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House Panel’s FY 2017 DHS Funding Bill to Allocate $41B in Discretionary Budget

BudgetThe House Appropriations Committee has introduced a bill that would authorize $41.1 billion in discretionary budget for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2017.

The committee said Wednesday the proposed FY 2017 DHS appropriations bill reflects a $100 million increase from the enacted FY 2016 discretionary budget and would allocate $7.3 billion in funds to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency support emergency response and disaster relief operations.

“This bill secures our border, funds detention operations, and provides critical funding to protect our cyber networks,” said Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas).

“In addition, it directs the Transportation Security [Administration] to conduct a critical assessment of its operations and requirements to handle increased passenger traffic while enhancing aviation security,” he added.

Under the proposed legislation, the Customs and Border Protection would receive $11.2 billion in budget to support the employment of 23,871 CBP officials and 21,370 border patrol agents.

The committee’s proposed bill also includes the following appropriations:

  • $5.9 billion for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • $7.6 billion for the Transportation Security Administration
  • $1.8 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s cybersecurity programs
  • $10.3 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • $1.9 billion for the U.S. Secret Service
  • $119.1 million for the Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify platform

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