HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE APPROVES DHS AUTHORIZATION BILL
Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, April 27, Congressman John Linder (R-GA), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack, joined his colleagues on the House Committee on Homeland Security in considering and approving H.R. 1817, the "Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006." H.R. 1817, approved by voice vote, is the first-ever Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorization act considered by the newly permanent Homeland Security Committee.
"This authorization bill is an important step in ensuring the safety and security of the United States, and will provide DHS with the tools and resources it needs in order to successfully fulfill its mission of protecting our citizens and homeland from terrorist attack," Linder said. "I am pleased that the Congress is moving forward with this bill."
Among other details, H.R. 1817 provides full funding for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents, refines the current color-coded terror alert system, includes an authorization of overall DHS spending for FY2006, accelerates deployment of homeland security technology, provides incentives to enhance recruitment of homeland security intelligence professionals, and provides for the creation of an Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity to oversee a proposed National Cybersecurity Office.
H.R. 1817 is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives in the near future. For additional information on the authorization bill, please visit the Homeland Security Committee's web site at http://homeland.house.gov.