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DLM Advisory – Senate Appropriations Releases FY18 Financial Services Bill

United States Senate Committee on APPROPRIATIONS
11.20.17
FY2018 Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Bill Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill.

The recommendation totals $20.8 billion, $637 million below the FY2017 enacted level. The measure maintains funding to encourage small business growth, improve Internal Revenue Service accountability, and strengthen counterterrorism, cybersecurity and agency oversight.

“The programs and agencies included in this bill play an important role in promoting the American economy. This mark puts the Senate in a position to find consensus on policies and funding to improve their overall operation,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I am grateful for the hard work Senator Capito and her subcommittee put into this measure.”

“In my first year as chair of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, I have worked to produce a funding measure that promotes fiscal responsibility and encourages government efficiency and innovation. This has been a careful and deliberative process, and I look forward to working with colleagues in the Senate and House to reach an agreement on funding priorities,” said U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. “Importantly, this bill promotes rural broadband expansion through the FCC and increases critical resources to combat the opioid epidemic through federal drug programs.”

Text of Draft FY2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/fy2018-fsgg-chairmens-mark
Explanatory statement: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/fy2018-fsgg-explanatory-statement

Bill Highlights:

Treasury Departmental Offices – $347 million for departmental offices within the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including $123 million for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, which combats terrorism financing and administers economic and trade sanctions through its Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – $11.1 billion for the IRS. This funding prioritizes measurable improvements to the level of customer service, identity theft protection, and enhanced cybersecurity to safeguard taxpayer data.

In addition, to ensure accountability and transparency, the bill includes:
• A prohibition on funds for bonuses or to rehire former employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is given consideration;
• A prohibition on funds for the IRS to target groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs;
• A prohibition on funds for the IRS to target individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights;
• A prohibition on funds for the production of inappropriate videos and conferences.

Executive Office of the President (EOP) – $717 million for EOP, which is $8 million above the FY2017 enacted level. The bill denies proposed cuts of $20 million to drug control efforts, including the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC) programs. The bill instead increases HIDTA funding to $270 million to combat heroin and prescription opioid abuse and provides $99 million for the DFC program.

Judiciary – $7.0 billion for the federal judiciary, an increase of $260 million above the FY2017 enacted level. This will provide sufficient funding for federal court activities, including timely and efficient processing of federal cases, court security, and supervision of offenders and defendants.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – $886.3 million for the SBA to provide assistance to small businesses, expand the economy, and increase job growth for unemployed and underemployed Americans. The bill fully funds business loans at $156.2 million. It provides $186.5 million to fully fund disaster loan implementation costs in order to quickly and efficiently provide assistance to families and small businesses affected by natural disasters. The bill also funds several valuable programs, including $130 million for Small Business Development Centers, $12.3 million for veterans outreach programs, and $11.5 million for SCORE, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

General Services Administration (GSA) – The bill allows GSA to spend $7.8 billion out of the Federal Buildings Fund. This level will provide funding for rent payments for privately-owned office space leased by the government, and operations and maintenance costs for buildings owned by federal government agencies across the nation.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – $1.8 billion for the SEC, which is equal to the FY2018 budget request and includes $245 million for SEC’s potential headquarters relocation. The bill targets funding toward economic analysis within the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and critical information technology initiatives.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – $250 million for the CFTC, which is equal to the FY2017 enacted level.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – $306.3 million for the FTC, which is equal to the FY2018 budget request.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – $322 million for the FCC, which is equal to the FY2018 budget request.

District of Columbia – $704 million federal payment to the District of Columbia, which is equal to the request. Within this amount, the bill provides resources to public safety and security costs, and supports the District of Columbia Court system and offender supervision program.

Other Legislative Provisions – The legislation contains several policy provisions, including:
• A prohibition on funds for an increase in pay for the Vice President and other senior political appointees;
• A prohibition on funding for grants or contracts to tax cheats and companies with felony criminal convictions;
• A prohibition on the use of funds to paint portraits of federal employees, including the President, Vice President, Cabinet Members and Members of Congress; and
• A requirement that agency inspectors general have timely access to agency documents and records.
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DLM Advisory – Senate Appropriations Releases FY18 Interior Bill

FY2018 Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

The recommendation totals $32.6 billion in discretionary funding, including $507 million in emergency firefighting funds. The measure provides increased funding to address National Park maintenance backlogs and environmental and conservation programs, while also increasing funding for wildland firefighting and restoring proposed cuts to important Indian programs.

“The effective management of the nation’s natural resources is important, as is the government’s commitment to native peoples. The chairmen’s mark establishes a Senate position for working with the House and the administration to reach an agreement to meet these priorities,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I commend Senator Murkowski and her subcommittee for their diligent work on this bill.”

“I am proud of the work we have done in this bill to empower Americans to build our economy and create healthy communities for our families. This bill provides funding critical to ensuring the health, well-being, and safety of the American people,” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. “In this bill, we direct federal resources where they are needed by investing in programs aimed to protect our land and people, enable new infrastructure projects to boost the economy, and help communities provide vital, basic services. Most importantly, the investments we’re making today will have an impact on our nation for years to come.”

Text of Draft FY2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/fy2018-interior-chairmens-mark
Explanatory statement: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/fy2018-interior-explanatory-statement

Bill Highlights:

U.S. Department of the Interior – $12.17 billion overall for the Interior Department, including $465 million, for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – $1.23 billion for the BLM, a decrease of $16 million below the FY2017 enacted level. Funds provided ensure a robust and responsible energy and minerals program and make important investments in improving public land management.

