|The proposed fiscal year 2012 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 2017) provides $42.3 billion in discretionary and mandatory budget authority [BA] including funds for the Global War on Terrorism [GWOT]. Discretionary BA totals $40.6 billion and mandatory BA totals $1.4 billion. The BA figure is $2.98 billion or 6.9 percent, below the President’s request and $1.07 billion or 2.6 percent, below fiscal year 2011 enacted levels (excluding GWOT). The spending levels in the bill do not exceed the 302(b) allocation adopted by the Committee on Appropriations, which in aggregate are equal to the overall discretionary spending level provided in the House budget resolution, H. Con. Res. 34.
H.R. 2017 provides funds for the operations and activities of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], including disaster relief assistance, border protection, and aviation security. Key elements include the following:
Coast Guard and GWOT. The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency charged with maritime safety, security, and stewardship. The bill contains $10 billion for this account, $300 million below the President’s request. This includes $1.4 billion in mandatory authority for the retired pay of Coast Guard military personnel and Coast Guard Reserve personnel and $258 million for the Coast Guard’s support of the global war on terrorism.
Customs and Border Protection [CBP]. CBP is tasked with protecting the borders of the United States by preventing, preempting, and deterring threats against the homeland through ports of entry and by interdicting illegal crossing between ports of entry. This bill provides $10.3 billion for CBP, an increase of $700 million from last year’s level and $36 million below the President’s request.
Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]. FEMA is principally tasked with managing and coordinating the Federal response to major domestic disasters and emergencies. The legislation funds FEMA at $5.3 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion from last year’s level and $1.4 billion below the President’s request. These savings are largely from a $1.3 billion reduction for State and Local programs. The bill includes $2.5 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund – $700 million more than the President’s request. The bill also includes $1 billion in additional emergency disaster relief funds, the cost of which is offset through a rescission of unobligated stimulus funds. This bill includes $350 million in firefighter grants, $315 million for Emergency Management Grants, and $136 million for biodefense.
Other Items of Interest. H.R. 2017 provides $1.7 billion for the Secret Service, an increase of $156 million above FY 11; $132 million for Citizenship and Immigration Services, an increase of $6 million above FY 11; $274 million for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, an increase of $4 million above FY 11; and $5.5 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], an increase of $30 million above FY 11.
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