Congresswoman Val Demings Responds to Orlando Being Left Off UASI Funding List
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Val Demings’ office announced Friday that the Orlando Metropolitan area has been left out of the UASI funding program for the third straight year. The Urban Area Security Initiative allocates money to cities for counter-terrorism efforts.
The threat level for Orlando did increase by one level for 2017, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, which distributes the money, the Orlando area still did not rank high enough to be included in the program. Orlando ranks 38th, down four spots from 2016.
"We are baffled to learn that once again, the Orlando area has been left out of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI),” said Congresswoman Val Demings.
"Well before the Pulse nightclub shooting, local law enforcement had asked Congress to add the Orlando area to the list of cities who receive funding for counterterrorism efforts, in part because our city is a global destination, with a record 68 million visitors last year.
"I will continue to urge Congress to expand the list of cities included and work to ensure that we have the proper funds to prepare and respond to terrorism in Central Florida."