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DHS Budget Reflects Cuts to Homeland Security First Responders

Feb 9, 2016
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

"The Administration’s release of its FY 2017 budget request for DHS reflects the reality that indiscriminate budget cuts – called for under the rigid budget caps – undermine national security and domestic priorities. Under this budget it's first responders, unfortunately, who pay the price. The cuts to homeland security grant program funding are deep and far-reaching and are sure to be rebuffed by Congress. We can’t afford to slash these grant programs, as they are crucial to helping fund our state and local governments’ homeland security efforts. I will continue to fight to fund these critical programs."

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