State of Emergency: The Disaster of Cutting Preparedness Grants

March 15, 2016 10:00 AM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

This hearing will review the drastic cuts to homeland security grants proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request.  Subcommittee Members will hear firsthand from stakeholders, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and representatives from emergency management, law enforcement, the fire service, and fusion centers, about the impact of these cuts on their ability to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to terrorist attacks at a time when the threat to the United States is the highest since 9/11.

Opening Statements

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) 
Opening Statement

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Panel I

The Honorable Bill de Blasio
City of New York, New York

Panel II

Mr. Jim Butterworth
Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security
State of Georgia
Testifying on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association

Ms. Rhoda Mae Kerr
Fire Chief
City of Austin Fire Department
Austin, Texas
Testifying on behalf of the International Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. George Turner
Chief of Police
Atlanta Police Department
Atlanta, Georgia
Testifying on behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs

Mr. Mike Sena
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
Testifying on behalf of the National Fusion Center Association

Sgt. W. Greg Kierce
Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
City of Jersey City, New Jersey