McCaul Statement on President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement on President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Chairman McCaul: “The President’s budget again shows that his priorities do not match up with the American people’s. Ultimately this proposal increases fees to taxpayers, travelers and businesses while decreasing the overall budget for securing the homeland. This means the American people will pay more out of pocket while the Department cuts key security programs such as those to detain criminals and conduct aerial patrols of the border.

“Americans know the borders are not secure and yet the Administration is aiming to decrease funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement by almost $250 million – including the reduction of detention beds by almost 3,500 – and wants to cut the Coast Guard by more than $300 million, resulting in fewer ships interdicting drugs and potential criminals bound for the United States. Meanwhile, the President increases funding for more bureaucracy including throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at a new headquarters instead of spending precious funds on keeping Americans safe.

“This proposal shows a distinct disconnect between what the American people need and what the Administration wants. Ultimately, this budget proves that the Administration believes its own false narrative that the threats to this country are diminishing, and the Committee will have many questions for DHS at the full Committee budget hearing with the Secretary on March 13.”

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Next week, the Committee will hold a hearing entitled “The President’s FY 2015 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security” on March 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.