Acknowledging the need to balance fiscal restraint without jeopardizing our nation's border and domestic security, Alaskan Congressman Young voted in favor of H.R. 2217, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014, which passed the House today by a margin of 245-182. Overall, the package provides $39 billion in discretionary funding for agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. This represents $34.9 million less funding than the President's FY14 budget request and $613.2 million less funding compared to FY13 enacted levels.
"Today's appropriations bill continues the House's commitment to doing more with less. This legislation ensures that our nation's borders are secure, increases funding for key functions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, while decreasing bureaucratic spending within the Transportation Security Administration by cutting their administrative budget by at least 15 percent and capping the amount of passenger screeners the agency can employ," Rep. Young said.
"I am especially proud of the appropriations requests I submitted on behalf of firefighters is included in the final bill. Alaskan fire departments depend on these grants, used to hire new firefighters and recruit and retain volunteer firefighters."
With the inclusion of Congressman Young's appropriations request, the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant Program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program will maintain level funding, rather than see a $5 million funding decrease as reflected in the Presidents FY14 budget request earlier this year.