- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

HOMELAND SECURITY — $50.5 billion

President Bush’s proposed budget boosts overall spending 10.7 percent governmentwide and 7.6 percent within the department, compared with last year.

Customs and Border Protection is funded at nearly $9.5 billion — with nearly $500 million going toward the hiring of 2,200 new Border Patrol agents to accomplish Mr. Bush’s goal of doubling the department’s size from 9,000 to 20,000 agents since the September 11 attacks, under the proposal.

Citizenship and Immigration Services is funded at $151 million and Immigration and Customs Enforcement at $5.3 billion.

The Transportation Security Administration, which includes the Federal Air Marshal Service and airport screeners, is funded at $6.42 billion. Included in the budget is a surcharge for passengers to pay for a new baggage screening system. Depending on how many stopovers, passengers could be charged 50 cents to $1 per one-way trip.

The Office of the Inspector General will see a cut, from $109 million to $101 million.

The only other Homeland Security agency to see a funding cut is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has a proposed $5.7 billion budget, down from $6.8 billion.

The U.S. Coast Guard is funded at $7.8 billion and the Secret Service at $1.4 billion.

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