REP LIEU PRAISES HOUSE SUPPORT OF RELIGIOUS AND NON PROFIT INSTITUTION SAFETY GRANTS
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2476, Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019. This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) and increases its funding from $60 million to $75 million. In 2016 and 2018, Congressman Lieu sent letters of support for the program, which helps nonprofit institutions like synagogues, churches and mosques improve their security protections.
“At a time when hate crimes are steadily rising, it’s imperative that organizations have the ability to protect their communities and congregants. The NSGP has been vital to ensuring that at-risk nonprofit institutions have the resources needed to make security improvements to their facilities. In my district in Los Angeles, there are more than 50 religious institutions and schools that could benefit from this funding. While I wish there wasn’t a need for these protections, I’m glad we are able to help ensure more communities have the resources they need to be safe.”