National Park Service (NPS) – $2.94 billion for the NPS, an increase of $5.6 million above the FY2017 enacted level. This includes important increases for construction backlog, maintenance, and new park units. $20 million is included for the Centennial Challenge grant program which provides matching grants to address backlog maintenance and other needs in the national parks.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – $1.48 billion for the FWS, which is $40.4 million below the FY2017 enacted level. Important program increases include funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The bill also provides funds to support FWS implementation of the RESTORE Act and to maintain continued operation of fish hatcheries. The bill continues the prohibition on listing the sage-grouse as an endangered species, and includes a provision to allow the Service to move forward with its recommendation to delist the gray wolf the Great Lakes and to protect the decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming. A similar provision was included in FY2011 to delist wolves in Montana and Idaho.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – $1.08 billion for the USGS, equal to the FY2017 enacted level. Within this amount, important program increases have been included for energy and mineral resources, mapping, natural hazards, and water resources. The bill also provides the requested funds for the Landsat 9 project and facility relocation expenses.

Office of Surface Mining – $252.2million for the OSM, a decrease of $897,000 below the FY2017 enacted level. The bill continues a $105 million pilot program to help address reclamation and economic development in coal country and includes $10 million to address reclamation and economic development in Indian Country.

Indian Health Service (IHS) – $5.04 billion for the IHS, an increase of $1 million above the FY2017 enacted level. The bill fully funds Contract Support Costs, representing the full amount of contract support costs owed to tribes. Additional funds are focused on suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, and alcohol and substance abuse problems. Funds are also included for infrastructure improvements to health care facilities.

Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education (BIA/BIE) – $2.86 billion for the BIA and BIE, an increase of $7.5 million above the FY2017 enacted level. Within this amount, Contract Support Costs are fully funded, human services and natural resource programs are continued, and important public safety and justice programs receive an increase. Construction activities and projects receive $206 million, a $14 million increase.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – $7.91 billion for EPA, $149.5 million below the FY2017 enacted level. Funding is focused on returning the agency to its core mission of environmental cleanup. The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds receive more than $2.26 billion, an increase over the FY2017 enacted level. Additionally, the Water Infrastructure Finance Act (WIFIA) program is funded at $30 million, which will enable hundreds of millions in loans to address water infrastructure challenges. Categorical grant programs that help states implement environmental regulations are increased by $25 million and the Superfund program receives a modest increase to help clean up additional sites.

The bill allows the EPA to move forward with its effort to define its authority under the Clean Water Act and continues a provision that prohibits the Agency from regulating certain types of ammunition and fishing tackle.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) – $5.8 billion for the USFS includes investments in funding for improved health and management of our nation’s forests. Additionally, the full 10-year average for wildfire suppression is included, as well increased funding for hazardous fuels reduction to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Wildland Firefighting – $3.6 billion to fight wildland fire, representing fire suppression funding at 100 percent of the 10-year average and emergency suppression funds made available in the event regular suppression funding is insufficient to cover the costs of fighting wildfire. Also included in bill language is a fire cap adjustment that would end the destructive practice of “fire borrowing” and make fire suppression expenditures above 100 percent of the 10-year average eligible for disaster assistance, along with forest management reforms designed to reduce this risk of wildfire and improve management of national forests.

Smithsonian Institution – $878 million, an increase of $15 million above the FY2017 enacted level for the Smithsonian Institution. Important increases have been provided for the National Air and Space Museum renovation.

National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities – $149 million for each Endowment, equal to the FY2017 enacted levels.

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) – $3 million, equal to the FY2017 enacted level, for the CEQ.

DLM Advisory – Senate Appropriations Releases FY18 Homeland Security bill

United States Senate Committee on APPROPRIATIONS
11.21.17
FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of the Homeland Security.

The recommendation totals $51.6 billion in discretionary funding. The measure emphasizes border security, providing funding for physical barriers in targeted, high-traffic areas along the southern border. It also provides significant funding for immigration enforcement, aviation and maritime security, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and disaster response.

“Recent terrorist attacks within the United States demonstrate our need to be constantly vigilant against security threats. I hope this mark sets us on a course to provide the resources required by the Department of Homeland Security to protect the American people,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I appreciate the hard work Senator Boozman and the subcommittee have put into this measure.”

“Keeping Americans safe is one of the federal government’s most important responsibilities and the investments in this bill uphold that obligation,” said U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. “This legislation will help enhance border security, provide relief from natural disasters, and help adapt to evolving threats against our country.”

Text of Draft FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2018-Homeland-Security-Chairmans-Mark.pdf
Explanatory statement: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2018-Homeland-Security-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

Bill Highlights:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – $13.5 billion including an unprecedented funding increase of more than 10 percent over FY2017, for border security, including infrastructure, technology, and personnel. It fully funds the administration request for physical barriers in targeted, high-traffic areas along the southern border, while also continuing a requirement that the Department provide Congress with a comprehensive border security plan.
• Operations and Support – $11.4 billion for Operations and Support, which includes support of all staffing projected to be on board in FY2018, $100 million requested for 500 new Border Patrol agents, and funding requested for 97,184 flight hours.
• Procurement, Construction, and Improvements – $1.9 billion, of which $1.6 billion is for border barriers, technology, and tactical infrastructure. This funding includes $108 million for airframes and sensors and requires a report on border security costs and plans.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement – $6.7 billion to build on a record capacity for ICE to perform its missions. The bill recommends $230 million above FY2017, continuing the highest-ever level of capability to identify, apprehend, and detain undocumented immigrants.
• Operations and Support – $6.6 billion to enforce immigration and customs laws. The bill provides a $22 million increase to target transnational criminal organizations, and continues funding for new Mobile Criminal Alien teams, which identify and apprehend at-large criminal aliens.
• Procurement, Construction, and Improvements – $28 million to support improved tactical communications, information technology, and financial systems.

