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House Committee Passes DHS Funding Bill

Jul 15, 2014

The House Appropriation Committee has passed the FY2015 Homeland Security funding bill. The bill fully funds FEMA's stated requirement for disaster relief at $7 billion. The bill provides a total of $2.5 billion for first responder grants, same as FY2014, which includes: $1.5 billion for State and Local grants. The bill provides $39.2 billion in discretionary funding for DHS. This is a decrease of $50 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, but an increase of $887.8 million above the President’s request for these programs. The bill provides $125 million for the Office of Health Affairs, $2 million below FY2014. Included in the total is $84.6 million for the BioWatch program, as well as funding for biosurveillance pilots and chemical defense guidelines to promote early warning and situational awareness of high-risk incidents. Read more here.