Monday afternoon the Washington Post offered a summary of how the White House budget would impact each federal department. Nothing new in the WAPO piece. But just in case you missed earlier reports: DHS is written in for $43 billion, an increase of 6 percent.
According to the Post, “The Department of Homeland Security’s budget includes few new initiatives and would barely increase under Obama’s proposal, though some big-ticket items were funded by the recently passed stimulus package.”
“DHS is the only Cabinet department whose discretionary funds are forecast to drop annually after this year through 2014. The loss is supposed to be offset by phasing in a per-ticket airline passenger security fee after 2012, a proposal that Congress has repeatedly killed.”
Obama included $368 million to sustain the Border Patrol at a planned 20,000 agents and carve out more money, $1.4 billion, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement programs to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes.”