Sunday, June 25, 2006

Raj Criticizes Security Cut

From the Northeast Times:

Republican congressional candidate Raj Bhakta is describing as "indefensible" the cut in funding Pennsylvania received from the federal government to address terrorism threats.

The state’s share dropped from $81.9 million last year to $49 million this year. Philadelphia’s portion went from $22.8 million to $19.5 million.

Bhakta, who is challenging Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.), noted that the Philadelphia area is large and has a busy port, military installations and a nuclear power plant.

"If Philadelphia is not at risk, I don’t know who is," he said.

Bhakta wants more money to hire police officers and upgrade technology for cops, firefighters and other emergency responders.

"Philadelphia is essentially being ignored by the federal government," he said.

The candidate said the Department of Homeland Security isn’t prioritizing its resources, pointing out that places like Kentucky, North Carolina and Nebraska have received funding increases.

"Philadelphia certainly faces a greater terrorist threat than Omaha," he said.

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