Senate funding bill gives extra dollars to border patrol station

Published on Thu, Jun 13, 2002 by Meg Olson

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Senate funding bill gives extra dollars to border patrol station

By Meg Olson

A newly approved senate bill would increase funding for local Border Patrol facilities as part of a $31 billion emergency appropriations package to tackle domestic security needs.

The bill was approved 71-22 in the very early morning of June 7. “the Senate has adopted and passed a bill that will inprove security at our borders, our ports, on our roads and in our skies,” said Senator Patty Murray.

As a member of the Senate appropriations committee, Murray worked to get Washington a good slice of the security pie. An additional $500,000 is allocated to building a new Blaine sector Border Patrol station. The project and a new station for Lynden already have $15 million in federal funding. New border patrol facilities in Colville and Oroville are also funded by the new emergency package.

The new appropriations bill also has funding for new Coast Guard boats to patrol Puget Sound and resources to improve security at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

The house of Representatives passed their own emergency appropriations bill in May and the two houses will now go into conference to work out a compromise to send on to the president..

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