Homeland Security Budget Bill Passed in the House
A $46 billion measure was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with last summer’s budget agreement, according to an article from The Associated Press.
The vote was passed at 234-182, and is the fourth of the 12 annual agency spending bills to pass through the House this year, the article says.
According to the AP article, "Republican conservatives lost a battle this spring with top members of the Appropriations panel over $5 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster money for hurricane, flood and tornado victims added to the budget as called for in the budget deal."
The bill increases spending in border and immigration enforcement efforts, but the Transportation Security Administration was hit with a slight decrease.
The bill denied the recent movement, approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last month, to increase TSA security fees added to the cost of airline tickets, the article says. The proposed measure would have increased the fee on a nonstop ticket from $2.50 to $5.
The measure does increase spending for grants for first responders such as fire and police departments, AP reports.