Money Approved For Homeland Security at A&M

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More money could be on the way to the Brazos Valley to help fight terrorism.

A Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed a House Appropriations Committee Wednesday that includes $1.6 million for Texas A&M University for nuclear terrorism research in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The money will support the newly created Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M.
The Institute was formally created at A&M in March by the Texas A&M University Board of Regents as a joint initiative of the Nuclear Engineering Department and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Another bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday includes $22 million for homeland security training and projects at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M University.

Police, firefighters, and EMS personnel come from across the country to receive first responder training at NERRTC.

The approved funding reverses a $15 million proposed cut under the 2006 homeland security budget for NERRTC that would have resulted in only a $7 million allocation next year.

"Texas A&M is a national leader on homeland security research and training and this important funding is crucial for the safety of our citizens," said District 17 Representative Chet Edwards.

The bills must now pass the House before moving to the Senate.