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Senate Subcommittee Approves $47B DHS Funding Bill

senateA Senate appropriations subcommittee has endorsed a $47.09 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2016, a $765 million increase over the department’s current funding level.

“This bill supports a wide range of critical operations at DHS to secure our nation, from mitigating the impacts of natural disasters to securing our borders and airports,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., chairman of the Senate’s homeland security appropriations subcommittee, said Tuesday.

The legislation would provide an $11.08 billion budget for the Customs and Border Protection agency’s programs, workforce and procurement of mobile surveillance systems, multirole enforcement aircraft, drones and inspection equipment.

DHS’ national protection and programs directorate would get $830 million to implement cybersecurity strategies to protect federal networks.

The proposed budget also includes $10.33 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard, $4.72 billion for the Transportation Security Administration and $1.92 billion for the Secret Service.

About $6.7 billion would go to a disaster relief fund run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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