Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, worked with colleagues on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science to include language in the 2013 spending bill to instruct the Department of Justice to address the unique challenges that face law enforcement in communities that have seen significant growth in population. Specifically, the language instructs the Department of Justice to report to the Appropriations Committee what steps they are taking to address the challenges law enforcement in these areas are facing, as well as how effective the current State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance grants are in helping those who are working to address the increased crime.
"With the tremendous economic opportunities surrounding the Bakken in northeast Montana, the local communities up there are also facing major challenges," said Rehberg. "The entire country stands to benefit from the jobs and lower energy prices that result, so it's only fair that some federal assistance be offered to address these challenges. I'm going to continue to find solutions to the problems facing our state."
Rehberg's language was included, at his request, in the Manager's Amendment offered by Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (VA-10). It was passed out of the Appropriations Committee and will now go to the full House for a vote.
The full text of Rehberg's language is below:
The Committee is aware that portions of the country are experiencing a dramatic increase in population due to unique geographic and economic factors. Along with the increase in population, communities are also experiencing a significant increase in crime that is exhausting already-limited law enforcement resources. The Committee directs the Office of Justice Programs to provide the Committee with a report on any efforts the Department of Justice is currently undertaking to address the unique challenges that face law enforcement in these communities and the effectiveness of the current State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance grants in addressing areas that have experienced this significant increase in population and crime.