Napolitano Faces Questions About Screening Technology Funding – CQ Homeland Security

Both the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday questioned a request for technologically advanced airport scanners in President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request, but for seemingly opposite reasons.

The request for more scanners, and personnel to operate them, was largely a response to the latest terrorism threat, the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253, Chairman Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said. But he wanted to know what the department was doing for future threats, given that many of the department’s activities to address other vulnerabilities — from cybersecurity and bioterrorism to port and transit security — would receive about level funding.