(WASHINGTON TIMES) Tight budgets are forcing the Homeland Security Department to buy less ammunition, two top officials are slated to tell Congress on Thursday as the House oversight committee continues investigating the Obama administration’s ammunition purchases.

Despite the potential for cuts, the department still reported stockpiling more than 260 million rounds of ammunition as of November 2012 — a two-year supply, according to information provided to the committee ahead of a hearing on Thursday.

Reports that some agencies had signed contracts for huge quantities of ammunition made the rounds of the Internet earlier this year, sparking an outcry from some corners and forcing the administration to deny reports it was stockpiling.

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