Washington, DC (June 6, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 2217, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in the House voting today to make our nation a safer place,” said Pearce.  “Today’s legislation provides Customs and Border Protection with the funds it needs to protect our borders and keep New Mexican communities safe from cartel drug smugglers and gun runners.  The bill provides for increased funding for cybersecurity, which as we have seen in the past month is quickly becoming one of the greatest threats to our national security.  Additionally, the bill provides important funding for our first responders, their training, and disaster response.  Effective and efficient spending of these funds will help ensure our first responders are always prepared to respond as they did after the Boston Marathon attacks.  I voted today for a bill that not only makes our communities, states and nation a safer place, but it additionally cuts  600 million dollars in wasteful and ineffective programs.”

The appropriations bill provides vital funding to a number of important programs.  The bill fully funds FEMA’s requirement for disaster relief, providing the $6.2 billion requested for recovery and first responders.  It also includes $10.6 billion for Border Patrol, $5.4 billion for Immigration and Customs, and $4.8 billion for TSA, including system improvements and privatized screening.