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.