President's FY 2015 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 13, 2014   [open pdf - 305KB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 13, 2014 hearing, "The President's FY 2015 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security" before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael McCaul: " Today we convene to take an in-depth look at the President's budget, as it relates to protecting the homeland. [...] After a review of the budget, I must say I was disappointed that the President's FY 2015 request proposes new entitlement spending, while recommending nearly a billion dollars in cuts to the Department of Homeland Security. [...] The President is calling for $56 billion to fund non essential programs, like climate research -- while at the same time, reducing funding for United States Coast Guard and border security missions, and cutting DHS Science & Technology explosives detection research by $15.5 million. Last year, after the Boston Marathon Bombing, Congress undid the multi-year funding decline for the Office of Bombing Prevention, by providing $13.5 million. This year's budget request, unfortunately, drops that amount back down to $11.5 million, nearly as low as before the tragic attack. [...] This means the Administration, in my judgment, is putting bureaucracy over the safety and security of our own shores. The Navy has already stopped counter drug missions in South America post-Sequestration; and now we're retiring a significant part of our Coast Guard fleet, without replacements on deck. This will allow more drugs to make it into our communities. This is particularly egregious since the majority of illicit drugs are seized off the coasts of Columbia and Honduras, not coming across our land borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of Michael McCaul and Jeh C. Johnson.

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