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Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FLEISCHMANN. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the fiscal 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill.

First, I would like to thank Chairman Carter and the subcommittee staff for all the work that they have done in preparation for this legislation.

This bill is a perfect example of what happens when real time and thought is put into how taxpayer dollars will be spent.

As I have often said, budgeting is about prioritization, and this is exactly what this bill does. The legislation before us today exercises fiscal discipline. As a whole, we will reduce discretionary spending, while ensuring that programs vital to our national security are properly supported.

This bill also recalibrates the President's pernicious budget proposals for the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that we are getting the most out of every taxpayer dollar. We must ensure the protection of Americans by strengthening security at and within our borders.

By streamlining select programs within DHS and implementing stringent oversight, Chairman Carter and committee staff, with help from Ranking Member Price, have produced a bill that adequately funds our highest security priorities and eliminates waste, fraud, and abuse.

Again, I thank the subcommittee for their diligence in crafting this legislation that pays equal heed to the protections of our taxpayer dollars and the security of our citizens.


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