Committee on Appropriations

Hal Rogers

House Approves Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations, Prevent Shutdown, Authorize Actions in Syria

2014/09/17

The U.S. House today approved a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 124) to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014. 

The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the CR, or until Congress approves annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015.

In addition, the bill includes an amendment, adopted on the House floor, to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as requested by the President.

“This is a critical measure that ensures that hard-working Americans continue to have access to the government programs and services they rely on, and helps avoid the unnecessary uncertainty and economic harm caused by the threat of a government shutdown,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

“In addition, the House included an amendment to provide authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIL. This amendment is of great importance to our national security, and attaching it to this Continuing Resolution will allow its enactment within a swift timeframe.”

“However, this is merely a temporary, Band-Aid funding measure, and it does not make the necessary, line-by-line budget decisions that occur in full-year, regular Appropriations bills. But at this point, it is our best, most clear path forward – allowing time to draft bicameral pieces of legislation that reflect our real and urgent budgetary requirements and utilize our nation’s taxpayer dollars in the most responsible way. I applaud its passage today, and I urge the Senate to pass this bill and submit it to the President for his signature as soon as possible.”

For the full text of the legislation, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hjres124/BILLS-113hjres124ih.pdf

For a summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=392934

 

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Chairman Hal Rogers Floor Statement on H.J. Res. 124, the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution

2014/09/16

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.J.Res. 124, the fiscal year 2015 continuing resolution keeping the federal government operating and preventing a government shutdown:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.J.Res. 124, a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the doors of the federal government open after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

"H.J.Res. 124 is a critical measure that ensures that hard-working Americans continue to have access to the government programs and services they rely on, and helps avoid the unnecessary uncertainty and economic harm caused by the threat of a government shutdown.

"The bill continues government operations at the current rate of $1.012 trillion into the next fiscal year, and lasts until December 11, 2014. This level is in line with the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that this House approved last year.

"My Committee sought to draft a responsible, restrained bill that does not include controversial riders and does not seek to change existing federal policies.

"However, it does make several, very limited adjustments to prevent catastrophic or irreversible damage to critical government programs, to address pressing global crises that have surfaced in recent months, or to ensure good government. These are changes I believe all of my colleagues can support.

"These include provisions that: increase funding at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help deal with the disability claims backlog and further investigations into waitlist allegations; boost funding for Ebola research and response; provide some funding flexibility within CBP and ICE to meet border security needs; and continue a surge in funding for State Department programs that help counter regional aggression against Ukraine and other former Soviet states.

"Each of these provisions is funded within the total discretionary funding level of $1.012 trillion.

"The CR will also extend authority for certain laws currently in place, such the Internet Tax Freedom Act for the duration of the CR, and the Export-Import Bank through June 30 of next year.

"Later, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will offer an amendment to this bill to address the President’s request for the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIL. This critical amendment will address an issue of great importance to our national security, and attaching it to this Continuing Resolution will allow its enactment within a swift timeframe. It does not involve any new or additional funding for these activities, and I hope that my colleagues in the House will support its adoption.

"This is a good bill, Mr. Speaker, but we cannot address each and every aspect of federal agency budgets within the scope of a continuing resolution like this one. These line-by-line budget decisions must be made in full-year, regular Appropriations legislation.

"I am proud that the House made great strides toward completing this vital work – which is our constitutional duty – by approving 11 Appropriations bills in Committee and seven on the floor of the House – all before the August recess.

"The House made a good-faith effort to complete these efforts – but unfortunately, the Senate has failed to approve one single Appropriations bill – which is why we are at this point today.

"It is high time that Senate leadership allows us to complete critical legislation to fund the entire federal government in an up-to-date, line-by-line way. This Continuing Resolution will allow us the time to do just that

"However, as we move forward, we cannot and should not continue to fall back on stopgap funding bills like this one. These lurching, short-term bills only postpone the tough budget decisions, heighten our nation’s mistrust of Congress, and cause uncertainty within our federal agencies and the economy.

"At this point, though, the best way to avoid causing serious damage to this nation is to pass this Continuing Resolution. It is our most clear path forward. It allows us the time we need to draft bicameral pieces of legislation that reflect our real and urgent budgetary requirements and utilize our nation’s taxpayer dollars in the most responsible, representative way.

