Smith Support Investments to Improve Homeland Security

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes funding for critical border, transit and port security, as well as aid for first responders.  

“These funds are vitally important to securing our borders and protecting our critical infrastructure here at home,” said Congressman Adam Smith.  “These funds will not only help secure our country against those who seek to do us harm, but they will also ensure that our first responders have the resources and tools to respond should an emergency occur.”

Some key provisions of the bill include:

Northern Border Security:

  • Increased Investment in Surveillance Systems: The bill supports ongoing efforts to secure the 4,000 miles of the sparsely populated, often remote Northern Border. It also provides $40 million to continue investments in mobile and remote video surveillance systems along the U.S.-Canada border.

Port Security:

  • Port Security Grants:  Provides $250 million for port security grants to help U.S. ports meet the security requirements established by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
  • Developing Systems for the Screening of Cargo Containers:  Provides $804 million for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Offices to develop new and improved systems to screen cargo containers for weapons and nuclear materials.  
  • Overseas Cargo Container Security:  Provides $162 million to continue implementation of its efforts to strengthen operations at overseas ports to monitor and target cargo containers, and to develop better technology to accomplish this mission.      

Rail and Transit Security

  • Rail and Transit Security Grants:  Provides $250 million for rail and transit security grants to protect critical transit infrastructure, including rail and ferry systems, in high-threat areas.

First Responder Grants

  • State Homeland Security Grants:  Provides $950 million for State Homeland Security grants to help meet the needs of state and local first responders, including hiring, training and equipping emergency personnel to respond to terrorist attacks and catastrophic incidents.   
  • Firefighter Assistance Grants:  Provides $380 million in grants to fund equipment for firefighters.

The Homeland Security Appropriations bill is one of 12 annual appropriations bills that fund Federal Government programs and services.  For a full summary of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill visit the House Appropriations Committee.

The bill must now be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the President to be signed in to law.