Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted last week for and the House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which funds the Department of Homeland Security.
“From Boston to San Bernardino and Chattanooga to Orlando, it’s clear that the war against militant Islamic terrorism is evolving,” said Rep. Graves. “Importantly, the bill addresses ‘lone wolf terrorists,’ isolated individuals who decide to attack our communities – outside the command structure of terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State. This bill helps law enforcement and security personnel defend the homeland and find ‘lone wolves’ before the attack, while strengthening border security, immigration enforcement and cyber security.”
The bill’s highlights include:
- Increasing funding for Customs and Border Protection by $158 million, putting more agents on the border and improving technology;
- Increasing funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by $72 million, supporting dozens of new officers;
- Providing critical resources for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, including its work to test and evaluate active shooter response technologies;
- Increasing funding to detect and prevent cyberattacks by $120.5 million;
- And prohibiting the Obama administration from transferring detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.