The Senate approved an increase in federal funding to help protect high-risk non-profit institutions from terrorism.
The 2008 Senate spending bill, approved Friday, includes a $20 million increase in funding to protect high-risk non-profits such as synagogues, hospitals and community centers from terrorist attacks. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) pushed for the increase, as she has done in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 spending bills.
A significant portion of $50 million allocated for 2005 and 2006 went to Jewish institutions. In the past, federal funds have been used by non-profits for security enhancements, such as concrete barriers.
“This is a federal investment in added security to help protect organizations at risk,” said Mikulski.