Dahlkemper Votes to Support Homeland Security, First Responders and Secure Borders

Washington—Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3) today voted to invest in top priority homeland security programs that will keep Americans safe. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act emphasizes programs that secure our borders, ports and airports, and help train local first responders and emergency personnel. To maintain fiscal responsibility, the bill eliminates 12 programs and cuts funding for another 37 programs.

“The security of this nation is our number one priority,” said Dahlkemper. “This legislation provides critical funding to secure our borders, train our local first responders and safeguard the American people.”

The legislation will provide our first responders with the equipment and training they need to keep communities safe, including more than $3 billion in grants for local municipalities to protect critical infrastructure in high-threat areas, help local fire departments and upgrade central command facilities.

“Our local firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel are our first line of defense in an emergency. They must have the best training and equipment to keep our communities safe,” said Dahlkemper. “The grants and programs in this bill give our first responders the tools and resources they need to protect us in case of an emergency.”

The bill also boosts our efforts to increase the security along U.S. borders. There are additional investments to combat the violence, drug smuggling and weapons smuggling currently occurring on our Southwest Border. In addition, the bill invests in improving aviation security, port security and transit security. Among the many important programs, these funds will be used to purchase and install the latest explosive detection systems at airports nationwide and develop and deploy systems to screen cargo containers for weapons and nuclear materials.

“This legislation protects Americans and prepares our nation for 21st century security challenges,” said Dahlkemper. “It allows us to better prevent threats and attacks, prepare and plan for emergencies and invest in our response capacities to safeguard our citizens.”