HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE PASSES CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN’S AMENDMENT TO EXPAND THE ‘SECURING THE CITIES’ PROGRAM
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HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE PASSES CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN’S AMENDMENT TO EXPAND THE ‘SECURING THE CITIES’ PROGRAM

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The goal is to protect more cities against dirty bombs

Washington, DC – November 20, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — In a unanimous vote, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed this week H.R. 2611, a measure which would authorize the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Securing the Cities’ (STC) initiative.  The bill includes an amendment offered by Congressman Al Green (TX-09) that would expand the scope of the STC program to include at least two additional cities in the program.

Launched in 2006, STC is a unified effort among federal, state and local law enforcement in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to defend against the threat of a radiological or nuclear device. Currently, STC only operates in New York City and its surrounding areas.

“While New York City may remain a prime target for terrorist activity, other densely populated areas and those housing a lot of critical infrastructure should also be protected from dirty bombs to the best of our ability. My amendment would benefit even more high-risk urban areas by providing the necessary resources to detect and intercept illicit radiological material before it could be used in a weapon by would-be terrorists,” said Congressman Green.

STC builds “rings” around New York City to provide a layered defense against the smuggling of a nuclear weapon. The basis of the program is that, the more law enforcement officials are on the lookout for nuclear material outside of New York City, the better chance law enforcement has to prevent a successful nuclear attack.

“Same as New York City, Houston is among the highest threatened cities in the nation. Our region is extremely dense with critical infrastructure assets, including our large energy and petrochemical sectors.  By replicating the success of STC in more places like Houston or Los Angeles, we can bolster law enforcement capabilities to combat potential terrorist activity and protect our communities,” concluded Congressman Green.

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz
Press Secretary
Congressman Al Green, 9th District-Texas
United States House of Representatives
3003 South Loop West, Suite 460
Houston, TX 77054
Office Phone: 713-383-9234/Extension 111
Cellular Phone: 202-527-1109
Fax: 713-383-9202
Email: Alvaro.Ortiz (at) mail.house (dot) gov

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On January 4, 2007 U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Green’s chief legislative priority for the 110th Congress is creating a Federal Living Wage. As the Democratic Whip for Region 6 and one of the newest members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Green is dedicated to increasing U.S. port and border security and reducing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee where he continues his fight to eliminate insurance, housing and lender practices that have historically victimized low and moderate income communities. Additionally, Congressman Green remains committed to increasing the levels affordable housing and ensuring that every American realizes the dream of homeownership.

Contact:

Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz (Press Secretary)
Office Phone: (713) 383 9234 Ext. 111
Cell Phone: (832) 606 5869

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