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Politics Trump's budget would cut bomb-sniffing dogs at airports, train hubs

00:01  18 february  2020
00:01  18 february  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Mr Trump ’ s 2021 budget includes the elimination of a m program that deploys bomb sniffing dogs to find explosives in crowded travel hubs across the country. The Trump administration has defended the move as essentially a redundancy elimination, arguing that state and local law enforcement

Sen. Chuck Schumer called out a Trump administration budget on Sunday that would eliminate all funding for VIPR dog teams that help police Penn Station, JFK and LaGuardia airports and other transit hubs around the New York area.

NEW YORK — New Yorkers could see fewer bomb-sniffing dogs at the city’s airports and train stations if President Donald Trump gets his way.

a dog sitting on top of a suitcase: (Not image from scene) A stock image of a bomb-sniffing dog.© Dreamstime/TNS (Not image from scene) A stock image of a bomb-sniffing dog.

Trump’s proposed 2021 budget released to Congress last week includes plans to eliminate a program that deploys dog teams to detect explosives at crowded travel hubs across the country.

Last year’s budget allocated $59 million for 31 of the dog units, formally called Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams. Trump wants to slash those figures to zero.

“As state and local law enforcement agencies already monitor and maintain jurisdiction in these areas, the VIPR Teams’ efforts are duplicative and unnecessary,” the White House wrote in justifying the cut. “In addition, VIPR Team performance measures fail to articulate program effectiveness, and lack demonstrable results.”

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The feds are threatening to nix bomb - sniffing dogs that patrol Big Apple airports and train TSA administrator David Pekoske defended the president’ s budget proposal during a Congressional budget hearing last week, according to Schumer. Trump tried to cut million from the program last year

The senator said President Donald Trump ’ s administration plans to cut funding for dog - sniffing bomb detection teams. Schumer is blasting a proposal by the president's administration to cut funding for dog - sniffing bomb detection teams. In this photo, he talks to reporters following a Democratic

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he was blindsided by the proposal and vowed to fight for funding for the dog teams.

The New York Police Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority both employ specialized dog teams to help crack down on explosives — but Schumer said the ones deployed by the federal government are better equipped to handle the job.

“None of them are as good as these, none of them are as mobile as these,” Schumer said of the VIPR Team dogs at a news conference Sunday. “These are the most highly trained dogs, and they’re the best.”

Dogs aren’t the only facet of national security the White House proposes to cut this year.

The budget also contains $84 million in cuts to Transportation Security Administration staffers who monitor access to secure areas of airports, and instead asks to shift those responsibilities onto private airline operators.

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Under the proposal, state and local governments would also lose $46 million worth of grants used to beef up airport security. Those grants were created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“This is just pushing the cost from the feds to the city, any city,” Schumer said of the cuts. “But terror threats are of national concern, and New York, other big cities and transit hubs should not be shouldering the brunt of these security costs.”

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