ROSEN REITERATES HER CALL FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE PROGRAM IN WAKE OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) reaffirmed her strong support today for increasing funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program and reevaluating the grant's formula to ensure high tourism cities like Las Vegas receive their fair share of federal support.
Congresswoman Rosen has sent multiple letters this year to House appropriators calling for increased funding for the UASI program. View text of the letters here and here. In May, Congresswoman Rosen criticized the Trump Administration’s budget proposal for cutting Homeland Security grant funding including a 25 percent cut to the Urban Area Security Initiative. In August, Rosen submitted an amendment, blocked from floor consideration by Republicans on the House Rules Committee, which would have increased UASI funding by $70 million.
“The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has underscored how important this Department of Homeland Security grant funding is for training our law enforcement officers and preparing our emergency response to these types of horrific events,” said Rosen. “It is pivotal that we work together in Congress to strengthen the Urban Area Security Initiative program, which is being threatened with hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts under the current administration's proposed budget. I will continue to push my colleagues in Congress to increase and revamp funding for the UASI program to better meet the unique security demands of a top destination city like Las Vegas.”
BACKGROUND: The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program provides grants to Las Vegas and other high-threat, high-density urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. The Las Vegas metro area received $2.86 million in UASI funding in Fiscal Year 2017.