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Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2008

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Location: Washington, DC

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 -- (Senate - March 23, 2007)

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Mr. BIDEN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

The amendment is as follows:
(Purpose: To increase funding for the COPS Program to $1.15 billion for FY 2008 to provide state and local law enforcement with critical resources necessary to prevent and respond to violent crime and acts of terrorism and is offset by an unallocated reduction to non-defense discretionary spending and/or reduction to administrative expenses)

On page 23, line 12, increase the amount by $598,000,000.

On page 23, line 13, increase the amount by $72,000,000.

On page 23, line 17, increase the amount by $167,000,000.

On page 23, line 21, increase the amount by $150,000,000.

On page 23, line 25, increase the amount by $120,000,000.

On page 24, line 4, increase the amount by $90,000,000.

On page 26, line 12, decrease the amount by $598,000,000.

On page 26, line 13, decrease the amount by $72,000,000.

On page 26, line 17, decrease the amount by $167,000,000.

On page 26, line 21, decrease the amount by $150,000,000.

On page 26, line 25, decrease the amount by $120,000,000.

On page 27, line 4, decrease the amount by $90,000,000.

Mr. BIDEN. Mr. President, this amendment reinstates the COPS Program. I remind everyone, when the COPS Program was functioning, violent crime in America reduced 8.5 percent a year for 7 years in a row.

Mr. President, throughout the 1990s, we funded the COPS Program at roughly $1.2 billion, and it drove down crime. Now crime is rising again. In every one of our States it is up. Violent crime is up across the board. The Police Investigative Research Forum released a report which found that murders were up 10.6 percent in 2004.

The COPS Program in the crime bill worked, and the Government Accounting Office found a statistical link between the COPS grants and a reduction in crime. The Brookings Institution reported the COPS Program is one of the most cost-effective programs we have ever had in this country. Local officials urgently need this support.

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the following Senators be added as cosponsors: Lieberman, Clinton, Salazar, Obama, Kohl, Harkin, Boxer, Kerry, Whitehouse, Dorgan, Dodd, Schumer, and all Democrats on this side.


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