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Rice Applauds Inclusion of Nonprofit Security Grants and Israel Defense Funds in Omnibus Appropriations Package

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Washington, March 11, 2022 | comments

WASHINGTON –U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today released the following statement regarding the bicameral and bipartisan passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus appropriations agreement. The legislation includes a 39% increase in funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which helps secure nonprofits and houses of worship against terrorism.

“We are seeing a national rise in racist and antisemitic violence, and I commend the Appropriations Committee for recognizing the need for increased domestic security,” said Representative Rice. “As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I have long advocated for the expansion of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which has already provided millions of dollars to protect synagogues and other nonprofits in my district. This increase in funding will play an essential role in ensuring that all of my constituents have a safe space to worship.”

The omnibus also contains the Israel Relations Normalization Act, which will expand the recent peace agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. Furthermore, it allocates historic levels of funding for Israel’s defense, including $3.3 billion in security assistance, $1 billion for Iron Dome replenishment, and $500 million for missile defense partnerships.

“I am glad that the package will significantly bolster Israel’s national security,” said Representative Rice, “This investment provides critical support to their defense system, including the necessary replenishment of the Iron Dome which was severely depleted last year. With this funding, and with the legislation bolstering the Abraham Accords between Israel and Arab states, we are supporting our ally in its pursuit of peace in the Middle East.

The bill will now go to the desk of President Biden to be signed into law. You can view the full text here.

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