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

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