"Before I close, I would like to acknowledge the service and hard work of the clerk of the Defense Subcommittee, Tom McLemore. Over his years on this Committee, he has been an integral member of the staff – no more so than his time as Defense clerk. Sadly, this will be his last bill with us before he moves onto greener pastures, and we will miss him a great deal. Thank you, Tom, for your service to this Committee and to the nation.

"With that said, we have just under two weeks left until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, so I ask that the House pass H.J.Res. 124 today, without delay. I also urge the Senate to pass this bill and submit it to the President for his signature as soon as possible. Thank you, and I yield back."


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Chairman Hal Rogers Statement before Rules Committee on Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution

2014/09/15

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement before the Committee on Rules today on H.J.Res. 124, the continuing resolution that will keep the government open and prevent a shutdown after the end of the fiscal year on September 30: 

"Good evening, Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and ladies and gentlemen of the Committee.

"Thank you for having me here before you today to present H.J.Res. 124, a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the government open and operating after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

"This critical measure will prevent a government shutdown by funding government programs and services at the current fiscal year 2014 rate of $1.012 trillion through December 11, 2014. This is in line with the Ryan/Murray Budget Agreement that was approved by the Congress last year.

"My Committee sought to draft a bill that is responsible and restrained, is free of controversial riders, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.

"The underlying bill does make a few, very limited adjustments to prevent catastrophic or irreversible damage to government programs, or to address national or global crises that have arisen in recent months.

"These include provisions that: extend the authority for critical DoD activities that provide rewards for helping capture terrorists and that continue current counter-drug programs; increase funding at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help with disability claims processing and investigations into waitlist allegations; boost funding for Ebola research and response; meet border security needs by providing funding flexibility within Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and continue a surge in funding for State Department programs to counter regional aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.

"The bill also extends the authority of the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the duration of the CR and the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.

"All of these provisions are funded within the total level of discretionary funding in the legislation.

"However, this temporary measure does not reflect the overall changing budgetary needs of the nation the same way regular Appropriations legislation does.

"Clearly, it would be my preference to have enacted actual, line-by-line Appropriations bills ahead of our September 30 deadline. The House made great strides toward completing this vital work; in fact, we passed 11 of the 12 bills through Committee and seven through the House before the August work period.

"Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to approve a single bill, and as this deadline closes in, we must make the necessary steps to ensure that the federal government does not shut down and to buy us the time to complete full-year Appropriations legislation.

"That means we must pass this continuing resolution in short order, so that we can send it to the Senate for their swift approval as well.

"It is my hope that in the future, we will no longer need to resort to these lurching, short-term funding bills that punt on the tough budget decisions and heighten uncertainty in our government and our economy.

"But for now, we must pass this bill as soon as possible to avoid causing any additional harm to this nation. This is our best path forward, and I urge my colleagues to support it on the floor.

"I am here before this Committee today to seek an appropriate rule on this bill, providing for its timely consideration and passage. We have just a couple of weeks until the end of the fiscal year – and passage of this legislation is of the utmost importance.

"It is also my understanding that Chairman McKeon will seek an amendment to the bill to address the President’s request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight against ISIL. This is a critical issue, and I believe it is in our national security interest for Congress to act quickly to provide this authority. Therefore, I support a rule that allows this amendment to be considered by the full House.

"Before I yield back, I’d also like to mention that we’ve asked for an amendment with three small technical changes.  One is related to the collection of recreation fees by the Department of Interior and the Forest Service. This change will ensure park passes can continue to be available during the term of the CR. Another change corrects a reference to the FY14 appropriation for the LIHEAP program. And finally, the sections related to funds to address the Ebola outbreak would be modified to resolve some technical issues raised by the Administration.

"Thank you for your consideration. I yield back."

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Chairman Rogers Introduces Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations, Prevent Shutdown

2014/09/09

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res.124) to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014. 

The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015. The bill is “clean” and does not contain highly controversial provisions.

Chairman Rogers gave the following statement on the introduction of the CR:

“We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown. It is a critical piece of legislation, and my Committee has crafted the bill in a responsible, restrained way that should draw wide support in the House and Senate. This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.

“However, this is a temporary, imperfect measure that does not reflect the changing needs of the nation or new budget priorities. In order to adequately address the country’s real and urgent budgetary requirements, it is imperative that Congress fulfill its Constitutional duty and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year.

“The House has made great strides in completing this vital work, approving 11 Appropriations bills in Committee and seven on the floor of the House. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to approve a single one. While the Continuing Resolution introduced today will buy us time, Senate leadership must allow the completion of Appropriations legislation to fund the entire federal government – not continue on this path of piecemeal, lurching, short-term bills that punt on hard budget decisions and cultivate uncertainty in our government and our economy.”

