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Panel proposes boosting DHS budget

A House appropriations subcommittee today approved a draft Homeland Security Department appropriations bill that would increase department spending to $30.8 billion in fiscal 2005, an increase of $1.5 billion over the 2004 enacted level but $308 million below the administration’s request. The Defense Department appropriations bill provides an additional $1.2 billion for the Coast Guard and there is a separate $2.5 billion advance appropriation for Project Bioshield, House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) noted in a statement at today’s amendment session. The draft bill approved, known as the chairman’s mark, did not reflect the two additional spending measures. “Taking into account all of these adjustments, and comparing apples to apples, the mark is $1.1 billion above 2004 enacted [appropriations] and $496 million above the President’s request,” Rogers said. Full Story

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