Since the beginning of 2017, there were over 100 threats made against Jewish centers and schools MARKEY JOINS GILLIBRAND AND GROUP OF BIPARTISAN SENATORS IN LETTER URGING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO INCREASE CRITICAL FEDERAL SECURITY FUNDS IN FISCAL YEAR ‘18
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 15,2017 - AS A RESULT OF RECENT THREATS TO JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, MARKEY JOINS GILLIBRAND AND GROUP OF BIPARTISAN SENATORS IN LETTER URGING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO INCREASE CRITICAL FEDERAL SECURITY FUNDS IN FISCAL YEAR ‘18
Since the beginning of 2017, there were over 100 threats made against Jewish centers and schools
Increased funding to Nonprofit Security Grant Program would cover security costs in key areas including prevention and rapid response
Washington – U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA.) joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on a bipartisan letter signed by 18 Senators to the Department of Homeland Security urging Secretary John Kelly to increase federal funds programmed to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for Fiscal Year 2018 and fully fund the program at $50 million. The Senators cited recent threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and cultural and religious institutions across the country for the need for increased funding. The funds would help cover costs to support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery to meet growing threats.
“At a time when children are being evacuated from daycare centers in response to repeated bomb threats and Mosques are deliberately being set on fire, we must ensure that all organizations that face these threats have the support they need. It is simply unacceptable to not act,” the Senators wrote in their joint letter. “Since the beginning of 2017 there have been over 100 threats made against Jewish centers and schools. The recent increase in religiously motivated threats and attacks have shown the importance of providing institutions with the tools to meet these threats.”
Senators Gillibrand and Markey were joined by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Al Franken (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) , Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary C. Peters (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL).
The full text of the Senators’ joint letter can be found below:
March 9, 2017
John F. Kelly
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Dear Secretary Kelly:
As you develop President Trump’s budget, we would like to request that you increase the amount of money programmed to address the wave of threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and cultural and religious institutions across the country. Synagogues, mosques and cultural centers are confronted with increasing levels of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, bigotry, and hate and it is therefore imperative that the amount of funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) be fully funded at $50 million to meet these increased threats.
The NSGP provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. These costs