Continuing Resolution Summary:

Length and Level of FundingThe CR extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until December 11, 2014. The bill provides funding at the current annual rate of $1.012 trillion.

General ItemsVirtually all existing policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2014 Appropriations legislation will carry forward in this CR. The bill does not include new controversial riders, or large changes in existing federal policy.

However, the CR does include some changes to existing law that are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, to address current national or global crises, or to ensure good government. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation. Some of these provisions include:

  • A provision to extend expiring Department of Defense activities, including counter-drug operations, support to the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq, and rewards for assistance in combatting terrorism.
  • A provision to continue a surge in funding for State Department programs to counter regional aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.
  • Several provisions to ensure appropriate treatment of veterans and continued oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as additional funds for disability claims processing, and funds for investigations into potential improper conduct including “waitlist” and “whistleblower” allegations.
  • A provision allowing funding flexibility for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain staffing levels, border security operations, detention space, and immigration enforcement activities.
  • Provisions to address the recent Ebola crisis, including additional funding to accelerate HHS research on Ebola therapies, and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.
  • A provision allowing additional funds to offset food price increases in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to ensure that no current recipients are removed from the program.
  • A provision allowing funding flexibility to maintain weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.
  • A provision allowing the continuation of current funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
  • A provision extending the operating authority for the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
  • A provision extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the period of the CR ending on December 11, 2014.

For the full text of the legislation, please visit: www.rules.house.gov

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House Passes Legislation to Address the Southwest Border Crisis

2014/08/01

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today applauded House passage of legislation to provide funding to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border.The bill, H.R. 5230, contains a total of $694 million for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance, and illegal immigration prevention. This funding is targeted to meet the immediate needs surrounding the current border crisis, and will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of these activities for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year. The legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within federal agencies, and will result in no new or additional federal spending.

Chairman Rogers issued the following statement on the bill:

“Thousands of illegal immigrants have flooded our borders and overwhelmed our current facilities and personnel. This includes a staggering number of children – arriving with no family – who are being smuggled across our borders by criminal organizations, subject to violence and abuse. We need to put safeguards in place to prevent them from taking this dangerous journey, as well as provide the resources needed to take care of them and process them appropriately.

“The President must take the lead on this by mitigating this crisis, turning back the tide of illegal immigrants, and fully enforcing our laws. In the meantime, however, this bill will help our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies deal with this dire situation in the short term by providing $659 million in funding for border security, humanitarian assistance, and prevention to meet the most urgent needs. This funding is fully offset, and will not add a penny to our deficit.

“This is a good bill that will help address our immediate crisis, while putting into place much needed policy changes to strengthen our borders and stem the rising tide of illegal immigration. I applaud its passage today.”

For a bill summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389562

For the bill text, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.29.14_FY_2014_Supplemental_Appropriations_Bill.pdf

 

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Chairman Hal Rogers Floor Statement on H.R. 5230, the FY 2014 Border Supplemental Legislation

2014/08/01

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 5230, a bill providing supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2014 to address the immigration crisis at the Southwestern border.

The text of his prepared statement follows:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to continue the debate on H.R. 5230, with further amendments added by the Rule the House just adopted. The need to pass this bill before Congress leaves for the August break is just as critical today as it was yesterday.  

"This bill provides funding to meet immediate border security and humanitarian needs in response to the recent deluge of illegal immigrants crossing our Southern border.

"In terms of funding, this bill is essentially the same as the legislation the House considered yesterday. It emphasizes securing our borders, providing humanitarian assistance for unaccompanied children in U.S. custody, and preventing further influxes of illegal immigration – both by funding vital programs and by implementing important policy provisions.

"This is also a fiscally responsible bill – all funding is offset, so it won’t add a penny to our deficit, and it’s limited to just the 2014 fiscal year.

"However, the bill differs from the version yesterday by adding an additional $35 million for the National Guard to allow states – including Texas – to be reimbursed for National Guard activities related to border security and the current influx of illegal immigrants. This brings the new total of the bill to $694 million, and again, it is all fully offset.

"In addition, the bill includes new tweaks to various policy provisions, which will help to further tighten our borders and provide solutions to help solve our immigration challenges for the future.

"Mr. Speaker, we have a crisis on our hands, and we cannot simply get up and walk away. It is our moral responsibility to protect our homeland, and to properly care for process the thousands of unaccompanied children who put their hands in the lives of criminals to cross our borders.

