Diaz-Balart Votes Fund Disaster Response and Recovery, Law Enforcement in DHS Appropriations
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
“The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill funds important agencies that help keep American citizens, and those traveling through our country, safe. The legislation increases funding for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), strengthening their security protocol and addressing passenger wait times by adding 240 new carry-on bag screening systems and 50 new canine teams. As we continue to rebuild from Hurricane Irma, critical funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is included to support their ongoing response and recovery efforts. FEMA's flood mapping activities are also funded, which will lead to more accurate maps that communities like Clewiston rely on. The legislation also supports the brave men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency that safeguards our communities, and is responsible for the seizure of illegal narcotics that drug traffickers attempt to infiltrate our borders with, keeping these substances out of our neighborhoods and homes.
“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Yoder on the passage of this legislation. As we round out the last of our Appropriations mark-ups, I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen for his decades of public service and look forward to continue working with him to get these bills to the floor in regular order.”
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding in the fiscal year 2019 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill:
- $7.3 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including:
- $218 million for TSA screener training, providing officers with the latest in security and prevention education
- Providing 240 additional screening machines and 50 canine teams to expedite wait times and processing
- $17.8 billion for border security operations through Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including:
- $108 million for opioid detection at international mail and express consignment facilities
- $11.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), supporting continued disaster response and recovery efforts, including:
- $262.5 million for FEMA flood mapping activities, which positively impact communities like Clewiston
- $249 million for pre-disaster mitigation grants
- $700 million firefighter assistance grants