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Pugh asks Congress to maintain preparedness grants

Pugh asks Congress to maintain preparedness grants

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh encouraged federal lawmakers Thursday to maintain current funding for disaster preparedness, arguing that recent cuts had forced the city to scale back some of its efforts to plan for the worst.

Speaking to the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Pugh said that the city had spent tens of millions of federal dollars on shelters, emergency communications and law enforcement tactical gear since 2003.

"It is the local first responders who are first on the scene when an event occurs and local officials who manage the response," Pugh, testifying on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors,...