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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has panned a proposal to fast-track billions of dollars in spending on border security as a boondoggle for government contractors.

Leahy said a proposal drafted by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) “reads like a Christmas wish list for Halliburton.”

The amendment requires implementation and activation of $4.5 billion in technology and equipment to achieve full surveillance of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I am sure there are federal contracting firms high-fiving at the prospect of all of the spending demanded by some of our friends on the other side in this amendment,” Leahy said on the Senate floor.