Senators request $100 million for political convention security in Cleveland, Philadelphia

Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A pair of Democratic senators from Ohio and Pennsylvania — the states holding 2016's major political conventions — have requested $100 million in security funding to be evenly split between the two events.

In a Tuesday letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Robert P. Casey asked that the security funding be tacked onto a federal program that provides money for local law enforcement agencies.

Brown's and Casey's letter says the funding is "critical to the host cities' efforts to obtain extra law enforcement personnel necessary to ensure a safe and secure environment" for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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