Schumer hounds White House over proposal to cut funding for bomb-sniffing dogs
President Trump’s proposed budget could eliminate specialist teams of bomb-sniffing dogs — despite ongoing fears of terror attacks, Sen. Chuck Schumer warned Sunday.
Holding up page 46 of President Trump’s 2021 budget, Schumer noted that it planned to completely nix the $59 million funding for the specialist Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams that help secure airports and train stations.
He called the planned cut “unthinkable” given ongoing terror threats — warning that it “hurts New York more than other places.”
“We all know New York City is a target for terrorism,” he said, noting the Big Apple has 30 dogs VIPR dogs that are a “critical and effective New York City counter-terrorism tool” as they rove across the city.
“In the days of increased terror, we can’t be too careful. Safety has to come first,” he insisted.
Noting it was “not a whole lot of money” in such a huge budget, he stressed, “We want to keep New York City safe.”
Schumer made similar warnings two years ago when the feds proposed cutting the program’s budget, saying that time he was “able to restore the money” — just for it to now face complete elimination. The administration also threatened to cut the dogs from the budget in 2017 but Congress then too restored the funding.
“Just when you think things have really gone to the dogs, you dig through the proposed budget and see something just about no one would agree with,” he said of the bid to fully cut funding.
“I’ve got a bone to pick with the White House,” Schumer said, vowing to keep hounding away to end the “dangerous proposal.”
“I’m here to play the safety pit bull and try to undo the damage,” he said, insisting he was “very hopeful” of fetching the funding.
“Any security expert will tell you that they’re needed and that they’re unique,” Schumer said.
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