White House Endorses Border Security Bill

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:39pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday called for the House to pass the Senate’s $600 million border security bill next week.

Napolitano, when asked if the White House supported the bill and wanted the House to act on it during its special session, said “Yes and yes,” explaining that she has spoken “to the Speaker’s office, [though] I have not spoken personally with the Speaker.”

“We would obviously support the House concurring in the Senate package as soon as possible,” said Napolitano ,who hailed the bill as a step forward in securing the nation’s southern border.

The Senate passed legislation Thursday on a voice vote. It was authored by Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.). The measure includes funding for some 1,500 new border patrol and immigration officials to be sent to the southern border, as well as funding for additional unmanned aerial patrol vehicles.