WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of the FY10 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. The legislation, which passed the House with bi-partisan support, funds border security, protects our infrastructure, and will help train our local first responders. It passed by a vote of 307 to 114.
“Congress has no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This bill provides critical funding to increase border security, to train our first responders, and to help keep our local communities safe.”
The legislation includes more than $3 billion in grants for local municipalities to protect critical infrastructure in high-threat areas, help local fire departments, and upgrade central command facilities. It also includes $60 million for emergency operations centers, $810 million for local fire departments, $300 million for port security, and $887 million to protect high-risk urban areas from terrorist attacks.
“I am pleased that this bill provides our first responders with the equipment they need to keep our local residents safe,” Shea-Porter added.