[Rushtalk] [Fwd: [JBirch] House approves 2014 homeland appropriations above sequestration level, but below President’s request]

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Sat Jun 22 11:42:42 MDT 2013


LOOKS like the Democrats in all but name are showing their true colors.
CWSIV 

  

The House approved the fiscal year 2014 Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) appropriations bill (H.R. 2217) on a vote of 245-182.

The bill provides funding to help strengthen America’s homeland security
efforts while cutting wasteful or unnecessary programs, says a news
release issued by the Republican-controlled house appropriations
committee.

The legislation includes $38.9 billion in discretionary funding for DHS.
This represents a decrease of $617.6 million below the fiscal year 2013
enacted level, and a decrease of $34.9 million compared to the
President’s request for fiscal year 2014.

On the other hand, this funding level is approximately $981 million
above the current, post-sequestration level for DHS as estimated by the
Congressional Budget Office.

“I applaud the passage of this important legislation,” said House
Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY). “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.”.

“This bill demonstrates how we can fund vital security programs and
enforce the law while also reducing discretionary spending overall,”
added Rep. John Carter (R-TX), the chairman of the homeland security
appropriations subcommittee. “I sincerely believe this bill reflects our
best effort to address our Nation’s most urgent needs -- security,
enforcement, and fiscal restraint."

Before passing the overall homeland security appropriations bill, the
House approved the following amendments to the spending plan: 

US. Fire Administration -- Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) – The amendment
cuts $2.8 million from the Office of Secretary and Executive Management,
and adds $1.8 million to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Tactical communications --  Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) – The amendment cuts $10
million from the Office of the Undersecretary for Management, and adds
the funds to the CBP Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and
Technology (BSFIT) account from improvements of tactical communications
along the southern border. 

Firefighter equipment -- Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) – The amendment cuts $5
million the Office of the Undersecretary for Management, and adds $2.5
million to increase SAFER and firefighter equipment grant funding. 

Urban Search and Rescue -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – The amendment
cuts the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management by $7.7
million, and adds the funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue program. 

Surface transportation security --  Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) – The
amendment cuts the Office of the Undersecretary for Management by $15.7
million, and adds the funds to TSA’s Surface Transportation Security. 

Pre-disaster mitigation grants -- Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO)/Rep. Jared
Polis (D-CO) – The amendment cuts $7.7 million from CBP Automation
Modernization, which develops IT systems for CBP missions, and adds the
funds to FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program. 

Rural airports -- Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) – The amendment cuts $4
million in funding from the administrative budget at TSA, and adds $3
million in funding for aviation security equipment at rural airports. 

TSA’s Screening Partnership  --  Rep. John Mica (R-FL) – The amendment
cuts $32 million from a TSA administrative account, and adds the funds
to TSA’s Screening Partnership Program for privatized screenings. 

FEMA port security grants – Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) – The amendment
cuts, and then adds back, $97.5 million for FEMA port security grants.
The intent of the amendment was to discuss the importance of these
grants. 

FEMA mass transit security grants – Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) – The
amendment cuts, and then adds back, $97.5 million for FEMA mass transit
security grants. The intent of the amendment was to discuss the
importance of these grants. 

Puerto Rico trust fund -- Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) – The amendment
allows CBP in Puerto Rico to supplement funding from the Puerto Rico
trust fund with general funding in the event of a shortfall. 

Knives on planes -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – The amendment prohibits
funding to implement changes in TSA rules regarding sharp objects
carried by passengers on commercial aircraft. 


U.S. flags -- Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) – The amendment prohibits funding
for DHS to purchase U.S. flags that were not manufactured in America.  

Ammunition purchases -- Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) – The amendment
prohibits funding for DHS to initiate any new ammunition purchase until
DHS submits a report on these purchases to Congress. 

Funding prohibitions -- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) EN BLOC – The amendment
prohibits funding for: 1) awarding contracts to any company convicted of
a range of crimes or with delinquent taxes in excess of $3,000 within a
three-year contract; 2) from being used in contravention of the First,
Second, or Fourth Amendments of the Constitution; and 3) from being used
to purchase or operate armed, unmanned, aerial vehicles. 

Mandatory detention --  Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) – The amendment
prohibits funding for use in contravention of section 236(c) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act, which sets mandatory detention
requirements. 

Sanctuary cities -- Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) – The amendment prohibits
any funding for use in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which
prohibits funding for “sanctuary cities.” 

Federal Air Marshals -- Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) – The amendment
restates current law regarding the deployment of Federal Air Marshals. 

Section 287(g) -- Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) – The amendment prohibits
funding in the bill from being used in contravention of section 287(g)
of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

Alternative fuels -- Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) – The amendment prohibits
funds to implement a regulation under the Energy Independence and
Security Act (section 526). The regulation prohibits federal contracts
for alternative fuels unless the alternative fuels are proven to produce
less greenhouse gas than conventional fuels. 

Abu Dhabi Int’l Airport -- Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) – The amendment
prohibits funding for CBP pre-clearance facility operations at the Abu
Dhabi International Airport. 

State and local grants -- Rep. Michelle Lujan (D-NM) – The amendment
cuts $10 million from the DHS Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and
adds the funds to FEMA state and local grants. 

Energy-efficient vehicles -- Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) – The amendment
prohibits funding to lease or purchase new light-duty vehicles for any
executive/government fleet, except in accordance with a Presidential
Memorandum on energy-efficient vehicles.   

Immigration enforcement -- Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – The amendment
prohibits funds for categorical discretion regarding the enforcement of
immigration laws. 

Civil rights – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) – The amendment prohibits funds
for use in contravention of several existing civil rights laws. 

Exit and entry system -- Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) – The amendment
prohibits funding for the Office for Secretary and Executive Management
to be used for official reception and representation expenses, until the
Secretary of Homeland Security fully implements the biometric entry and
exit data system authorized in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004. 

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/article/29942/house_approves_2014_homeland_appropriations_above_?page=0,1&c=federal_agencies_legislative



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