Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada are continuing their efforts to keep Nevada safe. Today they announced $9,610,000 in statewide homeland security funding, plus $9,310,000 in Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding for Las Vegas. All together, Nevada will receive nearly $19 million to strengthen security in the state.
“I am glad that the amount of money the state will receive under the Urban Area Security Initiative has increased. Clearly, the meetings Senator Ensign and I had with Secretary Chertoff paid off,” said Reid. “The Department of Homeland Security finally took into account our state’s unique challenge of protecting millions of tourists who come here every year. This funding will go to ensure Nevadans and visitors alike are protected.”
“Nevada, an increasingly popular tourist destination, is home to both the Hoover Dam and one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Ensign. “I am thankful that Secretary Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security have come to understand the importance of protecting these assets against potential terrorist attacks and that they are providing the necessary funding. Senator Reid and I will continue to work with federal agencies to ensure the safety and protection of Nevada residents and visitors.”
Nevada’s share of UASI funding is up $1,510,000 or 16.5 percent from last year. This program exists to provide additional resources to urban areas that have greater security needs, to fund first responders, and to support the state and local resources needed to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.