Fact Check: New York's Homeland Security Funding Is Rising

Rep. Peter King: "The fact that the Obama Administration would cut New York's homeland security funding just 11 days after the Times Square car bomb attempt is dangerous and unconscionable. 

Rep. Anthony Weiner: "Cutting Big Apple homeland security funding to the core is mind bogglingly bad judgment."

---

But funding really isn't decreasing. When all federal funding is totaled, according to White House spokesperson Nick Shapiro, the city is getting  $47 million more for port and transit security over the previous year's budget, the last signed into law by the Bush Administration.

Remember:  $100 million in port and transit security grants were earmarked for NYC from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- the stimulus package.

With that money, the total for NYC will be $245 million.

"In fact, one out of every three recovery dollars for transit and port security went to NYC, making them the largest recipient in the country," Shapiro said. Overall port and transit security grant funding increased 14% from the Bush to Obama administrations.

Port and transit security grant funding in New York City increased by 24% from the Bush to Obama administrations.


Presented by

Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Politics

Just In