Clinton: Bush Needs to Release Homeland Security Funds

Washington, DC – New York's Junior Senator says fiscal mismanagement on the part of the Bush administration will compromise the effectiveness of the newly created Homeland Security Department.

Democrat Hillary Clinton says if the president wants the states to take a lead role in homeland defense, he must release the funds to local agencies earlier than Spring 2003.

Clinton made her comments in response to an announcement by Bush officials on Tuesday that Homeland Security payments would be delayed.

Clinton has been pushing for a block grant act that would distribute Homeland Security funds directly to local law enforcement officials.

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