The House Appropriations Committee today released its proposed fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered tomorrow by the subcommittee. The bill targets critical programs such as aviation security, border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, and efforts to stop the smuggling of drugs and people into the U.S.
In total, the legislation directs $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $3.7 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. In addition, the bill includes $6.7 billion – the same as the President’s request – for major disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The legislation also includes $5 billion for physical barriers and associated technology along the U.S. southern border. This amount provides for over 200 miles of new physical barrier construction. Additionally, the bill includes $223 million for 140 new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine teams to initiate a five-year strategy towards achieving 100 percent scanning on the southern border.
“The Committee takes its role in safeguarding our homeland and protecting our citizens seriously. Globalization, cybersecurity, and terrorism are changing our way of life and we need to change with it. This bill fully supports our men and women on the frontline who work tirelessly to keep us safe. The bill also provides the necessary funding for critical technology and physical barriers to secure our borders. It is a balanced approach that enhances our capabilities and preparedness,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said.
Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder also commented on the bill:
“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” Chairman Yoder said. “Additionally, this bill will increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, support grants in cases of emergency and natural disaster, and provide critical resources to protect our cyber networks.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – The bill contains $17.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for CBP – an increase of $3.8 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. These resources ensure our borders are protected by putting boots on the ground, improving infrastructure and technology, and helping to stem the flow of illegal goods both into and out of the country. Within this total, the legislation includes:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – The bill provides $7.4 billion for ICE – $328 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. Within this total, the legislation includes:
Coast Guard – The bill contains $9.3 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard. The bill provides for a 2.6 percent military pay increase, and targets resources to improve readiness. Specifically, the bill includes:
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – The bill includes $7.3 billion for TSA, which fully funds Transportation Security Officers ($3.3 billion) and privatized screening operations at airports. The bill includes $20 million above the budget request for the purchase and installation of approximately 240 new carry-on baggage screening systems to improve detection capabilities at airport checkpoints. The bill also includes funding above the request to hire, train, and deploy 50 new canine teams to further enhance security and expedite processing time.
Cybersecurity and Protection of Communications – To combat increasingly dangerous and numerous cyber-attacks, the bill includes a total of $1.9 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Within this amount, $1.1 billion is provided to help secure civilian (.gov) networks and to detect and prevent cyber-attacks and foreign espionage. Funds are also included to enhance and modernize emergency communications capabilities and to continue the modernization of the biometric identity management.
Secret Service – The bill provides $2.2 billion for the U.S. Secret Service – an increase of $160.7 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level – to increase staffing levels and to ramp up for the 2020 campaign cycle. The bill continues support for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and increases funding above the request for cyber-crime investigations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The bill funds FEMA disaster response and recovery efforts at $7.2 billion. The legislation also includes $3.1 billion for FEMA grant programs, including:
E-Verify – The legislation contains $132 million, the same as the President’s request, for E-Verify to help companies ensure their employees may legally work in the United States.
Science and Technology (S&T) – The bill provides $802 million for Science and Technology – an increase of $218.9 million above the requested level. The legislation rejects the proposed closure of the Chemical Security Analysis Center and the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, restores proposed cuts to University Programs, and increases research and development funding by $186 million above the requested level.
Other Provisions – The bill includes several provisions to save taxpayer dollars and increase accountability at DHS. The legislation:
For the complete text of the FY 2019 Subcommittee Draft Homeland Security Appropriations bill, please visit: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP15/20180719/108583/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-HSecurity-HomelandBill.pdf
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6147, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment, and Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bills.
This package continues the House’s important work on annual government funding legislation. With passage of this legislation, the House will be halfway done with our Fiscal Year 19 bills through the floor. I thank Chairman Calvert and Chairman Graves for their work with their colleagues.
These bills fund vital programs across the federal government, including those that make Americans safer, protect our nation’s resources, and create jobs.
In addition to providing this necessary funding, the bills ensure that the federal government is working efficiently, and in the best interest of the American taxpayers. This includes streamlining federal agencies, reforming financial policies, and reducing burdensome regulatory red tape.
Both bills reflect American priorities, and I’d like to highlight just a few of these:
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, led by Representative Calvert of California, provides $35.3 billion for the EPA, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, and other programs that promote our natural heritage.
Within this total, the bill prioritizes funding to fight and prevent devastating wildfires, fully funding the 10-year average for suppression costs.
