Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008

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The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008 was intended to provide funding for the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year (FY) 2008.



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Details

Overall, the bill provides $37.4 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, including funding for a border security fence, a provision successfully put in by Republicans members.[1] Specifically, the bill spends over $3 billion on grants to states for various first responder needs and over $5 billion on air and surface transportation security needs. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ordered to double the amount of airplane cargo inspected. A $1 billion surplus of funds for specific in-bound cargo security is to be used with no further funding until Congress received a more detailed report on spending. $1 billion is added to border fencing and infrastructure.[2] The measure also provides $8.8 billion for customs and border protection and $6.6 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, both more than requested by President Bush, while providing only $8.4 billion for the Coast Guard, less than requested. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would receive $7.4 billion, a significant increase over what was requested by the president and what FEMA received for FY2007.[3]

The bill also requires the Secretary of DHS to communicate directly to employees their responsibility to cooperate with Inspector General inquiries. The IG had previously reported problems obtaining information from the Department.[4]


Consideration

House

Amendments

On June 15, 2007, the House defeated an amendment relating to the construction of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border by a vote of 233-190.[5]


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Scored vote

Scorecard: American Conservative Union 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The House defeated an amendment to the Homeland Security Bill that would have accelerated the construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. ACU supported this amendment."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.acuratings.org/)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Bar funds to state or local governments that refuse to share information on immigrant status with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau. June 15. (234-189)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote on a Rogers amendment that would prevent projects funded in this bill from having to comply with Davis-Bacon requirements. The pro-growth vote is "yea" because Davis-Bacon requires wages to be paid at a "prevailing" union rate, which is almost always higher than the market rate. This forces taxpayers to pay more than is necessary. Failed 145-277."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca.php)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Fund construction of fences along the U.S. border with Mexico. June 15. (200-217)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.naacp.org/programs/bureau-dc/report_card/index.htm)

Passage

On June 15, 2007, the bill passed the House by a vote of 269-150. As per an agreement between Democratic and Republican leaders, the measure included no earmarks, but they could be added later in a conference committee.[6]


Senate

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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Table a proposal to provide $300 million to states to comply with the "Real ID" requirements for driver's licenses and other identification. July 26. (50-44)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


The Senate passed an amended version of the bill on July 26, 2007 by a vote of 89-4.


Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. Josh Rogin, "House Passes Homeland Security Spending After Earmarks Deal Ends GOP Protest," CQ, June 15, 2007.
  2. Robert McElroy, “Appropriations: Dept. of Homeland Security,” TheWeekInCongress, June 15, 2007.
  3. Josh Rogin, "House Passes Homeland Security Spending After Earmarks Deal Ends GOP Protest," CQ, June 15, 2007.
  4. Robert McElroy, “Appropriations: Dept. of Homeland Security,” TheWeekInCongress, June 15, 2007.
  5. THOMAS page on H.AMDT.273.
  6. Josh Rogin, "House Passes Homeland Security Spending After Earmarks Deal Ends GOP Protest," CQ, June 15, 2007.

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