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Consequences of Homeland Security Budget Cuts

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:21 pm    Post subject: Consequences of Homeland Security Budget Cuts
From May 19, 2011 to May 21, 2011 (included)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grant Guidance Highlights Real World Consequences of Homeland Security Budget Cuts

May 19, 2011 (WASHINGTON) Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agencys release of its FY11 Preparedness Grant Guidance. Each grant program, except one, was cut significantly.



Todays release of the FY11 grant guidance shows the devastating and severe consequences of the Republicans shortsighted cuts to homeland security spending. I understand we need to tighten our budget; however any budget cuts should be measured and careful. Cutting the UASI grant cities by half and cutting state programs significantly is not the answer.



The cuts to first responder grant programs will endanger progress made in state and local capabilities at a time when the threat of terrorism continues to test the Nation. These grants support vital programs that enable our first responders to successfully prevent, mitigate, and respond to terrorist attacks and major disasters. Our adversaries are dedicated to continuing to target our ports, mass transit systems, and cities. We need to ensure national capacity and resiliency by investing adequate levels in these essential programs.



More information on Grant Guidance (FEMA website)



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