POSTED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 11:18am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:49pm
WASHINGTON D.C. - The House of Representatives approved $600 million in emergency funding Tuesday to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure, which passed in a voice vote, will now advance to the Senate for final congressional approval before being signed into law by President Obama.
Senators passed a similar plan last week.
Among other things, the bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases and $14 million in new communications equipment.
The measure has attracted strong Democratic and Republican support. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the plan last week, saying it would "add important, permanent resources to continue bolstering security on our Southwest border."
"These assets are critical to bringing additional capabilities to crack down on transnational criminal organizations and reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency and weapons," she said.
The bill is funded in part by imposing higher fees on personnel companies that bring foreign workers into the United States.