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By Lucia Bragg

Department of Homeland Security logoThe Senate Appropriations Committee passed S. 3109 last week, setting FY 2019 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.

The bill was previously marked up in the Homeland Security Subcommittee on June 19. Overall, the measure allocates a total of $55.15 billion for DHS, a $611 million increase over FY 2018 enacted levels.

Of this total, $11.69 billion is directed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $7.23 billion is designated for the Disaster Relief Fund and an additional $96 million over 2018 levels for non-disaster funding.

Specifically, the bill would:

  • Fully fund the FY 2019 budget request for the border wall system.
  • Provide $148 million to combat opioids, more than twice the FY 2018 appropriation.
  • Provide $1.95 billion for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, an increase of $38 million. Of the $1.1 billion designated for cybersecurity programs, $406 million would go to the National Cybersecurity Protection System. The bill would allocate an additional $33 million to promote election security information sharing and assistance for states and localities.
  • Provide $3.27 billion for state and local emergency management grants and training programs:
    • $512 million for State Homeland Security Grants.
    • $605 million for Urban Area Security Initiative grants.
    • $100 million each for Port and Transit Security grants.
    • $700 million for Fire and SAFER grants.
    • $350 million for Emergency Management Performance grants.
    • $250 million for Pre-disaster Mitigation.
    • $250 million for Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program.
    • $15 million for Regional Catastrophic Preparedness grants.
    • $15 million for the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams grants.
    • $66 million for the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
    • $18 million for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
    • $21 million for the Emergency Management Institute.
    • $101 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.

The bill will next be considered by the full Senate, though no date has yet been set.

Lucia Bragg is a policy associate with NCSL's State-Federal Relations Division.

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