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Plan Seeks Big Rise in Antiterror Spending

The White House called on Monday for a 10 percent increase in spending for the year-old Department of Homeland Security, a sizable jump by the standards of the administration’s overall budget for 2005. But the proposal drew immediate criticism from Democrats for sharp cuts in grants to state and local law enforcement agencies. The budget for the department, which consolidated 22 federal agencies last year into a single superdepartment responsible for pre-empting terrorist attacks on American soil, was set at $40.2 billion, up from $36.5 billion this year. “We have made measurable, visible progress during our first year of work,” said Tom Ridge, the secretary of homeland security. “The president’s budget maintains the momentum we have established.” Full Story

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