Gillibrand Fights For Homeland Security Funds
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced that a restoration of $100 million in funding for securing the nation’s transportation systems and ports has cleared a key senate panel. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved $350 million for transit security and $350 million for port security in the FY2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, an increase from the $300 million allocated to each program last fiscal year. The subcommittee also approved $20 million to maintain funding for the Securing the Cities program, funding which was facing elimination, that provides resources to protect the New York metropolitan area against the threat of a radiological or nuclear attack.
“After the Times Square bomb attempt, we must redouble our efforts to keep Americans safe. We must always remain vigilant in guarding against terrorist attacks and ensure that law enforcement at every level is armed with the resources they need to protect New York and our nation,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Adequate homeland security funding to secure our transit systems and ports and prevent a rad- iological attack is essential to combat terror attacks.”
Anti-terror funding under the Public Transportation Security Assistance Act mainly goes toward the Transportation Security Grant Program, which would provide security for New York City’s two thousand bridges, five million subway riders, tunnels and other key infrastructure.