U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today issued the following statement concerning the Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Security Grant Program Guidance Awards Maryland:
“While Maryland did better this year than it did last year, this year’s Department of Homeland Security grant awards still represent a significant decline from previous levels.
We need to revamp the current formula to include a ‘national needs assessment’ as part of the equation.
DHS funding does not adequately factor in our State’s proximity to Washington or the location of the National Security Agency (NSA), Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Port of Baltimore, or the I-95 corridor.
Our location makes us a target and these grants should more realistically reflect that.”