U.S. Coast Guard – $11.2 billion, including $7.3 billion to fully fund personnel and operations. The Coast Guard once again set a record in FY2017 by interdicting nearly 500,000 pounds of cocaine on the high seas, and the bill recommends continued investment in the Coast Guard capabilities that are enabling this success. The bill recommends $1.8 billion to continue a historic recapitalization of Coast Guard assets, including:
• $540 million for construction of National Security Cutter 10.
• $95 million for long lead time materials for National Security Cutter 11.
• $450 million for construction of Offshore Patrol Cutter 1.
• $50 million for long lead time materials for Offshore Patrol Cutter 2.
• $240 million for four Fast Response Cutters.
• $19 million to support Polar Icebreaker acquisition.
• $6 million to accelerate recapitalization of the Inland River Tender fleet

Federal Emergency Management Agency – In the wake of the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the bill would fully fund the budget request for disaster response activities. It recommends $7.4 billion, as requested, for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). Should the bill become law, and when combined with recently-enacted supplemental appropriations, a total of $33.4 billion will have been appropriated to the DRF in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
• Operations & Support – $1.0 billion for personnel, preparedness, mitigation, and urban search and rescue activities.
• Federal Assistance – $2.8 billion, including:
o $471 million for State Homeland Security Grants, including $55 million for Operation Stonegarden and $5 million for Non-profit Security Grants.
o $600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative grants, including $20 million for Non-profit Security Grants.
o $50 million for Port Security Grants.
o $60 million for Public Transportation Security Grants.
o $690 million for Fire and SAFER grants.
o $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants.
o $100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter.
o $75 million for Pre-disaster Mitigation grants.
o $178 million for RiskMAP.
• National Flood Insurance Program – The bill rejects the administration’s proposal to shift $50 million in costs to policyholders.
• Disaster Relief Fund – $7.4 billion.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – $4.7 billion, $50 million above the budget request, to maintain a robust aviation screening posture. It supports 1,090 more personnel than the budget request and maintains investments in technology and canine teams to allow for expedited screening and increased passenger processing. It also recommends important investments in screening technology to adapt to emerging threats.
• Operations and Support – $4.6 billion, including: $77 million above the request to continue TSA exit lane monitoring; $799 million for the Federal Air Marshal Service; $45 million above the request to maintain the Law Enforcement Reimbursement Program; $154 million for canines to increase passenger processing; and funding necessary to maintain the Screening Partnership Program at airports where private screening contracts are in place.
• Procurement, Construction, and Improvements – $53 million, including funding for screening equipment algorithm updates, new computed tomography units, and upgrades to explosive trace detectors.
• Research and Development – $20 million, including funding for testing of algorithms and computed tomography units.

United States Secret Service – $2.0 billion for the Secret Service to carry out its protection, financial, and investigation missions.
• Operations and Support – $1.9 billion, which would support all staffing projected to be on board in FY2018, and fully supports a plan to employ 7,600 personnel by FY2019. The bill also recommends $8.3 million for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
• Procurement, Construction, and Improvements – $64 million, including funding for White House and Presidential protection upgrades.

National Protection and Programs Directorate – $3.3 billion, $2 million above the budget request and $9 million above the FY2017 level, to accelerate cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. This funding will enhance cybersecurity capabilities across nearly every agency of the federal government while supporting cooperation with states, local governments, and the private sector.
• Operations & Support – $1.4 billion, including: $103 million to accelerate all phases of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, the primary federal civilian cybersecurity system; $211 million for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and Computer Emergency Readiness Teams; $294 million for the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) or “Einstein;” and $191 million for Infrastructure Protection.
• Procurement, Construction, and Improvements – $343 million
• Research and Development – $15 million

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – $132 million, including full funding for the E-Verify system.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers – $213 million to fully support all anticipated federal law enforcement training needs.

Science & Technology – $720 million to support critical investments in the future of homeland security. The bill restores $93 million in research and development funding that the budget request sought to eliminate.
• Operations and Support – $266 million, including: $15 million to fully fund the startup of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility.
• Research and Development – $454 million, including $37 million for University Programs to allow for 9 Centers of Excellence.

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office – $310 million, including $21 million to maintain Securing the Cities.

Office of Health Affairs – $113 million, including funding to support BioWatch, the Anthrax Vaccine Program, and food, agriculture, and veterinary preparedness.

Departmental Management, Operations, Intelligence and Oversight – $1.2 billion, including $175 million for the Office of Inspector General.

