CLE to receive $50M in security funding for RNC

Posted at 9:04 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 09:04:53-05

The City of Cleveland will receive $50 million in security funding for next year's Republican National Convention. 

The federal Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill includes $100 million to be used for security costs associated with the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Convention.

The money would be appropriated under the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program and would be divided equally between Cleveland and Philadelphia. 

“Ensuring the safety of convention goers and the Cleveland community is a critical component of the convention planning process,” said Sen. Rob Portman. “These funds will allow convention organizers and the city of Cleveland to ensure that appropriate security measures are being taken."

“Clevelanders are proud to be hosting the Republican National Convention,” added Sen. Sherrod Brown. “The world will get to see what a great city Cleveland is. But to make sure the event is successful, ensuring public safety is essential. With this funding, the City of Cleveland will be able to meet the convention’s security needs and make sure state and local law enforcement have the support they need.”