Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on the Passage of a Full-Year Appropriations Bill for DHS

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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March 3, 2015
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON ON THE PASSAGE OF A FULL-YEAR APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR DHS

Several hours ago the House voted to enact a clean, full-year appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate did the same last Friday. A bill funding the Department for the entire Fiscal Year 2015 is now on its way to the President for signature. It is a good bill, which provides $39.7 billion to fund vital homeland security missions.

On behalf of the approximately 225,000 men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, we thank those in Congress – Democrats and Republicans – who voted for this bill and, in particular, those in Congress who showed the leadership necessary to get the job done.

Congress has done a good thing. It has fully funded homeland security. It has provided our people a strong bipartisan vote of confidence in the importance of their work.

Now our men and women can return to the vital work of combatting terrorism, ensuring border security, port security, aviation security, cybersecurity, and our other vital homeland security missions, without the uncertainty of a furlough or a delayed paycheck hanging over their heads.

Sunday marked the 12th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security. Today, as we pursue our vital missions, we are reforming the way we manage the Department, we are filling all the senior-level vacancies, we are improving our responsiveness to Congress, we are strengthening border security, we are advancing cybersecurity, we are rebuilding the Coast Guard fleet, we are improving the immigration system, we are reforming the Secret Service, and doing a number of other things to improve the Department and homeland security.

In all of this, we look forward to a continued, bipartisan partnership with the Congress.

Thank you.