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Bacon’s bill increases federal funding for terrorist-targeted urban areas

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on Oct. 19 introduced legislation that would expand federal funding to urban areas designated as potential targets for terrorist attacks.

Rep. Bacon is the lead original cosponsor of the bipartisan Homeland Security Capabilities Preservation Act, H.R. 5615, which would direct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review past disbursements under the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and then create a plan to continue federal anti-terrorism support for UASI-funded homeland security capabilities in these communities.

“Keeping Americans safe from all threats, both foreign and domestic, is a top priority of mine,” said Rep. Bacon, who added that H.R. 5615 would direct DHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency “to assess UASI capabilities and ensure federal assistance is made available for these anti-terrorism law enforcement programs, especially in urban areas, which are potential targets for terrorist attacks.”

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