"The president’s budget request does not reflect the fact that we face the highest terror threat level since September 11," McCaul stated on Tuesday. "While the budget calls for a number of necessary security enhancements, it still falls short where we need it most."
McCaul pointed out the budget proposal slashes funding to state and local first responders despite a growing number of terrorist attacks on US soil. He noted that under the new budget proposal, the number of border patrol agents will also be reduced.
"While I am pleased to see the White House has finally included a few budget lines to address terrorists’ recruitment of Americans, the president’s overall budget still proposes spending billions more on countering climate change than on countering violent extremism here at home," McCaul concluded.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Obama administration unveiled its 2017 fiscal year budget of $4.1 trillion, which was sent for approval to the US Congress on Tuesday.