"We cannot turn our backs on this. We must pass this bill today. I urge my colleagues support. Thank you, and I yield back."

 

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Chairman Hal Rogers' Statement Before Rules Committee on Amendment to H.R. 5230

2014/08/01

Chairman Hal Rogers spoke before the Rules Committee today to present an amendment to H.R. 5230, a bill making supplemental appropriations to address the crisis on the Southwest border.

The text of the statement as prepared follows:

"Ladies and gentlemen of the Rules Committee, I am here before you this morning to submit an amendment to H.R. 5230, to urge the Rules Committee to incorporate this amendment into the bill, and to provide a rule that allows the legislation to quickly proceed to final passage.

"Every day, thousands of immigrants – including children accompanied only by the criminals paid to smuggle them – cross into our nation illegally, and this crisis has come to a head. It would be irresponsible and unstatesmanlike to head home for the month without passing a bill to address this serious problem.

"This legislation provides funding to secure our borders and enforce our laws; to process and shelter unaccompanied children; and to curb the tide of illegal immigration. It maintains a tight rein on spending, offsetting every dollar spent so that this bill won’t drive up our deficit.

"It also includes policy provisions to help us deal with this influx of immigrants and to help prevent this from continuing into the future.

"However, with the amendment submitted today, the bill will now provide a total of $694 million to address this dire situation.

"This is an additional $35 million compared to the underlying legislation, reflecting an increase in funding and transfer authority to reimburse states – including Texas – for National Guard activities related to border security and the current influx of illegal immigrants. This additional $35 million is also fully offset.

"This is a humanitarian crisis, and it is a failure of our border – and we must respond to this now. This bill responsibly and adequately does so, and I hope that my colleagues will support it today. Again, I ask the Rules committee to incorporate this amendment, and provide a rule so that the House can pass this bill as swiftly as possible. Thank you."

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Chairman Hal Rogers Floor Statement on H.R. 5230, the FY 2014 Border Supplemental Legislation

2014/07/31

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 5230, a bill providing supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2014 to address the immigration crisis at the Southwestern border.

The text of his prepared statement follows:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.R. 5230, which provides immediate, short-term funding to address the Southwest border crisis.

"In total, this bill provides $659 million to meet urgent border security and humanitarian needs for this fiscal year ending on September 30.

"Thousands of illegal immigrants – including unaccompanied children – have flooded our borders and overwhelmed our current facilities and personnel. This includes a staggering number of children – arriving with no family – who are being smuggled across our borders by criminal organizations, subject to violence and abuse.

"We need to put safeguards in place to prevent them from taking this dangerous journey, as well as provide the resources needed to take care of them and process them appropriately.

"The President must take the lead on this by mitigating this crisis, turning back the tide of illegal immigrants, and fully enforcing our laws. This problem has without a doubt been exacerbated by the Administration’s policies on immigration, and it is up to the Administration to find a way to fix that problem.

"In the meantime, however, it’s plain that something must be done to ensure that our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies have the resources needed to deal with this dire situation in the short term.

"The $659 million in funding in this bill focuses on three areas – border security, humanitarian assistance, and prevention – to meet the most pressing needs.

"Of this total, $462 million is provided to increase security and enforce our laws, boosting personnel and increasing detention space to the largest capacity in history.

"Part of this funding will help accelerate judicial proceedings by increasing the number of temporary judges and outfitting all immigration courtrooms across the nation with teleconferencing equipment.

"And we have doubled existing funding for the National Guard to bolster their presence along our border as they assist Customs and Border Protection with surveillance, investigations, and humanitarian effort

"The bill also provides $197 million to take care of unaccompanied children, ensuring they have proper housing, meals, and temporary care while they are in U.S. custody.

"Third, to stave off the continued influx of illegal immigration, the bill redirects existing State Department funding to ensure that countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador must quickly accept and repatriate those returning from the U.S.

"This bill draws a hard line on spending – scrubbing the President’s request to focus on the most immediate needs. It does not include funding for longer-term needs or unnecessary programs, like cash subsidies for coffee farmers. Any additional funding for this crisis can and should be addressed under the regular appropriations process.

"In addition, to make sure that this bill doesn’t add a penny to our deficit, every dollar spent is fully offset by making non-controversial rescissions of unused, excess, prior-year funds.

