AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Calls for unprecedented border security spending in Texas are drawing bipartisan scrutiny as the Senate proposes doubling funding to pay for more manpower and crime-fighting technology.READ MORE: Dozens Of Homes Were Evacuated Due To Wildfire In Central Texas
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told powerful budget writers Monday that hundreds of additional state troopers are needed along the Texas-Mexico border. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping the Texas National Guard on the border until they’re replaced by troopers.READ MORE: Greenhill Seniors Lee Dort And Noah Shelby To Continue Unique Bond At Vanderbilt University
But Democrats and some Republicans are showing frustration with a skyrocketing tab is approaching $1 billion since 2008. Border security was major issue among GOP voters last year, but Democrats and some Republicans want better metrics attached to more money.
The state last week announced it will offer fast-tracker training to veteran Texas police officers who want to become troopers.MORE NEWS: 3 Teens Killed In Double Murder-Suicide Near Houston, Sheriff Says
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