Lawmakers try to save DHS lab that prepares first responders for terror threats

The House passed a bill this week 395-3 to fund the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in NYC, which is under threat despite its important anti-terrorism work, reports Geneva Sands for CNN.

The lab, founded in 1947, works most closely with NYC-based first responders, but operates nationwide. It tests radiation-detection equipment, is involved in work to defend against drones, and assists in disaster planning.

The lab has been threatened with closure by the last two federal budgets.

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