Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 5441, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, FY 2007 [open pdf - 42KB]
"The Administration supports House passage of the FY 2007 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, as reported by the House Committee and commends the Committee for reporting this bill in a timely manner. The Administration appreciates the strong support provided by the Committee by funding homeland security priorities, including border and transportation security, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the Science and Technology Directorate, and infrastructure protection. The President's FY 2007 Budget holds total discretionary spending to $872.8 billion and cuts non-security discretionary spending below last year's level. The Budget funds priorities and meets these limits by proposing to reform, reduce, or terminate 141 lower-priority programs. The Administration urges Congress to fund priority needs while holding spending to these limits. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to adopt the President's proposals to cut wasteful spending in order to maintain fiscal discipline to protect the American taxpayer and sustain a strong economy."