The U.S. Senate has approved nearly $1 billion in additional
funding to beef up security along the country’s borders and at ports.
Reuters reported that the money is part of a $32.8 billion
domestic security spending bill for 2007.
Reuters reported that the Senate approved $648
million for port security, including more inspectors and advanced equipment to
scan containers. An additional $350 million was added to the bill to buy
aircraft, buses and other vehicles for border patrol agents, and to improve
fences and border infrastructure.
The border money will come from increasing fees for
non-Americans who use services from U.S. immigration and customs agencies,
according to Reuters.
The House has already passed its version of the security
bill and it is unknown if it will accept the amendments passed by the Senate.
The Senate also debated the fate of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, though no proposals were voted on.