Murray Announces $3.7 Million to Support Security Efforts at Washington's Airports

Mar 14 2002

Dollars come as part of $175 million to help airports nationwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $3,795,397 to reimburse Washington state's airports for a portion of the added costs they incurred to upgrade security procedures in the wake of September 11th.

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:

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle $2,486,072
  • Spokane International Airport , Spokane $193,963
  • Tri-Cities Airport, Pasco $123,045
  • Bellingham International Airport, Bellingham $577,000
  • Yakima Air Terminal, Yakima $126,634
  • Pangborn Memorial Airport, Wenatchee $4,711
  • Pullman/Moscow International Airport $95,345
  • William R. Fairchild Airport, Port Angeles $40,590
  • Grant County Regional Airport, Moses Lake $148,037

    In addition to the airports in Washington listed above (and not included in the $3.7 million total for Washington State):

  • Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon $1.2 million The Senate passed the Defense Appropriations bill on December 20th, and it was signed into law by the President on January 10th.

    The Federal Aviation Administration will formally announce the airport grants tomorrow.