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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

First-Responder Federal Funding Cut By 17%

As Grover Norquist once stated, the goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where it can drown in a bathtub...
President Bush is expected to sign homeland security legislation Tuesday that will slash federal funding to prepare police and firefighters to respond to terrorist attacks, prompting criticism from New England lawmakers who say it will leave the region less prepared for a major emergency. The $32 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security contains $3.3 billion to train first-responders, 17 percent less than last year and substantially less than the president's own request last spring. First-responders include police, paramedics, and local emergency management authorities that would probably be the first to arrive on the scene of a domestic terrorist attack.

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