2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, in the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001, The U.S. Conference of Mayors called for a federal block grant that would provide homeland security funding directly to cities to help meet local needs for police and fire overtime, personnel training, communications and rescue equipment, and security measures to protect airports, ports, utilities, public transit, and other critical infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, nearly a year-and-a-half later the Congress enacted appropriations bills that funded several state and local homeland security programs, establishing the First Responder Grant program and providing more than $2 billion through the State Domestic Preparedness and Federal First Responder/Critical Infrastructure programs; and

WHEREAS, for the current fiscal year, Congress has provided $1.7 billion for First Responder Grants and $500 million for Homeland Security Law Enforcement grants; and

WHEREAS, in his FY 2005 budget submission the President proposed to reduce funding for First Responder grants by $1 billion, to $700 million, and to fund at the same level, $500 million, Homeland Security Law Enforcement grants; and

WHEREAS, homeland security appropriations are currently under consideration in both the House and the Senate; and

WHEREAS, several recent reports, the most recent being The U.S. Conference of Mayors Interoperability Survey, have documented the continuing critical need for federal funding to support our first responders,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes cuts in federal homeland security assistance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to provide a funding level for federal first responder programs that does not drop below the level provided for the current fiscal year.