Maloney Calls for No Cuts or Delays of Federal Funding for Local Law Enforcement, in Wake of Monday’s Subway Bombing

Dec 12, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today took to the House floor to stand against any cuts to or delays in funding grants for law enforcement in the wake of Monday’s failed terror attack in New York City.

“We can’t play politics with federal funding for local law enforcement and homeland security. This funding for states and cities, especially high-threat areas like New York City, must not be delayed or cut off.

“New York City, a beacon of freedom and hope, is and always has been the top terrorist target in the country. Our city has suffered and persevered through the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, 9/11, the Chelsea bombing last year, the truck attack earlier this year, and now yesterday’s attempted pipe bomb explosion. The NYPD openly talks about 27 separate terrorist attacks that our intelligence and law enforcement authorities have thwarted.

“Despite this history, the Trump Administration has been threatening to withhold Byrne JAG funding from New York City and other cities it deems to be a so-called ‘sanctuary city.’ The Administration has also proposed major cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). New York City received more than $175 million for the UASI program and $4.3 million from Byrne JAG in FY16. The loss of this funding will only make it more difficult to keep New Yorkers safe. That is why I will be doing everything I can to ensure that New York City gets the resources it needs to meet the unprecedented security threats we face.”

You can view the Congresswoman’s remarks here.