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From the office of Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.
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Chairwoman Roybal-Allard, Appropriations Committee Approve FY 2022 DHS Funding Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2022 Homeland Security bill on a vote of 33 to 24. The legislation provides annual funding for the components of the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
For fiscal year 2022, the bill provides total discretionary funding of $52.81 billion within the budget allocation, an increase of $934 million above the 2021 bill. In total, the bill provides $76.15 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding, including $18.8 billion outside of the allocation available only for major disaster response and recovery and $4.57 billion that is offset by fee collections.
“This bill includes $52.81 billion in discretionary appropriations within the subcommittee’s funding allocation, an increase of $387.3 million above the budget request and $934 million above the current year level,” said Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Roybal-Allard. “This bill makes historic investments in cyber and infrastructure security, helps communities combat domestic extremist violence, expands the reach of the Coast Guard in the Arctic and the maritime drug and transit zones, and supports the FEMA response workforce as climate change makes natural disasters more frequent and severe. In addition, the bill protects the rights and dignity of individuals, whether it be the traveling public, disaster survivors or migrants fleeing desperate circumstances. In order to restore our commitment to the humane treatment of migrants, the bill funds a new non-custodial shelter grant program for immigrant families and vulnerable immigrants, an increase in funding for Alternatives to Detention and case management services, and a decrease in funding for detention beds. The bill also includes provisions intended to reduced length of stay in detention for asylum seekers who do not pose a flight risk and are not a threat to public safety or national security.”
“As recent events like the Colonial Pipeline hack have demonstrated, it is obvious that we must do more to secure our nation’s cyber infrastructure. That’s why this bill’s investments in preventing cyber-attacks and rooting out cyber intrusions are so critical,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “Elsewhere within Homeland Security, a strong Coast Guard is essential to protect our national security, especially from Russian aggression in the Arctic, and the funding in this bill is pivotal to that effort. Finally, I continue to have serious concerns regarding the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals, particularly children, at border facilities. We must do more to protect immigrants, especially children and their families. I am proud that this bill respects their dignity by improving conditions in CPB short-term holding facilities, investing in alternatives to detention, making processing quicker and more efficient, and reducing backlogs of immigration, refugee, and asylum applications.”
A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. The bill report, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. In keeping with the Appropriations Committee’s commitment to transparency, information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here.