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December 16. 2013 10:53PM

U.S. Rep. King pledges to support law enforcement


Rep. Pete King, R-NY, arrives at a meeting of the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition in Concord Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

CONCORD — U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told state police trooper representatives Monday that he will stick by them, no matter what office he holds, and he endorsed the House-passed budget that is now with the U.S. Senate.
King, whose signature issues are terrorism and homeland security, spoke before the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition, a group of state police trooper unions in 11 Northeastern states. It is the fifth trip the Republican has made to New Hampshire as he mulls a run for the presidency.
The country has lost its interest in terrorism, he warned, and state and local police will have to do more to fight terrorism in the coming years. He also advocated for more federal funds for state police agencies.

"So long as I'm in Congress, or whatever position I might have, I'm going to do what I can to make sure you get the funding and the support you need and the government of the United States stands by you and doesn't get involved in stunts like shutting down the government to prove some obscure point," King said.

King is the son of a retired New York police officer, and New York troopers at the event — which drew about 50 people to the Concord Holiday Inn — spoke highly of him.

King said he is not satisfied with the House budget deal, but he said is was preferable to sequestration, which he said would have made arbitrary cuts in programs such as homeland security.

He disagrees with about a thousand aspects of the budget, he said, but agrees with three thousand.

"The most important thing is we have a budget," King said.His remarks put King in the government-friendly camp of the Republican party. He said safety and security are the two biggest responsibilities of government, and he lambasted media and others who second guess the split-second decisions that a trooper must make to protect lives.

He said Republicans can't get their way all the time, noting Democrats control the White House and the Senate."In a democratic society, you have to find a way to move forward," he said.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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