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Key Votes

HR 728 - Anti-Crime bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Mel Watt voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Bill Sent To Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (238-192) - (Key vote)

Title: Anti-Crime bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 by changing federal assistance to local law enforcement block grants.

  • Sets guidelines that local units must meet in order to qualify for grants.
  • Prohibits the use of block grant funds for the procurement of certain vehicles unless cleared by the Attorney General under special circumstances.
  • Requires any local government unit to repay any funds not expended within 2 years of receipt.
  • Authorizes $10 billion over five years to carry out activities under this act, including: 
    • Hiring, training and employing law enforcement and support personnel, including paying overtime to presently employed officers and personnel.
    • Obtaining necessary operating equipment and technology.
    • Establishing crime prevention programs and intervention programs for juveniles.
    • Enhancing the security in and around schools and other “special risk” locations as determined by local governments.
    • Supporting drug courts and developing drug control programs under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1986.
    • Creating an inter-government task force to prevent and combat crime in adjacent localities, with a focus on drug- or gang-related criminal activities.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Anti-Crime bill


  • Bill McCollum (FL - R) (Out Of Office)


  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Bliley Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ed Bryant (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald C. 'Jerry' Weller (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
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