Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Republican Bill Targets Border Security

A House committee has approved $5 million dollar appropriation for new communications equipment in Cochise County that Republicans hope will increase border security.
House Bill 2188 sponsor Representative Carl Seel of Phoenix says the new communications system is much needed. The system would allow public safety personnel such as the sheriff's office and local police and firefighters to communicate via stronger signals, especially in remote areas. It also would connect various agencies to one central system. The bill originally called for $20 million dollars, but was reduced to $5 million dollars in part because of two multi-million-dollar private donations. The House Committee on Government approved the bill unanimously after a tense discussion about border security. It must be approved by two other committees before going to the House floor for a vote.

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