Quigley and other U.S. Reps attempt to thwart Trump's FEMA funding changes

Date: 
01/28/2021
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U.S. Representative Mike Quigley from Illinois' 5th District; Jerrold Nadler from New York and Lucille Roybal-Allard from California, led the charge Thursday, Jan. 28, to send a letter to incoming Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, asking him to save the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding.

The Trump administration's 2021 fiscal year plan is to deflect monies away from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which provides larger cities with funds to keep Americans safe. 

Created after 9/11, the Homeland Security Grant Program’s (HSGP) UASI initiative was established to assist urban areas in their efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism. 

According to the U.S. Representatives who signed onto the letter, "the UASI program has been effective in directing homeland security funds where they are most needed: our nation’s highest-threat metropolitan areas. Cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles face complicated threat environments and it is crucial that we provide our cities with the funding they need to invest in safety-related resources. 

“The danger to our urban areas has not gone away, yet funding for this important grant program hangs in the balance. Failure to maintain this strong and functional UASI program threatens to undermine the successful federal investments we have made in regional homeland security capacity over the past decade. 

"We therefore urge you to reject, or at the very least delay, these proposed changes prior to the issuance of a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to consider alternate proposals that will more effectively keep our cities safe.” 

The complete text of the letter is available here.

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