King Statement on Markup of FY 2013 DHS Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement upon the passage of the FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill by the House Appropriations Committee:
King said: “During these very tough fiscal times, I am pleased that Chairman Aderholt has recognized the importance of, and increased funding for, the Homeland Security Grant Program, which provides vital resources to address the most critical homeland security needs in the country’s highest-risk areas, such as New York City and Long Island.
“These grant funds are vital to securing the cities that are at the top of terrorists’ target list. I appreciate Chairman Aderholt’s commitment to a risk-based appropriations approach, and I look forward to voting for this bill on the House floor.”
Note: The FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill as passed by the Committee today appropriates $1.76 billion for State and Local Programs at DHS, including key grant programs such as the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), and Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP). This is an increase from last year’s appropriated amount of $1.34 billion. Of the appropriated amount, no less than $150 million is to be dedicated for the areas “at highest risk of terrorist attack,” increased from $100 million last year. In the Appropriations Committee Report on the bill, the Committee expressed its support for utilizing UASI funding for the 25 highest-risk urban areas.