Whatever the fate of this war supplemental, it is hard to accept the argument that all of the domestic spending included is out-of-scope.Â Â The House-Senate agreement (HR 1591) providesÂ about $2.25 billion in funds directed at homeland security needs.Â The original request included zero homeland dollars. Below is a comparison chart provided by CQ Homeland Security that the Congress released showing the breakdown of funds.
Among the highlights:
- $978 million for aviation security
- $458.5 million for border and container security
- $652.5 million for security grants to ports, transit systems and states.
- $115 million for the Secure Freight Initiative and SAFE Ports Act.Â
- $325 million for rail and transit security
- $223.5 million the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to acquire and deploy a fleet of next generation Radiation Portal Monitors.
I’m in Berlin for the next few days courtesy Aspen Institute.Â In the meantime, please offer your thoughts on the war supplemental.Â