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Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005

Chairman King, Congressman, and members of the subcommittee, my name is Veronique de Rugy, and I am a research scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, here in Washington DC. It is my pleasure to appear before you today to discuss “The Need for Grant Reform and The Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005.” International terrorism is probably the greatest security challenge America faces today. Policy makers have responded in two ways–going after terrorists abroad and improving security against terrorism at home by boosting homeland security funding. Regarding the latter, Congress and the administration moved swiftly to create a Department of Homeland Security and increased total funding for homeland security activities by 195 percent between FY2001 and FY2006.[1] Total spending directed to homeland security activities will be at least $49.9 billion for FY 2006, roughly $450 per American household. Full Story

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