Neither the House of Representatives nor the Administration requested the funding. Rather, the funds were added at the request of Sen. Murray and other Senators to the Department of Defense Emergency Spending bill.
"The events of September 11th required immediate and significant increases in security at Washington state's airports. This funding will be particularly helpful to our smaller airport communities. Without this assistance, local budgets would bear this truly federal responsibility," Senator Murray said. "I am pleased that the federal government is now reimbursing Washington's airports for their swift and professional response to heightened security needs."
The following Washington state airports will receive federal reimbursement:
In addition to the airports in Washington listed above (and not included in the $3.7 million total for Washington State):
The Federal Aviation Administration will formally announce the airport grants tomorrow.