WASHINGTON-- House Republicans have moved to protect the Department of Homeland Security from the big cuts facing other domestic agencies under the party's slashing budget plan.
An Appropriations subcommittee moved to beef up the Border Patrol, grants to local governments for first responders and training to disarm bombs.
The measure won support from Democrats. In many areas Republicans boosted spending above President Barack Obama's budget request.
But Democrats warned that generously funding the homeland security budget will mean even sharper cuts to programs like education, medical research, transportation and clean energy.
Earlier this year, tea party forces in the GOP-controlled House pushed through a budget that would force nondefense programs to bear cuts more than $90 billion below levels called for in a 2011 budget pact.