AT ISSUE: BYRNE GRANTS THAT BUSH WANTS TO CUT
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson assured local law enforcement officials that funding for drug task forces will not be “zeroed out” of the federal budget, according to The Standard Democrat in Sikeston.
Ozarks law enforcement officials have also expressed concerned about cuts to federal grant money that's used to help combat drug crimes. For more, watch my KY3 News @ 10 story HERE.
At risk is money provided in the federal Byrne grant, which law enforcement uses to buy equipment and pay salaries. But the President is proposing close to a 70% cut and authorities warn that would mean more drugs on the street.
Regarding President Bush’s proposal to cut Byrne grants, which provide funding for drug task forces, Emerson said: “I can assure you that those will not be zeroed out in our budget. ... There isn’t any one of my colleagues who doesn’t believe that this is an excellent program that makes a huge difference in enabling you all to do your work.”
Emerson added, “We have put in individual congressionally sponsored requests ... for each of our drug task forces to get the monies that we have traditionally asked for you out of the Justice Department and (Department of Homeland Security).”