Broadest proposal would replace committee that approved controversial ports deal with body led by DHS.
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Legislation would provide about $800 million annually for maritime security and set new requirements for DHS.
Extra money would go toward upgrades for Army’s armored vehicle fleet.
Ernie Fitzgerald says he has little to show for the decades he spent trying to expose wasteful spending on defense contracts.
More than 10,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents would be added, and fences along the border would be upgraded.
Blueprint would boost discretionary spending about 3.6 percent over this year, with the bulk of the increase going toward defense.
National Guard and Reserve troops filled the gap in Iraq while the regular Army underwent a radical overhaul.
Republicans, Democrats at odds over process for crafting the legislation.
Chief of National Guard Bureau says more money also is needed to improve interagency training between the Homeland Security and Defense departments.
Funding would go toward adding troops, buying aircraft, and investments in civil affairs and psychological operations.