Sending Office: Committee on Homeland Security
Support the Bipartisan Effort to Help Secure Nonprofit Organizations
Deadline: April 26, 2019
Current Co-Sponsors (17): ; Rep. Peter T. King; Rep. Steve Cohen; Rep. Gwen Moore; Rep. Elanor 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; and Rep. Brian Higgins.
Endorsed by the Jewish Federation
In recent years, there has been an increase in violence and threats of violence against nonprofit institutions. On March 15, the world painfully watched as 50 people were killed at a mosque in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the March 15 mass shooting is not
an isolated case of terrorism and violence against innocent people at houses of worship. Some other such instances include the 2018 deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where 11 people were killed, the 2017 mass shooting at a church
in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people killed, and the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, 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.” This legislation would, for the
first time, authorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). It would provide a $15 million increase for funding the NSGP, bringing the total funding up to $75 million; with $50 million reserved for nonprofit
institutions located within Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdictions and $25 million would be reserved for nonprofit institutions located outside of UASI jurisdictions. Eligible uses under this security grant program would include 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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