H. Rept. 109-476: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2007, Report together with Additional Views to Accompany H.R. 5441, May 22, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
"The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007. […] The accompanying bill contains recommendations for new budget (obligational) authority for fiscal year 2007 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). […] The Committee recommends $32,080,000,000 in discretionary resources for the Department of Homeland Security, $1,065,353,000 above the amount proposed by the President and $1,822,300,000 above fiscal year 2006 revised enacted levels. For the second year in a row, the President has submitted a budget request for DHS that assumes the Committee will almost double the amount of aviation security fees it collects from airline passengers. This proposed fee increase funds critical areas within the Department, permitting the Secretary and President to say that the budget request for fiscal year 2007 contains an increase of $2.1 billion or six percent from the current year. But the truth is, excluding new user fees in order to make a fair comparison, the President's request is a one percent increase from the current fiscal year. As the Committee noted last year, it lacks jurisdiction to enact such a fee proposal. The Committee views this repeated attempt to artificially inflate DHS' budget as counterproductive and has reduced funding throughout the Department to make up for the gap in essential program funding created by this gimmick."
H. Rept. 109-476; House Report 109-476
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