State of Emergency: The Disaster of Cutting Preparedness Grants, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, United Sates House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 15, 2016 [open pdf - 412KB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 15, 2016 hearing "State of Emergency: The Disaster of Cutting Preparedness Grants" before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held on March 15, 2016. From the opening statement of Chairman Donovan: "As Chairman of the subcommittee on emergency preparedness, response, and communications, one of my fundamental responsibilities is to ensure our nation's first responders have the tools that they need to protect this country and God forbid, respond to the next terrorist attack. That is why my first hearing is focusing on the dangerous cuts to homeland security grants proposed in the president's fiscal year 2017 budget request. The president's budget cuts more than five hundred million dollars from programs that support states, cities, ports, transit systems, and fire services. This funding helps provide the training and equipment so critical to enabling our first responders to meet threats as varied as active shooters scenarios, mass causality events from a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack, and bomb plots targeting civilians in high traffic areas. "Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bill de Blasio, Jim Butterworth, Rhoda Mae Kerr, George Turner, Mike Sena, and W. Greg Kierce.
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