Notable Administrative and General Provisions
• Continues requirement that any contract award fees be tied to successful acquisition outcomes.
• Continues a provision prohibiting the collection of any new land border fees or the study of such fee.
• Continues requirements on issuance of Jones Act waivers for oil tankers carrying oil from the strategic petroleum reserve.
• Continues prohibition related to individuals detained at the Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
• Continues prohibition on award or incentive fees for contractors who do not meet performance requirements.
• Continues a prohibition of the transfer of an operable firearm by a Federal law enforcement officer to an agent of a drug cartel.
• Continues a provision limiting the cost of and number of employees allowed to attend international conferences.
• Continues a provision requiring that the Department make public any report that the Department determines would serve the national interest, except reports that would compromise security or that contain proprietary information.
• Continues a provision prohibiting funds from being used to develop and submit a budget that relies upon unauthorized fee proposals.
• Continues a provision prohibiting domestic prosecutions based on the Arms Trade Treaty.
• Rescinds dormant funds from various accounts across the Department.
• Includes a provision reducing administrative contracting expenses across the Department.
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Related Files
FY2018-Homeland-Security-Chairmans-Mark.pdf
FY2018-Homeland-Security-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

DLM Advisory – Ways & Means Chairman Brady on House Passage of his Tax Reform Bill

PASSED: Historic Legislation to Overhaul Nation’s Tax Code for 1st Time in 31 Years
Home Run for Growth in Texas

Washington, November 16, 2017 | 0 comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House took historic action to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) – bold tax reform legislation that delivers major tax relief to Texans and all Americans. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement:

“This is a historic moment for the American people,” said Congressman Brady. “Today we give hope to middle-income families and Main Street job creators in Texas and across the country that a brighter future is on the horizon – a future where you can keep more of what you earn, start that new business, find that next job, and get that long-overdue raise. This vote is a big step forward – but it is not the last step. We will continue to strengthen this legislation and, working with the Senate, we will put tax reform on President Trump’s desk by the end of the year for the first time in 31 years.”

What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means…

For Texas:

Creates 74,037 news jobs.

Increases the annual income by $2,210 for median household of four.

In District Eight, the average four-person family will see a tax cut of $2,099.
(calculated from average median income: $92,113)
Strengthens Texas’ prominence as the nations leading exporting state by slashing the 35 percent corporate tax rate, the highest in the developed world, to 20 percent. Allowing Texas companies to reinvest back added profits into further modernization and job creation.

For All Americans:

Lowers individual tax rates for low-and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35%. 39.6% for high-income Americans.

Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.

Eliminates special-interest tax breaks so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.

For Families:

Establishing a new Family Credit – which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.

Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.

Preserving the Adoption Tax Credit so parents continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.

Maintains the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide important tax relief for low-income Americans working to build better lives for themselves.

Streamlines higher education benefits to help families save for and better afford college tuition and other education expenses.

Continues the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.

Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the home mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes up to $500,000 – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.

Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.

Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts so Americans can continue to save for their future.

Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax so millions of individuals and families will no longer have to worry about calculating their taxes twice each year and paying the higher amount.

Repeals the Death Tax after seven years. Family-owned farms and businesses will no longer have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.

For Businesses:

Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20%– down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.

Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25%– the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.

Provides a new, low tax rate of 9% for the first $75,000 of business income earned by owners of pass-through businesses of all types who earn less than $150,000, which will help the Main Street startups in every line of business that fuel innovation and job creation in communities across the country.

Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and pass-through business income so tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.

Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing the growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.

Protects the ability of small businesses to write off the interest on loans so that job creators can expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.

Retains the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.

Preserves the Research & Development Tax Credit– encouraging our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.

Strengthens accountability rules for tax-exempt organizations to ensure that churches, charities, foundations, and other organizations receiving tax-exempt status are focused on helping people and communities in need.

Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated “worldwide” tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.

DLM Advisory – McCain & Thornberry Call for Increase in Defense Spending

For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2017 Contact:
HASC Communications (202) 225-2539

STATEMENT BY THORNBERRY & MCCAIN ON BUDGET DEAL NEGOTIATIONS

Washington, D.C. ¬– Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, released the following the statement today on negotiations for a budget deal to increase the defense spending caps:

“Large majorities on both sides of Congress have voted multiple times to support a $700 billion defense budget, including overwhelming, bipartisan votes in the House and Senate this week in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, the President himself has endorsed a defense budget at this level.

“Through the National Defense Authorization Act, we believe that Congress has done its due diligence to authorize the appropriate level of funding based on threats, requirements, and missions. This was done following months of deliberative bipartisan oversight, hearings, and negotiations. We expect that any budget agreement will reflect the hard work that Congress has just completed and the reality of today’s dangerous world. We cannot ignore the warnings of Secretary Mattis and our uniformed commanders. This era of forcing our troops to do more with less must come to end. We call on the negotiators to meet Congress’s constitutional obligation to give our troops the resources they need. We must not only set the conditions to pass an appropriations bill at the FY18 NDAA level, we must also ensure the necessary growth in FY19. Without that, President Trump’s promise to rebuild our military will be impossible.”

DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Releases FY17 Labor, HHS Bill

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Hal Rogers
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016

Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill
Legislation blocks unnecessary and harmful regulations, reduces spending, and invests in proven programs to protect the health and well-being of all Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. 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 $161.6 billion in discretionary funding, which is a reduction of $569 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.8 billion below the President’s budget request. Funding within the bill is targeted to proven programs with the most national benefit, including medical research, public health, and biodefense, as well as funding for a comprehensive approach to combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic. The bill saves taxpayer dollars by cutting funding in lower-priority areas, including ineffective or wasteful programs.

In addition, the legislation contains several policy provisions to improve government oversight and to block the Administration’s unnecessary and harmful regulations that hurt economic growth. The legislation also defunds existing ObamaCare programs and prohibits any new discretionary funding from being used to further implement ObamaCare.

“This is the 12th and final Appropriations bill to be considered by the Committee this year. It follows the responsible lead of the legislation before it – investing in proven, effective programs, rolling back over regulation and overreach by the Administration that kills American jobs, and cutting spending to save hard earned taxpayer dollars,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “It includes critical funding for health and disease research, pandemic preparedness, and jobs and education programs. These are investments that will help improve American lives now, and keep us on the path for a healthier and more productive future.”

