Department of Homeland Security Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session on H.R. 2217, An Act Making Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2014, and for Other Purposes, April 23, 2013   [open pdf - 439KB]

This is from the April 23, 2013 hearing on, "Department of Homeland Security Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014," held before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Mary L. Landrieu: "In 2013, we provided the necessary funding and increases for: Customs and Border Protection salaries that were significantly underestimated; restored proposed cuts to the Coast Guard acquisition program to replace aging and decrepit assets; appropriated a 70-percent increase in cybersecurity technology and education programs; and restored critical funding for advanced research; and State and local preparedness grants; all of which were at historic lows in 2012. Coupling these increases with supplemental appropriations enacted for Hurricane Sandy in January, the Department should have been in good standing to support its essential frontline employees, State and local responders, and disaster victims. However, many of the increases I just highlighted will be eaten away by the 5-percent reduction required by sequester and set us back even further. While I recognize that you are still finalizing how these impacts of sequestration will be felt, it is an area that deeply concerns me. For 2014, the discretionary request for the Department is $39 billion, 1.4 percent less than the full appropriation we enacted just last month. If this request is met, it would be the fourth year in a row that the Department has faced reduced funding, down from its peak of $42 billion. In regard to the request before us, DHS, like all Federal agencies, has been asked to do more with less, and this has required some tough decisions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dan Coats, Barbara A. Mikulski, Thad Cochran, and Janet Napolitano.

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