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June 7, 2006

DHS appropriations passes the House

Filed under: Budgets and Spending — by Christian Beckner on June 7, 2006

The FY 2007 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, H.R. 5441, passed the full House yesterday by a 389-9 vote. The full sequence of votes on amendments to the final bill can be found here. Reuters covers the final passage of the bill in this story, highlighting a motion to recommit that would have increased grant funds to cities by $750 million which failed on a 207-191 vote . The final bill also included an amendment that withholds funds for DHS’s shuttle service contract with Shirlington Limousine Co.

The House Appropriations Committee press release summarizes the final House version of the bill, and lists funding levels in each of the major mission areas. A number of the Administration’s requests were not fully-funded, in large measure due to the need of the appropriators to cover the gap in TSA funding from their decision to not adopt DHS’s recommended airline passenger fee increase (which the House report called a “budgetary gimmick.”)

These include (as noted in the conference report, which doesn’t reflect the latest amendments, but I believe these are all still accurate):

  • $38.9m for the Office of the Chief Human Capital Office, compared with $82.9m in the budget request.
  • $0 for the Office of Screening Coordination and Operations, compared with $3.96m in the request.
  • $362m for US-VISIT, compared with $398m in the request.
  • $175m for CBP’s construction budget, compared with $256m in the request.
  • $273m for ICE’s transportation and removal program, compared with $317m in the request.
  • $0 for the relocation of the Coast Guard headquarters to St. Elizabeth’s, compared with $50.2m in the request.
  • $545m for State formula grants, compared with $633m in the request.
  • $750m for Urban Area grants, compared with $838m in the request.
  • $415m for the collection of infrastructure-related grants, vs. $600m in the request.
  • $15m for the National Preparedness Integration Program, compared with $50m in the request.
  • $1.63b for FEMA’s Disaster Relief account, compared with $1.94b in the request.
  • $100m for the National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund, compared with $150m in the request.
  • $90m for the Employment Eligibility Verification program at USCIS, compared with $110m in the request.
  • $45m for the Chemical Countermeasures program at S&T, compared with $83m in the request.
  • $76.6m for the Explosives Countermeasures program at S&T, compared with $86.6m in the request.
  • $500m for the DNDO, compared with $536m in the request.

There were also some accounts that received more money than the Department requested, notably:

  • $365m for the office of the Chief Information Officer, compared with $324m in the request;
  • $70m for the C-TPAT program, compared with $55m in the request.
  • $115m for the SBINet program, compared with $0 in the request.
  • $136m for the purchase of EDS machines, compared with $91m in the request.
  • $540m for firefighter assistance grants, compared with $293m in the request.
  • $400m for Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention grants, compared with $0 in the request.

Now the bill moves on to the Senate; expect the Senate Appropriations Committee to move forward on the bill later this month and into July.

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