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09.26.19

Statement Of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Amendment to Remove Transfer Authority for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations

My amendment is simple. It ensures that the Department of Homeland Security cannot use its general transfer authority to increase the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) budget above what Congress provides. For two years, the level of funding for ICE detention beds has been carefully negotiated. It is one of the most contentious issues we deal with in the DHS bill and is usually one of the last issues to be agreed upon. And for two years the Trump Administration has brazenly ignored t… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Statement Of Vice Chairman Leahy On Committee Consideration Of Five FY 2020 Appropriations Bills

The Committee has five bills before it today-the Interior bill, the State, Foreign Operations bill, the Commerce, Justice, Science bill, the Homeland Security bill, and the Legislative Branch bill. In a moment I will read the motion to report all five bills. I recommend an AYE vote on four of these bills -Interior, State, Foreign Operations, CJS, and Legislative Branch - and for reasons I will talk about in a moment, I urge a NO vote on the Homeland Bill. I want to thank Chairman Murkowski a… Continue Reading


09.24.19

SUMMARY: FY 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2020 Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill provides a total discretionary level of $70.725 billion, of which $17.352 billion is provided for Disaster Relief, as defined by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, and $190 million is provided for Coast Guard Overseas Contingency Operations funds. After excluding these two amounts, the net discretionary appropriation for DHS is $53.183 billion, $3.772 billion more than the fiscal year 2019 en… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Leahy, Feinstein, Durbin: ICE Should Not Separate Families During Upcoming ICE Raids

(THURSDAY, July 11, 2019) - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), joined by fellow Appropriators Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) - who also serve as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, respectively - Thursday sent an urgent letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement requesting confirmation … Continue Reading


07.26.18

Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy REAX To House Appropriations Committee Passing The DHS Appropriations Bill

[(WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, July 26, 2018) - The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill out of the House Appropriations Committee, continuing a partisan process of passing bills that have no chance of passing the Senate. The House bill contains $5 billion for a border wall, $3.9 billion more than the President's request, along America's Southern Border. It also includes drastic increases for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy: Summary Of The Department Of Homeland Security FY19 Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill provides a discretionary total of $55.151 billion, of which $6.652 billion is provided for Disaster Relief, as defined by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, and $165 million is provided for Coast Guard Overseas Contingency Operations funds. After excluding these two amounts, the net discretionary appropriation for DHS is $48.334 billion, $611 million more than the fiscal year 2… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 19 Homeland Security, SFOPS, and FSGG Appropriations Bill

The Committee has three bills before us today - the State, Foreign Operations bill, Department of Homeland Security bill, and the Financial Services and General Government bill. I thank all of the Chairs and Ranking Members for their hard work. As the Ranking Member of the State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee, I will reserve my remarks on the bill until we turn to it. I will note that I worked closely with Senator Graham, as we always do, in drafting the bill, and I believe we produced a tr… Continue Reading


06.19.18

SUMMARY: FY2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Clears Senate Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill provides a discretionary total of $55.151 billion, of which $6.652 billion is provided for Disaster Relief, as defined by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, and $165 million is provided for Coast Guard Overseas Contingency Operations funds. After excluding these two amounts, the net discretionary appropriation for DHS is $48.334 billion, $611 million more than the fiscal year 2… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Leahy Slams Border Wall Funding As “Bumper Sticker Budgeting”

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017) - Slamming the proposal as "bumper sticker budgeting," Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday focused on a provision in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would provide $1.6 billion from American taxpayers for President Trump's border wall with Mexico. Leahy said: "This is bumper sticker budgeting to save face for one of President Trump's failed campaign promises. Instead of wasting billions of… Continue Reading


11.21.17

SUMMARY: FY 2018 Department Of Homeland Security Chairman's Mark Released

Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017) - The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday made public the Chairman's Mark of the fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The bill provides a total discretionary appropriation of $51.565 billion. The net discretionary total is $44.050 billion after the following amounts are excluded: $559 million in emergency appropriations for disaster relief; cap adjustment funding of $6.793 billion for disaster relief; and $163 milli… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on Reed-Mikulski Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the Reed-Mikulski amendment to keep parity between defense and non-defense spending.

      

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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05.26.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 Defense and Homeland Security Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in a Full Committee markup to consider the fiscal year 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bills.

         

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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05.26.16

FY17 DHS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $49.74 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding.  Of this total, $48.07 billion is for discretionary programs, including $163 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations (OCO) and a $6.7 billion cap adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.  After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $41.201 billion, $246 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $578 million more than the President’s request.

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05.24.16

Joint Statement & Summary of Ranking Member Shaheen & Chairman Hoeven on the FY17 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) issued the following joint statement and summary of priorities following the subcommittee’s approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill:

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05.24.16

FY17 DHS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $49.74 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding.  Of this total, $48.07 billion is for discretionary programs, including $163 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations (OCO) and a $6.7 billion cap adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.  After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $41.201 billion, $246 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $578 million more than the President’s request.

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06.18.15

FY16 DHS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact:Mara Stark-Alcalá w/Appropriations: (202) 224-2667 Ryan Nickel, Shaheen Press Office: (202) 224-5553 SUMMARYDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYFISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILLFull Committee Mark: June 18, 2015 Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $47.09 billion for discretionary programs, including $160 million for Coast Guard Overseas Contingency Operat… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of Interior & Homeland Security Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in the Full Committee markup of the fiscal year 2016 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Interior) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bills. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "Thank you, Chairman Cochran. Today, we have two bills: Interior and Homeland Security. I appreciate the Chai… Continue Reading


06.16.15

FY16 DHS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Contact:Mara Stark-Alcalá w/Appropriations: (202) 224-2667 Ryan Nickel, Shaheen Press Office: (202) 224-5553 SUMMARYDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYFISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILLSubcommittee Mark: June 16, 2015 Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $47.09 billion for discretionary programs, including $160 million for Coast Guard Overseas Contingency Operatio… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Mikulski Applauds President Signing DHS Funding into Law, Marking Completion of FY15 Appropriations

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 President signing a full year Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. All 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills are now law. 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. "With the President signing the Department of Homeland Secur… Continue Reading


03.03.15

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 twelv… Continue Reading

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