U.S. Representative Val Demings (D-FL) commends her colleagues for including her legislation supporting the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The action will be included in the NDAA’s Fiscal Year 2023, which serves as the legislative foundation for national security priorities and policy reforms benefiting service members, their families and communities nationwide.
The DHS Basic Training Accreditation Enhancement Act of 2021 requires all Department of Homeland Security officer training programs to receive accreditation to ensure a high standard for officers protecting the country.
Additionally, the Homeland Security Capabilities Preservation Act included in the NDAA, which was introduced with U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-NE), directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review past disbursements. of UASI and create a plan to continue federal anti-terrorism support for UASI-funded homeland security capabilities.
“The safety and security of every American is my top priority,” she said. “My bill to support the Urban Area Safety Initiative is essential for Florida’s first responders and will help ensure stable funding levels for the counter-terrorism programs that keep us safe. As a former law enforcement officer law enforcement agencies that used UASI funding, this program has been one of my top priorities since coming to Congress, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to get Orlando back on the list and ensure that our first responders have what they need to keep us safe.
Bacon said protecting Americans from foreign and domestic threats is a priority.
“I am pleased to help lead this effort alongside Rep. Demings to direct DHS and FEMA to assess UASI capabilities and ensure federal assistance is made available for these programs. anti-terrorism law enforcement agencies, especially in urban areas, which are potential targets for terrorist attacks,” he said.