"Lastly, the bill includes several policy provisions recommended by the “Speaker’s Working Group on the Border Crisis,” led by the Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Kay Granger.

"This includes a change to a 2008 law to ensure that all unaccompanied minors arriving in this country are treated the same as Mexicans and Canadians for the purpose of removal.

"It also strengthens the law prohibiting immigration status to criminals convicted of serious drug crimes, and prohibits the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from restricting CBP apprehension activities on federal land.

"And it expresses Congressional intent that detained aliens awaiting processing should not be housed on military installations. 

"This is a good bill that will address the most immediate needs while putting into place much needed policy changes that should help stop the flow of unaccompanied children who are being put at risk during their long, dangerous journeys. 

"It is our congressional duty to quickly pass this bill in short order, and I ask that all Members support it today. Thank you, and I yield back."

 

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Chairman Rogers' Statement before Rules Committee on H.R. 5230, the FY 2014 Border Supplemental Bill

2014/07/30

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers gave a statement on H.R. 5230, a supplemental appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 before the Rules Committee today. H.R. 5230 provides funding to address the current immigration crisis at the Southwest border.

Chairman Rogers' statement follows:

"Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and members of the Rules Committee, I am here before you today to present H.R. 5230, the bill providing immediate, short-term funding to address the Southwest border crisis.

"It is very clear that our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies require additional resources to respond to this dire situation.

"To that end, this bill contains $659 million to boost border security, provide humanitarian care for unaccompanied children, and to help stem the tide of illegal immigration.

"This funding level will allow these agencies – that have been overextended as a result of the massive influx of immigrants – to sustain and increase operations, strengthen the borders, and process these unaccompanied children in an expedited manner.

"This includes $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to beef up border operations, increase detention space, and fund additional deportation and enforcement personnel.

"$22 million is included to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants.

"The bill provides $35 million for National Guard border efforts to assist the Border Patrol with surveillance, intelligence, and humanitarian activities.

"$197 million is provided to the Department of Health and Human Services for humanitarian assistance for unaccompanied minors to provide them with food and shelter and other critical needs while they await processing.

"And, lastly, $40 million in previously appropriated funding for Central American countries is redirected toward the repatriation and reintegration of their returning citizens.

"This is a responsible, narrowly focused bill that keeps a tight rein on taxpayer dollars. In fact, every dollar of this funding is offset by rescissions of unused, prior-year funding.

"Any future funding needs can and should be addressed as part of the regular appropriations process as we move forward.

"In terms of policy changes, the bill includes several items that will help begin to solve our border challenges for the future, including: a change to the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008,” to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removals; a lifting of current restrictions regarding CBP apprehension activities on federal land; a change to the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the law prohibiting criminals with serious drug-related convictions from applying for asylum; and a provision expressing the “Sense of Congress” that the Secretary of Defense should not house unauthorized aliens at military installations unless certain specific conditions are met.

"Chairwoman Granger, who did a fantastic job leading the Task Force on this issue, can go into greater detail on these non-funding items.

"I would like to request an appropriate rule that will allow for swift consideration of this bill on the House floor, to allow this matter to be considered this week.

"Moving this package forward is critical for our security and for the children on the Southwest Border, and I hope that both the House and the Senate will approve it quickly, before the August recess. Thank you."

 

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Appropriations Committee Introduces Legislation to Address the Southwest Border Crisis

2014/07/29

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced legislation to provide funding to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border.

The bill, H.R. 5230, contains a total of $659 million for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance, and illegal immigration prevention. This funding is targeted to meet the immediate needs surrounding the current border crisis, and will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of these activities for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year. The legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within federal agencies, and will result in no new or additional federal spending.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers issued the following statement on the introduction of the bill:

“The situation on our southern border is dire, and additional resources are needed to respond to the crisis at hand. The bill introduced today will help address the urgent needs of our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies to strengthen our border, enforce our laws, care for and process the thousands of unaccompanied children and immigrant families already in the United States, and help stem the illegal immigration tide for the future – all while keeping a tight rein on taxpayer dollars.

“This border problem has been exacerbated by the President’s current immigration policies, and it will be up to the White House to take the lead in reversing the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. The funding included in the bill today will provide the tools necessary for our agency personnel to ensure immediate needs are met, but the Administration must implement changes to their border policies and fully enforce existing immigration law if we are to adequately address this crisis.

