LIVE: Maryland lawmakers call for more protection for places of worship
Tiffany Watson, WBFF-TV (Online)
On Monday at 10:30 am, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes will be joined by leaders of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities in Baltimore to stand united against religious intolerance, hate, and antisemitism.
The Senators will announce their support for a new proposal to quadruple funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides security assistance to religious and community nonprofit institutions that are at high risk of terrorist attack.
In the last year, Senators Van Hollen and Cardin announced Maryland’s receipt of over $3 million in funding through this program, including grants to the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim, the Islamic Society of Annapolis, and the Baltimore Catholic Diocese.
The Department of Homeland Security recently received a 50 percent increase in funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program in Fiscal Year 2020 for a total of $90 million.