House of Representatives Passes Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Congressman Jim Bridenstine Applauds Limitation on DHS Ammo Purchases
Washington, DC, June 6, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The House of Representatives this afternoon passed the FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. HR 2217 provides $38.9 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) -- $34.9 million below the President’s FY 2014 budget request and $613.2 million below the FY 2013 enacted level. The budget meets the levels set in the FY 2014 House-passed budget, the so-called “Ryan Budget”. The bill does not include the requested pay increase for civilians.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security asserted that the bill restores fiscal discipline at DHS through greater oversight and discipline. The Committee recommended limiting the Department’s overhead through a minimum 15 percent reduction in administrative staffing, a 25 percent reduction in administrative expenses and services, and reduction in TSA’s federal staffing.
Mr. Bridenstine applauded passage of an amendment presented by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) that prohibited any funds for any new government contract to purchase ammunition before the Secretary of Homeland Security submits a comprehensive report to Congress detailing the purchase and use of ammunition by DHS.
Congressman Bridenstine said, “This amendment, which passed on a party line vote, is an important step toward achieving the goals of the AMMO Act, HR 1764, which I co-sponsored. The AMMO Act sets specific limits on the quantity of ammunition that can be purchased by each covered federal agency, while this bill only prohibits further purchase contracts by this one Department until it reports to Congress.”
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