“In the meantime, Congress has a duty to pass this bill quickly to provide immediate assistance for thousands of unaccompanied children, to strengthen our borders, and to bolster the enforcement of our laws. This is a good bill, and I urge its swift passage in both the House and Senate before Congress adjourns for the August recess. Any future funding needs can and should be addressed as part of the regular 2015 fiscal year Appropriations process, and be subject to the budget caps put into place by the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.”

Funding and Provisions Included in H.R. 5230:

Protecting our Southwest Border and Enforcing our Laws -

  • $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost border security and law enforcement activities. This includes:
    • $334 million for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to boost enforcement of immigration and customs laws in response to the rise in unaccompanied alien children and families. This funding will support increased and upgraded detention space, transportation costs, overtime costs, expedited migrant processing, and additional deportation and enforcement personnel.
    • $71 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations, including increased processing, detention, and transportation activities.
    • Authority for Southwest border states to reallocate existing state and local grant funds for costs related to combating illegal immigration and humanitarian efforts for unaccompanied alien children and families.
  • $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants. This includes funding to hire additional, temporary immigration judges, and funding to complete the outfitting of every Department of Justice immigration courtroom nationwide with video teleconferencing equipment in order to utilize all existing court resources. This will help increase the capacity of our immigration courts to process cases, reduce the backlog, and shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders.
  • $35 million for National Guard border efforts – essentially doubling the funding for the Guard presence on the border. This will bolster National Guard efforts to assist the Border Patrol with surveillance, intelligence, and humanitarian activities.

Providing Humanitarian Assistance –

  • $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary housing and humanitarian assistance to unaccompanied minors. This funding is sufficient to care for children in U.S. custody already. This funding will cover the cost of short-term care while the children await processing and adjudication. This includes facility rental and maintenance, bed space, meals, medical care and treatment, vaccinations, education services, staffing, security, and therapy costs for children who have experienced trauma or abuse during transit.

Preventing Future Crisis

  • $40 million in repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The funds will support processing and reintegration efforts in these countries to help them swiftly accept those individuals and families returning from the United States. This funding is redirected from within existing foreign aid for Central American countries so that these repatriation activities are immediately prioritized.

Offsets –

The funding in the legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within various federal agencies. Many of these offset accounts have been previously used for savings as part of past Appropriations bills. The savings include:

  • $22 million in excess funding from the Department of Justice “Asset Forfeiture Fund.”
  • $35 million from excess funding from the Department of Defense “Working Capital Fund.” 
  • $405 million from unobligated, prior-year, non-emergency funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • $197 million in rescissions from unexpended, unused, prior-year balances within the State Department’s Economic Support Fund.

Policy Provisions –

The legislation includes several policy provisions recommended by the “Speaker’s Working Group on the Border Crisis,” led by Rep. Kay Granger. These provisions include:

  • A change to the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008,” to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removals. This would require unaccompanied children who do not wish to be voluntarily returned to their home country to remain in HHS custody while they await an expedited immigration court hearing that must occur not more than seven days after they are screened by child welfare officials.
  • A prohibition on the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture from denying or restricting CBP activities on federal land under their respective jurisdictions within 100 miles of the US-Mexico border.
  • A change to the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the law prohibiting criminals with serious drug-related convictions from applying for asylum. 
  • A provision expressing the “Sense of Congress” that the Secretary of Defense should not house unauthorized aliens at military installations unless certain specific conditions are met.

For the text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.29.14_FY_2014_Supplemental_Appropriations_Bill.pdf

 

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Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2014/07/10

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CLOSED: Budget Hearing - Overseas Contingency Operations Funding

2014/07/09

Witnesses: The Honorable Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; The Honorable Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2014/07/02

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2014/06/20

Purpose: FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2014/06/19

Purpose: FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2014/06/13

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2014/06/13

Purpose: FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2014/06/12

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; and Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2015

2014/06/06

To Consider: FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; and Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill

2014/06/05

Purpose: FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill Read More

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Membership

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Mark Amodei

NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA's 4th DISTRICT

Ander Crenshaw

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Rodney Frelinghuysen

NEW JERSEY's 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Tom Graves

GEORGIA's 14th DISTRICT

Andy Harris

MARYLAND's 1st DISTRICT

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WASHINGTON's 3rd DISTRICT

David Joyce

OHIO's 14th DISTRICT

Jack Kingston

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Tom Latham

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT

Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Martha Roby

ALABAMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Hal Rogers

KENTUCKY's 5th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Mike Simpson

IDAHO's 2nd DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Frank Wolf

VIRGINIA's 10th DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT