WASHINGTON (AP) - A major general told a congressional panel
today that the National Guard would need more funding to send more
troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Maj. Gen. Peter Aylward says the Guard is analyzing its needs on
the border, but any response will require additional funding.
Aylward is the director of the Joint Staff of the National Guard
Bureau. He testified today before a U.S. House Homeland Security
subcommittee in Washington.
Outside the hearing, Aylward said $43 million would be needed
through the end of the year. He says 1,500 troops are available in
an existing Guard counter drug program.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the federal government to send
1,000 troops to the border to contain drug-related violence
occurring across the border.