“This bill achieves its goal of reducing discretionary spending by more than half a billion dollars, all the while prioritizing where funding is needed the most. Several important programs through the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health that benefit many Americans receive a substantial increase in funding, often well beyond the amount the President requested in his budget,” LHHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole said. “More specifically, the bill includes additional funding dedicated to the Zika response effort, which gives the CDC director the ability to respond more quickly to the fight against Zika. Furthermore, this bill continues to fund numerous programs that many Americans rely on including Head Start, special education, community service, and Native American programs for well-being. This bill reflects the values and priorities of the American taxpayer. It will make a difference and improve the welfare of the American people,” Cole continued.

Bill Summary:

Department of Labor (DoL) – The bill provides a total of $12 billion for DoL – $138 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $765 million below the President’s budget request. Within this slimmed-down amount, the bill targets increases for several worker training programs, including state grants for dislocated workers, Job Corps, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. The bill also provides responsible, adequate funding for labor enforcement and benefit protection agencies to fulfill their core missions.

• Employment Training Administration (ETA) – The legislation provides ETA with $9.8 billion – a decrease of $257 million below last year’s enacted level and $568 million below the President’s budget request. This total includes $849 million in mandatory appropriations for the Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances Account. State and local workforce training and development programs are prioritized, while lower-priority, unnecessary, or wasteful programs are reduced or eliminated.

• Job Corps – The bill provides $1.7 billion for Job Corps, an increase of $11.2 million over the 2016 enacted level and $54 million below the President’s budget request. The program helps unemployed young Americans receive education, job training, and employment assistance. Increases are included for safety and security improvements at Job Corps campuses across the country.

• Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) – The bill provides $285.5 million for VETS, which is $14.4 million above the fiscal year 2016 level and the same as the President’s budget request. This includes an $11.9 million increase to expand the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

• Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) – The bill funds MSHA at $350.5 million, $25.4 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $46.9 million below the President’s budget request. The funding level reflects the declining need for various MSHA activities due to decreased mining activity across the country.

• Reducing Harmful Red Tape – The legislation includes several provisions designed to help U.S. businesses create jobs and grow the economy by reducing or eliminating overly burdensome government regulations, including:

– A new provision prohibiting enforcement of the “Fiduciary” rule;
– A new provision prohibiting enforcement of the “Overtime” rule; and
– A continuation of provisions providing flexibility in the H-2B program.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – The bill includes a total of $73.2 billion for HHS, an increase of $2.6 billion above last year’s enacted level and $3.5 billion above the President’s budget request. The legislation targets funds to effective, proven programs that help improve the health, safety, and quality of life for Americans.

• National Institutes of Health (NIH) – The bill provides a total of $33.3 billion for the NIH, $1.25 billion above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.25 billion above the President’s discretionary budget request.

Within this funding, the legislation includes $165 million to support activities for the National Children’s Study, $511.5 million for Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards, and $333.3 million for Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) programs.

The bill also provides increases for several critical research initiatives, including:

– $1.26 billion, a $350 million increase, for the Alzheimer’s disease research initiative;
– $195 million, a $45 million increase, for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) initiative;
– $300 million – the full requested amount – for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI); and
– $12.6 million for the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” initiative, dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The legislation includes a total of $7.8 billion for CDC – $605 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $800 million above the President’s budget request. This includes $6.9 billion in appropriated funds, as well as $908 million in transfers from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Within the total, the bill provides $390 million to fight the Zika virus. This includes: domestic and supplemental vector control activities; international and territorial Zika response efforts; and block grants for states and local communities with high potential for Zika transmission to ensure officials have flexibility to address their needs. In addition, the bill provides $300 million to create a new Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund, which will give the CDC Director immediate access to funds to respond to any future infectious disease emergency such as Ebola or Zika.

$90 million – $20 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the President’s budget request – is included to expand efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

CDC’s Public Health Preparedness and Response programs are increased by $80 million over last year’s enacted level – for a total of $1.5 billion – to ensure that the Strategic National Stockpile and State and Local Preparedness capacity are adequate. These programs provide supplies and response efforts in the event of a bioterror attack or pandemic disease emergency.

The bill also continues the longstanding prohibition against using federal funds to advocate or promote gun control.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) – The bill funds SAMHSA at $4.2 billion – $431 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $480 million above the President’s budget request. Within this funding, the bill provides $581 million to address opioid and heroin abuse, which is a $525 million increase above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $490 million above the President’s budget request. This includes $500 million for a first-ever comprehensive state grant program that will address the opioid epidemic nationwide. These discretionary funds match the mandatory funding dollar for dollar.

The bill funds the Substance Abuse Block Grant at $1.8 billion – the same as the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the President’s budget request. Criminal justice activities receive $78 million – equal to the fiscal year 2016 level and $16 million above the President’s budget request – including $60 million for drug courts.

The legislation maintains a prohibition on federal funds for the purchase of syringes or sterile needles, but allows communities with rapid increases in cases of HIV and Hepatitis to access federal funds for other activities, including substance use counseling and treatment referrals.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) The bill includes over $6.1 billion for HRSA – $218 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $168 million above the President’s budget request. The bill eliminates all funding for the controversial Family Planning Program, saving taxpayers nearly $300 million, and maintains all existing protections against federal funding for abortion.

