The House today approved the fiscal year 2014 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill (H.R. 2217) on a vote of 245-182. The bill provides funding to help strengthen America's homeland security efforts while cutting wasteful or unnecessary programs.
The legislation includes $38.9 billion in discretionary funding for DHS. This is a decrease of $617.6 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and a decrease of $34.9 million compared to the President's request. This funding level is approximately $981 million above the current, post-sequestration level for DHS as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.
"I applaud the passage of this important legislation. In such austere budget times, this bill rightly prioritizes spending on programs that save American lives. Frontline protection, terrorism prevention and response, disaster recovery assistance, and a strong and security border -- all of these are paramount to the safety and security of our homeland," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
"This bill demonstrates how we can fund vital security programs and enforce the law while also reducing discretionary spending overall. I sincerely believe this bill reflects our best effort to address our Nation's most urgent needs--security, enforcement, and fiscal restraint," Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter said.
For a list of amendments to H.R. 2217 adopted by the House, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/06.05.13_FY_2014_Homeland_Security_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf