Obama’s commitment with your tax dollars

President Obama made a commitment to put your tax dollars to work through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Through reinvestment of your tax dollars, the Department of Homeland Security announced today it has made it’s first investment in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which falls within it’s authority.

$50 million will be invested for nationwide explosive detection systems and advanced technology X-ray units for baggage screening and security at airports.

$1 billion dollars has been made available for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Other appropriations of your tax dollars to support special projects for the Department of Homeland Security through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act include:

St. Elizabeths/DHS Headquarters Consolidation:
$650 million ($200 million to DHS; $450 million to GSA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
$720 million for construction at land ports of entry ($300 million GSA; $420 million CBP)
$100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology
$100 million for border technology on the southwest border
$60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
$20 million for ICE automation modernization and tactical communications

Transportation Security Administration:
$1 billion for explosives detection systems and checkpoint screening equipment

U.S. Coast Guard:
$142 million for Alteration of Bridges program
$98 million for construction, which may include the following:
o Shore facilities and aids to navigation facilities
o Vessel repair/acquisition (includes High Endurance Cutter, National Security Cutter)

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
$100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
$150 millionfor transit and rail security grants
$150 million for port security grants, no non-federal match required
$210 million for Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants for firehouse construction; maximum grant is $15.0M
$5 million expansion in authority for FEMA Community Disaster Loans
Requires the establishment of an arbitration panel to resolve Katrina/Rita public assistance disputes
Requires FEMA to accept additional applications for Katrina/Rita public assistance
All non-federal matching requirements for SAFER grants waived for FY 2009-2010

DHS Office of Inspector General:
$5 million to conduct related oversight and audits

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