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Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2007

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. CHAMBLISS. I ask unanimous consent the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

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

The amendment is as follows:
(Purpose: To restore funding for the Byrne/JAG grant program to the FY 2003 level of $900 million, offset with an across the board cut to administrative expenses, travel, and consulting services)


Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, this amendment is offered by Senator DAYTON and myself, along with Senators TALENT, HAGEL, BEN NELSON, STABENOW, OBAMA, SNOWE, MIKULSKI, LEVIN, KOHL, KERRY, BINGAMAN, SALAZAR and BAUCUS. It restores funding to Fiscal year 2003 funding levels for the Byrne-JAG law-enforcement grant program. I have worked closely with Senator DAYTON on this issue for some time. Last year we succeeded in amending the CJS Appropriations bill in the Senate to restore funding to the 2003 level, only to see the funds thereafter again removed from the final appropriations bill.

The increasingly sophisticated techniques employed by drug traffickers requires a coordinated response by State, local and Federal law-enforcement. Multijurisdictional cooperation is an essential component of any national response.

The Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, have been an important part of this essential coordinated response. Programs funded by Byrne/JAG grants have shown dramatic results in reducing crime, particularly drug and firearm trafficking, gangs, pharmaceutical diversion, and organized crime. According to data compiled by the National Criminal Justice Association from self-reported metrics submitted by individual State Administering Agencies for the 2004 grant year, task forces funded in part by Byrne-JAG were responsible for: 54,050 weapons seize, 5,646 methamphetamine labs seize, $250,000,000 in seized cash and personal property, and massive quantities of narcotics removed from America's streets, including: 2.7 million grams of amphetamines/methamphetamine, 1.8 million grams of powder cocaine, 278,200 grams of crack, 73,300 grams of heroin, 75 million cultivated and non-cultivated marijuana plants, and 27 million kilograms of marijuana.

These are real results which have made America safer and contributed greatly to a 30 year reduction in violent crime in America.

Our amendment restores funding to fiscal year 2003 levels, and provides an offset from administrative expenditures. It is money well spent to protect Americans from criminal activities.

I appreciate greatly the cooperation of the Senator from Minnesota and his working together with me on this issue. He has been tireless in his efforts to make sure this amendment has been passed in the budget process and that we have it included in the appropriations process. While we were successful last year in the budget and in appropriations, in the end it lost this year. We will work harder together to make sure the full spending for the Byrne/JAG grants is included.

I yield to the Senator from Minnesota for such time as he may consume of the time remaining.

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