Bush Would Cut State, Local Antiterror Grants By Nearly Half


President Bush’s new budget proposes to increase the Department of Homeland Security’s discretionary spending by $2.7 billion, to $37.6 billion, while slashing grants for state and local first responders by nearly half to pay for a continued buildup of border security, reports the Washington Post.

States and cities would see a reduction of 47 percent — $1.9 billion — in grants for security, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical teams. Congress last year reversed a White House attempt to cut state and local grants by 40 percent, adding $1 billion instead. The budget would boost spending on cybersecurity for federal agencies by $81 million and would include $1.7 million to launch the first quadrennial homeland security review.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/04/AR2008020402810_2.html?sid=ST200802040104

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