Kerry on the Department of Homeland Security's Funding Cuts for Massachusetts
Senator John Kerry today issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to cut counterterrorism funding for Boston by $4 million and grants to state law enforcement agencies by $2 million.
"I'm dismayed that DHS has again cut counterterrorism funding for Boston and slashed aid statewide for law enforcement. Our communities depend on this funding to train and equip thousands of first responders and enhance security. This training is especially important considering that many of our first responders are serving long deployments overseas.
"I'm especially concerned that the Department of Homeland Security continues to leave Boston off its list of top-tier cities that are at risk - cities like New York and Washington---that is uses to distribute funding. DHS needs to wake up and inject some commonsense into its decision making process.
"Our security officials have worked hard to improve the region's preparedness, but because of these funding cuts, they will likely have to curtail or cancel several programs that will increase our security. We can't continue to do national security on the cheap, and I promise to work with the rest of the delegation to make sure Massachusetts isn't shortchanged again."