Within the total, the bill provides nearly $1.5 billion for Community Health Centers, which is the same as the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $150 million above the President’s budget request.
The bill also provides $300 million for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program – $5 million more than the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $300 million more than the President’s budget request. Additionally, the legislation includes $103.5 million for the Healthy Start program – the same as the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the President’s budget request.

• Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – The recommendation provides $3 billion for CMS program management and operations, which is $576 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $1 billion below the President’s budget request.

The bill does not include additional funding to implement ObamaCare programs, and prohibits funds for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and Navigators programs.

• Administration for Children and Families (ACF) – The bill provides $19.4 billion in discretionary funding for ACF, which is $558 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $588 billion below the President’s budget request.

The Head Start program receives $9.3 billion, a $142 million increase, which supports a 1.5 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for Head Start grantees. The bill supports the Preschool Development Grants program at $250 million.

• Administration for Community Living (ACL) – The bill funds ACL at $2 billion, which is $11 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $17 million below the budget request.

The bill also provides $454 million – a $5 million increase – for congregate meals, and $234 million – an $8 million increase – for the Meals on Wheels program.
Department of Education – The bill funds the Department of Education at $67 billion, which is $1.3 billion below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.4 billion below the President’s budget request. The bill eliminates several duplicative or ineffective education programs, and makes reductions to several other lower priority programs.

• Special Education – The bill includes $12.4 billion for IDEA special education grants to states, an increase of $500 million over the fiscal year 2016 enacted level, which will maintain the federal share of special education funding to states.

• Student Support and Academic Achievement State Grants – The bill includes $1 billion, $500 million above the President’s budget request, for grants that provide flexible funds to states and school districts to expand access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions, and improve the use of technology.

• Pell Grants – The maximum Pell Grant award is increased to $5,935, funded by a combination of discretionary and mandatory funds.

• Impact Aid – The bill provides over $1.3 billion for Impact Aid, an increase of $23 million above the current enacted level.

• Policy Provisions – The bill includes provisions prohibiting the Department of Education from moving forward with regulations to place new requirements on teacher preparation, define “gainful employment” and “credit hour,” and dictate how states must license institutions of higher education.

Other Related Agencies –

• Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – The bill includes $1.1 billion for CNCS, $13 million below last year’s enacted level and $15 million below the President’s budget request.

• Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) – The bill provides an advance appropriation of $445 million for CPB for fiscal year 2019, which is the same level of advance funding provided in the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the President’s budget request.

• National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – The bill includes $215 million for NLRB – a decrease of $59 million below last year’s enacted level and $59.7 million below the President’s budget request.

The legislation includes several policy provisions to stop the NLRB’s harmful anti-business regulations that impose additional and excessive costs on American businesses, result in job losses, and hinder economic growth. The provisions include:

– A continuation of the prohibition on use of electronic voting in union elections;
– A new prohibition on implementation of the representation-case procedures regulation;
– A new prohibition on enforcement of joint-employer standards;
– A new prohibition on enforcement of bargaining unit standards; and
– A new provision related to jurisdiction over Indian tribes.

• Social Security Administration (SSA) – The bill provides $11.9 billion to administer SSA activities – a decrease of $250 million from the fiscal year 2016 enacted level – to ensure those served by the program receive efficient and timely assistance and services. One time costs for building renovations provided in fiscal year 2016 make up a majority of the decrease.

Defunding ObamaCare – The legislation contains several provisions to stop the implementation of ObamaCare – including rescinding prior-year mandatory funds and prohibiting the use of any new discretionary funding to implement ObamaCare.
Protecting Life – The bill contains several provisions to protect life, including continuing all longstanding restrictions on abortion funding that have been included in the legislation in prior years. The legislation also includes the text of the “Health Care Conscience Rights Act.”

For the text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2017-laborhhs-subcommitteedraft.pdf

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DLM ALERT – House Passes FY DOD Appropriations Bill

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Hal Rogers
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: June 16, 2016

House Passes FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill
Bill will fund military operations overseas, ensure the readiness of our troops to meet global threats, and sustain health and safety programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill. The legislation funds critical national security needs, including military operations and readiness programs, as well as health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.
The legislation meets the overall defense spending limits set by law for fiscal year 2017, providing $517.1 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $3 billion above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $587 million below the President’s budget request. The bill also provides $58.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding – the level allowed under current law. Following the lead of the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, the legislation targets approximately $16 billion of this OCO/GWOT funding to meet needs within the base Pentagon budget.
“This bill fulfills the Congress’s most important responsibility – providing for the common defense. And it does so responsibly – funding those military needs that must be addressed now, planning and preparing for the future, and respecting the taxpayer by making commonsense budgeting decisions,” Chairman Hal Rogers said.

For a bill summary, please visit:
http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394520

For the text of the bill, please visit:
https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5293/BILLS-114hr5293rh.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:
https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hrpt577/CRPT-114hrpt577.pdf
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DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Approves FY17 Financial Services Bill

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Hal Rogers
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: June 9, 2016

Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services Bill
Legislation will increase accountability at the IRS, target funds to the Judiciary and law enforcement, and invest in programs to boost economic opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other related agencies.

The bill totals $21.7 billion in funding – $1.5 billion below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.7 billion below the President’s budget request. The legislation targets resources to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity, protect consumers and investors, promote an efficient federal court system, and stop financial crime. To make these investments within a tight budget, the legislation reduces funding for lower-priority or underperforming programs and agencies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is reduced by $236 million, receives additional oversight and transparency requirements in the bill to ensure tax dollars are properly used and the agency is acting responsibly. Several other policy provisions are also included to promote good government and stop bureaucratic overreach that can slow economic growth.

