Senator says border crime fight needs more money

WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the department's oversight committee, wants the federal government to spend more money to help Mexico fight drug cartels and keep violence from spilling across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Testifying before Lieberman's committee, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her agency is able to send more law enforcement to the border with existing funds.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a plan that includes sending hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs to the Southwest border.

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