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Homeland Security Appropriations Level-Fund Most Programs, Increase Fire Department Aid, Cut Transportation Security

By Laura DeKoven Waxman
October 26, 2009


With House and Senate passage of the conference agreement, Congress has completed work on the Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bill and sent it to the President for signature. The measure provides $42.8 billion in discretionary spending, $2.6 billion (6.6 percent) more than in FY-09. For many programs, conferees essentially split the difference between House and Senate funding levels.

While the large homeland security grant programs are funded at the FY-09 level, port and rail and transit security grants are both cut by one-fourth. Fire grant assistance programs see an increase in total, but the Fire Grant Program is cut about 30 percent while funding for SAFER grants (which can be used to hire firefighters) is doubled. The table below provides appropriation levels for key programs and functional areas in thousands of dollars:

Please contact Laura DeKoven Waxman for a copy of the chart.