WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently praised an announcement that grant funding supporting state and local counterterrorism preparedness programs are headed to St. Louis and Missouri. McCaskill has previously opposed cuts to these programs proposed in the Administration’s 2018 budget.
“When it comes to counterterrorism efforts, we need all hands on deck—and cities like St. Louis are key partners in this work,” McCaskill said. “I’m glad that the Department of Homeland Security is providing much-needed funding to help protect our communities, and I continue to believe that now is the wrong time to cut or eliminate these counterterrorism programs.”
In St. Louis, the Department of Homeland Security will provide nearly $2.9 million in Urban Area Security Initiative funding to local organizations that protect against and respond to terrorist attacks. Missouri as a whole will receive over $13 million for state and local counterterrorism initiatives.
In her role as top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, McCaskill has repeatedly raised concerns over proposed Administration cuts to these and other similar programs. A report issued by the Committee earlier this year highlighted that the St. Louis Lambert International Airport could lose funding from the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement Program if the proposed cuts are enacted in future years.
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