President Bush Announces $902 million in Emergency Funds
Assistance for Northern Border Security, New York Economic Recovery,
Reagan National Airport and Postal Service Security
Washington, DC -- The Administration today outlined additional
emergency spending totaling $902 million for emergency recovery and response
and national security activities. As provided in the Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations Act, $900 million of these funds will be made available to
agencies pursuant to the 15 day notification procedures established by the
Act from the date of this transmittal and $2.3 million will be made available
to the Department of Defense immediately.
This represents the fifth round of transfers from the Emergency
Response Fund and brings the total emergency funds requested and released to
$9.7 billion from the $40 billion appropriated for the consequences
arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A $20 billion funding
request was sent to Congress on October 17, 2001 and is under consideration.
The $902 million will be used by the Departments of the Treasury (DOT),
Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation, and the United States Postal
Service. Included in these funds are grants to New York City businesses affected
by the September 11th attacks; compensation for the Metropolitan Washington
Airports Authority and its concessionaires for the Federal closure and reduced
flight schedule at Reagan National Airport; the purchase of health and environmental
equipment, including irradiation machines for the United States Postal Service;
and National Guard personnel to enhance security at U.S.-Canadian ports of entry.
Emergency Funding Requested by Agency
Department of the Treasury United States Customs Service
Salaries & Expenses
This funding will support 100 State-activated National
Guard troops for three months to enhance security and expedite U.S. Customs
Service checks at U.S.-Canadian ports of entry.
Available After Expiration of 15-Day Notification Period:
Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Planning and Development
Community Development Block Grants
These funds will be provided to the State of New York for
New York City businesses affected by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center and to assist in the city's economic recovery. This aid will help to
mitigate the actual or potential loss of thousands of businesses and private
sector jobs from Lower Manhattan.
Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration
These funds will compensate the Metropolitan Washington
Airports Authority (MWAA) and its concessionaires for the Federal closure and
reduced flight schedule at Reagan National Airport. MWAA and the concessionaires
will receive compensation for the loss of landing fees, passenger facility charges,
rent, and sales.
United States Postal Service Payment to the Postal Service Fund
These resources include: $100 million for an initial
purchase of irradiation equipment to sanitize the mail and $75 million for
the costs of personnel protection equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, barrier
creams), first response/environmental testing kits and services, site clean-up
and medical goods and services, and public education material.