Draft 2014 Homeland bill reverses Obama cut to bomb prevention

President Obama had called for a 39 percent cut to the program, and the draft bill provides $8.5 million more than Obama requested in his 2014 budget released last month. 

The funding is $3 million above current levels and is directed toward countering improvised explosive devices like the ones officials allege were used in April’s Boston Marathon bombing.

“In short, this bill provides our frontline operators the tools they need to enforce the law and keep our country safe,” House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas) said. 

Overall, the bill provides $38.9 billion, a decrease of $618 million from current levels. 

The House GOP budget does not replace the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over nine years that went into effect March 1, so appropriators have to deal with less funding in 2014 for non-defense programs than in 2013. 

The subcommittee draft targets $388 million in cuts to airport security screening and $297 million in cuts to the Coast Guard.