Ferox Strategies Chief of Staff Lucia Alonzo and the homeland security experts at CT Strategies are back with a new client update on the latest in border and homeland security appropriations!
In July 2018, our update covers the House's surprise $5 billion cash infusion for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), prepared only on President Trump's say-so. It's a big gamble for new House Appropriations Homeland Security Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), ordinarily a self-styled moderate representing a district heavy with skilled immigrants that favored Clinton in the 2016 election. Yoder quickly won support from the White House by spinning this $5 billion figure as funding President Trump's promised southern border wall. But, as we discuss in the update, that's not the whole story: CBP procurement funds in the House bill support Trade and Travel Operations including a sharp increase to non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, air and marine gear, and personnel increases.
The new House bill is sharply different from the Senate bill introduced in June, especially on CBP procurement. The Senate bill provides $1.6 billion for this same priority, while the House version follows President Trump's verbal request for $5 billion. With the White House throwing its support behind the House bill, Senate appropriators must decide whether to insist on their version or move around a huge amount of money within their bill to please the President.
Meanwhile, President Trump continues to threaten to shut down the government at the end of the fiscal year on September 30 if Congress does not meet his border security demands, including a border wall and hiring sprees in ICE and the Border Patrol. Republican leaders have repeatedly reminded President Trump that a shutdown one month before the critical November midterms could be disastrous for the GOP. President Trump, however, believes a shutdown will motivate the Republican voting base. Who will win out? Click through to read the full article!