The full House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the FY 2007 budget for the Department of Homeland Security today, just a few days after it was voted out of the subcommittee. The press release on the passage of the bill is here, and subcommittee chairman Hal Rogers’ statement from today is here. Until the full bill is released, it’s difficult to compare this with the Adminstration’s FY 2007 request for DHS, although a few things are clear:
- The proposed increase in fees to pay for TSA’s budget was mooted;
- The bill withholds $1.3 billion in funds until strategic plans are brought forward for a number of programs;
- The bill funds new money for port security, but not at the full level authorized in the SAFE Port Act;
- The bill includes $19.6 billion for “border security and immigration enforcement” – a total that includes funding in CBP, ICE, US-VISIT, and the Coast Guard, although in the absence of additional information I can’t compare what this means and whether this is a plus-up or a decrease from the Administration’s request.
- The bill includes $3.2 billion for first responder grants, and pegs the size of the current spending backlog on homeland security grants at $5.1 billion. The Administration’s budget request for Grants and Training was $2.75 billion, so this represents a $450 million plus-up.
I’ll add additional analysis when the full bill and the conference report finally turn up.
Update (5/17): Here’s the AP report on the hearing.