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Issue Position: International Stability and Hometown Security

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"[Holt] had the courage to vote against the congressional resolution to authorize President Bush to invade Iraq because he didn't believe the evidence supporting invasion was compelling enough; that decision looks more prescient with each passing day."
The Trenton Times, November 30, 2005

"On the biggest issue of all, national security, Rep. Holt has it absolutely right."
The Times of Trenton, October 26, 2004

"It's reassuring that genuinely well-qualified scientists persist in a few refuges on the Hill. One physicist in Congress, Rush Holt (D-NJ), is an example. His work on education and the support of science funding has been exemplary, and it's good to have an expert with his credential on the Intelligence Committee."
Science Magazine, August 26, 2005

Holt was endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, Voters for New Global Policies, and the Human Rights Campaign.

Home to a dense concentration of people, industry, transportation, and economic infrastructure, New Jerseyans know the necessity of ensuring that our hometowns are as secure as possible.

There is much more that the federal government should be doing in order to make our communities safe. To start, Congress should fully implement the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. That means supporting and fully funding first responders, improving intelligence and law enforcement at our ports and borders, safeguarding chemical plants, and improving the security of our rail and transit systems. It is unacceptable that five years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress and the Administration are receiving D's and F's for their failure to act on these sensible recommendations.

Rush Holt was pleased to secure $25 million in the Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to upgrade security on railroads, buses, and ferries, which are so important to New Jersey commuters and travelers. This will result in an increase of roughly $1 million for New Jersey. In addition to investing in security infrastructure on ground transportation systems, we also must upgrade security at chemical facilities. An intentional or unintentional incident at one of these facilities could pose a serious threat to New Jerseyans.

Rush Holt has also worked to provide local law enforcement professionals and other first responders with the equipment that they need. He has secured funding to upgrade communications systems and software for New Jersey first responders.

Hometown security funding should be distributed on the basis of risk, rather than political considerations. This was recommended by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission because it is illogical and inexcusable for densely populated areas like New Jersey, where a terrorist attack would entail calamitous human and economic consequences, to lose hometown security funding to rural areas that are at little or no risk.


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