Last updated: 05:04 PM ET, Thu March 07 2013

House Approves Measure To Fund Customs Agents Through Sequester

Features & Advice | U.S. Travel Association | Gretchen Kelly | March 07, 2013

A few days after Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, told a Politico audience that Customs and Border Protection lines were already ballooning up to 200 percent of their normal waiting times, the House has approved a $982 billion spending package on March 6th designed to avert a partial government shutdown and cancel a 0.5 percent Federal pay raise scheduled to go into effect at the end of the month. The package now goes to the Senate.                                   

The Obama administration says it is “deeply concerned” about the measure, which locks in the sequester’s budget cuts but gives more spending capability to the Defense Department, including Customs and Border protection.                                           

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