Menendez: Homeland Security Grants Ts NJ A Disappointment

Menendez: Homeland Security Grants Ts NJ A Disappointment

Lauds increased grants to Newark, Jersey City; Denounces overall state grant as disservice to first responders

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Securitys grant allotment to New Jersey.

The Homeland Security grants announced today provide yet more evidence of why the states and municipalities who are under the greatest risk should receive homeland security dollars based solely on that risk. While it is encouraging to see Newark and Jersey City receive an increase in their Homeland Security grants, I must say that the overall allotment to New Jersey is a disappointment. This is exactly why I have been calling for risk-based funding across the board since the Department of Homeland Security was created and why I will continue to fight for risk-based funding in the U.S. Senate.

The funding awarded to Newark and Jersey City clearly proves that New Jersey is well served when federal homeland security dollars are awarded based on risk. Yet, I cannot understand why the Department of Homeland Security would not use a risk-based formula when awarding all of their grants. So long as Homeland Security grants are awarded based on factors other than risk, those states most at-risk will continue to lack the necessary resources to protect the people they serve.

The Department of Homeland Security earlier this year announced their plans to move toward awarding one homeland security grant program based on risk, however this years allotment underscores why all homeland security grants should be risk-based. Secretary Chertoff and the Bush administration are not keeping faith with their pledge to make risk the determining factor when providing critical resources to protect American families. That is disappointing and a disservice to American first responders and to American families.

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