Rose Secures Big Increase in Counterterrorism Funding that Supports Critical NYC Efforts, Protects Nonprofit & Religious Institutions
Congressman’s bipartisan push led to $90 million increase in counterterrorism grant programs, including $30 million increase for Nonprofit Security Grant Program
Washington, December 20, 2019
Following a bipartisan push by Congressman Max Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism, Congress passed legislation to increase funding for critical counterterrorism programs of which New York City relies upon by $90 million over current funding levels, including a $30 million increase for Nonprofit Security Grant Program which provides critical support and protection for nonprofit and religious institutions like churches, synagogues, mosques, and community centers which have increasingly been targets of terrorism.
“Now more than ever, as we face terrorist attacks and mass shootings based on xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism, we need to be redoubling our efforts to ensure the brave men and women in uniform have the necessary tools and resources to keep us safe, and that nonprofit and religious institutions are properly protected,” Rose said. “Despite shocking cuts proposed by this Administration, I’m proud to have built strong, bipartisan support to not only push back, but to increase funding for critical programs.”
In the bipartisan funding legislation that Congress passed this week which the President is expected to sign into law today to prevent a government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security funding included:
Rose helped lead the bipartisan effort to reauthorize the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides funding for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations and religions institutions that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. Earlier this year, Rose hosted a grant workshop for nonprofit and religious institutions with government officials to assist religious and nonprofit institutions on security grant programs.
Following the Administration’s budget proposal, which called for drastic and dangerous cuts to critical counterterrorism programs, Rose led a bipartisan push with Congressman Pete King and the entire New York City delegation, to fully fund the Homeland Security programs that support New York City. In a hearing earlier this year, Rose pressed the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security on the Administration’s proposed budget cuts to counterterrorism programs and asked if that means the Administration is not prioritizing these threats. The Acting Secretary responded, “Especially in major cities we need to continue to work on it, continue to partner, and hopefully we can manage through the cuts.”