House Committee approves FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations bill

The House Appropriations Committee announced on Wednesday its approval of the fiscal year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The approval comes after a year of budget crunches. Many departments have had to make large cuts.

The army had to make large cutbacks because of the fiscal crisis. The army has already frozen hiring civilians in everything save for mission-critical jobs, laid off temporary and term employees, cut back on travel and conferences and cut down on maintenance at bases.

"This bill demonstrates how we can fund vital security programs while also reducing discretionary spending overall," Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) said. "We have prioritized essential security programs, including front-line operations, while streamlining other areas to get the most out of each and every taxpayer dollar."

The legislation gives $38.9 billion to the DHS. This is a decrease of $617.6 million from the last fiscal year and $34.9 million less than President Obama requested.

"Terrible natural disasters like the tragic tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Midwest, as well as man-made disasters like the attack on the Boston Marathon, serve as reminders that we must work to protect and preserve our way of life," Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said. "We must always be at the ready, and this bill funds critical programs to keep us that way - including border security efforts, grants for first responders, cyber security protection, disaster relief, and many other important programs to keep our communities and our country safe."