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Issue Position: Protecting Your Family and Keeping the Homeland Secure

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Scott Garrett has been leading the charge to ensure that homeland security dollars are focused on places at greatest risk, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. And, when news reports leaked that the Administration's Fiscal Year 2009 budget would slash risk-based homeland security funding, Scott demanded that high-risk areas get priority - and he succeeded in securing increased funds for transit and port security.

Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission: Working with a bipartisan coalition, Scott Garrett has ensured that funds are prioritized to the New York metro area, North Jersey, and similar areas with heavy population density, target-rich airports and sea ports, and highly visible national landmarks. And, in his first two terms in Congress, Scott helped secure more than $160 billion in funds for our area to help keep us safe from terrorist threat.

Working with First Responders: Scott Garrett takes the time to talk to local first responders about their needs for equipment, clear communications, training, and more. For instance, working with the Warren County Office of Emergency Management, Scott has helped secure $150,000 for their Communication Interoperability Project that will enable first responders to better communicate with one another, protecting their lives and those of the people they serve.

Protecting American Infrastructure from Overseas Control: When the government of Dubai nearly secured control of operations at Port of New York and New Jersey in 2006, it became clear that our government was not putting top priority on safe and secure infrastructure. Scott Garrett's SAFE PORTS Act would have reformed the process for foreign investment in American infrastructure to ensure that homeland security is always the primary focus.


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