Sending Office: Committee on Homeland Security
Help Protect our Houses of Worship
Deadline for Original Cosponsorship: April 26, 2019
Current Co-Sponsors (40): Rep. Peter T. King; Rep. Steve Cohen; Rep. Gwen Moore; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Rep. Bobby L. Rush; Rep. Kathleen M. Rice; Rep. Al Green; Rep. Jackie Speier; Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman; Rep. Paul D. Tonko;
Rep. Adriano Espaillat; Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.; Rep. Yvette D. Clarke; Rep. Karen Bass; Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky; Rep. Elissa Slotkin; Rep. Cedric Richmond; Rep. Brian Higgins; Rep. James R. Langevin; Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.; Rep. Peter Welch; Rep. Sheila
Jackson Lee; Rep. Gregory W. Meeks; Rep. Alcee L. Hastings; Rep. Jamie Raskin; Rep. Alan Lowenthal; Rep. James P. McGovern; Rep. Marcy Kaptur; Rep. Chrissy Houlahan; Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez; Rep. Danny K. Davis; Rep. Max Rose; Rep. Betty McCollum; Rep. Dina
Titus; Rep. Mike Doyle; Rep. Eliot L. Engel; Rep. Val Demings; Rep. Rep. Donald Norcross; Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson; and Rep. Julia Brownley.
Endorsed by The Jewish Federations of North America
In recent years, there has been an increase in violence and threats of violence against nonprofit institutions. Just this past weekend, nearly 300 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in series of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri
Lanka. Other noteworthy attacks against innocent people in houses of worship include the March 15 deadly New Zealand mosque shootings, where 50 people were killed, the 2018 Pittsburgh “Tree of Life” synagogue shooting, where 11 people were killed, the 2017
Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting, where 26 people killed, and the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, where nine people were killed.
To ensure that nonprofits across the country that are at risk of terrorism have the Federal support needed to stay safe, I am re-introducing the “Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019.” My bill seeks to authorize the Department
of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) at $75 million, a $15 million increase over current funding. Specifically, the bill would allot $50 million for at-risk nonprofit institutions located within Urban Area Security Initiative
(UASI) jurisdictions and $25 million for at-risk nonprofit institutions located outside of UASI jurisdictions. Grantees would be permitted to use funding for security equipment, physical security and cybersecurity training, target hardening, terrorism awareness,
or employee training.
The deadline to be an original co-sponsor of this legislation is noon on
April 26, 2019. Should your staff have any questions, please contact Nzinga Dyson at (202) 226-2616 or Nzinga.Hutchinson@mail.house.gov.
Bennie G. Thompson
Member of Congress
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