House Passes FY 2012 DHS Appropriations Bill

Last week, the House passed the FY 2012 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill by a vote of 231-188.  The bill provided for a total of $42.3 billion for DHS which was 6 percent less than the Administration’s request and 3 percent less than the department received last year.

Several amendments were considered, including an amendment by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.), which limits the amount of money TSA can use to support federal screeners. The amendment would allow the additional funds to support private airport screeners in the screening partnership program. Mica’s amendment was agreed to by a vote of 219-204. 

The Senate has not yet begun consideration of any FY 2012 spending bills.

Highlights of the legislation:

  • The bill provides $7.8 billion TSA, $293 million (4 percent) less than the Administration’s request and $125 million more than FY 2011. 
  • The bill funds a total of 1,000 advanced imaging technology units.
  • The bill caps the number of TSA screeners at 46,000.

The bill provides $1.1 billion for aviation security direction and enforcement, $16 million less than the Administration’s request.   The bill provides $555 million for explosive detection systems for screening baggage at airports. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection received $11.8 billion, an increase of $442 million over FY 2011.  The bill provides funding for 21,186 CBP officers, which includes funding for an additional 300 officers at new and expanded ports of entry and additional canine units at ports of entry.