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senate Bill S. 3109

The $55 Billion Billion Dept. of Homeland Security Budget for FY2019

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill prioritizes investments in border security, cybersecurity, aviation security, and other important missions that the Dept. of Homeland Security performs.

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08/25/2018
In this day and age, we need security for are nation more than ever. Cyber space needs protection. We have kid in this country that are able to break into our systems. The border wall is of a major importance not only to keep illegals out but also to make sure that people that have terrorist affiliations can’t get in
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08/26/2018
While I’d like to see more funding appropriated for the completion of a border wall/double-fence along necessary sections of the US-Mexico border, this is a decent bill to fund DHS. I strongly agree with the increased funding for CBP and ICE. DHS needs to implement use of the biometric entry exit system which was authorized way back in 2007. E-verify needs to be made permanent and mandatory to turn off the jobs magnet. We allow over a million people into our great Nation each year legally; we cannot afford illegal immigration to continue. Illegal aliens place stress on our social safety net programs, our school district budgets, and drive wages down.
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Cameron's Opinion
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12/03/2018
We don’t need more Federal funding for more ICE officers. We do need funding for the Federal Immigration Judges and Courts. More funding for Trump’s wall is unnecessary.
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Argument opposed

This bill wouldn’t provide all of the needed funding to complete the border wall. Alternatively, it shouldn’t provide so much funding for border security provisions.

Tinee's Opinion
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08/25/2018
I am opposed to funding Trump's wall and funding ICE. Today I saw a child refuse to go to his own Mom after being separated from her for months. If Trump's wall is built I will help future generations take it down.
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Bob's Opinion
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08/25/2018
DHS has contributed nothing but the TSA who has had over 400 agents arrested for theft, but have yet to stop a single terrorist, ICE with their infamous detention centers and deportations, and warrantless searches and surveillance. It should be disbanded.
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08/26/2018
I can’t support anything that gives the TSA more money. They have failed miserably at their job. Also, while I am in favor of border security, the only wall that I am in favor of is a virtual wall. Cameras, drones, and whatever other methods of detection, but not a physical wall. On the border where a wall already stands, the crossers just go over, under, through, or around it.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 21st, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 3109?

This bill would provide $55.15 billion in funding for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2019, an increase of $611 million from the prior year to fund DHS missions including border security, disaster relief, transportation security, immigration enforcement, and cybersecurity. A breakdown of which agencies and activities that funding would go to can be found below.

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): $14.3 billion in funding would be provided for FY2019, an increase of $239 million from the prior year. That would fully fund the president’s $1.8 billion FY19 budget request for the construction of the border wall system, and support 375 new Border Patrol agents, 375 new CBP officers, equipment, and technology for operations at borders and ports of entry. This section would also provide:

  • An increase in dedicated funding to combat the illegal movement of opioids through ports of entry.

  • Funding for tactical communications and recapitalization of non-intrusive inspection equipment.

  • Additional surveillance systems and other situational awareness technology.

  • Three multi-role enforcement aircraft and enhancements to unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) capabilities.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE): $7.21 billion in funding would be provided for FY2019, an increase of $134 million from the prior year. This section would also provide continued support for new teams targeting at-large criminal unauthorized immigrants and those who overstay their visas. It’d also provide $84 million for ICE vehicles and additional funding for new personnel to investigate opioid trafficking.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA): $4.84 billion in funding would be provided for the TSA, a decrease of $83 million from the prior year. It’d make targeted investments in personnel, canine teams, and advanced checkpoint technology such as:

  • Funding for 1,450 new TSA personnel to staff checkpoints and mitigate wait times;

  • An additional 50 canine teams to allow for increased throughput of passengers;

  • Investments in future checkpoint technology;

  • Fully funding layers of security such as passenger pre-screening, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the Federal Flight Deck Officer program.

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG): $10.19 billion in funding would be provided for the Coast Guard, an decrease of $237 million from the prior year. Funding would be provided to support operations and hire additional military personnel, in addition to funding for increased acquisitions such as:

  • $750 million for heavy polar icebreaker recapitalization;

  • Ongoing Offshore Patrol Cutter acquisition;

  • Additional Fast Response Cutters;

  • Support for aircraft recapitalization and enhanced shore infrastructure.

U.S. Secret Service: $2.18 billion in funding would be provided for FY2019, an increase of $173 million from the prior year. It would fully support Secret Service activities and additional hiring needed for the 2020 presidential campaign and support for upcoming national security events. That’d include full funding for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, plus an additional $6 million targeted to training state and local officials in computer forensics and cyber investigations.

National Protection and Programs Directorate: $1.95 billion in funding would be provided for FY2019, an increase of $38 million from the prior year. An additional $1.53 billion in fees for the Federal Protective Service would be accounted for in the bill. Further, the section would provide the following funding:

  • $1.1 billion for cybersecurity, including protection of civilian federal networks.

  • That’d include include $406 million for the National Cybersecurity Protection System along with an additional $47 million targeted for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation.

