Portman Applauds Senate Passage of $90 Million in Security Resources for Faith-Based Communities & Institutions Included in Final FY 2020 Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced the Senate-passed final FY 2020 funding bill includes the $90 million he requested in December for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which provides grants to faith-based and other nonprofit organizations to help secure their facilities against a potential terrorist attack. Of the $90 million total, $50 million will be available for nonprofits located within high-risk urban areas, and the remaining $40 million will be available for organizations that fall outside of those areas. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature.
“I am pleased that the Senate passed the final FY 2020 funding bill, which includes $90 million for nonprofit security grants so that synagogues, religious and cultural facilities, and other nonprofits across our country that are at a high risk of a terrorist attack have access to the resources they need to secure their facilities,” said Portman. “As we’ve seen recently, the threats to houses of worship and other religious community sites are increasing and we must do everything we can to protect them in Ohio and across our country.”
NOTE: In December, Senator Portman joined bipartisan colleagues in a letter urging Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jon Tester (D-MT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, to fund the NSGP at $90 million. Earlier this year Senator Portman and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act (S. 1539), legislation that would set a funding floor for these programs. This bill authorizes $75 million annually for FYs 2020-2024 for the NSGP. Last fall, Portman and Peters urged appropriators to approve $60 million in FY 2019 funding for this program, and that request was ultimately approved. In 2017, Portman and Peters led a letter signed by all 100 of their colleagues to the Homeland Security Secretary, Attorney General, and FBI Director urging them to take swift action in response to the anonymous bomb threats being made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Day Schools, and synagogues across the country.