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Committee Approves FY18 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Valadao Votes to Protect DACA, Support Ag Workers

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Washignton, July 18, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, with the support of United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill.
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WASHINGTON - Today, with the support of United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill.

The legislation provides funding for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), whose mission is to secure the nation from threats. The Department is responsible for critical programs such as aviation security, border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, and efforts to stop the smuggling of drugs and people into the U.S.

In total, the legislation directs $44.3 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, $1.9 billion above enacted funding for fiscal year 2017.

Congressman Valadao stated, “It is an unfortunate reality that globalization and terrorism have changed the way in which we must work to protect our homeland. Ensuring the safety of every American is my number one priority in Congress.” He went on, “Today’s appropriations package provides the resources and tools needed to protect our nation from threats across the globe.”

During consideration of the legislation, Representative Valadao voted in support of amendments aimed at modifying our immigration policy. The first, an amendment introduced by Representative Pete Aguilar (D-CA), prevents funding from eliminating the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Amendment failed by a vote of 25 to 27 and was not included in the appropriations legislation.

“I am disappointed this amendment was not included in the legislation. These children were brought here through no fault of their own and the United States is the only home they know. I will continue to work with my colleagues until the House achieves comprehensive immigration reform," said Congressman Valadao.

The second amendment, introduced by Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), expands the H-2A program to include year-round workers in addition to temporary or seasonal workers and was passed by the Committee with Valadao’s support.

“As Congress works towards implementing comprehensive immigration reform legislation, this amendment will ensure our agriculture communities have the access to the workers they desperately need,” stated Congressman Valadao.

Specifically, the legislation provides:
  • $13.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • $7 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • $10.5 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • $7.2 billion for Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • $1.8 billion for Cybersecurity and Protection of Communications
  • $7.3 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief account (DRF)
The House Appropriations committee passed the legislation by a vote of 30 to 22.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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