That’s how much security spending would rise under the Senate’s overhaul of immigration laws, according to Bloomberg Government.
The bill would spend $46.3 billion toward securing the southern border with Mexico. The total includes $30 billion to increased the U.S. Border Patrol’s size to 38,405 by 2021, up from 21,394 in fiscal 2012. It would spend $8 billion to require 700 miles of fencing.
The Senate passed the bill on a 68-32 vote on June 27, with 14 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two Democratic-leaning independents in support. The increased security spending was added in an amendment by Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, who sought more Republican support for the underlying bill.
The bill would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. It would also revise the visa system.
House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, has said he won’t bring up an immigration bill unless it’s backed by a majority of the 234 House Republicans.