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Murray Announces Homeland Security Funds for Seattle

Apr 08 2003

$11.28 million will help the City prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Sen. Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that the City of Seattle will receive $11.28 million to help enhance the local government's ability to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats.

These funds were dispersed under the Urban Area Security Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Domestic Preparedness. As a key member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Murray supported these funds in the fiscal year 2003 Omnibus Spending bill, which passed the Senate in January.

"This money is great news for the residents of Seattle," Senator Murray said. "With local budgets being squeezed, our police and firefighters deserve every available resource to help protect the safety of Seattle residents. I am proud to have supported these federal funds to help keep our families and communities safe."

Seven cities across the U.S. were selected to receive Urban Area Security Initiative funds. Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston were chosen based on factors like population, critical infrastructure and threat/vulnerability assessment. Seattle previously received Office of Domestic Preparedness funds in the form of grants for first responders.

Senator Murray has been the state's most effective leader in securing federal resources for homeland security. In the last two years, Murray has secured 5 new Coast Guard vessels and crews to beef up patrols in the Puget Sound.

Murray is also responsible for bringing the first Coast Guard anti-terror "SWAT Team" to Seattle to provide rapid interdiction of maritime threats. Murray developed and secured nearly $60 million in funding for "Operation Safe Commerce," a pilot project at the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and two other ports, to improve container security. She has also been a long-time advocate for increasing resources to the Northern Border and helped provide funding to significantly increase the numbers of INS and Customs agents on the Northern Border.

In March, Murray was named to the new Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, putting her in a key position to deliver additional resources to protect Washington State.