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White House Seeks 56% Cuts in Anti-Terror Grants; Slashes Port Security, Police, Emergency Services; ‘Dead on Arrival,’ Scoffs Incensed Senator Boxer

Friday, November 30th, 2007



File this one under ‘Are They Really Serious?’

The Associated Press reports that the White House plans to cut Homeland Security’s counterterrorism funds by more than half next year—slashing grants for police, rescue departments, firefighters, port security, transit security, and other anti-terrorism programs.

For its 2009 budget the Department of Homeland Security requested $3.2 billion to help states and cities protect against terrorist attacks, but the White House plans to ask Congress for less than half of that: $1.4 billion. (To put this funding request in perspective, for 2008 alone the White House is requesting $196 billion for the Iraq + Afghanistan wars and $481 billion for the Pentagon’s annual operating budget.)