House approves 2014 DHS Appropriations bill

The House approved the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill Friday for the 2014 fiscal year on a vote of 245 to 182, which falls underneath the suggested budget from the President.

The new legislation contributes $38.9 billion in discretionary funding for the DHS. This sets the 2014 fiscal bill $617.6 million below the fiscal year 2013 and is $34.9 million less than the President's request. The bill is approximately $981 million more than the current post-sequestration level estimated by the Congressional Budget Office for the DHS.

"I applaud the passage of this important legislation," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. "In such austere budget times, this bill rightly prioritizes spending on programs that save American lives. Frontline protection, terrorism prevention and response, disaster recovery assistance, and a strong and security border - all of these are paramount to the safety and security of our homeland."

Homeland Security Chairman John Carter said the bill prioritized the most important needs of the nation while still successfully reducing spending overall.

"This bill demonstrates how we can fund vital security programs and enforce the law while also reducing discretionary spending overall," Carter said. "I sincerely believe this bill reflects our best effort to address our Nation's most urgent needs-security, enforcement, and fiscal restraint."