Lowey and Serrano Announce $68 Million to Reimburse Law Enforcement Agencies
Senior Appropriators Secure Funding to Defray Manpower Costs Incurred Protecting President, President-Elect, First Family
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman José Serrano, Ranking Democrat on the Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee, today announced the Omnibus Appropriations Act contains a total of $68 million to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for their supportive work to protect President Trump and his family.
“Protecting the President of the United States and the First Family is primarily a federal responsibility, and their residence in one of the most densely populated areas in the world presents huge and unprecedented challenges,” said Lowey. “NYPD and other law enforcement agencies have performed admirably, in coordination with the U.S. Secret Service. I am very pleased New York taxpayers will not be on the hook for these critical and necessary expenses.”
"This is an important victory for fairness. New York City should not be forced to bear the unprecedented costs of protecting the President and his family,” said Serrano. “This funding reimburses the City for both the costs of securing the President and his family prior to, and since, Inauguration Day. The money helps make New York City whole, and ensures that the City does not have to reduce resources elsewhere in order to protect Trump Tower. As a longtime Member of the Appropriations Committee from New York City and the Ranking Democrat on the CJS Subcommittee, where some of this money is appropriated, I want to thank my Full Committee Ranking Member, Nita Lowey for her hard work on this issue. I also want to thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for agreeing to help New York City address these unique circumstances."
Of the $68 million, $20 million is dedicated to reimbursing local law enforcement agencies for costs incurred protecting the President-elect from the time of the 2016 election through inauguration Day. This funding will be awarded through the Byrne-JAG program at the U.S. Department of Justice. The remainder - $41 million - will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Local law enforcement agencies that incurred such costs after President Trump’s inauguration may submit claims for reimbursement of manpower costs.
When added to $7 million secured in the FY2017 Continuing Resolution enacted in December, this brings total funding to $68 million to help defray manpower costs expended helping the U.S. Secret Service in fulfillment of the federal responsibility of protecting the President-elect, and after inauguration, the President.