What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : (H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would have increased funding for the Urban Area Security Initiative by $337 million. The Urban Area Security Initiative provides federal funding to urban areas for measures that help local governments prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. (2011 house Roll Call 385)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would have increased funding for the Urban Area Security Initiative by $337 million. The Urban Area Security Initiative provides federal funding to urban areas for measures that help local governments prevent and respond to terrorist attacks.
house Roll Call 385     Jun 01, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) that would have increased funding for the Urban Area Security Initiative by $337 million. The Urban Area Security Initiative provides federal funding to urban areas for measures that help local governments prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. This amendment was offered to legislation providing annual funding for Homeland Security Department programs.

Cicilline urged support for his amendment: “This bill makes dangerous cuts to the Urban Areas Security Initiative, the UASI program, which is a program critical to the security of cities that have been deemed at high risk of terrorist attack. One of those cities is Providence, Rhode Island, in my congressional district, along with more than 50 other urban areas in our country….the cuts that are proposed in this legislation will cripple the ability of cities to effectively ensure proper safety should an attack occur….Thousands of devices, like security cameras and radios and projects such as port sirens and watercraft, will not be able to be maintained….These are urgent, urgent priorities for America's cities….we cannot in good conscience spend billions of dollars protecting people all over the world at the expense of our own national security.”

Rep. Robert Adherholt (R-AL) opposed the amendment, arguing that the underlying bill cut and consolidated homeland security programs in order to reduce overall federal spending: “…The bill before us today was born out of the need for reform. It consolidates various grant programs….The consolidation in this bill requires the Secretary [of Homeland Security] to examine the intelligence and risk and put scarce dollars where they are most needed, whether it is a port, rail, surveillance…or whether it is to high-risk urban areas or to states...These cuts will not be easy, but they are long overdue and necessary to address our out-of-control federal spending.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 154-266. Voting “yea” were 144 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 10 Republicans. 223 Republicans and 43 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have increased funding for the Urban Area Security Initiative by $337 million.

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