Homeland budget clears House panel

A House subcommittee on June 12 approved a $29.4 billion budget for fiscal 2004 for the Homeland Security Department that includes more money for first responders, high-threat areas and airline passenger screening.

The bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security Subcommittee, is $1.04 billion more than President Bush's proposal and $535 million more than the fiscal 2003 budget. More than $4.4 billion is earmarked for first responders, an increase of $888 million from the amount Bush proposed.

"The bill recognizes that, while DHS has the led in developing our national homeland security strategy, implementation of the strategy requires the active participation of state and local governments and the private sector," said Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), the subcommittee's chairman.

Among the highlights:

* $9 billion for border protection, including $2 billion for the Coast Guard's homeland security activities.

* $5.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including help for cargo, intercity bus and transit security, and $1.67 billion for passenger screening.

* $5.6 billion over 10 years to encourage commercial development and production of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism, including $890 million that would be available in fiscal 2004.

* $500 million for high-threat, high-density urban areas.

The appropriations bill now goes to the full committee and the Senate, a process likely to take months, before the budget is finalized.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.