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senate Bill S. 2648

Supplementing The Nation's Emergency Funds

Argument in favor

Provides desperately needed funds in agencies battling natural and social emergencies.

Argument opposed

This bill is tying together unrelated domestic and foreign issues. There should be more funding for a smaller number of federal agencies to handle each specific crisis.

What is Senate Bill S. 2648?

 This bill would designate special federal money for supplementing funds for emergencies for fiscal year 2014. In terms of "emergencies," this bill is trying to tackle a lot: the surge of unaccompanied minors on the southwestern border, national wildfires, and support for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

By providing funding for the the following federal agencies, this bill hopes to cover the necessary expenses for responding to the significant rise in unaccompanied children flooding the border:
  - The Department of Justice (DOJ)
  - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
  - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  - The Department of State

This bill would also offer appropriations for the U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service. This money would go to fighting anticipated wildfires, and replenishing depleted funds for fires thereafter. These funds can only be applied if the USDA lets the appropriations committee know that they need more funds. 


People and federal agencies affected by the surge in child migrants, wildfires, or Israel's Iron Dome.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2648

$3.57 Billion
The CBO assumes while some of the funds may be obligated in fiscal year 2014, they may not be expended until fiscal year 2015 or later.

More Information

In Depth:

Some funding from the act comes from adjustments made to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 that would be considered "emergency requirements." This bill also outlines restrictions and prohibitions for how the funds are used.

In response to President Obama's request for funds to tackle the issue of child migrants at the southwestern border, this bill offers less money — but with no strings attached. Also, the bill does not change current law.


Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

Sponsoring Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Press Release

Detailed CBO Cost Estimate

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia Wildfires Entry)


Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2014

Official Title

A bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJuly 23rd, 2014

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