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March 26, 2009

House Budget Resolution

Filed under: Budgets and Spending — by Philip J. Palin on March 26, 2009

Last night the House Committee on the Budget reported out its framework for the 2010 budget.   The formal budget resolution is available as a pdf.

Here’s the resolution’s  language related to Homeland Security:

SEC. 602. SENSE OF THE HOUSE ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

It is the sense of the House that because making the country safer and more secure is such a critical priority, the resolution therefore provides robust resources in the four budget functions — Function 400 (Transportation), Function 450 (Community and Regional Development), Function 550 (Health), and Function 750 (Administration of Justice) — that fund most nondefense homeland security activities that can be used to address our key security priorities, including—
(1) safeguarding the Nation’s transportation systems, including rail, mass transit, ports, and airports;
(2) continuing with efforts to identify and to screen for threats bound for the United States;
(3) strengthening border security;
(4) enhancing emergency preparedness and training and equipping first responders;
(5) helping to make critical infrastructure more secure and resilient against the threat of terrorism and natural disasters;
(6) making the Nation’s cyber infrastructure resistive to attack; and
(7) increasing the preparedness of the public health system.

I don’t have time this morning to do the math. I have to go attend to my personal budget (make some money). If you do the math, please send it along to the rest of us using the comment function.

As of 9:30 (eastern) this morning not all of the links on the Committee website are working.  If a graphic link is not working scroll to text links at the bottom of the page.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 26, 2009 @ 9:17 am

I have long advocated a separate budget code for Homeland Security/Emergency Management/and Domestic Crisis Management. The Treasury-General Government budget code is 800 and that contains a number of HS/EM/CM items. There are very good policy and budget reasons for accomplishing this recommendations. Also note that the HOMELAND DEFENSE programs, functions and activities in the Executive Branch are not all buried in the DEFENSE 050 accounts. No wonder the smoke and mirrors continues. All designed to make sure the interested and informed public does not get basic information. The Republicans could adopt a reform agenda to return to power but unlikely while Bill Grieder’s analysis in “Who Will Tell The People” that there is really only one party inside the beltway holds. The DEMS while in the minority did very very little to push reform and now they feed at the trough more than ever.

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