Representative Peter King (R – New York), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, blasted the GOP’s plan to reduce the budget by $61 billion, citing cuts to critical anti-terror programs.
In particular, King is concerned about the reductions to grants designated to protect ports and transit facilities. He believes these cutbacks would leave the United States less secure and could lead to a devastating terrorist attack. He said, “We’re not talking about earmarks. We’re not talking about sweetheart contracts. We’re talking about life and death.”