Homeland Security Department's Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2008, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 13, 2007 [open pdf - 10MB]
From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "Mr. Secretary, as you know, but I will say publicly, I appreciate very much the leadership that you have brought to the Department in melding these 180,000 employees, previously 22 separate agencies, into an effective, united Department that can protect the American people here at home from disasters, natural and manmade terrorist disasters. And as I look at the budget, I do note and I will indicate during the hearing some of the places where I think there is some encouraging news. But I must say that I am deeply disappointed that this year's Administration budget request continues what I believe is a high-risk policy of underfunding some of the Nation's most pressing homeland security priorities. For the fourth year in a row, the Department's budget request cuts crucial support for our underequipped and undertrained first responders--the firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical workers who prepare for and respond to disasters, both natural and manmade. The Administration's budget proposal would cut overall homeland security grant funding by a staggering 40 percent, which I believe will seriously limit the ability of State and local officials to protect their communities the way they should be protected." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, Carl Levin, Mark Warner, Mary L. Landrieu, John Voinovich, Claire McCaskill, Norm Coleman, Barack Obama, Petro V. Domenici, Daniel K. Akaka, and Michael Chertoff.
S. Hrg. 110-633; Senate Hearing 110-633
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