this week approved the first homeland security appropriations bill,
which goes to President Bush for his signature.
measure does not fund screening of passenger jet cargo, but it includes
$29.4 billion for fiscal 2004 to protect borders, support first
responders, upgrade transportation security and to develop antiterrorism
Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the money "will strengthen
our border and port security by adding more people, resources and
some Democrats said the funds were insufficient.
Edward Markey, D-MA, who pushed unsuccessfully for the air cargo
screening, called it a "gaping hole in aviation security."
Joe Lieberman, D-CT, said the Department of Homeland Security is
being asked to win the war at home with troops that are stretched
funding bill, which came out of a House and Senate conference committee
Sept. 17, includes $125 million for inspection technologies and
operations for vehicles and cargo, $61.7 million for the Container
Security Initiative and $215.6 million for border and airspace security.
also calls for $5.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration
and $918 million to develop radiological, nuclear, chemical, biological
and high-explosive countermeasures, and funding for the rapid development
of homeland security technologies.