Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Pleased that Responsible, Full Year DHS Funding Bill will be sent to President

Mikulski says funding will ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources needed to protect our homeland and local communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued a statement in response to the House passing a responsible, full year Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill.  With House action today on the Homeland Security bill, Congress has completed action on all twelve appropriations bills.  H.R. 240 provides critical resources to the 230,000 men and women who are on the front lines every day making this nation safer.
“Today, Congress did its job and sent the President a full year Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill,” Senator Mikulski said.  “I’m glad the House finally took the Senate’s lead and passed the DHS funding agreement that was negotiated across the aisle and across the dome, last December.
“It is my hope that with this action, Congress will end the era of divisive shutdown politics.  The millions of men and women serving in our military and in our civil service, who work every day to make this a better nation, deserve respect and the resources to do their jobs.
“This bill will provide DHS the funds needed to protect our homeland and meet the needs of our national programs, such as the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Customs, Secret Service and the Transportation Security Administration.  But protection and response begins in local communities, which is why we put money into the federal checkbook for grants that go out to our local police, firefighters and EMS to buy the equipment and get the training they need to keep our communities safe.
“I look forward to working across the aisle and across the dome on completing the spending bills for fiscal year 2016 in an orderly way, without poison pill riders.”