By Ben Bain
June 26, 2008
The House and Senate Appropriations committees have approved different
measures to fund the Homeland Security Department in fiscal 2009, and
each would provide more money for cybersecurity than the Bush
The House bill, approved June 24, would spend $299 million on
cybersecurity, while the Senate measure, approved June 19, would allot
$319 million. The administration had requested $294 million for
cybersecurity for fiscal 2009, compared with the enacted budget of $210
million in fiscal 2008.
Overall, including cybersecurity, the House measure would provide $847
million in funding for infrastructure protection and information
security, while the Senate bill would spend $808 million, compared with
the $841 million the administration requested.
Although both measures support the administration's proposed
cybersecurity initiative, the committees added some requirements.
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