While DHS is to blame for saying that NYC doesn't have any icons or monuments being one of the reasons for cutting 40% from NYC, it's not DHS that holds the purse strings.
As an example, funding for the State Homeland Security Grant (SHSG) program has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. The funding cuts were implemented by congress. Next year there is 550 million for the program, down from $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2005 and $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2006. That's a 50% cut.
The funding level for the 2006 Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security assistance programs is $2.6billion. The 2005 funding was $3.6billion.
Where was King on these cuts? As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee what did he do to fight the huge cuts from DHS by congress?
King voted YES for the appropriations bill.
Place blame for the idiot explainations for the cuts squarely on the shoulders of DHS but blame must also fall on each and every member of congress who voted to cut appropriations.