Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
The proposed fiscal year 2014 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 2217) provides $38.9 billion in discretionary budget authority [BA]. The BA figure is $1.01 billion or 3 percent, above fiscal year 2013 enacted post-sequester levels and $27 million below the President’s request. This bill also provides an additional $5.63 billion in funding designated for disaster relief, an amount equal to the President’s request, which boosts the total discretionary budget authority provided by this bill to $44.6 billion. The Budget Control Act (BCA) provided a mechanism to increase spending above the limits or caps set for discretionary spending if Congress appropriates the additional funding for disaster relief. It is up to Congress whether to use this adjustment procedure for disaster funding.
H.R. 2217 provides funds for the operations and activities of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], including disaster relief assistance, border protection, and aviation security. Key elements include the following:
Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency charged with maritime safety, security, and stewardship. The bill contains $8.3 billion in discretionary budget authority for this account, $281 million above the President’s request. An additional $1.5 billion in mandatory authority is provided for the retirement pay of Coast Guard military personnel and Coast Guard Reserve personnel.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE]. ICE’s mission is to promote homeland security through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. This bill provides $5.4 billion for ICE, an increase of $244 million from last year’s post sequester level and $387 million above the President’s request.
Customs and Border Protect [CBP]. This bill contains $10.6 billion for customs and border protection, about $812 billion above the FY 13 enacted post-sequester level and $218 million below the President’s request. Funds will be used to provide for over 21,000 Border Patrol agents and an additional 22,800 CBP officers.
Citizenship and Immigration Services. H.R. 2217 provides $114 million for Citizenship and Immigration Services, an increase of $4 million above the FY 13 enacted post-sequester level and $10 million below the President’s request.
Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]. FEMA is principally tasked with managing and coordinating the Federal response to major domestic disasters and emergencies. The legislation provides base funding of $4.3 billion, a decrease of $94 million from last year’s post-sequester level and $330 million above the President’s request. The bill includes an additional $5.62 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund – equal to the President’s request.Other Items of Interest. H.R. 2217 provides $1.6 billion for the Secret Service, an increase of $62 million above FY 13 post-sequester; and $259 million for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, an increase of $16 million above the FY 13 post-sequester level.
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