Amendment to save two CST teams passes

An amendment to keep the Brooklyn-based 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team from proposed budget cuts was voted unanimously to be included in the House of Representative's FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

The U.S. Department of Defense recommended eliminating two of the 57 CSTs in FYT 2013, but local legislators introduced legislation to ensure they could be saved.

"At a time when New York City remains the number one terror target in the nation, it is completely nonsensical to cut such an essential asset to our safety and security," Representative Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) said. "The 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team located at Fort Hamilton is highly-trained to respond to high-risk situations and assist the NYPD, first responders, and other agencies in response efforts. Preserving this team is crucial to New York's security, and I thank my colleagues for lending their support to the passage of my amendment."

Grimm helped introduce the amendment with Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.).

Final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act is expected soon. The bill must also pass the Senate to be enacted.

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