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Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appripria

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SCIENCE, STATE, JUSTICE, COMMERCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007

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Mr. ROTHMAN. I thank the distinguished ranking member for yielding and would ask to enter into a colloquy with the distinguished chairman of the subcommittee, the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Wolf).

Mr. Chairman, recent data released by the FBI shows violent crime on the rise for the first time in 15 years. The violent crime rate rose 2.5 percent across the country. Areas of New Jersey, including the cities of New York and Jersey City have disproportionately high rates of crime, two to three times more than the average national rate.

These cities, while only about 5 miles apart are the two largest cities in my State. Preliminary data for 2005 shows that the violent crime rate for Jersey City, New Jersey, is 1,302 crimes per 100,000 people and the violent crime rate for Newark, New Jersey, is 1,008 crimes per 100,000 people. The national average is significantly lower, 478 violent crimes per 100,000 people, less than half of Newark's and Jersey City's.

These high levels of violent crime, including murders, rapes and aggravated assaults, tear families and communities apart. Just this past Sunday evening, at least two people were killed and eight injured in four separate shootings in Newark.

Mr. Chairman, it is my understanding there is $16 million in the bill for 15 violent crime impact teams. These teams of ATF agents, U.S. Marshals, DEA agents and Federal prosecutors work together to reduce violent crime for an area. Will you, Mr. Chairman, work with me to direct one or more of the violent crime impact teams to these areas of New Jersey?

I yield to the chairman.

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