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Senator Clinton calls for hearings after DHS cuts NY, DC funding

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Published: Wednesday May 31, 2006

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STATEMENT OF SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ON CUTS TO NEW YORK’S HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING FOR FY2006

Calls on DHS to Explain its Rationale; Calls for Senate Hearings

Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement today on cuts announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to New York’s Homeland Security Grant program funding for fiscal year 2006.

Additionally, Senator Clinton is writing to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff requesting an explanation as to how the Department of Homeland Security reached its funding decisions. Senator Clinton is also writing to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) requesting that their committee hold hearings on the matter.

Senator Clinton’s statement:

“The Department of Homeland Security should ensure that our limited homeland security funds get to where they are needed most and that our American cities and states living under the greatest threat receive the funding they need to protect themselves from harm. As we approach the solemn and tragic fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we are sadly reminded that New York is on its own when it comes to protecting our citizens from future terrorist attacks.

“With all of this in mind, it is outrageous that New York will receive more than $206.5 million less in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds than it did last year. While I understand that HSGP funds were cut across the board nationwide, DHS slashed New York’s funds by a disproportionately higher amount than most states. Funding under the Urban Area Security Initiative – a program designed to enhance security and overall preparedness to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism – was cut in New York City by more than 40 percent and in Buffalo by 48.5 percent. These cuts demonstrate this Administration's continued failure to grasp the unique security threats that face New York. I intend to press Secretary Chertoff for answers about DHS’s calculations. Our nation remains at risk and eliminating funding for areas most in need – like New York – demonstrates a pre-9/11 mentality that we should not tolerate.”

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