The bill also targets critical resources to major infrastructure that will improve the lives of Americans – boosting funding to ensure communities have access to safe drinking water and to accelerate the cleanup of Superfund sites.
This is especially important, as more than 1300 national priority sites await urgent attention to address hazardous materials threatening the health of Americans across the country. I appreciate Chairman Calvert’s efforts in this area.
The Interior bill continues funding for other programs that manage our nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage, like the National Park Service, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the Chemical Safety Board, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Beyond these important investments, the bill right-sizes regulatory programs to ensure that our government is working to support American families and their communities.
This includes addressing the EPA’s regulatory agenda, and supporting the Administration’s proposal to reshape the EPA workforce. This will enable the EPA to focus on its core duties, while reducing unnecessary spending.
The second bill in this package also works to reduce waste across the government. The Financial Services Appropriations bill, led by Representative Graves of Georgia, totals $23.4 billion, which, like the Interior bill, is equal to FY18 levels.
The bill prioritizes effective programs that improve our national security and expand economic opportunity, while finding efficiencies government-wide and stopping harmful over-regulation.
The bill support America’s small businesses by providing loans and resources that help grow and thrive. It also provides stability for our financial system and protects consumers and investors.
The bill improves accountability to the American taxpayer by directing IRS funding toward customer service and stopping the misuse of funding within the agency.
Another priority is law enforcement. The bill provides funding to fight the opioid abuse epidemic, protect our financial institutions from cyber crime, and support our federal courts.
I’d like to commend the Appropriations Committee members who led the drafting of these bills – Financial Services Chairman Tom Graves and Ranking Member Mike Quigley, and Interior and Environment Chairman Ken Calvert and Ranking Member Betty McCollum – along with their subcommittees and the professional staff who support them.
I am pleased that the House is taking the next step forward on our Appropriations bills today. These bills maintain vital federal responsibilities and reflect common American values, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.
I yield the balance of my time.
House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today released the following statement on the postponement of the House and Senate Conference Committee meeting on the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills.
“Unfortunately, the Conference meeting today was postponed due to scheduling conflicts. We will reschedule the meeting soon.
“The House was not aware that any amendment would have been offered this morning, nor what the content of any amendment may have been.
“The Appropriations Committee and the House support full funding for our veterans, which is why the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill the House passed in June fully funds the President’s request for the VA Choice Program, and provides a total of $85.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the largest total dollar amount for the VA in history. Going forward throughout this Conference Committee process, the House will continue to fight for every dollar our veterans need and deserve,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the draft fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill on a vote of 30-22. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and other related agencies.
In total, the draft bill includes $177.1 billion in discretionary funding, essentially the same as the 2018 enacted level. The bill targets investments in medical research, public health, biodefense, education, and important activities that help promote job readiness. The legislation also includes several provisions to rein in unnecessary regulations and to protect the sanctity of life.
“This bill funds critical programs that will protect and save lives both now and in the future, and help prepare the next generation to be part of a productive workforce to grow our economy and provide for their families. This includes investments in vital research to cure diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, job training, college preparation, and special education programs, and protections against health threats such as pandemics and bio-threats,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “The bill also continues funding for services to ensure that unaccompanied immigrant children have proper housing and care, and that eligible refugee families have the resources needed to settle in communities across the country and achieve self-sufficiency. We will continue our oversight responsibilities to ensure that separated families are reunited as quickly as possible, and that adequate resources are provided to do so.”
“Once again, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill prioritizes and reflects the values that Americans truly care for. For the fourth consecutive year, the bill allocates increased funds for the National Institutes of Health at $1.25 billion, for a total of $38.3 billion. These funds will greatly benefit numerous medical research programs, combat opioid abuse and support the search for cures for many cancers and diseases. Additionally, the bill includes increases for important education programs like TRIO, career and technical education, and early childhood education initiatives. Provisions related to the protection of human life are continued in this year’s bill as well. This bill is one that supports and benefits all Americans,” LHHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole said.
The following amendments were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Cole – The amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. DeLauro – The amendment requires HHS to submit a plan to reunify immigrant children with their parents. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Cole – The amendment clarifies standards for family detention. The amendment would permit detention of families as a unit. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-21.
