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US House Panel OKs $32 Bln for Homeland Security

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday cleared a $32 billion bill to improve border protection, enhance transport security and bolster defenses against possible attacks on U.S. soil. The bill, which would finance the Department of Homeland Security in the 2005 fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1, is $896 million above President Bush’s request and represents a $2.8 billion increase over 2004. “It is important that we provide the money and the tools to continue progress in areas such as container security, critical infrastructure protection and border security,” said Kentucky Republican Rep. Harold Rogers, chairman of the House appropriations homeland security subcommittee. Full Story

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