The Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Appropriations Committee held a markup today, and moved the FY 2007 homeland security appropriations bill out of the subcommittee. The subcommittee issued a press release that summarizes the House’s bill, as well as a detailed statement from the chairman of the subcommittee, Harold Rogers (R-KY). The two documents contain the tough language that DHS budget-watchers have come to expect from Rep. Rogers each year, citing several programs within DHS for poor performance or inadequate budget justifications and threatening to withhold funds. The bill does not include the increase in aviation fees that DHS had proposed, but it closes most of the gap that the removal of this provision creates. And there are a number of areas where the proposed funding is widely divergent from the Department’s budget, but I’ll wait to provide a closer rundown of these after the full bill appears online (readers are encouraged to send me a copy).
Update (5/12): Some initial analysis of the bill from GovExec.