Rep. Pingree – The amendment supports efforts to house immigrant children who are siblings together. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Aderholt – The amendment prohibits discrimination against a child welfare service provider based on the provider’s religious or moral beliefs. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-23.
Rep. Clark – The amendment prohibits the administration of medication to unaccompanied alien children unless certain conditions deem such medication medically necessary. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Pocan – The amendment expresses a sense of Congress regarding family separations and the reunification of immigrant families. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment requires an Inspector General report on family separation and reunification politics. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Ruppersberger – The amendment reaffirms HHS statutory responsibilities for unaccompanied alien children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. DeLauro – The amendment directs $10 million to fund mental health services for children separated from their families at the border. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Clark – The amendment prohibits funding for HHS to use questions of religion in the process of family reunification. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Clark – The amendment requires a report on pre-literate unaccompanied alien children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Kaptur – The amendment adds language to protect personal and genetic information of children and adults if used in the process of family reunification. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Clark – The amendment requires a report on the mental health of separated children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. McCollum – The amendment allows for student loan deferment for those undergoing cancer treatment. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Kaptur – The amendment requires a report on prescription drug prices. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 26-25.
Rep. Cole – The amendment adds language related to student loan collection, requiring performance metrics be met before certain Federal Student Aid agency employees can receive a performance bonus. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Mr. Price – The amendment changes language in the Managers Amendment and the Committee report to include reporting requirements related to the separation of children and the reunification process. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
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The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the fiscal year 2019 Defense Appropriations bill. The legislation funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.
The legislation provides a total of $674.6 billion for the Department of Defense. This includes $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding – an increase of $17.1 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. The bill also provides $68.1 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding. This funding level is consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act which was approved by the House last month, as well as the recently enacted budget agreement. The legislation also includes a 2.6% pay raise for the military, the largest in nine years.
“With the changing global dynamics and ever-growing threats, it is absolutely imperative that our military is properly trained, equipped, and fully supported. It is also critically important to provide our men and women in uniform with the funding and resources they need to execute their missions, assist and protect our allies around the world, provide for their families, and ensure the current and future security of our nation,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “This legislation does all of this by including robust funding for our troops, the defense programs and activities necessary to accomplish our national goals and ideals, and to continue to rebuild our military.”
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The U.S. House of Representatives today announced the Members of Congress that will participate in the Conference Committee to finalize the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.
“It is an absolute necessity that these key bills be approved by this Congress and signed into law. They provide funding for some of the most the important federal responsibilities, including our national defense, the care of our veterans, infrastructure improvements, and the proper functioning of the legislative branch of our democracy,” Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “This Conference Committee is the next step in fulfilling our commitment to fund all aspects of government in a timely and responsible way. We are looking forward to working with our Senate counterparts to pass this legislation and continue to return to regular order in the Appropriations process. ”
The GOP Members of the Conference Committee include:
Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 6157, the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill.
I leave it to the Chair of the Defense Subcommittee - Ms. Granger of Texas - to outline the specific recommendations of the Committee. But I do want to note that, in total, the bill provides $675.6 billion for the Department of Defense – $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding, and $68.1 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.
This total is consistent with the bicameral Bipartisan Budget Agreement (BBA) hammered out last Spring.
In addition to the increased funding in this bill, the BBA has provided critically important stability and predictability to the Department of Defense, the military services and our defense industrial base. Enhancing their ability to plan - even in the short-term – is good news for our national defense and that of our partners.
For the future, I am deeply concerned that a return to the arbitrary caps established under the Budget Control Act eight years ago will also force a return to the short-sighted, budget-driven thinking on national security spending that took place in recent years.
Mr. Chairman, the rebuilding of our military continues today with this legislation. This bill includes funding for more equipment, more munitions, more troops, and more training.
Restoring readiness is a key focus of this legislation. We routinely ask our men and women in uniform - all volunteers - to go to great lengths to complete their missions, and they must be well-trained, well-equipped, and well-supported. That’s why this bill includes $246 billion for operation and maintenance – funding that will provide for more battle training, more flight hours, more steaming days, and more depot maintenance.
The bill also includes a total of $144 billion for military personnel – increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. I would also note that we provide a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest military pay raise in nine years.
The bill also looks after our Armed Forces and their families by providing funding for the Defense Health Program, continuing critical research and sustaining the well-being of our military’s most valuable resource – its people.