“The job of this bill is two-fold: to make wise investments with taxpayer dollars in the programs and agencies that we need to grow our economy and enforce our laws, and to tightly hold the reins on overspending and overreach within federal bureaucracies,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill makes great strides on all accounts – carefully investing taxpayer dollars in programs that promote opportunity, while keeping these agencies accountable to the American people.”

“Federal agencies have a duty and obligation to use hard-earned taxpayer dollars in the most effective and efficient manner. Americans work hard for the money they send to Washington and expect their legislators to make the same tough budget decisions that they have made. Our bill is the product of comprehensive hearings with input from both sides of the aisle with an emphasis on economic growth and job creation through small businesses, while bolstering law enforcement to protect our citizens. And, for the first time, funding to help individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to financial services is set aside within the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund,” said Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw.

“In addition, our bill reduces funding for agencies that we believe can produce results with fewer dollars. And, where there is a history of inappropriate behavior, such as the Internal Revenue Service, cutbacks and reforms are recommended to hold them accountable,” he continued.

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Crenshaw – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Fleischmann – The amendment revises the definition of a high cost mortgage and mortgage originator as those terms apply to manufactured housing. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-17.

Rep. Wasserman-Schultz – The amendment provides an additional $1.3 million for the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Virginia Graeme Baker” Pool and Spa Safety Act grant program, offset by a cut to the General Services Administration’s Operating Expenses account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Culberson – The amendment prohibits funding for the IRS to audit a church unless the audit is approved by the IRS Commissioner, reported to the tax committees, and takes effect 90 days after such notice. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-17.

Rep. Palazzo/Rep. Cuellar – The amendment prohibits funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to finalize or implement a rule that would restrict payday lending until the CFPB completes a report, with public comment, on the impact of the rule on populations with limited access to credit, and until it identifies existing credit products available to replace the current sources of short-term, small-dollar credit. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 30-18.

Rep. Kaptur – The amendment restores mail delivery standards to the July 1, 2012 level. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Rigell – The amendment prohibits funds for an executive order (EO 13673) that requires federal contractors to comply with burdensome labor standard reporting requirements that could hurt their contracting ability, without due process. The amendment also requires an analysis and impact statement on the new standards before they are allowed to continue. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-19.

Rep. Harris – The amendment prohibits funding for abortions through OPM-negotiated “multi-state qualified health plans” offered under Obamacare. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 30-17.

The bill was approved on a vote of 30-17.

For a summary of the bill, please visit:
http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394563

For the text of the bill, please visit:
http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2017-fservices-subcommitteedraft.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:
http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-fservices.pdf

DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Releases FY17 Homeland Security Bill

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Hal Rogers
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: June 8, 2016

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Bill
Bill targets funds to security operations, border and immigration enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released its proposed fiscal year 2017 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, the 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 $41.1 billion in discretionary funding tor DHS, an increase of $100 million (0.25 percent) above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $432 million above the President’s budget request. In addition, the bill includes $7.3 billion – the same as the President’s request – for disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the protection of our homeland. New threats to our people and way of life emerge every day, and the difficult challenges along our borders continue,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This legislation makes responsible investments in the programs that keep Americans and communities safe, that empower law enforcement officers to enforce our laws, and that enable first responders to react effectively when either man-made or natural disasters strike.”

Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter also commented on the bill.

“Protecting the homeland is my priority, and this funding bill provides our frontline personnel the tools they need to do that. This bill secures our border, funds detention operations, and provides critical funding to protect our cyber networks,” said Chairman Carter. “In addition, it directs the Transportation Security Agency to conduct a critical assessment of its operations and requirements to handle increased passenger traffic while enhancing aviation security. It also includes steps to block the President’s attempts at rewriting our laws through executive order, and instructs our agencies to uphold the law of the land.”

Bill Highlights:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – The bill contains $11.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for CBP – an increase of $158 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. This funding supports 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,871 CBP officers – the largest staffing totals in history. These resources ensure our borders are protected by putting boots on the ground and improving technology, and help stem the flow of illegal goods both into and out of the country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – The bill provides $5.9 billion for ICE –$72 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Within this total, the legislation includes:

• $2.1 billion – an increase of $93.8 million above the fiscal year 2016 level – for domestic and international investigations programs, including efforts to combat human trafficking, child exploitation, cybercrime, visa screening, and drug smuggling;

• $3.2 billion for detention and removal programs, including:

o 34,000 detention beds, electronic monitoring, and GPS tracking alternatives to detention;

o 129 Fugitive Operations teams and 100 new officers to support the Priority Enforcement Program; and

o Criminal Alien Program operations, including the 287(g) program, which partners with local law enforcement to process, arrest, and book illegal immigrants into state or local detention facilities.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – The bill includes $7.6 billion for TSA – an increase of $163 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $21.8 million above the request.

To enhance aviation security and reduce unacceptably long wait times at the nation’s airports, the bill includes full funding for Transportation Security Officers, privatized screening operations, and passenger and baggage screening equipment. An additional $19.8 million above the request is included to hire, train, and deploy 50 more canine teams to further expedite processing time.

The bill institutes rigorous oversight requirements for TSA, and requires assessments on how to improve security and efficiency of passenger and baggage screening.

Cybersecurity and Protection of Communications – Hacking and cyberattacks have already cost the federal government billions of taxpayer dollars, and have exposed the personal information of thousands of Americans. To help prevent these breaches in the future, the bill includes a total of $1.8 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate – $120.5 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level – to enhance critical infrastructure and stop cyberattacks.

