(Washington, DC) – The House passed H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 236 to 191 today.

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of the legislation.

“Today the House took action on two important fronts. We provided $47.8 billion to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and we voted to stop funds from being used to implement the President’s Executive Order granting legal status to over four million people in this nation unlawfully.

The bill we passed includes $7 billion in emergency disaster funds to aid those parts of the country suffering from variously: extreme winter weather, rampant wildfires, floods and tornadoes.

H.R. 240 fully funds Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its 21,370 agents who provide security not only at our borders but also at our ports. It also addresses the recent spike in unaccompanied minors crossing our border by increasing the number of family detention units.

We also address the pressing issue of preventing cyberattacks by directing $2.8 billion towards the National Protection and Programs Directorate. The money will be used to develop greater security against cyberthreats aimed at our nation’s infrastructure by enemies.

This bill is a sensible, solid approach to ensuring our Homeland Security. It supports and funds vital security programs while also making it clear to President Obama that the Congress will stand up to his power grab and rein in an executive overreach that the President, himself, had previously acknowledged was not within his Constitutional authority.”

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Representative Dent serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

Additional Information for H.R. 240

HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations Act, FY15

  • Provides $47.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, which is $1.2 billion above the FY14 enacted level and $1.6 billion above the President’s request.

    • Includes $39.7 billion in discretionary spending, $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief, and $213 million for Overseas Contingency Operations.

    • The discretionary total is $450 million above the House bill.

  • Funding levels included in the bill:

    • ICE: $6.3 billion total. Includes $747 million to increase the number of detention beds.

    • CBP: $12.6 billion total. Fully funds CBP at 21,370 agents.

    • CIS: $3.2 billion total.

    • TSA: $7.2 billion total.

    • Coast Guard: $10.0 billion. Includes $8.6 billion in discretionary appropriations, $213 million for Overseas Contingency Operations, and $1.5 billion in mandatory funding for retirement pay.

    • FEMA: $10.8 billion, including $7 billion for disaster relief activities. Total disaster funding is 13% more than the FY14 level.

    • Secret Service: $1.7 billion, 5% more than FY14 and 2% more than requested, including funds to bolster security at the White House and to gear up for the 2016 Presidential campaign.

    • National Protection & Programs Directorate: $2.8 billion total, 3% more than FY14, including $1.2 billion for infrastructure protection and information security and $753 million for cybersecurity.

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