House OKs $39B border budget

Would finance 1,000 additional customs officers
2013-06-07T00:00:00Z House OKs $39B border budgetArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The U.S. House approved a nearly $39 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security Thursday that would add about 1,000 Customs and Border Protection officers.

That's $613 million less than last year, according to a release from Arizona Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, who was among the 245 congressmen who voted for the bill.

Barber said he is concerned that failure to address the $600 million across-the-board cuts Customs and Border Protection has to make because of sequestration will harm border security.

"While I strongly support this funding for our national security, I am disappointed that Congress continues to fail to address the sequestration cuts that continue to harm our ability to secure our borders," he said in a news release.

The bill contains $10.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection, which is $222 million below the amount requested and $255 million above the fiscal 2013 enacted level.

The money would provide funding for 21,370 Border Patrol agents - down from 21,394 in fiscal 2012 - and 22,800 customs officers.

Perla Trevizo

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate

Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...
Get weekly ads via e-mail