Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: Homeland Security Money for San Francisco a Start, But Much More is Needed

April 8, 2003




Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that $100 million in fiscal year 2003 funding will be distributed under the Urban Area Security Initiative to large urban areas within the United States, including $10.4 million for San Francisco:

"I'm pleased that the City will receive some federal funding to coordinate its homeland security response. While this is a start, the funding is far short of the money needed to pay the full share of the federal government's commitment to our men and women in uniform at home -- our local firefighters, police and emergency personnel. Governors and mayors from across the country are pleading with the Administration and the Republicans in Congress to give our first responders the funding, training and equipment they need to protect our communities and to respond to a terrorist attack.

"Democrats will continue fighting to give them the tools they need to protect America. We owe these men and women -- and the Americans they protect -- nothing less."

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