On Thursday the House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In total, the measure proposes $51.4 billion for DHS, $3.7 billion more than the level provided in the FY 2018 omnibus.
The House recommends $7.3 billion for TSA in FY 2019 and rejects the administration's proposal to raise the passenger security fee by $1 per one-way trip and bill provides funding for TSA to continue to staff exit lanes. The bill does not include funding for LEO reimbursement agreements or VIPR teams.
The House recommends $17.8 billion for CBP in FY 2019, $3.8 billion above the FY 2018 omnibus. At this level, $5 billion is proposed for the border wall and associated technologies. In addition, the Subcommittee provides funding for 375 new CBP officers to be deployed at air and land ports of entry.
The full Appropriations Committee will consider the DHS bill next week.