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  Adar 22, 5777 , 20/03/17

Schumer slams Trump's proposed security-grant cuts

(JTA) Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has slammed President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which could jeopardize a security assistance program for nonprofits that benefits Jewish institutions, citing threats to Jewish sites across the United States. The New York Democrat said, in a Monday statement to JTA, “At a time where perpetrators are terrorizing the Jewish community across the country, even here in New York, it makes no sense to slash FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program; we should be putting more money in terrorism prevention for at-risk non-profits, not less.”

Schumer explained, “These federal dollars have been critical in making sure that high-risk organizations like JCCs, Jewish schools and congregations of all kinds are safe and protected from potential terrorist attacks.” Congress currently funds the grant program at $20 million per year. The vast majority of funds have gone to Jewish institutions since the program was launched in 2005, providing the nonprofits with money for security upgrades, including barricades and security cameras.

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