Johnson praises passage of DHS appropriation bill

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. | Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johson hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass a full-year appropriations bill to fund the department on Tuesday.

The senate had passed the bill Friday. The bill provides $39.7 billion in funding for the department. Prior to the passage of these bills, there was a stand-still on DHS funding that could have caused nearly 80 percent of the department to halt and furloughs of many of its employees. 

Prior attempts at bills targeted recent executive orders from President Barack Obama involving immigration reform. 

"Congress has done a good thing," Johnson said. "It has fully funded homeland security. It has provided our people a strong bipartisan vote of confidence in the importance of their work. Now our men and women can return to the vital work of combating terrorism, ensuring border security, port security, aviation security, cybersecurity, and our other vital homeland security missions, without the uncertainty of a furlough or a delayed paycheck hanging over their heads."

Johnson thanked the members of Congress in both major parties and the leadership of those that pushed clean bills forward.