Sen. Tom Carper, along with a group of bipartisan senators, is pressing for robust community safety funding in any fiscal 2019 appropriations package.

Specifically, the lawmakers have called for adequate allocations to the Department of Homeland Security Nonprofit Security Grant program which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools and community centers make improvements to defend against security threats.

“We regret that nonprofit organizations — especially religious institutions, schools and community centers — have become targets for violent attacks and believe we have a responsibility to address the motivating factors behind these threats,” the senators wrote. “But as long as the threat remains, we must take steps to ensure these facilities have the necessary resources to improve their security if they wish to do so. While we recognize much more remains to be done beyond investing in security, we urge your strong support for robust funding of the Nonprofit Security Grant program in the fiscal 19 appropriations cycle and stand ready to work with you on this issue.”

Carper was joined by Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania; Dianne Feinstein, D-California; Richard Durbin, D-Illinois; Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island; Bill Nelson, D-Florida; Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan; Maria Cantwell, D-Washington; Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey; Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; Bernard Sanders, I-Vermont; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; Tom Udall, D-New Mexico; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin; Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut; Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico; Angus King, I-Maine; Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts; Cory Booker, D-New Jersey; Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan; Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana; M. Mike Rounds, D-South Dakota; Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland; Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois; Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire; Kamala Harris, D-California; and Tina Smith, D-Minnesota.

A full copy of the letter can be found at bit.ly/2Q9BaR3. More on the DHS Nonprofit Security Grant program is available at bitly.is/1g3AhR6.