Today, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) released a Border Security Proposal which would provide $600 million in offset funding for various border security provisions. The bill was a counter to a different border security bill proposed by Republican Arizona Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain, which would have gleaned its funding from the 2009 economic stimulus.

The Schumer-McCaskill bill proposes $175.9 million for the hiring of additional Border Patrol agents on the southwest border, $50 million for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, $14 million for additional border fencing, $32 million for unmanned aerial vehicles, and funding for a number of other programs designed to secure the border and fight drug and gun smuggling.