McCaul Statement on the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018. The bill provides $44.3 billion, $1.9 billion above FY17, to protect the homeland, secure the border, and provide necessary funds to respond to disasters.
Chairman McCaul: “There should be no uncertainty when it comes to the safety of the American people. We must continue to ensure that all departments dedicated to keeping our country secure are fully and appropriately funded. This legislation provides the Department of Homeland Security the resources to enforce our laws and protect our people, including funding for critical programs such as natural disaster response, border and immigration enforcement, aviation security, and cybersecurity and infrastructure protection.”
Key Provisions of the Bill Include:
Border and Maritime Security
- Includes $13.8 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and $7 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Provides $1.6 billion within CBP for the physical border wall construction
- Funds new hires within DHS as requested by the President, including 500 new Border Patrol Agents, Air and Marine Officers, 1,000 law enforcement officers, and ICE support staff
- Funds 44,000 detention beds, 4,676 more than in FY17 and the highest number of beds since DHS was created
- Funds the 287(g) program at the President’s request, including the addition of 26 new communities to the program
- Includes $10.5 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard, $31.7 million above FY17, which includes funding for Coast Guard acquisition, including the Polar Ice Breaking Vessel Program and Fast Response Cutters, and a 2.1% pay raise
Emergency Preparedness and Response Communications
- In light of recent disasters, the bill provides vital funding for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund
- Includes $7.3 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief account for FY18 and $2.7 billion for FEMA grant programs, such as the State Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Area Security Initiative, and firefighter assistance grants
Transportation and Protective Security
- Provides $7.1 billion for TSA and fully funds the Secret Service with $2 billion
Oversight and Management Efficiency
- Provides $180.4 million to the DHS Office of Inspector General to help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations and management
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
- Includes $1.8 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
Additional highlights of the bill can be found here.