House leaders and Budget Committee members announced their plan on Tuesday, and are set to vote on the cuts on the House floor today. However, fellow Republican and House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King has already expressed a commitment to protect the funding for New York’s security.
Senator Gillibrand’s full letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor:
Dear Mr. Speaker,
The terrorist threat to New York has dramatically risen since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since that day, there have been 12 known major terrorist plots against locations in New York City. New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly has stated that the security of the UN is critical for New York, and has requested that necessary upgrades be made to provide adequate protection and address the structural deficiencies that create unnecessary vulnerabilities. It is my understanding that without these upgrades a car bomb would do extensive damage not just to the UN, but to the New York neighborhoods in the vicinity. The NYPD has worked with the UN to identify specific vulnerabilities that are in need of addressing, and in response to these concerns the State Department made its commitment to apply certain unused United States contributions to the UN to make the security enhancements. The NYPD supports funding for the security improvements and opposes any efforts to compromise such funding.
I share a commitment to reducing excess federal spending in a fiscally responsible and prudent manner; however, this legislation is not the appropriate solution. H.R. 519 will put in jeopardy the critical security enhancements that have been identified by the NYPD and the UN. I strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to bring this flawed legislation to the floor.