On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, under a rule. H.R. 240 was introduced on January 9, 2015 by Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. Five amendments have been made in order. (See below).
H.R. 240 provides $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security, an increase of $400 million compared to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. According to the Committee, ‘[T]he bill prioritizes frontline security – including all operational, counterterrorism, and threat-targeting activities, and essential tactical equipment – and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing overhead costs and cutting funds for lower priority programs.” Highlights of the bill include:
 See House Committee on Appropriations document titled “January 9, 2015 Homeland bill release.”
According to CBO, enactment of H.R. 240 would result in a budget authority of $39.7 billion.
1) Representative Aderholt (R-LA), Amendment #1 – amendment specifically prevents any funds from any source from being used to carry out: (1) the executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and for other purposes and (2) four of Morton Memos on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 that effectively prevent certain classes of unlawful aliens from being removed from the country. The amendment declares that no funds may be used to carry out any substantially similar policies to those defunded. The amendment declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect. Finally, the amendment provides that no funds may be used to grant any federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded.
2) Representative Blackburn (R-TN), Amendment #2 – amendment provides that no funds may be used to consider new, renewal, or previously denied deferred action on childhood arrivals (DACA) applications.
3) Representative DeSantis (R-FL), Amendment #3 – amendment requires that DHS treat any alien convicted of any offense involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation, or child abuse or exploitation as within the categories of aliens subject to DHS’s highest civil immigration enforcement.
4) Representative Salmon (R-AZ), Amendment #4 – amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally.
5) Representative Schock (R-IL), Amendment #5 – amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the United States behind those who came here illegally.
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