House Panel OKs $41B Homeland Security Discretionary Budget for FY 2017

BudgetThe House Appropriations Committee has passed by a voice vote a bill that would allocate $41.1 billion in discretionary funds to the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2017.

The committee said Wednesday the DHS appropriations bill would authorize $7.3 billion in funds to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency perform emergency response and disaster relief operations.

The proposed legislation shows a $100 million increase from the enacted discretionary budget for FY 2016 and contains five amendments approved by the full panel through a voice vote.

One of the amendments was introduced by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) and seeks to provide FEMA with $49 million in additional funds to support a local grant program that aims to counter violent extremism and terrorist attacks.

The vote comes two weeks after the House committee introduced the bill.

The proposed legislation would authorize $11.2 billion in funds for the Customs and Border Protection, $10.3 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard, $5.9 billion for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and $7.6 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, according to the bill’s summary.

The bill also includes $1.8 billion in budget for the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s cybersecurity programs, $1.9 billion for the U.S. Secret Service and $119.1 million for the Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify platform.

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