Budget Proposal

The Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget in 2017 would be cut 14 percent to about $7.8 billion, while the TSA and FEMA budgets would be reduced about 11 percent each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.

The cuts are proposed even as the planned budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees all of them, grows 6.4 percent to $43.8 billion, according to the plan, which was obtained by The Washington Post. Some $2.9 billion of that would go to building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, with $1.9 billion funding “immigration detention beds” and other Immigration and Customs Enforcement expenses and $285 million set aside to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents and 1,000 more ICE agents and support staffers.

Overall, funding for ICE would grow about 36 percent to $7.9 billion, while the budget for Customs and Border Protection would increase 27 percent to $14.2 billion.

 

The proposal is already coming under heavy fire. Critics say the specific cuts that are listed in the proposal include essential services that provide national security. The US Coast Guard stands to lose programs like Maritime Security Response Teams which carry out counter-terrorism patrols in ports and sensitive waterways and are critical for coastline security. The TSA programs on the chopping block are training programs that teach both airport security forces and pilots how to monitor, identify and defend against threats that are directly related to counter-terrorism measures. FEMA could see significant cuts to their emergency preparation programs that deploy services in advance of weather-related emergencies and threats to national security. Programs that provide coordinated response after the fact would also be weakened meaning more financial responsibility for those services would fall to states and localities.

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