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DHS Seeks Hike in Airline Passenger Fees

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking money and employees to secure U.S. borders under President Bush’s budget, while raising airline passenger fees, as a Senate panel endorsed a new leader for the agency.Monday’s $34.2 billion budget request for 2006 also proposes reorganizing state and local funding formulas to give the most money to high-risk areas. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, meanwhile, endorsed Michael Chertoff’s nomination as the department’s secretary, 14-0, with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., voting “present.”Full Story

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