volumes.
"Encouraging private/public sector partnerships will decrease government spending while increasing trade, which creates private sector jobs for all Americans," said Chairman Carter. "Through initiatives like these, we can secure our country while creating jobs in the United States, grow our economies and encourage robust trade in a safe and secure manner."
The bill will also require extensive reporting of the purchase and usage of ammunition by DHS, a mandate Chairman Carter personally sought to add.
"Whether in line at H-E-B, at a town hall event or in a long line at Academy to buy ammo, I have heard the valid concerns of my constituents on ammo purchases by DHS. The bill will require extensive reporting of those purchases to Congress on a continual basis."
The House of Representatives is expected to pass the omnibus later this week and send it to the Senate for approval before Federal spending expires on January 18.