A House appropriations subcommittee on Monday gave its unanimous approval to a Homeland Security bill that provides $42.6 billion in discretionary spending for the agency, an increase of 6.5% over current levels. Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Price, D-N.C., said the goal was a bill that reduces earmarks by 50% compared to a 2006 baseline. The Transportation Security Administration will receive about $7.7 billion under the plan.

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