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The Senate will make another stab at increasing spending for border security before closing down for its monthlong summer recess at the end of this week.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, is going to try to push through a bill that provides an additional $600 million for the border. That includes $176 million to hire 1,500 more officers to form a strike force to be deployed in critical areas along the border, his office said Wednesday.

The House passed a measure with $701 million for border security before it left for its recess last week. The White House has sought the additional funding, and, with illegal immigration shaping up as a major issue in the fall election, both parties have pressed for action to restore some semblance of order to the country’s southern border.

It’s unclear whether Mr. Schumer’s proposal will gain the Republican support needed to act on it before the Senate recesses. Republicans have proposed similar legislation, but would pay for it by taking unused money from the Obama administration’s economic-stimulus program, an idea unacceptable to Democrats.

Mr. Schumer would pay for his measure by raising fees on visas for temporary skilled workers sent to the United States by Indian companies.


Haley paid taxes late, records show

COLUMBIA | South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley has repeatedly paid fines for not paying her income taxes on time.

Tax records released Wednesday by Mrs. Haley’s campaign show she and her husband filed their taxes late, beginning in 2005. Mrs. Haley is a fiscal conservative and “tea party” favorite who cites her experience as an accountant on the campaign trail.

The state legislator and her husband have been fined more than $4,000 over five years.

Haley’s spokesman, Rob Godfrey, said he would respond to questions later.

The Haleys jointly made $65,700 in 2004, the year she first won her state House seat. They reported $196,300 last year.

Mrs. Haley faces Democrat Vincent Sheheen, a state senator, in November.


Waters wants ethics trial before election

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