Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress Focuses on Domestic Preparedness in Wake of Attacks

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress Focuses on Domestic Preparedness in Wake of Attacks

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One week after the terrorist attacks on the Word Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress is continued to advance legislation increasing national security and local and state resources for domestic preparedness.

Since Congress' swift approval of a $40 billion emergency relief bill (H.R. 2888), committees began reviewing federal defense and security policies along with the state of the economy in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

The emergency relief package designates an immediate $10 billion to be used to respond to the attacks, counter domestic and international terrorism, increase transportation security, and repair damaged facilities. Another $10 billion will be made available to the White House for national security efforts. And the remaining $20 billion will be included in spending bills for fiscal year 2002, helping fund local and state domestic preparedness efforts. Overall, at least half the $40 billion will go to disaster recovery activities in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Subsequently, Congressional committees began reviewing key legislation related to terrorism preparedness.

The House Transportation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management unanimously approved "The Preparedness Against Terrorism Act of 2001" (H.R. 525) last week. The legislation would authorize a President's Council on Domestic Preparedness, responsible for coordinating all federal counter terrorism resources, including assistance to state and local governments. …

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