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Senate’s Draft Appropriations Bill Includes $1.8B for DHS Cyber Operations

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) has proposed a draft bill that would allocate $1.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber operations unit, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

The appropriations bill includes $713 million in funds to update and maintain federal computer networks’ cybersecurity, $341 million to safeguard banks, airports and other critical infrastructure from cyber attacks and $257 million for the private sector’s incident response efforts.

The funding levels in the proposed bill, also called a chairman’s mark, match that of the House’s appropriations measure, the report added.

Cochran also proposed a defense spending package Tuesday that would allocate $581.3 billion in base budget, $64.9 billion in overseas contingency operations funds and $4.5 billion in emergency missile defense funds for fiscal year 2018.

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