House Committee Allots $39.7B for Homeland Security; Rep. Hal Rogers Comments

Rep. Hal Rogers
Rep. Hal Rogers

The House Appropriations Committee has released its bill to allocate $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security during fiscal year 2015.

The Homeland Security Appropriations bill is meant to prioritize counterterrorism missions, threat-targeting activities and tactical equipment, the committee said Friday.

The House is set to consider the legislation next week.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) said the bill is intended to make “the necessary investments to harden our borders, protect against terrorism, and respond and recover from natural disasters – while finding ways to save wherever possible.”

Under the bill, the Customs and Border Protection will receive $10.7 billion in funding for a biometric exit mobile application, surveillance operations and operational flight maintenance.

The bill also allots $5.96 billion for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $4.8 billion for the Transportation Security Administration; $10 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard’s operations, National Security Cutter acquisitions and aircraft upgrades and $1.7 billion for the U.S. Secret Service.

The national programs and protection directorate will be provided a total of $753.2 million for cybersecurity operations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency $7 billion for disaster relief and research and development projects with $1.1 billion.

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