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article imageU.S. Attorney General Holder to announce $100M grant for Detroit Special

By Matt Harding     Sep 27, 2013 in Politics
Detroit - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in Detroit with three other top Obama administration aides to formally announce a $100 million federal grant for Detroit, Mich.
U.S. Attorney General Holder is on Wayne State University's campus addressing the media right now. He just walked over from another building on campus where he attended a closed-door meeting with Gene Sperling, chief economic adviser to President Obama, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, along with state and local leaders including Gov. RIck Snyder, Mayor Dave Bing, Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, among others.
Gene Sperling said Thursday that the administration scrounged through the federal budget and found untapped money that "either had not flowed or had not gotten out or not directed to the top priorities for Detroit."
Holder was supposed to announce that $3 million, in part, will be used to hire new police officers in Detroit. Contrary to this report, Detroit Fox 2 News reporter Alexis Wiley tweeted from the press conference, "Holder announces effort to improve public safety in @Detroit. Award $1.9 million to @DetroitPolice for 10 new officers." About $25 million will be expedited to Detroit to hire about 140 firefighters and buy new gear, according to ABC News and other outlets.
The Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. Snyder is tweeting photos from inside the press conference as well. His Twitter handle is @reporterdmurray.
The announcement to the media began at approximately 1:45 p.m., and was scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. Digital Journal was not allowed into this press conference.
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