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In House, Senate FY 2011 Homeland Security Bills, Most Grant Programs Would Be Level-Funded or See Small Increase

By Laura DeKoven Waxman
July 19, 2010

Homeland Security appropriations bills were among the first ones out of the block for both the House and Senate appropriations committees. The House Homeland Security Subcommittee acted on June 24, the Senate Subcommittee on July 14. The House bill would provide the Homeland Security Department $43.9 billion in discretionary funds, $1.1 billion (2.6 percent) more than in FY 2010. The Senate bill would provide $43.79 billion, $1 billion more (2.3 percent) than in FY 2010. The President requested $43.89 billion for FY 2011.

The House bill would provide $4.2 billion in state and local homeland security grants, the Senate bill would provide $4.23 billion. These programs were funded at $4.16 billion this year; the President requested $4 billion for next year. Both bills would fund the State Homeland Security Grant Program at this years level of $950 million. They would increase Urban Area Security Initiative Grants the House to $907 million, the Senate to $950 million but not provide as much as the $1.1 billion requested by the President. While the House bill would fund Port Security and Transit Security Grants at $300 million, the amount they are funded at this year and that the President requested for next year, the Senate bill would increase both programs to $350 million next year. Both had been funded at $400 million in FY 2009 and were cut by one-fourth this year.

In both bills, funding for the Transportation Security Administration would increase by about six percent, the largest increase for any DHS agency, but still receive less than the President requested. Both bills would fully fund 503 advanced airport imaging technology units and allow for the hiring of 5,355 new screeners to staff them.

Following is a table that shows funding for key programs and functions in thousands of dollars: