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senate Bill S. 2534

Department of Homeland Security Spending for Fiscal Year 2015

Argument in favor

Provides vital funding that thwarts myriad threats. Increases cybersecurity and border security, in addition to natural disaster preparedness.

Argument opposed

Filled with bloat and ineffective programs. $638 million to build a boat. One boat. Spending up by more than $600 million.

What is Senate Bill S. 2534?

This is the annual Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. The bill funds a range of programs tied to national security infrastructure, funding everything from Customs and Border Protection and the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to the Secret Service and FEMA salaries. 

totals $47.2 billion, $643 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.  Of this total, $45.65 billion is for discretionary programs, including $213 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations and $6.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $39 billion. 

Further bill details are provided below.  


The bill impacts a range of programs tied to national security infrastructure.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2534

$47.20 Billion
This total is taken from the Senate subcommittee, and not from a CBO estimate.

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In Detail:

The bill provides:

-$10.214 billion for the Coast Guard, $89 million below last fiscal year's funding level; 

-$7.23 billion for Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $131 million below last year's funding level;

-$125 million for the Office of Health Affairs, $2 million below last fiscal year's fudging level;

-$300 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, $104 million below last fiscal year;

-"A total of $26 million, $5 million above fiscal year 2014, is provided to strengthen the [DHS]'s ability to safeguard and share classified information with its federal, state and local partners, and to help deter the unauthorized release of such information";  

-$12.567 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), $480 million above last fiscal year;

-$249 million for the Office of Biometric Identity Management, $22 million above Fiscal Year 2014; 

-$306 million for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $21 million above FY '14;

-$5.508 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), $106 million below last fiscal year;

-$124.4 million in direct appropriations to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), $10 million below the request and $10.5 million above fiscal year 2014;

-Of the $1.213 billion recommended for the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Infrastructure Protection and Information Security Program, the bill provides a total of $757 million for cybersecurity protection of federal networks and incident response, $35 million below fiscal year 2014.  Included within this amount is:
  • $378 million for intrusion detection on civilian federal networks; 
  • $141 million to build on a new monitoring and diagnostics program that began in 2013 to better protect civilian federal networks through real time analysis of day-to-day activity; and
  • $15.8 million for cybersecurity education to train future cyber professionals.

-$1.635 billion for the Secret Service;

-$7.033 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund; 

-$936 million for FEMA salaries and expenses, $11.3 million below last fiscal year;

-$1.5 billion for state and local preparedness grants programs:
  • $467 million for State Homeland Security Grants, including $55 million for Operation Stonegarden;
  • $600 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative, including $13 million for Non-profit Security Grants;
  • $100 million for Transit and Rail Security Grants, including $10 million for Amtrak security;
  • $100 million for Port Security Grants; and
  • $233  million for education, training and exercises including:
    • $29.5 million for continuing training grants;
    • $20.6 million for the Emergency Management Institute; and 
    • $98 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
-Funding for:

The bill also provides funding for the following programs:
  • $340 million each for the Fire Equipment Grant program and the Firefighter Hiring Grant program, $680 million total. 
  • $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants;
  • $25 million for Predisaster Mitigation Grants;
  • $100 million for Flood Mapping and Risk Analysis;
  • $44 million for the United States Fire Administration; and
  • $100 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

Official Title

An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2014