Within this amount, $1.1 billion is provided to help secure civilian (.gov) networks, detect and prevent cyber-attacks and foreign espionage, and enhance and modernize emergency communications. Funds are also included to enhance emergency communications capabilities and to continue the modernization of the Biometric Identification System.

Coast Guard – The bill contains $10.3 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard – an increase of $141.4 million above the President’s request and a decrease of $670 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. The bill provides for a 1.6 percent military pay increase, and targets resources to improve readiness. Specifically, the bill:

• Provides $7 billion for operations and training, military personnel costs, aviation and cutter hours, and to reduce a maintenance backlog that can hinder readiness and response; and

• $1.28 billion – $140 million above the request – for modernization and recapitalization of vessels, aircraft, and facilities. This includes funding for the Polar Ice Breaking Vessel program, the acquisition of an Offshore Patrol Cutter, an HC130-J aircraft, six Fast Response Cutters, and facility improvements at multiple locations throughout the United States.

Secret Service – The bill provides $1.9 billion for the U.S. Secret Service – an increase of $1.2 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. This will increase investments in investigations and cybersecurity, and continue funding for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which the President proposed to eliminate.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – To ensure responsible and ample response to both man-made and natural disasters, the bill fully funds FEMA’s disaster relief account at $7.3 billion.

The legislation denies the President’s proposed cuts to first responder grants, providing $507.2 million for these critical investments. The bill funds FEMA’s preparedness grants at $2.6 billion, sustaining fiscal year 2016 levels, including $1.3 billion for State and Local grants, $690 million for firefighter assistance grants, and $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants.

Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) – The legislation does not fund most CIS activities, as these are funded outside the appropriations process through the collection of fees. The bill does not contain funds to implement the President’s executive action on immigration, and it contains language specifically to bar the use of funds for these activities for the duration of ongoing legal proceedings on the issue.

The bill contains $119.1 million in funding for E-Verify, which is funded within CIS and helps companies check if their employees may legally work in the United States.

The bill also includes a prohibition on implementing any of the President’s executive actions to expand the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, while court action is pending.

Guantanamo Bay – The bill retains a prohibition on funds to transfer or release detainees from Guantanamo Bay into the U.S. or its territories.

Savings and Oversight – The bill includes several provisions to save taxpayer dollars and increase accountability at DHS. This includes:

• Denying a proposal to increase TSA passenger fees by $880 million;
• Withholding 20 percent of funds from all DHS headquarters staffing accounts until budget justification information is provided;
• Conditioning funds for transportation screening equipment until a full acquisition plan and justifications are provided;
• Rescinding $247.2 million in unobligated, unused funds from various accounts; and
• Requiring extensive reporting, including spending plans and benchmarks.

For the complete text of the FY 2017 Subcommittee Draft Homeland Security Appropriations bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-HSecurity-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Passes DHS Bill

NEWS

House Appropriations Committee

Chairman Hal Rogers   

Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2015

Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Bill

Bill prioritizes security operations and border enforcement, strengthens immigration activities, and implements strong oversight to hold the Department of Homeland Security accountable to the American people

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill on a vote of 32-17. The bill provides funds to secure the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws, identify and protect against cyber threats, stop transnational criminals who smuggle drugs and people into the U.S., respond to natural disasters, and fight terrorism. In addition, the bill improves oversight of DHS to hold the agency accountable to the American people.

The legislation provides $39.3 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, a decrease of $337 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $2.1 billion below the President’s request. The bill does not contain funds to implement the President’s executive action on immigration, and specifically bars the use of funds for these activities for the duration of legal proceedings on the issue.

Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers made the following statement on the bill:

“Safeguarding our homeland, strengthening our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and protecting our people from terrorism and natural disasters – these are the core missions of this legislation,” Chairman Rogers said. “Now – as we face growing threats from groups like ISIL, domestic terrorists, and other perils yet unknown – we must remain vigilant. This bill will ensure an active and well-equipped frontline, a secure border, and strong intelligence and cybersecurity operations that are paramount to keeping our nation safe.”

Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter also commented on the bill.

“I am proud that our bill focuses first and foremost on border security, law enforcement and fiscal responsibility,” Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter said. “This bill rejects the President’s attempt to undermine our laws and uses the tax payers’ dollars in a fiscally responsible manner by promoting reforms within DHS, and reducing ineffectual offices and programs. Additionally, this bill requires the President to enforce current law as it is written, not as he would like to interpret it by executive order. We must provide for our nation’s security, and enforcement of the law, while exercising fiscal restraint, which is what this bill offers.”

The following amendments to the bill were approved by the full committee today:

Rep. Carter – The amendment made technical and other noncontroversial changes and additions to the report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Rooney – The amendment prohibits funding for TSA uniforms that include badges that resemble law-enforcement badges. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Culberson – The amendment requires ICE to detain Priority 1 and Priority 2 illegal aliens. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Yoder – The amendment prohibits certain state and local grants from going to “Sanctuary Cities.” The amendment was adopted on a vote of 28-21.

Rep. Aderholt– The amendment restates current law prohibiting federal funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide for abortions, except in certain life-threatening cases, rape, and incest. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-18.

Rep. Young – The amendment withholds $5 million in funding for ICE until ICE completes a congressional briefing on the status of local communities participating in the Priority Enforcement Program. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

The bill was approved on a vote of 32-17.

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-fc-ap-fy2016-ap00-hsecurity.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2016-hsecurity.pdf

For a summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394301

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