WASHINGTON — Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the committee has approved $22 million for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M.
Sen. Hutchison requested the terrorism funding be included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations spending bill.
“Our nation’s first responders serve bravely on the front lines at home in our War on Terror,” Sen. Hutchison said. “The training center at Texas A&M is contributing to this mission by providing a comprehensive, high-level training facility. In a belt-tightening budget year, we need to give high priority to first responders that protect our safety and way of life.”
As a lead member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, NERRTC provides effective anti-terrorism training and education for emergency workers and senior officials. The Center integrates the Texas Engineering Extension Service training facilities and experienced instructors to give emergency responders unsurpassed training and technical assistance.
Sen. Hutchison also helped secure $20 million for NERRTC from the Department of Homeland Security in Fiscal Year 2005. The Homeland Security Appropriations bill must be voted on by the full Senate, reconciled with the House of Representatives’ bill and sent to President Bush to be signed into law.