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Bush Proposes Increase in Homeland Security Funds

President Bush, on Thursday proposed a 9.7 percent increase in homeland security spending but said the main focus of U.S. efforts against terrorism still will be abroad, after criticism from Democrats that domestic anti-terrorism has been shortchanged. Bush announced the proposal for his fiscal 2005 budget, saying it would nearly triple levels from the 2001 budget and would boost the counterterrorism funds in Justice Department to $2.6 billion, a 19 percent increase over 2004 levels, in order to put more FBI agents to work on counter-terrorism efforts. The White House said the 9.7 percent increase would bring the homeland security budget to more than $30 billion from $28.2 billion. Full Story

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