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D.C. seeks $250 million for post-attack expenses

By Dave Adhicary
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- City leaders Friday asked Congress to allocate a quarter-billion dollars to help cover police, fire and emergency service expenses since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"We have submitted a request for special appropriations in the amount of $1 billion that includes $250 million for emergency preparedness," Washington Mayor Anthony Williams told a subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee.

The city is also so tied up handling hazardous materials related to anthrax scares that it doesn't have enough manpower to fight crime, Williams told lawmakers.

Rep. Connie Morella, R-Maryland, chairwoman of the subcommittee, asked Williams why city leaders were not better coordinated after the first hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center.

"It was not until 6 p.m. on the night of September 11th that the chief administrative officers, police chiefs and other top officials from across the region talked to each other on a conference call," Morella said.

Williams also asked lawmakers to grant him the power to activate the National Guard should there again be an emergency. At present, he said, Washington's mayor has to appeal to the D.C. National Guard, which must forward that request to the secretary of the Army, which channels the request to the president.



 
 
 
 



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