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Trump administration seeks to slash counterterrorism funding, eliminate rail security response teams

(Source: Foreign Policy, December 13, 2017)

WASHINGTON, D.C. ó President Donald Trump has insisted that he will be tougher on terrorism than his predecessor, but a new report indicates that the White House may be planning to reduce funding for key U.S. counterterrorism programs and to eliminate one program altogether. The administration is seeking a total of $568 million in cuts from counterterrorism programs from 2017 levels, according to a report released Tuesday by the Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The budget offers a glimpse into the presidentís priorities as he prepares his 2019 budget proposal, including recommended cuts that would eliminate Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, known as VIPRs. The program, begun under George W. Bush in 2005, falls under the Transportation Security Administration. VIPR teams can be deployed to prevent or respond to acts of terrorism in train stations, subways, ports, bus stations, and truck rest areas.

Full story: Foreign Policy

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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