Top Dem turns on Obama over unsafe cuts to counterterror budget

One of Obama’s staunchest senate allies has hammered the president’s proposed budget cuts to counterterrorism programs.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer is asking President Obama to rethink the $300 million in cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative included in the 2017 budget released by the White House last week, the Associated Press reported.

“These proposed cuts are ill-advised and ill-timed and they must be reversed. End of story,” he told the AP. “In light of recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and the vow by our extremist enemies to launch more attacks on our shores, it makes no sense to propose cuts to vital terror-prevention programs like UASI.”

Schumer said the funds are necessary in areas like New York City that remain top terror targets.

“New York City remains terror target number one and the NYPD relies on these programs to keep us safe,” the senator said.

In a statement, the White House said the new budget provides “robust funding” to continue “combating terrorism.”

“In addition, the budget provides $100 million for a new Regional Preparedness Grants Competition and $39M for grants to help States prepare for and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks, both of which offer New York City additional opportunities to secure funding for counterterrorism efforts,” it said.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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16 thoughts on “Top Dem turns on Obama over unsafe cuts to counterterror budget

  1. this is just part of the DC DICTATOR’S plan to DESTROY this Nation…..

  2. timothyf7 says:

    Funny how the Liberals scream when it is something that effects them personally. I think it is ‘racial’! Isn’t that the first thing they scream if a Conservative doesn’t agree with our so called leader?

  3. ralph says:

    Obama not the only problem here and not the biggest problem the senate and congress have to power to stop this right now in it’s tracks and they are doing nothing but filling their own pockets. Time to empty them pockets

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