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Grant Guidance Shows Rash and Shortsighted Budget Cuts

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:29 pm    Post subject: Grant Guidance Shows Rash and Shortsighted Budget Cuts
From Feb 17, 2012 to Feb 19, 2012 (included)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thompson: Grant Guidance Shows Rash and Shortsighted Budget Cuts

February 17, 2012 (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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preparedness Grant Guidance. Pursuant to the end-of-the-year spending law, a paltry $1.3 billion was appropriated for homeland security grant programs. The grant guidance sets forth how these funds have been allocated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, based on threat, vulnerability and consequence analysis. Under these guidelines, many targeted grant programs are eliminated entirely while the others are cut significantly. In comparison to FY2011, the following reductions are slated for FY 2012:


State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) by 44 percent
Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) by 26 percent
Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) by 59 percent
Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) by 56 percent

Todays homeland security announcement is the predictable result of the Republican Majoritys blind approach to cutting the budget, no matter the cost to our Nations security. Back in December, I protested these shortsighted and rash cuts. Today, we know their real world consequences. As the threat of terrorism diversifies and grows more complex, we cannot afford to abandon the preparedness and counterterrorism partnership we made with our countrys at-risk communities over a decade ago.


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