U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards announced on May 10 that $20 million has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee for 2006 homeland security training and projects at TEEX’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). The approved funding reverses a proposed $12.5 million cut under the Bush Administration’s 2006 homeland security budget. The approval is the first step in the legislative process. Now the funding request goes to the Senate.
“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,” Edwards said in a press release. “I am pleased that our request for the Subcommittee to reject drastic cuts was approved, and I will work on a bipartisan basis to support the $20 million funding throughout the legislative process.”
Edwards worked with the Texas delegation in Congress, coordinating a bipartisan support letter recommending increased funding that was signed by 22 members of the Texas delegation.