Beyond these important investments that will rebuild our military in the near term, the bill prepares for the future – provides research and development funding to modernize our military to meet current and future threats: the continued menace of terrorist networks like ISIS and Al Qaida in the Middle East and Southeast Asia; ongoing threats presented by Iran and North Korea; the belligerent re-emergence of Russia; and the military expansionism of China.
Mr. Chairman, the legislation also acknowledges emerging dangers at home and abroad posed by drones, cyber-war and transnational crime, and makes investments in capabilities such as ISR and AI to prepare and protect against these threats.
In short, this bill prepares our warfighters to meet any challenge, anywhere, anytime.
Before I close, I would like to thank the professional staff who brought this bill to the floor today: Jennifer Miller, Walter Hearne, Brooke Boyer, B.G. Wright, Allison Deters, Collin Lee, Matthew Bower, Jackie Ripke (Rip-Kee), Hayden Milberg, and Bill Adkins with the Majority, and Becky Leggieri and Jennifer Chartrand with the Minority.
I’d also like to thank the staff in the Front Office and my personal office: Nancy Fox, Maureen Holohan, Shannon O’Keefe, Jason Gray, Marta Hernandez, Jennifer Hing, Tammy Hughes, Rachel Kahler, Parker van de Water, and Tom Doelp from the Majority; Shalanda Young and Chris Bigelow from the Minority; and Katie Hazlett, Steve Wilson, Austin Bone, Steve Silvestri, Chris Hansell, and Kacy Hobbis in my personal office.
I’d like to offer special recognition to Stephen Sepp, the Committee’s resident budget expert. “Sepp,” as he was best known, passed away on June 15, but he has left his mark on this bill. Along many other things, “Sepp” was the caretaker of the 302(b) suballocations, and through his careful work from his desk and from home in the final months of a terminal illness, he ensured that the Congress provided adequate funding, not just for the Department of Defense, but all 12 Appropriations bills.
I am grateful to “Sepp” for his decade of service to the Committee and to this Congress, and extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and children.
Mr. Chairman, the Department of Defense Appropriations bill before the House today is the largest, and arguably, the most important bill of our annual Appropriations process.
Its passage is absolutely critical to the security of our nation. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 6157.
House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will become the new Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. The post became available following the retirement of Rep. Charlie Dent.
“Representative Fortenberry is a valued member of the Appropriations Committee and has worked diligently over the years to make certain that each and every tax dollar under our care is used responsibly. His leadership and insight in his new role as Subcommittee Chairman will be essential to craft legislation that funds the Legislative Branch of our government, ensuring the proper functioning of our democratic process and the safety of those that work in and visit the Capitol complex every day,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.
In addition to this change, Rep. John Rutherford, who currently serves on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, will now move to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.
“Representative Rutherford is a welcome new asset to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. His hard work and knowledge of issues that affect our service men and women both in active duty and after they leave will be extremely helpful in the development of legislation that funds these essential military and veterans programs and benefits,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2019 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill on a vote of 30-21. The legislation funds the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, and other international activities.
The bill will target funding to advance U.S. diplomatic priorities, increase global security, assist America’s allies, and provide assistance for those displaced due to manmade crises and natural disasters.
In total, the bill provides $54 billion in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. This total is the same as the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. Within this amount, OCO funding totals $8 billion and supports operations and assistance in areas of instability and conflict, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and other countries in the Middle East.
“This bill provides funding to ensure that America remains secure and that our diplomats and allies around the world have the tools they need to increase stability during this volatile time of international threats and unease,” Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “It will help advance peaceful and effective solutions to the many rising challenges facing the nation and the globe – including terrorism, threats from nuclear and chemical weapons, and emergency response efforts.”
“In the face of unprecedented challenges around the globe from terrorism and violent extremism, transnational crime and drugs, and humanitarian crises, I am proud that this legislation continues to strengthen our diplomatic and development tools – core components of our nation’s security framework,” said State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairman Hal Rogers. “Together with our unmatched Armed Forces, our dedicated public servants and their partners help the United States lead by example and build a foundation for peace all over the world. In particular, this bill prioritizes funding for embassy security, combatting drug trafficking, global health and humanitarian assistance, and countering Russian aggression while maintaining vigilant oversight of every dollar spent.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Rogers – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment prohibits the use of funds to deny Members of Congress access to detention facilities housing foreign national minors in the U.S. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
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