House Appropriations Committee releases DHS funding bill

The House Appropriations Committee released on Tuesday its proposed fiscal year 2015 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

The bill proposes $39.2 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, a decrease of $50 million from last year but $887.8 million more than what President Barack Obama requested.

The appropriations bill would also fund FEMA with $7 billion, the same amount that Obama requested.

The 2015 appropriations bill would increase funding for customs and border protection and immigration and customs enforcement, while decreasing discretionary funds for the Transportation and Security Administration, cybersecurity and the Coast Guard.

"This critically important legislation prioritizes funding for frontline security operations and enforcement to protect against those who seek to do us harm and those who violate the laws of our land," Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky), who chairs the committee, said. "The bill makes straightforward choices to fulfill these essential duties, while finding savings in other, lower-priority areas to ensure the best use of every tax dollar."

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee, also commented on the appropriations bill.

"This bill rejects the president's attempt to undermine our laws and uses our funds in a fiscally responsible manner by pushing for reforms within DHS, like reducing ineffectual offices and programs, and requires the President to enforce current laws as they are written not as he would like them to be," Carter said. "Our nation needs security, fiscal restraint, and enforcement which is what this bill offers."