  • An increase of $33 million would be targeted for helping states and localities with election security information sharing and assistance.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): $11.69 billion in funding for FY2019, of which $7.23 billion would go to the Disaster Relief Fund. The remaining $4.46 billion would be non-disaster funding, an increase of $96 million from the prior year. It’d include $3.27 billion in grant and training programs for state and local first responders such as:

  • $512 million for State Homeland Security Grants, including $90 million for Operation Stonegarden;

  • $605 million for Urban Area Security Initiative grants, including $20 million for non-profit organizations;

  • $100 million each for Port and Transit Security grants;

  • $700 million for FIre and SAFER grants;

  • $350 million for Emergency Management Performance grants;

  • $250 million for pre-disaster mitigation;

  • $250 million for Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program.

Miscellaneous

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would receive $132 million for E-Verify operations and enhancements.

  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers would receive $361 million, including funds to train more than 95,000 students and funds to complete important facility construction.

  • The Science & Technology Directorate would receive $813 million to continue the operation of S & T laboratories and all current Centers of Excellence.

  • The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office / Office of Health Affairs would receive $457 million, the same as the prior year.

Oversight: The bill would also provide instruction regarding metrics and performance evaluation to hold DHS accountable for outcomes, including:

  • Limiting the diversion of funds provided for personnel to unrequested and unplanned expenditures.

  • Requiring DHS to submit a report on visa overstays and publish border security metrics.

  • Requiring quarterly obligation and staffing plans and better details in budget justifications.

  • Requiring DHS to report conference spending to the inspector general and limiting the use of funds for certain conferences.

Impact

The Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3109

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said of this funding package:

“We have a very strong bill that funds critical Homeland Security priorities and meets our national security needs, providing the department and its nearly 250,000 employees with the resources they need to carry out a broad set of missions around the world. My highest priority in writing this bill was to secure U.S. borders, and I’m proud to say that our legislation makes a major down payment to do that. This legislation also provides critical resources that will help strengthen cybersecurity, improve our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, support state and local law enforcement, and keep Americans safe.”

This legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 26-5 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock / 400tmax)

AKA

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019

Official Title

An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

    I am opposed to funding Trump's wall and funding ICE. Today I saw a child refuse to go to his own Mom after being separated from her for months. If Trump's wall is built I will help future generations take it down.
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    DHS has contributed nothing but the TSA who has had over 400 agents arrested for theft, but have yet to stop a single terrorist, ICE with their infamous detention centers and deportations, and warrantless searches and surveillance. It should be disbanded.
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    I can’t support anything that gives the TSA more money. They have failed miserably at their job. Also, while I am in favor of border security, the only wall that I am in favor of is a virtual wall. Cameras, drones, and whatever other methods of detection, but not a physical wall. On the border where a wall already stands, the crossers just go over, under, through, or around it.
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    NO MONEY FOR TRUMP'S WALL, GESTAPO!!!!!!!!
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    Stop trying to impose a stupid wall that nobody wants and start working on making paths to citizenship easier.
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    In this day and age, we need security for are nation more than ever. Cyber space needs protection. We have kid in this country that are able to break into our systems. The border wall is of a major importance not only to keep illegals out but also to make sure that people that have terrorist affiliations can’t get in
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    Build relationships, not Walls!
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    No funding for Trump's racist border wall. It's a huge waste of money. Stop spending money on racism. Spend that money on our social programs, health care, & enterstrucker. No increase in funding to ice. Ice is not doing what they are suppose to be doing. They have become nothing but a racist machine for Trump & his administration.
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    I do not like this bill! Just stop crimes instead!
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    NOT ONE PENNY FOR THE STUPID USELESS BORDER WALL THAT IS JUST TO STROKE THE TRAITOR-IN-CHIEF'S EGO! USELESS BECAUSE MOST UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS COME FROM ASIA BY PLANE! AND GIVE MORE MONEY TO ICE TO TORTURE PEOPLE AMND SEXUALLY ABOSE CHILDREN STOLEN FROM THEIR PARENTS? NO WAY!
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    We don't need a wall. It won't help the problem. It will cost a lot of money which could be better spent else where.
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    Never waste the people's tax money on a useless border wall. NEVER!
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    We don’t need more Federal funding for more ICE officers. We do need funding for the Federal Immigration Judges and Courts. More funding for Trump’s wall is unnecessary.
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    While I’d like to see more funding appropriated for the completion of a border wall/double-fence along necessary sections of the US-Mexico border, this is a decent bill to fund DHS. I strongly agree with the increased funding for CBP and ICE. DHS needs to implement use of the biometric entry exit system which was authorized way back in 2007. E-verify needs to be made permanent and mandatory to turn off the jobs magnet. We allow over a million people into our great Nation each year legally; we cannot afford illegal immigration to continue. Illegal aliens place stress on our social safety net programs, our school district budgets, and drive wages down.
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    Wall is not needed,. It takes land from people. There are ways to get around a wall such as tunnels which are all ready in place. This money is needed for other things!
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    the only walls we need to build is affordable housing for the poor and homeless.we need a war on poverty,not our allies to the south.
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    NO
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    We don't need a border wall, and in general, funding for federal agencies should be decreasing, not increasing. We can't keep spending money that doesn't exist. Would it be possible to appoint Dave Ramsey as budget czar?
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