House bill includes major investments for fight against drugs
The House Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations bill includes hundreds of millions of dollars to address the methamphetamine epidemic and other drug use, Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced today. The bill, which is expected to pass the House later today, still needs to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President.
"Often during my regular meetings in towns across our district, people come up to me to share their heartbreaking, personal stories of the devastation methamphetamine abuse has inflicted on their family, friends, or entire community," Congressman Walden said. "Programs like Byrne JAG and COPS give local enforcement important tools to keep our communities safe and drug free. I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting them, and will continue to do so in the future."
Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG) - $600 million
The Byrne-JAG program facilitates collaboration among law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, treatment and prevention programs. While Congressman Walden requested $1.1 billion for the program, it represents a step up from the President's proposal to consolidate it with 12 other justice programs and provide $350 million in funding.
Community Oriented Policy Services (COPS) - $725 million
The COPS program helps state and local law enforcement agencies hire more police officers as part of a national effort to reduce all forms of crime and keep communities safe. Included in the funding:
· $30,000,000 for the matching grant program for armor vests for law enforcement officers
· $85,000,000 for grants to address public safety and methamphetamine manufacturing, sale, and use in hot spots
· $128,000,000 for law enforcement technologies and interoperable communications
· $15,000,000 for an offender re-entry program;
· $12,000,000 for grants to upgrade criminal records, as authorized under the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C. 14601);
· $175,000,000 for a DNA analysis and capacity enhancement program, and for other local, State, and Federal forensic activities, of which not less than $151,000,000 shall be for reducing and eliminating the backlog of DNA samples and for increasing State and local DNA laboratory capacity;
· $18,000,000 for improving tribal law enforcement, including equipment and training;
· $80,000,000 for programs to reduce gun crime and gang violence;
· $4,000,000 for training and technical assistance;
· $49,692,000 for the Office of Weed and Seed Strategies,
· $28,308,000 for program management and administration; and
· $100,000,000 for grants under section 1701 of title I of the 1968 Act (42 U.S.C. 3796dd) for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers under part Q of such title notwithstanding subsection
Drug Court Discretionary Grant - $40 million
Congressman Walden requested $40 million for this program, which provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement treatment drug courts that integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting.
Drug Enforcement Agency - $2.1 billion
That funding level is $40 million more than the President's request and $125 million above the FY 2007 level.
Congressman Greg Walden represents the Oregon's Second Congressional District, which is comprised of 20 counties in eastern, Central, and southern Oregon. He is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.