Proposed DHS Budget Amendment Reduces FEMA Grants by $667M
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Comments

President Donald Trump’s budget amendment for fiscal year (FY) 2017 and budget blueprint for FY 2018 reduces Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administered grants by $667 million under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally the budget proposes establishing a 25 percent nonfederal cost match for FEMA preparedness grants that do not currently require a nonfederal match.

A comprehensive budget request for FY 2018 will be delivered to Congress in May.

The blueprint budget includes $3 billion for DHS to implement executive orders that the president said strengthen border security, enhance enforcement of immigration laws and ensure public safety in communities across the United States.

“The president’s budget requests demonstrate a renewed focus on supporting the hard work of the men and women of DHS,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. “We are committed to carrying out the department’s mission in a way that maximizes the use of taxpayer dollars while focusing on the security and law enforcement efforts that keep the American people safe.”

The request also would fund efforts to plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border and make other investments in tactical border infrastructure and technology. The request also proposes funding to increase immigration detention capacity. Finally, the request funds additional capacity at DHS to prepare for hiring additional immigration law enforcement officers and agents.

Funding highlights include:
• Funds hiring of 500 new Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) law enforcement personnel, plus associated support staff.
• Provides a further investment of $2.6 billion for high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology, including funding to continue planning, designing and constructing a border wall.
• Provides $1.5 billion above the 2017 annualized CR level to expand detention, transportation and removal of illegal immigrants.
• Invests $15 million to begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-verify program.
• Includes $1.5 billion for DHS activities that protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack.
• Sustains current funding levels for the U.S. Coast Guard.
• Restructures user fees for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the cost of government services is not subsidized by taxpayers who do not directly benefit from those programs.

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